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The Pinckneys of South Carolina

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney The founder of this family in America was Thomas Pinckney, who emigrated to South Carolina in the year 1692. He possessed a large fortune, and built in Charleston a stately mansion, which is still standing, unless it was demolished during the late war. A curious anecdote is related of this original Pinckney, which is about all that is now known of him. Standing at the window of his house one day, with his wife at his side, he noticed a stream of passengers walking up the street, who had just landed from a vessel that day arrived from the West Indies. The eldest son of Thomas was Charles Pinckney who embraced the legal profession and rose to be Chief Justice of the Province of South Carolina; hence, he is usually spoken of and distinguished from the rest of the family as "Chief Justice Pinckney." The son was educated in England where he was married. Returning to Charleston, he acquired a large fortune by the practice of his profession. A strange anecdote is related of his wife also. After he had been married many years without having children, a young lady named Eliza Lucas, daughter of an officer in the English army, visited Charleston. She was an exceedingly lovely and brilliant girl, and made a great stir in the province. She was particularly admired by the wife of the Chief Justice, who said one day in jest: "Rather than have Miss Lucas return home, I will myself step out of the way, and let her take my place." Within a few months after uttering these words she died, and soon after her death the Chief Justice actually married Miss Lucas. This lady gave birth to the two brothers Pinckney, who are of most note in the general history of the country. The elder of these was Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, born in 1746, and the younger was Thomas, born in 1750. When these two boys were old enough to begin their education, their father, the Chief Justice, like a good father as he was, went with them to England, accompanied by all his family, and there resided for many years while they attended school. The boys were placed at Westminster school in London, and completed their studies at the University of Oxford. After leaving the University they began the study of the law in London, and were pursuing their studies there when the troubles preceding the Revolutionary War hastened their return to their native land. They had been absent from their country twenty-one years! The landscape had changed; the elder of these brothers could remember when the first planter's wagon was driven into Charleston. This was about the year 1753. Pointing to this wagon one day, his father said to him: "Charles, by the time you are a man, I don't doubt there will be at least twenty wagons coming to town." Often in after life, when he would meet a long string of wagons in the country loaded with cotton or rice, he would relate this reminiscence of his childhood, and add: "How happy my father would have been in the growth and prosperity of Carolina!" These young men were just coming of age a the beginning of the Stamp Act agitation, and entered the Continental army and served gallantly throughout the war. In 1780 we find Charles Cotesworth Pinckney writing to his wife in the following noble strain: "Our friend, Philip Neyle was killed by a cannon-ball coming through one of the embrasures; but I do not pity him, for he has died nobly in the defense of his country; but I pity his aged father, now unhappily bereaved of his beloved and only child." To one of his young friends he wrote soon after: "If I had a vein that did not beat with love for my country, I myself would open it. If I had a drop of blood that could flow dishonorably, I myself would let it out." It was the fortune of both these brothers to be held for a long time by the enemy as prisoners of war. The elder was captured upon the surrender of Charleston. The younger was desperately wounded at the battle of Camden, and was about to be transfixed by a bayonet, when a British officer who had known him at college recognized his features, and cried out in the nick of time: "Save Tom Pinckney!" The uplifted bayonet was withheld, and the wounded man was borne from the field a prisoner. After the peace, General C. C. Pinckney was a member of the convention which framed our Constitution. During the Presidency of General Washington, he declined, first a seat upon the bench of the Supreme Court, and twice declined entering the cabinet. During the last year of Washington's administration, he accepted the appointment of Minister to France, and it was while residing in Paris, that he uttered a few words which will probably render his name immortal. He was associated with Chief Justice Marshall and Elbridge Gerry, and their great object was to prevent a war between the United States and France. It was during the reign of the corrupt Directory that they performed this mission; and Talleyrand, the Minister of War, gave them to understand that nothing could be accomplished in the way of negotiation unless they were prepared to present to the government a large sum of money. The honest Americans objecting to this proposal, Talleyrand intimated to them that they must either give the money or accept the alternative of war. Then it was that the honest and gallant Charles Cotesworth Pinckney uttered the words which Americans will never forget till they have ceased to be worthy of their ancestors. Upon his return to the United States, war being imminent with France, he was appointed a Major-general in the army, and in the year 1800 he was a candidate for the Presidency. He lived to the year 1825, when he died at Charleston at the age of seventy-nine. His brother Thomas was the Governor of South Carolina in 1789, and in 1792 was appointed by General Washington Minister to Great Britain. After residing some years in England, he was sent to Spain, where he negotiated the important treaty which secured us the free navigation of the Mississippi. After his return home, he served several years in Congress on the Federal side, and then retired to private life. During the war of 1812, he received the commission of Major-general, and served under General Jackson at the celebrated battle of Horseshoe Bend, where the power of the Creek Indians was broken forever. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney died at Charleston in 1828, aged seventy-eight years. Source: Revolutionary Heroes, And Other Historical Papers by James Parton

If your Ancestors were Colonials, also search Charleston Records

rice culture Dating back to the early 1600s, Charleston was a port city with vibrant trade of the New England States as well as merchants from London and the sugar plantations of Barbados. Immigrants from France, Germany and other European countries settled there. A walk downtown will reveal old cemeteries of Huguenots as well as its earliest settlers. Charleston was the nearest settlement of civilization people when Oglethorpe brought settlers to Savannah. No wonder that during times of drought, certain of those immigrants ran away to Charleston! Rice was introduced as a crop about 1685 from Madagascar when a vessel encountered a storm and put into the Charleston harbor. That was how it began. The navigation the Cooper and Ashley rivers made for easy trade and prosperity of rice plantations and coastal South Carolina soon became the largest producer of rice in the colonies. Rice dominated the scene up until the Civil War. One can expect to find deeds and affidavits pertaining to settlers in New England, as well as merchants traveling the High Seas. It another source which should not be ignored. And the good news is, that the records survived! See Names of Charleston Ancestors

Do you have a Colonial Ancestor? The Importance of Searching Charleston Records

Charleston HarborIn 1678 the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina was established at Albemarle Point. In the beginning of colnial times, however, the province included both North Carolina and South Carolina. They did not become separate royal colonies until 1712. Major settlement began after 1651 as the northern half of the British colony of Carolina attracted frontiersmen from Pennsylvania and Virginia, while the southern parts were populated by wealthy English people who set up large plantations dependent on slave labor, for the cultivation of cotton, rice, and indigo. South Carolina's capital city of Charleston became a major port for traffic on the Atlantic Ocean, and South Carolina developed indigo, rice and Sea Island cotton as commodity crop exports, making it one of the most prosperous of the colonies. Charleston maintained its port city with a strong colonial government who fought wars with the local Indians, and with Spanish outposts in Florida. The Spanish, well-garrisoned with its fleet in St. Augustine, were always a threat. And pirates plundered throughout the Atlantic from the New England States to Charleston. Since Charleston was an active port city trading with New England States, Savannah and other countries, tis wise for the genealogist to dig into the oldest records there. Interesting, one will discover bonds and affidavits regarding court trials against pirates, and other business which affected the Carolina regions. In tracing SC families one must consider all of the regional and historical aspects. South Carolina Pioneers has an online collection of the oldest surviving wills, estates and deeds dating from 1687 to 1846. The point is that your ancestors could have easily landed at the Charleston port as anywhere else. It is a source which should not be overlooked.

Colonial Days in Charleston and Savannah

Charleston SC Finding colonial ancestors in Georgia and South Carolina can seem rather bleak but actually they left more detailed information in their documents than any other time. The history of colonial territories speaks for itself. The colonials who established Savannah also had relatives in Beaufort and Charleston and even the New England states. The reason is that colonial days in the South meant networking with friends and relatives in agricultural pursuits in the business of growing a stable economy. Although many of the first settlers received land grants, they also purchased large tracts of land and expanded their operations. Colonialism was not a sleepy venture, rather a hard-working society of agriculturists who risked their lives and fortunes in unexplored territories. It was the colonials who created a busy hive of activity in the building of towns and villages and constructing an economy. When tracing in Georgia or South Carolina, one should also examine records in Charleston, the landing place for all adventurers. do not forget Beaufort as it was one of the largest harbors along the east coast having attracted the Spanish and pirates during the early 16th century. However it was the Europeans who established the first permanent settlement at Albemarle Point near the present-day Charleston in 1670. About ten years later, a group of Scottish settlers made Beaufort their home. This settlement was along the Ashley River. The William Gibbons family established a network of plantations along the Frederica River and in the village of Nowington near Matthew Loudermilk and James Baillou. His sons, James and Joseph, had plantations on the Great Satilla River in South Carolina, near the bluff on the bank of the Savannah River and had town homes in Savannah. Another son, Josiah Gibbons, lived on about a thousand acres on the Newport River. Sarah Gibbons had a grandson, Noble Wimberly Jones of Savannah. They intermarried with Telfairs, Jones, Halls and McAllisters of Liberty and Chatham Counties and all of these families also prospered on their lands in South Carolina. Pierce Mease Butler was probably the wealthiest colonial planter in the South. His plantations spanned thousands of acres along the waterways of both states. His wife was Fanny Kemble, the actress who wrote spitefully about her life on a Georgia plantation. It is noteworthy to say that (for that era) she was doubtless cared for with a large entourage of servants and the finest of possessions. The Butlers were friends with the wealthiest of people like the Coupers of St. Simons Island and Noble Jones of Wormsloe plantation in Savannah. The way to learn more about the past days is to read the old colonial wills in Savannah and Charleston. The reason is for the detailed inventories of plantations as well as the naming and mentioning of relatives who resided in England, the Barbadoes and the New England states. For example, John Gibbons of Savannah named his Miller nephews of Natchez. Too, the old colonial wills in Virginia also bequeath property and persons to relatives in Great Britain. I not only read the wills and estates of my direct line, but read those of the spouses of their children. Sometimes even the slightest mention of a person indicates some sort of relationship. Of course, land grants denoting surveys (and neighbors) and deeds frequently help to further clarify relationships. The detail in wills is the main reason that I continue to add the original documents or typescripts to the websites. I know, this is a forever project, but we cannot really get our teeth into family history without such documents. Every little bit helps!

