252. John WITHERSPOON
(242) was born in 1730 in Williamsburg
Co., SC.(243) He died in 1805 in Williamsburg
Co., SC.(244) Kingtree, Williamsburg,
SC is the states oldest inland settlement. In 1732 the "poor Calvinists"
from the north of Ireland sailed up the Black River from Charleston to the King's
Tree, a white pine on the banks of the river. Thes Covenanting Presbyterians
moved from Drumbo and Knockbracken in the boroughs of Castlereagh and Lisburn
of County Down near the shores of Belfast Lough. (Some of the Scot-Irish had
arrived at Philadelphia and took the Great Wagon Road through the Blue Ridge
Mountains of Virginia to Salem, North Carolina then to Asheville and the King's
Mountain area of South Carolina.)
Indian corn, rice, wheat, flour, beef, pork, rum and salt was supplied
for a year by the Council of South Carolina. Men over 16 years of age received
an axe, narrow hoe and brood for farming. Homes here were often constructed
of mud and lumber as they had been in Ulster. The driving rains of SC destroyed
these homes quickly.
The first Presbyterian Church was organised in 1836 with a John Witherspoon
as the main inspiration at the log meeting house on the two acre site. Witherspoon
was well versed in the scriptures and the principles of Presbyterianism. The
Sabbath was strictly kept and sinners stood trial and were censured if found
guilty. The church was the center of the community. He was married to Mary
WITHERSPOON about 1750 in Williamsburg Co., SC.
(245) John married his first cousin.
Mary WITHERSPOON was born on 9 Nov 1733.
She died on 12 Apr 1805.(248)
WITHERSPOON was born in 1755 in Williamsburg Co., SC.
(249) He died in 1827 in Williamsburg Co., SC.
(250) He was a Judge in Williamsburg District. He resided near Midway
Elizabeth WITHERSPOON was born in 1758.(252)
She died in 1760.(253)
William WITHERSPOON was born in 1760.(254)
He died in 1768.(255)
Sarah WITHERSPOON was born in 1762.(256)
She died in 1820.(257)
WITHERSPOON was born in 1764.(258)
She died on 11 Jul 1831.(259)
Robert WITHERSPOON was born in 1768.(260)