At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, John and other
men from the Ninety-Six District, sent a letter to the
Council of Safety notifying them that they were forming a
militia unit to defend their country.
John became a Captain under the command of Andrew Pickens.
He was at the battles of Eutaw Springs, Kettle Creek and
Cowpens as well as being in charge of a ranger company to
protect the frontier against Indian attacks.
On the night of October 3rd, 1781 Loyalists and Cherokee
Indians lead by Major William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham
raided Pratts Mill and burned it to the ground. John was
wounded but was able to escape with his men The company
lost thirty 30 horses and saddles.
At the battle of the Cowpens, John took command of Andrew
Miller's men after Miller was killed in action.
In 1782 John killed John Masterson, a Tory who was known to
be "a notorious and mischievous enemy of the country". A
female slave was confiscated from another Tory named
Alexander Chavis and given to John as a reward for killing
John Masterson. Chavis later petitioned South Carolina for
compensation for the loss of his slave.
John continued living in Abbeville County after the war.
Here he was a landowner and farmer of hundreds of acres. He
remained part of the local militia, eventually being
promoted to Brigadier General.
John was a delegate from the 96th district to the 1790
constitutional convention in order to establish South
Carolina's first state constitution.
In 1792 John along with other citizens petitioned Abbeville
County for stronger laws and penalties to prevent such
behavior as profane swearing, drunkenness, and breaking the
Sabbath.2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
- Will of General John Norwood Abbeville County, SouthCarolina dated 01-12-1798
- Alexander Chavis Petition
- Grand Jury Petition
- Documentary History of the American Revolution
- Revolutionary War Marker, Abbeville South Carolina
- Roster Of South Carolina Patriots
- Ancestry.com, U.S., Sons of the American RevolutionMembership Applications, 1889-1970
- Revolutionary War Pension for John Miller, Fold3.com
- Revolutionary War Pension for William Perry, Fold3.com
- Revolutionary War Pension for Mathew Fox, Fold3.com
- Ninety Six District Delegate Return
- 1790 South Carolina Constitution (http://e-archives.sc.gov)