Thomas McDill settled in the Rocky Creek area of Chester Co., SC near Catholic Presbyterian Church where Rev. William Martin (who brought the five shiploads of settlers from Ireland) had been called to serve as pastor. Hopewell Presbyterian Church is located nearby and was named for one of the ships. Catholic Presbyterian Church had been in existence for some time prior to the 1772 arrival.
Aboard the "James and Mary" were the families of Thomas McDill and Margaret McDill Peden, brother and sister and reportedly the children of John McDill (1675-1761) and Janet Leslie of Broughnow, near Broughshane, Ballymena Parish, County Antrim, Ireland.
In 1768 Thomas Peden and Jane Peden Morton, children of John Peden and Margaret McDill Peden left Ireland and settled in the Rocky Creek area of Chester Co., SC. I believe these were the first in the family to come to America. In 1772 the rest of John and Margaret McDill Peden's family, along with the family of Thomas McDill came to SC. The British colonial authorities in Charleston disbursed throughout SC many of the families that came with the five ships from Ireland. The Pedens received land grants in what is now Spartanburg Co., SC and Thomas McDill received land in Chester Co. During the Am. Revolution due to Tory problems the Pedens relocated to Chester Co. near the McDills. After the Revolution most of the Pedens went to Greenville Co., SC but John and Margaret McDill remained in Chester Co. near the McDills. Both are buried in the family cemetery referred to as the Old Strong Cemetery or the McDill Cemetery. John and Margaret are buried very near Thomas McDill.
In 1940 Robert McDill Woods and Iva Godfrey Woods published a book entitled "MCDILLS IN AMERICA; HISTORY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF JOHN MCDILL AND JANET LESLIE OF COUNTY ANTRIM, IRELAND. ALSO A PARTIAL RECORD OF OTHER BRANCHES OF THE MCDILL, MACDILL, MEDILL, AND MADILL FAMILIES". In addition to Thomas McDill and Margaret McDill Peden, Woods states that another son was Hugh McDill who, along with his wife Roxanna Stewart and family came from Ireland in 1793 and settled in what is now Crawford Co., PA. John McDill, thought to be a grandson of John and Janet McDill came to SC at about the same time and later moved to Randolph Co., IL. Woods stated that there were other sons of John and Janet McDill that came to SC from Ireland in 1780 or 1785.
I have not seen any other research or books on the McDills and do not know if anything more comprehensive has been done.
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