Posts Tagged ‘Scheper’

Daniel Mann, Jr., 1907-1908, Beaufort, South Carolina

June 28, 2014

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Mr and Mrs Daniel Mann have the

heartfelt sympathy of their many

friends in the loss of their little son,

Daniel, Jr., who died Monday night,

after an illness of some time, at the

age of one year.  Though very deli-

cate since his birth, the parents of

this lovely little baby were hopeful

of his life and his death was a sad

shock to them.  The funeral services

were held at the home Tuesday after-

noon and were conducted by Rev. A.

B. Watson, pastor of the Methodist

church, and the remains were laid to

rest in the family lot at St Helena

Episcopal Church.  The pall bearers

were:  Messrs Allen Paul, Theodore

Heyward, Charlie Danner and Harold


(From the Beaufort Gazette, September 3, 1908)

Agnes Mann, Hotel Keeper of Beaufort, South Carolina, 1880

June 16, 2014

(This is the eighth part of a series.  If you would like to start at the first part, click here.)

Sometimes when I’m talking to Sugar about some family research, and I mention that I’ve branched out, and I start chattering on about someone he doesn’t know, he’ll say that’s pretty far afield.

Or like this weekend at the Lawton family reunion when we met a man who said that he wasn’t related to anyone there, and that he was a historian and a preservationist, and that he had read my blog.  “Many times.”  So I’m not sure what to say, because clearly this could go badly very quickly, and I recover and ask have you read Basinger’s Civil War letters?  And what about the Bateson family that has been lost and found in Savannah?  What about those?  Huh? Huh?  (Sweating here and not just because it’s 90 degrees.)

Sugar cleared his throat and says that that’s getting a little far afield.

I actually don’t stomp on his foot here.

Sometimes I think that people want to talk about what I want to talk about.  If he’s reading the blog, what’s he reading?  I’m now guessing it’s about Lawtons.



Agnes Mann was a hotel keeper in 1880 in Beaufort, South Carolina.  You can left-click on this 1880 census to enlarge the image.


She was the mother of Martha, and Martha married a Thomas Bateson.  Both Martha and Thomas were deceased by 1880.  I’m still working on more information about where they met and married, most likely in Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, Georgia, but those records are no longer at Christ Church, so we’ll see.  We’ll see.

If you don’t want to read about Manns and Batesons, you’ve probably already stopped reading.  Now that the crowd has thinned, we can just talk amongst ourselves.

Sugar hummed and hawed over the “hotel keeper” position, and wondered what hotel it could have been.  In Savannah, there were many boarding houses, according the the census records I’ve looked at, but we couldn’t locate any in Beaufort.  Perhaps this was really a hotel.  Perhaps it was the Sea Island Inn.

I googled it, and eureka!  There’s the Sea Island Inn!  Oh, hello, it’s a Best Western on Bay Street.

Well, that’s no good, but what if the Best Western Sea Island Inn was built on the spot of the original Sea Island Inn?  What if the Sea Island Inn was torn down before the preservation movement?

I looked at the Beaufort County Library’s Lowcountry Digital Library’s online collections, and the first image that came up in the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection is the Sea Island Inn, taken in the 1950s.   (You have to click on the link to see the photo.)

In the meantime, Sugar went to and found the memorial for Dr. George Mosse Stoney.  There’s a photo of him on the memorial and also a photo of his house.

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Built by Dr. Stoney, sold to Nathaniel B Heyward,

rented to John Allan Stuart; Headquarters for

General Saxton during Federal Occupation.

(Notice guard billet in front of fence).

Added by: sticksandstones

Have you ever been to the Library of Congress?  Well, you should go to their online site at  They have *MAPS*.

Here’s a link to the map of the city of Beaufort, South Carolina, made during the war. Click here.  The map is below, too.  If you go to the website, you’ll get more information.

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Do you see at the very bottom near the center there is a building, not in red?  Zoom in on that.  It’s Saxton’s headquarters.  And across the street in the bay is a bath house?  It’s connected to the mainland by a boardwalk. Now go back and look at the photo of Dr. George Mosse Stoney’s house. Someone took the photo across the street from the house, and they are standing on a boardwalk.

A modern day map shows the Best Western Sea Island Inn at the same location at Saxton’s headquarters.  The Scheper house is further west on Bay, although most of the town’s houses are not shown on the map unless they are being used for military purposes.

Is this too far afield?  Let’s consider that Dr. George Mosse Stoney’s grandfather is Dr. George Mosse of Ireland, South Carolina, and Savannah. Isn’t that name familiar – George Mosse?

