South Carolina – Kershaw County

FamilySearch.org info on Kershaw County, South Carolina: 

https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Kershaw_County,_South_Carolina_Genealogy

Info:

1784 Nov 14 Daniel Finn planter of St Marks Parish SC grants estate of John Gowen decd and a copy of his inventory to Elizabeth Gowen recorded in Lancaster Co on Nov 28 1795 Deed Book B pg 289 in Lancaster Co, SC
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/472451?availability=Family%20History%20Library

26 NOVEMBER 1784
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Associates.
Rev. John Watts, Esq. (ca.1749—ca.1822)
Wife 1: Smith?
Wife 2: Judith “Judy” Rawls?
“Philip Hinson’s will was proved in Cheraw Dist. by Thomas Dickson before Wm Pegues, 20 Nov 1784.
Warrant of Appraisement, 26 Nov 1784 to John King, John Wats, Thomas Gaven [Gowen], Charles Johnston & John Hollis. Sworn 10 Dec 1784: John King, John Woods, and Thomas Gaven, before Chas. Pickett, JP. Appraisement, 10 Dec 1784. Purchasers at sale 20 Dec 1784: John Henson, Obadiah Henson, Bartlett Henson, Thomas Gaven, John Hollis Junr., Isaac Gibson, Charles Graham, Nathan Sanders, Henry Sanders, Charles Pickett, John Lewis. Balance due from Jeremiah Jaggars, John Chasnut. Dedimus to William Pegues Esqr. of Cheraw District, to qualify Exr. 10 Nov 1784. Qualified John Henson, 20 Nov
1784.”
“Notes for Philip Hinson and Mary,” Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy ( http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bobwolfe/gen/mn/m673x31042.htm#FN56 : accessed 27 June 2015), citing Rutherford Co., NC “Deed (Books-page) 20-21-N63” and “Camden, South Carolina estate Book A1-257, [FamilySearch_Image]; and South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Camden District South Carolina will A1-257, Apt 31, Pck 1112, reports prove date 1785.”  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

William – John: In November 1784, John purchased goods from the estate sale of Widow
Barber.18 In 1792, William Watts bought land next door to the Widow Barber’s son John—buying that land from John Gowin/Goin who, in 1790 lived 4 households from our John Watts.19
Fairfield Co., SC, Deed Book I: 51. Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

18 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN & FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Associates
Rev. John Watts, Esq. (ca.1749—ca.1822)
Wife 1: Smith?
Wife 2: Judith “Judy” Rawls?
“Memorandum of the Goods & Chattels of the Estate of Philip Hinson, Decd.”
2 slaves, farm tools, tobacco, Lot of cotton, lot of leather, geese, beans, 2 meal sifters, etc. [Seems like the property of a single or widowed male.] Signed: John King, John Watts, Thomas Gowin. Kershaw Co., SC, “Camden District 1782-1788; Kershaw District 1817-1824, Estate Records Book A-1,” 223; FHL microfilm
1,029,441, item 1. Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

18 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN & FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Associates.
“Memorandum of the Goods & Chattels of the Estate of Philip Hinson, Decd.”
2 slaves, farm tools, tobacco, Lot of cotton, lot of leather, geese, beans, 2 meal sifters, etc. [Seems like the property of a single or widowed male.] Signed: John King, John Watts, Thomas Gowin.64
Kershaw Co., SC, “Camden District 1782–1788; Kershaw District 1817–1824, Estate Records Book A-1,” 223; FHL microfilm
1,029,441, item 1.  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

18 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN DISTRICT, SC
Civic role.
“Memorandum of the Goods & Chattels of the Estate of Philip Hinson, Dec’d. 1 Negro fellow, 1 Negro Wench. Total evaluationa, £178.10.6. [Signed] John King, John Watts, Thomas Gavin.203
“Early Wills of Camden District,” South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR) 3 (Summer 1975): page number not given, citing unidentified book, p. 223; accessed as South Carolina Records and Reference, CD-ROM (Orem, Utah:
Ancestry.com, 1998).  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

