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Elizabeth Smith of South Carolina and Georgia

August 27, 2019

This is part of a series of posts about people who are linked to Basil Cowper. He owned property in Granville County, Province of South Carolina, back in the day prior to the Revolutionary War. That area later became known as St. Peter’s Parish, Beaufort District, South Carolina.

Basil Cowper was an American Loyalist, and he lost his property and was banished for it. In 1782, part of his property was deeded to John Robert, who built up quite a large amount of land over the years.

Basil married Mary “Polly” Smith, daughter of John Smith and Elizabeth Williamson. I can’t find a will for John, but Elizabeth has one that is quite in depth. The following images come from ancestry.com.

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Last Will & Testament

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith

Deceased

Filed 5th March

1810

Recorded in Book G. folio 235.242

Edmund Roberts

  1. C. O.

10 March 1810

Jane Bourke

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State of Georgia

Chatham County

In the Name of God Amen

I Elizabeth Smith Widow of John Smith late of the State of South Carolina deceased being of sound mind and memory by the mercy of God, Do make and Publish this my last Will and Testament, Revoking all other Wills formerly made.

Imprimis It is my Will and desire that my Executors herein after mentioned, and named, do keep my Negroes together on my Plantation, in South Carolina and continue to work them as at present, appropriating to one half of the Nett Proceeds of the Crops made to the payment of all my just and lawfull Debts, and discharging all such Legacies and bequests as I shall leave and mention in writing, purporting my Instructions to my Executors or otherwise, the other half of the Nett Proceeds of the Crops to be divided equally between my Daughters Jane Bourk and Elizabeth Smith for their maintenance etc the aforesaid debts be paid and Legacies and bequests be discharged when a Division of my Estate is to take place.

 

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2nd I give and bequeath and devise to my Daughter Mary Cowper Widow and her Heirs The following Negroes to Wit: Bricklayer Ceasar, Roger and his Wife Venus with their children Racheal, Mag, Ceasar, Sandy, Ansel, and two younger children with their future increase. Also a Lott of Land and the Buildings thereon in the Town of Beaufort South Carolina to the said Mary Cowper her Heirs and Assigns forever.

3rd My Daughter Anne M’Queen being in a Poor state of health and her Death Daily expected and having received two Tracts of Land and five Negroes from her Father /my late Husband/ formerly, one of which Tract was afterwards placed in the purchase of a small Island called Oatlands in the County of Chatham and now the Private Property of the said Anne M’Queen, notwithstanding which in justice to her feelings and for my own satisfaction, I declare that the reason she now has no Negroes left her, was from her desire that I would have those designed for her in any other way I should like. I give bequeath and devise to my GrandSon William M’Queen my Carpenter Jemmy.

4th I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter Jane Bourke Widow and at her Decease to my GrandSon Thomas Bourke and Grand Daughters Elizabeth and Catherine Bourke to be equally divided between them and used as they please the following Negroes to wit: Old Phillis, Carpenter George, Sabina his Wife, Hinter, Morrice, Harriet, Nanny, Maria, Flora and her two children and their future increase she had three Negroes formerly given her. I do also give and bequeath to my Daughter Jane Bourke all that Lott of Land and buildings thereon known as /No 8/ number Eight Reynolds Ward near the filature in the City of Savannah and after her Death to go in remainder to my Grand Daughters Elizh and Catherine Bourke and their Heirs, but in case of the Death of either single that it is my Will that the said House and Lott do go to the Survivor. I give to my Grand Daughters Elizabeth and Catherine Bourke for their own separate use and their Heirs, or as they may chuse to will them to be equally divided. Young Tom and Daphne with their children, Joe, Primus, Mary, Nelly, Ned, and Billy with their future increase.

