DICK, John

Last revised: 22 Feb 2014

(1747 – 19 Nov 1832)

John Dick was born in 1747 in Ireland of Scottish parents and died 19 Nov 1832 in Pulaski Co., KY

He was 01 Mar 1778 in Chester District, SC to Margaret “Peggie” Wylie. Whe was born in 1762 in Ireland to James and Sarah Whlie and died in 1846 in Pulaski Co., KY

They are both buried in Old Sardis Cemetery, a.k.a. Ansel Road Cemetery, North of Somerset in Pulaski Co., KY along with Rebecca & Robert Adams. Rebecca was the sister of Peggie.

John Dick arrived in Charleston, SC in December 1767 on the ship “Earl of Donegall” after having departed Belfast, Ireland on 26 Sep 1767 with “distant relative” James and Sarah Wylie and their children: Rebecca, age 11; Margaret “Peggie”, age 9; Samuel, age 6; John, age 4; and Mary McKinney age 70.

Early in the Revolution, John Dick enlisted on the side of the Colonists and served in the South Carolin Militia in a company commanded by Capt. Brown of Col. Sumpter’s Regiment. He was marched to Charleston and stationed at and fought in the Battle of Ft. Moultrie. He was wounded during the reprieve of Charleston. In 1780, John Dick was again called into service for three or four months by Capt. Bell of Sumpter’s Regiment, as a horseman. He was appointed Sargeant of the troups and sent south to a point just below Orangeburg, Ga. Here he was taken prisoner by the British and spend four weeks in the Orangeburg jail. He was taken then exchanged but his gun, horse and equipage were confiscated. He was at the storming of Columbia and Sumpter, in Augusta, and at St. Morris and St. Augusta in Savannah. He was in the Battles of Eautaw Springs and Gilford Courthouse. Although completing his tour of duty in 1781, John Dick continued to make scouting expeditions in search of the British, Indians and Tories.

After the Revolutionary War, John and Margaret “Peggie” Wylie Dick left her Wylie family in Chester District, SC and moved north through North Carolina and Tennessee setteling in Kentucky in the vally of Fishing Creek, tributary of the Cumberland River, near the small settlement of Ansel, about 12 miles northwest of what is now Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky. On 29 Jul 1841 the John Dick’s widow Margaret Dick applied for a Pension based upon her husband’s American RevolutionaryWar Service. Margaret Dick’s claim for pension approved and assigned Pension Number W-8668.