The Charleston Harbor

Charleston Harbor Finding colonial ancestors in Georgia and South Carolina can seem rather bleak but actually they left more detailed information in their documents than any other time. The history of colonial territoories speaks for itself. The colonials who established Savannah also had relatives in Beaufort and Charleston and even the New England states. The reason is that colonial days in the South meant networking with friends and relatives in agricultural pursuits in the business of growing a stable economy. Although many of the first settlers received land grants, they also purchased large tracts of land and expanded their operations. Colonialism was not a sleepy venture, rather a hard-working society of agriculturists who risked their lives and fortunes in unexplored territories. It was the colonials who created a busy hive of activity in the building of towns and villages and constructing an economy. When tracing in Georgia or South Carolina, one should also examine records in Charleston, the landing place for all adventurers. do not forget Beaufort as it was one of the largest harbors along the east coast having attracted the Spanish and pirates during the early 16th century. However it was the Europeans who established the first permanent settlement at Albemarle Point near the present-day Charleston in 1670. About ten years later, a group of Scottish settlers made Beaufort their home. This settlement was along the Ashley River. The William Gibbons family established a network of plantations along the Frederica River and in the village of Nowington near Matthew Loudermilk and James Baillou. His sons, James and Joseph, had plantations on the Great Satilla River in South Carolina, near the bluff on the bank of the Savannah River and had town homes in Savannah. Another son, Josiah Gibbons, lived on about a thousand acres on the Newport River. Sarah Gibbons had a grandson, Noble Wimberly Jones of Savannah. They intermarried with Telfairs, Jones, Halls and McAllisters of Liberty and Chatham Counties and all of these families also prospered on their lands in South Carolina. Pierce Mease Butler was probably the wealthiest colonial planter in the South. His plantations spanned thousands of acres along the waterways of both states. His wife was Fanny Kemble, the actress who wrote spitefully about her life on a Georgia plantation. It is noteworthy to say that (for that era) she was doubtless cared for with a large entourage of servants and the finest of possessions. The Butlers were friends with the wealthiest of people like the Coupers of St. Simons Island and Noble Jones of Wormsloe plantation in Savannah. The way to learn more about the past days is to read the old colonial wills in Savannah and Charleston. The reason is for the detailed inventories of plantations as well as the naming and mentioning of relatives who resided in England, the Barbadoes and the New England states. For example, John Gibbons of Savannah named his Miller nephews of Natchez. Too, the old colonial wills in Virginia also bequeath property and persons to relatives in Great Britain. I not only read the wills and estates of my direct line, but read those of the spouses of their children. Sometimes even the slightest mention of a person indicates some sort of relationship. Of course, land grants denoting surveys (and neighbors) and deeds frequently help to further clarify relationships. The detail in wills is the main reason that I continue to add the original documents or typescripts to the websites. I know, this is a forever project, but we cannot really get our teeth into family history without such documents. Every little bit helps!

Ships Lost at Sea

sunken ship For 169 years vessels crossed the Atlantic into the American colonies. The adventure cost numerous lives and property and vessels went down in storms and were caught on sand bars. Some vessels bound for Virginia, for example, found it necessary to unload their cargo in the ports of New England. When General Oglethorpe engaged the first vessel to the Colony of Georgia, the captain refused to go any further south than Port Royal. Hence, its passengers had to travel by foot into Georgia. Only today through the use of sonar equipment are we realizing that thousands of vessels sank in the shipping lanes traveling their routes from Europe and the West Indies to the American ports. An examination of the deed records of Sunbury, Georgia in Liberty County reveals contracts between ship captains and colonists. The content usually specifies that if the goods do not arrive by a date certain, or if the cargo is spoilt, that the captain will not be paid. There is good reason, because the seas were frought with storms, hurricanes and sandbars. As one studies these deeds, it is quite obvious that deliveries were not always made in a timely fashion which prompted the captain to bring an offical complaint. Ultimately, the resort town of Sunbury was destroyed by a hurricane about 1800. A visit to the site is laughable. It is privately owned today and one cannot help but wonder how this remotely situated site between Charleston and Savannah housed more than 400 homes and a thriving economy. Yet the records reflect that it did. The loss of thousands of vessels during the colonial years means that the ships manifest and passenger lists also sank. This means that the collection of Immigration records at the National Archives is but a small percentage of a truer picture and it serves to emphasize the need to examine more closely "all surviving" county records from the earliest times. All of Charleston, South Carolina records are in tact, including affidavits and deeds pertaining to the affairs of the colonists. Although it is difficult to read 17th and 18th century documents, it is quite necessary, if ever we are to get to comprehend the whole picture and trace further back on the ancestors. The growing collection of Pioneer Families affords the genealogist images of actual documents, such as wills, estates, marriages, deeds, etc. A subscription is offered under 8 Genealogy Websites and includes:

The McDuffie-Metcalfe Duel

duels"A report reached us last week that Mr. McDuffie of South Carolina had been killed in a duel by Mr. Metcalfe of Kentucky. But this was not the fact. A challenge was sent by McDuffie to Metcalfe and accepted. Judge Clarke, who acted as the friend of General Metcalf proposed rifles, as the weapons to be used on the occasion. This was objected to by Major Hamilton, the friend of McDuffie, who contended that the weapon should be pistols. Judge Clarke resisted on their right to the choice, which was not conceded by Major Hamilton. And here the matter rests." Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia. March 12, 1827.

Trade Wars Between Spain and Great Britain

ships "From Matanzas. We learn from Captain Lewis of the schooner Planter, arrived yesterday that the steamboat from Havana came down the evening before he sailed. He was informed that an embargo had been laid upon all Spanish vessels in that port and similar vessels in the port of Mantanzas. Captain Lewis hastened his departure. Commander Porter, with his Mexican squadron, had been cruising between Havana and Matanzas, for some days but information reached Cuba, just before the sailing of the Planter. Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, February 5, 1827.

Swiss Emigrants

114 emigrants from Switzerland came as passengers in the brig Meridian from Havre, arrived Sunday last. Both sexes and different ages. Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, GA, July 5, 1828.

