Person:Thomas Heyward (1)

  • F.  Daniel Heyward (add)
  • M.  Mary Miles (add)
  1. Thomas Heyward, Jr.1746 - 1802
m. 20 Apr 1773
  1. Daniel Heyward1774 - 1796
m. 8 May 1786
  1. Thomas Heyward1789 - 1829
  2. James Hamilton Heyward1792 - 1828
  3. Elizabeth Heyward1794 - 1852
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] 28 Jul 1746 Old House, Granville, South Carolina, United States
Marriage 20 Apr 1773 Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United Statesto Elizabeth Mathews
Marriage 8 May 1786 Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United Statesto Elizabeth Savage
Death[1][2] 6 Mar 1802 Old House, Granville, South Carolina, United States
Reference Number? Q1399545?
Burial[2] Old House, Jasper, South Carolina, United StatesHeyward Family Cemetery

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Thomas Heyward Jr. (July 28, 1746 – March 6, 1809) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation as a representative of South Carolina.

He was born in St. Luke's Parish (now known as Jasper County), South Carolina and educated at home, then traveled to England to study law where he was a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775 and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Heyward returned to South Carolina in 1778 to serve as a judge. In command of a militia force, he was taken prisoner by the British during the siege of Charleston. He continued to serve as a judge after the war, retiring from the bench in 1798.

He is buried at Old House Plantation near Ridgeland, Jasper County, South Carolina. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.

Located in Ridgeland, South Carolina, there is a school named after him called Thomas Heyward Academy. Their nickname is the rebels and colors are maroon and white.

Some sources claim that Heyward had a daughter by one of his slaves, who subsequently had a child with a young white man from a wealthy family. The family forced the couple to give up the child for adoption. That child ultimately became Congressman Thomas E. Miller, a light-skinned black man active in civil rights in the post-war South.

Heyward's granddaughter Elizabeth Mathews Heyward married South Carolina governor James Hamilton. Hamilton in turn was the nephew of another South Carolina signer of the Declaration, Thomas Lynch, Jr.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas Heyward, Jr., in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Find A Grave, Thomas Heyward, Jr..

    Detailed, but unsourced biography

  3. Park, Lawrence. "Old Boston Families Number Three: The Savage Family", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 67:321.

    Elizabeth [Savage], b. 1770... m. at Charleston 8 May 1786, Thomas Heyward b. at "Old House", Granville Co, SC 28 Jul 1746, d. there 17 Apr 1809, son of Daniel and Mary (Miles).