Re: William Hagins Lancaster Co. SC & Mecklenburg Co NC Part 1
By Dot Hope September 29, 2008 at 06:29:02
Here is Part 2 of the information about William Hagins...
***Draper Papers 12VV3365-368 [179-180]
BelAir So C.
March 10th 1873
Mr. L. C. Draper
I will give you some disconnected facts and traditions of Col. Hagins-
He was born in Ireland about the year 1727.He was of Scotch Irish decent and came to America 1745; and settled upon what is known as the Tar Kiln Branch now in the North Eastern portion of Lancaster County S. C. but at that time was known as the Six Mile Creek Settlement.He erected upon the above named stream Manufacturing Mills for the consumption of the cotton and wool which were grown by the early settlers.Also a distillery- in which spirits were made and trade, in that and other lines was
carried on with the Indians- the Catawbas.Hagler was their king.There is only a small remenant of that once powerful Tribe.John Harris is their present Chief- and the tribe only numbers about 50 or 60.Col. Hagins was a tall, well built man standing 6 ft.- red complected, with blue eyes and light hair.He married about 1751? and raised five childrens- Three boys and two girls.His two oldest Sons, William and Joseph, were at the Battle of Hanging Rock with their father. Joseph was wounded but recovered. Col. Hagins commanded the Six Mile Creek and Mecklenburg settlement Malish, under General Sumpter. The army then moved northward to Charlotte N.C.The road from Camden to Charlotte then passed through the Six Mile Creek Settlement and wasrendered almost impassible by Sumpter and his men on their retreat.It is said that Cornwallis cut out the present road from ther? to the above named places- which is i.e. about 2 ½ miles from the old road.
The two roads unite about 15 miles south of Charlotte.Gen Sumpter encamped on both sides of Clems Branch, and about two and one half miles from where it empties into Sugar Creek.The country presents a broken appearance. the soil being a light sandy, and very thin.It has all been in cultivation since that time when it was a splendid county, both in appearance and fertility.It was owned than by a Mr. Wyatt now by Mr. Starns and Culp.Col. Hagins was with Sumpter on Clems branch, and after the war returned to his home.He died in 1790 being 63 years old.He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of the Settlement which was built on the old road.The Grave Yard in which he was buried can still be seen.The old church was about 3 miles from the present one but no vestige of it can be seen.
I’ve given you, Sir all that I can gather & you will get nothing more from Mrs. Patton as I’ve seen her.You might get some information from Col. A.B. Springs of Fort Mill, York District So.Ca.
I hope you will pardon my tardiness but information of such as you wanted was hard to get.I know I have given you a very imperfect account of the Col. But I hope you will be able to form some idea of the man.When you work on Sumpter is issued I would like to get it.Wishing you success
I am your
Mr. L. C. Draper
Memo.-Wm Hagins’ will is dated Sept. 1790, in Mecklenburg County, N.C., & mentions his son’s John, Joseph & William.I found this record when I was in Charlotte, N.C. in Aug. 1871.L.C. D
Wife was Mary Patton, dau. of Matthew Patton; daughters were Mary and Sarah.—Dot Hope
Old Six Mile Cemetery
Information supplied by Louise Pettus
This cemetery is located in Indian Land Township, Lancaster County, on Henry Harris Road. Other family names in the cemetery include: Bigger. Coffey, Gordon, Hutchinson, Miller, Webb, Gallant, Watson, Morrow, and Winget
HAGINS, Elizabeth P. Died Mar 1820, aged 17 years [born 1803]
HAGINS, Joseph. Died 25 November 1807, aged 43 years [born 1764]
HAGINS, Col. William [Died 1790 and buried at Old Six Mile according to his grandson]
PATTON, _________ Daugher of Elizabeth Patton. Died 1826, aged 13 years. [born 1813]
PATTON, Mary. Died 8 Mar 1830, aged 32 [born 1798]