David Hamilton of Charleston, South Carolina

St. Philips Church, Charleston, South Carolina When the city of Charleston was surrendered to the British commander, David Hamilton,was taken as a prisoner of war. He was offered a parole if he would promise not to take up arms against the mother country, which he declined. History of the Revolution in South Carolina by Ramsay records his name as being among the prisoners confined on board the prison ship Torbay in Charleston harbor in May of 1781. This vessel conveyed these prisoners to Philadelphia where they remained until the treaty of peace was signed at Paris in 1783. Family records tell that during his detention he received permission to go about the city and his wife Elizabeth, joined him there. During her sojourn, a third daughter, Grizelle Agnes Hamilton, was born, and later became the wife of Captain Joseph Taylor, U. S. N. After the Revolutionary War, David Hamilton returned to Charleston and engaged in business with his brother-in-law, Christopher Fitz Simons, who was also an Irishman of wealth and culture, and ancestor of Wade Hampton, the brave cavalry leader of the Southern army in Virginia. Yet, Mr. Fitz Simons was still wealthier, having $700,000, as his last will and testament reveals. When his daughter, Anne Fitz Simons, married Wade Hampton the second, her dower was worth some $100,000. The father of Colonel Hampton was the richest planter in the South. Christopher Fitz Simons died several years before David Hamilton, his last will and testament revealing that he bequeathed to David Hamilton 50 pounds as a souvenir, according to the old English custom, and that he desired the business to continue under the firm name of Hamilton & Co. David Hamilton died in Charleston, on November 29, 1794, and was buried in St. Philips churchyard. In these sacred precincts also rest the ashes of many of his descendants. David Hamilton left five daughters and three sons: Elizabeth, who became Mrs. Pritchard; Anne, Mrs. Harvey; Catherine, Mrs. Pritchard; Grizelle Agnes, Mrs. Taylor; Mary, Mrs. Sullivan; of his three sons, David, John and William, David and William died unmarried. His married son, John, left a son and two daughters, from one of whom (Mary), Mrs. Nesbit, springs the family of the same name, wealthy planters of Georgetown, South Carolina from the daughters of David Hamilton. William Pritchard, her grandson, whose name is carved on the white marble tablet which stands in the vestibule of St. Philips Episcopal church, was a member of the historic Washington Light Infantry of Charleston, and died of country fever during the Civil War. The daughter of Mrs. Harvey, Anne, married Commandant Knight, U. S. N. Commandant Knight died while in service on the coast of Africa, of African fever. His remains still rest there. The grandson of Mrs. Taylor, William Joseph Magill, commanded a regiment of Georgia regulars during the Civil War. He was a graduate of the Military Academy of South Carolina, a man of fine physique and pleasing address. Colonel Magill lost an arm at the battle of Sharpsburg, and died some few years ago in Florida where he had settled after the war. Surviving descendants of David Hamilton are the Godfreys of Georgia, the Magills of Florida, the Harveys, Stroheckers, Pritchards, Knoxes, Poppenheims, Milers, O.Driscolls, Langleys, Cantwells, Nesbits and Morrisons of South Carolina, and a family of Prestons in Alabama. A granddaughter, Mary Pritchard, married Dr. Barnard of New Haven, Conn., and her descendants still reside in that city. Source: Some Irish Settlers in Virginia by Hon. Joseph T. Lawless, Richmond, Virginia

The Confederate Submarine

In February of 1864, the Confederate H.L. Hunley was the first submarine to sink an enemy warship. After wards, the sub sank in the Charleston Harbor with nine crew members aboard. Over a hundred years passed before the sub was raised by archaeologists and transport to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston. There it was placed in a large steel tank filled with 55,000 gallons of chilled fresh water to minimize bacteria and corrosion and to protect and stabilize the sub. Since then, scientists have been working to study and preserve the Civil War submarine. Tourist are welcome.

1706 Attack of Charleston

Colonel William Rhett During August of 1706, Charleston was attacked by a French and Spanish squadron. As it turns out, the people had left the city. Yellow fever, with half a dozen deaths daily in a population of 3,000, had frightened many people away. On a broiling Saturday afternoon five columns of smoke floating lazily up over the Island of Sullivan Island announcing that five warships were descried in the offing. They were French privateers with Spanish reinforcements from Cuba and St. Augustine. When the signal was reported to the governor at his country house, the militia were called out and the ships in the harbor were quickly made ready for action. The evening air was vocal with alarm guns. But the enemy approached with such excessive caution that Johnson had ample time for preparation. It was not until Wednesday that the affair matured. Then the French commander sent a flag of truce ashore and demanded, in the name of Louis XIV., the surrender of the town and its inhabitants; the governor, he said, might have an hour to consider his answer. Johnson replied that he did not need a minute, and told the Frenchman to go to the devil. The enemy then landed 150 men on the north shore of the harbour, at Haddrells Beacon, but the militia soon drove them into the water, with the loss of a dozen killed and more than thirty prisoners. Many more were drowned in swimming to their boats. Another detachment on the south shore was similarly discomfited. On Thursday Colonel William Rhett, with six small craft heavily armed and a fire-ship, bore down upon the fleet of the enemy. But instead of waiting to fight, the French commander hastily 294 stood out to sea. This conduct, as well as his whole delay, may be explained by the fact that an important part of his force had not come up. The best of the French ships, carrying beside her marine force some 200 regular infantry, did not arrive until Friday, when, in ignorance of the repulse of her consorts, she entered Sewee Bay and landed her soldiers. It was rushing into the jaws of the lion. The soldiers were promptly attacked and put to flight with the loss of one third of their number, while at the same time Colonel Rhett blockaded the bay and took the French ship with all on board. Thus the ill-concerted attack ended in ignominious defeat, with the loss of the best ship and 300 men out of 800. Source: Old Virginia and Her Neighbours, Volume II, By John Fiske

Don't Forget to Search the Port City of Charleston

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland AustinCharleston Port The social experiment of General Oglethorpe taking the poor citizens of London off the streets providing opportunity for them in the New World, specifically the Colony of Georgia, did not work. Many of those same people, once in Savannah, were lazy and no account. The exception were the Germans brought to Ebenezer, who suffered the same hardships, yet labored long hours in the fields and became an thriving community. By 1741, the lazy people ran off to Charleston, South Carolina. Many of these names may be found in the Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler. The researcher must afterward research the Colonial Records of Charleston, all of which survived. The port city of Charleston thrived during the worst of times and its records disclose affidavits of court cases, deeds, estates, wills, etc. You get everything from the menial activities of mariners to the capture of pirates! The Charleston records dating from 1671 to 1846 are available to members of South Carolina Pioneers

The Butlers of Charleston

St. Luke's Church in Redcliffe Anyone who is acquainted with Gone with the Wind remembers that Rhett Butler's family was from Charleston. Interestingly, Margaret Mitchell used familiar relatives in her book. When Thomas Butler, a ship carpenter, arrived from Redcliffe (southwest London) to Charleston, South Carolina in 1672, he transported with him five servants. Later, in September of 1675, his wife, Sarah, a son and daughter, arrived in Charleston. The family of Richard Butler, born ca 1675 is traced and available to members in the "genealogy vault" of Georgia Pioneers

The Ship "Carolina" Survives Hurricanes and Reaches Charleston in 1669

Map of Ashley and Cooper Rivers In 1669 the Lords Proprietaries sent out from England three ships, the Carolina, the Port Royal, and the Albemarle, with about a hundred colonists aboard. They sailed the old sea road which took them first to Barbados. At was at Barbados that the Albemarle was caught in a storm, and wrecked. But there was more trouble ahead. As the other two ships, with a Barbados sloop, sailed on anal approached the Bahamas, the Port Royal was destroyed by another hurricane. The Carolina, however, pushed on with the sloop, reached Bermuda, and rested there. Then, with a small ship purchased in these islands, she turned west by south and came in March of 1670 to the good harbor of Port Royal, South Carolina. Southward, the Spaniards held old Florida where the town of St. Augustine had flourished since the 16th century. From this vantage, the Spanish could easily descend upon the English newcomers. The colonists debated the situation and decided to set some further space between them and lands of Spain. So the ships put out again to sea, beating northward a few leagues until it entered a harbor into which emptied two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper. After going up the Ashley they were able to anchor and the colonists went ashore. On the west bank of the river, they began to build a town which for the King they named Charles Town. Ten years later this place was abandoned in favor of the more convenient point of land between the two rivers. Colonists came fast to this Carolina lying south. Barbados sent many; England, Scotland, and Ireland contributed a share; there came Huguenots from France, and a certain number of Germans. Ten years later the population numbered twelve hundred, and continued to increase. The early times were taken up with the wrestle with the forest, with the Indians, with Spanish alarms, with incompetent governors, with the Lords Proprietaries' Fundamental Constitutions, and with the restrictions which English Navigation Laws imposed upon English colonies. What grains and vegetables and tobacco they could grow, what cattle and swine they could breed and export, preoccupied the minds of these pioneer farmers. There were struggling for growth a rough agriculture and a hampered trade with Barbados, Virginia, and New England trade likewise with the buccaneers who swarmed in the West Indian waters. Free bootery was allowed to flourish in American seas. Gross governmental faults, Navigation Acts, and a hundred petty and great oppressions, general poverty, adventurousness, lawlessness, and sympathy of mishandled folk with lawlessness, all combined to keep Brother of the Coast, Buccaneer, and Filibuster alive, and their ships upon all seas. Many were no worse than smugglers; others were robbers with violence; and a few had a dash of the fiend. All nations had buccaneers on the seas and the early settlers on these shores never violently disapproved of the pirate. He was often a "good fellow" who delivered needed articles without dues, easy to trade with, and had Spanish gold in his pouch. Pirates frequently came ashore to Charles Town, and they traded with him there. For this reason, at one time Charles Town got the name of "Rogue's Harbor." However, as better emigrants arrived and planted tobacco and wheat along the Ashley and Cooper rivers, the tone changed. But it was not until the final years of the seventeenth century that a ship touching at Charleston left there a bag of Madagascar rice. Planted, it gave increase that was planted again. Suddenly it was found that this was the crop for low-lying Carolina. Rice became her staple, as was tobacco of Virginia. For the rice fields and system of large plantations, an aristocratic structure embraced Charles Town. To escape heat and sickness, the planters of rice and indigo gave over to employees the care of their great holdings and lived themselves in pleasant Charleston. These plantations, with their great gangs of slaves under overseers, also had the indentured white laborers whose passage was paid for by English, who were promised fair freedom after a certain number of years. While the caste system was predominantly strong in England, the charters for the colonies provided an overplus power to grant liberty of conscience, although at home was a hot persecuting time. Thus, Huguenots, Independents, Quakers, dissenters of many kinds, found on the whole refuge and harbor in the colonies. Moreso than any of the other colonies, South Carolina had great plantations, a bustling town society, suave and polished, a learned clergy, an aristocratic cast to life. A place where the sea-line offered access to stretches of rivers to all vessels.

