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Mary Sterling (b. 1699, d. 05 January 1754)Mary Sterling was born 1699, and died 05 January 1754 in Orangeburg District, South Carolina.She married Charles Russell on Abt. 1732 in The Congarees, The Forks, South Carolina.
Notes for Mary Sterling:
MARY STERLING was born c1699 to GEORGE STERLING, the first settler in the Orangeburg District (on Lyon Creek), SC and who was an Indian Trader. She died 5 January 1754 at Orangeburg District, after lisving there for 26 years (Giessendanner Records). She married firstly on 5 November 1714 RICHARD HEATLY of Limerick Ireland who died by 1722 (St. Thomas & St. Denis Records). RICHARD and MARY moved from ST. Thomas and St. Denis to Santee River (the Congarees) circa 1719. MARY married secondly CAPTAIN CHARLES RUSSELL who left a will 1 January 1736/7 at Charleston, SC. CHARLES RUSSELL had lived in Virginia and nad married firstly ELIZABETH KING, widow of JOHN DAVIS. After CHARLES RUSSELL had moved to South Carolina, he was a factor and commander at the fort at the Congarees. As Major RUSSELL, agent to the Cherokees, he died 1736/7 on a journey to the Cherokee Nation. See grant below in which MRS. MARY RUSSELL wife of CHARLES RUSSELL -- in trust for her children. This land was near McCord's Ferry over the Congaree from Amelia Township. The Rev. JOHN DIESSENDANNER held services in her home. St. Matthew's Parish Church was built on her plantation in 1757. (Source: Indians, Indian Traders, Commissioners, and Agents edited by Theresa Hicks, page 139 - 140).
On 5 April 1739, "Read the Petition of MARY RUSSEL widow setting forth her husband CHARLES RUSSEL had obtained a Warrant from the late Excellency Governor Johnson which was never Executed as appears by the Precept annext to the Petition and therefore prays a warrant in her own name for the same Quantity of Land in Trust for her children as her husband Desired in his Will. Ordered that a Warrant do pass to the Petitioner in trust for the children of CHARLES RUSSEL deceased pursuant to his will." (Petitions for Land From South Carolina Council Journals, Volume I: 1734/5-1748, by Brent H. Holcomb, page 130.)
A reference to land being owned by CHARLES RUSSELL on the Congaree in the area of Dutch Fork (present Lexington, SC) was entered at a meeting on Wednesday, morning, 6 November 1751. William Scott filed a petition for land at the Forks between Wateree and Congress to settle and carry on his boat bulding trade. He "prays to lay out to him 300 acres of land in the aforesaid Forks between the Lands of CHARLES RUSSEL & JOS'PH JOYNER." (Source Petitiions for Land from the South Carolina Council Journals, Volume II: 1748-1752, by Brent H. Holcomb, page 230.
February 26, 1737 & December 1737 MARY RUSSELL petitioned the Assembly, and was granted, monies her husband, CHARLES RUSSELL, had put forth to be refunded and payment due him for services rendered.
All community marriages and baptisms were held in the home of Mrs. Russell which was "between St. Matthews and Creston, at the junction of the road to Moncks Corner and the road to Fort Motte and McCord's Ferry".
April 13, 1739 MARY RUSSELL was given a grant for her children - "450 acres, over the Congaree, near McCord's Ferry" which in 1751 she deeded to son CHARLES RUSSELL, JR., along with 400 adjoining acres from her father's grant of 1704.
1754 Mary died and was buried on her plantation.
Inventory of MARY RUSSELL's estate:
total value: £3799, 17 sh. 6d.
138 head of cattle, sheep and hogs
corn, peas, and wheat
14 negroes and a conch to blow them in with
16 working horses and mares
8 beds and furniture
plantation tools and necessaries
a well-fitted kitchen
a "boofeet" and chest of drawers
6 tables and 11 chairs
a woman's saddle;
an old sword and surveyor's chain
More About Mary Sterling:
Date born 2: 1699, Gloucester, Virginia.
More About Mary Sterling and Charles Russell:
Marriage: Abt. 1732, The Congarees, The Forks, South Carolina.
Children of Mary Sterling and Charles Russell are:
- +Eugenia Russell, b. 1733, South Carolina, d. 16 April 1809, Orangeburg County, South Carolina.