This large and respectable family live mostly on the north side of Little Pee Dee River. They are
a Scotch people, as their name, implies - honest and frugal, industrious, practical and trustworthy
every way, ambitious, seemingly only to establish and to preserve an unsullied character. This family
originated in and came from Scotland in the latter half of the eighteenth century. There were three
of four of them, first settler, whether brothers or relatives does no clearly appear, but is supposed
they were, at least ,in some degree, related to each other. Whether they came together or at different
time, does not appear, but they settled in close proximity to each other. Neil Carmichael was one of
them; he married Miss Christian Carmichael, a daughter of one of the emigrants - whether he and his
wife were cousins, does not appear; they had three sons, Archie, John and Daniel. Archie, known
as Sheriff Carmichael was born in 1797 and lived to the advanced age of eight-six years. ...
Another Duncan Camichael came from Scotland, and settled in upper Marion; he married a Miss Carmichael
and had three sons and three daughters; the sons were Dougald B., Neill C. and Daniel; the daughters
were Mary (Polly), Christian and Nancy.
Another family of Carmichaels, on Buck Swamp and Maiden Down, is also to be noticed among this large
connection - whether related to those above mentioned, is not certainly known, but suppose they are,
and had a common ancestor Scotland, whence they came. I allude to old Squire Dougald, a prosperous
and caption man in the section named. Squire Dougald Carmichael married Martha Carmichael, and had
four sons, James, Alexander, Angus and Daniel, and five daughters, Flora, Margaret, Nancy,
Mary and Sarah.
--A History of Marion County, W.W. Sellers (1902)
Excerpt transcribed and contributed by Helen Moody, March 2000.
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