By William Willis Boddie
Columbia, SC; The
State Company, 1923
Transcribed by Dena W.
for Williamsburg County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails
WILLIAMSBURG TAXPAYERS, 1811.
copied on the fly leaves of Book B, Williamsburg District Registry,
in the office of the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas, a list of the
taxpayers in the district in 1811, with the amount levied on each
individual. The taxes assessed at that time on the property in this
district probably indicates more nearly the relative wealth of the
men of the district than the tax list of 1923 would show the wealth
of the several men of Williamsburg at such time.
Gourdin paid that year $158.10 in taxes; Francis Cordes, $56.89;
James Burgess, $35.52; Stephen Miller, Jr., $27.22; Moses Glover,
$24.99; William McDonald, $24.49. The man who paid next in amount
was Isaac Matthews, $19.77. There were only fifty-three in the
district then whose taxes were more than $10.00 a year. These
fifty-three were wealthy. A man who paid $5.00 to support the
government in 1811 had little trouble in keeping the wolf from the
Here follows a list of all the taxpayers and amounts
levied in Williamsburg District in 1811:
John Arnett, $2.94;
Joseph Adams, $1.05; James Atkinson, $0.06; Stephen Atkinson, $0.24;
Benjamin Ard, $0.03; James Ard, $0.03; Barnard Ard, $0.02; Thomas
Ayers, $0.17; John Benton, $0.15 1/2; Solomon Budden, $0.35; John
Blakely, Jr., $3.60; Moses Benton, $0.60; William Benton, $0.09;
John Brockinton, $2.95; John Boyd, (Estate) $0.49; Henry H.
Bostwick, $2.60; John Barr, $5.03 1/2; Daniel Brown, $2.10; Sarah
Brown, $0.35; William Brown, $0.46; James Brown, $9.60; Robert
Brown, $0.98; Maurice Braveboy, $2.93; James Bradley, $16.30; James
Barr, $3.25; William Brockinton (minor), $1.55; John Brockinton
(Estate), $0.45; Joseph Benton, $0.05; James Bailey,
$0.06; George Burrows, $11.70; John
Burrows, $4.78; William Burrows, $4.69; Thomas Burrows, $5.51;
Levi Barrineau, $0.19;
Asa Bradshaw, $0.06 1/4;
Manuel Barrineau, $0.35;
Benjamin Britton, $11.00; Silas
$0.02; James Burgess,
$35.52; Jonathan Bostwick,
$4.64; Benjamin Bradham, $0.03;
John Broome, $3.59;
Robert Benton, $1.35; Risdon Barrineau, $0.35; Mary
Bradshaw, $0.03; Margaret
Barrineau, $0.07 1/2;
Abner Brown, $0.91; Benjamin
Blanchard (Estate), $1.75; Thomas Browder,
Hugh Boyd, $2.25;
Isaac Barrineau, $4.61;
John Blakely, $7.20;
James Ballentine, $2.78; Jesse
Blount, $0.09; Martha
Brockinton, $3.85; Joshua
Baxley, $0.12; Timothy Britton,
$1.78; Francis Britton, $3.66 1/2; Aaron Bradley,
$1.35; John Barker, $0.06; Thomas Blackwell (Estate), $11.33;
Michael Blackwell, $9.72;
Thomas M. Brown, $2.35;
John Cooper, $7.69; John Coward, $0.19; 'William
$10.49; James Calhoun (Estate),
$3.25; Washington Cockfield,
$0.70; George Carter,
$0.15; Sarah Clark,
$0.35; George Chandler, $2.96; Mary
Cunningham, $0.38; Bryant Cameron, $0.03; John
Cetty, $2.90; Joseph
Cockfield (minor), $1.14;
(minor), $3.77; Ann
Cockfield, $1.87; Margaret
Cockfield, $0.78; Ann
Cockfield, Jr., $0.76; William
Cockfield, $1.14; Robert
Cade, $3.74; Patrick Cormick, $3.25; William
Cooper (Estate), $18.76; Samuel Coleman, $0.05; Jacob Coleman,
$0.37; Thomas Connel, $3.31; John Collum, $0.20;
William Carter, $0.02; George Cooper, $6.38; Rebecca Campbell,
$4.20; Francis Cordes, $56.89;
Joseph Clark, $0.09;
Abram Connor, $0.08; James
Cooper (Estate), $6.72; Arthur Cunningham, $9.67^; James
Cunningham (Estate), $5.72; John Dick. $4.87; George Durant,
$4.98; William Dick, $9.16; Thomas DuPre, $7.39; Margaret
DuPre (Estate), $9.70; John
Dickson, $0.83; William
Daniel, $0.35; James Daniel,
$0.25; Martha Daniel, $0.35; Benjamin Durant (Estate), $1.47;
William Douglass, $3.14; Martha Downing, $0.02; Samuel Douglass,
$2.04; Ben Duke, (Estate), $2.10; James Dickey (Estate), $2.21;
Thomas Drake, $2.80; Samuel E. Dickey, $0.79; William Dobein,
$18.51; John Dickey (Estate), $1.40; William Dollard, $8.05; James
Eaddy, $0.85; Robert Ervin (Estate), $12.10; Daniel Epps, $7.69;
Barbara Early, $2.19; James Eaddy, Jr., $0.20; Samuel Eaddy, Jr.,
$0.35; Jenny Eaddy, .70; James Fleming, $5.53; James Fleming
(Estate), .21; John Full wood (Estate), $0.81; William Flagler,
$2.39; John Fleming, $5.53; James Fleming (Estate), $0.18; Robert
Frierson, Jr., $10.46; Robert Frierson, $3.49; John Frierson, $5.60;
William Frierson, $9.65; Joanna Jaudon, $3.65; William Felps, $0.03;
John Fulton, $16.35 1/2; Samuel E. Fulton, $4.30 1/2; Mary Ferrel,
$0.11 1/2; Harmon Flower, $0.12 1/2; John Fleming, $0.03; James
Folly, $0.12; Mary Folly (Estate), $0.05; Samuel Fluitt, $7.84;
Theodore Gourdin, $158.10; John Gotea, Jr., $2.15; Roger Gordon,
$9.76; Elizabeth Gordon, $3.75; John Gordon, $0.58; Robert Greene,
$1.26; John Goode, $0.30; James Gamble, $9.23; Gillespie Scott,
$2.65; William Gamble, $5.04; Moses Glover, $24.99; James Gibson,
$0.73; Ebenezer Gibson, $2.76; James Gowdy (Estate), $0.03; Daniel
Gillespie, $0.09; William Graham, $0.33; Nelson Graham (Estate),
$0.42; William Graham, Jr., $0.75; William Graham, $3.65; Ebenezer
Gibson (Estate), $0.24; William Graham, $0.31; John Graham, $0.81;
John Graham, $5.34 1/2; John Gotea, Jr., $1.87; John Gibson
(Estate), $6.72; John Gamble, $4.40; Lewis Glenn, $0.04; Dr. John
Graham, $16.70; John Glenn, $0.05; George Gamble, $3.50; Samuel
Gordon, $4.20; James Graham, $17.46; David Gordon (Estate), $11.43;
John Hickson, $0.76; Hugh Hanna, $6.13; William Hanna, Jr., $0.24;
James Hanna, $0.13; Samuel Hazeldon, $1.33; Thomas Hazeldon, $0.02;
Samuel Hawthorn, $0.14; John Haseldon,
$1.05; George Hawthorn, $1.51;
Howard, $1.84; Eliphalet H. Hewitt, $3.02; William
R. Howard, $1.05; Margaret Hamilton, $5.06; John
Hedelston, $0.51; "William Hiddleston, Jr., $3.03;
Gilles Hemmington, $0.18; Micajah Hicks, $0.03) ; Elisha
Hicks, $0.03; Jesse Hicks, .36; John Hamilton, $0.79; James
Hepburn (Estate), 3.36; Jonathan Helms, $0.03; John
James, $10.92; Samuel W. James, $2.45; Mary J. Johnston
(Estate), $5.39; William Johnston, $5.68; Mary
Johnston, $0.09; Jacob Johnston,
$0.10; Sarah Jordan, $0.03;
Archibald Jolly (Estate), $1.66; William Johnston,
Sr., $2.26; William James, $5.97; Gavin James, $2.75; Jane
James (Estate), $3.20; James Johnston, $0.56; Samuel Jones,
$0.36; William Jones (Estate), $14.50; John June, $4.20;
Samuel Jenkins, $1.16; Edward
D. Johnston, $0.36;
Samuel James, $6.30; Samuel Knox, $1.19; Isaac Keels, $12.76; Samuel
Keels, $4.76; John Keels, $7.42; John M. Kinder, $3.11; John
Kelty, $0.06; Archibald Knox, $0.03; John Kennedy, $0.03;
Timothy Lee, $0.05; Elijah Lee, $0.03; Needham Lee, $4.00;
Sherrod Lee, $0.03; James Lever,
$0.03; Levi Lamb,
$0.14; John Lane,
$3.50; William Lifrage, Jr., $0.02; William Levy, $0.11;
William Lester, $16.60; Robert Lowry,
$12.05; David McClary, $5.29;
William McGill (Estate), $1.75;
Thomas Miles, $0.10; John McAlister, $0.09 1/2;
Moses Miller, $7.72; William McConnell, $1.45; Samuel Miller,
$0.70; Stephen Miller, Jr., $27.22;
William Manning, $0.04;
James Menely, $0.22 1/2;. Robert
Morris, $0.43; James McDonald,
$1.17; Daniel McGee, $0.21;
(Estate), $3.25; Jeremiah Matthews,
$0.06; William McFaddin, $7.00;
Alexander McKnight, $11.68; Samuel McGill, $1.84; John
McGill, $4.05; Thomas McCrea, Jr., $12.42; George McCutchen,
9.48; John Montgomery, $3.78; George McConnell, Sr., 3.75;
John M. Matthews, $5.43; Mary McConnell, $4.26; Robert McConnell,
$2.73; Isaac Montgomery, $2.26; John Matthews, Sr., $0.09; Henry
Mouzon (Estate), $2.42; William H. Mouzon, $3.21; Elizabeth McGill,
$2.19; Philip McRea, $1.30; James J. McCullough, $0.05; Wil-liam
McDonald, $24.49; John Mclaughlin, $0.70; Thomas McCants, $2.56;
Samuel Malcolmson, $0.25; John McClary, $9.58; James McGill, $8.86;
