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1758 SC Militia Draft Law


I am in the process of researching my ancestor Anthony Sweet who is listed in the Free African Americans book. He lived in Marion SC and in 1759 was a private under Capt McCants in the Craven Co Militia. Although this is noted in FAA,and is easily researched, the family history makes no mention of his service. I thought this was odd until yesterday when I was looking at the SC state archives website and found this brief mention of an obscure law passed in May of 1758: " a law was passed directing magistrates to enlist all idle,lewd, disorderly men who have no visible means of support and all sturdy beggars" in the SC provincial regiments being teed up for the disastrous Cherokee Expedition to Ft Prince George which Governor Lyttelton led in Oct of 1759.

In all the research I have done on this time period and events, I have not encountered anything about this, although it must be accurate since it is on the SCDAH website. I am going to go to the library at the first chance I get and take a look at the Colonial Records for that time period, but I was wondering if anyone on this forum was familiar with this law. And, I was curious as to whether such a law would tend to be used against minorities and fpoc - essentially, should this be considered as more evidence that Anthony Sweet was indeed a free person of color and most likely related to the Sweats?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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