City Directories and History: A.D. Hutchison (1826 – 1905) Mr. A.D. Hutchison was the brother of Ann H. White and lived on what is now Charlotte Avenue. His impressive two story home faced what was then called, Clay Street and was approximately at the location of what in 2014, is the Agape Center. His home was one of the earlier speculative building ventures in what would quickly become the thriving City of Rock Hill. Constructed as a house for sale by local builder B.F. Rawlinson, the home was quickly sold and became the Hutchison home for decades.
Mr. Hutchison is however best known for his financial backing and Presidency of the Rock Hill Cotton Factory, the first steam powered cotton mill in the section of South Carolina. Under his leadership, the mill was constructed and operated for nearly one hundred years under
different managers and owners. The family continued actively developing property on Main Street and was highly involved in the First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill. As a team, A.D. Hutchison and his sister, Ann White cast a wide net of influence on the city of Rock Hill and were responsible for financial stimulation and job creation.
The mercantile establish of A.E. Hutchison occupied the southeastern corner of Depot (later Trade Street and East White Street. The firm was founded by A.E. Hutchison and George Eli McDuffie Steele (later Capt. G.E.M. Steele of the Confederate Army) probably in the year 1858. After the Civil War,
Captain Hutchison continued to own the lot at White and Depot streets. That place was always known in old Rock Hill as ―the Hutchison corner.‖ One of the early clerks in Hutchison & Steele was John J. Roach, who went to work there in 1859 and stayed until the opening of the Civil War in 1861.
Capt. A.E. Hutchison was first married, c.1848, to Mary Samuel Campbell, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Russell (White) Campbell. Mary Samuel Campbell was born in the Neely‘s Creek section of York County, S.C., on Feb. 12, 1830, and died at Rock Hill, S.C., on Mar. 11, 1860. Issue:
1. Elizabeth Jane Hutchison. Born Apr. 17, 1851. Married on May 13, 1874, to the Rev.
Alfred Shorter Caldwell, a Presbyterian minister. Died Oct. 10, 1902. Buried in Laurelwood Cemetery – Issue:
a. Hutchison Caldwell. Born 1875. Died 1900. Unmarried
b. Eugene Craighead Caldwell. Teacher in Union Theol. Seminary, Richmond.
c. Caroline Caldwell. Married A. W. Peace, a banker.
d. Alfred Shorter Caldwell.
*** Much of this information was furnished from Wm. B. White – Along the Lands Ford Road, Vol. II
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