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Dad (1Research) Williamson of South Carolina
General Andrew Williamson is an interesting character. Although not necessarily a relative his story gives us an understanding of the complex political situation in the South Carolina Upcounty during the American Revolution.
In the early 1770s, the South Carolina Militia was raised to fight the Cherokee Indians. The then Major Andrew Williamson of Old 96 Dist. (now Greenwood Co) SC led expeditions in the South Carolina Upcountry, western North Carolina, Georgia, and all the way down toward Spanish Florida.
With the outbreak of actual war with Britain, Major Williamson and his trained militia marched and fought in South Carolina and Georgia. After their initial successes, Major Williamson was promoted to General of the Militia. But after the surrender of Charleston, Gen. Williamson took parole and retired to his plantation outside of Charleston. And, many of his former comrades considered this the act of a traitor.
After the British evacuation of Charleston, the State of South Carolina took legal action to confiscate the property of the Tories. And, Gen. Williamson's many plantations were placed on the list to be confiscated. Reportedly, many prominent Patriots including Gen. Nathaniel Greene came to Gen. Williamson's defense. Subsequently, Gen. Williamson's property was not confiscated, and he died in South Carolina a wealthy man.
Dad Williamson was born in about 1715. In about 1740, our progenitor married an unknown spouse. And failing to find any other information, he probably died before 1790 in South Carolina. All other information is lacking.
Dad Williamson is included in this research as a placeholder to allow documentation for the possible siblings for the Sophia Williamson who married Thomas Case b. c. 1743 in Bladen Co NC.
Born c. 1715
Married c. 1740 in South Carolina to an unknown spouse
Died before 1790 in South Carolina
1. Benjamin Williamson
Born c. 1740 in South Carolina
4/26/1769 Old 96 Dist. SC Land Transaction
Description: TANNER, JOHN, MEMORIAL FOR 100 ACRES ON THREE RUNS, GRANVILLE COUNTY.
Names indexed: TANNER, JOHN; TURNER, JOHN; WILLIAMSON, BENJAMIN
Locations: GRANVILLE COUNTY; SAVANNAH RIVER; THREE RUNS CREEK
Document type: MEMORIAL
Died in South Carolina
2. John Williamson
Born c. 1743 in South Carolina
12/12/1766 Mecklenburg Co NC (now Union Co SC) Land Grant
|A plat of 400 acres on both sides of Fairforest Creek was surveyed for Thomas Case Dec 12, 1766. adjacent to Robert Dugan's upper line. Thomas Case and John Williamson were chain bearers.|
Died in South Carolina
Possible father of Rev. William Williamson of Fairforest Presbyterian Church and Dr. Thomas Williamson, both of Union Co SC
MINUTES OF THE SYNOD OF THE CAROLINAS, FROM 1788 TO 1801
Sketches of North Carolina, Historical and Biographical, Illustrative of the Principles of a Portion of Her Early Settlers, Rev. William Henry Foote, 1846 <http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/foote/foote.html> 24 April 2009.
Fairforest - We have before seen. . .that Rev. William Williamson was pastor of the church until his removal with a portion of his congregation in Ohio to 1804-5. . .Thomas Williamson, M.D., and Daniel Gray also preached for this people as licentiates under the care of Presbytery in September 1805. Thomas Williamson was the brother of Rev. Wm. Williamson. He abandoned the practice of medicine for the ministry, and preached with great zeal, but died before being ordained. . . .
History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina, George Howe, 1883 <http://books.google.com/books/#PPA372,M1> 25 April 2009.
2. Sophia Williamson b. c. 1745 in South Carolina.