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About Robert Pike Pickens

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Robert Pickens, son of William and Margaret Pickens, was born in Ireland. He moved with his parents to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1719. In 1740 they moved to Virginia.

In 1740 there was a large movement of Scotch-Irish immigrants from Pennsylvania to Virginia. The Governor of Virginia offered special inducements to encourage settlement of the territory west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Under the existing laws of Virginia, a freeholder who brought persons into the colony at his own expense was entitled to a certain number of additional acres of land.

Orange County, Virginia Court Order Book II of 1740 contains declarations of several Pickens family members including Robert and his brother John.

At a court in Orange County, Virginia, on Thursday, July 24, 1740, Robert's brother, John Pickens, made an oath that he imported himself, Margaret Pickens, "ye elder" (his mother), Eleanor (his wife), Margaret "ye younger" (his younger sister), Gabriel Pickens (his brother)and William Baskin from Ireland to Philadelphia and from thence to this colony at his own expense and that this is the first time of proving his and their right to obtain land. (as indicated above, under Virginia law, a man was allowed certain additional acres of land for each person he had transported into the colony at his own expense.)

In October, 1746, John Pickens (Robert's brother), William Baskin, James Leslie, and 30 others signed the following petition to the Governor and Council of South Carolina:

(from the Journal of the South Carolina Council, October 10, 1746.)

"His Excellency laid before the Board the following petition he had received from sundry inhabitants of the back parts of Virginia, humbly showing that the petitioners have had a great expectation to hear by John Turk that the lands, granted at Ninety six, was purchased as Thomas Turk has informed them; that the Council did promise them that such a purchase should be obtained last March. That the petitioners trusting to his word have fully resolved to remove their families but as no certain account had been brought them of the purchase having been made, the same put a stop to their moving. Wherefore, if the Governor will soon make a real purchase of that land laid a part for them and then communicate the same to Thomas Turk, so that they may be informed of the truth thereof, if they can with safety then they will remove and come there. That the petitioners are informed that there are many loose persons who bear a bad character in some of those back parts and hope the Council will give them no manner of encouragement by letting them settle on any of that land, and pray that the Government would not grant away the best of that land, until they have time to hear of the purchase, and then to come and have their lot amongst us, they rely on the Clemency of the government in granting their request.

Signed: John Pickens, William Baskins, James Leslie and above 30 others."

Eight years later, on October 9, 1754, John and Eleanor sold their land in Virginia and by November 21, 1754 had left the county. The 1758 Augusta County, Virginia records list John as "Gone".

Apparently this is when John and Robert and their families moved to the Ninety-Six District in South Carolina.

Robert received a grant of 250 acres on Long Creek in the Calhoun settlement near Granville, South Carolina.

In 1787, Robert was the first person to be buried in the Pickens Cemetery on the old Pickens Plantation in Anderson County, South Carolina.

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PICKENS, Robert, b. 1697 in Ireland, d. 1787; (Notes: s/o William and Margaret Pickens who came from Ireland with their children in ca 1719, landing in probably Philadelphia, PA, and settling in the Pennslyvania country, probably Bucks County, where some of William and Margaret's grandchildren were born. William and Margaret probably died there. The children moved on from there, probably all following the great wagon road south, various ones stopping at different places along the way. Robert and his wife, Miriam Davis stopped at Frederick Co, MD, for a while, then moved to Wahaws, SC, where they rejoined at least this Robert's brother Andrew and his wife Anne (Nancy) Davis, who was surely a sister to Miriam. Another brother, John, appeared to have also joined them there, too. Then Andrew died in 1764, and the leadership of the family seemed to pass to the future Gen Andrew and Robert, and they both seemed to have moved to Long Canes Section of Ninety Six District, maybe in 1766 or even earlier, as the son Andrew had probably moved or at least claimed land earlier and may have persuaded his counterpart cousin Robert (the future Capt Robert) to do so also. Then the Robert branch of the family's leadership seems to pass to Capt Robert. The death date and place of Miriam is unknown, but the Waxhaws is a good guess. All family data and tradition both say the "patriarch" Robert died in 1787, as does the period tombstone, but his will was not probated until 1793, so some "documented" sources place his death in 1793, but traveling to Ninety Six or the adjacent town of Cambridge was not like running down to the county seat is today. It was a real hardship, and other things were more important than filing a will. It is said that Robert's is the oldest birth date on a grave in all of Anderson County, but I do not know if this is true or not. I do know it is the earliest grave in Pickens Cemetery. There are two stones, one a period memorial, now affixed to a more modern one placed ca 1989. Both say the identical same thing. Robert the "patriarch" was the father of Capt Robert Pickens.)

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Robert Pike Pickens's Timeline

1697
1697
Killedaugh, Limerick , Ireland
1736
1736
Age 39
PA
1736
Age 39
Pennsylvania, United States
1738
1738
Age 41
PA
1738
Age 41
1740
1740
Age 43
1742
1742
Age 45
1745
1745
Age 48
Frederick Co, MD
1747
February 26, 1747
Age 50
Frederick, Maryland