As far as I can follow my ancestory so far is to Nimrod Gilchrist / Kilcrease. He came from Scotland in 1790? Their were five brothers, three stayed in the south and two went north. The northerners spelled their names Gilchrist, the southerners spelled theirs Kilcrease because they were uneducated. This is what I have read so far from a history done by a family member. Most of my family ended up in and around Edgefirld county South Carolina.