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Cuthbert family papers

Identifier: Mss 0083

Collection Overview

This collection consists of legal papers (1764-1850) related to property owned by members of the Cuthbert family in Prince William Parish, Beaufort District, South Carolina.

Papers include leases, releases, bonds, renunciation of dower, extracts of a will, letters, deeds of conveyance, deeds, a mortgage, a memorandum, and plats of Myrtle Grove, Leith (or Live Oak Exchange Plantation), and Providence plantations (surveyed by William Brailsford, John Goddard, and others).

Individuals mentioned in the papers include Hugh Bryan, Ann Palmer, Charles Palmer (Ann Palmer's youngest son, a plantation owner), Mary Calder (Ann Palmer's daughter), Archibald Calder (Mary's husband and executor of Ann Palmer's estate), David Toomer (an executor of Ann Palmer's estate), C.J. Colcock (of Beaufort, S.C.), Henry William DeSaussure, Susanna Forrester (of John's Island, S.C.), Charles Heyward, Thomas Savage Heyward, Nathaniel Heyward, William Stoutenberg (a plantation owner), and William Skirving (of Charleston, S.C., executor of Stoutenberg's estate).


  • Creation: 1764-1850
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1764-1839


Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

The Cuthberts were plantation owners in Prince William Parish, South Carolina. John Alexander Cuthbert (son of James Cuthbert, 1716-1776) had among his children James Cuthbert (1794-1838, who married Ann Miles), Thomas Heyward Cuthbert (1798-1840, who married Eliza N. Barnwell), and Ann Elizabeth (who married Thomas Heyward, 1789-1829; and was the mother of Thomas Savage Heyward, 1815-1889).


1.67 linear feet (1 oversize flat box)


This collection consists of assorted legal instruments and correspondence that document the ownership of parcels of land on the Pocotaligo River, Prince Williams Parish, Beaufort District from 1764 to 1850. Known variously as Myrtle Grove, Live Oak, Providence and/or Leith plantations, they were cultivated (circa 1799) in cotton and rice, and were owned by various members of the Cuthbert, Rutledge, Palmer, Stoutenberg, Corbett, Heyward, and other families.

Collection Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Collection possibly gathered in 1851 by William Henry Trescot (husband of Eliza Natalie Cuthbert) for his history of the Cuthbert family. Information may have come from Beaufort District and County Judgment Rolls.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff, date unknown.

Inventory of the Cuthbert Family Papers, 1764-1850
Processed by: Special Collections staff; machine-readable finding aid created by: Gillian Cote
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Repository Details

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