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"PICKENS, ANDREW (Sept. 13, I739 - Aug. 11, 1817) Revolutionary soldier, was born near Paxtang, Pa., the son of Nancy and Andrew Pickens, who, having emigrated from Ireland, drifted south with the Scotch-Irish, sojourned eight miles west of Staunton, Va., obtained 800 acres in Anson County, N. C., and in 1752 were on Waxhaw Creek, S. C. He volunteered in James Grant's expedition in 1761 against the Cherokee under Oconostota [q.v.]. Two years later he and his brother sold their Waxhaw inheritance and obtained lands on Long Cane Creek in South Carolina. There he married, on Mar. 19, 1765, Rebecca, daughter of Ezekiel Calhoun who was a brother of John C. Calhoun's father; at the opening of the Revolution, with a wife and four small children, he was a farmer and a justice of the peace. As captain of militia in the first fight at Ninety Six fort in November 1775, he helped to negotiate the treaty with the Loyalists that followed. During the next two years his services on the frontier brought promotion, and, when Williamson became brigadier general, Pickens became colonel. His defeat of Colonel Boyd at Kettle Creek, he himself considered the severest check the Loyalists ever received in South Carolina or in Georgia. After the capitulation of Charleston in 1780, he surrendered a fort in Ninety Six District and with 300 of his men returned home on parole. When his plantation was plundered, however, he regarded himself as released from his parole, gave notice to that effect, and rejoined the patriots. His part in the victory at Cowpens brought him a sword from Congress and a brigadier's commission from the state. In April 1781 he raised a regiment, in which the men were enlisted as state regulars for ten months' duty and were paid in Negroes and plunder taken from the Loyalists. Active in the capture of Augusta, he cooperated with the Continentals in Gen. Nathaniel Greene's unsuccessful siege of Ninety Six and in the drawn battle of Eutaw Springs, in which he was wounded. Thereafter he was occupied mainly with Indian warfare.
"Elected to represent Ninety Six in the Jacksonboro Assembly in 1782, he continued in the legislature until sent to Congress for the session of I793-95. The South Carolina legislature voted him thanks and a gold medal in 1783 for his services in the Revolution and later elected him major general of the militia. In I785 he was chosen by Congress to treat with Southern Indian tribes that had been at war with the United States, and, until he declined further service in 1801, he was repeatedly appointed to deal with Indian relations. His most laborious service was in 1797, when for six months he was engaged in marking treaty boundaries. In I792 he declined a command in the western army. For a number of years he lived at "Hopewell," his plantation in Oconee, where he had a store. He also carried on business in Charleston under the firm name of Andrew Pickens & Co. Later he settled at Tomassee in Pendleton District, where he lived in retirement except during a brief interval in the war of 1812. There he died suddenly and was buried at the Old Stone Church, of which he was an elder and a founder.
"Strict in family devotions and church observances, he was reputed so Presbyterian that he would have suffered martyrdom before he would have sung one of Watts's hymns. Of medium height, lean and healthy, with strongly marked features, he seldom smiled and never laughed, and conversed so guardedly that "he would first take the words out of his mouth, between his fingers, and examine them before he uttered them"" (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LONGCANE/2001-07/0994951125)
(https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryameri02drakgoog#page/n728/mode/2up From Dictionary of American Biography p 715) Note this quote must be a diffferent edition. cause it's close but....
"Pickens. — To the list of South Carolina worthies we must also add the name of Andrew Pickens, (i) who rose from the rank of captain to that of Brigadier General during the Revolution. Always foremost in action, whether with British or Indian, is it safe to say that no American leader ever displayed greater gallantry, or ever achieved greater results with such limited resources. The Conti- nental Congress presented him with a sword for his distinguished services." P 140 "(3). Andrew Pickens was born of Huguenot parentage at Paxtang, Penna., 1739. His parents removed to S. C. in 1752. After a highly distinguished career he died in 1817. His son Andrew was also eminent, and was Governor of S. C. 1816-1818. " p.140 footnote ... Same text earlier p34 points out "The same period (early 1700's) witnessed the incoming of thousands of Covenanters (Scotch-Irish) who made New Castle their chief landing place, and from whence they pushed northward and founded the settlements of Octorora, Donegal, Pax- tang, Marsh Creek, the Cumberland Valley, etc."
The Children of Andrew Pickens and Rebecca Calhoun:
Andrew Pickens was born in Paxton, Bucks County, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1739. He attended the common schools; moved with his parents to the Waxhaw settlement in South Carolina in 1752; served in the provincial militia in the campaign against the Cherokee Indians in 1760; entered the Revolutionary Army as captain of militia and attained the rank of brigadier general; took part in the victories at Kettle Creek (1779) and at Cowpens, Augusta, and Eutaw Springs (all in 1781); commanded an expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1782; member of the state house of representatives 1781-1794; one of the commissioners named to settle the boundary line between South Carolina and Georgia in 1787; member of the state constitutional convention in 1790; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1795); appointed major general of militia in 1795; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1797; member of the state house of representatives 1800-1812; declined the nomination for governor in 1812; died in Tamassee, Pendleton District, South Carolina, August 11, 1817; interment in Old Stone Churchyard, near Pendleton, S.C.
Promoted to Brig. General Pickens, he was awarded a sword from Congress.
Excerpt from General Andrew Pickens (1739-1817) letter to General Lee in 1811: "There seems to be some support for the claim that one ROBERT PICON, a Scotchman or Briton at the court of France was a Protestant who fled from Scotland in 1661 to avoid persecution of Charles II. In France he is said to have married Madam Jean Bonneau, also a Protestant. They fled France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by King Louis XIV in 1685. Tradition continues that they went to Scotland, later to North Ireland."
Notice: PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED WITH AT LEAST ONE PREVIOUSLY VERIFIED PAPER - SEE ANCESTOR’S FULL RECORD 1) GRAVE MARKED 2) EL - GEORGE BOWIE & MARGARET PICKENS DID NOT HAVE A DAU MARY 3) EL - SAMUEL PICKENS, B. 1823 MARR. MARTHA EIDOM IS THE SON OF WILLIAM, 4) PICKENS, NOT EZEKIEL PICKINS & ELIZA BARKSDALE
Child and Spouse ANDREW [ 1] SUSAN M. WILKINSON EZEKIEL  ELIZABETH BONNEAU  ELIZA BARKSDALE MARY  JOHN HARRIS KATHERINE  JOHN HUNTER JOSEPH  CAROLINE J. HENDERSON ANDREW  SUSAN M. WILKINSON JEAN/JANE  JOHN HENRY MILLER MARGARET  GEORGE BOWIE REBECCA  WILLIAM NOBLE
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On 3 May 2016 at 00:41 GMT Erin Cole wrote:
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