I am a direct descendent of David Deas of Leith, Scotland. Our family information, mostly collected from Kershaw County Cousins is a compilation of the Branford-Horry-Deas Family. My grandmother was Mary Deas Read who married Allen Gantt Folline, Sr. She was born in Camden, SC, the daughter of Lynch Horry Deas (Read) and John Harleston Read, IV. Lynch Horry Deas was the daughter of Allen Deas b. 1846. He was the son of Dr. Lynch Horry Deas who moved to Camden, SC from Charleston, SC with his wife after medical school. Dr. Deas was the son of Henry Deas and Margaret Horry of Charleston, SC. Henry Deas was the son of John and Elizabeth Allen Deas. John Deas was the son of David Deas. Margaret Horry was the daughter of Elizabeth Branford (Horry) and Elias Horry, III. My parents inherited a painting of Elizabeth Branford (Horry)done by Henry Benbridge sometime around the mid 1700s. This painting was on display at the Smithsonian Institute in the 1970s and more recently at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston, SC in 2000. Interestingly enough this painting was obviously inherited through family via Camden and Dr. Deas. I have noticed other paintings contributed to the Gibbes by other descendants of from the Deas family, particularly the one of Elizabeth Savage, mother of Elizabeth Branford (Horry) and wife of William Branford. That particular painting was contributed by Lynch Horry Deas Boykin. He is a direct descendant of Dr. Lynch Horry Deas and is also from the general vicinity of Camden, SC (Kershaw County/Boykin, SC).
Sorry for overwhelming anyone with this info., but any data or history anyone may have on any lineage, relationships, pictures or anything would be of interest.
PS The Lynch name used in many families descended from the Deas family is from Johnson Lynch, who is the brother of Thomas Lynch, I, grandfather of Thomas Lynch, III, who signed the Declaration of Independence. His father (Thomas Lynch, II) was supposed to sign, but had a stroke on his way to Philadelphia and later died making his way back to SC. Thomas Lynch, III was also a member of the 2nd Continental Congress and signed instead (only 26 yrs old). His father's first wife, Elizabeth Allston, died young, and Thomas Lynch, Jr. or the II had a mourning ring made in her remembrance. This ring pre-dating the Revolutionary War was acquired likley for medical compensation when Thomas Lynch had his stroke in Anapolis, MD and the same family that obtained the ring in MD held it for over 200 yrs. It recently was up for auction at the Historic Charleston Foundation Annual Antiques Show this past weekend 3/16/08 as reported by the Post & Courier Newspaper.
Margaret Lynch was Johnson Lynch's daughter and married Elias Horry, II, father of Elias Horry, III who married Elizabeth Branford. Elias and Elizabeth's daughter Margaret Horry married Henry Deas, a prominent figure in Charleston, SC (late 1700s and early 1800s). There is a plaque commemorating him in St. Michael's Episcopal Church at the Four Corners of Law, which is downtown Charleston at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street...I'm done...sorry again.
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