John Anchincloss Inglis

John Anchincloss Inglis was born in 1813, but had relocated to Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, by 1840. As a resident, he became an ordained Elder in the Presbyterian Church, Principal of Cheraw Academy and was admitted to the bar as a lawyer.

In 1860, he became one of three Chesterfield County Representatives to the South Carolina Secession Convention. Thereafter, proposing a committee be appointed to draft an Ordinance of Secession, he was appointed chairman of the Resolutions Committee. On December 20, 1860, Chancellor Inglis submitted the Ordinance, which was promptly signed and ratified by the representatives.

When Sherman and the Union Army arrived in Chesterfield County in March of 1865, they believed that Inglis might have authored the famous document, which resulted in their placing a $10,000 bounty on his capture, dead or alive. However, John, with his 16 year old daughter, Laura, had escaped to North Carolina, then on to Virginia, staying among various farm families.

Searching for Inglis at his house in town proving futile, the enraged soldiers went to his summer house about one mile south of town and burned it to the ground. His was the only residence burned in Cheraw.

In 1868, he and his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson is one of the almost legendary figures in Chesterfield County history. Born February 12, 1808, in the Mt.Croghan area, he was the son of Henry A. Jackson and Mary Blakeney. He was the namesake of his grandfather, Stephen Jackson, who had served as a Patriot during the American Revolutionary War. His mother's paternal grandfather was immigrant John Blakeney, who was Captain of the local militia during the Revolution. Apparently, Stephen inherited through his parents a driving determination for individual freedom of the people. He was known on both sides of the North Carolina/South Carolina border as being very vocal in regards to secession from the Union.

On November 19, 1860, at a parade for the upper battalion of militia, the people were addressed by the Honorable James White Blakeney, a General during the War of 1812, and current Senator, Representative, Colonel's McFarland and Prince, and lastly by Colonel Stephen Jackson. At the end of his speech he rendered the question of submission to the Lincoln Government or resistance by secession. The battalion voted for succession, this being the first secessionist meeting by any county in South Carolina.

Local tradition states that Colonel Jackson also had a bounty on him as the Federal troops rampaged through Chesterfield County. He died November 16, 1887, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, and was buried in the May Family Cemetery on the Maysville Road at the North Carolina/South Carolina border. Unfortunately, the land was sold to a non-family member and the cemetery was plowed under. A marker now stands at Elizabeth Baptist Church for this Chesterfield County leader, much respected and loved.