I was able to find you ancestor Simon Deas b.1835 in The Freedman's Bank Records. I also found Simon and his wife Emma in Ancestry.com in the Charleston 1880 Census. I could not find either of them in the 1870 Census. I don't know why. However, Simon and Emma disappear from the 1850 and 1860 Censuses most likely because of slavery. I suspect that Simon is somehow connected to the slave trading Deas family. I was not able to find Peter. He might have died before 1870.
I have a stong suspecion that my ancestor Jane Deas b.1815 was the daugher of Seaman Deas b.1767 as one of her grandsons was named Seaman Deas Ransier. Also, within a year of Seaman Deas' death (1854), Jane Deas was able to buy a house (1855). Although Jane was not listed in Seaman's will, I believe that funds were passed to Jane through a 'back door'.
In any case, the search goes on.
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