James McCutchen, $4.07; Elam Mills, Jr., $3.28; Thomas McCrea, Sr.,
$13.87; Joseph McKee (Estate), $1.75; David McCave, $0.04; James
McBride, Sr., $12.85; William McElroy (Estate), $1.79; Abraham
Matthews (Estate), $9.72; John Matthews, Jr., $11.82; John Maxwell,
Jr., $0.50; David Matthews, $0.04; Hugh McCutchen, $3.40; Thomas
McCutchen, $0.35; Robert McCottry (Estate), $12.47; Mary McCottry,
$0.07; David McCottry (Estate), $0.04; John McCullough, Jr., $0.49;
William McCrea, $1.11; Thomas Miller, $0.05; Alexander Miller,
$0.03; Solomon McClam, $0.96; William Matthews, $0.07; William
McCutchen, $0.10; Richard Matthews, $0.12 ; Jemina Mon, $0.11; Jonah
Matthews, $0.11; William Matthews, $0.06; Janet Montgomery, $14.13;
Archibald Murphy, $5.03; Henry McNealey, $0.48; Bryant McClam,
$0.25; Thomas McConnell, $0.75; William McCollough, $1.57; James
McMurray, $0.05; Samuel R. Mouzon, $7.95; Alexander McCrea, $10.42;
George McConnell, $1.30; James McConnell, Sr., $4.15; James
McFaddin, $13.20; Elizabeth Matthews, $7.00; John McMurray, $0.82;
Andrew McElroy, $0.03; William McCullough (Estate), $5.38; Nathaniel
McCullough, $0.35; Peter Mouzon, $2.98; John McCullough, $3.90 1/2;
Alexander McCullough, $1.54; Elizabeth Morris, $0.12; John Morris,
$0.03; Samuel McCants, $3.58; William Moore, $2.81; Paul Michau
(Estate), $10.67; Duplessus Michau, $3.08; Alexander Michau, $1.40;
James Marshall, $0.06; Joseph Marler, (Estate), $0.94; Isaac
Matthews, $19.77 1/2; Charles
William McElveen (Estate), $1.96;
James McElveen, $0.85; Jacob Norton, 49;
Nesmith, 16 2/3; John Nesmith; $0.09; Samuel
Nesmith, Sr., .86; William
Nelson, $14.65; Isaac
Nelson, $10.05; Lemuel Nesmith, $2.50; Robert Nesmith,
Jr., $4.98; Samuel Odear
(Estate), $3.65; Aaron
Perdrean, $5.79; John
Perdreau, $2.55; John
Penny, $1.05; Andrew Patterson, $7.94;
Jannet Patterson, $1.88; Mary Parsons, $0.35; Sarah Parsons, $0.35;
Elizabeth Parsons, $0.35; Solomon Parsons,
$0.70; Andrew L. Patterson,
$1.14; Thomas Potts
(Estate), $0.45; Rebecca Potts, $5.95; Thomas Potts, $1.70; Henry
Paisley, $9.94; John Price,
$0.45; Edward R. Plowden, $1.92; Isaac Pitman, $1.05; Francis
Perrett, $3.36; Ann Perrett, $1.43; Peter E. Perrett, $4.35; John
Pressley, $3.52; Hannah Paisley, $7.07; Nicholas Punch, $1.40;
William Parsons (Estate), $1.64; Amos
Parsons (Estate), $0.05; William
Parker, .12; Ann Robinson (Estate),
$1.74; William Rogers, .18; John Rodgers, Sr., $0.05;
Thomas Rogers (Estate), $3.69;
Riche, $3.21; Isaac Rogers, $0.09; Mary Reid
(Estate), $0.04; Micajah Rogers, $0.09;
John Rogers, Jr., $0.24;
William Reid, $0.04;
Strong, $1.75; Philip Stone, $0.17; John Session,
$0.05; Austin Stone, $0.21; Elizabeth Swinton,
$12.60; Thomas Steel, $2.89; Alexander Scott, Jr.,
$9.43; Samuel Scott, $5.20; Jennet Scott,
$2.45; John Scott,
Jr., $11.21; Samuel Strong,
$2.36; William Staggers, $4.40; Robert
Sutton, $13.17; William Salters,
$3.06; Thomas D.
Singleton, $5.28; Mary Stretch,
$7.19; John Stephenson,
$0.64; Martin Staggers,
Singletary, $0.35; Ebenezer
$1.89; Samuel Singletary, $0.53;
Smith, $0.12; Robert
Spring, $0.49; Ann
Spring, $0.04; Samuel Snowden,
Alexander Scott, $5.98;
Caleb Stephens, $0.09;
John Scott, Sr.,
$10.41; John Staggers, $0.75;
Henry Smith, $0.94;
Dottson Stone, $0.14; Edward Sessions, $0.37; Richard
Sessions, $1.47; John D. Singletary,
$0.35; Ebenezer Singletary, $2.36; William Turner,
$0.11; Benjamin Turner, $0.43; Hannah Thompson,
$3.50; William Thompson
(Estate), $0.11; William
William and William A.
Tisdale, $15.35; Elizabeth
Thomas, $0.03; Levi
Timmons, $0.15; Alexander Thompson, $0.58;
John Tharp, $1.14; John R. D. Witherspoon,
$5.67; Robert Wilson, Jr.,
$9.47; Robert Wilson, Sr.,
$7.12; Jane Wilson (Estate),
$7.26; John Wilson (Estate),
$10.19; David Wilson, Jr.,
$6.73; Samuel Wilson, Sr.,
Wilson, $7.71; Jane
Wilson, $6.17; George
$0.04; James Witherspoon
$16.07; Hugh Wilson,
Witherspoon, $10.36; Gavin
Elizabeth W. Witherspoon,
$3.15; Robert B. Witherspoon,
$1.50; Robert P.
Witherspoon, $7.13; Samuel
(Estate), $2.08; Willis
Woods, $0.19; Sarah
Watson, $4.55; Andrew
Watson, $4.38; Joseph
Witherspoon, $7.30; Robert L.
Witherspoon, $9.49; John
Wilson, Jr., $0.70;
David Wilson, Sr., $9.88; James Ward, $1.51; Jacob
Walters, .12; James Zuill (Estate), $7.68;
Michael Blackwell, .28 1/2; James Burgess, $0.17; William
Cooper (Estate), .42; John Dozier, $1.43;
John Dozier, $0.15; Samuel Douglass, $0.03;
Leonard Dozier (Estate), $0.09; Samuel Fluitt, $1.50; William
Plagler, $0.30; Ebenezer Gibson, $0.38;
Moses Glover (Estates),
$0.12; Moses Glover (Estates),
$0.08; Hugh Giles (Estate), $7.26;
William Hiddleston, Sr., $0.03; Thomas
Lane, $0.22; John McCallister, $0.08;
William Nelson, $0.11; Isaac Nelson, $0.18; William Reid (Estate),
$0.38; John Steel, $0.03; Samuel Wilson, Sr., $4.83; Andrew Watson,
Until the Revolution,
elections in Prince Frederick's Parish were held at Prince
Frederick's Church on Black River, which, was located about three
miles east of Prince Frederick's Parish line. In 1787, it was
enacted that all elections in the future for Prince Frederick's
Parish should be held at George White's at Indiantown. By Act of
1789, the elections for members of the Legislature for Prince
Frederick's Parish were held on the same day at the King's Tree
Bridge, at house of George White at Indiantown, the house of Captain
John McCrea, and also at the Episcopal Church of the Parish. Two
managers were appointed for the holding of these elections at each
one of these places and on the day following the election, these
managers were required to meet at the house of George White at
Indiantown and then and there open the ballot boxes and declare the
persons elected for the General Assembly.
The South Carolina Constitutions of 1776 and 1778 were adopted
under the storm and stress of war, and the Supreme Court held they
were merely legislative actions. The Constitution adopted in 1790 is
a remarkable body of fundamental law. At that time, South Carolina
had the experience it gathered from other state constitutions as
well as far-sighted, clear-thinking, and vigorous-acting statesmen.
This Constitution placed almost absolute control of everything in
the hands of the wealthy slave-holding aristocracy.
There was a property qualification required for membership in the
General Assembly. A representative must own in the district five
hundred acres of land or real estate of one hundred fifty pounds
sterling. He need not reside in the district, if he owned property
of the value of five hundred pounds sterling. A senator must own
real estate in the district to the value of three hundred pounds;
or, if a non-resident, have one thousand pounds sterling. A man
might vote in any district in which he owned fifty acres of land or
a town lot; or in the district in which he lived, if he paid three
shillings tax. The Legislature was given almost unlimited power. In
addition to its law making functions, it elected governor,
presidential electors, United States senators, and almost every
other official down to county coroners.
Sectionalism in South
Carolina, Dr. W. A. Schaper of the
University of Minnesota says: "The slave holding
planters-a mere handful of the white population-became the
absolute masters of the situation and remained
so to the end.
They had almost unlimited power to
oppress the up country people, and it must be recorded to their
credit that they never used their power for that purpose, nor was a
single charge of corruption brought against
the government in
the heated controversy which led to the
reform in the representation in 1808. Their
administration seems to have been singularly fair and it speaks well
for the wisdom and manhood of the South Carolina planters."
