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Family Sheet

Name: James Clark Iii Note Born: 1768 at Clark s Bay Plantation, , Edisto Island, South Carolina Married: Died: 1819 at Clark s Bay Plantation, , Edisto Island, South Carolina Other Spouses: Sarah Grimball
Anna Scott Mikell
Sarah Webb Mikell
Father: James Clark Ii Mother: Elizabeth Grimball
Name: Mary Rodgers Born: Abt 1790 Died: Father: Robert Rodgers Mother: Margaret Crawford

1). James Clark III was under 18 yrs. of age when his father made his will in 1783, therefore he must have been born before 1767 8, as the wife of James Clark II and his mother signed for her share of her father s estate April 2, 1767, as the wife of his father. James Clark III left no will. William Seabrook, Sr., William Seabrook Jr. and William Clark, all of Edisto Island, planters, were appointed Administrators of his estate on Feb. 21, 1821. John Hanahan and Ephraim Mikell Baynard were sureties. The inventories of his estate, taken Jan 31, 1820, give total value of $95,965.30. Died at Clark s Bay. Source Notes of Mary Clark Brockman. Probate Court U.W. 102The 1803 Plan names James Clark as owner of 233 acres fronting on the public road, comprising the eastern half of today s Cypress Trees. James Clark III was a prosperous Edisto planter who was born about 1770 and who married three timesand had children by each wife. James Clark probably never lived at Cypress Trees, but someone did the 1803 Plan clearly shows an entrance road and causeway across a narrow marsh to a house about one half mile from the public road, near the center ofthe property. James Clark died in 1810, not yet 50, at his home plantation called Clark s Bay on Edisto Island. Cypress Trees was probably one of several plantations he owned, each with its own overseer and its own complement of slaves, on whichClark raised the Sea Island cotton that made him very wealthy by the standards of his day. Probably by 1798 there was some kind of residence at Cypress Trees, but we know almost nothing about it except its location. Apparently about 1830 the first house was torn down and a new one was built in the present location. It underwent a major renovation and expansion in 1906, and Agan in 1990 The 1803 Plan shows an entrance road from the public road, ending in the middle of what is today called Graveyard Field, on the northeastern side of the farm. A small dotted square at the end of this road represents the house that must have been the main residence of the owner, a relative of the owner, or the farm s overseer. It probably was a modest house by Sea Island standards, but apparently it was well built and may have contained some fine details worth transferring to the next house. The place where that house stood has been a ploughed field for more than 100 years, but it not difficult to ascertain its exactlocation. At the highest point in the gently crowned field the plough continues to turn up fragments of brick and small shards of china. About 200 yards to the west is the old family cemetery shaded by large oak trees, with identifiable graves dating back to 1798. In the absence of earlier documents we can only guess how long the house or houses had stood when the 1803 plat was drawn. It almost certainly was built and occupied by 1798, the date of the earliest identifiable burial in the nearby cemetery a two year old child of the Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Dr. Donald McLeod . Dr. McLeod s wife was Elizabeth Clark, a cousin of James Clark III, then owner of Cypress Trees. She herself was buried there four years later. From all this it seems pretty clear that Cypress Trees served as a temporary manse at least from 1798 to 1802, and then possibly longer. Other residents between 1802 and 1827 at the former Cypress Trees, judging solely by burials in the family cemetery, appear to have included the following relatives and in laws of James Clark III, the 1803 owner. Since no documents have survived listing any of these as owner, we presume they were tenants or renters John and Martha M. Hanahan, Thomas B. and Elizabeth Clark Seabrook, William R. and Sarah Clark Hart. Source The History of Cypress Trees Plantation on Edisto Island, SC by Charles S. Spencer Jr. 1995 A census of Edisto Island, taken in 1808 would rate the white population at 236 inhabitants. Of these 111 are males, and 135 females. Of the males 37 are married, 4 are widowers, 9 natives of Europe, and 2 of the middle states of the females 37 are married,12 are widows, and all are either natives of the Island or the adjacent parts of the State. The births are to the deaths annually as 13 to 11. Nevertheless, the white population decreases in consequence of the numbers who leave the island. From the return made to the tax collector of the district for the year 1807, it appears that the black population of the Island exceeds by a few infants and newly bought Africans, 2,609 slaves. If sold in gangs or families, these slaves average one with another, $430. An active young fellow sold detached from his family readily commands from $700 to $800 and young wenches in proportion. There is a disposition in the islanders to treat this patient and laborious race with indulgence and to meliorate their condition. The inhabitants of Edisto may be justly represented as an industrious description of planters. In their intercourse with each other and the world they are friendly and hospitable, and disposed to act on fair and honorable terms. They have been early and long distinguished for supporting religion and its institutions. And such is the liberality of these islanders, that the Episcopalians and Presbyterians worship in the same churches in the spirit of harmony and true charity. Source The History of Cypress Trees Plantation on Edisto Island, SC by Charles S. Spencer Jr. 1995 From the 12th of March, 1792, to the 8th of October, 1808, Joseph James Murray has kept a record of deaths, births, marriages, and other miscellaneous events which took place on Edisto Island. Such register, if kept by at least one person in every district or neighborhood, would, in time, present to the view of the physician, the legislator, the politician, and philosopher, a valuable collection of facts of great importance to the best interests of society. From Mr. Murray s register, it appears that in the course of sixteen years there were among the white inhabitants of Edisto Island 66 marriages, 212 births, and 177 deaths, 75 of which were children under five years of age, and fifteen about the age of ten the rest were adults, six of which were strangers, eleven deaths were accidental, and one was a case of suicide. Five of the above deaths were from consumptions there was also a case of natural small pox of extraordinary origin. Upwards of a year before the birth of the child, which was the subject of this disease, its parents had their other children inoculated for the small pox. One of them was an infant and occupied the cradle. That one died and all the others recovered. The bed clothes were washed and deposited in a drawer, but it seems that they retained so much of the contagion, as to communicate the disease which was clearly marked, though not fatal to the infant whose case is the subject of these observations. This child has never been off the Island on which, neither at the time of infection nor for a a long time after, was there asingle case of small pox. From the same register it appears that of seventy four negro children which Mr. Murray has had born upon his plantation in the above period of sixteen years, fifty three are alive, thirty three of which are females. The plantations of the Rev. Mr. M Cleod, of Messrs. Ephraim Mikell, James Clark, et al. furnish similar examples of increase. Source Edisto in 1808 excerpted from Ramsay s History of South Carolina, first pub. 1809.


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