Contributed by Frances Sturgeon daughter of Martha Ellen Clowney
I have found that there were two separate arrivals of Clowneys from County Down, Province of Dromore, approximately 100 years apart. I will research this further and post my findings. So, even though we are all part of the same family from Dromore, some of us are descended from the first arrival (mid 1700’s) and some of us from the second (mid 1800’s). My branch is from the second arrival.They joined the first group in Union and Farifield Counties.
Below are articles I found in two separate books.They are two accounts of the same story concerning Samuel Clowney of the first arrival. In transcribing them, I made as few changes as possible:
Samuel Clowney of Union District - South Carolina
THESE ARE TWO ACCOUNTS OF THE SAMESTORY
THE FIRST VERSION
From G.W. Means, Glenn's Spring, August 1858
Samuel Clowney was a native of Ireland, first settled on Catawba River in North Carolina. He left his native isle in the company with but one male friend.After the war of the Revolution, he married and settled in Union District, 8 miles N.W. of the C.H., where he remained up to the time of his death, September 27, 1824, in the 82nd year of his age.
The Home Journal, I understand, gives the particulars with regard to the capture of five Tories by Samuel Clowney during the Revolution.Substantially it is as follows:
A few days previous to the fight between the Tories and Liberty Men or Whigs at Cedar Springs, Clowney and a few others had obtained leave of absence from the commanding officer at Cedar Springs, for the purpose of visiting their homes.
They lived on Fairforest creek in a settlement know as Ireland, on account of the large number of settlers from the Emerald Isle, all of whom were staunch Whigs. On their way home, the party left with a Mrs. Foster some clothes to be washed, and appointed a particular hour and place where they should meet her and get them on their return to the camp.
In accordance with that appointment with Mrs. Foster (who took a lively interest and rendered efficient aid in the Revolutionary cause), when the party reached Kelso's Creek, about 5 miles from Cedar Springs, they diverged from the road through the woods to the appointed place, leaving Clowney and a negro man named Paul with the horses.
The Tories came right upon them before they knew they were there: and to their utter astonishment they received from Clowney preemptory orders to surrender.Being somewhat slow in surrendering, the command was repeated, and they were at once marched across the creek to the place where the rest of the party were in company with Mrs. Foster.
THE SECOND VERSION
From Historical Collections by Joseph Habersham
Sam Clowney was once sent to a ford on Fairforest above Union to watch and report the Tories that might pass.Five came into the creek and conceiving himself to equal them, he shouted as if commanding a dozen men, "Cock your guns, boys, and fire at the word," and approaching them, deliberately ordered them to lay down their arms. The Tories believing a large force upon them, complied without a word - handed him their guns, which he laid upon the ground, resumed his own, and then ordered them to march to the Whig camp
He was asked after he arrived safely there, how he managed to take them."Why, by me faith, I surrounded them" he said.
Clowney was a member of the old Brown's Creek Church.
The personal description given of him was that he a little, dry Irishman.He possessed a remarkable talent for sarcasm and invective; but he was a most kind-hearted, benevolent man. Beloved by all who knew him.
Like all of his race of that day, without being an intemperate man, he loved a wee bit occasionally.His brogue was quite rich, and this combined with a fund of genial Irish wit, made him a fascinating companion.
He was the father of Honorable William K. Clowney, Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Carolina.His wife was the sister of reverend John B. Kennedy.
My lineage is as follows:
Moses Clowney married Susannah Younge Milling the daughter of (?)Hester Milling Younge.(There's something in here about Hester Mobley and Robin Robery Younge. I think Susannah Younge had married back into her family and was widowed before she married Moses Clowney. If anybody knows, fill me in.)
Robert Younge Clowney married Sara Crosby and they had 15 children:
12. Symphonia (Dolly)
14. Unknown (my mother can't remember)
15. Dennis Crosby-(my grandfather) who married Bessie Frith of Abbeville daughter of John Lark Frith and Isabelle.Her siblings were Paul, Carl, Florence, Holly, Mildred, Bertha Frith.
Dennis Crosby Clowney and Bessie Frith Clowney had two daughters:
1. Sara Bell Clowney
2. Martha Ellen Clowney - I am daughter of Martha Ellen Clowney Sturgeon