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Robert Templeton Sr (abt. 1728 - abt. 1794)

Robert Templeton Sr
Born about in Islandmagee, County Antrim, Irelandmap
Son of DNA confirmed and [mother unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 66 in Laurens County, South Carolina, USAmap
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Ireland Native
Robert Templeton Sr was born in Ireland.
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Robert Templeton Sr was a South Carolina colonist.
This profile is part of the Templeton Name Study.

Robert Templeton Senior was born circa 1728[1] in Portmuck, islandmagee, 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.[2])

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.


We now have a 2 Y-700 testers from James Templeton, Sr.'s and Robert Templeton, Sr.'s lines who match others of David's line. Please see, Wayne Templeton and contact Mags Gaulden for any information regarding Wayne's test information.
Note 1 Modern use of DNA to determine family lines has turned up an interesting facet regarding the Robert Templeton line of Laurens County, the David Templeton line of Laurens County, and the line of James Templeton Senior of Iredell County. DNA comparisons of descendants of these three lines show the lines are all related See Templeton DNA Chart.
Note 2 Based on the above and DNA, it is likely the Robert Templeton Senior in this profile was the bother of David Templeton Senior and James Templeton Senior.
Note 3 Further Y700 Tester who is a match to all testers from Robert, Sr. David, Sr. and James, Sr. lines. This takes this Templeton family back to its Irish origins and another as yet unnamed cousin and the origins of this family line, to Portmuck Townland, Islandmagee, Northern Ireland. There are hundreds of DNA matches beyond YDNA in Islandmagee to the descendants of these Carolina Templetons.

Ballypriormore Cemetery, Islandmagee is where many of our Templeton cousins are buried. Research continues.

Research Notes


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, this Robert Senior was Robert Junior as there were two Robert Templetons who were father and son in the Bounty Land recod. It was the son (Robert Junior) who married a Mary (Mary Hanna) and later moved to Indiana."

Further Research - Anne and Malcolm of the North of Ireland DNA group Project and the North of Ireland Family History Society.

Not a part of Rev. Martins Group

This Templeton family was not a part of the The Five Ships listed in Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster And America, Charles Knowles Bolton, Bacon and Brown, Boston, 1910. [3]

The Brigantine Betty

A Templeton cousin has suggested (and provided a copy of) that the arrival, "Nov. 7, Brigantine Betty, Abraham Wood[side], Larne" which appears in the South Carolina Gazette, November 12, 1772, is the ship he took with his family from County Antrim.

  1. The current research puts this family in Islandmagee, Antrim Where Larne is.
  2. The Brigitaine Betty arrives on Nov. 7, 1772
  3. The Bounty Land for the family is noted for Nov. 8, 1772 - the day after arrival in Charlestown, SC.

This profile is a collaborative work-in-progress. Can you contribute information or sources? Any changes or additions to this profile should be discussed on G2G, using the tag, southern_colonies, in accordance with the Project Protected Status.


  1. Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA test results on Family Tree DNA. Wayne Templeton, FTDNA kit # 909005, and his 5th cousin 1x removed, Private Templeton, FTDNA kit # 479282, match at a Genetic Distance of 0 on 37 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their most-recent common ancestor who is Unknown Templeton, the 5x great grandfather of Wayne Templeton and 4x great grandfather of Private Templeton.
  2. U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Robert Templeton,
  3. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster And America, Charles Knowles Bolton, Bacon and Brown, Boston, 1910. [ text
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about Robert Templeton,
  • U.S. Federal Census indexes (and other related census indexes) for South Carolina from 1790 to 1890,
  • The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, SCMAR, Vol. VIII, Winter 1980, No. 1, p.48, (Continued from Vol. VII, p.225), Laurens County Estate Book A-1, Page 89: An Account of the appraisment of the estate of Robert Templeton decd.
  • The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research; SCMAR, Vol. VIII, Winter 1980, No. 1, p.48, (Continued from Vol. VII, p.225) ,Laurens County Estate Book A-1, Page 89: An Account of the appraisment of the estate of Robert Templeton decd. includes 1000 1b of tobacco, 23 yards of linnen; £ 22 9 10; 3 March 1794, by Robert Hannah, James Adair
  • REVILL, JANIE. A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina, 1763-1773. Columbia [S.C.]: State Co., 1939. 163p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1981. Page: 119
  • Ships From Ireland to Early America 1623-1850 by David Dobson, page 18
  • Templeton, L.B. Templeton Family History Records and Descendants of the Templetons, Who First Settled in What is Now Laurens County, South Carolina: Together with Brief Sketches of Other Templetons, Who Settled in Other Parts of South Carolina and Other States. Union, S.C.: L.B. Templeton, Jr., 1953., Reprint with new Appendix by Ron Templeton, Heritage Books, 2014.


  • WikiTree profile TEMPLETONsc-1 originally created through the import of GedTem12:18.ged on Dec 19, 2011 by Jack Templeton. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Jack and others.
  • WikiTree profile TEMPLETON-1567 originally created by Ron Templeton

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Left on Leslie's profile:

Leslie, Thanks for the comment on Robert Templeton's wife. The SC records do not mention Robert's wife either by name or birth/death. His wife would have to have been born in Ireland, based on statements by Robert's son John who was born in Ireland. As Mags stated in her comment, I would like to see the documented proof Robert's wife was named Mary or Jeanette. Regards, Ron

posted by [Living Templeton]
We have new research on this from the North of Ireland Family History Society and the Islandmagee DNA Group Project researchers, that Robert's wife is probably connected to this gentleman's family: James Arthurs.
posted by Mags Gaulden
Left this on Leslie's profile:

Hey Leslie and Welcome to WikiTree!

You left a note about an article giving information on Robert Templeton's wife. It would be great to see this and share it with other Templeton researchers here on WikiTree. We have some pretty top notch researchers (DNA and Genealogy) and it would be great to see if this article has been reviewed/discussed before.

Thanks very much for the note!


posted by Mags Gaulden
Found an article regarding this wife and the confusion Some have her listed as Mary Ann Alexander but she was born in 1708 so that is a huge gap in age. Found an article stating his wifes name was JENNETTE who was born around 1730?
posted by Leslie Lyon
Mags, Ron & I got together last night & rather than merging 1105 & 166 - since 1105 was originally Robt, Sr of Laurens Co, with Ron's help I edited 1105 so Robert, Sr; parents (none), spouse (none) & kids are hopefully correct as SC Templetons.
posted by Jack Templeton
Thank you Mary Richardson, from the southern Colonies Project for working on sourcing and information on the profile! Mags
posted by Mags Gaulden
The two Agnes' as daughters on this profile do not match. Which one is the correct one and where does the wrong Agnes (for this Parent) fit in? Mags
posted by Mags Gaulden

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