Why the War of 1812 is Rarely Discussed

merchant mariner The War of 1812 was mostly a maritime battle fought in the North Atlantic. During the first several months after war was declared, battles were centered around the Middle States. In fact, on October 14th, 1812, the senior naval officer at Charleston, South Carolina, wrote: "Till today this coast has been clear of enemy cruisers; now Charleston is blockaded by three brigs, two very large, and they have captured nine sail within three miles of the bar." Two months he expressed surprise that the inland navigation behind the sea islands had not been destroyed by the enemy, due to its of its lack of defense. In January of 1813, the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay was guarded by a ship of the line, two frigates and a sloop. A commercial blockade had not been established, yet the hostile divisions remained outside and American vessels continued to go out and in around Charleston. A Letter-of-Marque and Reprisal was a government license authorizing a privateer to attack and capture enemy vessels and bring them before the admiralty courts for condemnation and sale. This method of cruising on the high seas for prizes with a Letter-of-Marque was considered an honorable calling because it combined patriotism and profit. Otherwise, captured vessels were done so by "piracy" which was punishable by law. The privateer employed a fast and weatherly fore-and-aft rigged vessel heavily armed and crewed, and its primary objection was for fighting. There existed a robust trade with France by Letters-of-Marque for commercial vessels which carried cargo and guns. By February 12th of 1813, conditions grow worse. The commercial blockade was proclaimed and blockaders entered the Chesapeake while vessels under neutral flags (Spanish and Swedish) were turned away. Two Letter-of-Marque schooners had been captured, one after a gallant struggle during which her captain was killed. Nautical misadventures of that kind became frequent. On April 3rd, three Letters-of-Marque and a privateer, which had entered the Rappahannock, were attacked at anchor. The Letters-of-Marque had smaller crews and thus offered little resistance to boarding, but the privateer, having near a hundred men, made a sharp resistance. The Americans lost six (killed) and ten were wounded, while Britain had two killed and eleven wounded. Source: Sea Power In Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Captain A. T. Mahan, D. C. L., LL. D., United State Navy. (London, 1899)

The Prices of Commodities Jumped During the War of 1812

General Armstrong In war, as in other troublesome times, prices are subject to fluctuate in price. Two great staples were flour and sugar, mostly lacking due to impeded water transport. From a table of prices current, of August, 1813, it appears that at Baltimore, in the centre of the wheat export, flour was $6.00 per barrel; in Philadelphia, $7.50; in New York, $8.50; in Boston, $11.87. At Richmond, owing to inferior communications, the price was $4.00. Flour at Charleston was reported at $8.00, while at Wilmington, North Carolina, it was $10.25. At Boston, sugar which was unblockaded, was quoted at $18.75 the hundredweight, itself not a low rate; while at New York the blockaded rate was $21.50; at Philadelphia, with a longer journey, $22.50; at Baltimore, $26.50. At Savannah sugar was $20, because considering its nearness to the Florida line and inland navigation, smuggling was a successful and safe venture. New Orleans was a sugar-producing district, and the cost was $9.00, however, on February 1, 1813, flour in that city cost $25 a barrel. The British vessels forcibly harassed trade up and down the east coast, especially between Boston and New York. Although the South was more remotely situated, it had bettern internal water communications. Also, the local product, rice, went far to supply deficiencies in other grains. In the matter of manufactured goods, however, the disadvantage of the South was greater. These had to find their way there from the farther extreme of the land; for the development of manufactures had been much the most marked in the east. It has before been quoted that some wagons loaded with dry goods were forty-six days in accomplishing the journey from Philadelphia to Georgetown, South Carolina, in May of this year. Some relief in these articles reached the South by smuggling across the Florida line, and the Spanish waters opposite St. Marys were at this time thronged with merchant shipping to an unprecedented extent; for although smuggling was continual, in peace as in war, across a river frontier of a hundred miles, the stringent demand consequent upon the interruption of coastwise traffic provoked an increased supply. "The trade to Amelia," the northernmost of the Spanish sea-islands, was reported by the United States naval officer at St. Marys towards the end of the war, "is immense. Upwards of fifty square-rigged vessels are now in that port under Swedish, Russian, and Spanish colors, two thirds of which are considered British property." Letters from the naval captains commanding the stations at Charleston, Savannah, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire reflect news of the molesting by the British of trade. Captain Hull who commanded the Portsmouth Yard, wore on June 14, 1813, that light cruisers like the "Siren", lately arrived at Boston, and the "Enterprise," could be very useful in driving away the small vessels of the enemy as well as privateers. He purposes to order them eastward, along the Maine coast, to collect coasters in convoy and protect their long-shore voyages, after the British fashion on the high seas. "The coasting trade here," he adds, "is immense. Not less than fifty sail last night anchored in this harbor, bound to Boston and other points south.": And, the "Nautilus" (a captured United States brig) has been seen from this harbor every week for some time past, and several other vessels (of the enemy) are on the coast every few days." An American privateer has just come in, bringing with her as a prize one of her own class, called the "Liverpool Packet," which "within six months has taken from us property to an immense amount." On one occasion the crew of the ship of an American privateer, which had been destroyed after a desperate and celebrated resistance to attack by British armed boats, arrived at St. Marys. Of one hundred and nineteen American seamen, only four could be prevailed upon to enter the district naval force. This was partly due to the embarrassment of the national finances. "The want of funds to pay off discharged men," wrote the naval captain at Charleston, "has given such a character to the navy as to stop recruiting." "Men could be had," reported his colleague at St. Marys, now transferred to Savannah, "were it not for the Treasury notes, which cannot be passed at less than five per cent discount. Men will not ship without cash. There are upwards of a hundred seamen in port, but they refuse to enter, even though we offer to ship for a month only." It should be noted, however, that those who enlisted during the War of 1812 were promised bounty lands, should they serve five years. Those sailors stationed at St. Marys, Georgia, received land grants in Camden County of 487-1/2 acres. This is an interesting facet to research because where one sees this sort of acreage listed in the deed records or on tax digests, they should investigate the 1812 service records on the site of the National Archives. This will help zero in on more clues and historical data. In these operations the ships of war were seconded by privateers from the West Indies, which hovered round this coast, as the Halifax vessels did round that of New England, seeking such scraps of prize money as might be left over from the ruin of American commerce and the immunities of the licensed traders. The United States officers at Charleston and Savannah were at their wits ends to provide security with their scanty means, more scanty even in men than in vessels; and when there came upon them the additional duty of enforcing the embargo of December, 1813, in the many quarters, and against the various subterfuges, by which evasion would be attempted, the task was manifestly impossible. "This is the most convenient part of the world for illicit trade that I have ever seen," wrote Campbell. A somewhat singular incidental circumstance is found in the spasmodic elevation of the North Carolina coast into momentary commercial consequence as a place of entry and deposit; not indeed to a very great extent, but ameliorating to a slight degree the deprivation of the regions lying north and south, the neighborhood of Charleston on the one hand, of Richmond and Baltimore on the other. "The waters of North Carolina, from Wilmington to Ocracoke, though not favorable to commerce in time of peace, by reason of their shallowness and the danger of the coast, became important and useful in time of war, and a very considerable trade was prosecuted from and into those waters during the late war, and a coasting trade as far as Charleston, attended with less risk than many would imagine. A vessel may prosecute a voyage from Elizabeth City (near the Virginia line) to Charleston without being at sea more than a few hours at any one time." During July of 1813, Admiral Cockburn anchored with a division off Ocracoke bar, and captured a privateer and Letter-of-Marque which had there sought a refuge denied to them by the blockade elsewhere. The towns of Beaufort and Portsmouth were occupied for some hours. The United States naval officer at Charleston found it necessary also to extend the alongshore cruises of his schooners as far as Cape Fear, for the protection. Source: Sea Power In Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Captain A. T. Mahan, D. C. L., LL. D., United State Navy. (London, 1899)

Pompion Hill Chapel

Pompion Hill Chapel John Bryan was married to the widow Lydia Simons on February 2, 1783 by the Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. James on Goose Creek in the house of Benjamin Simons at his plantation called "Middleburg" which was located on the Cooper River in St. Thomas Parish, Charleston. During the Revolutionary War Bryan served in the regiment of Colonel Wade Hampton of the South Carolina Line and was appointed Lieutenant and Paymaster. Bryan died in 1803 when he was fifty years of age and was interred in the Pompion (pronounced pumpkin) Hill Chapel.

