CPT Hugh Wardlaw

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CPT Hugh Wardlaw

  • Birth 1740 Augusta County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 14 Nov 1802 Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
  • Burial Donalds, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 17233554

As a child and young adult, Hugh Wardlaw lived in that part of Augusta County, Virginia, which is referred to in Wardlaw family history as "near the Natural Bridge" in present day Rockbridge County, Virigina. A 1762 deed is on record of Hugh Wardlaw's purchase of 282 acres of land which he bought shortly before his marriage.

Hugh Wardlaw and Elizabeth Coalter married on September 22, 1763 in Augusta County, Virginia. Between 1764-1767 they moved to Ninety-Six District in South Carolina, settling in what is now Abbeville County.

Hugh Wardlaw held the rank of Captain in the Whig Militia of South Carolina, serving as the Brigade Quartermaster under Colonel Anderson and General Pickens. A warrant for pay is on record, "No. 106, Lib. S, issued 6 June 1785, to Mr. Hugh Wardlaw, for Ninety-Six Pounds, 13/9 1-4 sterling, for militia duty as Captain and Quarter Master before and since the reduction of Charleston."

Their known children:

William Wardlaw (b. 1764 d.1839) m. Margaret McCully
Infant Wardlaw (b. 1766 d.1767)
James Wardlaw (b. 1767 d.1842) m. Hannah Clarke
John Wardlaw (b. 1770 d.1848) m. cousin Mary Wardlaw
David Wardlaw (b. 1771 d.1840) unmarried, lived in Alabama
Margaret "Peggy" Wardlaw (b. 1773 d.1853) m. cousin James Wardlaw
Joseph Wardlaw (b. 1776 d.1852)m. Frances Jane Waller
Robert Wardlaw (b. 1778 d.1812) m. Lucy Hodges
Jane Wardlaw (b. 1781 d.1825) m. Jesse Calvert
Hugh Hutson Wardlaw (b. 1785 d.c. 1815) m.____Burton
Elizabeth Wardlaw (b. 1787 d. 1807)
Agnes ("Nancy") Wardlaw (b.1789 d. 1807)

Hugh was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian faith and an Elder in the Greenville Presbyterian Church.

They had been married twenty-seven years and their daughter, Agnes was about one year old when Elizabeth died on December 11, 1790 at age forty-seven.

On 17 November 1795, Capt. Wardlaw married his second wife, widow Mary Miller Logan. There were no children by his second marriage.

Capt Hugh Wardlaw was a Judge of the County Court of Abbeville County between 1797 and 1800.

He wrote his will on 9 November 1802, five days before his death. He named his wife Polly, to whom he bequeathed
during her natural life, his negro Doll and her five children. He directed that Polly should live in his dwelling house with his son, Robert and be provided all furniture and things necessary to "render her easy, decent, and genteel during her life." The house was not to be transferred during Polly's life.
He devised land to four of his seven surviving sons: Robert, David, Joseph, and Hugh Hutson Wardlaw. His three oldest sons, William, James, and John Wardlaw were not specifically named, and may have received their shares during their father's lifetime. James was named an Executor of the estate. To his daughter Peggy he left the 246 acres of land on which she lived. He bequeathed to his daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy, one negro, a bed, furniture, a horse saddle and bridle. To his daughter, Jenny, wife of Jesse Calvert, six cows.

Hugh died at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning on November 14, 1802, at age 62.

His Estate was probated at Abbeville on 10 January 1803. Final settlement of the Est. of Hugh Wardlaw was not begun until 1833, after the death of the widow Polly Wardlaw, with final distribution in 1835. The settlement papers prove the eleven children of Hugh Wardlaw who were living at the time of his death in 1802. Subsequently, two daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy, died unmarried c. 1807, and their shares were divided among their nine siblings who were living at the time of their deaths. Robert Wardlaw, Jane Wardlaw Calvert, and Hugh Hutson Wardlaw had also died before distribution, and their interest were divided among their respective heirs, as listed.


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  • Maintained by: MLPBailey
  • Originally Created by: Kim Jacobson
  • Added: 31 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17233554
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPT Hugh Wardlaw (1740–14 Nov 1802), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17233554, citing Greenville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Donalds, Abbeville County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by MLPBailey (contributor 47041226) .