An intriguing request from the American South and a possible link between the College Valley and the American
I am interested in seeking information from you concerning WhiteHall. If I may, I will provide below why.
-Brig. Gen. Andrew Williamson was a general in the backcountry of South Carolina during part of the American
Revolution. He commanded the Whig (Patriot) forces in the District Ninety-Six area.
-A small number of researchers, including myself, are beginning to take a serious look at his life. He is one of
the major figures of the revolution in the South for which there is no biography.
-Among the earliest mention of him is a statement that he was born in Scotland but came to America as a young
child. Nothing more is known.
-In his will he mentions “…of my two sister Isabel and Jane the former married to ____ Ramsey of Alnwick in the county
of Northumberland in the Kingdom of Great Britain…”
-Among the more prominent bits of information about Williamson that we do have is that he owned an impressive
plantation near Spartanburg, South Carolina. Originally it was named Hard Labor, but immediately upon purchase,
Williamson changed the name to White Hall. The most obvious
conclusion is perhaps the main house was painted white. We do know it was a center for entertaining both British
and Patriot leaders as various times. But could there be another reason he named it Whitehall?
-In my research on Williamson, I have come to focus on Christ
Church at Tyne Mouth. There is a Williamson family that meets most of the
criteria of proper time frame, family given names, etc. It appears this sister Isabel Williamson married a David
-But here is the thing that catches my attention. In my look at this part of your country, I notice that sometime
there appear on maps “Whitehall.” This has lead me to your stunningly beautiful College Valley.
I am interested in knowing more about this WhiteHall, and the history of the Valley about 1720-30. and exploring
the possibility that General Andrew Williamson was not born in Scotland, but rather comes from Northumberland. Is
Whitehall a “location’, an unincorporated community or the name of a house?
We are not so much interested in genealogy as in establishing why it is Andrew Williamson was well received by the
British high command In America – Nisbett Balfour, Lord Cornwallis, Cruger – all treated him as a companion to the
extent that Gen. Williamson eventually becomes known as the “Benedict Arnold of the South.” If I can establish a
family connection to Northumberland, then I have taken a step toward a possible explanation.