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Marriage: Children:
  1. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney: Birth: 25 FEB 1745/46 in Charleston, South Carolina. Death: 16 AUG 1825 in Charleston, South Carolina

  2. Harriott Pinckney: Birth: 17 AUG 1748. Death: 19 DEC 1830

  3. Thomas Pinckney: Birth: 23 OCT 1750 in Charleston, South Carolina. Death: 2 NOV 1828 in Charleston, South Carolina


Notes
a. Note:   NI42039
Note:   When she was 16 years old her father left for Antigua to rejoin his regiment in fighting war with Spain and left her in charge of all his three properties in S. C., plus her ailing mother and toddler sister. Her brothers were in school in England. She had to oversee the slaves, the planting and harvesting and also taught her sister while she pursued her own education in French and England and even took to lawyering to help poor neighbors in writing wills. One project that she counted on most to 'hit' was the growing of indigo as a cash crop. It took years of trying but she succeeded. Her indigo crop was her dowry to Charles Pinckney which prospered. After her marriage another endeavor she created was silkworms to make silk. The British occuption of South Carolina left the state destitute. Her estates were plundered, her house in Charleston appropriated by the British and hit by a cannonball. The British had gutted Eliza's house, burned her son Thomas's house and taken the slaves and sold them in the West Indies. All the trees she had planted on her plantation were cut down to build a garrison and she had not a penny. Eliza Pinckney had to explain to her doctor why she could not pay his bill of sixty pounds sterling. Her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney had offered to divide his property with her and Thomas but Thomas said he couldn't accept nor Eliza. She didn't want to take a penny from his young and helpless family. George Washington was a pall bearer at her funeral.


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