5th I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter Elizh Smith the following Negroes: Old Ceasar, Old Lucy & Venus with all the children she has and may have: Luke, Isaac, London, Amey and child and future increase. Nanny having been

 

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Formerly given her left the following children: Sam, Grace, Mary, Charles, Nanny, Betty, Fanny, to be given and willed by her to any of her Sisters and Brother as she shall chuse, as they are her heirs after he natural Life or to such person or persons as she shall chuse of them together with my Lott in the Town of Savannah known as /No 2/ Number two Reynolds Ward containing forty five feet front on the Bay and Ninety feet in Depth, and all the improvements and buildings thereon to hold during the term of her natural Life, and from and after her Death for the benefit and advantage of such person or persons as she shall chuse or appoint from amongst her Brother and Sisters and their Representative if Dead or their children if alive by her las Will and Testament duly Executed but in case of the Death without such Will, appointment or nomination, then the said real and personal estate, shall be equally divided among my Daughters and Son or their children and Heirs in case of either dying before my said Daughter Elizabeth Smith. It is also my desire that my Daughter Elizh Smith being infirm in health should have for the term of six years the rent of my store and Brick Building standing on Lott Number one, Reynolds Ward fronting the Bay and now occupied by Mr. Steinert in case of her Death before the expiration of the Six Years the Profits to go to the owner as herein after mentioned

6th I give to my Son Archibald Smith in trust for my Grand Children, Archibald Smith, Elizh L. Smith, John Smith and Jane Wallace Smith and any other children my said Son may have, by his present Marriage and their Heirs, share and share alike, they to have possession at the age of twenty years or day of marriage the Negroes, Old Tom, Old Molly, Hannah, Hester, Catherine, Bella, and young Ishmeal.

7th I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter Sarah Wright, wife of Sir James Wright for her sole separate and independent use, free from any control, management or claim of her said Husband, or any peron claiming or to claim under him the following Negroes: Old Ishmeal, Mynty, Joe, Adam, Jesse, Diana, and chld, June and Hagar, given her formerly and their children and future increase and also my House and Lott in Savannah known as /No 1/ Number one Reynolds Ward and all the Buildings thereon with the Negroes and their increase above mentioned to the said Sarah Wright and her Heirs but in case of the Death of the said Sarah Wright without child or children arriving at the age of twenty one or day

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of marriage, then the said real and personal Estate so bequeathed and devised to her shall go and descend to XXX of her Sisters and Brother or their children and Heirs as she shall chuse appoint or select by Will duly made and executed and in case the said Sarah Wright dying without such Will or Without any child or children arriving at any time after Death at the age of twenty years, or day of marriage, then the said real and personal Estate shall go and descend to her Sisters and Brother and their representatives Share and Share alike, his, her, or their Heirs.

8th My Son Archibald Smith having been provided for by his Father my late Husband Twenty two years ago, I therefore only give him one Negro Man Philander also all the right and Title I have to a Tract of Land in the County of Camden which he has sold to John H. McIntosh Esquire.

9th I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter in Law Helen Smith a Negro Woman Sary and her Son Philip and her future increase, also Twenty Pounds Sterling as an entire Gift to herself and at her disposal

10th I do hereby confirm the Freedom and Emancipation of my Old faithful Servants Buba and Dinah which freedom is to be absolute three Months after my Death.

11th After the payment and Satisfaction of the Debts and Legacies, I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter Jane Bourke that Third part of my Tract of Land in South Carolina on which the Dwelling House out Houses and other Buildings stand known by the name of Red Bluff and after her Death to my Grand Son Thomas Bourke and Grand Daughters Elizth and Catherine Bourke and their Heirs but in case of the Death of either of my above mentioned Grand Daughters single and unmarried then it is my will that her proportion of the above land descend to the survivor, the other two thirds of the above tract I leave to my daughter Elizabeth Smith to plant at equally with my Daughters Mary Cowper and Sarah Wright as Heirs to this two thirds of the above Tract.

 

12th I give and bequeath to my Grand Daughters Mary Ann and Margeret Cowper and their Heirs a Lott of Land in the City of Savannah /No 12/ Number twelve Washington Ward. Now called the Hawthorn Lott.

 

13th I give to my Six Grand Daughters Mary Ann and Margeret Cowper, Eliza Mackay, Sarah William, Elizabeth and Catherine Bourke twenty Dollars to each of them for a Ring.

14th I give to Elizth Zubly now Mrs. Magill the sum of one Hundred Dollars.

15th Isabella Hunter and Elizabeth Hunter

 

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one Hundred Dollars cash.

16th I give to the Female Asylum to promote that benevolent and meritorious institution the Sum of one Hundred Dollars.

17th My Negroes are not to be divided till my debts are paid. It is my desire that my Daughter Elizabeth Smith receive the wage of the Carpenter Luke who is given to her from the time of my death.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Daughters, Mary Cowper, Jane Bourke, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Wright, and my Son Archibald Smith my Executrixes and Executor of this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal this fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and Nine.

