William Perrin and Mary Clopton

This brief post goes from 1779 to 1787. Mary descends from a royal gateway ancestor, William Clopton.

Here are the generational links in the family chain:

Samuel → Joseph → WILLIAM PERRIN → Rebecca m. Robert AndersonElizabeth Ann m. Champion Wilbourn Amonet WashingtonWilliam HarveyElla Washington (Rae) (our grandmother)

Mary Clopton’s family history goes like this:

William CloptonWalterWilliam → MARY m. WILLIAM PERRIN → Rebecca m. Robert AndersonElizabeth Ann m. Champion WilbournAmonet WashingtonWilliam HarveyElla Washington (Rae) (our grandmother)

Mary Clopton, the subject of this post, comes from an illustrious family. Her great-grandfather William Clopton is considered a “gateway ancestor.” This means that he descends from royalty several generations back, but the gateway descendant moved to the American colonies. William Clopton is ours.

Please click on William Clopton and Our Royal Heritage to find out more. Also see the Clopton Birth, Marriage and Death Records of St. Peter’s Parish.

This post is mainly about court records (reconstructed censuses) and William’s will. The reader is invited to find out who his children are by reading the transcription of his will (below).

One word about Joseph: Margaret Watson in her Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families, 2nd ed. (Greenwood: Attic P, 1982), pp. 342-47, says that he lived in Charlotte County, Virginia in 1748 and died there in 1773. His wife’s name was Rebecca. His will was written 22 Oct. 1772 and probated 6 Sep. 1773, so he died between those two dates. He does not name William in his will, who had probably moved before then, but he does name George, who will move down to Edgefield County, SC, to join his brother William.

For more records, please click on these two links:

Perrins of Edgefield District, South Carolina

Perrins of Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties, Virginia.

Perrins of Henrico and Hanover Counties, Virginia

Also in Watson’s book, William and Mary Perrin’s son Abner had a daughter named Mary, with the middle name Clopton. She lived 1791-1842 and married (1) Joseph Hearst and (2) Thomas Byrd (or (1) Thomas Byrd and then (2) Joseph Hearst).

In the record, below, Lucy Lane Erwin says that William Perrin joined the New Kent Military Class in 1782 in Virginia. This timeframe places him during the Revolutionary War. I have yet to dig into that fact. See no. 27 in this image:

Lucy Erwin the Ancestry of William Clopton of York County, Virginia (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1939), p. 146.

Further, Mary’s great-grandmother Ann Booth (m. William Clopton) has Jamestown lineage. Her father Dr. Robert Booth is considered one of the founders of that settlement.

For more information, please click on Robert Booth and Jamestowne Society.

For more records about the Perrins, please click on these links:

Perrins of Edgefield District, South Carolina

Perrins of Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties, Virginia

Perrins of Henrico and Hanover Counties, Virginia

FAMILY HISTORY

Lunenburg County, Virginia

Tithe / Tax

A tithe is a euphemism for tax.

For 1749

List taken by William Caldwell

Tithes

Joseph Perrin

William Perrin

Saml. Perrin ………………………………………. 3

This proves William and Samuel lived in Joseph’s household. They must have been aged 16-21. This means they were born from 1728-1733. Since William is named first, he might be the oldest.

Landon Bell, Sunlight on the Southside: Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1974), pp. 86-87.

William Perrin married Mary Clopton. He was the son of Joseph Perrin and Rebecca. Joseph died in Charlotte County, Virginia, in 1773. Mary comes from an illustrious family. Her great-grandfather, William Clopton, the immigrant, is a “gateway ancestor.” This means he descends from royalty, but immigrated to the American colonies.

See William Clopton and Our Royal Heritage

William Perrin and Mary Clopton’s twelve children are as follows:

  1. Sarah (Sally), born 1754, m. George Sullivan (1750-1815), son of Wm. Patrick and Margaret Dunlap Sullivan’ children: Mary Sullivan m. ____ Cason; Martha Sullivan m. ____ Patterson

William Sullivan m. Elizabeth Chiles, daughter of Benjamin Chiles; William Sullivan Jr.  (1819-1863) d. in Confederate service. He had m. Mary Elizabeth Royall of James Island. William and Mary Sullivan had ten children: four died young Benjamin Franklin S. moved to Texas; James Chiles S. to Georgia; and Basil Manly to the “West.” Mary Elizabeth (1848-1921) m. Jesse S. Jay (1845-1909); Katherine Royall S. m. A. Thomas Pressley; Willie Royall S. m. James Wesley Peake of Edgefield.