The working of this Constitution of 1790 divided South Carolina
into two factions which have existed until the present day. The "low
country" consisted of the old judicial districts of Georgetown,
Charleston and Beaufort. It was the strip of land about sixty miles
in width from the seashore westward. Williamsburg was included in
this "low country," and has proven loyal to its idealism in all
periods of South Carolina history. The "low country" was settled
many years before the "up country," and by people who emigrated
directly from Europe; while the "up country" immigrants came largely
from the states to the North, following southward the foothills of
the Appalachian Mountains.
During colonial times,
Charleston had been the seat of the Government After the Revolution,
the "up country," where probably four-fifths of the population of
the State resided, succeeded by one vote in making Columbia the
capital of the State. However, a sort of duplicate government was
created and the predominancy of the low country in a great measure
was preserved. The low country, with one-fifth of the white
population, kept control of the Legislature. The Governor was
required to reside in Columbia during the sittings of the General
Assembly and was permitted to live elsewhere as in his judgment
conditions required. That meant that he lived in Charleston at least
four-fifths of his time. Nineteen out of the first twenty governors'
terms in South Carolina were filled by citizens of Charleston and
the twentieth by Governor Alston who was from Georgetown and held
"low country" ideals.
This Constitution of 1790 also provided for two treasurers, one
to hold office in Columbia and the other in Charleston. The offices
of the Secretary of State and Surveyor General were to be kept open
at both these places, the principals to reside in one and the
deputies in the other. The Supreme Court sat at Charleston as well
as at Columbia.
The story of the working of this dual government and the
dominance for three-fourths of a century in South Carolina of the
relatively small aristocracy in the "low country" over the ever
increasing democracy of the "up country" is exceedingly interesting
to students of sociology and of government. During this period,
South Carolina more nearly approached the conditions obtaining in
Greece in the age of Pericles than has any other people up to this
time. Dr. David Duncan Wallace called South Carolina during this
period "an aristocratic republic."
From 1730 until
1769, all official matters of the citizens of the District of
Williamsburg received attention in the city of Charleston and all
official records were kept there. From 1769 until 1806,
Williamsburg, then known as Prince Frederick's Parish, was a part of
Georgetown District, and its official matters received attention in
that city. However, many of the wills and deeds from Williamsburg
during that period were filed and recorded in Charleston.
In 1804, an Act was passed establishing Williamsburg District
according to the boundaries of Williamsburg County named in the Act
of 1785 into a Circuit Court District. By Act of 1805, court was
required to be held at Williamsburg Court House at the "King's Tree
on the 21st days of March and of October of each year, and to sit
for any time not exceeding five days. All suits and prosecutions
then pending in the Court of Common Pleas and General Sessions at
Georgetown wherein the defendants resided in the District of
Williamsburg were transferred to the Courts of Williamsburg, there
being finally determined.
Major James Campbell, Major John Nesmith, and Theodore Gourdin,
Esq., were appointed commissioners for the purpose of taking bond
and security from the Clerk and Sheriff appointed for Williamsburg,
for secur-ing a court house for the use of the people of the
Williamsburg District, and for attending to such other business as
should be required in the organization of the new district.
When Messrs. Campbell, Nesmith, and Gourdin undertook to secure a
court house at the King's Tree for Williamsburg District, they found
that the land set apart as a public parade ground in 1736, and which
belonged to the district, was in the possession of William Brady,
who had built a house on it and claimed the lot. This committee was
unable to secure this lot until Mr. Brady died in 1820. In 1805,
they leased a store house of Patrick Cormick's which was located
near where Mr. Hammett's home now is at the cornor of Main and Long
Streets, Kingstree, for use as a court house.
The sessions of the District Court about this time were seasons
of great dignity and solemnity. The High Sheriff of the district
always escorted with a drawn sword at carry the presiding judge from
his hotel to his seat on the bench, and the assembled multitude in
strict harmony with these formalities paid respectful homage. Court
"was opened with a sermon preached at length in the "holy tone" by
some venerable minister. The Reverend William Knox, of the Black
Mingo Church, was usually the "sermonizer." He was paid $12.85 for
each of these sermons, $10.00 fee and $2.85 for mileage. After the
sermon, the grand jury was drawn and the presiding judge delivered a
formidable charge. Immediately after the charge, the session
adjourned for the day and everybody hurried across the street to
Bracy's bar and there refreshed themselves. The next morning
everybody was ready to decree woe to the unfortunates coming on for
The first trial in the court of Williamsburg District was
entitled, "The State against Daniel S. Eaddy, Moses Brown, Samuel
Eaddy, Jr., and James Eaddy-assault and battery." These gentlemen
had held a good old Irish "discussion with sticks," plead guilty,
paid their fines, and doubtless regarded their money well
In 1820, the General Assembly of South Carolina
appropriated $10,000.00 for the building of the Williamsburg
District Court House. This money was made available at once and the
front part of the present Court House was built from plans of
Architect Robert Mills and occupied in 1823. This structure was
erected with greatest care and for overcoming chance and time. Its
walls are thirty inches of solid brick. These brick seem to resist
decay. Tradition says that they
were brought from Charleston.
Samuel R. Monzon was the first sheriff of Williamsburg
District; J. McMurray, the first clerk of the Court of
Common Pleas; David McClary, the
first ordinary: all chosen and qualified in
1806. For about twenty years, either Samuel
R. Mouzon or Peter Monzon was sheriff of the
district. One seems to have been elected for one
term and the other for the next. At that time,
Williamsburg District and Winyaw formed one senatorial district.
Major James Campbell, of
Williamsburg, was its first senator.
R. L. Witherspoon and John Dozier composed the first
delegation from Williamsburg District
in the House of Representatives. David
McClary was ordinary for Williamsburg District for more than thirty
John Dozier was elected senator in 1815; and William Burrows and
Thomas Brown, members of the House of Representatives. In 1819, T.
P. Davis and Thomas Witherspoon were elected representatives; Moses
Matthews, sheriff; Hugh McCutchen, commissioner of location of
lands, and James McCutchen, coroner. In 1823, T. P. Davis was
senator; William Salters and John. Graham, representatives; T. D.
Singleton, sheriff; J. Gotea, Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas;
and W. Hiddleston, coroner.
In 1825, Peter Mouzon was sheriff; R. G. Ferrell, Clerk of the
Court; John Graham, senator; James D. Singleton and David D. Wilson
members of the House of Representatives. In 1830, William Cooper was
elected a member of the House of Representatives and Samuel E.
Graham became sheriff.
During this period, the militia was an important factor in the
district. Once every two months all of the men of the district
reported to their company headquarters for instruction in military
matters and these gatherings were influential in politics and in
society at large. Among the officers of the
companies and battalions in the Williamsburg District from the War
of the Revolution to 1830 may be named the following: Colonel Robert
L. Witherspoon, Colonel William Cooper, Major John Macauley, Major
John Nesmith, Major James Campbell, Captains William Flagler, John
McCrea, John Fulton, William Graham, Samuel Malcolmson, Isaac
Nelson, John Scott, R. L. Gourdin, William Frierson, John Graham,
John Coachman, John Dozier, Leonard Dozier, William G. Flagler, and
Abraham Michau. These militia organizations were punctilious in the
matter of observing military forms and ceremonies. They always
attended Fourth of July celebrations and other official occasions.
When one of their officers died, a military funeral was held. In
1798, Lieutenant Alexander Cunningham died and was buried in the
Williamsburg cemetery at Kingstree with military honors. It
was a very imposing ceremony.
A great many of the younger men
of the district volunteered and served in the War of 1812. There
were three well known officers from Williamsburg in this War, Major
James Campbell, Captain Isaac Nelson, and Captain R. L. Gourdin.
Captain Gourdin was adjutant of the Forty-Third United States
Infantry, stationed at Georgetown, and signed the discharges of many
of the men of Williamsburg who served in that regiment.
OLD WILLS AND NOTES ON
From 1805 until 1835, nearly all of the men
of Williamsburg, who had served in the Revolutionary War under
General Francis Marion, died. Almost every old man who died in
Williamsburg during that period had been a soldier in the War of the
Revolution. The only migrations to this district during that period
were some officers and men of General Greene's army who liked this
country when they saw it and settled here immediately after they
were discharged from the service.
Here follow some notes gathered
from the wills of these ancient warriors and from other dependable
sources. From these notes on wills and from others on preceding
pages, probably three-fourths of the present inhabitants of
Williamsburg may trace their ancestry to original settlers of
The will of Edward Howard was the first one recorded in
Williamsburg District. It was dated December 29, 1805, and proved
before David McClary, ordinary, February 24, 1806. In this will, he
mentions his brother, William Howard, and his nephew, John Howard.
John Scott, of Kingstree, and John Scott, of Cedar Swamp, were
appointed executors. Witnesses, John Burgess and William McCullough.
Inventory of the estate was made by James McFadden, Thomas McCrea,
Jr., and John McCullough.
The second will recorded in Williamsburg records was that of
Susannah V. Mouzon, spinster, who died September 15, 1817. This was
a holograph will. She left all of her property to her sister, Anne
Mouzon. The ear witnesses to this will were Elizabeth Mouzon, Mary
B. Mouzon, and James G. McGill.
The will of Isaac
Barrineau, Sr., of Black River, is dated February 24, 1806. He
mentions Ferreby, his wife; his daughters, Margaret Lifrage, Nancy
Hinson, Levina Bradshaw, Sarah Barrineau, and Margaret Barrineau;
and his sons, Jesse, Isaac, and Mandewell- He appointed William
Lifrage and Arthur Barrineau his executors. Witnesses, William
Flagler, Jesse Barrineau, and James Bradshaw. Appraisement made by
James Campbell, Robert Frierson, Jr., and James G. McGill.
