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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

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Last Will & Testament

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith


Filed 5th March


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.

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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.