|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1764|
|Death: ||Oct. 1, 1796|
Birth: April 13, 1764 at Old House plantation.
Death: October 1, 1796. He is buried in the family cemetery at Old House plantation.
[from TRB] "His name James has always been pronounced in the Heyward family as if spelled Geemes.
"He married January 4, 1794, at Orwald, England, Susan, a woman who passed as a daughter of William Cole a butcher at Wooten, Gloucestershire, England, and his wife Susanah.
"The career of James Heyward..., although quite short was so startling that it caused much talk to come down. He was a good looking, easy going, and pleasant spoken man. Of fair mentality and without being particularly vicious, his moral force was entirely too unstable to protect him against the arts of the kind of a woman who lured him into a marriage. After becoming of age he found himself possessed of an income amounting to fully $12,000 (as he had inherited what proved to be some of the most valuable parts of the landed estate left by his father Colonel Daniel Heyward) and instead of selecting a wife reared in his own social circle and settling down to an orderly life he took lengthy and repeated tours over Europe.
"On one of those last trips during a passage from Ireland to Scotland he met his fate in the person of one Susan Cole, an elder sister of the Mary (Tudor) Cole who later on startled England as the notorious Countess of Berkley. At the time of said passage, Susan seems to have been passing herself off among the shady party she was with, as the divorced wife of a lawyer of London, named Edge; but that was neither so, nor indeed had she ever been the wife of any man.
"That came to be clearly proven during the trial before the English HOuse of Lords concerning the legitimacy of the two eldest sons of the Earl of Berkley, and the said Mary Cole. As the evidence relating to the early life of the Countess, brought out the facts that her sister Susan, between the years 1784 and 1794 had lived as the mistress of five different men, viz. a Mr. Turnour, a Mr. Wright, a Lord Livingstone; a Mr. Bolton and lastly the Mr. Edge from whom she claimed to have been divorced; but according to the testimony of a Sarah Green (who was his house-maid) Mr. Edge cast Susan off.
"Wonderful creatures those two Cole sisters: So fascinating were they, that Susan, after an immoral life lasting through some 15 years not only succeeded in luring into marriage a worldly wise man fully thirty years of age on the order of James Heyward; but after his death she again entrapped into marriage and indeed kept endeared throught fully forty years an Englishman named Charles Baring, who personally was a highly esteemed man wherever he was known....
"A tradition said that the rumors preceeding [James' and Susan Cole's] arrival caused the Heyward circle to be shy of Susan, which tradition also said killed Jame Heyward; but like many a tradition in the Heyward family only half had any foundation, as James Heyward in his Will dated May 10, 1796, (which was over two years after his marriage) bestowed upon Susan the benefit of his entire estate during her life.
"Upon her death in September 1845 [actually 1846], the property (which included the Antwerp, Copenhagen and Hamburg plantations on Cuckold's Creek in Colleton County, South Carolina, together with some two hundred and fifty negro slaves) was to revert to his only full brother Nathaniel Heyward, charged with the legacy of $10,000.00 in favor of their elder half brother Judge Thomas Heyward."
Heyward Family Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Paulette
Record added: Jun 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91829183