Charleston County Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Deeds, Affidavits 1670 to 1868

Charleston and Charleston County represent the earliest productive economy in South Carolina. English settlers arrived in the colony as early as 1670 and established a town at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River. Then Charles Town, named in honor of King Charles II of England, was built a few miles away between the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charles Town (renamed Charleston in 1783) was the political, social, and economic center of the South throughout the colonial period, becoming the antebellum capitol of the state capital until 1790. Charleston District was formed in 1769, but portions were later split off to form Colleton (1800) and Berkeley (1882) counties. Charleston County of today includes the old parishes of St. Philip, St. Michael, Christ Church, St. Andrew, St. John Colleton, and part of St. James Santee. It was the English and French Huguenot settlers and their African slaves who established the prosperous rice and cotton plantations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In fact, some of the first Georgia colonials ran away to Charleston so that they could establish agricultural plantations using slave labor. In essence, Charleston represented civilization to the colonials. In June of 1776, Charleston found itself embroiled in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War and handily defeated the attacking British fleet. A palmetto log fort (later named Fort Moultrie) on the island of Sullivan Island cannonaded British causing them to retreat. During the War Between the States when federals were fired on at Fort Sumter by Confederate forces in April 1861, this act signalled the start of the war.

Early settlers: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, General Andrew Pickens, Colonel Robert Anderson, Captain Robert Maxwell, John Bowen, Major John Ford, John Hallum, William Johnson, John Lewis Gervais, Ralph Atmar, George Bampfield, Lewis Newhouse, John James Himely, Edward Trescott, James Bentham, Moses Tomlin, William Moultrie, George Ringland, Jacob Drayton and others.

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Testators: Airs, George ; Ashe, Elizabeth; Bennett, Henry; Bird, Sarah; Black, William; Bonneau, Elizabeth; Brooke, Sarah; Bryan, James; Buchanan, Peter; Calder, Henry; Champneys, John; Chart, William; Clark, George; Clark, James; Cockfield, Mary; Coleman, Patrick; Cordear, Peter Augustus Florimon; Crafts, William; Crammer, Margaret ; Crocker, Francis Shaw; Croft, Peter; Dennison, James; De Norray, John Charles Francis; Dowling, Edward; Drayton, Charles; Edwards, John; Faber, John C. Jr. ; Flinn, Andrew ; Frink, Thomas Blodget ; Gensell, John; Hallum, Mary; Heyward, John; Hichborn, Elizabeth; Hill, Henry Duncan; Hollinshead, Sarah; Holmes, Elizabeth; Holmes, James; Horry, Thomas; Huston, James; Jarmas, John; Jenings, Mary Margaret ; Jenkins, Eliza ; Karwon, Thomas; Ladson, Judah; Lamb, Thomas; Manigault, Charlotte; Marshall, John; Mathews, Sarah ; McClure, Cochran; McGill, Samuel ; Miller, Eliza; D'Oyley, Daniel ; Palmer, Mary Ann; Patterson, John ; Peak, Oliver D.; Perry, Susanna ; Poppenheim, Lewis; Pressley, William ; Pring, James ; Ralston, Robert; Ramadge, Francis; Ravenal, Paulde St. Julien ; Rivers, Sarah; Robertson, Francis; Rodgers, Charles ; Russell, Mary; Russell, Nathaniel ; Scott, William ; Simons, Catherine; Stobo, Morton ; Tanner, Edward ; Tone, Peter ; Webber, William ; Wigfall, Constantia ; Williman, Jaoob; Wilson, Hugh ; Woodscruffe, Elizabeth; Wythe, Peter and Yates, Samuel

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Testators: Abraham, Mary; Allen, Stephen; Baker, Susannah; Ball, Martha; Barnstein, John Henry ; Bellamy, Esther; Beur, Richard ; Bixby, Joseph; Bollough, James; Boyd, William Robert ; Brailsford, Mary; Brisbane, William; Broughton, Philip Poucher ; Bull, William Stephen; Burger, Charles; Cambridge, Elizabeth; Campbell, Hugh George; Cantley, Roger G. ; Cape, Mary; Carroll, James Parsons; Chapelin, William ; Chisolm, Robert ; Cleaper, Charles; Conova, Eliza ; Cooke, William ; Cornwall, Sarah ; Cousuiaus, Benjamin ; Creighton, Perth; Cunnington, Elizabeth Sophia ; Danjou, Louis ; Dautherean, Romain Marie ; Deas, Henry; de Tottenase, Charles; Doyle, Grace ; Drayton, John; Durr, John; Duvall, Catharine; Earnest, Barnet; Edwards, Rebekah ; Egleston, John ; Elliott, Amerinthea; Ellis, Benjamin ; Foster, Sarah; Figuers, Peter B.; Firsch, Carl Wilhelm ; Florin, Henry ; Frisch, Elizabeth ; Fullerton, Elizabeth; Gadsden, Thomas ; Gardner, John ; Gist, States ; Glover, Wilson; Gourdine, Samuel; Greenhill, Hume ; Greenwood, William; Gregorie, James ; Haggin, Hester ; Haig, Robert ; Happoldt, John George; Harris, Tucker ; Hasell, Andrew; Hazyek, Elizabeth Charlotte ; Henley, John ; Heyward, Samuel ; Holmes, John; Huger, Charles ; Huggins, Jacob Bonhart ; Humbert, Elizabeth ; Hunt, Joseph; Hurman, Henry; Hutchinson, Esther; Hutchinson, Mary ; Huxford, Harlock ; Jacks, James ; Jauden, Elijah Jenkins, Susanna Johnson, John Kenigmacher, Adam Kennedy, Peter Kugley, John Lamb, David | Laurens, Mary Laws, Robert Sr. Lee, Mary Leger, Elizabeth Mary; Levy, Sarah; Lockwood, S. ; Lord, M. ; MacBeth, James ; Mair, James; Mazyck, Benjamin ; McCall, John Ward ; McDowell, John ; McIntosh, Esther; McLeod, Donald ; Miller, James; Moce, William ; Moncrieffe, John ; Moods, Peter ; Morrison, John; Moses, Lyon; O'Reilly, James; Palmer, Thomas; Parker, Thomas; Peak, Elizabeth; Peak, John; Pepper, Ann; Pepoon, Benjamin ; Percy, William; Peyre, Floride; Pillet, John; Pinckney, Thomas Susanna ; Postell, William; Radcliffe, Lucretia Constance ; Ravenal, Paul ; Ravenal, Rene ; Raymond, William H. ; Reeves, Aeneas; Reynolds, Mary E. ; Ross, Hugh ; Rutledge, William; Ryckbosch, Francis ; Sampayiac, Theodore ; Se Chevalier, Oliver ; Sinia, Francis; Smith, Laben ; Smith, Mary Ann ; Smith, Peter ; Smith, Thomas; Smith, William Sr. ; Spinar, Josse ; Swinton, Susannah ; Tebout, Judith; Tellooce, William; de Tottenase, Charles; Thomas, John; Thorne, John; Tucker, Mary ; Villiponticeaux, William D.; Vinkler, Margaret ; Vinning, Samuel ; Ward, Mary Grimki ; Warley, William ; Wells, Elizabeth; Willet, Jacques Rou ; Williams, Abimeleck; Wilson, Robert; Windsor, Thomas, Capt. ; Yates, Joseph ; Young, William Price

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Testators: Allen, Alexander ;Anthony, Mary; Arnold, Amos; Bailey, Charles; Baker, Richard; Bean, James; Black, Thomas; Boudo, Heloise; Boon, Charlotte; Brady, John;Broughton, Daniel; Burrell, William; Cahusas, Ann ; Chisolm, George; Christie, Joanna; Clark, Ann; Collins, Margaret ; Course, Isaac; Cruikshanks, Daniel; Curry, James; Cuthbert, James; Damascke, Martin; Dart, Elizabeth Martin; Dempsey, Myles; Desgraves, Peter Thomas; Dickson, Mary; Duval, Peter; Eden, Edward; Evans, Susan; Elyman, Christian; Eude, Louis; Fash, Leonard; Faulling, Thomas; Ferguson, Ann; Freeman, Richard; Gefkin, Christiana ; Gill, William; Goodrich, Ann ; Guardeau, John ; Guillard, Augustus Theodore; Gyles, Mary; Gyles, Rosina; Hamilton, John; Hanscome, Joseph; Harleston, Anna; Henry, George; Hewett, Thomas; Hickman, Joshua; Hines, Joseph; Holmes, Elizabeth; Howe, Mary; Huger, Charlotte; Hunter, Margaret; Jacobs, Hyman; Jacoby, George; Johnston, Alexander ; June, Cornel; Kennedy, William; Kirkland, Marianne; Knox, Walter; Kochler, Jacob; Lamb, Isaac; Lagare, Mary; Lawson, Charles; Lining, Polly; Lockwood, Joshua ; MacKennie, Elizabeth; McCalla, Sarah; McDonald, Sarah; McLean, James; Mellard, Elisha; Mitchell, Margaret; Morley, Susan; Murrell, Martha; Nicholson, James; Nowell, Margaret; Porcher, Julia; Poulton, Rachael; Purcell, Ann; Quinlan, Mary; Ravenol, Daniel James; Rembert, Isaac; Revell, Hannah; Rivers, William; Roberts, Elizabeth; Roche, Edward; Rolando, Isabella; Rouse, Lewis; Ruddock, Susannah; Rutledge, Mary; Ryan, Elizabeth; Stapleton, Mary; Stock, Margaret; Street, Martha; Swenton, William; Tavel, Charles; Timmons, George; Wallace, Ann; Wasley, Ann; Wayman, Francis; Wilkie, William; Wilkins, Martha Charlotte; Willson, Charles; Woolf, Rachel

