Families of Colonial Dorchester, South Carolina (1697 - 1788)

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The following individuals and families have been associated with the colonial settlement called Dorchester located on the upper Ashley River, above Charlestown, South Carolina. The town began in 1696/97 and by 1788 had been abandoned. The site of the town is now the Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, just outside Summerville, South Carolina, USA.

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  • ID: I003
  • Name: James POSTELL 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1722 in South Carolina, English Colony
  • Death: 8 APR 1773
  • Burial: AFT 8 APR 1773 St George's Church Cemetery, Dorchester State Park, Summerville, South Carolina, USA
  • Occupation: Planter 1
  • FATH: John POSTELL
  • MOTH: Undetermined
  • Event: Real Estate Owned Dorchester, St. Georges Parrish, South Carolina, English Colony
  • Event: Real Estate Owned Numerous holdings in SC and GA - see notes for details
  • Military Service: Colleton Co. Militia
  • Event: Offices Held BET 1765 AND 1767 Justice of the Peace, Colleton Co., South Carolina, English Colony
  • Event: Offices Held BET 1752 AND 1753 Vestryman, St. Bartholomew's Parish, South Carolina, English Colony
  • Reference Number: 3
  • Note:
    DOB, DOD, BURIAL:
    From Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, "St. George's Church Cemetery; A Self-Guided Tour":
    Grave # 3
    "James Postell (During the Revolution, British soldiers supposedly scarred the tombstones of this wealthy planter by using it as a butcher block.). In Memory of James Postell Esquire. A Sincere Christian and affectionate Husband an indulgent Parent and a faithful Friend. He died 8th: April 1773 Aged 51 Years Much lamented by all his Friends & Relations but his better part yet lives."

    E-mail from Norma Armstrong, 26 Oct 2004:
    Known as James Postell of Dorchester, 2nd son of John of Berkeley. He married 5 times.....SCHistorical Magazine, page 312.

    At Old Fort Dorchestor Park Cemetery is the grave of James Postell, who died April 8 1773, at age 51. He owned 10,000 acres of land when he died.

    SCHM, Page 313: James Postell of Dorchester, had three sons enrolled in the American forces.

    Biographical Directory of the S. C. House of Representatives, Vol 2: James Postell, son of John Postell (d 1745?), was born in S. C. He was a planter in the parishes of St. George Dorchester and St. Bartholomew. His holdings included plantations at the Horsehoe (1,140 acres), near Round O (1,600 acres) and near Ashepoo (1,000 acres); undeveloped tracts on the Wateree River (2,500 acres) in S. C. and the Buffalo Swamp in Georgia (1,800 acres); and lots in Dorchester and Jacksonborough. His principal residence was his plantation near Ashepoo in St. Bartholomew Parish, but in later years he styled himself as a "St. George Parish planter".

    Postell's public career was brief. He served St. Bartholomew Parish as a vestryman (1752-53) and represented it in the Twenty-first Royal Assembly (1754-57). His other offices included commissioner, to approve the design of a new rice cleaning machine (1756); ensign (1757-58) and major (1773) in the militia; and justice of the peace for Colleton County (1765,1767).

    James Postell died 8 April 1773. "His age was about 50, yet he had buried Four Wives, and has left a Fifth a widow." In 1744, he married Ann Waring, daughter of Benjamin Waring and Anne Smith. They had five children: James, John, Benjamin, Mary, and Elizabeth (m William Day). On 23 June 1763 he wed Elizabeth Hayes, widow of John Hayes. Postell's third wife was Catherine Douxsaint of Charleston whom he married 30 December 1764. Two years later in December 1766, he married Elizabeth Girardeau. His widow was Elizabeth Bohun by whom he had one son Peter Bohun. Another son, Girardeau, probably was the son of his fourth wife.

    Sources:
    Council Journals, 26 (1757-58), 83. Grand Jury Lists, 1751. Marriage Notices, pp 24, 27. Moore, Wills, 2:273. Postell, "Postell," pp. 48-49. Royal Grants, 9: 204,206. 11:132. 26: 488, 604. St. Philip's Register, 2:177. SC Gaz., 25 Aug. 1764, 31 Oct 1765, 2 Nov 1767, 8 April 1773. SCHM, 9:81, 10:148, 149, 150, 169; 11:27, 31, 167; 19:132, 166; 24:84; 40:1, 112. SC Statutes, 4:37. Wills, 15 (1771-1774), 349-52, 541-44.




    Father: John POSTELL

    Marriage 1 Ann WARING
    • Married: 1744
    Children
    1. Has No Children James POSTELL
    2. Has No Children John POSTELL
    3. Has No Children Benjamin POSTELL
    4. Has No Children Mary POSTELL
    5. Has No Children Elizabeth POSTELL

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth [--?--]
    • Married: 23 JUN 1763

    Marriage 3 Catherine DOUXSAINT
    • Married: 30 DEC 1764

    Marriage 4 Elizabeth GIRARDEAU
    • Married: DEC 1766
    Children
    1. Has No Children Girardeau POSTELL

    Marriage 5 Elizabeth BOHUN
    • Married: AFT DEC 1766
    Children
    1. Has No Children Peter Bohun POSTELL

    Sources:
    1. Title: St George's Church Cemetery, A Self-Guided Tour
      Author: Colonial Dorchester State (SC) Historic Site
      Publication: Summerville, South Carolina, USA
      Note: This is a hand-out prepared by the archaeology staff of Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. It contains a diagram of the cemetery as well as transcriptions of the markers.
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
      Media: Manuscript
    2. Title: James Postell
      Author: Armstrong, Norma
      Publication: E-mail, 26 Oct 2004
      Note: Printed copy including Armstrong's sources located in Postell Family general file.
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic

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