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James Hemphill

Death 1799 (aged 68-69)
Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 39119185 · View Source
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Birth date is in question. Some say it was 1710. Some say it was 1720 and some say it was 1730.

Married: Alice Abigail Gay/Guy in Ulster.

James was an Elder in the Macosquin Presbyterian Church in County Londonerry, Ulster, Ireland.

Came to America with his brother, Charles Hemphill. He and Charles were at the Battle of Braddock's Defeat in Pennsylvania in 1755, where Charles was killed. Later, James served under his son, Capt. Andrew Hemphill, during the Revolutionary War, with General Cage at Cowpens and Kings Mountain. James moved his family to Chester County, South Carolina, before 1763.


1) Capt. Andrew Hemphill b. 1752 Northern Ireland
married Sarah Isabelle McKeown
2) James Hemphill, Jr. b. abt 1755
3) Robert Hemphill b. abt 1757 m. Sibe/Sarah Sisson or Sissom
4) Jonathan Hemphill b. 1760 Chester County, South Carolina.
Died 1 Feb 1826, Jackson County, Georgia. Married Esther Walker 17 March 1788 in Chester County, South Carolina.
5) Charles Hemphill - A Rev. War soldier (?)

Another version:

1. Andrew HEMPHILL b: 1752/1758 in Chester CO,S.C.
2. Jonathan HEMPHILL b: 1760 in Chester Co,S.C.
4. Robert HEMPHILL b: abt 1770

Resource: See "Samuel Gay(Guy) and His Descendants", by Eleanor Guy Bankhead, 1962.

Note: A photographer went out and couldn't find a tombstone for James Hemphill. It's possible that he is buried elsewhere, perhaps somewhere on his 400 acres of land. We need to check the actual church records at this location. It is possible that James's tombstone is no longer visible.

Royal grant from George III for 400 acres of land, surveyed March 30, 1757, for William Graham and granted James Hemphill on June 3, 1763. This land was situated "on the South branch of Rocky creek, the waters of Wateree river, by some Called Catawba River, in Craven County.

Craven County was created in 1682 as a proprietary county in South Carolina. Craven existed (with no government) until 1769 when all South Carolina Counties were dissolved and replaced with smaller Judicial Districts. Until that time Craven covered a huge portion of South Carolina. Records for the County were kept in Charleston.

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  • Created by: Zoe Tom
  • Added: 5 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39119185
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Hemphill (1730–1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39119185, citing Catholic Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Blackstock, Chester County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Zoe Tom (contributor 47000374) .