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Robert Ellison

Born:1742 In:
Died:Mar 8 1806 (at age ‎~64‏)In:
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Elizabeth Ellison (born Potts)
His wife
William Holmes Ellison
His son
Sarah Elizabeth Adger II (born Ellison)
His daughter
William Ellison, Esq.
His father
Elizabeth Ellison (born Liddell)
His mother
  

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Robert Ellison

 

Notes

Robert Ellison was born in County Antrim. Ireland 1742, married Elizabeth Potts of Charleston. South Carolina, November 6, 1772 and died March N. 1806, buried at his home near Wiraisburrow, South Carolina. Robert was 2 years old when parents came to America, he was nineteen when they moved to South Carolina. He had a good English education, obtained a situation of Public Surveyor, accumulated lands and other property After his marriage he settled upon his plantation two miles from Winnsburrow, South Carolina. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, organized a company of which he was Captain. - Colberton company, under Moultrie (see Moutterie’s Memoirs), at the battle of Stone, his horse was shot from under him. He was promoted to Major, In the retreat from Augusta to Charleston (the British under Rodan), he was engaged in skirmishes. He was taken prisoner and carried to Carnrien-from there to Charleston, thence to Hohn’s Island and most cruelly treated for two years. He with others were offered their pardon if they would swear allegiance to the Crown, but he, fired wild patriotism, scorned the offer, -preferring tenure and imprisonment than to desert his country He was finally released and returned to his home to find it burned and destroyed by the enemies. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, After the death of his wife, he married, Janie Seawrite. She died March 8. 1806.

Record as given by his son. Job Ellison

 

Notes

Born in 1742 in Virginia

Died 19 April 1806 in Fairfield County, SC

Major Robert Ellison II (1742-19 Apr 1806) was born to Robert or William Ellison I and married to Elizabeth Potts in Augusta County, Virginia.

Robert Ellison II fought in Marion’s Brigade d. in Fairfield Dist SC m. Elizabeth Potts (1748-1/15/1793) on November 6, 1772 [According to Daughters of American Revolution (National No. 576394 he was born in Londonderry in 1742 and died near Winnsboro S.C. in Fairfield District on 03-08-1806].

Sometime prior to 1775, Robert Ellison moved from Augusta County, Virginia to Fairfield County, South Carolina.

He was very wealth and owned much land and many slaves including an Indian boy for his plantation in the Town of Winnsborough, Fairfield District, South Carolina.

 

Robert Ellison was condemned for misconduct on December 2, 1786. Robert Ellison under care of this MM about to remove without concurrence of the MM visited on October 7, 1787. On Nov 3, 1787, the friends appointed to visit Robert Ellison were unable to do so, he was in the Back Parts but expected to return soon. On February 2, 1788 Robert Ellison disowned for non-attendance, hold slaves and about to remove far remote from friends without our advise or approbation.

 

According to S.C. Archives AA 2217 pp. 1T-7T, Audited Account of Robert Ellerson (Ellison) for duty in Marion’s Brigade in 1770, Robert Ellison received:

No. 93

Robert Ellerson

For a home taken for Public Services by Colonel [George] Washington and appraised on May 1780 $12,000 dollars 32/6 ea in ? £19,500

Fifty three pounds on shilling six pence

? no Certificate, said to be lost – and the above a very great price for a home.

Two well fed Oxen£ 360

22 Gallons Whisky£ 143

4 Gallons Rum£ 50

1 Cask£ 10

£ 563

Affirm and before one, Robt. Elison and made Oath that the above acct. of Five Hundred and Fifty three pounds in Just & there and no ? of paid this 4thd Febr. 1779.

John Winn

Certify that the Above Account in Just and ? being for Articles supplied the ? under my Command on their March to Flouder?

John Winn, Col.

South Carolina

Pursuant to an ACT of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY passed the16th of March, 1783, We the COMMISSIONERS of the TREASURY, have this day delivered to ROBERT ELLISON This our INDENTED CERTIFICATE for the Sum of:

Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings and ten ? sterling for 110 Days of duty ? in the militia in 1782 as ? account Audited.

The said ROBERT ELLISON

HIS Executors, Administrators, or Assigns will be entitled to receive from this Office the Sum of Three Pounds five Shillings and Eleven Pence

On the Demand One year’s Interest on the Principal Sum of Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings & ten Pence Sterling and the like Interest Annually.

The said Robert Ellison his Executors, Administrators or Assigns will be entitled also to receive, and shall be paid if demanded, the principal Sum of Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings and ten Pence Sterling

On the 29th of January 1787 and the said Robert Ellison

His Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, may make any Purchases at any Public Sales of Confiscated Property, (except such as shall be ordered by the Legislature for Special Purpose); and this INDENT shall be received in Payment

For the true performance of the several payments in manner above mentioned; the PUBLIC TREASURY is made liable, and the FAITH of the STATE pledged by the aforesaid ACT GIVEN under our Hands at the TREASURY OFFICE, in CHARLESTON, THE Twenty Ninth Day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty five

Edward Blake

Commissioners of the Treasury

Peter Borquet

Principal

Annual Interest

Notes

Moved from Belfast Ireland to Winnsboro, SC

 

Robert moved from PA. to Fairfield District, SC. at age 19. It is said he had a good English Education.

He organized a company of volunteers for the American Revolution. He was a Captain under General William Moultrie. Later he was promoted to Major for bravery in the Battle of Stow. Robert was taken prisoner in Augusta, GA. He was treated cruelly while he was imprisoned for two years at John's Island Dry Tortuges.

Info. from " Adger Family" and "Our Ellison Kinfolk" (NSDAR, Vol.84, p. 168)

 

Notes

Marriage date given as Nov. 6, 1772 and May 6, 1772

He was a personal friend of George Washington.

