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Kearce or Kearse family
Posted by: Ann Robbins (ID *****8473) Date: November 04, 2004 at 18:36:58
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I am looking for the name of Unknown Kearse/Kearce who married Eliza Roiser daughter of Unknown Roiser and Nancy Ann Dowling. Nancy Ann was born June 18, 1811 and died May 9, 1852. She is buried in Denmark's Guess Cemetery, South Carolina. She had two other children that I know of: Sing Rosier and Sarah Helen Rosier. Sarah Helen was born in 1833 and died 1855. She married unknown Snider. Nancy Ann Dowling was the daughter of Elijah Dowling born 1778 and died Aug 16, 1816 and Elizabeth Rice. Elijah and Elizabeth also had 7 more children: William Benjamin Dowling, Elizabeth Dowling, Aaron Madison Dowling and Charleigh Dowling, Elijah was married by the time he was 18 years old. His bride Elizabeth and Elijah had grown up in the Salkehatchee area.
       Elijah received the first grant of land ever made to a Dowling by the state of South Carolina. The tract lay on "Lemon Swamp of the Little Salkehatchee" and was bounded on the northwest by land which 29 year old Elijah already owned. He was the largest property owner and most influential in political affairs of all his Dowling Cousins. He accomplished this in a short time because he died at the age of 38 years.
       The 1810 census taker recorded that the "Dooling" family headed by Elijah contained him, his wife, three sons, three daughters, and six slaves.
       Daughter Nancy Ann was only 5 years old when Elijah became deathly sick. She could not understand her mother's concern about her "Daddy." But 38 year old Elijah was old enough to understand what was happening....He made out his last will and testament. In it he left proof for all posterity of his father's revolutionary service in bequeathing that: "Lastly, to Decania, my oldest son, I give the tinderbox, rifle, and powderhorn, which my father William Dowling used in the war with General Marion in the War of American Independence." Elijah's brother Jabez helped draw up the document. Elizabeth's father-in-law John Guess, Jr., was also in the room. Elijah asked them to witness it.
       This treasured document was filed in the Barnwell courthouse on September 6, 1816. Elijah's end came August 16th. It is through this will's wording that the researcher first learns of Elijah's 8th child....The young father had known there would be one; so he provided a share of his estate for the unborn one "by number." When the baby arrived, Mrs. Dowling named him Charleigh. I am still trying to get all this information documented.


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