  1. Elizabeth, b. 1759, m. Richard Tutt of Edgefield, who was active in the courts as a justice of the peace and a judge. Seven children: James P., Mary P., William, John, Eliza, Richard, Henry, and Ann H. Tutt;
  1. Mary (Molly) Perrin (may have been the twin of Elizabeth, b. 1759); m. ____ Haney, four daughters: Margaret, Kate, Matilda, and Melinda Haney.
  1. Abner (1763?-1799), oldest child of William and Mary; he m. Sarah Foster; he fought in the Revolutionary War and one record says he was a captain. In 1792 he got a state grant of 1000 acres on Hard Labour Cr., in addition to the 500 acres he already had. Three children: Mary Clopton Perrin who m. (1) Thomas Byrd and (2) Joseph Hearst; (2) Thomas m. Mary Taggart and had two daughters: Sarah m. C. Patterson; and Mary Elizabeth m. Thomas J. Mabry; (3) Abner Jr. b. 1798, m. Mary Carson Patterson and nine children: Josiah P. m. Frances E. ____; Dr. Robert Oliver (1823-1850) m. Elizabeth Spencer and lived in Alabama; Abner III (1827-1864) served in Mexican War and was a lawyer at Edgefield, brigadier General in Confederate army and killed in battle; he had m. Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Gov. Pierce Mason Butler, two children; Abner III and Elizabeth Butler’s children: Telemachus Ulysses m. Harriet Powe and moved to New Orleans; William, James and Aerhur Lewis: no records; Sally Perrin m. (1) George Blocker and (2) Dr. ____ Dillion, died in Alabama; Napoleon Patterson, b. 1837, m. Isabella Moseley, moved to Arkansas;
  1. George Henry m. ____; one daughter who m. ____ Booker and lived in Spartanburg County.
  1. Rebecca Perrin m. Robert Anderson of Edgefield.

See Robert Anderson and Rebecca Perrin

  1. Edna Perrin, b. about 1768, m. George Heard, Revolutionary soldier; 10 children: five died young; others: Thomas, b. 1789, one son, Marshall Heard; George Jared, b. 1799, went to South America; Elizabeth Ann Heard (1802-1835?) m. Jacob Corely, three children and moved to Louisana; Robert Wilson, b. 1805, twice married and five children and moved to Alabama; Edmund (1807-1853) m. Elizabeth Thompson, seven children, lived in Augusta.
  1. Samuel (1770-1828), a large landowner and lived on the west side of Abbeville to Charleston Rd. Near his home site was a family burial ground, but only markers are field stones without inscriptions; he m. Eunice Chiles in 1795. Eight children: Henry W. (1800-1874), never married; Elizabeth Lee (1803-1874) became fourth wife of John Cothran; Thomas Chiles (1805-1878), had a plantation “Cotton Level” near Hard Labour Cr. and build a mansion in Abbeville and it was described as “a mansion with 22 fireplaces.” A lawyer and president of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad 1853-1866; state senator and representative from Abbeville. He m. Jane Eliza Wardlaw, daughter of James Wardlaw; Lewis (1809-1880) m. first Elizabeth Hinde and Mary Belcher; Mary ann (1811-1886) m. Barham Bobo Foster and lived in Spartaburg, SC. Agness White Perrin (1815-1905) m. R. P. Quarles of Edgefield County; Samuel Perrin Jr. (1818-1880) m. three times: Emma Blocker and four children; m. Julia Quarles and had six children; and m. Fannie Quarles and no children. James Monroe Perrin (1822-1863) and organized hiss military company, was its colonel and was fatally wounded at Chancellorsville; He m. first to Mary Elizabeth Smith and had three children; and second Nattie Grace and had two children.
  1. Margaret m. Jehu Foster who d. in 1810; they had three daughters: Mary Polly m. John Anderson of Edgedield; Eliza Clopton Foster (1797-1870) m. Dr. Samuel Marshall; and Kitty Foster m. Maj. John McCombs.
  1. Martha (Patsy) m. Livingston Mims of Edgefield and had five children: Martha, Mary Ann, Sabra G., Henry, and Elizabeth,
  1. Lettie m. William Youngblood.
  1. William Jr. (1778-1828) m. Mary (Polly) Ballinger and had one son: Oliver Jackson (1816-1889) who moved with his mother and her parents to Missouri; Oliver Jackson m. Elizabeth Pettigrew (1825-1889) and had ten children.

Source: Margaret Watson, Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families (Greenwood, South Carolina: Attic P, 1982), pp. 342-46.

RECONSTRUCTED CENSUS RECORDS

1660-1820

Name: William Perrin
Gender: M (Male)
State: South Carolina
County: Ninety Six District
Town: Coffee Town and Turkey Creek
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: He is on “A List of Petit-Jury Men and Jury Men in Civil Causes.”

Source Citation: Document: Jury Lists, 1779, Acts #1123 [at SC Archives]; Page Number: 10; Family Number: 75.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Original data: Census Publishing. State Census Records. West Jordan, Utah: Census Publishing, 2003-2009.

1660-1820

Name: William Perrin
Gender: M (Male)
State: South Carolina
County: Ninety Six District
Town: Coffee Town and Turkey Creek
Residence Year: 1780
Household Remarks: He is on the Grand Jury list.

Source Citation: Document: Jury Lists, 1779, Acts #1123 [at SC Archives]; Page Number: 3; Family Number: 98.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Original data: Census Publishing. State Census Records. West Jordan, Utah: Census Publishing, 2003-2009.

