Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Those Places Thursday - Catholic Presbyterian Church, Chester, South Carolina
In 1772, Reverend William Martin, the first ordained Covenanter (Reformed Presbyterian) in Ireland, together with about a thousand other Covenanters and some Roman Catholics, left Ulster on five ships; the James and Mary, Lord Dunlace, Pennsylvania Farmer, the Hopewell, and the Freemason. They were bound for South Carolina, leaving to escape the discrimination they experienced from the Anglican church in Ireland. Rev. Martin has received a call to settle in Rocky Creek; the majority of the group who traveled with him settled there, too. They opened their own meetinghouse there in 1774 and when the War of Independence broke out, Rev. Martin openly supported the Patriots and urged others to do so as well. Many of the congregants fought for the American side and are buried in the cemetery at the church. The meetinghouse was burned down in 1780 and Rev. Martin was imprisoned for his support of the patriots. A plaque stands in front of the cemetery now, with the names of the patriots who are buried there, many of whom were immigrants from Ireland, including my Stroud ancestors.