Foot Point Plantation - Spring Island Beaufort County South Carolina SC

Foot Point Plantation – Spring Island – Beaufort County

Basic Information

  • Location – Spring Island, Colleton River, Beaufort County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?


  • 1718 – Earliest known date of existence

    Sir John Colleton was granted 12,000 acres which he called Devil's Elbow Barony (1, p. 12).

  • 1777 – Sir John Colleton died. The large land holding had remained together up until his death. (1, p. 12).

  • ? – The Colleton family sold 6,000 acres of the barony (1, p. 68).

  • ? – House built

  • 1860 – Charles J Colcock owned Foot Point Plantation (2, vol. I-XII, x: 35).


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?

  • A 10-acre field of olives were grown at Foot Point Plantation which was destroyed during the Civil War. It is believed these were the first olives grown in America (3).


  • Alphabetical list – Charles J Colcock (1860); Sir John Colleton (1718-1777); James M. Eason (1864); Charles T. Lowndes


  • Number of slaves – Over 100 according to the Federal Census of 1860 (2, vol. I-XII, x: 35)

References & Resources

  1. Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)

  2. 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

  3. Information contributed by Lancy Burn from the Handbook of South Carolina, 1908, second edition, page 349

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