Elizabeth Smith

Isabella Hunter

Betsey Hunter

 

Further, I found a report of Elizabeth Smith’s death. She died at her daughter Anne McQueen’s plantation called Oatlands, and her burial left from daughter Jane Bourke’s house in Savannah. This makes me guess that she is indeed buried in Colonial Park Cemetery.

Good-night, Elizabeth. We are thinking of you.

Mary Smith Cowper of South Carolina

August 25, 2019

I’ve been looking at some old plats from the South Caroliniana Library for an area that was known as St. Peter’s Parish, Beaufort District, in the mid-1800s. Before it was St. Peter’s Parish, it was known as part of Granville County, Province of South Carolina.

There is a particular plat where John Smith deeds part of his land to his daughter Sarah Smith. 100 acres to be exact. It is a square shape which borders John’s land on one side, and vacant land on the other three sides.

But who is John Smith, and why is this plat in the Lawton Family Collection? I don’t have real answers, but I am guessing that this plat of land later became part of a Lawton plantation.

When I look for answers as to whom John Smith was, I check the old newspapers on GenealogyBank. I find two marriage announcements: one where his daughter Sarah Smith is marrying Sir James Wright, a loyalist in Savannah, and another daughter Mary is marrying Basil Cowper. I found a good bit about Mary, so let’s start with her.

Here are some probate records from Savannah. Mary’s husband Basil was banished from the colony of South Carolina, and his estate was confiscated. He died in Jamaica in 1802, but it appears that Mary didn’t go with him. They had two daughters. Mary Anne and Margaret, who also stayed in what became the United States.

The first two images appear to be out of order, and the handwriting is smeary, like a rough draft. She sorts it all out, and the third image starts to make sense. Turns out, she wrote it in pencil, and then in a later court document after her death, her brother Archibald Smith certifies that it is her true handwriting and signature.

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1818 from James Cuthbert’s Estate. Settled as due to Mary Cowper by Mr. McQueen

Viz — $7225.89

1 Jany 1819 due to ditto.

From my mother’s Estate XXX etc ten Negroes — $3500

Interest thereon – 1680

$12,405.89.

This at my own disposal

I give to my niece Eliza Mackay out of the above sum four thousand Dollars said Money next XXX is my bequest to my Daughter Margaret McQueen.

I bequeath to Sidney Anderson out of this pound 200 Sterling if she is living and to be paid her as soon as maybe after my death free of all charges or deduction the sum of 200 pound Sterling aforesaid.

I bequeath to Jesse Lamont 200 pound Sterling likewise out of this fund under the same injunction of the sum entire base of diminution

As part of the portion XXX up to her of the half I have of the Jamaica property.

Whatever has accrued of Interest upon my said separate property to the time of my death I leave to Mary for her self & to go toward the Judgment or fulfilment of my said Will herein specifyed of which I constitute & appoint herself & Mrs. Eliza Mackay executors.

Mary Cowper

Jany 18th 1821

I intend to write this in Ink if I can best of time & ability herewith it XXX the Sense is clear enough & must stand.

To Mrs Margaret McQueen from my mother’s property, Maurice, Nancy, Lucinda, William, from Jane’s property to Mary Anne Cowper – Molly & her three sons viz. George, Sam, & Harry, My Tankard etc is for Mary viz Silver ware viz silver forks, spoons. Also my bed stead beddings & other household furniture & table & bed linnen for Mary as she may have occasion for it & is unprovided.

Jany 18th 1821 and Feb 22d 1821

When I now give & bequeath to Mary Anne Mackay the Sum of Sixty pounds Sterling for a watch or however she may please to dispose of it.

Mary Cowper

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To my daughter Margaret McQueen I give & bequeath one thousand dollars out of this oney accounted to me by John McQueen Esqr as executor of James Cuthbert’s estate & likewise my attorney to receive my mother’s legacy to me that is to say out of the said sum specified of $12,405.89 – over and above one thousand dollars from the land at Red Bluff left me by my mother or what ever sum it sold for be it more or less – which land I gave to her & them mentioned to confirm it.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Anne Cowper the residue of the above mentioned property be it more or less to her to have and to hold at her own disposal – this day of Mrch the twentieth one thousand eight hundred and twenty.

