I don't know a great deal about Henry Mell, but here is what I have. His family was English, and lived in St. Paul's Parish, Berkeley County, SC, since the late 1600's.He married Maria Catherina Hutto, from one of the Orangeburgh SC German-Swiss families, in 1752. Maria Catherina Mell was a baptismal sponsor for George Alexander Duke, son of Joseph and Barbara Duke(s) of the Branchville, SC, area (I'm a descendant of this couple; hence my search for basic information on Henry Mell). Joseph Duke was English, I don't know whether Barbara was German-Swiss or English but I'm trying very hard to find out. She was married earlier to a Johnston.