The Grove Plantation - Georgetown Georgetown County South Carolina SC

The Grove Plantation – Georgetown – Georgetown County



The Grove; Beneventum Plantation House 1978 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— The Grove Plantation / Beneventum Plantation House © —
— National Register of Historic Places, 1978 —

Basic Information

Timeline

  • 1718 – Earliest known date of existence

    John Green received several land grants in the area. From these, the plantations of The Grove, Wedgefield, Windsor and Peru would be developed (1, p. 459) (2).

  • 1750 – John Green died and his executors were to sell the 1,000 acres he owned along the Black River (1, p. 459).

  • 1754 – William Green conveyed 1,000 acres to land speculator James Coachman (1, p. 459).

  • 1756 – Coachman sold the western 500 acres to Dr. William Fyffe for £1400 (1, p. 459-460).

  • Circa 1756 – House built, probably by William Fyffe. The house was two rooms over two, topped by a hipped roof (1, p. 459) (4, p. 33, 439).

    There are two accounts of the line of ownership of The Grove Plantation after Dr. Fyffe.

    ACCOUNT #1:

  • 1768 – Dr. Fyffe sold the plantation to Peter Bonneau for £4000. Peter received that money as a dowry for marrying Mary Ford (3) (4, p. 33, 439).

  • 1771 – Peter Bonneau mortgaged the plantation to Joseph Brown and satisfied the mortgage in 1772 (3) (4, p. 439).

  • 1774 – Peter Bonneau passed away and his widow Mary Ford Bonneau continued to live at The Grove (4, p. 33).

  • Circa 1780 – Mary Ford Bonneau's younger sister Rebecca Ford came to The Grove to live (4, p. 33).

  • 1781 – Captain Calvin Spencer was captured by British Dragoons at the plantation when he tried to visit Rebecca Ford. Part of the Legion stayed at the plantation. After Captian Spencer's imprisonment, he wed Rebecca Ford at The Grove (3) (4, p. 37, 415).

  • 1811 – Mary Ford Bonneau passed away and it is presumed the plantation was put up for sale by her estate (3).

  • Circa 1820 – LeGrand Guerry Walker acquired The Grove (1, p. 463).

  • Circa 1830 – John Julius Pringle purchased the plantation from the estate of LeGrand Guerry Walker. Walker had died in 1829 (1, p. 463).

    After John Julius Pringle acquired The Grove Plantation, he merged it with Charing Cross Ferry Plantation and called the combined property Beneventum Plantation (1, p. 464) (4, p. 33).

    See Beneventum Plantation for further history.

    ACCOUNT #2:

  • 1768 – Dr. Fyffe sold the plantation to Paul Bonneau for £4000 (1, p. 460).

  • 1771 – Paul Bonneau sold the plantation to Joseph Brown (1, p. 460).

  • 1787 – Robert Collins and Company (owned by Robert Collins, John Mason, and Archibald Taylor) owned the The Grove (1, p. 461).

  • 1788 – The plantation was now owned by just Robert Collins and John Mason (1, p. 461).

  • Circa 1820 – LeGrand Guerry Walker acquired The Grove (1, p. 463).

  • Circa 1830 – John Julius Pringle purchased the plantation from the estate of LeGrand Guerry Walker. Walker had died in 1829 (1, p. 463).

    After John Julius Pringle acquired The Grove Plantation, he merged it with Charing Cross Ferry Plantation and called the combined property Beneventum Plantation (1, p. 464) (4, p. 33).

    See Beneventum Plantation for further history.

Land

  • Number of acres – 1,000 in 1750; 500 in 1756 (1, p. 459-460)

  • Primary crop – Rice

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. 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), pp. 459-464
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River

  2. Information contributed by Ruth Hazzard, a Hazzard family descendent.

  3. Information contributed by Edward Pattillo, from Transactions of the Huguenot Society of S.C., 1897 and the S.C. Historical & Genealogical Magazine, Vol.43, 1942.

  4. Edward Pattillo, Carolina Planters on the Alabama Frontier: The Spencer-Robeson-McKenzie Family Papers (Montgomery, AL: NewSouth Books, 2011)



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