Mary Cowper

Whereas the portion I am entitled to of my Husband’s Estate reverts at my death to my two daughters Mary Anne Cowper and Margaret McQueen equally divided between them but the interest accruing there on that is to say upon my said portion or third part what ever it may be at my death. I desire it may go towards the payment of my debt to Sidney Anderson and any deficiency to make up that Sum. Mary Anne will supply it to discharge the same out of the half to reverting to her and the half lot of land I leave to Mary desiring it may be taken

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1818 from Jams. Suthberts Estate Settled and due

to Mary Cowper (by Mr. McQueen) viz $7225.89.–

1st Jany 1819 Due to Ditto from my Mother’s

Estate (XXX the ten Negroes)  $3500.–.–

Interest Thereon  $1680.–.–

(This at my own disposal)  $12,405.89.

I give to my Niece Eliza Mackay out of the above Sum four thousand Dollars of Said Money XXX XXX is my bequest to my Daughter M. McQueen

I bequeath to Sidney Anderson out of this fund 200 pound Sterling – if she is living, & to be paid her as soon as may be after my death, free of all charges or deductions of the sum of two hundred pounds Sterling aforesaid.

I bequeath to Jess. Lamont two hundred pounds Sterling likewise out of this fund, under the same injunction of the sum entire free of diminution.

To my Daughter Margaret McQueen I give & bequeath one thousand Dollars out of the money accounted to me by Jno. McQueen Esqr as Executor of Jno. Cuthberts Estate – and likewise my attorney to receive my Mother’s Legacy to me – that is to say out of the same sum specified of $12405.89.– over & above one Thousand Dollars from the Land at Red Bluff left me by my Mother – or whatever Sum it sold for, be it more or less – which Land I gave to her & this is mentioned to confirm it —

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I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Anne Cowper the residue of the abovementioned property be it more or less, to her to have and to hold at her own disposal. This day of March the twentieth, one Thousand Eight hundred & twenty

Signed

Mary Cowper

Whereas the portion I am entitled to of my Husbands Estate, reverts at my death to my two Daughters Mary Anne Cowper & Margaret McQueen equally divided between them – but the interest accruing thereon – that is to say, upon any said portion or third part whatever it may be at my death, I desire it may go towards the payment of my debt to Sidney Anderson – & any deficiency to make XXX Sum Mary Anne will supply it to discharge the same out of the half so reverting to her – and the half Lott of Land I have to Mary – desiring it may be taken as part of the portion reverting to her, of the part I have of the Jamaica property.

Whatever has accrued of Interest upon any said separate property to the time of my death I leave to Mary for herself and to go towards the payment as fulfilment of my said will herein specified of which I constitute & appoint herself and Mrs. Eliza Mackay Executors.

Signed

Mary Cowper

January 18th 1821

I intend to write this in Ink if I can, but if time and ability permits it not – the sense is clear enough, and must Stand.

To Mrs. Margaret McQueen – Maurice from my Mothers property – Nancy, Lucinda, William from Jama. Property.

To Mary Anne Cowper – Molly, and her three Sons, viz, George, Sam, and Harry. My Tankard etc is for Mary – viz Silver Forks and Spoons – Bedsteads – Bedding and other Household furniture and Table & Bed Linens also for Mary, as she may have occasions for it & is unprovided.

Jany 18th 1821 and Feby 22d 1821  Where I now give and bequeath to Mary Anne Mackay the Sum of Sixty pounds Sterling for a watch or however She may please to dispose of it.

Signed

Mary Cowper

A true Copy Errors Excepted

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State of Georgia

Chatham County

In the Court of Ordinary Chambers. 24 April 1823.

Present the honorable Thomas N. Moul & Edward Harden Justices of the Inferior Court of Chatham County sitting for ordinary purposes. Personally appeared Archibald Smith of Savannah Esquire, who being duly sworn doth depose declare and say that the annexed paper written with pencil and signed “Mary Cowper”, purporting to be the last will and testament of the said Mary Cowper, late of Savannah widow deceased bearing date the twentieth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty, also an addition to the same, also in pencil writing, signed “Mary Cowper”, & dated the Eighteenth day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty one – and a further addition to the same signed “Mary Cowper” also in pencil writing, dated the last mentioned day, and also on the twenty-second day of February one thousand eight hundred and twenty one, is and are, all in the handwriting, and of the signature of the said Mary Cowper, well known to him the deponent for years past, as the deceased was the sister of this deponent. And further the said Archibald Smith, saith, that the Transcript of the said will hereto annexed and written with ink is a true and litteral copy of the said will written in pencil

