|born:||about-1684||Berkeley Co, SC|
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|died:||about-1722||Berkeley Co, SC |
THOMAS ELLIS mentions two daughters in his will. He first mentions Elizabeth and then MARY. He gave each
ten shillings. He also mentions a Mustee (part indian) child he had with a Negro woman.
Several studies on early southern colonial culture mention the unusual circumstance of this Mustee child, of THOMAS, having an African mother, while most have a native indian mother. [As an example, see Money, Trade, and Power by Jack P. Greene, page 183]
The father of THOMAS was JAMES ELLIS, whose will was dated Aug. 10, 1724, Charleston, SC.
THOMAS ELLIS lived in Charleston during the time of the Yamasee War (1715-1717), a time of conflict between the British settlers of South Carolina and various Indian tribes, including the Yamasee, Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and others.
The indian attacks were merciless, and many frontier settlers fled to "Charles Town" for survival. Food and supplies fell dangerously low and for over a year the colony faced the possibility of annihilation. About 7% of South Carolina's white citizenry were killed.
husband ZACHARIAH STORY
husband Thomas Sisson
Will of Thomas Ellis
Charlestown, South Carolina
Thomas Ellis's will ... (Vide Bundle) CC No 49.
December the 27th 1722.
In the Nam of God Amen I Thomas Ellis of Jame Island of Berkly
county in the Province of South Carolinah being weake of body
but of good and perfect mind and memory praises be therfoer given
to Allmighty God doe maeke and Ordain this my present Last Will
and Testiment in maner and forme foloeing. That is to say first
and princapelly I cumand my Soul into the hands of Allmighty God
hoping threw the Merits death and pashion of my Saviour Jesus
Christ to have full and free parden and forgivnifs of all my
sins and to Inherit everlasting life: And my body I cumit to the
earth to be desently buried at the discreshion of my Executor
hereafter named; and Toutching the desposishion of all Sutch
temperall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon
me I give & dispose as foloeth,
First I will that my depts
and funerall Charges Shall be Paid and discharged.
Item I give
unto my yongest dafter Ioana Ellis a Mustee Child which I have
by a Negro Woman called nane & lickwise I give unto my foresaid
dafter two Mars now in my poseshion.
Item I give unto my dafter
Elisabeth Ellis ten shillings curant of South Caralinah.
Item I give unto my dafter Mary Ellis ten Shilling lick money.
rest of my Real And personal Estate Goods & Chatels whatsoever I
doe give and Bequeth unto my Loving Wif Julianah Ellis and doe
apoint her full and soll Executor of this my Last Will and Testiment,
And I doe hearby revock disanull and make void all former
Wils and Testiments by me heartofoer made in witnis wheare of
I the said Thomas Ellis to this my Last Will and Testiment being
contained in One Sheet of paper doe Sett my hand and fix my Seall
this Twenty Seventh day of December in the Year of ouer Lord One
Thousand Seven hundred Twenty and Two.
|In presents of John Roberts||Thomas Ellis |
|Recorded in original Will book 1722-1724|
Recorded on page 67 February 15th, 1722
|Char Hart Secty
[source: Charleston Public Library, Main Branch, 2nd Floor]
Land Deed of Thomas Ellis
Charlestown, South Carolina
Book F, p. 297
15 Oct. 1717
Deed of Gift
THOMAS (his mark) ELLIS, planter of James Island,
to his children ELIZABETH & MARY, for
love & affection, the land and houses formerly
belonging to ZACHARIAH EAVER (?) [AYER] their grandfather
with an inventory this date.
Witnesses: JOHN WITTER, WILLIAM CHAPMAN.
Before CHARLES HILL
JACOB MOTTE, Register.
[source: South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1722, Vol 1, Clara A. Langley]
Charleston Public Library, Main Branch, 2nd Floor