Robert Templeton Senior was born circa 1728 and could have been born in County Antrim, Ireland. Note: Per family records Robert's youngest child John (and by John's own testimony) was born in Ireland. Also, the DAR record for his son, Robert Junior, has Robert Junior born in Ireland. Robert passed away between December 1788 and March 1794.
Robert Templeton Senior arrived in the Carolina colony from County Antrim, Ireland, prior to 1772. He was the patriarch of a family unit consisting of his wife (name unknown), sons Robert Junior, John, and James, and daughters Agnes and Martha. This is based on the following for land grants issued to Robert, James, Agnes and Martha, plus verification there was an elder Robert. (Charles Town, South Carolina, publication code:7343 where the Primary Immigrant is listed as: Templeton, Robert. Annotation: From the Journals of the Council of the Colony of South Carolina. Names and land allotments under the Bounty Act of 1761.)Per the South Carolina Council meeting on 8 November 1772, seventy-three passengers arrived from Ireland who petitioned for land and were awarded a bounty. Their prayer was "that they were Protestants who had come from Ireland with their families and desired to settle and cultivate lands in this new country." However, more than 73 passengers were aboard the ship. Taking into account how the acreage was awarded there were close to 200 passengers. (For the possible name of the ship they arrived on see immigration below.) Among the passengers were Robert, James, Agnes and Martha Templeton. At the time the going rate for grants was 100 acres for each individual over 16, and an additional 50 acres for each member of a household. Robert was granted 250 acres which meant his immediate family consisted of himself, his wife, and sons Robert Junior and John. Agnes, Martha and James were granted 100 acres each meaning they were over 16 but not married.
A court action of 8 November 1772 "ordered that the Secretary to prepare Warrants of Survey as prayed for by the petitioners." Robert, Agnes, James and Martha received certified surveys on or about 15 December 1772.
On page 120 of Laurens County SC Court Minutes 1786-1789 by Brent Holcomb, there is a "Rob't Templeton Jun'r" serving as a petit juror. This was recorded for 8 December 1788. Since there was a Robert Junior there must have been a Robert Senior. On page 9 of Laurens County SC Wills 1784-1840 by Colleen Elliot there is the following: "8 Mar 1794 Appraisal of estate of Robert Templeton dec'd by Robt. Hanna, James Adair & Thomas Logan."
Thus, Robert Templeton Senior died between December 1788 and March 1794.
The name of Robert's wife is not known. Some have suggested her name was Mary but have been confused by L. B. Templeton's book on the Laurens County Templetons. L. B. misinterpreted the Robert Templetons who came over in 1772. He assumed there was only one Robert whom he referred to as Robert Senior. Actually, his Robert Senior was Robert Junior as there were two Robert Templetons who were father and son. It was the son (Robert Junior) who married a Mary (Mary Hanna) and later moved to Indiana."
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