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And has been copied by and is in the hand writing of Mary Ann Cowper, daughter of the said Mary Cowper one of the Executrixes named in the will aforesaid, and further that at the time of the several dates of the said will and long afterwards and until the death of the said Mary Cowper which took place on the XXX day of XXX, Eighteen hundred and twenty one the said Mary Cowper was & continued to be in her perfect senses and of sound, disposing & intelligent mind.

Archd. Smith

Sworn to in open court

This 24th April 1823

S M Bond

Clk Co Ord

24th April 1823. Then appeared Mary Ann Cowper & was duly qualified Executrix of the annexed will of Mrs. Mary Cowper decd by taking the oath presented by Law recds letters Testamentary etc accordingly.

Bond CCO

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Let’s go to Savannah! And wander through Colonial Park Cemetery looking for the grave of Mary Cowper.

There is spotty cell service in the Cemetery. When I try to find the memorial on findagrave.com, I have zero service. We walk a bit a look at the flat stones, because I remember that Mary has a flat stone, not an upright marker or a box grave. Finally the cell service gives me enough of a signal that I can access the website on the cellphone, and I see in one of the photos that there is a corner of another flat stone next to Mary, so let’s look for at least two stones side by side.

Captain JOHN MACKAY

U. S. Corps of Topographical Engineers

Died May 31st 1818

Aged 42 years

In the Blessed Hope

of Salvation through Christ.

 

THIS STONE

IS PLACED OVER THE MORTAL REMAINS

–OF–

JOHN McQUEEN,

BORN IN 1773;

DIED IN 1822.

Here may the treasured dust repose,

Till God shall bid the dead arise.

And then, with kindred spirits, round

Obtain a mansion in the skies.

To the dear memory of

an Excellent and most beloved Mother

MARY

widow of

BASIL COWPER

Daughter of

Jno. & Elizabeth Smith

Born in South Carolina

Died the 10th April 1821,

aged 69 years.

This stone is place by her children

Nature mourns! but Faith rejoices!

The perishable marble will but a little

while endure to record her name or worth

here, and those who read it, and those who

inscribe, shall also be mouldered  into dust.

Happy they who have, “Their names

written in the book of life,” whose hope

like hers, is fixed on high.

Should aught beguile us on the road.

When we are walking back to God,

For strangers into life we come,

And dying is but going home.

Welcome, sweet hour of full discharge

That sets our longing souls at large,

Unbind our chains, breaks up our cell

And gives us with our God to dwell.

SACRED

to the Memory of

MRS. ANNE McQUEEN

who departed this life 24 March 1809

Thrice welcome death!

Which after many a painful bleeding step

Conducts us to our home.

And lands us safe on the long wished-for-shore.

Prodigious change! Our bane turned to a blessing

Death disarm’d, loses its terror quite

All thanks to Him who scourg’d the venom out.

The happy Soul anticipating Heaven

Freed from the thraldom of encumbering clay

Spring into Liberty, and Light, and Life.

ERECTED

by his sorrowing Family

Whose only consolation is their trust

that their loss is his gain.

This XXX

Sacred to the memory of

CHARLES HARRIS MOREL

who died XXX

aged 21 years 11 months & 18 days

MARGARET

(The rest is illegible)

Sacred to the memory of a Sister

Here lie the remains of

HANNAH MOREL

Daughter of John Morel Esq. dec.

who was kill’d by a fall from a horse

the 5th of April 1790

Aged 11 years 11 months & 15 days.

Fair was the flower; soft the vernal sky,

Elate with hope we deem’d no tempest nigh;

When lo! A whirlwind’s instantaneous gust

Left all its beauties withering in the dust.

TO

the memory of

JOHN SMITH

who died

November 1793

Aged 75 years

Blessed are the dead

Who die in the Lord;

they rest from their labors,

and their works do follow them.

Would you like to find these folks? They are across the sidewalk from the marker of Edward Greene Malbone.

Where is Mary’s mother Elizabeth Williamson? Her father John Smith is here, along with other family members.

I’m going to poke around the internet. I’ll be back.