THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION:
South Carolina Loyalists
Biographical Sketches


by Victoria Proctor

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WAGNER, John - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class II. A Charleston merchant, Wagner was banished from South Carolina in 1782 and moved to St. Augustine at the evacuation of Charleston. Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALKER, George - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission. Immigrated to America with his family in 1767 and served as gunner at Fort Johnson, near Charleston. Served aboard British frigates for two years, returned to England. Came back to Charleston, South Carolina in 1780 and commanded a galley until an injury forced him to return to England. Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALKER, George Richard - son of George Walker above (gunner at Fort Johnson). Removed the powder from the fort and helped spike its guns before it was captured. Returned to England. Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALKER, Henrietta - Wife of Nathaniel WALKER, a merchant of Charleston, who remained until 1777 or 1778. In 1780 Nathaniel went to Jamaica, contracted fever and died. Henrietta had gone to London in 1773. She filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALKER, James - Immigrated to America from Northern Ireland in 1767, settling in Ninety Six District. Served with the Loyalists at Ninety Six in 1775. Joined the British militia in 1780 and acted as quartermaster on James Island. Left Charleston at the evacuation in 1782. On his arrival in England, he received twenty guineas to take his wife and six children back to Ireland. Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALKER, John - A native of Scotland, moved to Charleston in 1762 as a merchant. Went to England in 1775.

WALKER, Thomas - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALLACE, William - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WALTON, William - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WARD, John Taylor - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class II.

WAYNE, Richard - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class III

WEAVER, George - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WEBB, Charles - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WEIR, James - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WELLS, John Jun'r. - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class II.

WELLS, Robert - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class I. Immigrated to South Carolina in 1752.

WHITAKER, John - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WHITLEY, Moses - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WIGFALL, John - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class V. Property was confiscated but subsequently returned.

WILLARD, John - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class VI.

WILLIAMS, Edward - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WILLIAMS, Robert - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class III. Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WILLIAMSON, Andrew - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class VI. Of South Carolina. Property confiscated by the State of South Carolina but subsequently returned.

WILLIMAN, Christopher - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class II.

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WILSON, Nathaniel - Filed a claim with the Loyalist Claims Commission.

WILSON, Robert Dr. - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class III. Property subsequently restored.

WILSON, S., British Army - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class I.

WINSTANLEY, Thomas - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class V. Of Charleston, South Carolina. An attorney. Captain in the royal militia during the British occupation of Charleston, and clerk of the Board of Police. Moved to East Florida at the evacuation of 1782.

WITHROW, John - of Ninety Six, served with General Cunningham, imprisoned after Battle of Ninety Six, but released. Joined the British in Florida, stayed for the war. Settled at Rawdon, Nova Scotia. Appears on Colonel John Purves' List of Tory Militia, 1783.

WRAGG, John - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class III

WRIGHT, Alexander - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class III. Had estates in South Carolina and Georgia. Lived in Charleston and in Dorchester.

WRIGHT, Charles - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class I.

WRIGHT, Jermyn - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class I.

WRIGHT, Sir James - listed in the Royal Gazette Confiscations List of 20 March 1782 as a Class I.


CONFISCATION LIST CLASSES:

CLASS I - Comprehends all British subjects who have property in this country, that is to say, such persons as never have submitted to the American Government.

CLASS II - Such of the former inhabitants of this Country, as presented congratulatory addresses to Sir Henry Clinton and Admiral Arbuthnot

CLASS III - Those who petitioned to be armed in defence of the British Government, after the conquest of this Province

CLASS IV - Those who congratulated Earl Cornwallis, on the victory gained at Camden

CLASS V - Those who have borne commissions, civil or military, under the British Government, since the conquest of this Province

CLASS VI - Obnoxious Persons

Source Notes:

1. Confiscated estates lists, published in the Royal Gazette newspaper at Charleston, 20 March 1782.

2. Sabine, Lorenzo. Biographical sketches of Loyalists of the American Revolution. (2nd Ed., 1864)

3. Records of the Loyalist Claims Commission, PRO, London

4. Miscellaneous Papers on Forfeited Estates, File Number S126170, Box 4, SCDAH, Columbia.
Record group includes returns filed by Tory militia commanders filed in 1783, as a result of Ordinance No. 1189, passed by the South Carolina Fifth General Assembly 17 March 1783.

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