Hemington in Williamsburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Indiantown Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1757 with John James and Robert Wilson as founding elders. Burned by the British in 1780 as “a sedition shop.” Rebuilt after the Revolution. Present building begun in 1830, remodelled in 1919. Major John James, Revolutionary hero, is buried in the churchyard.
Erected 1957 by Williamsburg County and sponsored by Margaret Gregg Gordon Chapter, D.A.R. (Marker Number 45-1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1757.
Location. 33° 43.5′ N, 79° 33.683′ W. Marker is in Hemington, South Carolina, in Williamsburg County. Marker is at the intersection of Hemingway Highway (State Highway 261) and Old Georgetown Road (County Road 45-39), on the left when traveling east on Hemingway Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4865 Hemingway Highway, Hemingway SC 29554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indiantown Presbyterian Church: “Disarm in the Most Rigid Manner” Benjamin Britton Chandler (1854–1925) (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cooper's Academy / Bethesda Methodist Church (approx. 6.9 miles away); Browntown (approx. 8.4 miles away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away); Witherspoon’s Ferry / Johnsonville (approx. 10.1 miles away); Johnsonville (approx. 10.1 miles away); Francis Marion at Witherspoon's Ferry (approx. 10.2 miles away); Witherspoon’s Ferry: Francis Marion Takes Command (approx. 10.2 miles away); General Francis Marion (approx. 10.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Find a Grave: Indiana Presbyterian Church. 4865 Hemingway Hwy. Hemingway, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. (Submitted on February 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Indiantown, South Carolina. “It was a site of early European settlement based around the Indiantown Presbyterian Church which was burned by the British Lieutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarleton during the American Revolution, an act which increased the loyalty of the area people to his primary opponent, American General Francis Marion.” (Submitted on February 23, 2010.)
3. Major John James. Biographical Sketches (Submitted on February 9, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. John James Assists Francis Marion Against the British
From the 1920 book History of South Carolina edited by Yates Snowden. This excerpt can be found in Chapter XXV and starts on page 389.
Gates Sends Marion Ahead. Gen. Horatio Gates was now advancing toward Deep River, North Carolina, with the continentals which Congress had sent to the relief of South Carolina. As far back as June 13th, Congress, without consulting Washington, had appointed him to succeed Lincoln as commander of the southern department. The Baron DeKalb had come southward in command of the continental troops and had halted at Hillsborough [NC] on June 2Oth for rest and to obtain supplies. There General Gates joined him on July 25th. As has been stated, Marion had joined the baron at Deep River, North Carolina, and was instinctively accepted by his noble comrade in arms as an able, dashing leader of men, notwithstanding his insignificant stature and uncouth exterior. But Gates could not look beyond the outside garments, and, at the request of the partisan leader, sent Marion to the interior of South Carolina—to watch the enemy, furnish intelligence for “the Grand Army.”
How Unpaid Militiamen Fought. When Marion arrived on the 10th of August, with his men, he assumed general command also of a small party which had come from Georgetown under Lieut. Col. Hugh Horry, as well as jurisdiction over the entire country east of the Santee River. He was accompanied by Maj. Peter Horry, Maj. John Vanderhorst, Capt. John Milton of Georgia
The reader will note that while Gates was slowly approaching with the Continental army, the British had been pluckily met and generally defeated in twelve engagements and that, according to McCrady, “three hundred British and Tories had been killed and wounded, and about two hundred taken prisoner at a loss of not half that number to the Americans.” Their opponents had been the volunteers of the Carolinas and Georgia under the leadership of Marion, Sumter, Davie, Pickens, McDowell, Shelby, Clarke and the lesser partisans. Ferguson and Tarleton were to have an accounting, but not before Gates had been humiliated.
— Submitted February 23, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,704 times since then and 345 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 23, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7. submitted on February 24, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina.