One of the reasons I have not posted for a good while is that I became quite busy when I started serving as a co-administrator of two DNA projects last year. My particular focus with both projects is with autosomal DNA testing rather than the y-DNA and mt-DNA testing. Autosomal testing looks at all of your DNA, not just that inherited from a strictly male or female line. Our autosomal DNA is the mixture of DNA we each receive from both of our parents. It will contain significant segments of DNA from all 16 of our second great-grandparents and some DNA from random ancestors further back.
One of the DNA projects I work with is the Orangeburgh District DNA Project (no surprise?). As the co-administrator responsible for the Family Finder (autosomal) tests, I encourage participants to provide me with a copy of their direct lineage. If they are willing to do this I then create a chart of their Orangeburgh District Ancestors and post this to a password protected site that is shared with all of the project participants who contribute their data.
My extensive research background into so many of the Orangeburgh District families and their land records has had several interesting tie-ins with the DNA testing. For one thing, I sometimes recognize family surnames that had connections back to Orangeburgh District that their descendants might not be aware of. Another helpful factor is that I often know approximately where in Orangeburgh District many families lived prior to the Civil War. This means that when two people with Orangeburgh ancestors match but they don’t know why (i.e. who is their common ancestral couple), I can sometimes recognize families from each party to the match who may have lived near each other at some distant time in the past. This is one way some of our unknown ancestors, particularly females, might be identified. DNA testing is basically another source we can use to discover and document our ancestors.
I won’t be doing posts on this blog about the basics of DNA testing as there are many good places to find that information. I will occasionally be doing postings about some of the connections between DNA testing and my land research, though. If you have any Orangeburgh District ancestors and are not already a member of our project, I would strongly encourage you to join. You can find more details about the project at the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society’s website at the Orangeburgh District DNA Project Homepage.
The other DNA project that I am working with is for any descendants of Edward Bolen (ca. 1740- ca. 1805) and Ann Elizabeth Salley (1757-1832) of Orangeburgh District. We are hoping to find one or two missing female lines among their descendants. Quite unexpectedly, we are also getting some interesting glimpses into Edward Bolen’s Irish lineage.
Contact me through the link on this website if you would like to know more about either project. In the meanwhile I will try to get back to more frequent postings on my land research!
The map drawn below shows eleven colonial plats surveyed at the head of Four Hole Swamp over a period of thirty-two years. I have inserted the modern names of two roads to help viewers orient themselves to this location. What is now called the Belleville Road was actually shown as a “broad path” on several of these early surveys (plats 6, 7, 8, and 9). There is actually also a hint of what is now US Highway 176 shown as a path on plat 10.
From the time these lands were granted until the first federal census in 1790 much of this property changed hands through various methods such as sales, marriages and inheritance. Most of the records that would detail these events were lost in the destruction of the courthouse records of Orangeburgh District. A few records have survived, though, because they were filed in Charleston or are still held in private collections. Some of those records can give us an idea of who lived in this vicinity at the time of that first enumeration.
On May 3, 1764, Joshua Lockwood, watchmaker of Charleston, sold the two tracts (plats 2 and 3) that his father, Joshua Lockwood had acquired in 1736. In one of the deeds, Joshua the watchmaker refers to his father as a trader of Orangeburgh Township. Given the location of one of the elder Lockwood’s plats (number 2) on the broad path (that led from Orangeburgh Township to Amelia Township), this would make sense. Joshua sold this plat to Melchior Smith, who already owned plat number 7 at the time and would later acquire plat number 11. 
On the same day Joshua sold his father’s other tract (plat number 3) to Martin Zimmerman.  Martin died before July 14, 1770 when his eldest son John sold 100 acres of this tract to Nicholas Shuler. (This 100 acres is shown as plat 3A on the next map.) 
Melchior Smith had 300 acres surveyed in April 1767 (plat 11) but waited until June 5, 1770 to get his grant for it. Shortly thereafter, Melchior sold 200 acres of this tract to Barnard Smith. Barnard’s wife, Sovia Buckert, sold this same 200 acres on September 27, 1770 to Adam Buckert.  On October 9, 1770 Melchior sold the other 100 acres of this tract to Paul Shirer. 
In 1784 Jacob Moorer purchased the Bruck tract (plat number 6) from Jacob Bruck’s son, William.  On December 24, 1785 Daniel Kemmerlin had a survey done for 150 acres in this same area (but not shown on this map). 
By the time the census enumerator came through this area some of the property boundaries had changed from the initial surveys because of changes in ownership. There are also no known documentary clues that indicate where the various home sites were located. With what records are available though, we can at least approximate where two of the households may have been located in 1790.
