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Re: LAWTON Slave holder
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Hope this information helps.

We received an interesting letter from one of our
subscribers concerning the naming of Robertvffle. The
letter contains also much other name information:
"An early volume of NAMES IN SO. CAR, (I
believe Vol. VI) states that the town of Robertville
(now in Jasper County) was named for Gen. Henry
Martyn Robert, Chief of Engineers, U. S. Army, and
author of "Robert's Rules of Order." Without wishing
to detract from Gen. Robert's honor, a contributor
who wishes to remain anonymous submits that this
distinguished gentleman was indeed born in Robert-
vile 2 May, 1837 (less than two decades before Col.
Kilpatrick destroyed the town, burning every resi-
dence, every business, both Churches-Robertville
Baptist and St. Peter's Episcopal-and the Robertville
Academy in January 1865), the fourth child of Joseph
Thomas Robert, M.D. (Yale), who later became a
Baptist minister and moved his family to Ohio, whence
young Henry Martyn Robert entered the U. S. Mili-
tary Academy at West Point, graduating in 1857. Gen,
Robert's grandfather was the Rev. James Jehu Robert,
pastor of Robertvulle Baptist Church 1802-1852. But
it was in fact the General's great-grandfather, John
Robert, who was the founder of Robertville,
"John Robert was born at Jamestown, French San-
tee 15 July 1742, a great-grandson of the Rev. Pierre
Robert, M.D., pastor of the French Huguenot congre-
gation there from his arrival in South Carolina in
1686 until his death there in 1715. John Robert re-
ceived a grant on the Saltkehatchie River in Colleton
County 7 Oct. 1766 and settled there; on 20 Jan. 1769
he was "of Salt Catchers" when he was granted
administration of the estate of William Gould, late of
St. Peter's Parish. John Robert had moved further
west and was, according to Ccl. Isaac Hayne's records,
"of Indian Lands" when he married on 19 April 1770
Elizabeth Dixson, a granddaughter of the Second
Landgrave Thomas Smith, Her father, Capt. Thomas
Dixson, planter, of Long Island Plantation, James
Island, was also an ordained Baptist minister which
probably accounts for their founding the Robertville
Baptist Church.
"John Robert served in the Revolutionary War,
being in Capt. Blake's company 28 June 1778 (see
S. C. Historical Magazine, Vol. V, p. 19); he received
pay for 103 days duty 16 Sept. 1779-15 Oct. 1779
and 11 Feb. 1780-12 May 1780 in Capt. Joseph Dar-
rell's company, for 414 days a Prisoner of War 12
May 1780-1 July 1781, and for 118 days duty 20
Sept. 1781-12 Feb. 1782.
"The site of Cotton Hill, the plantation whereon
John Robert seems chiefly to have resided, was south-
east of present Robertville at what has been known in
recent decades as Pineland Club. Both John and
Elizabeth Robert are buried in the Robert Cemetery,
northeast of the town of Robertville, near the tomb
of their eldest son, John Hancock Robert (1775-1835)
whose residence was 3,528-acre Pleasant Hill Planta-
tion northwest of Robertville.
"Robertville grew and flourished in the era just
prior to the Revolutionary War on the ridge east of
Black Swamp at the junction of the road from the
crossing of the Savannah River at Sisters' Ferry with
the Savannah-Augusta Stagecoach Road, with still
another road leading eastward past Joseph Lawton's
Mulberry Grove Plantation to Gihisonville, site of
the Court House of old Beaufort District. It reached
its zenith in the period prior to the War Between the
States, never completely recovering from its destnic-
tion in 1865."

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