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Re: Patience Lawton, Beaufort SC
In Response To: Patience Lawton ()
If you found her free in 1860 - but can't find the family in 1850 - she may have been manumitted after 1850.
Check records of the various Lawton farms and plantations in the county. There are quite a few in SC archives.
The courthouse should have manumission records - also check wills.