He lived on a plantation two miles from Winnsboro, SC where he helped establish MT. Zion Academy out of which grew South Carolina College at Columbia. MT. Zion Academy was formed to promote the education of young men. He was a surveyor, a plantation owner, a representative, a senator, and a County Court Judge for Darlington.

He and his family are buried on the grounds of the old homestead two miles from Winnsboro, SC.

Source - Notes of Clyde Dixon Connell

 

Notes

Came to America on the Snow Betty Grace from Belfast, Ireland.

He was a major in the Revolutionary Army

He was a surveyor.

Source : various notes

Removed when 19 years of age to Fairfield District, SC for his Revolutionary War Service see book: Ellison, Fairfield County, S.C. by Clara Ellison Erath, Houston, TX 1972 Robert moved from Chester Pennsylvania to Cheraw District South Carolina according to a Duke University record.

 

Notes

John and his younger brother James were sons of Robert Ellison and his first wife Elizabeth Potts Ellison. Robert and Elizabeth were both Patriots in the Revolution

and a number of people have joined the DAR on their records. Their vital statistics are in Mrs. Erath's book on the Ellison family. John and James moved with their

families from Fairfield District, SC, to Georgia by 1830.

John's first wife died, and he had remarried by 1819.

 

Notes

He would have moved before the Revolutionary War because we find him joining the 3d South Carolina Rangers at the Ninety Six Court House in November, 1775. This account was found in a list of Revolutionary War Officers:

 

Ellison, John (S. C.). Lieutenant 3d South Carolina (Ranger's), November, 1775

Ellison, Robert (S. C.). Captain 3d South Carolina (Ranger's), November, 1775; taken prisoner at Augusta in September, 1780, and was a prisoner to close of war.

 

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.2, p. Serial: 12978; Volume: 1

ELLISON, Robert Grave, Nr Winnsboro Fairfield Co SC (Grave may be near Wateree Creek)

 

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 72

page 160

 

[p.160] Mrs. Sarah Ellison Richards.

DAR ID Number: 71442

Born in Columbus, Ga.

Wife of Edmund R. Richards.

Descendant of Major Robert Ellison.

Daughter of William Holmes Ellison (1828-1908) and Mary Catherine Harrison (1834-1902), his wife, mfl 1852.

Granddaughter of James Ellison and Jane Ellison, his wife. Gr-granddaughter of Robert Ellison and Elizabeth Potts (d. 1874), his wife.

Robert Ellison (1742-1806) commanded a company under Col. William Moultrie and was promoted for bravery at Stono. He was taken prisoner in the retreat from Augusta and not released until the close of the war. He was born in Ireland; died in Fairfield District, S. C.

DAR confirmation of Revolutionary War service record search code: RTBAGFK

 

Notes

Revolutionary ancestors of Mrs. Harrison are:

Colonel Nathan Terry, of Virginia; John Oliver, an ensign in Second regiment of North Carolina; Captain Robert Ware, Colonel Thomas Carr, Major Robert Ellison and Captain Thomas Potts. Mrs. Harrison is a direct descendant of three famous Revolutionary heroines also, to wit: Elizabeth Marshall, the wife of Abram Martin, whose acts of bravery are recorded in Mrs. Ellet's "Women of the Revolution," and Elizabeth Potts, the wife of Major Robert Ellison, and Agnes Hobson, the wife of William Bacon.

Source: USGenWeb Archives by:

Suzanne Ackert ackerte@bellsouth.net February 6, 2006

 

Notes

p. 62 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber A, p. 171:

1684-5 Feb. 28. List of persons, imported for account of Stephen and Thomas Warne. Indentured for three years; William Elleson Tanner, for four years: John Kigbin, Norah Kae, for five years: Patrick Kemane, for several years: Anthony Ashmore, Walter Newman, for nine years; Abraham Smith, for the Custom of the Country: Jane Hankinson and her children Thomas, Peter and Richard Hankinson. All came into the Province about March 31, 1683-4

 

p. 166 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber D, p. 44:

1688-9 Jan. 2. Deed. William Ellison of Elizabeth Town,

tanner, to John Kaighin, late of Amboy Perth, carpenter, for his 30

acres of head land, to be laid out in Monmouth Co.

 

p. 167 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber D, p. 64:

1688 July 2. Patent to John Kaighin, late apprentice to Thomas

Warne of Monmouth Co., for 145 acres, S. Spottswood South Brook, E.

James Miller, N. and W. unappropriated land, 25 a. thereof to be taken

out of Thomas Warne's property, the other 120 a. are given in right of

Wm. Ellisone, Walter Newman and Anthony Ashmore (supra pp. 42-44).

 

 

Notes

MISS ELLIE MAI BEDELL. 23368

Born in Columbus, Georgia.

Descendant of Maj. Robert Ellison, Capt. Robert Ware, Col.

Thomas Carr, Maj. Absalom Bedell and Maj. William Langham.

Daughter of William Richard Bedell and Margaret L. Ware, his wife.

Granddaughter of George Clinton Bedell and Cecilie Kennon, his wife; Dr. Robert Alexander Ware and Margaret Caldwell Ellison, his wife.

Gr.-granddaughter of John Bedell and Nancy Langham, his wife;

Nicholas Ware (1776-1824) and Susan Brooks Carr, his wife; James

Ellison and Jane Patterson, his wife.

Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Absalom Bedell and Susannah, his wife;

William Langham and Smith, his wife ; Robert Ware and Margaret

Bassell, his wife ; Thomas Carr and Frances Bacon, his wife ;

Robert Ellison and Elizabeth Potts, his wife.

Robert Ellison, (1742-1806), commanded a company under

Col. William Moultrie and was promoted for bravery at Stono.

He was taken prisoner in the retreat from Augusta and not

released until the close of the war. He died in the Fairfield

District, S. C.