Images of Wills 1839 to 1845

Testators: Akin, Eliza; Anderson, James; Anderson, Kennedy ; Ashe, Abraham; Baker, Sarah; Barnett, Samuel; Baron, Alexander; Bateman, Isaac; Belluigall, Margaret; Bennet, Sophie; Benson, Lawrence; Biglow, Lyman; Blair, Elizabeth; Blake, Harriet; Blanding, Abraham; Boone, Sarah; Boykin, Fitzgerald Glover; Brown, James; Brown, Sarah; Bryan, Lydia; Buckley, Maria; Burbage, Daniel; Chanel, Anthony; Chisolm, Marianne; Clark, Aaron; Cleary, Catherine; Clifford, Henry; Cobia, Ann; Cockfield, John; Collins, John; Cromwell, Samuel; Dacourt, Don Fransisco; Davies, Daniel; Davis, Eliza; Daws, Catherine; Dawson, Drayton; Delany, Michael; Doyle, Edward; Drayton, Sarah Maria; Drayton, Rebecca; Duncan, Patrick; Dupont, Joseph; Dupree, Frances; Edwards, Charles; Edwards, Edward Holmes; Edwards, Mary; Elliot, William; England, John; Ferguson, Eliza; Ferris, Henry; Flinn, Eliza; Francis, Edward; Fraser, James; Fraser, Susan; Gants, Ann; Gates, John; Glen, Margaret; Glover, Joseph; Goldberg, David; Graves, Charles; Green, Mary Ann; Greer, Maria Augusta; Grimke, Mary; Gunther, Phyllis; Hall, Sarah; Hamilton, Harriet Cleland; Hamlin, Sarah; Hayden, Jane; Hayne, Robert Y.; Hill, Mary; Hillman, Ann; Holloway, Richard; Hutchinson, Sarah; Jackson, Rebecca; Jenkins, Martha; Johnson, Jane; Johnston, James; Johnston, William; Jones, William; Kelly, Mary; Kershaw, Frances R.; King, John; King, Mary; Kirkpatrick, Andrew; Lee, Thomas; Maillard, Ann; Marks, Joseph; Martin, Rebecca; Martin, Samuel; Matthews, Mary; Maybank, Joseph; McAlpin, Mary; McBride, Ellinor; McDonald, Christopher; McDow, William; McFarlane, Catherine; Miller, Catharine; Mitchell, Elizabeth; Mitchell, James; Milligan, William; Moore, Elizabeth; Morrison, Simon; Myers, David; Noble, Mary; O'Neil, John; Palmer, Harriot; Peter, Vincent ; Porcher, Thomas; Postell, Glen; Prioleau, Samuel ; Pringle, John; Provost, Joseph; Ramsay, Martha; Rogers, Charles; Rose, Hugh; Ruger, Valentine; Rutledge, Francis; Ryan, Lawrence; Scheels, Wade Hampton; Scott, William; Sloan, Allan; Smith, Ann; Smith, John; Steele, William; Thomas, Betty; Thompson, John; Tidyman, Hester; Tovey, Henry; Townsend, Daniel ; VanRhyn, John ; Veree, Elizabeth; Walker, John; Walker, John Falls; Wall, Richard; Wallis, Margaret; Ward, Elizabeth; Washington, Joshua; Watson, John; Week, Joseph; Wheeler, Ann; Wigfall, Thomas; Wilkins, Martin; Witter, Susannah ; Wood, Edward ; Wright, Robert; Young, William

Images of Charleston County Wills 1845 to 1846

Testators: Akin, James ;Allan, Sarah ;Ashby, J. A. ; Barquet, Barbara; Beckhard, P. ; Booth, Margaret; Brailsford, Susan ; Burger, Samuel ; Caldwell, William ; Catherwood, J. J. ; Clarke, Charles ; Cooper, Nathaniel ; Dalton, Frances ; Danney, Mary ; Dibble, Andrew ; English, Henry ; Fife, Isabella Mary ; Francisco, Caroline ; Frazer, Elizabeth ; Fryer, Julia ; Gelzer, Sarah; Gough, Rebecca ; Hall, Suzanna ; Hood, Robin ; Husemeyer, W. H. ; Innes, John ; Jeffords, Charles; Jervey, Thomas ; Kiddell, Rachel ; LaRoche, Richard; Leebeck, Dederick; Leseiggneur, Vincent ; Lining, Richard ; Lord, A. B. ; Lusher, Sarah ; Marshall, Jane ; Mathewes, Mary ; Maxton, Jane; Middleton, Sarah ; Michel, Francis; Middleton, Henry; Mikell, Ephraim ; Mikell, Providence ; Pringle, Ann Amelia ; Rentz, John ; Rogers, Priscilla ; Seabrook, Henry ; Smith, Elizabeth ; Smith, Susan ; Thompson, Mary ; Umminsetter, Maria ; Walsted, Job ; Wells, Dianna ; Williams, Isham ; Winthrop, Mary

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1672 to 1727
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1687 to 1710
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1692 to 1693
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1694 to 1708
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1716 to 1721
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1720 to 1721
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1720 to 1721 (repaired)
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1722 to 1724
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1724 to 1725
  • Wills, Estates, Deeds 1726 to 1727
  • Wills 1740-1747
  • Wills 1747 to 1756
  • Wills 1747-1752
  • Wills 1757-1760
  • Wills 1760-1771
  • Wills 1761-1762
  • Deeds 1776 to 1771
  • Wills, Estates 1776 to 1779; 1780 to 1783; 1786-1793; 1793-1800
  • Wills 1818 to 1834
  • Wills 1834 to 1845
  • Wills 1839 to 1845; 1845 to 1850; 1851 to 1856; 1862 to 1868


  • Edisto Island, Assessments of St. Paul's Parish, 1732
  • Residents who applied for Florida Land Grants in 1767 (a record filed in the Scottish Land Office)

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1671

Testators: Edward Roberts, Edward; Henry Woodward; Mary Pierre Bertrand; William Sayle.

Miscellaneous Wills, Estates, Deeds 1687 to 1710

Testators: Adams, William | Alexander, John | Allen, Jacob | Amory, Jonathan | Amory, Martha | Arthur, Christopher | Ash, John | Baker, Richard | Ballard, William | Baynard, Thomas | Beard, Mathew | Bellamy, Isaac | Blanchard, Benjamin | Boshon, William | Braxton, James | Capers, Thomas | Cattell, John | Cato, Thomas | Collins, John | Coming, John | Croft, John | Crosse, John | Crosse, Mary | Croudy, John | Dougald, John | Douiden, John | Drayton, Thomas | Elliott, Joseph | Frear, John | Fullerton, George | Gibbes, Robert | Gibbon, John | Gitton, William | Grayham, George | Grimhalt, Thomas | Hamilton, John | Hilliard, Elizabeth | Hilliard, Thomas | Holland, John | Holton, Thomas | Hulford, Thomas | Isack, Abraham | Johns, John | King, Jeremiah | King, Mary | Kisslow, Helen | Lambert, Benjamin | Lightwood, Ellis | Limpenny, Richard | Lindroy, Daniel | Ludson,Margaret | Mailhett, Peter | Maitland, John | Monroe, John | Moore, John | Morgan, Charles | Morton, Joseph Morton, Thomas | Noble, Henry | Norman, William | Prize, Richard | Rawlins, Edward | Remick, Isaac | Rhett, Sarah | Saunders, William | Smith, Peter | Smith, William | Stanyard, John | Stroud, John | Thomas, John | Torquet, Humphrey | Tripp, John | Wildon, John | Wilke, Joshua | Woodward, John

Images of Wills, Estates, Appraisals, Inventories, Guardianships, Deeds (from bundled records

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1694 to 1702

Testators: Barker, Thomas | Bennett, Benjamin to Thomas Kelly | Brice, William | Thomas Brooke, Captain to Charles Minor | Buckley, John | Chantile, William | Colleton, John | Colleton, Peter | De Bourdie, Samuel | Galdy, Lewis | Green, Giles, John | Crosse, Ben Nicoll | Hanbury, John | | Harkitt, Elizabeth | Hatton, Joan | Ingonson, James | Johns, Francis | Kidd, William, Captain | Miles, Nicholas | Milnow, John | | Noell, Thomas | Rowe, Thomas | Waites, William | Waltham, Hanbury | Walker, Charles | Welham, Thomas | Wigington, Henry | Williamson, Nathaniel | Wolsby, William