Daniel Kemmerlin had several plats surveyed in this area before 1790 but I have not mapped all of them yet. If any of my readers are aware of any connections between the Sovia Buckert (who married Melchior Smith), the Adam Buckert to whom she sold the land and the John Burchard of this census, I would be delighted to hear from you.
 Clara A. Langley, South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772, 4 volumes (Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1983-1984), 3: 365.
 Martin Zimmerman memorial, 1768, Memorial Books (Copy Series), 1731-1778, volume 9, page 464, item 1; Auditor General’s Office Series S111001; South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia.
 John Zimmerman to Nicholas Shuler, Release, 14 July 1770; original, family copy, Jackson Family Papers; photographed by Margaret Waters, May 2011.
 Langley, South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772, 4: 170.
 Brent H. Holcomb, South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1773-1778 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1993), page 62.
 Jacob and Polly Moorer to Henry Moorer, Title to Land, 22 August 1808; original, family copy, Jackson Family Papers; photographed by Margaret Waters, May 2011. This deed explains how Jacob’s father, Jacob, acquired the land from the Bruck family.
 Daniel Kimmerlin plat, 24 December 1785, State Plat Books (Charleston Series), 1784-1860, volume 16, page 319, item 1; Surveyor General’s Office Series S213190; SCDAH, Columbia.
 Lynn S. Teague, “The Early Moorers: Part 1,” Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter 14 (Fall 2011), 91.
 Carolyn Luttrell, Honoring Adair K. Whetstone, M.D., Citizen, Physician, Humanitarian, Christian (privately published, 1953), page 77. Luttrell gives the source of this information as loose papers from a family Bible owned by an elderly Whetstone descendant.
In my work with the colonial plats in the Orangeburgh District area of South Carolina it has been rare to come across a plat drawing that shows a house location. Today’s cluster of plats at Cattle Creek and Sandy Run included one that indicates approximately where William Hart’s house was located below Orangeburgh Township.
These eleven tracts (numbers 5 and 10 were for the same land) were surveyed over a nineteen year period by three different surveyors. George Strother did the last six plats and included some details about paths (indicated by red arrows) and the location of “Mr. Hart’s House.”
The path shown on plats 7, 8, and 9 corresponds well with what is currently known as Banbury Drive. The path shown on plat 6, leading to “Mr. Hart’s House,” does not seem to exist in any modern form. The house was drawn just off the edge of the tract on plat 6 and is shown on the drawing above in an approximate location. (Note: Bowman Branch Highway did not exist until the 20th century but is labeled on the map above to help identify the area.)
Plat number 5 was surveyed for Henry Wood in April 1767 by John Mitchell. George Strother resurveyed the same tract eighteen months later for William Hart (plat number 10). Strother indicated in the text of the plat drawing that it was the same land surveyed for Wood.
Plat number 7 was first surveyed in July 1767 for Philip Lambright. He probably never took out the grant for the land as it was certified twenty years later for Peter Stalley in September 1787. Both of the Berry plats (numbers 8 and 9) reference Lambright as the adjoining owner.
While looking at some later maps of this area, I noticed an interesting name. The 1913 soil survey map of the eastern portion of Orangeburgh District shows a community called Lambrick in this vicinity. While recently re-reading David Gavin’s diary, I noticed that he frequently referred to tracts of land by their original owners, regardless of who may have currently owned them. Is Lambrick perhaps a corrupted reference to Lambright? Do any of my readers have any other information on the name Lambrick in this vicinity?
As an interesting aside, notice that this soil survey map did not show the configuration of Cattle Creek and Sandy Run as accurately as the topographic map does. On the topographic map notice that after Sandy Run flows west for a short distance it then runs parallel to Cattle Creek briefly before flowing into Cattle Creek. Google Earth will confirm that the topographic map is more accurate.
Back to Mr. Hart, the owner of the house … William Hart first appeared in the Giessendanner Records when he married Sarah Young on October 3, 1750. He was described as “of the Congarees” by Rev. John Giessendanner but apparently settled below Orangeburgh Township after his marriage. Two of his children were baptized by Rev. Giessendanner in the 1750s. His daughter Grace married John Wood. In 1785 John and Grace sold 250 acres of her father’s land to Sebastian Funchess.  The tract they sold was the one labeled number 3 on my map above and probably was the location of “Mr. Hart’s House.”
 Brent Holcomb, South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1783-1788 (Columbia: SCMAR, 1996), page 340.
For a PDF copy of the plat drawing click this link: