Dear Margaret and Sue, I am the seventh great-grandson in direct descent from William Fishburne who came to South Carolina as a baby boy in 1691 with his father, Francis Beattie Fishburne. This William, born in approx. 1690, was the father of William Fishburne, born (we think) in 1712 in South Carolina, and is probably the William Fishburne to whom you refer. I have the honour to be the eldest in the direct male line, and have a great deal of information about the Fishburnes of South Carolina, including a complete genealogy from the time of the first William Fishburne up to those born in the 1930's and 40's. This is all contained in a book which I inherited, and which was originally compiled by William Snipes Fishburne, a fourth great-grandson of the first William, and subsequently updated by a distant cousin of mine, Charles Carroll Fishburne, in 1950. I have studied our background in the context of the social and political history of the colonization of South Carolina and earlier developments in the British Isles, where I have now lived for 33 years after serving in the U.S. Army. It seems to me to be quite clear that there are at least three totally different strands of the name Fishburne originating in the British Isles, which have no genetic relationship with one another. Although there is clearly some overlap in the different spellings, nevertheless the three different spelling clearly reflect the three different origins in the British Isles. I can provide more information if you're interested, but it's late now and I want to go home! Hope to hear from some of you, especially Fishburnes, especially South Carolina origins.