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posted Sep 21, 2018, 2:03 PM by Jack Lynes

Scanning in the Charleston Museum Archives

posted Dec 23, 2016, 3:23 PM by Jack Lynes   [ updated Apr 7, 2018, 12:13 PM by Jack Lynes ]

I (Jack Lynes) spent several hours this past Wednesday in the Charleston Museum Archives scanning some materials in the vault.  These are the things I scanned (using "Office Lens" on my iPhone 6s, not a scanner):

  • Almanac of 1862 (in which George Lynes recorded some accounts, activities, and happenings, like killing a buck. It is also one of the crown jewels of the collection in that on one page, he records the birth of some slaves (he always kept careful records of this) and the emancipation of 59 slaves from Fox Bank Plantation. 

  • Plantation Day book that covers the years 1840-1842. These are the years he was on Williamson's Swamp Plantation on the Savannah Back River. We believe this site is where the interstate hwy I-95 now crosses the Savannah River (on the SC side).

  • Comingtee Plantation "Blanket Book" 1841 and later. Records the names of the slaves and the blankets they were issued.  December 1841 to 1859. With some inserted pages. Comingtee and Midway Plantations. Blankest 1st quality, 2nd quality, and infants. Also one great coat was given to Benjamin Feb 6th 1848.

Images will be posted soon. 

A Turner Family connection

posted Dec 7, 2015, 5:45 PM by Jack Lynes   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 5:47 PM ]

Here is a mystery we've been working on:

We found a death certificate for a young woman, named only "Mrs. Samel Lynes" some years ago.  No other info. No father, no mother, no name.  Born September 5, 1897. Certificate says she was born at "Foxbank" but that's unclear.

 First vague death certificate for "Mrs. Samel Lynes"

I surmised she must be, because of the places and date, a spouse of Samuel Lynes, brother of my grandfather Laurie, and the youngest son of Samuel and Kate.  I called Lillian, the eldest daughter of Sam and Viola, on the telephone, who at the time was still alive and lived in Jacksonville. I had recently spent a day with her and scanned her photos. I asked delicately because it was possible that she did not know and would have been surprised. I asked, "is it possible, or do you know, was your father married before he married Viola?"  She answered immediately, "oh yes, he was married before, but she died very young. I don't know her name, but she was a friend of my mother's."   She said there were no children but other than that she didn't know anything. 

Then, last night, John Lynes and his wife were looking at Death Certificates on FamilySearch and found this death certificate, for Marguerite Lynes:

Second, complete, death certificate for Margaret Lynes

Spelled "Margaret" but I think it's "Marguerite" because of the specific spelling on the 1900 US Fed Census, and a niece was named "Lillian Marguerite Lynes," a daughter of Florence Estill Lynes Jackson, who was a sister of Solomon George and Samuel Jr.  She was born in 1922.  This death certificate is much more complete than the first, and the dates match up to the first one: same or similar death date, same death date, but better info, with name, parent's name, and same cause of death (tuberculosis).  Very sad, 22 year old girl, newly married, taken so young. 
Anyway, we think it's the same person.  Handwriting is hard to read, but it appears the father is L.W. Turner, mother is Elizabeth "Prayer?" "Poyas?" Boyd?"  "Boyce?"  As mentioned L.W. Turner shows in the 1900, 1920, 1930 censuses with Elizabeth as spouse, and at least one child named "Marguerite."  Informant is a "Lynes" but really can't make out the first name. But here comes more deductive interpretation:

Another death certificate, this time for "Elizabeth Lynes."  It's typed, so it's easy to read.  Born July 4, 1872. Could be the mother of Marguerite.  Read on. Name of Husband "George Lynes."  Huh? Wait a minute, hold that thought.  Read on.  Father's name: "John Boyce."   So she was born "Boyce."  That fits the "mother's maiden name" on Marguerite's death certificate. Informant is "Mrs. Louis W. Turner."  Ok, there is a strong Turner connection, and what L. means in L. W. Turner.  We check the tree and see that Solomon George Lynes (older brother of Samuel Lynes who was married to Marguerite and then Viola) was married to "Elizabeth Turner."  This death certificate shows George Lynes as spouse. 

    (We have no pictures for either Solomon George Lynes, nor Elizabeth Turner Lynes at this time.)
      Death certificate for Elizabeth Turner Lynes

So we have discovered that Samuel Lynes, Jr.,  seen below, was married first to Marguerite, who died at 22 year's age, then married Viola, and they had a long life together and produced 4 daughters. 
It is interesting to note that Viola is the sister of Victoria Caddell, the wife of Sam's brother Laurie. 