 

Notes

Deeds recorded in Fairfield County, S.C.

10 December 1788-Robert ELLISON and wife Elizabeth ELLISON, formerly Elizabeth POTTS, deeded 100 acres to Valentine ROCHELLE; which had been granted to Elizabeth POTTS on 4 May, 1775.

Witness: Jamine LINX, Luraney Potts ELLISON

1789-A deed of Conveyance was granted from Valentine ROCHEL to Robert ELLISON and wife.

Bk.C, p.1.-Fairfield Co., S.C.

Source RACHELS FAMILY OF WEAKLEY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

Notes

Descendants of Robert Ellison

Generation No. 1

1. ROBERT1 ELLISON was born Abt. 1742 in County Antrim, Ireland1, and died March 8, 1806 in Fairfield Co, South Carolina. He married (1) ELIZABETH POTTS November 6, 1772 in South Carolina.

She was born Abt. 1750 in Ireland, and died January 15, 1793. He married (2) JANE SEAWRIGHT1 Aft. 1793. She died Unknown.

 

Notes

Robert worked as a surveyor when he first came to South Carolina.

During the Revolutionary War, Robert organized a company under Captain Moultrie of which he was Captain. Near Charleston, Robert was captured, from which he went to John's Island, and then to Dry Tortugas. Robert was a prisoner for two years. During this time, his home was attacked by Tories and burned. Robert's wife Elizabeth escaped with their young children to Charleston, where she had relatives.

In the 1800 Census, Robert Ellison is living in Fairfield County, South Carolina. Living in the house is one male age 16 to 25, one male over 45, and one female over 45. Robert owns 9 slaves. Robert was not found on the Census after 1800.

In his will, Robert appointed his sons Robert and John to be guardians of their minor brothers Joseph and James, respectively. Robert requested Joseph provide his own food and clothing until he was of age as "idleness is the parent of vice and always injurious to youth."

Robert Ellison, 1742-1806, is buried in Fairfield County on what is now the Fleming McMaster Plantation.

Robert and his wife Elizabeth Potts are buried at the old Ellison home two miles from Winnsboro, Fairfield Co, SC

[1] Descendants of John & Robert Ellison, by Clara Ellison Erath, 1972

[2] from letters, deed extracts & will extracts concerning Robert Ellison from the South Carolina Library, compiled by Mrs. James Crowder, 1966; other letters dated 1968

 

Notes

Date born 2: Bef. 1752

Died 2: Aft. 1802

Died 3: 1806, Fairfield County, South Carolina

Burial: Unknown, Ellison homestead cemetery

More About ELIZABETH POTTS:

Burial: Unknown, Ellison homestead cemetery

Marriage Notes for ROBERT ELLISON and ELIZABETH POTTS:

A transcription (rootsweb.com) from South Carolina Marriages 1693-1842 by Judith Manley, listed a marriage for Robert Ellison and Elizabeth Potts on Nov 6 1772. No other information was provided in the transcription to identify the county or source of the record.

 

Notes

The transcriber of the gravestones in the Sardis Methodist Cemetery in Talbot County,

Georgia, identified John as the son of Robert Ellison and his first wife Elizabeth Potts

Ellison. John and his brother James were founders of the Sardis Methodist Church and it was located between their two homes.

John and James are listed on the index for the 1840 Census, but that page has not been found in current sources for review.

[1] Descendants of John & Robert Ellison, by Clara Ellison Erath, 1972

[2] Descendants of John and Robert Ellison, Fairfield County, South Carolina. Allied

Families, Adger, Patterson, Capers - by Clara Ellison Erath - extract by Dorothy Hudson

 

Notes

Robert worked as a surveyor when he first came to South Carolina. [1]

During the Revolutionary War, Robert organized a company under Captain Moultrie of which he was

Captain. Near Charleston, Robert was captured, from which he went to John's Island, and then to Dry

Tortugas. Robert was a prisoner for two years. During this time, his home was attacked by Tories and

burned. Robert's wife Elizabeth escaped with their young children to Charleston, where she had

relatives. [1]

In the 1800 Census, Robert Ellison is living in Fairfield County, South Carolina. Living in the house is

one male age 16 to 25, one male over 45, and one female over 45. Robert owns 9 slaves. Robert was

not found on the Census after 1800.

 

In his will, Robert appointed his sons Robert and John to be guardians of their minor brothers Joseph

and James, respectively. Robert requested Joseph provide his own food and clothing until he was of

age as "idleness is the parent of vice and always injurious to youth." [1]

Robert Ellison, 1742-1806, is buried in Fairfield County on what is now the Fleming McMaster

Plantation. [2]

Robert and his wife Elizabeth Potts are buried at the old Ellison home two miles from Winnsboro,

Fairfield Co, SC [2]

[1] Descendants of John & Robert Ellison, by Clara Ellison Erath, 1972

[2] from letters, deed extracts & will extracts concerning Robert Ellison from the South Carolina

Library, compiled by Mrs. James Crowder, 1966; other letters dated 1968

 

Notes-Will

Will of Robert Ellison

State of South Carolina

South Carolina Archives, Fairfield County

Vol. 1 Book 5 page 33-35 Proved 19 April 1806 Recorded 22 April 1806

The state of South Carolina

In the Name of God Amen. I Robert Ellison of the District of Fairfield laboring at present under great bodily infirmities and being convinced of my approaching dissolution have thought proper to make this my last will and testament – In the first place I desire that my debts and funeral expenses should be paid out of the proceeds of my present crop and out of the purchase money of the following property that is to say One Lot in the Town of Winnsborough containing One hundred and sixty acres Situate in the District aforesaid bounded Each by the Widow Lochridge, land & on other sides by James McMullens land; Also one other tract of land containing One hundred and Seventy acres bounded ? on Thomas Doddy’s land and on other sides. As laid down in the platt; and Also out of the debts due me including that of John Weldon – I desire that the above mentioned property should not be sold at public scale but at private also to the best advantage and if any thing should remain after paying my debts and funeral expenses I direct the same to be equally divided among my Children – All the rest of my property real and personal I distribute in the following manner;

