Three persons in the vicinity of York County (& Lancaster Co.), South Carolina in the time period 1790-1822 have mystified me as a Simril researcher:
(1) James Somerville, died 1790, age 48, and buried at Old Waxhaws Presbyterian Churchyard in Lancaster County, South Carolina.
(2) Jean Simeral, will dated 17 March 1807, York Co., SC.
(3) Sinthey Simeral alias Synthy Simril mentioned as an heir of two single women Jean Simeral and Mary Drennan (will proved 1809 York Co., SC). Jean calls Sinthey her daughter. An 1822 receipt to the administrator of Mary Drennan's estate was signed by William M. Hill who claimed in right of his wife, a legatee under Drennan's will. Hill had to be referring to Synthy Simrll as his wife in 1822, because the other legatees were men.
A series of documents at the South Carolina state archives tells an interesting story.
James Somerville (alias Summerville) died intestate in 1790. There was no widow or lawful child and his estate in Lancaster Co. escheated (or passed by right to the state). The Somerville land was turned over to county trustees who built a school or used existing buildings for a school.
In 1800 "Jane Summerville or Somerville", a bastard daughter of James Somerville, petitioned for the land to be turned over to her. Her petition was not granted at the time. The 1807 will of "Jean Simeral" does not mention her claim to James Somerville's land, but leaves small personal items of clothes and furniture to her daughter Sinthey.
In 1822 "Cynthia Summerville" and her husband William M. Hill petitioned again for the property to be turned over to them as heirs of "Jane Summerville" daughter of James Summerville. It seems that the state legis- lature passed a special act to allow the property to go to the Hill couple. However, the trustees then petitioned to keep the property for school purposes despite the act.
No further information was found.
What kinship or relationship there was between these Simerals or Summervilles and Mary Drennan is unknown.