Posts Tagged ‘John McQueen’

Sarah Smith Wright of Georgia, South Carolina, and Britain

September 3, 2019

There’s a method when you are researching families. It is called FAN. You research FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, and NEIGHBORS. I have loosely used this method for years, not knowing that it was a thing. I skip around to people that are mentioned in conjunction with my main research topic, like a frog leaping from lilypad to lilypad. Sometimes I fall in the pond and become immersed.

So I started out 2 months ago by viewing the Lawton Family collection in the South Caroliniana Library. I requested 4 documents and/or plats. I haven’t gotten past the first 3 because I have discovered a whole area of research that hasn’t been discussed in my world. I am anxious to get back on track, but these people are pulling at me.

Take Sarah Smith. There is an early plat where John Smith deeds 100 acres to Sarah Smith.

South Carolina

Pursuant to an Order of Council to me directed Dated this day XXX hereby Certify for Sarah Smith a Tract of (Svrd for her the 28th of Augt 1769) Containing One Hundred Acres Situate near Black Swamp Bounded So ward by John Smith’s Land, all other sides by vacant Land, and hath such shape, form and marks as above Plat represents.

Given under my Hand this 5th Day of Jany, 1770.

John Bremar

D. Sur. Genl.

John Linder

Dep. Survr

In the Georgia Gazette, Savannah, Georgia, on January 18, 1781, the newspaper announced the marriage of Sarah Smith for Major James Wright. That explains the relationship regarding the land survey.

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Sir James Wright isn’t just anybody. Google him. (Insert lilypad for stability.)

Once I had established that I should also be looking for John Smith in Georgia, there were lots of lilypads to leap onto. He had other children. He died in 1793.

Let’s jump back to Sarah Smith Wright, who died in Little Ealing, County of Middlesex, near London, England. Why is she in Britain, you ask? Because she married a Loyalist.

If you are a slave researcher, you can trace the slaves that she inherited from her mother Elizabeth Williamson Smith on through her will to other family members.

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Little Ealing — 

County of Middlesex 

In the name of God Amen I Sarah Wright Wife of Sir James Wright Baronet of LIttle Ealing & County aforesaid being of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament. 

Imprimis after paying the Debts if any there are against my property — 

I give & bequeath to my nephew John McQueen of Georgia, North America, my Lot and Houses in Savannah bequeathed to me by my mother’s Will and likewise to the said John McQueen my part of Red Bluff left me by my mother — 

2dly I give to my Neice Margaret McQueen the following Slaves viz: Ishmael & Minty his Wife and Son Adam — 

3dly I give to my Neice Mary Anne Cowper the Slaves Diana and all her children likewise June and his Wife Hagar and their Children viz Jack Paul and Jacob their Daughter Tenah I shall hearafter mention 

4thly I give to my Neice Eliza Mackay, the Slave Jesse, son of June and Hagar. 

5thly and to Mary Anne Mackay My great Neice I give the Negro girl Tenah for her waiting maid. 

6thly I bequeath to my Neice Sarah Williamson the Slaves Joe and Jessey sons of Ishmael & Minty. The Silver Cup left me by my Mother I likewise give to her — 

And I desire before the Property is divided it shall furnish the Sum of fifty guineas for a Watch and likewise the Sum of Ten guineas /or a Seal I give to my Nephew James Wright 

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As a small token of my affection for him 

I leave to my Friend Mrs Heron five guineas for a Mourning Ring. 

My own Watch I give to my Neice Catharine Bourke as her Sister has one – and to my Neice Elizabeth Bourke my gold chain and Locket with my Fathers & Mothers Hair in it 

All my other Toilets I leave to Mary Anne Cowper — 

To Mary Anne Mackay I give a Bible at 10 guineas value 

But in case these my Slaves are already Disposed of by my Attorney John McQueen which I gave him full power to do if he saw fit 

I do, then hereby give the value of each Slave before named – agreeable to the average sum they sold for viz. 

To Margaret McQueen I give the value of Two Slaves — 

To Sarah Williamson I give the value of Three Slaves 

To Eliza Mackay the value of one Slave and to Mary Anne Mackay the value of One slave 

To Mary Anne Cowper the value of the six Slaves left to her – making in all together the number of Thirteen Slaves mentioned in my Mother’s Will, except Diana and her Family which remains the same to her Mary Anne Cowper — 

In case of any Deficiency to supply these bequests to the value of one Salve less – that must be taken out of the number I left to Mary Anne Cowper from Hagars children. 

All the above mentioned property being bequeathed to me by my Mother’s Will under the restriction of leaving the same to some one or more of her own Family is the  

Reason of my not mentioning my Husband herein this my Last Will and Testament is made conforma There-to – Written with my own hand the year of our Lord one Thousand eight Hundred and Thirteen; the twenty sixth day of August – and I do here by nominate and appoint John McQueen Esqr of Georgia North America my sole Executor of the same — 

Sarah Wright 



In the Court of Ordinary Chambers 

26 April 1816 

Present the honourable John P. Williamson & Oliver Sturges Justices of the Inferior Court 

Personally appeared Archibald Smith of Savannah merchant, when being duly sworn saith he is well acquainted with the hand writing of Lady Wright decd who has signed the foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be her will, having frequently saw her write and been for many years a correspondent with her – that the said instrument purporting to be the will of the said Sarah Wright is in her own hand writing & the signature “Sarah Wright” thereto subscribed is the proper hand writing & signature of the said Sarah Wright. 

Archd Smith 

Sworn in open Court 

26 April 1816 

Saml M Bond 

Clk Co Ordy  

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May 1816 Appeared John McQueen Esquire one of the executors named in the will of Sarah Wright deceased and qualified as such by taking the required by law.

S M Bond

Clk Co Ordy

No. 114

Will of Mrs. Sarah Wright

Filed 25 March 1816.

Bond clk

Recorded Book

  1. folio 348.–


Researching this family has made me order 2 books. Y’all, I don’t order books. I downsize. I give away. I recycle. I reuse. I blog and archive old photos and documents.

But now?? This family is making me achieve a new FAN level of lilypad behavior.

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


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

CowperMary Probate P3

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


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.


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.


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


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, 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.


U. S. Corps of Topographical Engineers

Died May 31st 1818

Aged 42 years

In the Blessed Hope

of Salvation through Christ.






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


widow of


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.


to the Memory of


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.


by his sorrowing Family

Whose only consolation is their trust

that their loss is his gain.

This XXX

Sacred to the memory of


who died XXX

aged 21 years 11 months & 18 days


(The rest is illegible)

Sacred to the memory of a Sister

Here lie the remains of


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.


the memory of


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.