The will of Solomon Rhodus is dated September 18, 1804. He
mentions his wife, Nancy Rhodus; his brother, William Rhodus; the
heirs of his brothers, Nathaniel, David, and John; and the heirs of
his sister, Mary, and of his sister, Patience Hill. He also mentions
his sister, Anne Perrett. This will is witnessed by Jonathan
Bostwick and Martha Fluitt. Appraisement made by William McCullough,
John Hickson, and William McConnell.
George Burrows made his will July 5, 1797. He mentions his sons,
William and George Washington. His executors were William Burrows,
Charles Williams, George McCutchen, and James Campbell. Witnesses,
George Dickey, Sarah Dickey, Sr., Sarah Dickey, Jr. Appraisement by
John James, John Winter, and Hugh McCutchen.
John D. Burgess dated his will June 30, 1806. His beneficiaries
were his brother-in-law, George Cooper; his mother, Margaret
Burgess; his sisters, Jane M. Magda-lene, Mary Ann Elizabeth,
Louisa, Caroline Sophia, and Pomelia. His executors were Dr. William
Dollard, Hugh McCutchen, and Thomas P. Davis. Witnesses, William
Cooper, J. P. Montgomery, and Frank Walsh.
James Gowdy's will is dated December 15, 1806. He left his
property to his children, Mary Frances, and James Malcolmson. In
case of the death of these two children, his estate was to be
divided between the children of his brother, Ebenezer
Gibson, and the children of his sister, Frances McConnell.
Executors, Gavin Witherspoon and James MeBride. Witnesses, Jonathan
Bostwick, William Frierson, and Peter Morland. Appraisement made by
Robert P. Witherspoon, William Frierson, and James Witherspoon.
Ebenezer Gibson's will is dated August 1, 1806. He mentions his
son, Ebenezer; his daughter, Frances; his grandchildren, James
Malcolmson Gowdy and Mary Gowdy; his son-in-law, William McConnell;
his daughter, Frances McConnell; and his grandsons, Ebenezer
Franklin McConnell and William Gibson McConnell. His executors were
John Watson, James Tisdale, and William McCullough. Witnesses,
Robert Cantley, Mary Cantley, and Thomas Gibson. Appraisement made
by Gavin Witherspoon, William McCullough, and James McBride. William
McElveen's will was not dated but was proven January 19, 1807. He
mentions his wife, Margaret; his sons, William James, Henry, and
Thomas; his daughters, Mary Ann, Margaret, and Jane; and his
daughter-in-law, Eleanor Matthews and her son, John. Executors,
William and James McElveen, William James Cooper, and Robert Gregg.
Appraisement made by John James, Samuel Scott, and
John Gotea, Sr., dated his will March 24, 1818. The beneficiaries
were his wife, Elizabeth; his son, George Cooper Gotea; and his
daughter, Eleanor, who married Douglass. Executors, Hugh McCutchen,
Alexander McKnight, and William Gibson, Jr. Witnesses, T. M. Brown,
William Gibson, and John McKnight.
Anne Spring's will is dated February 10, 1807. The beneficiaries
were her son, Cornelius; her daughter, Anne Byrd; granddaughter,
Orpha Byrd. Witnesses, John McCallister, John Rodgers, and Margaret
Rodgers. Proven before John Nesmith, J. Q. Appraisement made by
Robert Cade, Robert McCallister, and John
William McElroy's will is dated December
30, 1806. The beneficiaries were: sons, John, Andrew, and William;
daughter Elizabeth; his sis younger children, Mary, Jane Tisdale,
James, Margaret McConnell, Sarah Dobein, and Samuel Adair. His wife,
Jane, and Robert L. Witherspoon were made his executors. Witnesses,
Gavin Witherspoon, Joseph Witherspoon, and Ebenezer Gibson.
Appraisement made by Gavin Witherspoon, John Watson, and Ebenezer
John Gibson's will is dated November 21, 1807. The beneficiaries
were his wife, Elander; sons, William, John, George, Thomas, James;
and his stepchildren, John and Jane Gotea, children of John Gotea,
deceased. Executors: his wife, Jane Gotea, William Gibson, and
Alexander McKnight, and Hugh McCutchen. Witnesses, James McConnell,
Mary McConnell, and William Hitch. Appraisement made by William
Burrows, James McConnell, and Alexander Scott.
William J. Cooper's will is dated February 3, 1808. The
beneficiaries are his wife, Jane; daughter, Mary; son, George;
daughter, Nancy McCottry Cooper and one other child not named. He
gave the Presbyterian Church at Indiantown $800.00 and the estate of
Robert McCottry, one sulky. Executors, wife, Jane; brother, George
Cooper; Hugh McCutchen and Joseph McCottry. Witnesses, David Gordon,
John Winter, and Thomas McCutchen. Appraisement made by John James,
George McCutchen, and Thomas McCrea, Sr.
John McCallister's will is dated June 28, 1806. The beneficiaries
were his four oldest children, John, Charles, William, and Anne. He
mentions his younger sons, Ezekial and Sampson; his younger
daughters, Sarah and Mary; his son-in-law, David Lee; and his
sister, Ann Spring; and his wife, Catherine. Executors, James
Graham, William Graham, and William McCallister. Witnesses, John
McBride, William McCutchen, and Elam James Mills.
Appraisement made by Robert Cade, William Dickey, and Eison
Stephen Owens will is dated April 20, 1808. The beneficiaries
were his brother, Peter Owens; sisters, Mary Hannah, Jane Price,
Cemmy Johnson, Ann Haselden, and Elizabeth Haselden. The heirs of
his deceased brother, Zacine Owens, and James Hanna, husband of his
sister, Lucy, deceased, and Edward Johnson, husband of his sister,
Ann. Executors, Peter Owens, Samuel and John Haselden, and John
Price. Witnesses, James Dobbin, Henry Snow, and Thomas Jenkins.
Appraisement made by William Johnson, Sr., William James, and
William Johnson, Jr. James G. Calhoun's will is dated August 6,
1808. The beneficiaries were
his wife, not named;
son, William Alexander McKnight Calhoun; children
of his sister, Ruth Durant, except Jane C.
Bellune who has already been provided for; and the
children of his sisters, Ann Brown and Mary
Rodgers. Executors, Alexander McKnight, Sr.,
Snow. Witnesses, James
McGinney, A. L.
McGregor, and Samuel Grier.
Appraisement made by Samuel Nesmith, John Graham, and George
Eliphalet H. Burdiek's will is dated September 2, 1820. The
beneficiaries were his brother, Elam C. Burdick; Elizabeth M.
Hewitt, Sarah Hewitt, John J. Hewitt, Francis Marion Hewitt, Thomas
N. Hewitt, and Anna Hewitt, his aunt Mary's children. Executors,
uncle William J. Burrows, and aunt Mary Hewitt. Witnesses, John
Tharp, Robert Wisner, and James Gibson.
John Keels dated
his will April 27, 1818. The beneficiaries were his wife, Mary
Keels; sons, Peter R., James W., Richard T., and Robert F.,
daughter, Mary Maria. Witnesses, Benjamin Blanchard, William F.
Blanchard, and William M. McDonald.
will is dated. December 5, 1809. His only son, James Gamble, is
mentioned. Executors, his son, James Gamble, and his nephew, James
Burgess. Witnesses, William H. Mouzon, Mary Mouzon, and James
Patrick Cormick, of the village of Williamsburg, dated his will
June 11, 1820. He mentions his wife and three children, Ann, Jane,
and Elizabeth, and one other child not named. Mrs. Cormick is made
sole executrix, and Thomas P. Davis, Esq., is designated in the will
as her legal adviser. Witnesses, James Bradley, T. D. Singleton, and
Hugh Graham's will is dated October 11, 1809. The beneficiaries
were his wife, Sevil Graham; his sons, John Graham, William Graham,
and James Graham and his daughters, Sarah Graham, Elizabeth
McCallister, Sevil Hathhorn, Ann, Jean, Hester, and Mary. Executors,
his wife, Sevil; his son, William Graham, and William Graham, Esq.
Witnesses, James Myers, Philip McRae, and William Dick. Appraisers,
Philip McRae, Solomon McClam, and William Duke.
Benjamin Durant's will is dated January 3, 1810. He mentions his
wife, Mary; his son, John; and his daughters, Hannah Fleming and
Martha Mary. Executors, his wife, Mary, and George Chandler.
Witnesses, Robert Frierson, Jr., Margaret Hamilton, and David
Benton. Appraisers, Robert Frierson, Jr., Martin Staggers, and
James Zuill of Will town dated his will March 20, 1810. He
mentions his wife, Margaret. He gives to his son, John Zuill, his
real and personal estate in the parish of Belpon, in North Britain
(Scotland.) He refers to John and Jane Pressley as "my two little
children." His excutors were his wife, Margaret, and Thomas
William Hitch, David
Martin, and Cleland Belin.
Appraisers, John Dozier, John Pressley, and John Graham.
Joseph McKee dated his will March 23, 1810. He mentions his wife;
his daughter, Elizabeth; his grandson, John White; his
granddaughter, Elizabeth McClary; his grandson, Samuel M. Knox; his
grandchildren by his daughter, Elizabeth Fleming, wife of James
Fleming. He mentions his father, Archibald McKee. Executors, his
wife, his brother, John Shaw, and his nephews, Robert and Thomas
Witherspoon. Witnesses, John R. McClary, Roger Wilson, and Roger G.
Cantley. Appraisers, Gavin Witherspoon, John McClary, and Hugh
Henry Price dated his will April 27, 1810. His wife, Margaret,
and her sons, William and Hugh McFaddin, are mentioned. Witnesses,
James McFaddin, John Montgomery, and William D. Scott.
