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Re: Revolutionary War
Posted by: Mike Wren Date: October 01, 2001 at 20:28:51
In Reply to: Re: Revolutionary War by jerry l. clark of 194


There was a John Bigbea (Bigby) who fought with the SC Militia in the Rev. War. I don't think that land grant was for him though. He was a son of George Bigby of Prince William County VA. He later lived in Southampton VA, Richland SC & Abbeville SC.

There were two Begbie familes in the South who were Tories. James & William Begbie were brothers and natives of Scotland and lived in Charleston SC where they were shipwrights along with Daniel Manson. James immigrated in 1765. He had two sons but I'm not sure they were ever in SC. James left Charleston and went to St Augustine, Jamaica and later to England. His brother William was a bachelor and came to SC in 1763. William was banished from SC as a Loyalist. He had a land grant in upper SC.

Dr. Francis Begbie was a physician who lived at Augusta GA. His wife's name is not known but she was a sister of John Graham, Royal Lt. Governor of GA {Graham and his wife Frances had at least 10 children}. Dr. Begbie was a surgeon in the First Troop of Georgia Rangers and captured by the Continentals at Ft Cornwallis in 1781. Dr. Begbie has a daughter, Eleanor who married a wealthy London merchant, John Simpson. Dr. Begbie also had a son, Alexander. Dr. Begbie died in Nasau Bahamas on 03-Jan-1792 at the age of 65. I haven't found any other children for him.

Alexander Begbie was a notorious Tory. In the Continental Congress Papers are several items where he was paid as an Agent/Cashier & Accountant in the British Indian Affairs Commission in 1779. In the 19-Feb-1780 VA Gazette Alexander is said to have been imprisioned in Havana. He was in St Augustine for the 1783 Census. He came to Nasau where his father was in 1784 and went into partnership with Walter Turnbull. On 5-Sept-1797 Alexander manumits his mulatto woman, Harriet, and her children John, James, Eleanor & Harriett. Alexander died 20-April-1814. He had two different wills. He names his friend and housekeeper Harriet Begbie, son John Begbie, sister Eleanor Simpson, nephew Charles Robery Simpson, cousin Susannah Graham, cousin Richard Graham, uncle John Graham, and his children: John, Eleanora, Harriet, __an, Annie, Charles & Francis by the first named Harriet. James was not mentioned. I have wondered if this is the James Bigby who lived among the Cherokee.

Interesting to note that in GA Colonial Coveyance Book CC pg 531 & 534 are deeds from Bryan Ward, Indian Trader, and Ann his wife to Thomas Waters. One of the witnesses was Francis Begbee.

There was also an Elizabeth Begbie, spinster who was in Savannah & Charleston SC. Haven't found a connection between her and either Francis or James & William. Haven't found any connection between Francis and James & William.


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