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Re: Notes About Alexander & Isabella Carswell fr Belfast in 1772

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  • emparson
    Sorry I forgot to add the links where I got this information: http://www.jenforum.org/carswell/messages/740.html
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2010
      Sorry I forgot to add the links where I got this information:


      --- In carswellsburkecountync@yahoogroups.com, emparson <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > In November 1772 Alexander and Isabella, with their six children, the oldest not quite seventeen and the youngest only four, took passage on the ship Elizabeth, under the command of David Brown, Master. It was a ship that could carry from 190 to 300 passengers, and it had been advertised to leave Belfast for Savannah about September 15. however, the ship had been delayed, and it reached Belfast on October 6. There it was delayed again, and the Belfast News-Letter of November 13 printed a report of miserable conditions on board.
      > In those days the trip across the Atlantic required about eight weeks, and so it must have been the middle of January, 1773, when the Carswell family arrived in their new country.
      > Alexander probably brought with him a grant of land from king George III. W. D. carswell recalls having seen the grant. it was on "linen-backed parchment," with The King's seal shaped "like a thin bar of Octagon soap,". and it conveyed to Alexander Carswell a trace to land in St. George's parish. W. D. Carswell also remembers seeing a gr-grant of the same land, situated in Richmond County, Georgia, signed in 1783 by Lyman Hall, Governor of Georgia.
      > It wasn't long after they arrived that the Revolutionary War began, we don't know exactly how the Carswell's faired but We do know that Alexander Served in the 3rd Company, Georgia Battalion, under John Twiggs, and it is likely that he took part in much of the fighting in Georgia. jWel also know that his son John served in the 4th Company, Georgia Battalion, and won a place as Ensign or Lieutenant in his Company. it is said that he was taken prisoner at Hickory Hill, a plantation in Liberty County, on June 28, 1779; but, if so, his captivity was probably b rief, for the Georgians under Col. Twiggs ambushed and completely routed the British force sent to attack Hickory Hill.
      > Many records of Georgia have been lost, but it is likely that Alexander's other sons also served since they were old enough.
      > On April 19. 1784, General Twiggs certified that Alexander Carswell was entitled to a grant. (because of his service in the war)
      > All of the grants totalled add up to 1,676-1/2 acres. Of this total there were 287-1/2 acres in Franklin County, 889 in Burke County, Georgia and 500 acres in Richmond County.
      > In his will Alexander disposed of only 572 acres, and these were bequeathed to only two of his children, 339 acres as described above, and another 233 acres to his daughter Agnes.
      > He was buried on the land that he left to his son John, and his grave was marked about 1900 by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mainly throught the efforts of his descendant harriet Carswell. His headstone bears the following inscription:
      > Alex. Carswell
      > 3D CO.
      > GA. BATT'N
      > REV. WAR
      > His wife Isabella lies beside him in the little plantation cemetery; and his daughter Agnes, his son Hohn, and two of Hohn's sons, Alexander and Matthew are buried nearby.
      > Perhaps his best epitaph would be th words spoken by Elizabeth Gilbert Carswell, wife of his grandson, William Edward Carswell, SR., who told her own grandson, Rufus Hutchinson Carswelll, Jr.:
      > "He was beloved for his good works and was known as a good man."
      > Alexander Carswell was Scotch Irish. 74 years old when he died.
      > There was an obituary in the Augusta Chronicale, march 19, 1908. He died on Feb. 11, 1808.
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