COMMENT:
This John Watts should be our John Watts of Fairfield, who cosigned the Coggins character affidavit with John King in 1783 and in a neighbor of King on the 1790 census. This Thomas “Gavin” has not been found on the census and may be a misreading of the name of a prominent neighborhood family, Gowin.  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

18 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN DISTRICT, SC
Civic role.
“Memorandum of the Goods & Chattels of the Estate of Philip Hinson, Dec’d. 1 Negro fellow, 1 Negro Wench. Total evaluationa, £178.10.6. [Signed] John King, John Watts, Thomas Gavin.
COMMENT:
This John Watts should be our John Watts of Fairfield, who cosigned the Coggins character affidavit with John King in 1783 and in a neighbor of King on the 1790 census. This Thomas “Gavin” has not been found on the census and may be a misreading of the name of a prominent neighborhood family, Gowin.
“Early Wills of Camden District,” South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR) 3 (Summer 1975): page number not given, citing unidentified book, p. 223; accessed as South Carolina Records and Reference, CD-ROM (Orem, Utah:
Ancestry.com, 1998).  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

20 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN DISTRICT, SC (FAIRFIELD)
Civic activity.
Estate sale. Philip Hinson. Purchasers included John Hinson, Obadiah Hinson, Bartlett Hinson, Thomas Gowin, James Hollis, Isaac Gibson, Abraham Gibson, Charles Graham, Nathan Sanders, Henry Sanders, Charles Pickett, John Lewis. [Signed] John Hinson, executor.
Kershaw Co., S.C., Estate Records Book A-1, 223.  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

20 DECEMBER 1784
CAMDEN & FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Associates.
Philip Hinson. Estate sale. Purchasers included John Hinson, Obadiah Hinson, Bartlett Hinson, Thomas Gavin [Gowin?], James Hollis, Isaac Gibson, Abraham Gibson, Charles Graham, Nathan Sanders, Henry Sanders, Charles Pickett, John Lewis. [Signed] John Hinson, executor.71
Kershaw Co., SC, “Camden District 1782–1788; Kershaw District 1817–1824, Estate Records Book A-1”; FHL microfilm
1,029,441, item 1.  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

Moses Hornsbie 1 male 21+ 0 males –21 1 female 7 others
NEIGHBORHOOD
George Lott Stephen Splan
James Hollis William Johnson
William Holliss John Hall
Wm. Smith Alexr. Gowin
Moses Hollis Henry Gowen
Elijah Hollis Charles Johnson
Peter Patterson John Jenkins
Francis Layton Wm. Gladded
John Ellison [9 slaves] Nathan Sanders [bought Ambrose Mills land from John Watts]
Moses Hornsbie149 [skip 8]
Daniel Gowen Jesse Gladden [adj. to land Wm Watts sold 1790s on Motley Br.]
[Adjoined Stephen Splan] [skip 19 to connect to Jesse Ginn, n’bor of John Watts, below]
(p. 152) Adjacent entries:150
John Watts: 2 males 16+ 1 male –16 7 females
Thomas Watts 1 male 16+ 0 males –16 1 female
1790 U.S census, Fairfield Dist., SC, p. 152; accessed Ancestry (www.Ancestry.com : accessed 4 October 2014).  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

NEIGHBORHOOD:
Jesse Ginn Edward Pigg [Rev.]151 Charles Pickett
Thomas Knighton Charles Pigg Richard Roberts
Wm. Lewis James Morris152 John Splon
Musker Boland Fanny Blake [Wid. Wm.; nee Hornsby]153 Charles Lewis
Wm. Tidwell Sarah Garret John Hollis
George Coon Robert Tidwell Junr. Wilson Gibson
James King Jesse Goin Elisabeth Lewis
John Goin Robert Shirley John Sanders
James Lucas Micaijah Pickett Presly Tidwell
James Burke Mw. Hill
Robert Tidwell154 Obadiah Henson
John Watts John King
Thomas Watts Moses Knighton
[adjoins Edward Pigg] [adjoins Charles Pickett]  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