                        Samuel Lynes, Jr.                                                      Samuel Lynes, Jr. but not sure of the women's names.  Perhaps sisters of Viola?           Sam and Viola at the same time as previous picture, believed to be the wedding picture.

                    Viola and Sam

So, it is reasonably clear that "Uncle George" as he was know to my father's siblings, was married to Mrs. Turner, the mother of his brother's first wife, after her husband apparently died.  No clear evidence there yet, but appears to be the case.  He came to live at Laurie and Vic's for the last year of his life, and he is buried at Groomsville Baptist.  

Also, the death certificates of these two "Turner" women show that they are buried at "Groomsville" but we do not have their gravestones. Marguerite, on the first certificate, appears to be buried at "Smyrna" and there is a Methodist church at Groomsville named Smyrna but there is no grave for her in their listing. We don't have graves for either of them in the Groomsville Baptist yard.  Unmarked? Where did they go? 

If anyone knows of the descendants of this Turner family, please let me know.  Father is Louis W. Turner, a steam engineer for the railroad, wife is Elizabeth, probably married when she died to Solomon George Lynes. Children of L.W. and Elizabeth are Louis Watson Turner, Jr., Jessie Elizabeth Turner, Margueret Turner Lynes, Daisy Boyce? as found on another tree. 

Jack Lynes

2015 Family Reunion

posted Mar 22, 2015, 9:49 PM by Jack Lynes   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 9:49 PM ]

We are grateful for the Oak Grove Pentecostal Church allowing us to use their facility again this year for our reunion.  They are very well arranged for events of this type.  And the location is even convenient for many family members!

It will be at the Oak Grove Pentecostal Church, in their Family Life Worship Center, located at 2346 N. Hwy 17A, Bonneau SC. 

See above tab for more details.

2014 Family Reunion

posted Jun 7, 2014, 10:23 PM by Jack Lynes

Getting ready, only a week to go now.  Hope to see you all there!

2014 Reunion

posted Jun 2, 2014, 5:29 PM by Jack Lynes

We are looking forward to the reunion!  2 weeks to go.  June 14 and 15.

Family Reunion Saturday

posted Jun 6, 2013, 8:58 PM by Jack Lynes

It is coming together, and we will all meet at Foxbank one last time as a family.   Yes there are nicer, more accommodating, spacious places with parking available, but this is the last time we can meet, as a family, at the "old home place." 

Begins at noon, and includes a marriage at 2 on the steps.  Photos will be posted here and on our facebook page. 
See you there!

4/8/2013 Foxbank articles acquired today

posted Apr 8, 2013, 5:28 PM by Jack Lynes

Some amazing finds and acquisitions today:
- Deed box from Foxbank, either purchased and used by George (b. 1807) or his father Samuel (1776) or used by both.  Dated to about 1840.

Deed box from Foxbank deed box from Foxbank
Deed box from Foxbank interior label inside deed box, from Foxbank

- two oil lamps from Foxbank Plantation
Oil lamps from Foxbank Plantation

- three silver spoons from Foxbank, one engraved GEL (George Edward Lynes), fiddleback dated by Grahame Long of the Charleston Museum to the era of 1832 - 1850. 
3 silver spoons engraved "GEL" and "GL" 

The other two are Gorham, 1880, engraved "GL" which puts them in the house of George Lynes, Jr.

- one box that once packaged figs, found under the Foxbank Plantation main house in the 1930's, dated to 1889 or later. 
Foxbank fig box

Will of George Grumes, Charleston County, SC

posted Jan 18, 2013, 9:34 AM by Jack Lynes   [ updated May 6, 2016, 12:15 PM ]