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1694 to 1708

Testators:Abbott, Walter | Abram, Richard | Adams, John | Albert, Peter Alexander, John | Alford, James | Amar, Delong Amory, Jonathan Amory, Jonathan to Peter Levall Amos, Ralf Arnsdale, John | Ashurst, Knight, Lord Mayor of London Avilah, Graham Ball, Robert Barker, Sarah Barker, Thomas | Baron, George Basson, Charles Becinal, Andrew Bennett, Elisha Birth, Elinor Birch, Rebecca Blake, Joseph Bloathman, John | Bolton, Thomas | Boond, Sarah Bradgan, John | Bradley, Sam to James Moore (pirateship) Bridgar, John | Bridgham, Henry Briggs, James | Cary, Thomas | Clapp, Elizabeth Crosse, John |, Ben Nichole, Patrick Walsh, Giles Green Brown, Ann Bull, Benjamin Burnham, Charles Cage, Robert Caillaberf, Rachell Canon, Andrew Carrington, Alexander Carter, Mary Chartaigner, Augustus and Alexander Clarke, Frederick Cob, MIchael Coles, John | and Thomas Colleton, James | Colleton, Katherine Colleton, Peter Colt, Peter Conyers, James | Cordes, Anthony Cown, Ellenor Basley Dalton, Thomas | Deall, James | Dearsly, George, Major Dearsley, Richard | Delahar, Dennis Devereaux, Elizabeth Dewitt, Margaret Dewitt, Philip Dickinson, Jonas Dolling, Richard | Duff, Andrew Dunbar, Andrew Dufay, James | to Theodore Johnson Duncan, George Dunston, Elizabeth Eager, William | Earl, John | Earle, William | Ellicott, Joseph and Elizabeth Everitt, Henry Fenwick, Robert Flower, Edward Foster, John | Foxe, Edward Freeman, Marmaduke Frost, George Gaillard, Jean Gattney, David Gato, John | Sr. Gerrard, John | Gibbes, Robert Gibbs, Thomas | Gignillant, Joseph Gill, Mary Girard, Peter Godfrey, Mary Graves, Joshua Guerard, Peter Jacob Haile, John | Haines, Joseph Hankins, John | Hartley, James | Hartley, Samuel Hawkins, John | Hawlett, William | Hayman, Ann and James to Francis Clinton Hayward, Nicholas Hogben, Kemuley Holland, Thomas | to Edward Pennant Hooks, John | Horker, Thomas | Horroud, Joshua Hourno or Huodo, John | Hourno, Thomas | Humble, William | Jennings, Richard | Jerratt, John | to Lewis Packerroe Joel, William | Joarfley, George Jones, Griffith Jones, Richard | Kelly, Thomas | Kidd, William |, Captain (his brother in law is named) Kidd, William |, Captain Kidd, William |, Captain to Samuel Bradley Ladson, John | Laford, Mary Lakin, Samuel LaRoche, James | LaSalle, Peter Lawson, Jane Lee, Philip Lelerurier, Jacques Linkley, Mary Logan, George Loughton, Edward Lovington, Jacob Manigault, Purr Mann, Thomas | Marique, Isaac Martin, Pridgett Mathews, Anthony Mathews, Cornelius Mazieq, Isaac Mears, Jacob Mears, Robert Meriden, John | Middleton, Henry Miles, Richard | Miller, Thomas | Millvar, John | Millward, John | Milton, Thomas | Mincke, Samuel to John Valentine Moore, James | Moore, James | and Maurice Mathews Moore, John | Nall, Thomas | to John Edmund Newberry, William | Nicholas, Jacque Nicholas, Stephen Notherton, Henry Odingsells, Charles Odingsells, Gabriel Parris, Abraham Parris, Alexander Percinall, Andrew Percinall, Essex Pierpoint, James | Pinckney, Thomas | Pitman, Henry Poffiff, William | Polake, Joseph Poles, William | Porter, William | Price, Nicholas Primatt, Humphrey Pullover, Matthew Quelch, Benjamin Quelch, William | and Joseph to William Jones Raddick, Richard | Randall, William | Rawlings, Benjamin Ray, William | Rhett, William |, Captain Rhett, William | Riddall, John | Risbe, Jane Robeson, Samuel Robinson, Samuel Roupery, Francis Royer, Judith Royer, Noah Jr. Rule, John | Russell, William | Rymer, Jane Salbor, Henry Sanford, Abraham Sellman, John | Sheppard, Samuel to Thomas Stark Shuller, William | Smart, Israel Smith, Christopher Smith, Henry Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Thomas | Squire, Charles St. Legar, Thomas |, Joseph Delanny and Alexander Derquett St. Legar, Thomas | Stanton, M. Stroud, John | Sturgis, Francis Thuck, John | Tilley, William | Toman, Thomas | Torquee, Paul Townes, Thomas | Townsend, John | Trott, Nicholas Turner, Sarah Tyler, Mather Virginia Vobe, John | Want, Richard | Warren, John | Waterline, John | Waylett, John | Webb, Joshua Welham, Thomas | Wich, John | Wise, John | Williamson, Ame Williamson, Dove Wilson, Ralph Willson, Jane Wiltshire, Richard | Wolsby, William | Wright, Abraham Wright, Anthony Wright, John | Wych, Thomas | Wyed, Richard | Yeamans, Thosin, Samuel Weeks, Bridgett Winpenny

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1716 to 1721

Testators: Holland, Sarah | Atkins, Robert | Bacot, Peter and Dan to Charles Franchema | Barber, Sarah | Baynard, Sarah | Bollinger, Elizabeth R. to Samuel Eveleigh | Bossard, John to Peter le Chevellier | Bremar, Solomon | Bromgr, Samuel, Captain | Browne, Thomas | Bull, William | Burnham, Charles | Capers, Richard | Carman, Caleb | Chaife, James | Clark, Jonathan, Captain | Colleton, John | Collins, Jonah | Connaway, George | Connaway, Jeremiah | Connaway, Sarah | Connely, John, Captain | Craft, John | Cranston, Samuel | Cuttler, Thomas (an expedition against pirates} | Davis, Othinell | Davison, Henry | Earle, William | Farrell, Richard | Flanning, Thomas | Fowler, Thomas | Foy, Thomas | Francklyn, Mary | Goof, Roger | Grange, Mary | Guy, William | Hale, Henry | Hambly, Peter Hawitt, Mary | Hulian, Elias | Hutchinson, Elisha | Johnson, Robert | Jones, Thomas | Laws, Nathaniel Leavey, Thomas | Lochley, Dorothy to James Peartree | Lucas, John | Marshall, John | McClellan, Hugh | Middleton, Arthur | Morriss, Thomas | Morton, Joseph | Osborne, Robert | Painter, Peter | Parkman, William | Peycroft, Stephen to John Herring | Porter, Elizabeth | Rambert, Edward and Elizabeth | Rambert, Judith | Read, Samuel | Rennolds, Richard | Rhett, William | Sam, Elizabeth | Sanders, Lamberth | Savinau, Mary and Jacques | Smith, Daniel Crow to Francis Chernock | Stevenson, John | Tingerson, Marg | Tookeman, Richard | Tynate, Edward | Warnock, Andrew | Watt, Susanna, Dove Williamson, Andre Wallen | White, Elenor | Wigington, Henry | Wilson, Lancelot | Wilson, Nathaniel | Yonge, Francis

Images of Wills, Estates, Deeds 1720 to 1721

Testators: Ballentine, Patrick | Child, James | Cramer, C. | Deeks, Arthur | Deeks, Jackson | Everdety, Theodore | Fitzgerald, Thomas | Footer, Joseph | Foster, Andrew | Gilbert, James | Girardeu, John | Goodby, John Sr. | Guy, Margaret | Holbeatcch, Joseph | Laranety, Florence | LaRoche, James | Linchley, Isaiah | Logan, George | McMurtry, John | Moody, Thomas | Peuney, Robert | Player, Roger | Seabrook, Robert | St. Julian, Jesonsigne Pierre de | Stevenberly, John | Stevens, Robert | Stewart, Charles | Symzell, John | Taillor, John | Turner, Samuel | Ward, John | Weekly, Richard | Whitman, John | Whitmarsh, John | Wright, Jacob

Images of Charleston County Wills, Deeds, Appraisals, Inventories 1720 to 1721 (copied and repaired)

