I have come upon some interesting information in my search for Ainsworth roots that I would like to share.
I've found a William Hainsworth listed as a Private in Major Daniel Plummer's Regiment, Fair Forest Malitia, Ninety Six Brigade, Captain Shadrack Lantrey's Company that came to Orangeburgh, SC, with Lieut Colonel John H. Cruger, 14 Jun- 13 Dec 1780. Source: Loyalists in the Southern Campaign, Volume 1, Ninety Six Brigade, Page 323.
Knowing that many of the Ainsworths that moved from the Orangeburg,SC area just before and after 1800 used the Hainsworth spelling, Ithought I would check further. Knowing one early branch of the Hainsworths were kinsmen of the McGrews in the Miss. Territory, I checked them. In "Early Alabama , Arkansas, and Mississippi Settlers, 1700s-1800s Mississippi Territory in the War of 1812, History of the Miss. Terr.in the War of 1812, Pages 41 and 42" found the following about McGrew's Fort: "Here two brothers, William McGrew and John McGrew, British Royalists then, refugees, probably from the Atlantic coast, made an early settlement near the Tombigbee River. McGrew's Reserve, an old Spanish grant, is still a landmark in Clarke County. These brothers left the reputation of having been exemplary men, and of having become good Americans. How many families were in this fort is not known."
From The History of Mississippi, "During the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), most of the settlers of West Florida remained loyal to Great Britain. The Indians, Scouts and Trappers supported the American Colonies. Spain was able to take over West Florida, and two yearslater Britain granted it to Spain. After the British lost the war, the Mississippi region north of the 32nd parallel was made part of the United States."
All this together makes me believe that my Ainsworth/Hainsworth ancestors that left SC around 1800 may have been British Loyalists that fled the colonies after the Revolutionary War into an area that was filled with other settlers that were loyal to Great Britain. In this research I have seen other names that I see later in MS, such as McAlpin,Howell and Smith.
Anyone have information about the William Hainsworth, Loyalist, or his family?
Could this be William Patterson Ainsworth, b.abt. 1730, NC, son of William and Jeanette Ainsworth?