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Scots-Irish Migration to SC 1750 to 1850

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This project is part of the South Carolina Project and the Southern Pioneers Project

Welcome to the Scots-Irish Immigration to SC Project!

The goal of this project is to contact others with ancestral roots in South Carolina 1750 to 1850.

Current members:

Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.

  1. Identify other migrant families besides the Rev Martin group of 1772.
  2. Identify family groups who migrated down the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania.

Will you join me? Please post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or [https://www.WikiTree.com/index.php? You can send me a public or private message at oma2004@gmail.com

Migrant Families



  • Alexander McAlpin migrated from Stathblane, Stirlingshire, Scotland to Ninety Six District (later became Abbeville County.

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McCulloughs and Grafton of South Carolina

1. 5ggfather: Thomas Grafton b c 1716 Ireland d 1797 Fairfield Co SC immigrated (port unknown) sometime aft 1790 with wife Elizabeth LNU and children: Elizabeth, Thos Jr, Danl, Mary, John, Stewart and Allen. I can only prove that Thomas Jr b 1752 Ireland d 1798 Fairfield CO SC remained in SC. Danl d 1801 in Louisiana. John may have been the original immigrant as he appears on the SC 1790 Census as the only Grafton/Graffin in the state. He dies in Mississippi 1821. Stewart migrated to Mississippi after 1806 as he applied for Naturalization in April of that year at Fairfield SC Court. He and his family migrated to Canada abt 1812 where he died 1837, Allen d 1809 Mississippi after marrying Agnes LNU in SC. Daughters Elizabeth and Mary- I have no further information on them. Thomas Grafton Jr b 1752 Ireland is my 4great-grandfather. His daughter Elizabeth b 1783 Ireland married into another Scots Irish family named McCullough/McCulloch. See separate post for this line.

2. 3ggfather: Thomas McCullough b 3Apr 1774 Ireland d 3 Jan 1844 Fairfield Co SC immigrated (port and date unknown) to America with his parents and siblings. A Thos McCullough appears on the 1790 Census Fairfield County SC in the same area with Saml McCulloch, Wm McCullock and John Graffin. The HH includes 2 males under 16, 1 male over 15 and 2 females. I cannot prove this is the same Thos McCullough b 1774. On 14 April 1807, Wm McCulloch b Ireland and Thomas McCullough b Ireland petition for Naturalization in Fairfield District. This indicates that they were not in the colony prior to the end of the Revolution but had been a resident in SC 1-5 years prior to 1807. Are these men the same as on the 1790 Census?

posted 31 May 2019 by Curry (Kidd) Walker   [thank Curry]
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Hi! Great to find this sub-project! I'm currently working on Blakely / Orr family (Blakely-123) which moved from Cumberland PA to Ninety-Six in S.C. about 1760. I believe they came to Cumberland from the Ulster area, but would love to find more evidence to support/refute that hypothesis.
posted by GM Garrettson
https://www.facebook.com/ScottishCovenanters is a Facebook historical page that has a lot of historical information. Not necessarily about migration specifically but the history and beliefs of the Scottish Covenanters.
posted by Clay Blankenship
I didn't know this was a whole thing! Two of my ancestors are marked on the family tree as Scots-Irish pioneers to South Carolina in 1770-1790, they both have the surname Love, which has been carried down to my own middle name. I have entered them as https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Love-10220 and https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Love-10219 - it appears that their children Sara Love and William Love married, but I'm not sure if they were cousins to start with or separate lines of Loves.
posted by Juniper (Orth) Nichols
Are there categories for people in the William Martin Migration? I have been working on several families that came over with him
posted by Janelle Weir
Would like to join this. I have Peden ancestors from South Carolina. Scotch Covenanters. Also Adair, McCalla, Moore, Archer. Lots of these families in my tree moved out to Mississippi around the 1850's. I think some of them were in Chester, PA before coming to Chester, SC.
posted by Clay Blankenship