Elizabeth McKee's will is dated July 2, 1810. The beneficiaries
were Peter, David, and William Shaw, nephews; Elizabeth, Lillie, and
Sarah, nieces. Witnesses, Jannet Austin and Samuel M.
William Buford's will is dated October 25, 1810. The
beneficiaries were his son, William June; his daughters, Emma
Corbett, wife of William Richardson, Esq.; Frances Fraser, wife of
Reverened Hugh Fraser; and Elizabeth, wife of John S. Richardson,
Esq. Executors, his son and three sons-in-law. Witnesses, T. D.
Singleton, Daniel McDonald, and William Lesesne. In a codicil, he
mentions Peter Fraser, his grandson. Appraisers, Daniel
McDonald, John Blakely, and John Watson.
Thomas Rodgers dated his will April 12, 1811. The beneficiaries
were Margaret Rodgers, his wife; daughter, Mary Ann Rodgers; and his
sons, William and David Rodgers. Executors, Captain John Scott and
John Matthews, Jr. Appraisers, William Wilson, George McConnell
Fulton, and Samuel Fulton.
Jane James dated her will
April 16, 1811. She mentions her sons, John, William,, and Samuel;
grandsons, Robert Sidney, James Edwards, and John Benoni, sons of
Robert Witherspoon; granddaughter, Jane Wilson, wife of William
Wilson; granddaughter, Sarah Jane James, daughter of son, William.
Executors, John, William, and Samuel James. Witnesses, William
Ervin, Colwell Crawford, and William Johnson, Jr.
Paul Michau's will is dated December 30, 1811. The beneficiaries
were his daughters, Ann, Dorothy, and Charlotte; his son, Alexander
Michau; his daughter, Lyda Singletary, and his grandson, Isaac
Samuel Singletary. The executors were his nephews, Samuel Perdreau
and John Perdreau, and his son, Alexander Michau. Witnesses, Hugh
Fraser, Alexander Glass, and Frances Fraser. Appraisers, Henry H.
Bostwick, Solomon Budden, and John Arnett.
Isaac Matthews dated his will 1811. His sons, John and Isaac; his
daughter, Ann, wife of Captain John Screven; his daughter, Sarah,
wife of William Lester, and his daughters, Jane and Mary; are
mentioned. Executors, his two sons and his two sons-in-law.
Witnesses, Thomas Scott, Moses Matthews, and Robert Lowry.
Dr. John Graham dated his will February 13, 1813. Dr. Graham was
one of the wealthiest men in the county. He left no descendants.
Just before the Revolutionary War, his mother, with her three small
boys, migrated from Chester, Pa., to Fayetteville, North Carolina,
where they lived a number of years. Dr. Graham studied medicine and
settled on Black River near Kingstree. His two brothers remained in
North Carolina and one of them later became a general in the War of
the Revolution and the other, Secretary of the Navy. From these two
men have descended many distinguished Grahams of the State of North
Carolina. Dr. Graham was buried in the Williamsburg
John McNicholl Connor dated his will April
10, 1813. The beneficiaries were his wife, Susannah; his daughters,
Ann and Sarah, and an unborn child. Executors, Joseph Horton, John
Keels, and his wife, Susannah. Witnesses, William Lesesne, Benjamin
Blanchard, and David Brunson. Appraisers, Charles F. Lesesne,
Francis Cordes, and John Keels.
John McMurray dated his will April 2, 1813. He requests that he
be buried in James G. McGill's burying ground. In his will, he
mentions his wife, Sarah Strong; his brother, James McMurray; and
his daughter, Mary Ann. He refers to his mother but does not name
her. Executors, William H. Bostwick, Elijah H. Bostwick, and
Elizabeth McMurray. Appraisers, William Flagler, Martin Staggers,
and Samuel Fluitt.
Captain Joseph Coachman's will is dated September 7, 1813. The
beneficiaries were his wife, Margaret; his daughters, Mary Lynch
Simons and Hannah Greene; and his sons, Benjamin and Isaac.
Executors, his wife, Margaret, and his brother, John Coachman.
Witnesses, T. M. Brown, Samuel Fluitt, and T. D. Singleton.
Appraisers, T. D. Singleton, Gavin Witherspoon, and Robert
Paul Jaudon's will is dated July 15, 1814. The beneficiaries were
his wife, Elizabeth; his children, Paul, James, Samuel, Esther, and
Sarah. Executors, Alexander Glass, Samuel Perdreau, and wife,
Elizabeth. Witnesses, Caleb Charles Lenud, Joseph Logan, and
Jacob Coleman's will is not dated. He mentions his wife,
Susannah; grandson, Jacob W. Williams; his daughters, Susannah
Coleman, Elizabeth Murphy, Margaret Barrineau, and Hetty Williams.
He mentions the heirs of his son, George, deceased, and his
grandson, George, son of Samuel Coleman. Witnesses, John Staggers,
Isaac Montgomery, and Christian Bae.
will is dated June 15, 1813. He mentions his son, Moses; his
daughters, Ann Bostwick and Elizabeth Hawkins, and his three
youngest children, James, Solomon Rhodus, and Richard Sessions.
Witnesses, Nathaniel McCullough, Daniel J. Williams, and William
Miller. Appraisers, Nathaniel McCullough, William Dobbin, and John
James Barr's will is dated June 21, 1812. He mentions his son,
John, and his heirs; daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Hugh
Hanna; grandchildren, George Alexander Barr and Elizabeth
Kirkpatrick Barr, children of son, Daniel, deceased; daughter, Jane,
and her sons, George and James. Witnesses, Samuel
McGill, Edward D. Johnson, and Roger Gordon.
Hannah Paisley's will is dated September 12, 1815. She mentions
her daughter, Sarah, wife of William Gamble; daughter, Susannah,
wife of John Matthews, Jr.; granddaughter, Sarah Hannah Adaline
Matthews; grandson, Samuel McGill Gamble. Executors, Samuel R.
Mouzon, John Matthews, Jr., and William Taylor, of Sumter
District. Witnesses, William Wilson, Samuel
E. Fulton, and Robert J. Wilson.
Janet Scott's will is dated December 2, 1815. She mentions her
daughters, Janet Burgess and Elizabeth Scott; granddaughter, Janet
Martha Lemira Burgess; son, John Scott, Jr. Witnesses, Thomas
Burgess, Mary M. Patterson, and John McCottry. Appraisers, John
Montgomery, John McLaurin, and William McCullough.
Eliphalet H. Hewitt's will is dated January 16, 1816. He mentions
his wife, Mary Hewitt, daughter of John Burrows; daughter, Jane M.
Hewitt; and other children are mentioned in the will but not named.
Executors, Mary Hewitt, William J. Burrows, James McElveen, and Hugh
McCutchen. Witnesses, Sarah Burdick, George McConnell, Sr., and
Daniel H. Gillespie. Appraisers, James Gibson and Thomas
James Bradley's will is dated January 1, 1816.
He mentions his wife, Mary; son, Samuel, to whom he gives a tract of
land granted to his father, Samuel Bradley; daughters, Mary Stewart,
Sarah, Janet Martha; his sons, William Wilson, Robert, and James, to
whom he gives a tract of land granted to his grandfather, James
Bradley. Witnesses, Moses Matthews, Robert J. Wilson, and Mary S.
Wilson. Appraisers, John Fulton, Moses Matthews, and George
John Fleming's will is dated January 20, 1816. He mentions his
wife, Anne Fleming; his youngest son, Pinckney, and refers to other
sons without naming them. He refers to his daughters, Elizabeth
Hamilton McCullough and Jane Bennet Snowden. Executors, his sons,
William, Thomas, and John McCullough, and Alexander McCrea.
Witnesses, James Fleming and James Daniel. Appraisers, John Scott,
Jr., William McCullough, and Abner Brown.
James Burgess dated will May 27, 1806. He mentions his
wife, Margaret, and "his sons and daughters," not named. Executors,
Margaret, "my wife and my son, John Burgess." Witnesses, Raphael
Bell, William Dollard, and J. B. Cummings. Estate appraised by
William Dollard, Daniel Epps, and Samuel R. Mouzon, in June,
James McConnell dated his will January 25, 1816. He mentions his
wife, Mary; children, George, Thomas, Janet Dick, Mary McCottry,
Elizabeth Gotea, and Sarah McConnell. He mentions also in his will
John Gotea, Mat-thew Ailing, Susan Gibson, James McConnell Dick, and
Elender Gotea. Executors, George and Thomas McConnell, Robert
McCottry, and John Gotea. Witnesses, William Hiddleston, Jr., John
Lane, and Susannah Gibson. Appraisers, William Hiddleston, Jr., John
Gamble, and John Pressley.
James McBride's will is
dated February 10, 1816. He mentions his wife, Elizabeth; his son,
John Dobbin McBride; his daughters, Rebecca Frances and Mary Ann
Executors, cousin William Wilson, Samuel McBride, Samuel M.
Witherspoon, William Dobbin, and John M. Witherspoon. Witnesses,
Ebenezer Gibson, James M. Gowdy, and Francis Gibson.
Thomas McCrea, Jr., dated his will February 25, 1816. He mentions
his wife, Mary; his three children, Mary Ann, Susannah, and Thomas
Armstrong. Executors, wife, Mary, Alexander McCrea, and James
McFaddin. Witnesses, James McFaddin, Alexander McCrea, and John
Scott, Jr. Appraisers, John Scott, Jr., James McElveen, and James
William Campbell's will is dated February 27, 1816. He mentions
his wife, Mary; son, William McKnight Campbell. Executors, wife,
Mary; brother, James, and William Salters. Witnesses, J. B.
Cummings, Alexander McKnight, and James Graham. Appraisers, George
McCutchen, Alexander McKnight, and Samuel Scott.
