Very Early TRUESDALE's - R. W. Hughes
Subject: Very Early TRUESDALE's
From: R. W. Hughes
Date: July 21, 1998

A look-see at our "carrier".......

Revolutionary War Veteran - Private, South Carolina Militia Served in
Col. Joseph Kershaw's Regiment [DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition,
Part 3, page 2981.]
 Came to the US in 1772 aboard the brigantine "FREE MASON", landing at
the port of Charleston.  Petitioned the immigrant council for his bounty
land on 06 Jan 1773.  As one of 53 eligible passengers, including several
neighbors from the Rathfriland area, John was in line for an immigrant
bounty of 250 acres of land.  All petitioners were certified as being
properly accredited protestants in good standing [meaning at the time
Anglicans].  Only six of the petitioners were able to pay for their
warrants, John not being one of these.  Based on his grants, John
Truesdel settled in the Flat Rock between the present county seat of
Kershaw Co and Heath Springs.
John was a poor correspondent, not writing to his people back in Kinghill
until 1792, twenty years after his departure.
In places, through errors, Molly is given the surname of "Miller".  She
was a Hollingsworth, sister of half sister of Hena Hollingsworth [see
letter of 1773].  The Hollingsworth tradition parallels that of the
Truesdale - Cromwellian soldier at Drogheda, moving later to County Down.
 While Molly must have been a Presbyterian in order to marry John
Truesdel, elsewhere in Ireland at this time the Hollingsworths were
Quakers.  Both John and Molly are buried in unmarked graves above Kershaw
toward Heath Springs.
Listed in the DAR Patriot Index-Centennial Edition - Volume # 3, page #
2981. Received 300 acres of land on Hanging Rock Creek on 5 Jun 1786 as
"Bounty Land" for service during the Revolutionary War.  Sold the land to
Hollingsworth on 18 Sep 1817 for $150.oo.
John's wife, Mary, was well along in a pregnancy prior to their departure
From Ireland.  During the voyage, she delivered twin boys, one of whom
was stillborn.  The one who lived was named Hollingsworth.  The stillborn
boy, who was buried at sea, was given the name of "Seaborn".  Since that
time, the name has been used frequently by not only the
Truesdel/dell/dale families, but also by other lines who married into the
family as a way of perpetuating the story of the twin who did not make

Shows on 1800 Census, Kershaw Dist.: 1/-/-/1/-/1/-/1/-/-//-/-/

Addition to the emigration information above....the "FREE MASON" was part
of a 5 ship group that sailed from Ireland to Charlestown, SC in October
of 1772, landing there in December 1772.....the land bounty was figured
at 100 acres for head of household, and 50 acres each for other taxable
persons of the same family....since John could not afford the bounty
price, he was left with the option of taking "lesser quality" land
further inland, so he chose the land in Camden District.....the 5 ships
were under the "leadership" of one Reverend William Martin, bringing
about 800 "seceeders" with him to the US....
John Truesdel was shown on the manifest as John Thursdale............

Further information concerning the emigration of this large group of
people aboard the five ships of the Rev. Martin; the ships were the
"FREE MASON".  These ships did not arrive together, but came over
individually over a period of weeks.  The average travel time then was 7
- 9 weeks.

LORD DUNLUCE sailed from Larne on Oct. 4, 1772 (this is the largest of
the ships and the one Rev. Martin sailed on)

PENNSYLVANIA FARMER sailed from Belfast on Oct. 16, 1772

HOPEWELL sailed from Belfast on Oct. 19, 1772

FREE MASON- 250 tons. Master John Semple: agen, J. W. & G. Glenry. Hill
Wilson, Geo Anderson. Wm. Booth, Merchant, Owners. Sailed from Newry on
Oct. 27, 1772

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