Person:Andrew Pickens (4)

Brig. Gen. Andrew Pickens
m. ABT 1730
  1. Catherine PickensABT 1730 -
  2. Joseph Pickens1736/37 - 1781
  3. Jane 'Jean' Pickens1738 - 1824
  4. Brig. Gen. Andrew Pickens1739 - 1817
  5. Israel PickensABT 1740 -
  6. Robert PickensABT 1741 - 1742-1831
  7. William PickensABT 1742 -
  8. Jonathan Pickens1745 - 1781
m. 19 MAR 1765
  1. Mary Pickens1766 - 1836
  2. Ezekiel Pickens1768 - 1818
  3. Male PickensBet 1770 and 1774 -
  4. Ann Pickens1770 - 1846
  5. Jane Pickens1773 - 1773
  6. Jane Bonneau Pickens1774 - 1848
  7. Margaret Pickins1777 - 1830
  8. Male PickensBet 1779 and 1786 -
  9. Gov. Andrew Pickens, Jr1779 - 1858
  10. Rebecca Pickens1784 - 1831
  11. Catherine Pickens1786 - 1871
  12. Joseph Pickens1791 - 1853
  • HBrig. Gen. Andrew Pickens1739 - 1817
  • WMary Nelson1738-1797 - 1818-1887
m. ABT 1815
Facts and Events
Name Brig. Gen. Andrew Pickens
Gender Male
Birth[1] 13 Sep 1739 Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Marriage 19 MAR 1765 Abbeville District, South Carolina to Rebecca Floride Calhoun
Marriage ABT 1815 to Mary Nelson
Death? 11 Aug 1817 Pendleton, South Carolina
Reference Number? Q506733?
Burial[3] Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson, Pickens, South Carolina, United States

From Wikipedia:


Early Life

Andrew Pickens was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of Scots-Irish immigrants, Andrew Pickens, Sr. and Anne (née Davis). His paternal great-grandparents were Huguenots Robert Andrew Pickens (Robert André Picon) and Esther-Jeanne, widow Bonneau, of South Carolina and La Rochelle, France.

In 1752 his family moved to the Waxhaws on the South Carolina frontier. He sold his farm there in 1764 and bought land in Abbeville County, South Carolina, near the Georgia border.

He established the Hopewell Plantation on the Seneca River, at which several treaties with Native Americans were held, each called the Treaty of Hopewell. Just across the river was the Cherokee town of Isunigu ("Seneca").

Military Career

He served in the Anglo-Cherokee War in 1760–1761. When the Revolutionary War started, he sided with the rebel militia, and was made a captain. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General during the war.

On February 14, 1779, he was part of the militia victory at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Georgia.

Pickens was captured at the Siege of Charleston in 1780. He saw action at the Battle of Cowpens, Siege of Augusta, Siege of Ninety Six, and the Battle of Eutaw Springs.

Pickens also led a campaign in north Georgia against the Cherokee Indians late in the war. His victorious campaign led to the Cherokees ceding significant portions of land between the Savannah and Chattachoochee rivers in the Long Swamp Treaty signed in what is currently Pickens County, Georgia. Pickens was well regarded by Native Americans that he dealt with and was given the name Skyagunsta, "The Wizard Owl."

He and three hundred of his men went home to sit out the war on parole.

Pickens' parole did not last, however. After Tory raiders destroyed most of his property and frightened his family, he informed the British that they had violated the terms of parole and rejoined the war. During this period of the war, Pickens would join Francis Marion and Thomas Sumter as the most well-known partisan leaders in the Carolinas. Sumter also resumed fighting under similar circumstances. Pickens was soon operating in the Ninety Six District.

Cowpens, South Carolina: Jan. 17, 1781:
At the Battle of Cowpens, Brig. General Daniel Morgan gave Pickens command of the militia, which played a key role in the battle. On the evening of January 16, Morgan personally instructed the militia to hold its ground while firing two rounds and then retreat. On the morning of January 17, Pickens and the militia carried out the plan perfectly, which led Lt. Colonel Banastre Tarleton and British to believe that the militia was fleeing. The British blindly charged ahead and were drawn into a double flanking and soundly defeated. Following Cowpens, South Carolina Governor John Rutledge promoted Pickens to brigadier general. He would also be awarded a sword by Congress.
Augusta, Georgia: May 22-June 5, 1781:
Pickens' militia was soon recalled to defend their own homes and so he missed the Battle of Guilford Courthouse on March 15, 1781. In April, he raised a regiments of state regulars. In May 1781, Maj. General Nathanael Greene sent Pickens and Lt. Colonel Henry Lee to support Elijah Clarke in operations against Augusta, Georgia. The siege began on May 22 and after maneuvering, securing outposts and the cutting off of reinforcements by the Patriots, Colonel Thomas Brown surrendered Augusta on June 5, 1781.
Ninety Six, South Carolina: May 22-June 19, 1781:
Following the surrender of Augusta, Pickens and Lt. Colonel Lee joined General Greene in his siege at Ninety Six, South Carolina. Greene had begun his siege on May 22, 1781, the same day that Augusta had been besieged. On June 11, Greene ordered Pickens and Lt. Colonel William Washington to aid Thomas Sumter in blocking a relief column led by Lord Rawdon. However, Sumter instead moved to Fort Granby, allowing Rawdon to make his way to Ninety Six. On June 19, Greene had to give up the siege and retreat after a failed assault.


He married Rebecca Floride Calhoun in 1765. They had 12 children, including Andrew Pickens who later became governor of South Carolina. He was also an uncle of Floride Calhoun, the wife of John C. Calhoun.

