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William Maffet or Moffatt

Male 1738 - 1794  (56 years)


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  • Name William Maffet or Moffatt  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Born 1738  Ballylig, Skerry Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Christened 1738  Ballylig Church, Skerry Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Could be Racavin Parish instead of Skerry Parish
    Alternate Death Fisher Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Birth 1738  Ballylig, Racavin Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Emigration August 1771  Larne, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Larne, Co. Antrim, Ireland, Charleston, Charleston Co., South Carolina. With his wife, Barbara Chestnut, and their small son, Samuel, he set sail from Larne, Ireland, for America in August, 1771, in the brigatine `Jupiter', landing in Charleston, South Carolina.
      King George III gave all that were for the reigning house of Orange and took an oath of allegience to support that house and the Protestant cause a grant of land. William Moffett was given a grant of five hundred acres of land in Chester County, South Carolina. They cleared some land and built a log cabin near Little Rocky Creek.
    Death 20 January 1794  Little Rocky Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECORD OF WILLIAM MOFFATT
    Headquarters Adj. General's Dept.
    State of South Carolina
    Columbia, S.C. Sept. 4, 1902
    "Indent issued April the 7th, A.D. 1785, to William Moffatt for Military services rendered in Colonel Water's regiment for sixty-one days militia duty in 1781, as per account audited, Book P, page 86, for eight pounds, fourteen shillings, three and one-fourth pence sterling". Indent issued May, 2nd, 1786, to William Moffatt for duty in Colonel Water's regiment, A.D. 1781, as per account audited Book X, page 2611, for four pounds, eight shillings, and six and three-forths pence sterling."  [2
    American Revolutionary War Veteran
    Submitter 102+,727 
    Died 20 January 1794  Hopewell, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried after 20 January 1794  Moffatt-Strong-McDill Cemetery, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I13351  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 17 April 2009 

    Father Samuel Moffet or Mophet,   d. April 1765, Ballylig, Racavin Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Martha McCully,   b. Ayrshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown , Ballylig, Skerry Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F50121  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Barbara Chesnut,   b. December 1748, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 August 1829, Hopewell, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Married about 1767  Ballylig, Skerry Parish, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Moffatt,   b. about 1769, Ballylig, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 February 1854, Little Rocky Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years)
    +2. James Moffatt,   b. 1776, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1794, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 19 years)
    +3. Martha "Mattie" Moffatt,   b. 1777, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 February 1837, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +4. John Moffatt,   b. 17 January 1783, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 January 1859, Troy, Obion Co., Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
    +5. William Moffatt,   b. 23 February 1786, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 April 1851, Chester District, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    +6. David Moffett,   b. 1789, Fishing Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 August 1830, Little Rocky Creek, Chester Co., South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
    Family ID F4941  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William & Barbara Chestnut (Mophet) Moffatt, with their small son Samuel, sailed from Belfast, Ireland, in Aug 1772 on the "Mary Jane" and landed in Charleston, SC in Oct 1772 with a grant from George III of 350 acres of land in Chester Co, SC. William served in the Revolutionary War for 61 days in Col. Water's regiment under Gen. Sumpter. He is buried in the Moffatt-Strong grave- yard on Fishing Creek, Hopewell, Chester Co, SC on a portion of the original land grant. The name is spelled "Moffett" on the grave stone.
      William's will, dated 13 Jan 1794, names his wife and children - with the exception of Samuel. While the family historian identifies John as their second son, it would appear from birth dates drawn from various sources and from his father's will that John was the second son born in SC. William's bequests were to: imprimis, his wife, Barbara; secondly, to son James; thirdly, to daughter Martha; fourthly, to sons James and John; and finally, to sons William and David. All the children then seem to have been named in chronological order.
      In October 1992 there are almost 40 Clan Moffatt Society members who claim descendancy from one or more of the six children of William & Barbara Chestnut Moffatt. All appear to be avid genealogists, still seeking more complete and accurate information on their ancestry. Sources, in addition to James R. Moffatt's publication about mid-1930, include a copy of the land grant (in the possession of Ralph B. and Emily C. Moffatt), cemetery records (including personal visits to examine tombstones), letters, land records, vital statistics registers, newspaper clippings and family bibles. An annual gathering of these Moffatts is held on the 2nd Saturday in June.
      William was a planter. He and Barbara were Covenanters (Presbyterians).
      Katherine Rosborough Spicer indicates that William was born 1738 in Ayr, Scotland. [Source 1]

      HISTORY OF WILLIAM AND BARBARA CHESNUT MOFFATT

      William Moffatt, who founded our line in America, was a great-grandson of William Maffet of Annan Valley near town of Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

      It is written his great-grandfather became involved in the Covenanter uprising at Bothwell's Bridge against the King in 1679, and fled to County Down, Ireland.

      William who was the son of Samuel Maffet and Martha McCully, of Ballylig, Sherry Parish, County Antrim, Ireland. With his wife, who was Barbara Chesnut, and their small son, Samuel, along with other families including the Chesnuts and Strongs set sail from Larne, Ireland in August, 1771, on the Brig. "Jupiter", 350 tons, Robert Shutter, Captian, carring cargo and passengers. They landed in Charleston S.C. on October 16, 1771.

      William appeared in the Council Chamber on October 30, 1771 and petitioned the Council for a warrant and survey for 200 acres in Craven County, SC. The 200 acres were surveyed on December 3, 1771 by Alexander Turner, D.S. The Land Grant from King George III was issued February 6, 1773. He later received another Grant for 350 acres dated May 4, 1775 that was surveyed on 24 March 1775.

      They cleared up some of the land and built a cabin on Little Rocky Creek.

      When the war for Independence came on, William fought in Colonel Water's regiment under General Sumpter, while the family lived in the cabin with a dirt floor, until the end of the war.

      William and Barbara were not poor, but brought over with them considerable gold guineas, which they secured by digging under a large flat rock that seemed to be sitting on top of the ground. I have seen the place many times and I think the rock is there yet. After the war, when the first Hopewell Brick Church was built, old grandmother gave twenty-five of the gold guineas. Some of the gold guineas were paid out by old grandfather in Charleston, for two African slaves, Sambo and Betsy, who became man and wife and raised a large family. I never did see Sambo, but saw Betsy many times. In the 1790 Census William had four slaves.

      Our parentage so far back as we know never were military men, nor did they seek after the honors of this world. They were peaceable farmers on a small scale, but I think our ancestors were Godly people, looking for the honors that only God bestows. We would think from the History of their descendants that they surely prayed much for them, that their tears were put in a bottle, and as incense, come up before God, perfumed with the merits of his Son, for surely they were committed to that God, Who keeps promises to a thousand generations.

      Above partly obtained from letters written by James S. Moffatt to his grandson, James S. Moffatt, dated July 4, 1888. Corrections and additions are added from other sources. (History from Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), ship arrivals from Charleston Gazette, land records obtained from Chester Courthouse, and Land Grants and Council Chamber appearance from S.C. Archives.

      William and Barbara are buried in the Strong-Moffatt-McDill Cemetery, Little Rocky Creek, Chester County, South Carolina. William has two gravestones, one with the name "William Maffet" placed when he died, and one erected when his wife Barbara died, with the names "William and Barbara Moffett".

      (Note different spellings. They were also carried on the 1790 Census as
      "Maffet".

      I hearby certify that the above indents are correct transcripts from the Revolutionary Records in the Archives of the State of South Carolina, and that William Moffatt was a soldier, and served as such in Colonel Water's regiment of South Carolina troops in the Revolutionary War, or the war between Great Britain and the American Colonies.
      As Witness my seal this 4th day of September, A.D. 1902.
      (Signed) J. W. Floyd
      Adj. and Insp. Gen.
      .State of South Carolina.
      (SEAL)
      Above also recorded in DAR records.

      LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WILLIAM MOFFATT DECEASED
      "In the name of God, Amen, The thirteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety four, I William Maffet of Chester County & District of Pinkney Planter being Ailing, Inferm & weak
      in body but Perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Therefore
      calling unto mind the Mortallity of my Body & knowing that it is appointed in all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will & Testament. That is to say, Principally & first of all I give & Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it for my body & Recommend it to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like & Decent manner at the Discretion of Executors, nothing but the General Resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty Power of God, & as touching such wordly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give & bequeath & Dispose in the following manner & form. Imprimus, I give and bequeath Barbara my dearly beloved wife, a Horse, Saddle and Bridle, Bed & Bedclothes, also all her body clothes & if in case she Marries again she is to have no more, if she does not Marry again, all over & above not hereafter Mentioned to be hers & at her Disposal according to the discretion of my Executors.

      Secondly, Item: I give to my well beloved Son Samuel that Plantation or Tract of 200 acres of Land that William Adams lives upon, said tract bounded Westerly by land of Sm. Willson, Easterly by land of John Bonner.

      Thirdly. I give to my well beloved Daughter, Martha Maffet Fifty Pounds Sterling lawful money of this State of South Carolina. Fourthly. I give unto my two well beloved sons Viz. James & John, Fifty Pounds Sterling Cash, lawful Money of the aforesaid State said money to be Raised & Levied off the Movable of my Estate. Fifthly. I give unto my two youngest & well beloved sons William & David the Plantation I now live upon containing 175 acres. Also a tract of two hundred acres adjoining the tract I live upon, together with all the lands adjoining the said tract that I have the Right Title or Claim to. Further I allow that my Dearly Beloved my Barbara, while she remains a widow is to have the Dwelling House I now live in, & to have a lawful support or Maintainance of the Plantation I now live upon. And further also I allow if any of my children Die before they arrive at the years of Maturity that their part be Divided Equally amongst the rest of my Children.

      Also I allow that if the property I now Possess comes to be reduced to a lower Value (then at Present) before each of my Legatees comes to get their or share; that each of (Except my Son Samuel) is to lose an Equal Proportion. Also I make & ordain my only & sole Executors James & Alexander Chesnut & my Dearly beloved Wife Barbara as head & Chief Executrix; all of Little Rocky Creek whom I constitute & ordain as above. And I hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke & Disanul all & every other former Testatments Wills & Legacies Requests & Executors by me in any wise before this time Named Willed & Bequeathed, Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my only last Will & Testament. In Wittness Whereof I have hereunto my hand and seal the Day and Year Above written.

      Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the said William Maffet as his last Will & Testament In the Presence of the Subscribers.

      (signed) William Maffet SEAL
      Viz.
      James Lowry
      James Chesnut
      Alexander Chesnut
      The above is copied from a handwritten copy of the original will of William Maffet. Spelling, caps and punctuation were as written in the copy. This copy and pieces of the original will are located in Chester County Courthouse. [1, 2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    2. [S213] GEDCOM file from James Strong Moffatt, from James Strong Moffatt.

    3. [S1468] GEDCOM file titled "NEWEXPORT.GED", submitted by Roger Dellinger.

    4. [S1470] The Moffatt Family, James S. Moffatt, Subject: William Moffatt, Recipient: James' grandson, James Strong Moffatt.

    5. [S1469] The Wilson Genealogy, Adda Wilson.

    6. [S182] Computer generated Descendant Report, submitted by William Kelsey.


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