The passage below includes a letter from the Rev. Samuel Andrew AGNEW, pastor of Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Lee Co., MS:
James Agnew II., in America, m (2) Rebekah Scott. The eldest son by this marriage was Samuel Agnew m. Miss Searight [sic], of North Ireland, who, soon after his fatherÕs death, in A.D. 1770, went to South Carolina, where is now Due West, and became the Founder of the Southern Family of Agnew. In EgleÕs ÒPennsylvania ArchhivesÓ appears the following:
ÒFrom the List of the first settlers on the Manor of Masque, I learn that my great-great-grandfather, James Agnew (1711-1770), located on that ÔManorÕ in May, A.D. 1739-1741. The List contains the name of Samuel Agnew as having established himself on the ÒMasque ManorÓ lands at the same period as James Agnew II. Signed: Samuel A. Agnew, Bethany, Lee County, Mississipi.Ó
Pg 474 The Book of the Agnews: James Agnew of Pennsylvania, U. S. A., His Race, Ancestry, and Descendants, 1926 By Mary Virginia Agnew, in collaboration with Benjamin Sterrett Agnew and Charlotte Bell Agnew.
My wife's ggmother, Mary Etta "Mollie" HADDON, was a fourth cousin of the Rev. Samuel A. AGNEW, who presided at her 1870 wedding in MS to James Edward McCARLEY. Preacher Sam and Mollie were both descended from William SEAWRIGHT and Esther THOMPSON.