WILLIAM PERRIN’S WILL

Written: 9 Sep 1783

Probated: 8 Feb. 1785

Proven in Court: Oct. term 1787

Wife: she is not mentioned, so she probably predeceased him

Children: Abner, Samuel, William, George Henry, Cassandra, Betty, Mary, Rebecca, Margaret, Sally, Edna, Martha

Box no. 44

Pkg “ 1829

Will

Can not Be Copied

WM PERRIN

Recorded Oct 1787

In Will Book

A – pages 1-2

WILLIAM PERRIN’S Last Will and Testament

In the name of God, Amen

I William Perrin of South Carolina in the District of Ninety-Six being sick and weak but perfect in mind and Memory do constitute and appoint this my last will and Testament in Manner and form following (viz) To Wit: That my Funeral [careted in: Expences] and Just debts be [careted in: first] paid

Item I give and bequeath to my eldest Son Abner all the land I possess on the East Side of Hardlabour Creek above the mile branch taking the branch before the line except fifty acres that lies on the New Road and also one Negro Man named Isaac when he shall come to the age of Twenty-one years and one feather Bed, to him and his heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel all the Land I possess on the east of Hardlabour Creek below the mile branch, also one negro Boy Named Harry, also one Feather Bed when he [comes] to the age of Twenty one years or Married, to him his heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Son William all the Land I possess on the west side of Hardlabour Creek, also one Negro Girl named Lucy and also one Feather Bed when he comes to the age of twenty one years to him his heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Son George Henry fifty five acres of Land lying on the new Road and Two young Negroes Named Joe and Ned and one feather bed when he comes to the age of Twenty one years, to him, his heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Cassandra one Negro boy named Roberson, also one Feather bed to her, her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Betty five shillings to her, her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary one Negro girl Named Sarah, also one feather bed to her, her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Rebecca Five Shillings Sterling to her, her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Margaret one Negro boy Named Charles, also one feather bed and side saddle to her, her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sally one Negro Girl named Amea, also one feather Bed and side saddle to her and her heirs and assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Edna one Negro Girls named Suckey, also one feather bed and Side Saddle to her, her heirs and Assigns forever –

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Martha one Negro or sixty pounds sterling, also one feather bed and Side Saddle to her, her heirs and assigns forever —

It is my will and desire that the Estate may be kept Together Except the Legacies given to those Children are allready come of age and that the Expences of my Children Schooling and living come out of the Estate and the profits thereof and at the Expiration of two years may be aloted off and sold such part of the Hold Goods and Stock as my Executors shall think proper, to be equally divided amongst all my Children, the Remaining part of my household Goods, Negroes and stock to continue on the Plantation where I now live to work it for those Children that live Single and Choose to Continue on it as long as my Executors shall think proper not exceeding eight Years

Item It is my Desire that if any of my Children Die before they are of Age or possessed of their Estate the Legacies to be Equally divided Amongst all my Children then alive; it is also my desire that any of the Negroes Given in the Legacies Should die before the Child is Possessed of it the Value thereof to be paid to be paid to the loosing [sic] Child out of the said Estate; And when my Executors shall think proper to dispose the Remaining Part of my Negroes the Money from thence arising to be equally divided Amongst all my Daughters, the Living and the Remaining part of this Estate to be equally Divided amongst all my Children then living

And Lastly I do constitute, nominate, and appoint Richard Tutt and my Son Abner Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby Revoking all Other Wills heretofore named by me; I do order that [careted in: my Estate] be not appraised

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twenty first day of September one Thousand seven hundred and eighty three

Signed, Sealed and Published and Declared by the Testator to be his Will and Testament in the presence of James Harrison, Johannes Christoph, J S Lentz, Thomas X Littleton

[Signed] William Perrin

South Carolina}

Ninety Six District} By John Thomas Jun’r Esquire Ordinary of the District aforesaid Personally appeared John Stephen Mantz [sic] one of the subscribing witnesses to the within will before me and made oath  that he saw William Perrin, Deceased, Sign, Seal and Publish pronounces and declares the same to be his last Will and Testament and that he was then of Sound and perfect mind, memory and Understanding to the best of the Deponent’s  knowledge & belief and that James Harrison and Thomas Littleton did sign their names thereto as Evidences in the presents [sic] of the Testator at his Request & in the Presents [sic] of each other, Given under may hand the 8th day of February AD 1785

Proved in open Court by the oath of Thomas Littleton 9th October 1787

South Carolina}

Edgefield County}

Clerk’s Office Recorded in Will Book A pages 1 & 2 October Term 1787 & Examined

[Signed] R Tutt, clk

Please click on the post about next generation and our direct line: Rebecca Perrin

Related

My ancestors owned slaves (covers how I handle that historical fact).

Related:

William Clopton and Cassandra Crump

Perrin Family Bibles

Robert Anderson and Rebecca Perrin

Perrins of Edgefield District, South Carolina

Perrins of Lunenburg and Charlotte Counties, Virginia

Perrins of Henrico and Hanover Counties, Virginia

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