Dyches Mill Plantation Baldock Allendale County
Much of the information on this page was contributed by Michael Dyches.
- Location Baldock, Allendale County
- Comments The original owner William Dyches was a devout Loyalist who fled North Carolina to Orangeburg District, South Carolina a Loyalist stronghold during the early years of the Revolution. He moved there with his in-laws, William and Nancy Everitt. Dyches served in the Loyalist militia but later pledged his allegiance to the freedom cause. His first wife died; he then had a common-law marriage to Leah Brooker who administered his estate and probably sold the plantation to Dr. Elijah Gillette. She changed the spelling to Dicks, giving rise to the present-day Dicks family of Barnwell County, South Carolina.
- Origin of name William Dyches and his son George operated a saw mill on what is now called Miller's Creek. The mill was powered by what was then a brand new invention, the steam engine. It was quite a profitable operation, and there are remnants of the old mill on the land today.
- Other names ?
- Current status Owned by Jimmy Elkins (2005)
- Alphabetical list William Dyches; Jimmy Elkins (2005); Dr. Elijah Gillette; Lavinia Gillett
- Number of slaves ?
References & Resources
- Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII
- Alexania Easterling Lawton and Minnie Reeves Wilson, Allendale on the Savannah, (Bamberg, SC: Bamberg Herald Printers, 1970)