25 JANUARY 1792
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Land survey.
“Pursuant to a warrant from John Winn, Esqr. C.L., I have admeasured and laid out to Wm. Watts a tract of land contg. One hundred & thirteen acres situate on the Waters of Wateree Ck., a Branch called Motleys Branch in Fairfield, Bounded SW on and [sic] old Survey, NE on John Goines? Land, NW on Hugh MILLS: Watts: Legal Records of Fairfield and Kershaw Counties, South Carolina ………… 27 October 2014
Smith Land and all other sides by vact. Land & hath such form & marks as the above plat represents. Certifyed this 25th Jany. 1792, Andw. McDowlle.”
COMMENT:
In 1790, John Goin, above, was 4 houses from our John Watts, suggesting that this William Watts was the same man of that name who was John Watts’s land partner in 1784–86.
Camden District, SC, Commissioner of Locations, “Plat Book D, 1791–1795,” p. 40; Fairfield County, SC, Courthouse; FHL microfilm 1,294,175, item 2. Many of the page numbers are illegible.  Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

7 APRIL 1792
KERSHAW COUNTY, SC
Associates.
Jesse Knighton to John Goyin, both of Kershaw County. For 15 pounds good money, Knighton sells 50 acres in NW corner of a tract granted to Aron Ferguson, conveyed by Israel Teague to Knighten, bounded by Lewis Collins and Richard Gardner. No location. Witnesses: Joseph Knighton, Wyatt Collins (X his mark). 147
Kershaw Co., SC, Deeds B (1791–96): 206; FHL microfilm 024,044, item 2. Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

4 SEPTEMBER 1792
FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC
Land purchase.
John Gowin, planter of Fairfield, to William Watts, planter, of same. Sale of land granted 6? February 1792, to the said John “Goins,” 96 acres, bounded NW by vacant land, S by John Barbera, NW and SW by Joseph Cameron’s land and SE & NE by Hugh Smith. [Signed] John Gowin (G, his mark). Witnesses:
Simeon Tidwell, William Lewis, Thomas Hughs. [Waterway not given].153
Fairfield Co., SC, Deed Book I: 51. Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

