— Tomotley Plantation Avenue of Oaks © Brandon Coffey —
- Location Sheldon, Prince William Parish, Beaufort County
Cotton Hall Road, 1½ miles northeast of US 17 (entrance on right side of Cotton Hall Road close to intersection of Old Sheldon Road)
- Origin of name Grey Allred, whose grandparents are the current owners of Tomotley, shared with us, "The origin of the name seems to have come from the Cherokee language; I'm unsure of the meaning."
- Other names Part of Tomotley Barony
- Current status Privately owned
- May 7, 1698 Earliest known date of existence
Created by patent
- 1706 Captain Edmund Bellinger, the original owner, died.
- 1739 Edmund Bellinger's grandson (also named Edmund) died. Tomotley Barony was then divided among 14 different family members and other heirs.
- 1820 Avenue of oaks planted by Patience Wise Blackett Izard.
- 1865 Sherman's troops burned the original plantation house. This house was rebuilt in the late 1800s.
- 1910 R.H. McCurdy constructed the existing house.
- Number of acres 1,400 in 1864
- Primary crop Cotton and rice
- The avenue of oaks was planted by Patience Wise Blackett Izard circa 1820.
- Chronological order Captain Edmund Bellinger (1698-1706); Edmund Bellinger (?-1739); DeVeaux; Izard; Eustis; Bull; Pringle; Hutson; Martin; Havenmeyer; McCurdy; Pringle; Billy and Barbara Mixon (1990)
- Number of slaves 56 in 1761; 68 in 1788; 138 in 1860
- In 2010 Grey Allred shared with us, "The current residence was built by R.H. McCurdy in 1910. There is a second home that was built in the late 1800s after the original house burned, as well as a caretaker's residence, several barns and a stable that survived Sherman's wrath and predates the Civil War."
References & Resources
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII
- Caption on map of plantations along the Santee River in Upper St. John's Parish, SC 1865
- Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001)
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River
- Suzanne Cameron Linder, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
(Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995)
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
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