Moses Benton's will is dated October 15, 1816. He mentions his
children, Mary, Simon, Ann, and Sarah. Executors, his friends and
brothers-in-law, Simon and Isaac Timmons. Witnesses, James Myers,
Moses Benton, Jr., and "William Timmons. Appraisers, Benjamin
Turner, William Turner, and John Coward.
Abner Smith's will is dated February 1, 1816. He mentions his
sons, Abner, Simon, James, and Pat; daughters, Mollie, Mary Ann
Elizabeth Garland, and Drusila Nancy Becky; and Mollie, his wife.
Executors, John Steele, Abner Smith, Mollie Smith, and William
Graham. Witnesses, William Graham, Mary Taylor Graham, and Aaron F.
Graham. Appraisers, James Graham, Andrew Patterson, Robert Green,
and Bryant Cambrahan.
George McConnell, Sr., dated his
Trill August 6, 1816. He mentions his granddaughter, Jane M. Hewitt,
(proviso-"that Jane M. Hewitt shall not marry either Elam
Cheeseborongh Burdick, Eliphalet Herbert Burdick, or Frederick Allen
Burdick, in which case, my granddaughter shall not inherit anything)
; sister, Rachael McConnell; nephew, George McConnell, son of James
McConnell; and nephews, James, Robert, and Thomas McConnell ; niece,
Eleanor Gotea. Executors, nephews, George McConnell and William
Wilson and Rachael McConnell. Witnesses, Elam J. Mills, John
Matthews, Sr., and John Lane. Appraisers, James Bradley, W. P.
McConnell, and Thomas Burrows.
Alexander Glass dated his will April 15, 1816. He mentions his
wife, Elizabeth; children, not named; the children of my sister,
Avagale Wilson, deceased, wife of Robert Wilson, namely, Thomas,
Avagale, and Margaret Wilson. Executors, Thomas Witherspoon, and
Colonel William Salters. Witnesses, Robert Sutton, John Fort, and C.
S. Osborne. Appraisers, Robert Sutton, Alexander Michau, and John
Mary Stretch's will is dated October 26, 1808. She mentions her
grandson, William Newman Murrell; nieces, Elizabeth Todd, Agnes
Brown, and Mary Campbell; and her nephew, William Campbell.
Witnesses, T. D. Singleton, M. M. Singleton, and Isaac Nelson.
William Moore's will is dated February 16, 1810. He mentions his
daughter, Sarah Lane, wife of Thomas Lane, Sr.; grandchildren,
Elizabeth Lane, James Lane, and Sarah Ann Lane. Executors, Dr. John
Graham, William Dobbin, Moses Miller, Jr., and Stephen Miller, Sr.
Witnesses, Stephen Miller and Hannah Miller.
John Leger's will is dated March 2, 1808. He mentions his
daughter, Dorothy Blakely, and children of Dorothy Blakely,
and cousin William Leger's
children. Executors, Archibald Campbell and
Dorothy Blakely. Witnesses, Francis Leger, John David, and Jannet
Robert Benton's will is dated June 13, 1817. He mentions his
wife, Susannah; sons, Elijah, Moses, and John; daughters, Sarah,
Elizabeth, Rachael, Vila, and Martha. Executors, Elijah Benton and
Samuel Timmons. Witnesses, Benjamin
Turner and Hugh Turner.
Susannah Mouzon's will is dated March 19, 1817. She mentions her
sons, Peter, William, and Samuel R.; daughters, Sarah Gamble, and
Mary McGill; three single children, Ann Mouzon, Susannah V. Mouzon,
and Henry Mouzon. Executors, Samuel R. Mouzon, and son-in-law, James
McGill. Witnesses, Caroline M. Dollard, Louisa Scott, and Samuel P.
Taylor. Appraisers, John D. Burgess, Daniel D. Epps, James Frierson,
Samuel E. Dick, and Daniel Frierson.
Jacob Singletary's will is dated October 27, 1817. He mentions
his wife, Elizabeth. He refers to his "bodily heirs." Executors, his
wife, Elizabeth, and son, Joseph Sion Singletary. Witnesses, Philip
Snow, Barnabas Ard, and William Ard.
Catherine Dickey's will is dated November, 1817. She mentions her
daughter, Letitia S. Durant, wife of John H. Durant; Catherine C.
Blanchard, Sarah McDonald Dickey, and Martha Elvira Dickey.
Executors, brother-in-law, Samuel E. Dickey. Witnesses, Isaac
Nelson, William M. Murrell, and William Nelson. Appraisers, James
O. McGill, Robert Frierson, and John Staggers.
Samuel Wilson, Sr., dated his will April 10, 1816. He mentions
his wife, Mary Stuart Wilson; sons, James Edmund, Samuel McClelland,
John Witherspoon, William Calvin, and David Elisha, and daughter,
Mary Orace. He mentions his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Witherspoon.
Executors, James E. and Samuel M. Wilson, and wife's brothers, James
Bradley and Robert Bradley, and Thomas
Samuel E. Fulton, William Wilson, and
Robert J. Wilson.
Gavin Witherspoon's will is dated January 10, 1816. He mentions
the children of his daughter, Janet, and of his son, Robert
Pinckney. His son, Samuel, Thomas Reece and John Miller; and his
daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Witnesses, William Frierson, Joseph
Witherspoon, and James B. Witherspoon. Appraisers, Gavin
Witherspoon, William Salters, and Robert Frierson, Jr.
Sarah Watson's will is dated October 19, 1817. She mentions her
nephew, John Watson; niece, Sarah Ann Watson; brother, John Watson.
Executors, John Watson, David P. Rodgers, William Salters, and James
Samuel Nesmith's will is
dated September 16, 1816. He mentions
his son, Samuel; daughters, Mary, Martha, and
Sarah. The name of his wife is
not given. Witnesses, L.
Nesmith, Robert Nesmith, and James
Baker. Appraisers, John Gamble, John Baker, and John
Pressley. His daughter Sarah married John
Brockinton and was consequently bequeathed but a
peppercorn for her portion.
The John Nesmith and the William
Brockinton, who settled on Black Mingo in 1725, were very close
business and personal associates. Their
descendants have intermarried so many times since then that it is
difficult to determine whether a present
Nesmith is more of a Brockinton, or a Brockinton of a
Nesmith. Too, these families have always
been closely associated in business. Yet, every time a marriage has
further related them, disinheritances have
resulted. These Sabines have usually
been able to reconcile husband and father in all things except
statements in wills.
William McDonald's will is dated September 8, 1808. He mentions
his sons, William Nelson, Thomas Edwin, and Archibald Couterier; his
daughters, Martha Harriette Grenerager Davis, Mary Esther Charlotte
McDonald, Susannah Emily Ann McDonald, Catherine Laura Singleton
McDonald, Eliza Maria Cantey McDonald, and Louisa Margaret Augusta
McDonald. Executors, son, William Nelson McDonald; son-in-law, John
G. Davis. Witnesses, Charles Lesesne, Thomas S. Cantey, and Margaret
A. Lesesne. Appraisers, John Keels, Jane Cantey, and Charles
John Kelty's will is dated September 18, 1818. He mentions his
wife, Jean; son, James; grandson, John, son of James; daughters,
Susannah Michau; grandson, William Dickey. Executors, James EZelty,
William Dobbin, and Alexander Michau. Witnesses, Jacob Norton, Allen
Norton, and Miles Norton. Appraisers, Samuel Perdreau, William
Dobbin, and John Perdreau.
Samuel Bradshaw's will is dated September 16, 1815. He mentions
his wife, Amelia; and his sons, Asa, Moses, and Silas. Witnesses,
Caleb Stephens and Abraham Davis. Appraisers, Abraham Martin, Levi
Barrineau, Ebenezer Martin, and Abraham Connor.
James Eaddy's will is witnessed September 24, 1819. He mentions
his wife, Mary; his sons, John, Edward D., and Henry; his daughters,
Mary Stone and Sarah Prosser. Witnesses, Philip Stone, Isaac Carter,
and William Tilton. Appraisers, George Carter, John D. Singleton,
and Ebenezer Singletary.
Mary Bradley's will is dated July 14, 1817. She mentions her
sons, William Wilson, James and Robert Bradley; daughters, Mary
Stuart Wilson, Sarah, and Janet Martha Bradley; granddaughters,
Elizabeth Westberry Bradley and Margaret Elvira Fulton.
Solomon McClam, Sr., dated his will July 2, 1819. He mentions his
sons, Daniel, Solomon, and Bryant; and daughters, Ann Jane Smith,
and Eliza Singletary. Witnesses, Philip McRae, James J. Douglass,
and James Lacey. Appraisers, Robert Cade, Andrew Patterson, Sr., and
Samuel Strong's will is dated December 24,
1819. He mentions his brother, Robert Strong, and sister, Eleanor
Boyd. Executors, Robert Strong, Hugh Boyd, and John Scott, Jr.
Witnesses, John J. McClary, A. Douglass, and Samuel D.
John Scott, Sr., dated his will April 29, 1820. He mentions his
sons by his first wife, Joseph, John Thomas, William Robert, Albert
Alexander McCrea, and Samuel James Washington; his wife, Rebecca
Gordon, and his unborn child who became John Ervin Scott. Executors,
Rebecca, his wife; Joseph Scott, his brother; and John Thomas, his
son. Witnesses, James McFaddin, Mary M. Flagler, and Samuel Scott.
Appraisers, James McFaddin, Samuel Scott, and John
Elizabeth Witherspoon's will is dated June 7, 1820. She mentions
her sons, Robert, Thomas, John R. Witherspoon; grandsons, James H.
Witherspoon, James E. Wilson, and Robert P. Frierson;
granddaughters, Mary A. Witherspoon and Sarah A. Frierson; and
grandsons, John R. and George Witherspoon; great grandchildren,
James E. Wilson, Eliza A. Wilson, Thomas E. Wilson, and Robert M.