“Petit Jurors between Broad and Catawba Rivers (including present Fairfield)”
Alexander McQuaters, James Owens, Hugh McKewen, Robt McCrary, John McMullin, Gaspar Bierly Barnaby Pope, David McGraw, Lewis Pope, Patrick Smith, Henry Crumton [his daughter married George Watts about 1780], Willm McMorris, Edwd McGraw, Joseph Gibson, Thomas Richardson, Willm McGraw, John Miller, Major Atkinson, Geo: Lightner, Isaac Rixpoper, Thomas Habert, Jessy Ford, William Babb, William Frazer, Joseph Gibson, John Robertson, Philip Rayford, Robert Rabb, John Grigg, Richard Nuley, William Newman, Thomas Marpole, John Chapman, John Phililips, Alexander Rasbrow, Miles Busby, Jacob Ingleman, Richard Gladney, John Potts, Moses Matthews, James Wallis, Philip Hinson [John Watts inventoried his estate in 1784], Alexr. Robinson, John Robinson, Nazares Whitehead, Thomas Lewis, Joseph Hardredge, Henry Page, Micajah Piggot [Micajah Pickett was John Watts’s 1790 neighbor and frequent associate of the 1780s], Samuel Armstrong, James Masser, Samuel Gladney, David Thompson, Hugh Smith, Archibald Pall, Roberty Martin, Moses Hallis [signed 1783 character affidavit with John Watts] John Philips, Samuel Gamball, John Hutchison, James Russell, John Elliott, Joseph Owens, John Greaves Junr., Priestly Tidwell [21 households from John & Thomas Watts in 1790] Benja Owen, Richard Winn, Thomas Stone [1791 adjacent landowner to Moses Hornsby’s 1789–91 grant], John Agnew, John Martin, Zebukun Quant, Daniel Oquin, Theophilus Hill, Benja Pidgeon, Daniel Harkins, Andrew Lister, John Richardson, Willm Whitaker Junr., Richard Whitaker, Arthur Brown Ross, David Martin, Alexr Smith, Richard Stratford, Joshua Cherry, Roger Gibson, Robert Love, John Yarbrow [signed 1783 character affidavit with John Watts], Thomas Muse, William Aldredge, Mathias Feller, Saul Ratlive, Nicholas Peay [Aldridge & Peay lived along Wateree Creek near its fork with Wateree River], Thomas Hill, Canan Keason, John Ellison [1790 next door to Moses Hornsby], Edward Heard, John Bell Senr, John Bell Junr, Willm Hamilton, Willm Young, Ralph Jones [he signed the 1783 character affidavit with John Watts], Francis Kirkland [1760s, purchased the land grant of Edward Watts Jr. on Wateree River; 1790 neighbor of John Watts’s son-in-law Moses Hornsby on Wateree Creek], Isham Dansby, David Pauet, Dennis Corral, William Pannel, Charles Nix, William Jones, John McKenney, John White, John McClanahan, Elisha McKins, John Leonard, Samuel McKenny, Bird Wall, Alexander McKown, William Hamelton, David Baird, William Neeley, John Tombelton, Peter Robertson, John McGlomory, William Hamilton, Robert Martin, William McCammon, John Ellis, James Neeley, Michael Patton, James Greer, Augustion Culp, William Seaugon, Davice Leonord, George Sliker, William Simpson, William Farice, James Canmore, John Steel, Robert Elliott, Abros Cruse, Richard Crosby, John Crosby, John Going, Abra Smith, David Farice, Thomas MILLS: Revolutionary War Capt. John Watts of Camden District, South Carolina ………. 2 November 2014

Medile, Samuel Doan, Andrew Miller, Nicolas Thompson, Elisha Dye, William Cloue, John Tidwill [1790 neighbor of John Watts], Joseph Helms, William Caa, James Barber, Isaac Sedge, John Lewis, John Reeves, Moses Reeves, William Collins, John Linn, Cleman Mobley, Samuel Mobley, George Holsey, Benjamin Mobley, Robert Nelson, William Hill, Francis Colman, Robert Alcorn, William Collins, John Turner, John Nixon, Thomas Taylor, Samuel Hamilton, Lewis Botner, John Wilson, Martin Sliger, Henry Brown, William Addison, Daniel Baker, William White, Willm Ledenham, Edmond Knowles, Bright Averit, Jacob Killingsworth, John Kennedy, Timothy Reeves [SKIP ABOUT 150 NAMES … INCLUDING SEVERAL KNOWN SETTLERS OF FISHING CREEK IN CHESTER COUNTY ] … Paul Powers, Samuel Rowan, John Wells, William Rucker, William Harlow, Henry Croft, Jacob Lewis, Henry Miley [in 1774 he bought land from Robert Duke], John Armstrong, Peter Crim, Robert Duke [George Watts neighbor on 25-mile Creek], Bryan McClendon [owned land adjacent to Ralph Jones of the list above, Thomas Muse, John Tolleson, Nimrod Mitchell, James Hoy, Thomas Davis, [SKIP ABOUT 100 NAMES OF NO KNOWN CONNECTION], John Smith, Daniel Gagas, William Jones, John Carsan, Samuel Barber, Moses McCown, James Hemphill, Gervis Dauhady [Dougherty], Thomas Ford, Robert Tidwell [1790 next-door to John Watts], John Watson, Alexander Walker, [SKIP ANOTHER 75 OR SO NAMES OF NO KNOWN CONNECTION], Amenus Liles, Michael Loner, Jacob Cannamer, Jacob Barker, William Morgan, Chrispen Morgan [married daughter of Edward Watts of Little River], Edward Mobley [of Little River], … [ABOUT 25 MORE NAMES]53
Ge Lee Corley Hendrix and Morn McKoy Lindsay,The Jury lists of South Carolina, 1778–1779 (Greenville, SC: Privately Printed, 1975), 44–56. The above extracts do not include petit jurors of the Waxhaw or the New Acquisition jurors, who were also in Camden District; it also omits the list of “special jurors for Camden District,” which included no Watts neighbors.

