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Re: James Edward Boisseau 1759-[179-?]
Posted by: Karen Hansen Date: March 16, 2002 at 10:07:08
In Reply to: James Edward Boisseau 1759-[179-?] by Barry Cahill of 146

The following is from A Contribution to the History of the Huguenots of South Carolina Consisting of Pamphlets by Samuel DuBose, Esq. of St. Johnís Berkeley, South Carolina and Prof. Frederick A. Porcher of Charleston, South Carolina Republished for Private Circulation by T. Gaillard Thomas, M.D. Original Printing New York, The Knickerbocker Press, 1887; Reprinted from Original by The R.L. Bryan Company, Columbia, S.C. 1972, copyrighted 1972 by Dorothy Kelly MacDowell. It is no longer in print, but available by interlibrary loan.

ď20. Next is Lifeland, the residence of Peter SINKLER. This place was purchased by his mother from Mrs. JAMISON, who married Gen. SUMTER. Peter SINKLER had a brother, and a sister, Dolly, who married General RICHARDSON of Clarendon. Mr. SINKLERíS first wife was Elizabeth MOUZON, sister of Henry MOUZON, the surveyor and engineer. Their children were Jane, who married Joseph GLOVER, of Colleton; Peter, who married Mary, daughter of Richard WALTER; James, who never married; and Elizabeth, wife of Samuel DUBOSE of Murrellís. His second wife was Miss BOISSEAU, who died childless. His third wife was Catharine, daughter of Joseph PALMER of Webdo. She had a daughter Catharine, who married Francis PEYRE. His fourth wife was the widow of Rene PEYRE; her daughter by her first husband, Florida PEYRE, married John P. RICHARDSON.

Few patriots of the revolution suffered more than Peter SINKLER, and as woe even if long continued is soon told, we shall dwell briefly upon his sufferings. His age, position, and strongly marked character gave him considerable influence with his fellow citizens; and the British, who were aware of it, determined to get him in their power. After many ineffectual attempts to take him, they succeeded by bribing his brother-in-law James BOISSEAU, an ingrate who betrayed the man that gave him a home. Like most of the Whigs, Mr. SINKLER was accustomed occasionally to enjoy in the bosom of his family a respite from the fatigues and privations of MARIONíS camp. Aware of the danger to which he was exposed, but totally unsuspicious of the person who was to betray him, he had a hiding-place in the swamp that lay not fifty yards north of his house, where he could be secure from everything but treachery. When he was known to be at Lifeland, BOISSEAU covertly introduced a party to his lurking place, and at the same time a party of the British approached the house by the avenue. As soon as this party was seen, Mr. SINKLER retired to his place of concealment and there found himself a captive. He was not allowed to take leave of his wife and daughters, but was carried to Charleston, a prisoner, without even a change of clothes, and thrust in the southeast cellar of the provost, now the post-office, where were others as unfortunate as himself, without bedding or even straw to lie upon. Typhus fever soon put an end to his sufferings.
He was detained at Lifeland long enough to witness the brutality of his captors and the savage recklessness with which they wantonly destroyed his property. The beds were taken from the house, ripped open, and their contents scattered to the winds; his provision houses were opened and sacked, his poultry and stock shot down, and several crops of indigo destoyed [sic] or carried off. After his death a commission was appointed by the State to ascertain the amount and value of property so destroyed, and the following schedule was furnished by Capt. John PALMER: fifty-five negroes; twenty thousand pounds of indigo; sixteen blooded horses; twenty-eight blooded mares and fillies; one hundred and thirty head of stock cattle; one hundred and fifty-four head of sheep; two hundred hogs; three thousand bushels of grain; twenty thousand rails; household furniture, liquors, plantation tools, poultry, etc, to the value of L2,500 currency. The reward of BOISSEAUíS treachery was a commission in the British army and a civil station in Nova Scotia, which he enjoyed during his life.Ē


The Charleston, S.C. library has transcripts of wills for James BOISSEAU, written July 1750 and proved 8 Feb 17??/1; his wife Jane BOISSEAU, written 11 August 1763 and proved 22 February 1765; and his son James BOISSEAU, written 5 April 1755 and proved 11 March 1756. The son, James, refers to his mother-in-law, Jane BOISSEAU, in his will.

You may also want to check the BALL family. Judith BOISSEAU, daughter of James and Jane, married John Coming BALL. There is a recent book called Slaves in the Family by Edward BALL. I havenít read it, but have heard there is genealogical information included.

There is also an earlier BALL book called Recollections of the Ball Family of South Carolina and The Comingtee Plantation by Anne Simons DEAS, copyrighted 1909 by Alwyn BALL, Jr.; reprinted 1978 by the South Carolina Historical Society.

Other children of James and Jane BOISSEAU were:
Catherine BOISSEAU who married Isaac DUBOSE III.
Esther BOISSEAU who married Peter ROBERT
David BOISSEAU.

Iím descended from Catherine BOISSEAU and Isaac DUBOSE III.


Hope this helps.
Karen Hansen


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