Wilson, children of David Wilson; and great grandchildren, Esther D.
Witherspoon and Langdon Witherspoon. She bequeathed $50.00 to the
Samuel Snowden's will is dated August 25, 1819. He mentions his
wife, Mary; sons, William, Samuel Mouzon, and Thomas James;
daughters, Elizabeth Margaret, Sarah R. Gibson, Jane Burrows, and
Mary Murphy. Witnesses, John Montgomery, James McFaddin, and
Benjamin E. Gordon.
Benjamin Turner's will is dated January 3, 1821. He mentions his
wife, Phoebe; sons, Reuben and Hugh and four others, not named.
Witnesses, Solomon Coward; Moses Buddin, and
Appraisers, William McGallister,
William Turner, and
John Pressley dated his will May 14, 1821. He mentions his wife,
Mary B.; sons, William J., John B., and James F.; daughters, Martha
and Eliza. Witnesses, Thomas McConnell, William S. Brockinton, and
Thomas Hiddleston. Appraisers, Thomas McConnell, William S.
Brockinton, and John Gotea.
Jannet Patterson dated her will September 18, 1818. She mentions
her daughters, Jean Murphy and Jannet Wizner; son-in-law, Robert
Greene; grandsons, Robert P. Greene, Robert P. Wizner, and Robert
James Patterson; and granddaughters, Margaret Patterson, Jane
Hamilton Patterson, and Mary M. Flagler. Executors, Andrew
Patterson and Samuel Gaskin.
Samuel Haselden's will is dated August 1, 1822. He mentions his
wife, Ann; sons, James and Samuel Wyatt; daughter, Violetta L.
Haselden. "Two acres of land I give for the use of the church,
whereon the Methodist Church now stands." Witnesses, William W.
Johnson, Samuel Marsh and Thomas Haselden. Appraisers, John Murphy,
John Tharp, and Asa Brown.
David McClary dated his will October 5, 1827. He mentions his
wife, Mary; sons, Samuel G. and William D.; daughters, Mary
Elizabeth Hiddleston, Sarah F. Wilson, Margaret S. McGill, and
Louisa J. Dollard. Witnesses, John B. McClary, Samuel Fluitt, and
James B. McGill.
Archibald Murphy's will is dated September 18, 1827. He mentions
his wife, Jane; son, John; daughter, Elizabeth, who married Fleming;
daughter, Janet, who married Thorp; and Mary and
Sarah Singleton dated her will April 17, 1829. She mentions her
brother, William Purse, Sr.; son, Thomas D. Singleton;
granddaughters, Esther Gibson
Mary Magdalene Burgess
Singleton. Witnesses, William J. Gamble, R. G.
Ferrell, and William Purse.
James Ward dated his will March 10, 1829. He mentions his
daughter, Eliza, wife of Thomas Hetchinhan. Witnesses, James S.
Donnelly, Robert James, Sarah Kennedy, and Archibald Kennedy.
John Singletary dated his will January 16, 1826. He mentions his
granddaughter, Sophronia Pervis Singletary; daughter, Martha Dickey;
mother, Sarah Singletary; wife not named. Executors, son-in-law,
James Dickey, and cousin, Elam T. Mills.
Thomas McCutchen's will is dated December 13, 1822. He mentions
his wife, Nancy; sons, Robert George, Joseph White, and Thomas;
daughter, Mary Julina. Executors, wife, Nancy, Hugh McCutchen,
George McCutchen, Jr., Thomas Williams, Jr., and George W. Cooper.
Witnesses, Alexander McKnight, William Cooper, and George
Robert Frierson's will is dated July 31, 1827. He mentions his
wife, Hesther; grandson, Samuel Flavale Wilson; nephew, Daniel
Frierson; brothers, William and Samuel; sister, Jane Smith. He
bequeaths to the Bethel Congregation $100.00.
dated his will August 5, 1827. He mentions his wife, Janet; son,
William; daughters, Sarah G., Elizabeth, and Susannah.
Daniel Epps dated his will May 28, 1826. He mentions his wife,
Martha; sons, Edward, Daniel, James, Peter, John, David, and Robert.
He did not name his daugh-ters, but made a bequest "to each of my
Nancy McCottry dated her will March 20, 1826. She mentions her
daughter, Nancy McCutchen; son-in-law, George McCutchen;
granddaughter, Elizabeth W. McCutchen; grandson, George W. Cooper.
She gives the Indiantown Congregation $20.00. Witnesses, D, D.
Wilson, William Cooper, and William E. James.
Graham dated her will October 18, 1826. She mentions her son, John;
and daughter, Mary Ferrell. She named Mary Frierson's children, Mary
S. Frierson, Robert G., Benjamin T., and William Ferrell; and
Catherine L. Blakely.
Isaac Kleels, Sr., dated his will July 2, 1821. He mentions his
wife, Susannah; sons, Samuel John, Isaac, and George W.; daughter,
Catherine Gamble; grandchildren, John Isaac James and Peter R.
Keels. Executors, wife, Susannah; son, Samuel John; Morgan Sabb, and
William Salters. Witnesses, Morgan Sabb, Joseph Holding, and
P. M. Oliver.
John Montgomery dated his will October 9, 1824. He mentions his
wife, Jane; his brothers, Isaac, William, James, Samuel S, and
Henry; his sisters, Rachael Macauley, and her two daughters,
Amarynthia Macauley and Mary Jane Plowden. Witnessed by Isaac
Bagnall, John B. Bagnall, Henry James, and Samuel Montgomery.
Robert Cade dated his will March 2, 1823. He mentions his wife,
Violet; sons, John, Charles, Andrew, Erasmus, and Felix Brown;
daughters, Jane, Agnes, Elizabeth, and Adeline. Witnesses, James
Fulmore, Violet Cade, and Jannet C. Cade.
Robert Howry dated his will July 1, 1825. He mentions his nephew,
Robert Howry, in Statesville, N. C, and his brother, Joseph, in
Ireland; John Howry, studying medicine under Dr. Dollard; and Sarah
Douglass, Elizabeth Douglass, and Isaac Matthew Douglass; children
of his brother, David Howry; and of his brother, William Howry; and
of his brother, Samuel, who lived in Sumter. He also mentions his
sister, Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Caswell, and their two sons, John
and Samuel Caswell, who lived in Ireland.
William McConnell dated his will January 23, 1829. He mentions
his wife, Margaret; the following children by his
sons, William Gibson
and Robert Franklin; daughters, Mary Bradley, Ann
Elizabeth, and Frances Jane. Witnesses, Charles Barrineau, Francis
Gowdy, and James Gowdy.
Thomas McCrea dated his will January 23, 1832. He mentions his
wife, Esther; daughters, Sarah, Mary Cooper, Catherine DuBose
McDowell, Esther L. Witherspoon, and Mary E. White. Witnesses,
William S. Broekinton, William Burrows, and James Gamble.
Appraisers, James McFaddin, George McCutehen, and Alexander
William Hiddleston dated his will March 7, 1834. He mentions his
son, John Hiddleston, and his grandsons, John and William
Hiddleston; his daughter, Margaret Nesmith, wife of Samuel, who
first married Gibson.
James Folly dated his will June 12, 1835. He mentions his son
James Lafayette Folly; and daughter, Margaret Ann Folly. Witnesses,
William Turner, Robert Spring, and James Carraway.
John McClary dated his will January 12, 1831. He mentions his
sons, John J. McClary, and his children, Mary, James, John Calvin,
Alexander, David Manton, and George Frierson; and his daughter, Mary
F. Duke, wife of Thomas; the children of said Mary, David McClary,
Sarah Thermutas, and Mary Eleanor; his son, Samuel Blackwood, and
the children of the said Samuel, Margaret H., John Milton, Hannah
R., Sarah Blackwood McClary; and his son, David Sidney McClary.
Witnesses, John J. Tisdale, Samuel Tisdale, and William Tisdale.
Appraisers, H. D. Shaw, P. G. Gourdin, and Robert Strong.
Jane Wilson dated her will May 30, 1828. She mentions her son,
David D. Wilson; her grandsons, Robert Harvey, David Edward, and
John Calvin; her granddaughters, Jane Isabella, Sarah Elmira, and
Mary Louisa; her step-daughter, Mary Greene. Witnesses, John Gordon,
William Hiddleston, and James H. McElveen.
McKenzie dated his will August 22, 1815. He mentions his sons,
William, Samuel, Peter, and John; his daughters, Nancy and Mary.
Executors, Thomas Rose and William Kennedy. Witnesses, Thomas
Kennedy, Ann Kennedy, and David Muldrow.
William J. Pressley dated his will September 17, 1830. He
mentions his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Sarah, and one other child,
not named. Executors, his uncle, William S. Broekinton, his
brothers, John B. Pressley and James F. Pressley.
Frierson, Jr., dated his will September 9, 1830. He mentions his
grandson, William Frierson Rodgers; brother, Samuel Frierson, in
Alabama; his nieces and nephews, Susannah Chandler, John H. Smith,
Martha Kennedy, Rebecca McElveen, James Frierson, and Daniel
Frierson; and his brothers, Joshua and George, in the State of
Tennessee. Executors, Henry D. Shaw, William Lifrage, Jr., and
Joseph Chandler. Witnesses, Henry J. Smith, Hampton Draughn, and W.
Jane Murphy dated her will January 3, 1831. She mentions her son,
John Murphy; daughters, Jannet, Mary, and Elizabeth. Her grandsons,
Andrew James, John, James Calvin Murphy. Her granddaughters, Sarah
Jane and Mary Catherine Murphy; and her grandchildren, Hesther Jane
and Henry Singletary.
