Name: Thomas Jefferson SWEAT
Birth: ABT 1768 in Hunt's Bluff, Cheraw District, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Death: BET 1816 AND 1866 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Note My biological maternal 4th great grandparents.
Reference Number: IND18674
A Little History of Chesterfield County, South Carolina:
Chesterfield County was formed by the County Court Act of 1785, when Cher aw District was divided in Chesterfield, Darlington, and Marlboro countie s. Textbooks will tell you that Chesterfield County was named after Lord C hesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope, a close friend of George III; howeve r, local tradition states that the Craig family, who originally inhabit ed the county seat, was influential in naming the county after the coun ty from which they came, Chesterfield County, Virginia. Population grew sl owly with Welch, French Huegenots, Scotch-Irish, Germans, and English movi ng in mostly from other of the colonized areas.
On November 19, 1860, Chesterfield County held the first secession meeti ng held in South Carolina. The ensuing war took its toll upon the state a nd the county. It is commonly known "that Sherman expected to exact venge nce from the original secessionists, who, he said, bore a major share of t he blame for the war" (Sherman's March by Burke Davis, page 141). Th is he did, and on March 02, 1865, entered Chesterfield County with a venge nce. In Chesterfield, the county seat, the courthouse, jail, academy, a nd other buildings, were burned to the ground. In Cheraw, the business po rtion, except for one house, was also burned down. Cotton, crops, food, a nd livestock were either stolen or destroyed. In a letter during reconstr uction, "Thomas Powe of Cheraw to Governor Orr, Powe brought that 'every h ouse in Chesterfield District, with the exception of two cabins, was visit ed by Sherman's soldiers and the bare mention of this fact speaks volume s' " (Chesterfield County: The Reconstruction Years by Frank White, Jr.).
Father: William "R. S." SWEAT b: 1732 in Peedee River, Cheraw District, South Carolina Colony (now USA)
Mother: Lucretia "Lucy" TURBEVIL b: ABT 1738 in Craven County, North Carolina NKA Marion County, South Carolina USA
Mary "Polly" DOWNING b: 23 SEP 1796 in possibly South Carolina
BET 1813 AND 1816
in Chesterfield County, South Carolina
- Jesse SWEAT b: 26 OCT 1816 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina