While the family lived in the cabin with a dirt floor until the end of the war, they then built what was called a good house. William and Barbara were not poor, but have brought over with them a considerable amout of gold guineas, which they secured by digging under a large flat rock that seemed to be sitting on top of the ground. After the war, when the first Hopewell Brick Church was built, Barbara gave 25 guineas to help pay for the church. Some of the guineas were used, in Charleston, for two African slaves, Sambo and Betsy.
In October of 1992 there were almost 40 Clan Moffatt Society members who can claim descendancy from one or more of the six children of William and Barbara Chestnut Moffatt. All appear to be avid genealogists, still seeking more complete and accurate information on their ancestry. Sources, in addition to James R. Moffatt's publication about mid-1930, include a copy of the land grant (in the possession of Ralph B. and Emily C. Moffatt), cemetery records (including personal visits to examine tombstones), letters, land records, vital statistics registers, newspaper clippings and family bibles. An annual gathering of these Moffatts is held on the 2nd Saturday in June. William
was born at Ballylig, Racavin Parish, Co. Antrim, Ireland
, in 1738. He was the son of Samuel Moffet
and Martha McCully
. He married Barbara Chesnut
at Co. Antrim, Ireland
, circa 1768. He emigrated, in August 1771. Point of origin: Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland. He served in the military during war time circa 1776 at South Carolina
. He made a will at Chester Co., South Carolina
, on 13 January 1794. William died on 20 January 1794 at Hopewell, Chester Co., South Carolina
. His body was interred in January 1794 at Hopewell, Chester Co., South Carolina
, at Moffatt-Strong-McDill Cemetery. The cemetery is on a portion of the original land grant..