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(ca. 1785 ; um 1785)
Fairfield Co, SC ; Fairfield County, South Carolina
shoemaker The house & shoe shop was burned leaving Nancy & the children homeless
John, a shoemaker, was killed in South Carolina by the "Hotheads," a vigilante group who believed that he was a Tory sympathizer.
The descendants of John moved on to Georgia, then to Alabama, where there is a town named Halsell
Murdered for a Tory during the Rev. War.
John Ratliff < email@example.com > wrote -
Ms. Smith, Here is what I have right now. I know that I have more information, but it is in a manilla envelope somewhere around here and for the life of me, I cant find it right now. But this should be enough here to see if we are on the same track.
Thomas Halsell, Sr., Prince George County, MD
son- John Halsell (b. before 1755, died Farfield Co., SC) m. Margaret Waggoner
g.son- Thomas Halsell (d. 1837, Sumter Co. AL - since his dad died in SC, I think its safe to say he was from SC) m. Nancy ?
g.-g.son- Samuel Halsell (b. 1798, Halsellville, SC) m. Patience Elam
Yeah, I will share the stuff with ya. I assume that Samuel got "Alabama Fever" so they called it. When Alabama became a territory in 1817, large numbers of people moved into Alabama for land. One of lines came here after hitting it rich in the Dahlonega, GA gold strike and ended up buying about half of Choctaw County. The Halsells had about 3,000 acres on the northern end of the county, although Martin Van Buren Halsell also had one of the largest plantations in the county in 1860 near Yantley. My grandfather's mother was a Halsell, and I have him on tape talking about going to Yantley to see his mother's family. (His mother died in the 1917 Flu Pandemic). One of the uncles had tb, and that was pretty cool hearing about how people dealt with tb, something that I never really worried about growing up. I will get all the info out to you. I have pictures if you would like, I can scan them and email them.
Oh, I think there is a very good reason not to have stayed in SC. By the time any of them got down there, most of the good land must have been gone. Up-country SC only became agriculturally lucrative after 1837 with the developement of the petite-gulf strand of cotton, which could thrive in iron rich soil. Long-strand cotton was used before, but only in the sea islands regions. Alabama on the other hand, offered the second richest agricultural region in the United States (second only to the Mississippi Delta), so any forward thinking person during that time with money would have moved. At least thats my most probable explination, I could be wrong.
I grew up in Pace, FL, but my grandparents are from Choctaw County. In 1947 my grandfather had two job choices. One was to be principal of Tuscaloosa High School and the other was to be a teaching principal at a three room school house in Brownsdale, FL. As you can imagine, the three room school house in tiny Brownsdale, FL paid more than being principal of Tuscaloosa High School. We still own our family land in Toxey, Butler, and Halsell, AL, however. I got to Alabama through a convoluted story. Went to West Florida for undergrad and was a middle school teacher for a year, but that was all I could take. I started to join the army to pay for grad school and my dad then offered to pay. So, I wanted to go to Alabama because Frank Lawrence Owsley had been the chair here at one time, and he is a favorite historian of mine. So, I have been at UA for four years working on my PhD in Southern History.
From the files of W.T. Castle - as found among genealogy files in the basement of Old Chester Jail, Chester, SC "The Early Halsell Family of South Carolina"
---John Halsell, b- bef. 1755, was a shoemaker & lived @ Halselville, Chester Co, SC. John was murdered for a Tory during the Rev. War (in or before 1785). The house & shoe shop was burnedleaving Nancy & the children homeless. John's father, Thomas Halsell, Sr. sold her 100 a. in Fairfield Co, SC - Deed Bk.- A, pg. 100, on Nov. 30, 1785
Thank you to James Markus Küntzer for creating WikiTree profile Halsell-84 through the import of 03 06 2013.ged on Jun 3, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by James Markus and others.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with John: