Thomas wasn’t a hermit….

I was looking at the online index of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History earlier this week. I found Thomas Donaldson, Thomas Donaldson Jr and William Donaldson listed on a petition on 22 November 1811 opposing the building of a ferry from James Kinman’s plantation across the Saluda to Abbeville. I found several other familiar names listed on the petition: the same names that are listed in Thomas Sr. estate record.

The reason for the opposition was that there was a public bridge (Maxwell’s Bridge ) 3 miles downstream. The neighbors deemed a ferry unnecessary. The resolution must have passed the General Assembly because Kinman’s Ferry is on the Mills Atlas of 1825.

I wonder if the opposition/ in favor of bridges and ferries is similar to how some people feel about the building of housing developments and urban sprawl? What ever the feelings of the people were back in 1811, it makes them more human to me today.

Source:” Inhabitants of Abbeville District, Petition That a Ferry May Not Be Established Across the Saluda River on the Plantation of James Kinman ” (4 Pages). SCDAH

Back to Maryland…..

In doing research this week, I came across a Joseph Donaldson in Maryland- actual location unknown. I found a Chancery  Record on Ancestry.com posted by kpkingston1 from 1769/05/31.” Samuel Peale, Isaac Elton Jr, James Hill, William Stevenson and William James vs Joseph Donaldson, Robert Alexander, John Moore, Cassandra Moore, John Posey and Elizabeth Posey. AA, BA, CV, KE. Estate of Robert Adair- lots in BC, Cole Addition, Marys Delight, Arabia Petra in BA. Also Majors Choice in AA and CV, Comegys Farm in KE.”

I am pretty sure this is a squabble over money or land, as were most squabbles in the 1700’s regarding estate record’s.  Cassandra Moore and Elizabeth Posey were siblings to the deceased according to what information I can find on them. I don’t know the relation of Joseph Donaldson and Robert Alexander to  the deceased. What I find interesting is that relatives of the Posey and Adair families ended up in Laurens and Abbeville County in South Carolina between 1770-1790.

I have a Charles Posey and a Robert V Posey listed on Thomas Donaldson’s estate record in 1811. There are also Adairs in the Duncan’s Creek area of Laurens County with Thomas Donaldson in the 1770’s. This leads me to believe that Joseph Donaldson was a relative to my Thomas Donaldson. I need to do more research on this new Maryland connection that I have discovered.