General Thomas McMeekin

    The General was born in 1773 in County Antrim, Ireland.  He migrated to America with his widowed mother nee Elizabeth Montgomery [1741-1790]  in 1783 settling in South Carolina.  Family legend reports that General Thomas McMeekin's father either drowned in the Irish sea or died on board ship after the family left for America. 

    "The Revolutionary War was just ending and General George Washington was in his last year of command over the Continental Army.  The defeated British were leaving the country through New York and leaving behind a brand new country with its first group of American war  veterans.  Most American soldiers had not been paid and were returning home with only a promise of payment from the newly formed Congress.

     "While the British were leaving New York in 1783, Elizabeth Montgomery McMeekin was arriving in South Carolina with her 10 year old son, Thomas.  Coming from Antrium [sic], Ireland to Newberry.   South Carolina must have been exciting for young Thomas."    From a card of an unknown source.

      He served as Brigadier General in the South Carolina Militia.  In 1834 he was a defendant in a trial during the nullification period, a time when South Carolina refused to uphold or validate federal law.

      Thomas married Margaret Mooty [also spelled Moody].  Margaret was born in 1773 and died in 1822 in Monticello, SC.  Their children were:

    Thomas George Washington McMeekin  1795-1837

    James  b. 1803  d. 1 Jan 1835 in Green County, Mississippi

    John McMeekin     1816-1836

    Mary     1817




   The General lived at what was later known as McMeekin Place, located about 199 yards from his grave, in Monticello South Carolina. 

. . . It was probably around 1825 when General McMeekin built the house known as McMeekin Place in Monticello, South Carolina.  His four children were born in this house.

     The house is unusual in design.  The ground floor is constructed with thick plantation-made brick walls.  Massive brick chimneys on one side of the house provide fireplaces for the rooms.  The design of the house is dominated by an unusually large triple window in the gable overhanging the front porch.  The front porch extents across the entire face of the building.  A rear wing with a gallery-like porch extends from the main structure.  The house, though empty and deserted, still stands proudly and defiantly.  From card.

The house was torn down about 1967.  The home was sketched by Julian Bolick and Andrew Pickens.  Photos below from the 1930s record a visit by Robert Reed Gladwin and his wife Florence McMeekin Gladwin to the home in disrepair. 


     The General was buried near his old plantation three miles south of Monticello, SC.  His tombstone reads "Sacred to the Memory of Gen. Thomas McMeekin who departed this life on 17 Oct 1847 in the 74th year of his age.  An honest man is the noblest work of God." 

   This page was last updated 04/02/2005