Will of George Grumes, Charleston County, SC

Box 48, No 3 Know all men by these Presents that I George Grumes of the parish of St James Goose Creek and the State of South Carolina planter do make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, and first of all I direct that my body be decently interred in the burying ground Known as the Platt burying ground located about one mile to the East of the State road &about 25 miles from Charleston & that my Executors have a suitable monument erected to mark the spot where my dust "rests in hope" And as to such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of the same as follows viz First I direct that my legal debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my estate real or personal. Second I do hereby vest in my Executors full power and authority to dispose my plantation or tract of land known as "Travellers Home" or Saw Mill Containing more or less with the Steam Saw Mill now on the place to an approved purchaser for one fourth cash & the balance in four annual installments with interest from day of sale security bond and mortgage with personal security. Third I direct that the plantation implements tools waggons carts mules & houses be sold as soon circumstances will admit or wisdom may point out. Fourthly I direct that my stock of cattle hogs & sheep be gathered at a proper time &be sold to the best advantage. Fifth I give my wife Elizabeth the choice of one of my horses with my Barouchs and harnesses, twenty cows & calves, my household and Kitchen furniture and the entire stock of poultry to be and remain her absolute property. Also the entire portion and property which she heired from her father at his decease. Also I wish her to have the use and income arising from the place or tract of land now known as Grumesville containing 67 acres more or less to be hers during her pleasure or life & the monies arising from the rents of the houses in the village to be paid over to her annually for her support & at the death of my Wife the said place and perquisites with the rents to be propriated for the benefit support and comfort of the Officiating Minister who may have charge of the Goose Creek Baptist Church called Bethlehem for the support of the Gospel at that place. Sixthly after all my debts is paid off I direct that my negroes be sold & my beloved Wife be given one half of the amount of all my property as her portion in addition to the above &the other half of the amount of my property to be equally divided to my first Cousins. Seventhly I request that Mr. Samuel Lynes my brother in law be priviledged to occupy the house and lot which he now resides in as a Summer residence in Grumesville as long as himself or family be pleased to do by paying a rent of ten dollars per annum to be appropriated as already specified. Also after the decease of my beloved Wife Elizabeth I direct that my own house and residence in Grumesville with the lot connected be given to George Lynes the son of George Lynes to him and his legal heirs on the same condition of paying annually the sum of ten dollars to be appropriated as already directed. Eightly I do now appoint as my Executors the Revd Samuel Lynes & John McCullers to carry out my purposes and wishes herein expressed this twenth fourth day of September One thousand eight hundred and forty eight & in witness whereof I sign my name. George Grumes (Seal) Witnesses E. Nicholes, Theo. C. Tharin, D. G. Hough NB In addition to the above I give to my Wife the entire crop on the plantation. George Grumes (Seal) Proved before M T Mendenhall Esqr O C D 24 October 1848 and on the same day Revd Saml: Lynes, & Jno McCullers qualified as Exors: Thereof Recorded in Will Book K ;1845-1851 Recorded on Page 220

What this means is that "Elizabeth" the sister of Samuel (Rev?) and George was married first to George Grumes, then Thomas Creighton. And it identifies another cemetery, the "Platt" cemetery. We would like to find this burying ground.  And who was her father? It mentions the "entire portion and property which she heired from her father at his decease" ? It is evident that it must be Samuel Sr. (1776), who died in 1845 and is buried at the Chapel of Ease. This proves that the Elizabeth described here is beyond doubt, the sister of Rev Samuel and George. We have no sisters listed to Samuel Sr (1776). At this time, the church was still at the Chapel of Ease site (1848).

All the inventory of George Grumes and details of the sale are found in the estate inventories, under 1848. See the "Files" section above.

5/6/2016 New information on the Platt Burying ground 
On March 31, 2016 Betsy Platt Waters communicated with us the following: 
"Hi, Jack. My ancestor, John Platt of St. James-Goose Creek, may have been one of the first persons buried in this cemetery. Attached is the document provided to me by Barry Huff, who is related to the Burbage and Huff families of Goose Creek. This shows that the Platt burying ground was sold by John Platt, Jr., to Thomas Burbage, who may have been his brother-in-law, in 1806.  I'm also attaching a copy of John Platt's will, circa 1793, which was witnessed by Peter Reidheimer. [we have Peter's grave in the Chapel of Ease graveyard]
The description given in the will of George Grumes is the best I've seen so far.  I was in touch with Mayor Heitzler of Goose Creek several years ago.  He has done a good deal of research on the area and has written a couple of books.  At that time, he was unable to provide any additional he had no information on this cemetery, but I'm hopeful that additional clues may be found at some point.
John Platt's son, Tilman Platt, apparently accumulated a lot of land in the area.  One of the tracts, I believe, was on the "road to Wassamassaw."

The two documents are below.

