Legare - Steven J. Coker
Subject: Legare
From: Steven J. Coker
Date: September 22, 1998

The Huguenots of Colonial South Carolina 
By Arthur Henry Hirsch, Ph.D.
1928, Duke University Press
reprinted 1962 by Archon Books
(pp 225-226)

   The Legare family has several branches.[57] One appears in New England,
another in South Carolina. The will of Francis Legare, of Braintree, Mass., is
dated Feb. 3, 1710-11. It mentions his wife Ann and a son Solomon "now in
Carolina" and a son Daniel.[58] Baird errs in his claim that he was one of the
founders of the so-called Circular Church in Charles Town, a church of
Congregational polity and Presbyterian doctrines, but independent in its life.
Solomon Legare probably never lived in Charles Town. The South Carolina Solomon
Legare died in November, 1774, at the age of seventy-one. The South Carolina
Gazette and Country Journal[59] observed that he was a man of the "most
remarkable integrity of character and undissembled piety". The burial services
held in the Congregational (Circular) Church were remarkable for the fact that
on this occasion for the first time the "non-consumption agreement" with
reference to British goods was observed.[60] Neither gloves nor scarfs were
furnished. Even the nearest relatives appeared in their usual dress with the
exception that hat-bands of black ribbons were added.

57 T. H. S. S. C. IV. 7.

58 MS Pr. Doc. Mass., quoted in Baird, Hug. in Am., II. 112.

59 Nov. 22, 1774. S. C. Gaz., Nov. 21, 1774.

60 S. C. Gaz., Nov. 21, 1774.

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