To my oldest son, William Ellison and my Second son, John [Ellison] I give & bequeath that Tract of land or half of a tract which lies above the mouth of the Wateree Creek on the west side of the Wateree River and bounded on the South by the said Creek; the whole tract was originally granted to Richland Gregory; Also one other moiety of a tract of land situate a little distance above the Mouth of the Wateree Creek lying on each side of the said Creek bounded East and North on Auston Peays on the West and North on John Henson’s land and that moiety of the said tract which belongs to the said Austin Peay & also Briggs land to be equally divided between them share & share alike and to the use of themselves their heirs and assigns forever. Elizabeth Ellison eldest daughter of the said William Allison I give and bequeath a young Negro girls named Rinah to the use of herself her heirs and assigns forever;

To Robert Ellison eldest Son of John Ellison I give and bequeath a young Yellow boy named Navey to the use of himself his heirs and assigns forever – To my son Robert Ellison I give all that body of land on Which I now live Situate on the head branches of Jacksons Creek & known by the following boundaries, to wit, bounded north on David Horne’s and Robert Gamble East on Hugh Barclay; South on Samuel W. Youngue and James Cameron & West on Major Moore & lands originally granted to Robert Box

To my son James Ellison I give and bequeath one tract of land containing three hundred acres situate on Lick Creek a branch of the Watoree Creek bounded on all sides then surveyed on vacant land to the use & behoof of himself his heirs and assigns forever;

To the said James Ellison I likewise give the following negros, Jack, Monday, Prince, Nance & Jane to the only proper use & behoof of himself his heirs and assigns forever.

To Joseph Ellison my youngest son I give and bequeath that Tract of land originally granted to Robert Box which lies on the head branches of Jackson’s Creek containing three hundred acres bounded when surveyed on all sides by vacant land to himself, his heirs & assisgns forever – to the said Joseph Ellison I likewise give bequeath the negros Neury, Ned, Tom, Doll, Toney & Dublin to him his heirs & assigns forever and if either of them said James and Joseph should die without attaining the age of twenty one year the property above devised to them or either of them to be divided between my sons , William, John and Robert & the survivor of them and if they should both die without attaining the age of twenty one years then the said property to be divided between my said sons William, John & Robert.

To John Ellison I commit the guardianship of James Ellison & the care of his property until he comes of age.

To Robert I in like manner commit the guardianship of Joseph and the the care of his property until he is of age: and as idleness is the parent of vice and always injurious to youth, I desire that Joseph shall by his own exertions procure himself food and clothing until he has the management of his own property

To my living daughter Sarah I likewise give & bequeath, the two negro women Amey and Coutney [sic] with their incronse to the use of herself her heirs and assigns forever.

My riding chair I likewise give to my said daughter Sarah & Mary Ellison wife of William Ellison to their joint use & benefit.

I likewise will & direct that whatever money may be received from Colonel Hill & the balance of the money coming from the representatives of Crawford also as much money as I may have paid toward the purchase of Mosey Paul’s land be paid into the hands of John [Ellison] for the use of James Ellison, the last to be paid by Robert as his part of the land is of the greatest value so as to make up the sum of one thousand dollars if the same shall amount to so much.

My beds I direct to be divided between my sons Robert, James and Joseph.

To my son Robert, I likewise give my riding horse. And all the rest of my stock of Cattle horses hogs and aforsd and also my household furniture I direct to be divided between all my children but I think it most advisable that my son Roberts should take the whole at a reasonable valuation and give to the rest, their property share in money.

I likewise direct that my executor should out of the present crop pay my son William two hundred dollars for his services during the year & also that he should be allowed one fourth part of the ensuing crop.

And also I direct my said executors out of the ensuing crop to pay into the hands of my Wife Jane Ellison fifty pounds in cash and I hereby appoint my Nephew William Ellison my friend Samuel Johnston & my son Robert executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed published and declared the several words in the thirty ninth forty second forty fourth & forty sixth lines being first – interlined in presence of

Robert Dunlap

Robert Potts

D Homes

Proved 19th April 1806

Jno. Buchannan J.C.P.

Recorded 22nd April 1806

Will Book 5

Page #116

 

Estate administered Feb. 14, 1806 by:

Elizabeth Ellison

Simon Connell

Joseph Woods

Dempsy Russell

William Connell

Inventory of Robert Ellison's Estate.

Ready Cash at the time of his death $b7.85, j~aid to various and. sundry

persons. List of assets, debts, eta. due estate of Robert Ellison

3. negro. women named Venus about 70 years of age .25

1 negro. man called Mewry aged about 55 250.

1 negroe woman called fbi aged about ZQ 360.

1. nogroe man named Monday about 23 460.

1 negroe man called Prince of about the same age 400.

1 do called lied about the ~an@ age 400.

1 do called ack • • 350.

1 do Courtney 5 300.

3. do called Lmay aged about 22 witn ncr cttild 2floebe

about two years old 450.

1 negroe girl called &Nancy about 16 4(A).

3. do. called Jane about 10 250.

1 do. called Einah about 6 no.

1 negroe boy call€called Toney about 3 100.

I. do. called Dublin about 1 50.

N. B. The last 4 are the children of Dofl

1. do. called Newry about 6 130.

Horses.

1. sorrel hors. called Dolphin about 1 100.

3. Roan called Cyrus about ii. 70.

3. sorrel mare Fiddle about 9 60.

<3. small roan da. Thmch about U 40.

1 Say horse Dick about S cia.

IL young sorrel horse about 3 20.

Stock Cattle.

‘1 head stock cattle S $5.00 a head 35.

1. pr Oxen 50.

S cows and calves $1 46.00 each 50.

Hog a.

50 head 130.

Plantation tools, Gear, etc.

S plows 1~.

5 axes 6.

a hoes sj $4. ea. 1 spade ~ .75 4.75

2 mattocks 3.

4 prof Gears 3.

oxcart 25.

 

I. Riding Chair and Harness 100.

S Seythes & Cradles, & Seythe blade 3.

9 large cotton baskets 4 • 50

3. grinding Stone & 2 wedges 3.

Household & Kitchen Furniture.

2 bed ,teacis of pine 3.

1 do called Uabsgony 15.

3 beds & furniture 55.

10 chairs B.

1 mahogany table 10.

3. mahogany desk 10.

2 large pine tables 4.

1 small do. 1 • 50

 

Robert Ellison

 

Notes

His son, Robert Ellison was born in County Antrim. Ireland 1742, married Elizabeth Potts of Charleston. South Carolina, November 6, 1772 and died March N. 1806, buried at his home near Wiraisburrow, South Carolina. Robert was 2 years old when parents came to America, he was nineteen when they moved to South Carolina. He had a good English education, obtained a situation of Public Surveyor, accumulated lands and other property After his marriage he settled upon his plantation two miles from Winnsburrow, south Carolina. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, organized a company of which he was Captain. - Colberton company, under Moultrie (see Moutterie’s Memoirs), at the battle of Stone, his horse was shot from under him. He was promoted to Major, In the retreat from Augusta to Charleston (the British under Rodan), he was engaged in skirmishes. He was taken prisoner and carried to Carnrien-from there to Charleston, thence to Hohn’s Island and most cruelly treated for two years. He with others were offered their pardon if they would swear allegiance to the Crown, but he, fired wild patriotism, scorned the offer, -preferring tenure and imprisonment than to desert his country He was finally released and returned to his home to find it burned and destroyed by the enemies. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, After the death of his wife, he again married, Janie Seawrite. She died March 8. 1806.

Record as given by his son. Job Ellison

 

Notes

Born in 1742 in Virginia

Died 19 April 1806 in Fairfield County, SC

Major Robert Ellison II (1742-19 Apr 1806) was born to Robert or William Ellison I and married to Elizabeth Potts in Augusta County, Virginia.

Robert Ellison II fought in Marion’s Brigade d. in Fairfield Dist SC m. Elizabeth Potts (1748-1/15/1793) on November 6, 1772 [According to Daughters of American Revolution (National No. 576394 he was born in Londonderry in 1742 and died near Winnsboro S.C. in Fairfield District on 03-08-1806].

Sometime prior to 1775, Robert Ellison moved from Augusta County, Virginia to Fairfield County, South Carolina.

He was very wealth and owned much land and many slaves including and Indian boy for his plantation in the Town of Winnsborough, Fairfield District, South Carolina.

 

Robert Ellison was condemned for misconduct on December 2, 1786. Robert Ellison under care of this MM about to remove without concurrence of the MM visited on October 7, 1787. On Nov 3, 1787, the friends appointed to visit Robert Ellison were unable to do so, he was in the Back Parts but expected to return soon. On February 2, 1788 Robert Ellison disowned for non-attendance, hold slaves and about to remove far remote from friends without our advise or approbation.

 

According to S.C. Archives AA 2217 pp. 1T-7T, Audited Account of Robert Ellerson (Ellison) for duty in Marion’s Brigade in 1770, Robert Ellison received:

No. 93

Robert Ellerson

For a home taken for Public Services by Colonel [George] Washington and appraised on May 1780

$12,000 dollars 32/6 ea in ? £19,500

Fifty three pounds on shilling six pence

? no Certificate, said to be lost – and the above a very great price for a home.

Two wellfed Oxen£ 360

22 Gallsons Whisky£ 143

4 Gallons Rum£ 50

1 Cask£ 10

£ 563

Affirm and before one, Robt. Elison and made Oath that the above acct. of Five Hundred and Fifty three pounds in Just & there and no ? of paid this 4thd Febr. 1779.

John Winn

Certify that the Above Account in Just and ? being for Articles supplied the ? under my Command on their March to Flouder?

John Winn, Col.

South Carolina

Pursuant to an ACT of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY passed the16th of March, 1783, We the COMMISSIONERS of the TREASURY, have this day delivered to ROBERT ELLISON This our INDENTED CERTIFICATE for the Sum of:

Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings and ten ? sterling for 110 Days of duty ? in the militia in 1782 as ? account Audited.

The said ROBERT ELLISON

HIS Executors, Administrators, or Assigns will be entitled to receive from this Office the Sum of Three Pounds five Shillings and Eleven Pence

On the DemandOne year’s Interest on the Principal Sum of Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings & ten Pence Sterling and the like Interest Annually.

The said Robert Ellison his Executors, Administrators or Assigns will be entitled also to receive, and shall be paid if demanded, the principal Sum of Forty Seven Pounds two Shillings and ten Pence Sterling

On the 29th of January 1787 and the said Robert Ellison

His Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, may make any Purchases at any Public Sales of Confiscated Property, (except such as shall be ordered by the Legislature for Special Purposses); and this INDENT shall be received in Payment

For the true performance of the several payments in manner abovementioned; the PUBLIC TREASURY is made liable, and the FAITH of the STATE pledged by the aforesaid ACT

GIVEN under our Hands at the TREASURY OFFICE, in

CHARLESTON, THE Twenty Ninth Day of January one thousand seven hundred and eighty five

Edward Blake

Commissioners of the Treasury

Peter Borquet

Principal

Annual Interest

Notes

Moved from Belfast Ireland to Winnsboro, SC

 

Robert moved from PA. to Fairfield District, SC. at age 19. It is said he had a good English Education.

He organized a company of volunteers for the American Revolution. He was a Captain under General William Moultrie. Later he was promoted to Major for bravery in the Battle of Stow. Robert was taken prisoner in Augusta, GA. He was treated cruelly while he was imprisoned for two years at John's Island Dry Tortuges.

Info. from " Adger Family" and "Our Ellison Kinfolk" (NSDAR, Vol.84, p. 168)

 

Marriage date given as Nov. 6, 1772 and May 6, 1772

He was a personal friend of George Washington.

He lived on a plantation two miles from Winnsboro, SC where he helped establish MT. Zion Academy out of which grew South Carolina College at Columbia. MT. Zion Academy was formed to promote the education of young men. He was a surveyor, a plantation owner, a representative, a senator, and a County Court Judge for Darlington.

He and his family are buried on the grounds of the old homestead two miles from Winnsboro, SC.

Source - Notes of Clyde Dixon Connell

 

Notes

Came to America on the Snow Betty Grace from Belfast, Ireland.

He was a major in the Revolutionary Army

He was a surveyor.

Source : various notes

Removed when 19 years of age to Fairfield District, SC for his Revolutionary War Service see book: Ellisons, Fairfield County, S.C. by Clara Ellison Erath, Houston, TX 1972 Robert moved from Chester Pennsylvania to Cheraw District South Carolina according to a Duke University record.

 

Notes

John and his younger brother James were sons of Robert Ellison and his first wife Elizabeth Potts Ellison. Robert and Elizabeth were both Patriots in the Revolution

and a number of people have joined the DAR on their records. Their vital statistics are in Mrs. Erath's book on the Ellison family. John and James moved with their

families from Fairfield District, SC, to Georgia by 1830.

John's first wife died, and he had remarried by 1819.

 

Notes

He would have moved before the Revolutionary War because we find him joining the 3d South Carolina Rangers at the Ninety Six Court House in November, 1775. This account was found in a list of Revolutionary War Officers:

 

Ellison, John (S. C.). Lieutenant 3d South Carolina (Ranger's), November, 1775

Ellison, Robert (S. C.). Captain 3d South Carolina (Ranger's), November, 1775; taken prisoner at Augusta in September, 1780, and was a prisoner to close of war.

 

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.2, p. Serial: 12978; Volume: 1

ELLISON, Robert Grave, Nr Winnsboro Fairfield Co SC (Grave may be near Wateree Creek)

 

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 72

page 160

 

[p.160] Mrs. Sarah Ellison Richards.

DAR ID Number: 71442

Born in Columbus, Ga.

Wife of Edmund R. Richards.

Descendant of Major Robert Ellison.

Daughter of William Holmes Ellison (1828-1908) and Mary Catherine Harrison (1834-1902), his wife, mfl 1852.

Granddaughter of James Ellison and Jane Ellison, his wife.

Gr-granddaughter of Robert Ellison and Elizabeth Potts (d. 1874), his wife.

Robert Ellison (1742-1806) commanded a company under Col. William Moultrie and was promoted for bravery at Stono. He was taken prisoner in the retreat from Augusta and not released until the close of the war. He was born in Ireland; died in Fairfield District, S. C.

 

DAR confirmation of Revolutionary War service record search code: RTBAGFK

 

Notes

Revolutionary ancestors of Mrs. Harrison are:

Colonel Nathan Terry, of Virginia; John Oliver, an ensign in Second regiment

of North Carolina; Captain Robert Ware, Colonel Thomas Carr, Major Robe

Ellison and Captain Thomas Potts. Mrs. Harrison is a direct descendant of

three famous Revolutionary heriones also, to wit: Elizabeth Marshall, the wife

of Abram Martin, whose acts of bravery are recorded in Mrs. Ellet's "Women of

the Revolution," and Elizabeth Potts, the wife of Major Robert Ellison, and

Agnes Hobson, the wife of William Bacon.

revolutionary ancestors of Mrs. Harrison are

Colonel Nathan Terry, of Virginia; John Oliver, an ensign in Second regiment

of North Carolina; Captain Robert Ware, Colonel Thomas Carr, Major Robe

Ellison and Captain Thomas Potts. Mrs. Harrison is a direct descendant of

three famous Revolutionary heriones also, to wit: Elizabeth Marshall, the wife

of Abram Martin, whose acts of bravery are recorded in Mrs. Ellet's "Women of

the Revolution," and Elizabeth Potts, the wife of Major Robert Ellison, and

Agnes Hobson, the wife of William Bacon.

Source: USGenWeb Archives by:

Suzanne Ackert ackerte@bellsouth.net February 6, 2006

 

Notes

p. 62 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber A, p. 171:

1684-5 Feb. 28. List of persons, imported for account of Stphen

and Thomas Warne. Indentured for three years; William Elleson Tanner,

for four years: John Kigbin, Norah Kae, for five years: Patrick Kemane,

for sever years: Anthony Ashmore, Walter Newman, for nine years;

Abraham Smith, for the Custom of the Country: Jane Hankinson and her

children Thomas, Peter and Richard Hankinson. All came into the

Province about March 31, 1683-4

 

p. 166 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber D, p. 44:

1688-9 Jan. 2. Deed. William Ellisone of Elizabeth Town,

tanner, to John Kaighin, late of Amboy Perth, carpenter, for his 30

acres of head land, to be laid out in Monmouth Co.

 

p. 167 - East Jersey Deeds, Etc., Liber D, p. 64:

1688 July 2. Patent to John Kaighin, late apprentice to Thomas

Warne of Monmouth Co., for 145 acres, S. Spottswood South Brook, E.

James Miller, N. and W. unappropriated land, 25 a. thereof to be taken

out of Thomas Warne's property, the other 120 a. are given in right of

Wm. Ellisone, Walter Newman and Anthony Ashmore (supra pp. 42-44).

 

p. 462: Wm. Elison is among a list of persons who received payment, in

an Account dated 22 Dec 1694, of the estate of Thomas Thorp or Thorpe,

of Woodbridge, yeoman; will date 24 Mar 1692-3, proved 24 De 1694. N.

J. Archives, XXI., p. 217, and Middlesex Wills.

Source:Contributed to the USGenWeb Archives by David Tourison

 

Notes

Deeds recorded in Fairfield County, S.C.

10 December 1788-Robert ELLISON and wife Elizabeth ELLISON, formerly Elizabeth POTTS, deeded 100 acres to Valentine ROCHELLE; which had been granted to Elizabeth POTTS on 4 May, 1775.

Witness: Jamine LINX, Luraney Potts ELLISON

1789-A deed of Conveyance was granted from Valentine ROCHEL to Robert ELLISON and wife.

Bk.C, p.1.-Fairfield Co., S.C.

Source RACHELS FAMILY OF WEAKLEY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

 

Notes

Descendants of Robert Ellison

Generation No. 1

1. ROBERT1 ELLISON was born Abt. 1742 in County Antrim, Ireland1, and died March 8, 1806 in Fairfield Co, South Carolina. He married (1) ELIZABETH POTTS November 6, 1772 in South Carolina.

She was born Abt. 1750 in Ireland, and died January 15, 1793. He married (2) JANE SEAWRIGHT1 Aft. 1793. She died Unknown.

 

Notes

Robert worked as a surveyor when he first came to South Carolina.

During the Revolutionary War, Robert organized a company under Captain Moultrie of which he was Captain. Near Charleston, Robert was captured, from which he went to John's Island, and then to Dry Tortugas. Robert was a prisoner for two years. During this time, his home was attacked by Tories and burned. Robert's wife Elizabeth escaped with their young children to Charleston, where she had relatives.

In the 1800 Census, Robert Ellison is living in Fairfield County, South Carolina. Living in the house is one male age 16 to 25, one male over 45, and one female over 45. Robert owns 9 slaves. Robert was not found on the Census after 1800.

In his will, Robert appointed his sons Robert and John to be guardians of their minor brothers Joseph and James, respectively. Robert requested Joseph provide his own food and clothing until he was of age as "idleness is the parent of vice and always injurious to youth."

Robert Ellison, 1742-1806, is buried in Fairfield County on what is now the Fleming McMaster Plantation.

Robert and his wife Elizabeth Potts are buried at the old Ellison home two miles from Winnsboro, Fairfield Co, SC

[1] Descendants of John & Robert Ellison, by Clara Ellison Erath, 1972

[2] from letters, deed extracts & will extracts concerning Robert Ellison from the South Carolina Library, compiled by Mrs. James Crowder, 1966; other letters dated 1968

 

Notes

Date born 2: Bef. 1752

Died 2: Aft. 1802

Died 3: 1806, Fairfield County, South Carolina

Burial: Unknown, Ellison homestead cemetery3

More About ELIZABETH POTTS:

Burial: Unknown, Ellison homestead cemetery

Marriage Notes for ROBERT ELLISON and ELIZABETH POTTS:

A transcription (rootsweb.com) from South Carolina Marriages 1693-1842 by Judith Manley, listed a marriage for Robert Ellison and Elizabeth Potts on Nov 6 1772. No other information was provided in the transcription to identify the county or source of the record.

 

Notes

The transcriber of the gravestones in the Sardis Methodist Cemetery in Talbot County,

Georgia, identified John as the son of Robert Ellison and his first wife Elizabeth Potts

Ellison. John and his brother James were founders of the Sardis Methodist Church and it was located between their two homes.

John and James are listed on the index for the 1840 Census, but that page has not been found in current sources for review.

[1] Descendants of John & Robert Ellison, by Clara Ellison Erath, 1972

[2] Descendants of John and Robert Ellison, Fairfield County, South Carolina. Allied

Families, Adger, Patterson, Capers - by Clara Ellison Erath - extract by Dorothy Hudson

 

Notes-Will

Will of Robert Ellison

State of South Carolina

South Carolina Archives, Fairfield County

Vol. 1 Book 5 page 33-35 Proved 19 April 1806 Recorded 22 April 1806

The state of South Carolina

In the Name of God Amen. I Robert Ellison of the District of Fairfield laboring at present under great bodily infirmities and being convinced of my approaching dissolution have thought proper to make this my last will and testament – In the first place I desire that my debts and funeral expenses should be paid out of the proceeds of my present crop and out of the purchase money of the following property that is to say One Lot in the Town of Winnsborough containing One hundred and sixty acres Situate in the District aforesaid bounded Each by the Widow Lochridge, land & on other sides by James McMullens land; Also one other tract of land containing One hundred and Seventy acres bounded ? on Thomas Doddy’s land and on other sides. As laid down in the platt; and Also out of the debts due me including that of John Weldon – I desire that the above mentioned property should not be sold at public scale but at private also to the best advantage and if any thing should remain after paying my debts and funeral expenses I direct the same to be equally divided among my Children – All the rest of my property real and personal I distribute in the following manner;

To my oldest son, William Ellison and my Second son, John [Ellison] I give & bequeath that Tract of land or half of a tract which lies above the mouth of the Wateree Creek on the west side of the Wateree River and bounded on the South by the said Creek; the whole tract was originally granted to Richland Gregory; Also one other moiety of a tract of land situate a little distance above the Mouth of the Wateree Creek lying on each side of the said Creek bounded East and North on Auston Peays on the West and North on John Henson’s land and that moiety of the said tract which belongs to the said Austin Peay & also Briggs land to be equally divided between them share & share alike and to the use of themselves their heirs and assigns forever. Elizabeth Ellison eldest daughter of the said William Allison I give and bequeath a young Negro girls named Rinah to the use of herself her heirs and assigns forever;