Platt, John, deed 1806

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS that I, John Platt of St. George’s Parish Colleton District in the state aforesaid, Farmer, in consideration of one hundred & ninety dollars good and lawful money to me by Thomas Burbage of St. James Goose Creek, Charleston District, in the state aforesaid, Miller,  have granted, bargained, sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said Thomas Burbage all that plantation or tract of land containing ninety five acres more or less situate in the parish of St. James Goose Creek Charleston District, it being a tract of land containing ninety seven acres granted the first day of August in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty five to Peter Redhimer, bounding north west and south west on lands belonging to Keating Simons, south east on lands of Col. Motte, south east on lands belonging to Thomas Singleton, Esq., and north east on lands of Peter Redhimer at the time of the original grant (?) having such form & marks, buttings and boundings as a platt (sic) represents affixed to the original grant reference whereto it may more fully and clearly appear, there being reserved by the said John Platt as a family burying ground to be laid out in form & shape of a square where the body of John Platt, Senior, his wife, the mother of the said John Platt, is buried to be the center of the reserved two acres of land, and the said John Platt or any of the family and their heirs shall have free,  private resort to the said two acres of land at any time without any disturbance or molestation whatsoever, together with all and singular the rights, members and heriditaments and appurtenances to the said plantation or tract of ninety five acres more or less belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining:  To have and to hold all and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said Thomas Burbage, his heirs and assigns, forever.  And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors, and administrators, to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises, unto the said Thomas Burbage, his heirs and assigns, against myself and my heirs, and against every person whomever, lawfully claiming or to claim the same, or any part thereof.

Witness my hand and seal this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & six and in the thirtieth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of:

Eliza Clark

Mary Stewart


Roger    Murphey                                                                                             John Platt (LS)


Recorded and examined the 28th June,  1806, by Chs. Grover (?), Registrar

Platt, John, will 1793

(Retyped from document found in the collection of Charleston County wills in the Charleston County Library, South
Carolina Room, Charleston, SC, using spelling, punctuation and capitalization as shown in typed and bound document)
State of South Carolina
In the Name of God Amen John Platt of St. James Goose Creek and State aforesaid Planter, being
in a Lingring (sic) State of Health for some time past, but in perfect Mind, Memory and Understanding Blessed be God, I
do make, Publish and Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (That is to say I first
recommend my Soul to the Hands of the Almighty, that gave it, and my Body to be decently Buried at the discretion of
my friends, Executrix, and Executors; and as touching my Worldly Estate that it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I
Give, devise and bequeath in manner and form following: I Give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Platt the pick
of ten cows and calves that she may chose out of my stock and cattle, also all my Household furniture and to remain on
my Plantation where I now reside, until her death, also to have the use of a Negro Woman named Sharlot, during her
Life, then to go to my son David, the Cattle and furniture after the Death of my Wife to be equally divided between my
two son David and John Platt’s; it is also my Wish that my wife Mary should have the free use of my riding Horse during
her Life; after Wife has taken out her part of Cattle, the remainder of my Stock of Cattle, hogs and one rifle to be sold for
Cash and that Money along with a Note of three pounds on Joseph Herington, Account against Arthur White for fifteen
pounds all which equally devided (sic) between my eight Children, as follows, vise Anngeleco, Tillman, Harman, Mary,
Ellender, Elizabeth, Susannah and Rebecah Platt; Item, I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth a Mare named
Janey, Item, I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Ellender a Mare Pol, Item, I give and bequeath after the death of wife, I
give to my son David a Negro woman named Sharlot to him and his heir forever, after the death of my wife I give and
bequeath to my son, Jn. Platt (John) and the plantation I reside on to him him (sic) and his heirs forever, I do hereby
Nominate and Appoint my loving wife Mary to be my executrix and my daughter Elizabeth and my son John my
executors of my last Will and Testament revoking all other by me heretofore made; Given under my hand and seal this
twenty seventh day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety three, and Seventeenth Year of American
Independence, It is also my will that my son John shall have a Mare Colt named Cate; also that my son David shall have
the Horse Colt called Nott.
Johnn Platt (sic)
John Readhimer Peter Readhimer Thomas Burbreg
Proved before Charles Lining Esquire O.C.T.D. October 11th, 1793
At the same time Qualified Mary Platt and Elizabeth Platt Executrixes
May 22, 1798 Qualified John Platt Executor.
Examined )
29 ) C. L.
5 Co. Sh. )
Recorded from Will Book No. 1793-1800 C Page #57

Week of Research July 2012

posted Jul 24, 2012, 8:26 AM by Jack Lynes

John Lynes and I (Jack Lynes) have spent the last week in Berkeley and Charleston Counties visiting people and scanning pictures.  John is still there working through the 27th of July. We have much to report, pictures to show, as well as announce a "Foxbank Families" family reunion, or homecoming, if you will.  Place is not determined yet, but will include a Saturday big meeting of everyone who can come and meet each other, and a Sunday of open houses at 1) Foxbank Plantation, 2) Groomesville Baptist Church, and 3) St. James Goose Creek Chapel of Ease / Bethlehem Baptist Church site.  Watch this site for upcoming discoveries and news of the reunion.  Oh, and we will tell you who is on the porch of the photo you see in the header above.

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