Rob's Genealogy

Featuring the Cobb-Reyes-Bauer-Woodson families and their relations.

Person Page 55

Thomas H. McDILL1,2,3,4,5

born 1724/25, died 4 December 1794

Family: Margaret Chestnut (born 1 November 1739, died 6 December 1827)

Facts and Notes

  • Birth: 1724/25; Broughnow, IrelandB6,4
  • Birth: 1725; Ballymena, Antrim, Northern IrelandB2,1
  • Marriage: 1760; Margaret Chestnut6,4
  • Arrival: 1772; South Carolina, USAB; See person note5,6
  • Residence: 1790; Chester County, South Carolina, USAB; The household consisted of 11 free white persons: 3 females, 5 males under 16, and 3 males over 16. Thomas' son John was living next door3
  • Death: 4 December 1794; Chester County, South Carolina, USAB; Age: 691,6
  • Burial: After 4 December 1794; Moffatt-Strong-McDill Cemetery, Chester County, South Carolina, USAB6,1
  • Note: In their book McDills in America, Robert and Iva Woods relate the following tale: "On the way to America from Ireland, the crew of their ship mutinied and threw the captain overboard, and the First Mate took command. The First Mate and crew planned to take the passengers to Bermuda and sell them into slavery. As Thomas McDill had had some previous experience as a sailor, he was pressed into service and in mixing with the crew learned of their plans. He told his fellow immigrants and under his leadership the crew was overpowered and put in irons. Thomas McDill sailed the ship to America, landing in Charleston. (Some accounts indicate that they landed either in New York or in Chesapeake Bay and spent some time in Pennsylvania before going to South Carolina). They settled on Little Rocky Creek, where Thomas had a grant of land from the King of England."


  1. [S403], U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Record for Margaret McDill
  2. [S461] Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Births, Record for Thomas H Mcdill
  3. [S546], 1790 United States Federal Census, Year: 1790; Census Place: Chester, South Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 185; Image: 120; Family History Library Film: 0568151, Record for Thomas Mcdill
  4. [S425] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Source number: 23151.002; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1, Record for Thomas Mcdill
  5. [S488], U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, Place: South Carolina; Year: 1772; Page Number: 84, Record for Thomas McDill
  6. [S260] Robert McDill Woods and Iva Godfrey Woods, McDills in America: A History of the Descendents of John McDill and Janet Leslie of County Antrim, Ireland, page 4