Oh, that’s right, he’s Sugar’s ancestor…

And everything is a circle.












Bateson, Mann, & Scheper: Or, On to Beaufort!

June 12, 2014

(This is the seventh part of a series.  If you would like to start at the first part, click here.)

I found a death certificate for Martha Mann Bateson’s sister.  She died in Hendersonville, North Carolina, a small town where my mother’s 1st cousin’s husband was once mayor.

Another surname popped up that we hadn’t seen before in relation to this family. Scheper, for another of Martha Mann Bateson’s sisters. Which doesn’t explain why they were in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

When I told Sugar, he said, “That’s a Beaufort name.”  And he would know this stuff.  Although I’d never heard of it, I’m not from around here.  So this means a trip to Beaufort.  Squeee!  It’s an easy day trip.

He has a book (of course) about historic Beaufort, and there is mention of the E. A. Scheper house and the address.  It was so easy to find.  Why can’t everything be so easy.


A little back story before we go into Beaufort:  Sugar’s grandfather and his 2nd wife built a house on the banks of Battery Creek.  He died before Sugar was born, but his 2nd wife continued to live there, and Sugar knew her.

He was ready to take a trip down memory lane, and to see the house again. That’s how it is sometimes.  We’re not sure if we’re ready to relive old memories, so we just don’t.  Sometimes it’s time to do it.

Here’s the house where Sugar, his brother, and his parents would visit his step-grandmother…


This is the street-side, which is actually the back of the house.  The front opens up to Battery Creek, which is a deep water channel, and you can put in a boat there.  Some additions and improvements were made over the years, but basically the house still appears the same in his memory.

He wanted to walk right on to the creek, right through the yard, which I thought was a bad idea, what with trespassing and all.  Sometimes he’s bold, to be so shy.

Instead, we drove further around the lane that ran parallel to the creek.  We saw a lot for sale, so we stopped there and walked through the lot to the cove.

There’s a large live oak near the center of this photo. Do you see Sugar to the left of it? Now you get a better idea of exactly how large this tree is.



A few branches, strategically removed, would expose a wonderful view.  I’m guessing, since I can’t actually see the view.



Look through the tree branches, and you’ll see someone’s dock in the distance.

Same big tree in the first photo of this lot.  Sugar has just walked by, and he’s behind the tree, just wandering about.


Onward to downtown Beaufort.  We’re looking for the E. A. Scheper house, which is clearly identified in Sugar’s book, and then we hope to find where Agnes Mann lived.  Agnes was the mother of Thomas Bateson’s wife Martha. Agnes had another daughter, Louisa, who married E. A. Scheper.


We pulled off on the side of the road.  The bay is to our right, so, yes, we’re on Bay Street.  There was another car pulled over, and a man with a very tall stepladder was standing on the ladder taking photos of the homes on Bay.  I’ve never considered the considerable advantage that height would add to the improvement of my photos, except those times when I stood on the car.




Proof that the Scheper house is on the corner.


We know on one census that Agnes Mann lived at 117 Craven Street. We head over to Craven, bold with the thought that we will find the house.

Did you know that Beaufort was built on a point of land?  We ran out of street.  Craven is a shortish street, and we started from the most inland end, about an 800 block, and it ended at the river at about a 400 block.  So let’s guess that the street numbers have changed.  So that must mean that the house that the Manns lived in was still standing, for that side of the street, that odd-numbered side, had many houses on it.

Out of frustration, I took a photo out the van driver’s side window of a random house, as if to prove that we were there.  We’re looking for you, Agnes!  Where the heck are you?


Drat. It’s time to head on over to the St. Helena Episcopal Church and Cemetery.

Agne’s husband Daniel is buried there, according to, so surely she is, too.  Although I suspect that she has no headstone, or I would have found a memorial on findagrave.  Surely that. We park in a lot across from the church.







He went right, I went left, and dadburnit.  Here’s a bunch of Lawtons, gumming up the works.  What are these Lawtons doing here?  Who are they? (Sugar found out later that this Lawton line descends from William Lawton’s 2nd wife.  All the Lawtons that we know descend from William Lawton’s 3rd wife.  Bonus line!)




















Here’s Louisa’s husband, E. A. Scheper.



  Squeee!  Here’s Louisa.























Did we find Agnes Mann? Nope.  But she’s probably here.  We’ll have to find someone that knows something.  Historical society, perhaps?