Title: St George's Church Cemetery, A Self-Guided Tour
Author: Colonial Dorchester State (SC) Historic Site
Publication: Summerville, South Carolina, USA
Title: James Postell
Author: Armstrong, Norma
Publication: E-mail, 26 Oct 2004
Note: DOB, DOD, BURIAL:
From Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, "St. George's Church Cemetery; A Self-Guided Tour":
Grave # 3
"James Postell (During the Revolution, British soldiers supposedly scarred the tombstones of this wealthy planter by using it as a butcher block.). In Memory of James Postell Esquire. A Sincere Christian and affectionate Husband an indulgent Parent and a faithful Friend. He died 8th: April 1773 Aged 51 Years Much lamented by all his Friends & Relations but his better part yet lives."
E-mail from Norma Armstrong, 26 Oct 2004:
Known as James Postell of Dorchester, 2nd son of John of Berkeley. He married 5 times.....SCHistorical Magazine, page 312.
At Old Fort Dorchestor Park Cemetery is the grave of James Postell, who died April 8 1773, at age 51. He owned 10,000 acres of land when he died.
SCHM, Page 313: James Postell of Dorchester, had three sons enrolled in the American forces.
Biographical Directory of the S. C. House of Representatives, Vol 2: James Postell, son of John Postell (d 1745?), was born in S. C. He was a planter in the parishes of St. George Dorchester and St. Bartholomew. His holdings included plantations at the Horsehoe (1,140 acres), near Round O (1,600 acres) and near Ashepoo (1,000 acres); undeveloped tracts on the Wateree River (2,500 acres) in S. C. and the Buffalo Swamp in Georgia (1,800 acres); and lots in Dorchester and Jacksonborough. His principal residence was his plantation near Ashepoo in St. Bartholomew Parish, but in later years he styled himself as a "St. George Parish planter".
Postell's public career was brief. He served St. Bartholomew Parish as a vestryman (1752-53) and represented it in the Twenty-first Royal Assembly (1754-57). His other offices included commissioner, to approve the design of a new rice cleaning machine (1756); ensign (1757-58) and major (1773) in the militia; and justice of the peace for Colleton County (1765,1767).
James Postell died 8 April 1773. "His age was about 50, yet he had buried Four Wives, and has left a Fifth a widow." In 1744, he married Ann Waring, daughter of Benjamin Waring and Anne Smith. They had five children: James, John, Benjamin, Mary, and Elizabeth (m William Day). On 23 June 1763 he wed Elizabeth Hayes, widow of John Hayes. Postell's third wife was Catherine Douxsaint of Charleston whom he married 30 December 1764. Two years later in December 1766, he married Elizabeth Girardeau. His widow was Elizabeth Bohun by whom he had one son Peter Bohun. Another son, Girardeau, probably was the son of his fourth wife.
Sources: Council Journals, 26 (1757-58), 83. Grand Jury Lists, 1751. Marriage Notices, pp 24, 27. Moore, Wills, 2:273. Postell, "Postell," pp. 48-49. Royal Grants, 9: 204,206. 11:132. 26: 488, 604. St. Philip's Register, 2:177. SC Gaz., 25 Aug. 1764, 31 Oct 1765, 2 Nov 1767, 8 April 1773. SCHM, 9:81, 10:148, 149, 150, 169; 11:27, 31, 167; 19:132, 166; 24:84; 40:1, 112. SC Statutes, 4:37. Wills, 15 (1771-1774), 349-52, 541-44.
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