"Many of my people has left me & gone over to the Enemy, for they think we have no army coming in & have been Deceived, as we hear nothing from you in a great while...." Francis Marion to his commander.
During the short encounter Marion lost his nephew and the battle to the British.
After the war William built Clifton Plantation and became so rich he was known as King Billy. President George Washington visited Clifton in 1791, impressed by the estate:
"Large, new and elegantly furnished. It stands on a sand hill, high for this country, with his rice fields below, the contrast of which with the lands bank of it, and the sand and piney barrens through which we passed, is scarcely to be believed."
The Alstons' position as wealthy planters and descendants of Colonial governors meant access to political power with two South Carolina state governors named Alston. King Billy's son Joseph Alston (1779−1816) served for two years during the War of 1812. He'd attended the Southern aristocracy's choice Northern school, the College of New Jersey in Princeton, where he met Theodosia Burr, daughter of the era's unsuccessful candidate for President. They married in 1801 just before Aaron Burr became Vice-President under victor Thomas Jefferson.
The young couple's honeymoon included a trip to the inauguration in Washington, the first in the new city. Theodosia, whose mother had died when she was a child, was close to her father.
She missed Burr in South Carolina where the climate and probably the culture held little appeal for her. Her one joy was son Aaron Burr Alston.
"Mrs. Alston is fully bent on going. You must not be surprised to see her very low, feeble, and emaciated. Her complaint is an almost incessant nervous fever." Timothy Green to Aaron Burr
After the Civil War the widowed Elizabeth managed an unprofitable rice plantation. To pay taxes, mortgages and living expenses she began writing weekly articles under the name Patience Pennington for the New York Sun describing her place and the life of the people who worked there in the early 20th century. The pieces were gathered in a popular book A Woman Rice Planter that solved her financial problems.
"Like her first book, Chronicles of Chicora Wood depicts an aristocratic view; the book gives the impression that white southerners heroically endured traumatic social changes and, incorrectly, assumes that slaves enjoyed their servitude."