Samuel McGowan was born in October of 1819 in South Carolina, and graduated from South Carolina College where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar, and started his own law practice. He then became very active in state politics. He started his military career as a private in the Mexican-American War. He was promoted to General of the Quarterman's Staff. He was wounded three times but continued to fight. After the war was over he returned to Abbeville and continued work at his law firm. McGowan participated in the South Carolina House of Represenatives, and was also active in militia were he was named Major General. With the secession of South Carolina in 1861, McGowan was commissioned a Brigadier General in the South Carolina state army. He was given command of one of the four brigades under General Beauregard in the attack and capture of Fort Sumter. He was severely wounded in the thigh, which put him out of commission for a while, but shortly after he returned. He suffered his worst wound yet in the forearm, and this injury would put him out for the duration of the war. McGowan died on August 9, 1897 at the age of 77 which is a notable achievement for a man who had been wounded seven times in two wars and did not perish from those wounds. He is buried there in Long Cane Cemetery.
William E. Barksdale was a World War 2 general,, whom eventually sold this property to his nephew JD Bundy of Monroe, South Carolina. Where the house was then given to the Abbeville Historical Society, and it is now a museum.