“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Whig Hill

Whig Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 3, 2009
1. Whig Hill Marker
This plantation, 1.5 mi. S. near Thicketty Creek, was settled about 1767 by John Nuckolls, Sr. (1732-1780), a native of Virginia. During the American Revolution, as the war in the backcountry became a vicious civil war, the plantation became known as "Whig Hill" for Nuckolls's support of the patriot cause. He was murdered by Tories in December 1780 and is buried on his plantation.
Erected 1998 by Cherokee County Historical and Preservation Society. (Marker Number 11-5.)
Location. 34° 59.367′ N, 81° 39.067′ W. Marker is in Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker is on Union Highway (South Carolina Route 18) south of Round Tree Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaffney SC 29340, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Goucher Baptist Church (approx. 3.5 miles away); Nuckolls-Jefferies House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Mulberry Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away); Littlejohn Family Reunion (approx. 4.2 miles away); Limestone Springs (approx. 4.6 miles away); Limestone
Whig Hill Marker -<br>Looking South Along SC 18 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 3, 2009
2. Whig Hill Marker -
Looking South Along SC 18
(approx. 4.6 miles away but has been reported missing); The Reverend Thomas Curtis, D.D. (approx. 4.6 miles away); Limestone College (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gaffney.
Also see . . .
1. Biographical Sketch of John Nuckolls by Phil Norfleet. John Nuckolls was born on 23 October 1732 in Louisa County, Virginia (VA). (Submitted on November 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Thicketty, South Carolina. The village of Thicketty (also spelled Thickety) is an unincorporated community in Cherokee County between Gaffney and Cowpens, South Carolina along US Highway 29. (Submitted on November 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
Additional comments.
1. McKown's Mill, South Carolina (December 11, 1870 - Murder)
John Nuckolls was a partisan who lived near Thicketty Creek. Early in December he had returned home to visit his home at Whig Hill. He took his young son, John, to McKown's mill on Broad River to get more mean for his family. McKown was a Tory, but Nuckoll's decided he could trust him.

McKown told Nuckolls that he would not be able to grind any mean for
Whig Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, October 3, 2009
3. Whig Hill Marker
him until the next day, and then gave him a room at the mill for the night. What Nuckolls did not know was that McKown could not be trusted and he had just been trapped. McKown sent for some other Loyalists and they went to Nuckolls' room. They woke him up saying, "We've come for you."

Nuckolls realized the deadly mistake he had made, and asked if he could wake up his son so he could give some messages for his people at home. The Loyalists told him that it they woke the boy, they would kill him too. They walked Nuckolls a short distance from the mill and he asked if they would give him five minutes to pray. They told him to go ahead and pray, but one of the Loyalists named Davis said, "If he continues praying that way much longer we will not be able to kill him," and shot him through the head.

They threw the body into a hole where a tree had blown over, and covered the hole with brush. His family gathered them up and buried him at Whig Hill, his home.

A few months later, the Loyalist Davis and several of the other men that murdered Nuckolls were captured by a Whig patrol, and executed the same way they killed John Nuckolls. The Whigs went to the house of Mrs. Nuckolls and asked if they could have a pick and a shovel because "they were going to settle her some new neighbors." She said that she "hoped they would be good neighbors." The men laughed and said that "they would guarantee them to be quiet ones." (Source: Nothing but Blood and Slaughter: The Revolutionary war in the Carolinas, Volume II (1780) by Patrick O'Kelley (2004) pgs 380-381.)
    — Submitted November 1, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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