No, my wife, Mary Ruth, is descended from the union of William SEAWRIGHT and Esther THOMPSON, as was also the Rev. Samuel Andrew AGNEW, she through William and Esther's son Samuel SEAWRIGHT, who m Elizabeth TEMPLETON, and Preacher Sam (as he was called by some of his parishoners in MS) through their just-older son Andrew SEAWRIGHT, who Mary Eleanor DICKSON.
Samuel SEAWRIGHT and Elizabeth TEMPLETON had dau Jennet "Jean" SEAWRIGHT, who m Robert HADDON, Jr., which couple had son John HADDON, Sr., who m Lilly DAVIS. The last couple had John HADDON, Jr., who m Elizabeth MARTIN, which couple had dau Mary Etta "Mollie" HADDON, whose marriage to James Edward McCARLEY was officiated by her fourth cousin Rev. Samuel Andrew AGNEW, her pastor at Bethany ARPC.
The HADDON, Jr. and James D. MARTIN families (father of Elizabeth MARTIN) were neighbors of the Enoch AGNEW family in Due West, Abbeville Dist., SC, per the following census data;
Abbeville Dist., SC
Wright, William B.22SCMerchantÕs Clerk
A few years later, some of these same families trekked from upstate SC to north MS; see the following account at http://www.rootsweb.com/~msunion/family2/hawthorne.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~msunion/family2/hawthorne.htm:
"In fall of 1856 [S. A. AGNEW puts it as 1857] Thomas and 'Anna' [Hawthorne] traveled by wagon train from Due West to Tippah County, MS.ÊThey were accompanied by their children and other members of their families as well as members of the Agnew, Haddon, and James Martin families. Also in this group was Anna's brother, Robert Caldwell Richey and his family as well as Andrew Jackson Hawthorne, son of Andrew Cowan Hawthorn. Andrew went on to Arkansas. John Martin (1821-97) [son of James D.] had moved to Tippah County (now Union) in the early 1850's and sent back glowing reports about the fertility of the soil and the good opportunities there for settlers."
These neighbors from SC remained neighbors after removing to MS. In the 1860 Southern Subdivision, Corona P.O., Tippah Co., MS, census the John MARTIN and Enoch AGNEW families are quite close. The household of Dr. Enoch AGNEW was enumerated on page 691, with diarist Samuel A., then age 26, "As R Pres Ministry," still living at home. The next sheet, page 692, listed the John MARTIN household (same family members as in 1850 Abbeville Dist., SC, census, with the loss of son John H. and the addition of two younger children). The John HADDON, Jr., household is nearby, listed on page 682, but also in the Corona P.O. area. William BRICE, for whom the "Cross Roads" was named, was listed on page 639, also served by the Corona P.O.
John HADDON, Jr., William BRICE, Thomas WATT and your ancestor Joseph AGNEW were elected ruling elders in 1860 to serve their fellow congregants at Bethany ARPC. Unfortunaely, our John HADDON, Jr., did not live to be enumerated in another census:
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Death & Marriage Notices Volume II: 1866-1888 Compiled by Lowry Ware Scmar Columbia, South Carolina 1998
[Killed by falling log] January 15, 1868, John Haddon, in his fifty first year....the son of John Haddon, was born in the vicinity of Due West, Abbeville Dist., S. C., October 29, 1817. He married Miss Elizabeth Martin, daughter of James Martin, Due West, January 12, 1843....[joined church in Due West in 1845], removed from South Carolina in 1857 [Fall 1856?], and settled in Tippah Co., MS in the bounds of Bethany congregation. Selected elder in 1860....leaves wife and seven children.
Like you, we like to visit he sites where our ancestors lived and were buried. We visited the Due West area in 2003, paying special attention to the cemeteries at Due West ARPC and Greenville PC. Last Thanksgiving season we visited the Bethany ARPC cemetery as well as the nearby Pleasant Ridge Bapt. Ch. cemetery where Mary Ruth's gggparents Elias McCARLEY and Margaret Hester EARP were buried.