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NORTHWESTERN SOUTH CAROLINA
The Northwest Section of South Carolina was at one time a part of Georgia. The line was the Seneca river west to the Tugaloo River, then north to the North Carolina line.
Intermittent warfare between the Whites and the Cherokees were frequent. The few Pioneers who settled in this section were not sufficient to develop and protect themselves before the treaty of 1777. At the end of the Revolution, Andrew Pickens, Col. Ben Hawkins who was the Indian Agent for North Carolina, Joseph Martin of Tennessee, Locklear McIntosh of Georgia and Old Tassel Chief of the Cherokees, with Nancy Ward (who was a friend to the Whites and was the first White woman to make a public address in America). They all met at Due West South Carolina on May 20, 1777 and signed the Treaty of Hopewell. This opened up a whole new section for the Whites. The Cherokees ceded one third of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee to the Whites in this Treaty.
Large numbers of families from Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and some from the South Part of South Carolina came to the new territory and settled.
Some large land grants were made to Revolutionary soldiers, who divided it out and sold to smaller settlers. This section was settled at such rapid rate that the Capitol was moved from Charleston to Columbia in 1790.
Benjamin Cleveland, a patriot from Wilkes county North Carolina and hero of Kings Mountain, came from Culpepper county, Virginia with his wife Mary Graves in 1775 to Wilkes county was granted 3,000 acres on the Tugalo River for his part in the Revolution as a soldier.
In 1790 Pendleton village was organized and in the census of 1790 Pendleton District had 10,000 people. In 1778, lands were set aside between the Keowee and Tugalo rivers for Revolutionary soldiers and the land rush was on. Some squatters had come before the revolution and some came to avoid the Revolution. Benjamin Cleveland, Bolin, David and Edward Clark, Edward Vandiver, Joshua Dyer, William Jackson, Andrew Pickens John Miller, William Holbert, Henry Clarke, Jim Moffett, Robert Anderson were some of the first land owners in the District. Elisha Dyer, son of James Dyer of Granville county North Carolina, came to settle here before going on to Hart County Georgia, where he died at the age of 90. His descendants came to Walker County, GA. Edwin Dyer was a very prominent Baptist preacher in this section.
John Miller a printer from London England who published the corruption of the public officers of the day in his newspaper was a part owner of the London Evening Post. He was not very popular with the Government officials of England after publishing their corruption and was expelled from the country and came to America. He was induced to come to South Carolina and then to Pendleton district where he published a newspaper the first in the district call "The Millers Weekly Messenger."
This part of the piedmont South Carolina is very beautiful country and as one goes on north toward the North Carolina line, mountains are found to be very steep and rugged. Around the Keowee river section are now lakes and very thinly settled. One wonders where the first settlers made a living there does not seem to be very much cultivable land. This is where the Dyers, Joshua and Elisha lived. It is now Pickens and Oconee counties of South Carolina.
This article was taken from W.B. Dyer's book "Dyer Family History, England to America, 1600-1980", copied with permission from author.
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