4. James Kirkpatrick was born about 1710 in Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He died on 9 May 1786 at the age of 76 in Lockhart, Chester Co., South Carolina.
His will is dated March 10, 1786 he and Mary (Newton) were buried in "The Old Irish Cemetery/Graveyard" near Loves Crossing on the Broad River in South Carolina. Today this cemetery is abandoned which is located in the bottoms of the Broad River about one mile South of the bridge at Lockhart, SC, on the Chester County side of the river. The cemetery has been used recently as a cattle grazing pasture and is very difficult to reach.
The tradition of the descendants of James Kirkpatrick, who settled on lands granted by the Governor of North Carolina to him, that lay along Turkey Creek, a branch of the Broad River and situate in now what is York and Chester Counties, South Carolina are that this is a Scottish family that moved to North Ireland, in a 'neck-saving' operation. One Robert Kirkpatrick, a descendant of the Barony of Kirkmichael, was hung in 1746, for his part in the rebellion of 'Bonnie Price Charlie' in 1745.
It had been believed that in 1746, James migrated to Northern Ireland with his father and five brothers. (New information has been found to show that James and his four brothers migrated from Belfast, Ireland to the colonies in 1736. Originally it was believed that two younger brothers, Andrew and Alexander had left Scotland about this time and came to the colonies, while the remainder of the family migrated to N. Ireland, and thence came to the colonies in the later years. Evidence now shows that the family had moved to N. Ireland in 1725, and thence to the America's in 1736.)
He came to America and landed in the area around New Castle, Delaware but settled in the area now known as Reading, PA, but was not there very long, and in early 1750's he appears in South Carolina. There is no 'official date' on the move to South Carolina, but the Gaston's and Gillham families, with whom they were very closely associated with, both went there in 1750-1751. His brother Alexander and Andrew moved to New Jersey soon after landing in New Castle by crossing the Delaware at Philadelphia.
On 24 September 1754 he is given land grants by the Governor of North Carolina to lands situate Turkey Creek in what is now South Carolina. The total of his land grants were 1,350 acres along Turkey Creek.
James Kirkpatrick and Mary Newton had the following children: