Re: Gaspar Trotti and the New Smyrna Colony
This is wonderfully helpful.I am working on the Bruton family and Isabella Askew Bruton who settled on the South side of the South Edisto River, in Orangeburgh District that became Barnwell District.They are neighbors to the Trottis in the 1780s through the 1810s.
I have today reviewed Isabel Patterson's book, "Builders of Freedom and Their Descendants," as well as DAR application forms with their support documentation.I am looking at records on the Brutons' neighbors, seeking any mention of them.
From what I have seen and read on the Trottis, Gaspar had two sons, Lawrence and Francis John Andrew, born 1771 and 1773, respectively.
The earliest reference I have found to Gaspar around my Brutons was in March 1785, when he surveyed land for my Benjamin Bruton.However, I have found two references in the following year, 1786, that puzzle me.Both are surveys for property for Laurence Trotti, with Gaspar at the surveyor.Based on the land plats, the Laurence Trotti land was adjacent to Benjamin Bruton and George Bruton.
Who is this Laurence Trotti?Gaspar's son Lawrence would only be 15 years old in 1786.Is this he?Why is a 15 year old getting property?Or was Gaspar doing it in his son's name?
Any insight you could share would be most welcome!