George McConnell dated his will April 13, 1832. He mentions his
sons, William Scott, and Thomas James; his daughters, Catherine Ann,
Mary Rachael, Sarah Elizabeth, and Margaret Eleanor.
Sarah Graham dated her will June 13, 1834. She mentions her
husband, John Graham; son, John Graham; her nieces, Sarah McConnell,
Mary McCutchen, Elizabeth Gotea, and Jannet P. Duke.
William S. Brockinton dated his will September 7, 1832. He
mentions his wife, Louisa; his children, John
Screven, Burrows Pressley, Caroline Matilda, and
Martha Ann; brother, John.
Thomas D. Singleton, Sr., dated his will May 11, 1826. He
mentions his wife, Mary Magdalene; sons, Thomas Day and Henry B.;
daughters, Esther, Mary, and Susannah Elizabeth Gourdin, wife of
Peter G. Gourdin. He requested to be buried in the family burying
ground on Santee, along side the remains of his father-in-law, Henry
John Watson dated his will June 10, 1821. He mentions his wife,
Mary F.; son, John; and daughter, Sarah Ann.
John Belin's will is dated June 18, 1821. He mentions his
brothers, James F. and Cleland Belin; his sister, Mary Gamble; his
niece, Esther J. McDonald. Witnesses to this will, William S.
Brockinton, Mary B. Pressley, and Martha Brockinton.
James McConnell dated his will January 25, 1816. In the beginning
of this will, he speaks of his wife, Mary. Later in the will, it is
written "my wife, Sarah." He mentions his sons, George and Thomas;
and his daughters, Jannet Dick, Mary McCottry, and Elizabeth Gotea.
Robert Strong dated his will May 13, 1821. He mentions his wife
(second) Sarah; his sons, Robert, William, and James; and his
daughter, Amea Byrd, children by his second wife.
Martin Staggers dated his will October 10, 1822. He mentions his
three brothers, William, John, and George-Witnesses, William
Salters, Thomas D. Singleton, Jr., and William Dollard.
Martha Brockinton's will is dated April 3, 1822. She mentions her
sons, John and William S.; daughter, Mary B. Pressley; grandson,
William Graham's will is dated June 14, 1821. He mentions his
wife, Susannah; daughter, Mary Turner, wife of William
Frierson; Jannet M.,
Susannah, and Sarah.; his sons, Aaron Frierson,
Samuel E., William J., John F., Daniel B., Charles N., and Alexander
John Montgomery dated his will July 7, 1821. He does not name his
wife nor his three daughters but his two sons, John Milton and
James McDaniel dated his will September 19, 1810. He mentions his
wife, Catherine; his daughters, Honour Bow, Catherine, Mary,
Elizabeth, and Isabella, wife of Thomas B. Abrams; sons, James,
Enos, Randol; son-in-law, Thomas B. Abrams; grandson, William James
Cooper. Executors, wife, Catherine; and son, Enos. Witnesses, Hugh
McCutchen, Samuel James, and Robert W. James.
Rachael McConnell dated her will April 1, 1824. She mentions her
nieces, Eleanor Douglass, Sarah McConnell, Jane M. Miller, Catherine
Gordon, Rachael Connor; and John H. McConnell, her nephew.
Executors, nephews, George McConnell, son of James, and John Miller.
Witnesses, Henry Miller and John G. Hewitt. Appraisers, Stephen
Miller, William Morris, and Thomas Steele.
Elizabeth Wilson's will is dated January 19, 1822. She mentions
her sons, John Wilson, David Wilson, Samuel J. Wilson, and Robert
Wilson, in Louisiana; daughter, Elizabeth James, and her husband,
John James; grand-children, Elizabeth M. Wilson, Martha Wilson,
Robert D. Wilson, children of John, by his former wife, Jane.
Executors, David and Samuel J. Wilson. Witnesses, Samuel McGill
and Samuel James.
John James dated his will June 16, 1824. He mentions his wife,
Elizabeth, (books formerly of her father, Robert Wilson.); sons,
William E., Robert W., John T.; daughters, Mary E., who married
Greene; E. Lavinia, and Sarah Ann James; grandson, John L. Wilson,
son of William; and granddaughter, Mary L. Wilson. He gives to his
sister, among other things, a tract of nine hundred acres granted to
Henry Perineau, dated April 28, 1732, at Indiantown. Executors, wife
and three sons, Robert W., John T., and William E. James, and
brothers-in-law, David and S. J. Wilson. Witnesses, Samuel James,
Mary Ann McGill, and Elizabeth A. McGill. Appraisers, Ben-jamin
Britton, George Barr, Samuel McGill, Thomas McDaniel, and William
Robert Sutton's will is dated October 6, 1824. He mentions his
daughters, Elizabeth, Ann, Margaret, Dorothy, Magdalene; and son
Robert Edward Glenn; his wife, Mary; and Sarah Tamplet. Executors,
wife, Mary, and Dr. William J. Buford. Witnesses, John Perdreau,
Peter Michau, Jr., and John Lequeux. Appraisers, Isaac Barrineau,
Samuel Guilds, John Perdreau, and Francis W. Perrett.
James Gibson's will is dated June 16, 1825. He mentions his
daughters, Jannet Greene, Margaret Cameron, Martha Gibson, and Mary
Fluitt; sons-in-law, George Greene, Henry Cameron, and Samuel
Fluitt; and grandson, Robert James Patterson. Executors, Samuel
Fluitt and James Gamble. Witnesses, A. J. McGinnis, Benjamin
Blanchard, and Charles Lesesne.
William Johnson's will is dated October 3, 1823. He mentions his
wife, Celia; children and grandchildren, not named. Executor,
Francis Johnson, son. Witnesses, Dotson Stone, John Frost, and David
D. Dawsey. Appraisers, John Barr, Austin Stone, and Samuel W.
Ann Perrett's will is not dated. She mentions her granddaughters,
Ann Budden and Martha McColl; grandsons, John Lequeux, James Budden,
and Solomon Budden. Executor, Peter E. Perrett, friend. Witnesses,
Benjamin Whitfield, Elizabeth Frances and Sarah Bar-rineau.
Appraisers, William Lifrage, Jr., Samuel Guild, and James Ward.
James Campbell's will is dated March 4, 1825. He mentions the
following beneficiaries, Susannah Covert, Laura Covert, and Isaac
Nelson; nephew, William Campbell; sister, Agnes Brown, Elizabeth
Todd, and Mary. Campbell. Executors, William Salters, Isaac Nelson,
and S. Covert. Witnesses, T. D. Singleton, Morgan Sabb, and P. M.
Oliver. Appraisers, Morgan Sabb, Robert Frierson, Sr., and James G.
Lemuel Nesmith dated his will August 29, 1820. He mentions his
brother, Robert Nesmith, and his children. Executor, Robert Nesmith.
Witnesses, John Baker, William North, and John Pressley.
George McCutchen, Sr., dated his will July 1, 1826. He mentions
his sons, Hugh, George, and William; daughter, Jannet Barr; and
grandchildren, Robert George, Joseph White, Mary Julina, and Thomas
McCutchen. Executors, Hugh and George McCutchen and George Barr.
Witnesses, John S. Dick, Jannet B. Dick, and Thomas S. Thomson.
Appraisers, Alexander McCrea, James McFaddin, and Samuel Scott.
Elizabeth James dated her will July 10, 1820. She mentions her
daughters, Sarah Ann James, Mary E. Greene, and Elizabeth L. James;
sons, Robert W., William E., and John T. Executors, John T. and
William E. James, and son-in-law, Samuel Greene. Witnesses, J. M.
Witherspoon, W. Lifrage, Jr., and Samuel James.
Joanna Ferdon's will is dated February 14, 1820. She mentions her
daughter, Mary Ann Blackwell; sons, Tho-mas B. Hamlin, John P.
Ferdon, and William Ferdon; grandsons, John William Ferdon Gamble
and John Ferdon Nesmith; and daughter, Maria A. Nesmith. Executors,
Samuel Nesmith, John P. Ferdon, and William Ferdon. Witnesses, J.
Dozier, R. R. Gamble, and Leonard Dozier.
Mary Parsons dated her will November 3, 1825. She mentions as her
beneficiaries: nephew, David Parsons, Jr.; and Joseph Parsons,
nephew; brothers, David Par. sons, Sr., and Solomon Parsons; niece,
Mary McDonald; children of her sister, Isabella McDonald, deceased,
viz.: James McDonald, Enos McDonald, Randal McDonald, Isabella
Abrams, and Elizabeth Eaddy; children of bro-ther, William Parsons,
viz.: Elizabeth Powell, Josiah Parsons, and Ann Parsons. Executors,
David Parsons, Sr., and Jr., and witnesses, John Gotea, George
Gibson, and Thomas McCants.
James Blake dated his will October 11, 1826. He mentions his
wife, Mary; and his daughters, Margaret Ann Norton, Sarah Bates, and
Jane Blake; and his son, John Blake. Executors, Miles Norton and
William U. Dickerson. Witnesses, Joseph Dickerson, Tobias Bates, and
Margaret Norton. Appraisers, John Mims, William Craps, and Jobe
Samuel Eaddy's will is dated January 28, 1827. He mentions his
daughter, Jenny Eaddy; son, James A. Eaddy's children: Margaret D.,
Elizabeth M., Samuel J., and Frances Eaddy; son, James A. Eaddy.
Executor, son, J. A. Eaddy. Witnesses, Philip Stone, James H. Stone,
and Jacob Singletary.
Gavin James dated his will October 2, 1816. He mentions his
nephew, William; nieces, Mary Wilson, Jannet Scott, and Mary Ann
McGill, wife of Samuel; grandnieces and nephews, not named.
Executors, John McGill and Alexander McCrea. Witnesses, Samuel
Scott, D. D. Wilson, and William