Gravel Hill
 
     Gravel Hill was the residence of John Palmer, a gentleman whose successful enterprise in the collection of naval stores has caused him to be remembered in our days by the distingnshed appellation of Turpentine John Palmer. His wife was Marianne, daughter of John Gendron, whose father, an emigrant Huguenot, was one of the pillars of the Church at Jamestown. Their children were: Capt. John Palmer, of Richmond, who married Anne Cahusac; Peter, who lived afterwards at Polebridge, and never married; and Thomas, who lived at Gravel Hill and married Elizabeth Richbourgh; after her death he married Amelia Jerman, and after her death, her sister, Harriet Jerman. Age and the infirmity of gout prevented both Mr. John Palmer and his brother Joseph, of Webdo, from bearing arms during the revolutionary struggle. But the former had sons who were active whigs, and the latter was known to be friendly to their cause. They were, therefore, made the victims of cruelty so wanton that it can hardly be credible that it proceeded from a civilized enemy. They were both seized and carried to Biggin Church, which was then a British post, and there inhumanly thrust into the Colleton family vault, without even a blanket to protect them from the unwholesome damps of their gloomy prison. After they were liberated they were two days returning to Gravel Hill, about ten miles distant. Oppressed with pain, infirmity, and anxiety, each brother occasionally carried the other on his back, when strength had failed and the urgency of advancing became or seemed apparent. 
 
 
Reminiscences of St. Stephen's Parish
Samuel DuBose
Copyright © 1972
by
Dorothy MacDowell Kelly