In 1804 Robert Russell of Edgefield Co SC made a deed-like will in which he wrote:"in consideration of the natural love and affection l have for my beloved friends Joseph Fields and Mary Freeman commonly cawled Polly GARRETT"all my land and plantation where l now reside, two horses, ten head of cattle, fourteen head of hogs together with all other property which l possess at my death not otherwise disposed of”.One of the witnesses was James Garrott [;sic].
(((Note that at the beginning of the above I wrote that Robert was “of Edgefield Co”but I don’t remember whether those words were in the deed-will or not, and I’m now having some doubt about that because I cannot find him on the 1800 Edgefield census.)))
Then in 1808 Robert’s widow Rachel Russell made a deed-will in which she wrote:"in consideration of the love and goodwill and affection l have and do bear toward Keziah Garrett", after my death, negroe man known by the name Will.”This was witnessed byJo's Fields and Sarah Blake.
In 1809 Robert’s land, 125a, was sold by Daniel Self and wife Mary, and Joseph Fields and wife Sally / Sarah.
That means that Mary / Polly married Dan Self between 1804 and 1809.
I suspect that both Mary / Polly and Joseph Fields (or his wife Sarah)were grandchildren of Robert and Rachel Russell, but so far cannot prove it.
Mary / Polly (Freeman / Garrett) Self, widow of Daniel, reported on the 1850 census that she was born in about 1787 in Georgia.
My hope is that some dear reader will have a suggestion as to why Mary / Polly was called both Freeman and Garrett.
Beyond that key question are some other questions that would be very helpful if answered.
-1- Was Joseph Fields a son of Andrew who was in the area about that time, and in fact was the only Fields on the Edgefield census in 1800 ?
-2- What was the relationship between Mary / Polly and James Garrett’s wife Keziah (Freeman) ?
Thanks very much to anyone who can add a bit of solution to my several questions.
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