John Cork was hardly settled before the Americans began their war for independence. Proof that John Cork served durin the Revelutionary War was found in the Historical Commission Building in Columbia, South Carolina.Stub entry #82 of the Revolutionary War claims states that on October 29, 1782 John Cork was paid 17 pounds for 119 days of duty as a horseman.
John Cork was the only Cork listed in te state of South Carolina when te first census of the United States was taken in 1790. He had living with him three males under 16 years of age and 6 families in the household. John Died February 15, 1798 in Woodward, South Carolina and is buried in the cemetery at located on highway #321.John was married to Isabella Elizabeth Kilpatrick,daughter of Robert Kilpatrick of County Antrium, Ireland. John Cork’s original marker was a small handmade stone with the inscription “JOHN CORK, died February 15, age 53,”
He was one of the builders of the Concord Presbyterian Church rebuilt in 1818 after a hurricane had destroyed the original building. It was still being used in 2004 when we attended a reunion service, but there are only a few people who attend.
The original house of John Cork built in 1775 is still standing but is unoccupied. It has had renovations with siding added and a tin roof on top. The house is about a mile and a half off highway #321 in the Woodward community..
The original marker has been replaced by a large bronze plaque placed there by the Daughters of the American Revolution and simply states “JOHN CORK, 1745-1798” The church was rebuilt.