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About Major John Hampton
"The eldest ofthe sons of Anthony and Elizabeth (Preston) Hampton no doubt was born in Fairfax County in 1748. He died at Newberry, SC, in 1808 during a heated campagn in which he was a candidate for the state senate. He followed his father during all of his moves through Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He saw service in 1763 in the French and Indian War as a private in Capt. Robert Wade's company of Militia from halifax County, VA; and no doubt took part in the expeditions against the Cherokees after the massacre of his parents in 1776. During the first part of the Revolution he was a captain of a company of Light Dragoons and appears as such in a "List of Officers of the South Carolina Line upon Continental Establishment during the War of the Revolution" printed in a Roster of the Society of Cincinnati. Heitman also gives him as a Captain in 1779. On April 2, 1781 he held the rank of Major in Col. Middleton's Regt. addressed him as Major. Later Maj. Richard had command of a regiment of his and his brother John was transfeered to that of Col. Middleton with the rank of Major. After the war Major Hampton settled in Newberry County, where he was a justice of the Newberry District Court sitting Sept. 7, 1787 and subequently. In 1796 and in 1804 he represented Newberry County in the South Carolina Senate. In the census of South Carolina in 1790 Major Hampton was the head of a family consisting of himself and wife and two sons (under sixteen years of age), two daughters, and twelve servants. He was twice married, his first wife being a Miss Jackson and the second his first cousin, Margaret Winn, daughter of William and Rosamound Hampton Winn, of Winnsboro, SC."