Allen, Thomas | Ashworth, Jasper | Ball, Richard | Barker, Mary | Barnett, Mary | Basnet, Mary | Beresford, Richard | Betteson, William | Bond, Jacob | Branford | Brooke, Edward | Burnett, Mary | Callahan, Daniel | Carmon, Peter | Cattel, Benjamin | Chambers, Thomas | Clark, Moses | Daniell, Sarah | Darden, Edward | Dossey, John | Dupuy, Andrew | Elmes, William | Elmes, orphans | Eveleigh, Samuel | Fairchild, Orme | Farley, James | Fleury, Abraham | Garrard, John | Grice, Elizabeth | Griffin, Benjamin | Guerin, Peter | Hammerton, William | Hartman, John | Hew, Robert | Hill, John | Hitchcock, Elizabeth | Hogg, John | Holliburk, John | Holmes, Francis Sr. Johnson, William | Kilpatrick, David, Dr. | Lewis, Isaac Lloyd, John | Logan, George | Milner, Joseph | Moor, John | Morton, John | Morton, Joseph | Nairns, Elizabeth | Necthrope, James | Nicholson, Francis | Oliver, Bartholomew Parker, Thomas | Perkins, Joseph | Perrineau, Samuel | Petineau, John | Peterson, George | Pratt, John | Ramack, Isaac | Rhett, William Sr. | Royer, John | Scott, William | Simpson, Alexander | Spencer, Oliver Taylor, Even Exer | Tomkin, Richard | Walthrop, James | Wilkinson, Thomas | Wyatt, Stephen

Images of Charleston County Wills, Deeds, Appraisals, Inventories 1722 to 1724

Testators: Allen, Elizabeth Wigfall | Arden, Edward | Atwell, Joseph Sr. | Bacon, Michael | Barnwell, John | Bee, Thomas | Betson, William | Bohun, Nicholas | Branford, John | Brown, Clement | Butler, John | Butler, Thomas | Carlisle, Elizabeth | Cheever, Phillip | Clifford, Martha | Codner, Richard | Cogwell, Jeremiah | Cutler, Thomas | Dews, Robert | Drayton, Thomas | Dubois, John | Dupuy, Andrew | Ellis, Thomas | Emms, Ralph | Eve, Abraham | Fairchild, Anne | Fairchild, Richard | Filben, James, minor | Ford, George | Gendren, Philip | Gibbes, Benjamin | Gill, James | Godfrey, John | Godfrey, Thomas Sr. | Green, John | Grimball, John | Grimball, Thomas | Guerard, John | Guerard, Martha | Guerin, Peter | Hanyarne, James | Harrison, Joseph | Hatcher, Nicholas | Hays, Jane | Haywood, Powell and Elizabeth | Hearn, John | Hill, John | Hunan, Jean | Izard, Ralph | Killpatrick, David King, Robert | LaRoche, James | Leaverance, John | Leger, Pierre | Livingston, Rebecca Livingston, William | Mackey, Alexander | Martin, Patrick | Masters, John | Maybank, David | McDaniel, Nathaniel | Meade, Mary | Mills, Hugh | Mitchell, George | Moore, James | Moore, Thomas | Musgrove, John | Nairne, Elizabeth | Nutting, John | Ogle, Dorothy | Oliver, Bartholomew | Partridge, Nathaniel | Pawley, Percival | Perroneau, Samuel | Pinney, John | Potter, Humphrey | Pulke, Joseph | Rhett, William | Roach, Richard | Rowser, Sarah | Samways, Katherine | Scheult, James | Sheat, Amia | Simmons, John | Singletary, Richard | Smith, Thomas | Spencer, William | Stewart, Thomas | Sumner, Samuel | Taylor, Ebenezer | Turner, Samuel | Walkutt, Ebenezer | Waters, John | Whitmarsh, John | Wragg, Joseph | Wright, Robert | Wrixham, James | Wyatt, Robert

Images of Wills, Inventories, Appraisements, Deeds 1724-1725

Arthur, Christopher | Barber, Samuel Smith | Barnwell, John | askerfield, G. | Baskerfield, Jasper | Bassett, George | Bee, Thomas | Bendon, George | Bennett, William | Blamire, William | Bonner, William | Boswood, James | Bullard, Hopkins | Burish, John | Cantey, William | Cariere, John | Carlisle, Elizabeth | Cawood, John |Champigny, Charles | Childs, Joseph | Cochran, James | Collins, Alexander | Cooner, Richard | Coron, James | Corbin, Edmund | Coulland, Peter | Courage, Francis | Crook, William | Dee, James | Didcot, John | Drayton, Thomas | Dubose, John | Dulords, James | Duvall, Lewis | Ellis, James | Elmes, Thomas | Emms, Martha | Evans, Samuel | Finch, Katherine | Fitch, Jonathan | Flood, George | Forbes, William | Franchsomme, Charles | Gale, Daniel | Gardon, Judith | Gibbon, William | Gill, Jane | Gough, Ann, minor | Grange, Hugh, minor | Greenland, John | Guerard, Peter | Harford, Thomas | Heland, Isabel | Holmes, William | Hurber, Mathew | Izard, Benjamin | Izard, Robert | Jackson, John | June, Josias | Kerane, Hugh | Killpatrick, David | King, Charles, minor | Kirk, William | LaRoche, John | Lockerman, Katherine | Lynch, Thomas, Major | Lyon, Philip | Mangum, John | MacGregor, Daniel | MackGinnes, Daniel | Marriner, Nathaniel | Maybanck, Susanna | McKibbon, Archibald | McLane, Charles | McLean, Charles | Miles, Hugh | Mitchell, George | Mollenax, Benjamin | Monk, Joseph | Moore, James | Morton, Joseph | Nash, Ann | Newton, Nicholas | Partridge, Nathaniel | Pendarvis, John | Planks, John Whitmire | Porter, Mary | Rivers, John | Robertson, Alexander | Roche, Patrick | Samways, James | Sanders, John | Saunders, John | Screven, Joseph | Sherrill, William | Simons, Peter | Sims, Moses | Skipper, John | Skipper, William | Smith, John | Smith, Thomas | Smith, William | Spencer, Oliver | Stevens, Nicholas | Summers, John | Symrell, John | Turner, Samuel | Walker, Hennery | Walker, S. | Wallace, William | Way, William Sr. | White, John | White, William | Wigfall, Samuel | Wilden, John | Woodward, Richard, Captain | Wyatt, Mary

Images of Wills, Inventories, Appraisements, Deeds 1726-1727

Armstrong, Charles | Baggotes, William | Bamfield, George | Bassett, Mehitabel | Bassham, Robert | Batterson, James | Bayley, John | Bee, Thomas | Blakeway, William | Blunt, Jane | Bower, Henry | Brown, John | Bullock, Mary | Cawood, John | Chicken, George | Clark, Richard | Clemmons, John | Conyers, Thomas | Corbin, Edmund | Croskey, John | Davis, David | Deanes, John | Dears, John | Dopson, Joseph | Doway, David | Dry, William | Edwards, John | Ellis, John | Evans, John | Fairwell, Henry | Fenwick, Robert | Fenwick, Sarah | Frevin, Francis | Gate, Daniel | Gibbs, Daniel | Gibbs, Henry | Gibbs, Willoughby | Gibson, Thomas | Gilbertson, Nancy | Harewell, Henry | Harrison, William | Holmes, Francis | Houser, Henry | How, Robert | Jarvis, Edmund | Jehu to Stanyarn | Jones, Charles | Jones, Samuel | Kidwell, Neville | King, John Sr. | Kishing, Edward | Leavean, John |Livingston, Henry | Logan, Patrick | Loveridge, Lewis | McGinney, Daniel | Miller, Samuel | Milner, Jeremiah | Mountjoy, Thomas | Muller, Albert | Musgrove, John | Partridge, Nehemiah | Peterson, George | Pickering, Samuel | Porcher, Isaac | Pryden, John | Right, John | Rivers, Miles | Roche, Patrick | Ruberry, John | Samway, James | Sanders, James | Smith, John | Stewart, Ann | Taindall, George, patent | Thomas, Mary | Trezvant, Daniel | Wallace, Charles | Warden, John | White, John | Whitley, Rodger | Woodward, Richard | Wyatt, Stephen

Wills, Estates, Guardianships 1845 to 1850; 1851 to 1856; 1856 to 1861; 1862 to 1868 (names not available due to space)

Images of Miscellaneous Wills, Estates, Deeds

  • Ash, John
  • Butler, Elizabeth
  • Butler, George
  • Butler, Richard
  • Butler, Shem (1723 estate)
  • Butler, Thomas,(1747)
  • Butler, Thomas, LWT (1747) Caliote, James (estate)
  • Crosse, Mary
  • Cunningham, Patrick, plat and deed
  • Hugh Brown deed (1774)
  • Dannelly, Edward
  • Dickson, John
  • Elliott, Ralph
  • Elliott, Stephen
  • Fitch, Stephen, (1750)
  • Fitzgerald, Thomas
  • Greenland, John
  • Hamilton, Pringle
  • King, Jeremiah Jr. (LWT) LaRoche, James
  • Roberts, Edward
  • Sinckly, Sarah
  • Symmonds, Henry
  • Ward, John
  • Youngblood, David
  • (1790)
  • Youngblood, Peter (1796)