1. . . .The earliest known record in South Carolina of William Hillhouse was a land grant dated October 9, 1772 of 300 acres on Turkey Creek (then Nathan's), a branch of Bullock's Creek, nine or ten miles south of what is now York, SC. William was recited as being of "the parish of St. Marks and Providence of South Carolina," and the land as lying in the "province of South Carolina formerly North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, on the East side of the Broad River on a branch of Bullock Creek called Nathan's." The same year, on March 24, 1772, his daughter, Margaret, married "in South Carolina" Robert Dickey who was also of Scotch-Irish stock. So it can be at least stated with certainty that the family came during or before 1772.

Family records show that William had five children: John, James, William, Eli and Margaret. The exact order of their birth is not known, although it would appear that John was the oldest, and probably William was the third or fourth son.

2. James Hillhouse, son of William of the Province (probably the second son), was born in western Pennsylvania; moved with his father to the upper part of South Carolina Province. Married Mary "Polly" Dickey (born April 11, 1753), a daughter of John and Martha (McNeely) Dickey.

James and Mary Hillhouse were the parents of eight children: William, John (married Bethiah Sharp), George (married Elizabeth Dobbins), James, Robert, David, Sally and Polly.

Above excerpt from The Hillhouse Family.

It is in the historically rich counties of Chester and York, South Carolina that William Hillhouse and his son's Captain John, Captain William and James Hillhouse leave their mark. I spent a truly enlightening afternoon with the McCelvey Center's Mike Scoggins. He was kind enough to show me the location of William Jr's Plantation where Lord Cornwallis camped in 1871. It is believed that the buildings would have stood on the hilltop just above the Catawba River on Route 322 south of York. The historical marker for Lacey's Fort is just across the road. The old plantation land is now a tree farm where the buildings have long disappeared.

In the spring of 2009 the MeCelvey Center found these Plate Maps with notations by an unknown researcher in the 1980s. While the focus of this research was on the plantation in the time of the Revolutionary War, the details tell an amazing story of the Hillhouse's time in York County. It also provides, for the first time, the date of William Srs death - August 30, 1778. While he is believed to be buried down Hwy 49 at Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church, his grave is long lost and there is no mention of his wife Sarah in South Carolina history.

Plate Map 7
Plate Map 8
Plate Map 9
Plate Map 10
Plate Map 11

The real treasure find of this journey was down the Blanton Road, right onto the Lockhart Road (49) and left onto the Wilson Chapel Road. About a mile up this road on the right side is the historical marker pictured below. John Dickey was the father of Mary "Polly" Dickey who married William's son James. The cabin was restored and has been used as a park facility since it was moved from the clearing near the historical sign in 1988. Mary was born on April 11, 1753 and would have been married by the time this cabin was built, however old Plate maps (see links above) show William Sr's original plantation was directly across Wilson Chapel Road from John Dickey's Plantation.

JOHN DICKEY CABIN

This area is also home to some of the most important battles of the Southern Campaigns of the Revolutionary War - the battles of Cowpens, Kings Mountain and Williamson Plantation. The three Hillhouse brothers were Revolutionary War Soldiers and contemporaries of Andrew Jackson and Henry Lee (Robert E. Lee's father). Lord Cornwallis was camped at William Hillhouse Jr Plantation during Tarleton's defeat at the battle of Cowpens, see Lacey's Fort for details. The Hillhouse brothers were also volunteers in the New Acquisition Militia.

Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution. Volume I, A-J
By Bobby Gilmer Moss
see page 447

William Hillhouse states in his Revolutionary War Pension Statement he was born near Land's Ford in 1760. Landsford Canal State Park is well worth a morning walk. In May of each year the rare Rock Shoals Spider Lilies bloom among the shallow rocks of the Broad River, a sight that was probably as spectacular in 1760 as it is today.