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I am not absolutely certain, but according to census data, the information on the Cavanahs seems confusing. I know that William T. is a son a John Henry Cavanah; it is possible that there are two lines of Cavanahs both originating in Northern Christian, or perhaps what the author refers to as Northern Christian eventually became Webster and/or Hopkins, with the Fruit Hill line being located in what is now Northern Christian. If the author had footnoted, any reader could verify the information, but unfortunately, without sources cited, this could just be a fictional story, spun to create a little local history.
The biography of James Shaw Wilkins needs to be amended. The progenitor of this line, James Wilkins, married Elizabeth White on May 16, 1769 per Revolutionary Pension Application. Therefore, he was in America before the stated date of 1774. Though Elizabeth came from Antrim Co., Ireland, the origin of James has not been determined. Also, James Wilkins of SC and Ky. was not held on a prison ship in Charleston harbor. That James Wilkins was a carpenter in Charleston and the brother of Benjamin Wilkins who was killed at Beaufort, SC. This information can be verified at the SC Archives in Colombia, SC.