Map of Thicketty Creek / Cowpens Battleground Area
Thicketty Creek runs from the n.w. corner of Cherokee Co. SC, near Cowpens Battleground, to the s.e. corner where it joins the Broad River at the York Co. SC line.
Until 1867, the Spartanburg/Union county line was an extension of the olive-colored line seen south of Pacolet Mills (bottom center) northeastward toward the town of Blacksburg, but ending at the Broad River. To the east (right) of the river was York County.
Buck Creek Baptist Church, today on a peninsular in Lake Blalock on the Pacolet River, just to the west of the town of Mayo in Spartanburg Co., is the burial site of James Turner and Margaret Headen Turner. This is believed to be near the George Turner homesite. James' half-brother Henry Turner married Margaret's sister Tamer Headen. Both wives are daughters of Wm. Headen. Both husbands were sons of George Turner.
Wm. Headen,Jr., in his Rev.War pension statement, said his father's home was "in the neighborhood of" Cowpens battle site. Bobby G. Moss, in his "South Carolina Patriots...", from an unknown source, says it was 7 miles away. For reference, the presentday town of Cowpens is about 7 miles away from the battleground.
David Robertson (of "Tryon Co. NC"), when he died, owned 400 acres of land on both sides of Thicketty Creek in presentday Cherokee Co. SC. This land once lay within Union Co. placing it generally south of Gaffney. His son David is believed to have married Jane Headen daughter of Wm. Headen. David's brother James is believed to have married Sarah Headen, sister to Jane.
Polecat Branch, due south of presentday Gaffney, where David and Jane Robertson sold property in 1790.
George Turner and wife Nancy sold property on Thicketty Creek (Spartanburg Co, B, pp162-3) 1786.*
Geo. Turner & Susannah Holloway sold property on Goucher Cr. to John Headen, witnessed by Henry Turner and Wm. Headen 1786 (Spartanburg Co., B, p.165).*
1788, Wm. Headen witness to property sale between Thicketty Cr. and Goucher Cr. (Spartanburg Co., B, pp.221-2).*
1790, Henry Turner (married Tamer Headen) sold property to John Headen on branch of Goucher's Cr of Thicketty Cr, witnessed by John Headen (Spartanburg Co., C, pp.19-20)*
From about 1784 until 1806, William Shed (married Elizabeth Headen) lived on Casey (Case's) Creek. His property believed adjacent to that of James Turner (married Margaret Headen).*
Vardry McBee, local militia captain from 10 Jun 1780 to 10 Jan 1782, lived at Limestone Springs, located in the southern half of presentday Gaffney.
Vardry McBee took part in the taking of Thicketty Fort which was located very close to site of presentday town of Cowpens.