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Biography - Daniel Heyward (c. 1640 - 1684)



From Heyward ("The Red Book") by James Barnwell Heyward II, published in 1925, page 4

"Outside of his Will...very little authentic data has been handed down relating to our pioneer himself, but the terms "goods and chattels" used in his will indicate that he was somewhat of a dealer in merchandise and further that he owned more or less personalty in the shape of negro slaves. This supposition, however, seems to contradict the impression gathered elsewhere that the Heyward family in England were all agriculturists.

"According to one tradition, Daniel Heyward together with a brother named Thomas left England as a part of the William Sayle colony in January, 1670, and landed at Port Royal in Carolina during the month of March following. A more generally accepted impression, however is that the brothers left England at a much erlier date and settled themselves on the Island of Barbados, one of the Bahama Islands; but that Thomas became dissatisfied and returned to England, while Daniel joined the Sayle colony, when their fleet stopped at said Island to take aboard the plants and seeds which had been the plan for them to take along with them to their destination.

"That Thomas Heyward did return to England is upheld by the Will of our pioneer Daniel Heyward.

"Another say so is that Daniel Heyward never left Barbados until the arrival there of Sir John Yeamans, who had left his own colony on Cape Fear river and was on his way to join the Sayle colony; whereupon Daniel Heyward joined him, and therefore did not reach Carolina until after the Sayle colony had made their permanent settlement on Oyster Point; the location which became the present city of Charleston."

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