Andrew Pickens died near Tamassee, South Carolina, in Oconee County, on Aug. 11, 1817. He is buried at Old Stone Church Cemetery in Clemson, South Carolina.

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Andrew Pickens (September 13, 1739 – August 11, 1817) was a militia leader in the American Revolution and a member of the United States House of Representatives from South Carolina.



From DAR application for Linda Anne Daniel # 747983: "Andrew Pickens' service began on Nov 19 1775 when he was appointed Capt. of Company 2 under the command of Major Andrew Williamson. In January 1779, now Colonel Pickens, with 500 men attacked and dispersed Col. Boyds band of N.C. Loyalists on their way to Georgia. In January 1781 he rendered valuable service at the battle of Cowpens, fighting in the front lines. Gen. McCrady in his history of S.C. says, "The distinguishing feature of the battle of Cowpens upon the American side was undoubtedly the effectiveness of Pickens' marksmanship."

This sketch was taken from the obituary of General Pickens published in the Pendleton Messenger on the 27th day of August, 1817. (Old Pendleton District)

Was born in Buck County, Pennsylvania, September 13, 1739, and died August 11th, 1817. His ancestors left France after the Edict of Nantes. They went first to Scotland, then to Ireland and then to America. The family then removed to Augusta County, Virginia, and soon after to the Waxhaws in South Carolina before he had attained the age of manhood. In 1761 he served as a volunteer with Moultrie and Marion, in a bloody but successful expedition under Colonel Grant against the Cherokees. After the termination of that war he removed to Long Cane settlement in Abbeville. At an early period he took a positive stand against Great Britain, and at the commencement of the war was appointed captain of militia; rose to Major, Colonel and Brigadier General. In the most despondent period of the war with such leaders as Sumter and Marion he kept up the spirit of resistance against the British, Tories and Indians. In 1781 he commanded in chief the expedition against the Cherokees in the northwest corner of the State and such was his success in a short time he so subdued the spirit of that then powerful nation that a peace so permanent was effected that it since has not been disturbed. He fought at Cowpens, Eutaw, King's Mountain, and in many minor engagements both with British and Indians. In fact he stood as a power of strength, and was the great protector of all the Whig settlers in upper South Carolina. Peace being restored he served his country continuously in some public office until 1801. He made a treaty with the Cherokees by which that territory embraced in the counties of Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee was ceded to the State. This treaty was made at Hopewell on the banks of the Seneca Ricer nearby Cherry's Crossing on the Blue Ridge Railroad. Soon after this treaty General Pickens removed to Hopewell and erected a dwelling on the hill a short distance from the tree under which the treaty was made. He owned a large body of land on Seneca River, the lower part of which he subsequently gave to his son, Ezekiel Pickens. He served in the State Convention, in the Legislature and in Congress. He was appointed Major General of militia. While residing at Hopewell, he with Gen. Robert Anderson, built the first Presbyterian Church near where the old Stone Church now stands. When Pendleton District was formed he was one of the county judges, and held the first court ever held therein. About what time he removed to his beautiful and valuable farm, Tomassee, now in Oconee County, is not known, but he was evidently residing there when the war of 1812 broke out. In this emergency he was again pressed into public service. He accepted a seat in the Legislature and was pressed to accept the office of Governor at this eventful crisis, which he declined because he thought the office should be left to more youthful hands. He died August 11th, 1817, and was buried at the Old Stone Church. Early in life General Pickens married Rebecca Calhoun, March 19th, 1765, a sister of John Ewing Calhoun who was a senator in Congress, and the daughter of Ezekiel Calhoun, the brother Patrick Calhoun. They had a numerous family.


Books about Gen. Andrew Pickens:

  • "Skyagursta, The Border Wizard Owl" by Dr. A.L. Pickens, 1934
  • "The Fighting Elder : Andrew Pickens" by Alice Noble, Columbia, 1962
  • "The Life of General Frances Marion: also lives of Generals Moultrie, Pickens, and Governer Rutledge", Moore, 1845.
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  1. Reece, Pat - e-mail:, From Genforum post of 1/29/1999.
  2.   Email from William Lindsay.

    The Following e-mail establishes the place of Gen. Andrew Pickens birth:

    Subj: RE: Kerr Family
    Date:06/12/2000 1:44:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time (William Lindsey)

    Dear Jim,

    To add fodder to your theory that the Kerrs may have come from Paxton twp.
    in Lancaster Co., PA, there's an 1811 letter by Gen. Andrew Pickens (m.
    Rebecca Floride Calhoun, dau. of Ezekiel and Jean Ewing Calhoun) in which
    Gen. Pickens states that he was born in that township. It's transcribed in
    Sharp's history of the Pickens family, p. 135. It's to Gen. Light Horse
    Harry Lee:

    "I was born in PA, Paxton Township, on the 19th Sept. 1739. My father
    removed with his family when I was very young to Virginia, and settled for a
    few years west of where Staunton now stands about 8 miles, and in the year
    1752 or 3, removed to the Waxhaws and was amongst the first settlers of that
    part of South Carolina. My father and mother came from Ireland. My
    father's progenitors emigrated from France after the revocation of the Edict
    of Nantes."

    If I'm not mistaken, the location that Andrew Pickens describes--a few miles
    west of Staunton--is very near where the Kerrs of Augusta Co. were living in
    Beverley Manor.

    Sounds to me like a promising hypothesis, to think that the James Kerr who
    died in Orange Co. might very well be father of the James who died in 1770.
    I'll do all I can to help sort things out, though you're much more the
    expert re: this family than I am.


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