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[SC] DOBBINS and GIBSON, Charleston area

I posted the following on the Surname page, too, but thought that I would also try here. I have been pursuing these surnames off and on for a cousin: HEYWARD/GIBSON/DOBBINS, of SC.

The short story: In 1851 Daniel Thomas HEYWARD/HAYWARD purchased Martha GIBSON and her two female children, Harriet and Leonora, from Elizabeth GIBSON (widow of James), the deed written in Charleston, South Carolina. The young family subsequently moved to Boston, MA and Martha is believed to have died there, although her husband, Daniel is buried in Charleston. Further research shows that Martha's surname had at one time been DOBBINS, presumably, before she became GIBSON property.

Research reveals that the HEYWARDs owned vast estates throughout SC, but particularly around the Low Country, around Prince William/Beaufort. GIBSON families are 'laced' throughout several SC counties, but the DOBBINS name also appears in relatively small numbers and it seems possible that Martha could at one time have originated with one of these DOBBINS HOH families: James, Jesse, John, or Martha, all of which are enumerated in the 1840 census for Charleston, SC. (John DOBBINS is found in the 1850 census, but not the others).

My objective is to try and identify the DOBBINS family from where Martha (DOBBINS/GIBSON) HEYWARD could possibly have originated.
I would love to hook-up with anyone who is also researching these lines.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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