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Scotch-Irish Congress at Columbia May 1889 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 07:24

The following is taken from the LibraryIreland website and was originally written by the Hon. W. S. Fleming, Columbia, Tenn. in From The Scotch-Irish in America: Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Congress at Columbia, Tennessee, May, 1889.

From 1730 to 1734, this colony, the parent of one in this county of Maury, to be mentioned presently, migrated to Williamsburg District, South Carolina, of which Kingstree is the county seat. Of those who came during the above period were the following heads of families: James McClelland, William and Robert Wilson, James Bradley, William Frierson, John James, Roger Gordon, James Armstrong, Erwin, Stuart, McDonald, Dobbins, Blakely, Dickey, and perhaps a few others. In the last named year, to wit, 1734, John Witherspoon, of the same family with the distinguished signer of the Declaration of Independence, born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1670, and who had removed to County Down, Ireland, came to Williamsburg, bringing with him his four sons, David, James, Robert and Gavin, and his daughters, Jennet, Elizabeth and Mary, with their husbands, John Fleming, William James (father of Major John James, of revolutionary memory and distinction) and David Wilson. All these colonists were from County Down, Ireland. They were all members of the Presbyterian Church, or reared and indoctrinated in its faith. Consequently one of their first cares was the erection of a house for the worship of God; and the present, known as Bethel Church, is the representative and successor of the original body constituted and established by them. In 1849 three of the original elders, to wit, William James, David Witherspoon, and John Fleming, died of a singular epidemic, known as the "Great Mortality," which ravaged the country, carrying off no less than eighty persons of the little township. For many of the foregoing facts I am indebted to a historical discourse delivered on the 120th anniversary of this church, in 1856, by Rev. James A. Wallace, its then pastor.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 12:38
The Zion Presbyterian Church PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 04:35

Zion Presbyterian ChurchBetween 1705 and 1775, persecution, drought, and famine drove 500,000 Scotch Presbyterians from North Ireland to America. Many of these immigrants found their way to South Carolina in the Williamsburg District. They laid off a town and named it Kingstree. These devout Presbyterians busied themselves organizing churches there and in adjoining settlements. The church in Kingstree was formally organized in August, 1736. Among these Scotch-Irish immigrants were our Dickey ancestors, who sailed to South Carolina in 1772.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 07:10
John and Alexander Dickey: Immigrants 1772 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 05:12

At the Library of Congress, I was able to read a copy of Grover C. Dickey's book John and Alexander Dickey Immigrants 1772 which he self-published through Adams Press in Chicago in 1976. He is descendant from Alexander Dickey, and the book focuses mainly on Alexander's line of descent. I am pretty certain that my John Dickey ancestor is the John of his book, although, the wife and children he lists for John to not correlate to the wife and children of my John (yet). Still, it was fascinating to read the account of these brave immigrants from Antrim, Ireland to South Carolina, and more research will undoubtedly tie my John to his John (some day).

John Dickey, his wife, and adult children John, Alexander, and Jane sailed from Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, on the ship James and Mary on August 25, 1772. The ship arrived at Charleston, South Carolina, on October 18, 1772. Due to the discovery of small pox on the ship, passengers were quarantined on the ship and at Sullivan's Island. John, John (Jr.), Jane, and Alexander were recipients of Royal Grants of land in South Carolina. They received 100 acres each from King George. (At this time land grants were by royal decree as the War for Independence had not yet been fought and South Carolina was an English colony.)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 September 2010 06:22
John Newton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:02

Newton Crest"Over two thousand years ago, Sir John Newton, of Barr's Court and of Corbin Hall, was the owner of vast landed estates in Yorkshire, extending from Hull to Carlton, and to Campbell's Forth. In the year 1660 John Newton, son of Thomas, and grandson of Sir John, of Barr's Court, sailed for the Colony of Virginia and settled in Westmoreland County. He fell heir to this property at Hull and at Carlton and at Campbell's Forth, but, he being absent in far-off Virginia, administrators were appointed * * * finally the property was leased for one hundred years. John Newton in Virginia had become a wealthy man. He died in 1697, and his will was dated August 19, 1695. He bequeathed to his eldest son, John, who had been educated in England, the whole English estate at Hull, Carlton and at Campbell's Forth, with much land in Westmoreland, King George, and Stafford Counties, Virginia. The English estate continued to be handed down from father to son for four generations. The Newton family is one of the oldest in England and John Newton has many distinguished ancestors, among whom were Sir Richard Newton, Chief Justice of England; Sir Thomas Newton, knighted by King Richard during the Crusades; Sir John Newton, Sword Bearer of King Richard II; Sir John Newton, Lord Mayor of York, etc." (An article in the London Times, of 1777.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 August 2010 14:54
Colonel Thomas Avent PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Nodwell   
Thursday, 26 August 2010 09:30

Information about Colonel Thomas Avent

Thomas Avent Signature"This surname, like so many, has been spelled in many ways. Variants have included Aven, Avens, Avert, Avin, Avings, Avint, Avente, Avante, Advant, Advent, Event and even Evans! There may have been other spellings, but they all refer to the same family, which was one of the important land-holding and slave-owning families of Colonial Virginia." David Avent, Tallahassee, FL.

A letter dated 30 September 1969 from Herbert A. Elliot, Registrar of "The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia: to Mrs. Travis H. Clark, R. 1, box 28, Moorehead, MS, 38761 states, "I know of no proof that Colonel Thomas Avent was of Huguenot descent, in fact, all available evidence indicates that he was not." Another letter from Mr. Elliot to Mrs. Clark dated 14 November 1970 states, "I have examined the Avent record you left with me Sunday before last as presented by the Nanticoke Chapter to the NSDAR 1 March 1948. [These are the five pages of charts drawn by John Smith Avant, which on page one state Joseph Avent was born in France and descended from the Conde, Freeman and Bartlett lines.] An example of inaccuracy in the papers you left with me, the names given are all English names and no French names. This paper has Joseph Avant born in Brunswick County, Virginia Colony August 24, 1720.. Officially there was no Brunswick County until 1732. A check of the records of Albemarle county did not list the name of Avant or any variation of the name. chronologically the Virginia and French references contained on page one of the records are perfect, but historically, they are completely inaccurate...I do not know who compiled the records or the source from which they are taken, but I suspect that this is the work of Sandy is a complete fake." This same opinion was independently reached by Charles H. Hamlin about a year later. English genealogist, P. WIlson Coldham comes to the same conclusion.