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Scotch-Irish Congress at Columbia May 1889 PDF Print E-mail
The Family Dickey
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
The Family Dickey
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
The Family Dickey
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.)

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