City Directories and History: The historic Williams – Ferguson home, circa 1850’s, at this intersection was once a large and prosperous cotton plantation. It was from this site, across the road on the corner from which the J. T. William’s Cotton Gin was dismantled and relocated to Historic Brattonsville by the Angle – Chisolm Company of Chester, S.C. The gin building was reconstructed at HB on the exact site of the historic Brattton family gin house. The gin gears – mechanics were recovered from a gin complex of the same period, in Chapin, S.C. and each assembled at HB, to create an authentic view of mid 19th century cotton ginning.
“On Rocky Allison Creek, just to the south of the Hill settlement, was the neighborhood of Col. Samuel Watson. Robert Lathan, a nineteenth-century Presbyterian minister and local historian, said that the settlement near Colonel Watson’s house (outside the Indian Land) was the oldest permanent settlement in the area that became York County. Mr. Lathan placed the settlement near the site of the present-day Tirzah Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Col. Samuel Watson’s brick-and-stone residence, probably the largest house in the New Acquisition, was a community storehouse and also a gathering place for the early residents of that section. Like their neighbors to the north, these people all worshiped at Bethel Meeting-house. The Barrons were another early family there.” Information from: The Genesis of York, by Wm. B. White, Jr., Yorkville Historical Society, 2015 – Jostens Publishing Company
After the defeat of Huck at Williamson’s the mother of Capt. John McClure, in company with some of her neighbors set out for Col. Watson’s. Mrs. McClure was at the time between seventy and eighty years of age. When the party of women came to the grave of Huck, Mrs. McClure said to Mary Johnston, the grandmother of James Johnston of Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina: ‘ Mary as old as I am I feel like getting down and dancing on that grave; but that would be wrong. God is just and will avenge his own cause.’
As Tarleton and his men passed through the country in search of the heroes of King’s Mountain, they visited the house of Col. Watson, killed all the geese, and one of the officers having scratched with his sword his name on one of the stones of the chimney, remarked that after the war was over and the Whigs were conquered, he intended to come to America and live in that house. The Whigs were not conquered and the officer never returned. The bricks which composed part of Col. Watson’s house were taken away and rebuilt, and form the walls of the lower story of the house of Mr. Lee Williams, known all over York county as the Red House, six miles from Yorkville, on the Charlotte road. Information courtesy of the YCGHS—June 1999
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