- Harry M. Ward
Winn, Richard (1750– January 1824), revolutionary war soldier and congressman, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of Minor Winn, Sr., and Margaret O’Connor, farmers. The parents emigrated from Wales in the 1740s and changed their surname from Wynne to Winn. Richard Winn’s education is unknown, but he gained a knowledge of mathematics. He followed his brother John to South Carolina in 1768 and worked as a surveyor for a while in the employ of a British company. As was customary, Winn received as a fee one-eighth of the land that he surveyed. Winn and his brothers John and William became large landholders in the Fairfield District of upper-central South Carolina. They owned a whole town named after them, Winnsboro. Besides surveying, Winn was a planter and engaged in merchandizing. He was appointed a justice of the peace in 1775. About the time of the outbreak of the revolutionary war (c. 1775), Winn married Priscilla McKinnie; they had eleven children....