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Samuel Norwood (1720-1790)
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Born: Abt 1720 Ireland.
Married: Elizabeth (1725-1812) .
Died: 1790 Abbeville South Carolina. 1
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Samuel Norwood
Abt 1720-1790
French & Indian War

Spouse and Children


Samuel probably arrived in America from Ireland in the 1730s. He was living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in 1738. The basis for Samuel's origin is based on that he was Presbyterian and during that time period Presbyterian equalled Scot-Irish. The areas that he settled, Augusta VA, Abbeville SC were predominantly Scot-Irish.

About 1745 Samuel traveled down the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road to Augusta County, Virginia as part of the Scot-Irish migration from 1717 to 1775. He and his wife, Elizabeth lived in part of Augusta County which is now Rockbridge County, Virginia for about twenty years. Samuel was a landowner and farmer of over a 1000 acres. He was a Captain in the militia during the French and Indian War. Samuel and his family left Virginia about 1765 and settled in the Ninety-Six District of South Carolina. This area would later become Abbeville County where Samuel and Elizabeth would live the rest of their lives. Samuel continued life as a farmer raising crops and livestock.

Samuel and his family supported the patriot cause during the Revolutionary War. Samuel supplied corn and wheat flour to the militia troops. Six of his sons fought during the war. 2 with the militia and 4 with the 3rd South Carolina Regiment. Daniel died as a prisoner of war. Richard was missing in action at Savannah 9 Oct 1779. John was a Captain of a ranger unit and fought at the Battle of the Cowpens.

Samuel was among the petitioners that formed the Presbyterian Congregation of Greenville in Abbeville County in 1787.2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


  1. Samuel Norwood's Last Will and Testament
  2. South Carolina Royal Land Grant
  3. Great Philadelphia Wagon Road
  4. Revolutionary War Marker, Abbeville South Carolina
  5. Preston's Register Copied from Draper Manuscripts, Preston Papers, Vol 1, 1731-57
  6. Borden Grant Map
  7. Ancestry.com. Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  8. Revolutionary War Service Records, Footnote.com
  9. Revolutionary War Service Records, Footnote.com
  10. Revolutionary War Service Records, Footnote.com
  11. Historical papers and addresses of the Lancaster County ..., Volumes 25-27
  12. Scotch-Irish Presbyterians From Ulster to Rockbridge
  13. Stub Entries to Indents Issued in Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution