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1,648 Slaves in the Estate of Nathaniel Heyward, Charleston, SC, 1851

The estate inventory of Nathaniel Heyward, filed in June of 1851, lists the names of 1,648 enslaved ancestors on 15 plantations in Charleston, Colleton and Beaufort counties in South Carolina. We invite you to contribute to this page.

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1,648 Slaves in the Estate of Nathaniel Heyward, Charleston, SC, 1851

Charleston, South Carolina

The estate inventory of Nathaniel Heyward, filed in June of 1851, lists the names of 1,648 enslaved ancestors on 15 plantations in Charleston, Colleton, Beaufort and Berkeley counties in South Carolina.

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This record was indexed and made searchable by Aaron Dorsey and by Toni.

About This Document: Thanks to the Volunteers Who Indexed This Free Collection!

These documents were digitized as part of a collaborative effort between Footnote, Lowcountry Africana, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and FamilySearch, to digitize all surviving Charleston, SC Estate Inventories, 1732-1872 and Bills of Sale, 1773-1872, for a FREE Footnote collection.

The collection was indexed entirely by volunteers of the Restore the Ancestors Project, whose efforts have brought the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors into the historical light in this FREE collection, for generations to come.

This remarkable collection contains the name of every slave ever listed in a surviving estate inventory for Charleston, SC from colonial times to Emancipation. Many of the post-Civil War inventories list the names of former slaves as well.

This document was indexed and made searchable by Aaron Dorsey and Toni.

 

Further Reading: The Heyward Family of South Carolina

Resources for Further Research:

1. The Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923 are available online from the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston. Here you will find, among 389 pages of document images of Heyward family papers:

2. Resources available on the Lowcountry Africana website:

3. Lineages of the Heyward family are outlined in the following full-text book, available online from Internet Archive: The Colonial History of the Heyward Family of South Carolina, 1670-1770

4. Heyward Family Papers, 1703-1975 are available in the Manuscripts Department of the South Caroliniana Library at USC, and also on microfilm as part of the collection Records of Antebellum Southern Plantations published by University Publications of America

5. If your family has roots on Heyward family plantations in SC, you may be interested in the book Twilight on the South Carolina Rice Fields: Letters of the Heyward Family, 1862-1871,available from Amazon.com.

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