(ABOVE)
Rev John Watts w some Gowen info 1
https://www.historicpathways.com/download/WattsJohnRevJPResNotes070316.pdf

1792 April 17 John Goyen receives 50 acres from Jesse Knighten Kershaw Co SC.  Kershaw County SC, Direct & cross indexes to deeds and mortgages, 1791-1884. Book B pg 206 (pg 313 on Family Search).
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PY-49G7?i=312&cat=472399

1792 Sept 17 John Goyne sells to Aaron Ferguson 50 acres whereon Drury Goyne now lives in Kershaw Co SC seated in NW corner of a tract of land granted to Aaron Ferguson conveyed by Jesse Knighten unto John Goyne on April 17 1792 bounded by Lewis Collins and Richard Garners.
signed by John Goyen, witnessed by Lewis Collins and Drury Goyen in Kershaw County SC proved up Aug 16 1796.
Kershaw County SC, Direct & cross indexes to deeds and mortgages, 1791-1884. Book B Pg 563 (pg 493 on Family Search).
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9PY-493S?mode=g&i=492&cat=472399

 

From Gowen Manuscript:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gowenrf/Gowenms104.htm

Abigail Gowen was enumerated in the 1830 census of Camden District, Kershaw County, page 16 as a “free colored female” living alone. She did not reappear in the 1840 census.

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Kershaw Co SC FamilySearch notes:

Court:

Equity Court records, including probate, wills, land and misc. records, 1791-1892
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Equity (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/260730?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Minutes of the County Court of Fairfield from 25 July 1785 to 19 August 1786, 13 June 1791 to 25 July 1799
Authors: South Carolina. County Court (Fairfield County) (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/396628?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Pleadings and judgments, 1822-1908
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Common Pleas (Kershaw County) (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/41971?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Land:

Deeds, 1791-1866; direct & cross indexes to deeds and mortgages, 1791-1884
Authors: Kershaw County (South Carolina). Register of Mesne Conveyance (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/472399?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Equity Court records, including probate, wills, land and misc. records, 1791-1892
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Equity (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/260730?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Plat books, 1785-1841
Authors: Camden District (South Carolina). Commissioner of Locations (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/396665?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Sheriff’s records, 1794-1858
Authors: Kershaw District (South Carolina). Sheriff (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/11488?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Online but not ready yet)

Probate:

Early wills of Camden District : continued from vol. 2, p. 101.
Format: Journal Article
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2616271
(Review at FamilyCenter)

Early wills of Camden District : continued from vol. 2, p. 150
Format: Journal Article
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2615895
(Review at FamilyCenter)

Equity Court records, including probate, wills, land and misc. records, 1791-1892
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Equity (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/260730?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Estate record books, 1782-1822
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Ordinary (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
South Carolina. County Court (Kershaw County) (Repository)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/129456?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Pleadings and judgments, 1790-1820
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Ordinary (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
South Carolina. County Court (Kershaw County) (Repository)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/11329?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

Wills, 1782-1868
Authors: South Carolina. Court of Ordinary (Kershaw District) (Main Author)
South Carolina. County Court (Kershaw County) (Repository)
https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/391313?availability=Family%20History%20Library
(Available online)

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