To Robert Ellison eldest Son of John Ellison I give and bequeath a young Yellow boy named Navey to the use of himself his heirs and assigns forever – To my son Robert Ellison I give all that body of land on Which I now live Situate on the head branches of Jacksons Creek & known by the following boundaries, to wit, bounded north on David Horne’s and Robert Gamble East on Hugh Barclay; South on Samuel W. Youngue and James Cameron & West on Major Moore & lands originally granted to Robert Box

To my son James Ellison I give and bequeath one tract of land containing three hundred acres situate on Lick Creek a branch of the Watoree Creek bounded on all sides then surveyed on vacant land to the use & behoof of himself his heirs and assigns forever;

To the said James Ellison I likewise give the following negros, Jack, Monday, Prince, Nance & Jane to the only proper use & behoof of himself his heirs and assigns forever.

To Joseph Ellison my youngest son I give and bequeath that Tract of land originally granted to Robert Box which lies on the head branches of Jackson’s Creek containing three hundred acres bounded when surveyed on all sides by vacant land to himself, his heirs & assisgns forever – to the said Joseph Ellison I likewise give bequeath the negros Neury, Ned, Tom, Doll, Toney & Dublin to him his heirs & assigns forever and if either of them said James and Joseph should die without attaining the age of twenty one year the property above devised to them or either of them to be divided between my sons , William, John and Robert & the survivor of them and if they should both die without attaining the age of twenty one years then the said property to be divided between my said sons William, John & Robert.

To John Ellison I commit the guardianship of James Ellison & the care of his property until he comes of age.

To Robert I in like manner commit the guardianship of Joseph and the the care of his property until he is of age: and as idleness is the parent of vice and always injurious to youth, I desire that Joseph shall by his own exertions procure himself food and clothing until he has the management of his own property

To my living daughter Sarah I likewise give & bequeath, the two negro women Amey and Coutney [sic] with their incronse to the use of herself her heirs and assigns forever.

My riding chair I likewise give to my said daughter Sarah & Mary Ellison wife of William Ellison to their joint use & benefit.

I likewise will & direct that whatever money may be received from Colonel Hill & the balance of the money coming from the representatives of Crawford also as much money as I may have paid toward the purchase of Mosey Paul’s land be paid into the hands of John [Ellison] for the use of James Ellison, the last to be paid by Robert as his part of the land is of the greatest value so as to make up the sum of one thousand dollars if the same shall amount to so much.

My beds I direct to be divided between my sons Robert, James and Joseph.

To my son Robert, I likewise give my riding horse. And all the rest of my stock of Cattle horses hogs and aforsd and also my household furniture I direct to be divided between all my children but I think it most advisable that my son Roberts should take the whole at a reasonable valuation and give to the rest, their property share in money.

I likewise direct that my executor should out of the present crop pay my son William two hundred dollars for his services during the year & also that he should be allowed one fourth part of the ensuing crop.

And also I direct my said executors out of the ensuing crop to pay into the hands of my Wife Jane Ellison fifty pounds in cash and I hereby appoint my Nephew William Ellison my friend Samuel Johnston & my son Robert executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed published and declared the several words in the thirty ninth forty second forty fourth & forty sixth lines being first – interlined in presence of

Robert Dunlap

Robert Potts

D Homes

Proved 19th April 1806

Jno. Buchannan J.C.P.

Recorded 22nd April 1806

Will Book 5

Page #116

 

Estate administered Feb. 14, 1806 by:

Elizabeth Ellison

Simon Connell

Joseph Woods

Dempsy Russell

William Connell

Inventory of Robert Ellison's Estate.

Ready Cash at the time of his death $b7.85, j~aid to various and. sundry

persons. List of assets, debts, eta. due estate of Robert Ellison

3. negro. women named Venus about 70 years of age .25

1 negro. man called Mewry aged about 55 250.

1 negroe woman called fbi aged about ZQ 360.

1. nogroe man named Monday about 23 460.

1 negroe man called Prince of about the same age 400.

1 do called lied about the ~an@ age 400.

1 do called ack • • 350.

1 do Courtney 5 300.

3. do called Lmay aged about 22 witn ncr cttild 2floebe

about two years old 450.

1 negroe girl called &Nancy about 16 4(A).

3. do. called Jane about 10 250.

1 do. called Einah about 6 no.

1 negroe boy call€called Toney about 3 100.

I. do. called Dublin about 1 50.

N. B. The last 4 are the children of Dofl

1. do. called Newry about 6 130.

Horses.

1. sorrel hors. called Dolphin about 1 100.

3. Roan called Cyrus about ii. 70.

3. sorrel mare Fiddle about 9 60.

<3. small roan da. Thmch about U 40.

1 Say horse Dick about S cia.

IL young sorrel horse about 3 20.

Stock Cattle.

‘1 head stock cattle S $5.00 a head 35.

1. pr Oxen 50.

S cows and calves $1 46.00 each 50.

Hog a.

50 head 130.

Plantation tools, Gear, etc.

S plows 1~.

5 axes 6.

a hoes sj $4. ea. 1 spade ~ .75 4.75

2 mattocks 3.

4 prof Gears 3.

oxcart 25.

 

I. Riding Chair and Harness 100.

S Seythes & Cradles, & Seythe blade 3.

9 large cotton baskets 4 • 50

3. grinding Stone & 2 wedges 3.

Household & Kitchen Furniture.

2 bed ,teacis of pine 3.

1 do called Uabsgony 15.

3 beds & furniture 55.

10 chairs B.

1 mahogany table 10.

3. mahogany desk 10.

2 large pine tables 4.

1 small do. 1 • 50

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