Captain Joseph William Humphreys, Revolutionary Service, SC

1st generation Joseph William Humphreys, Capt RS b: c1744 in Liverpool Eng or VA d:1809. Died and is buried in Allendale Co, SC, served under Gen Pickens in Rev .War, married Esther Conyers b: c1750 in Liverpool Eng, died perhaps in Screven CO, GA - her marker is not with with JH. Her father: John Conyers, Capt Rev. Ser.; Mother: Sarah? Elizabeth Hicks. Ambiguous evidence of a second wife, Rachel, possibly m Aft. 1772 in Barnwell Dist, SC Rachel d: Aft. 1803. Two known children:

2nd generation Brother Humphreys b: Abt. 1768

2nd generation John Conyers Humphreys b: 19 April 1772 in SC, 1810 census Barnwell Co, SC d: 26 September 1817 near Milbury Grove, Allendale Co, SC, married Sarah Cone b: 16 October 1780 in SC, m: <1801, all children born at Milbury Grove, SC d: 20 February 1857 Allendale Co, SC - buried in Brunson-Smart Cemetery off S. Bluff Rd, Father: John Cone, Mother: Rachel Colding

J.W. Humphreys Records:

Revolutionary War Stub Entry: p 265 No 407 Lib T: Issued 29 June 1785 to William Humphries for L4..5..8 ½ Sterlg for Militia Dury etc Principal L4..5..4 1/2 Ann Int L0..15..11. Other Humphreys listed are: Absalom Humphreys; Wm Humphreys, late Brigd QuartrMaster in Gen Sumpters Brig. State Troops; David Humphry; Humphry Humphrys

Rev. War. Accounts Audited: AA 6184 Patrick Quartemas State of SC \ Recieved of Patrick Quartermas by Captain Joseph / Ninety Six District/ Humphreys Two cows, one Steer and three Heiffers for the use of General Pickin's Brigade at Welch Mill. SC Dept. Archives & History, Columbia, SC March 20, 1942

Barnwell Deeds: Office of Clerk of County, Barnwell Dist, Bk 3, Register Mesen Conv. p20: Joseph Humphries, State of Ga, Scriven Co, sold to Henry Colding of Barnwell Dist, "_OO A for $140 23rd May, 1803. Recd, Aug 22, 1803 Witnesses: John C Humphries, John Overstreet. (Rachel, wife of Joseph). & p21: John Wyld, Barnwell Dist. sold to Joseph Humphries, said dist. 200 A for 22 pounds, 21st Aug, 1800 - Rec. Aug 22, 1803. Witnesses" A Smith and John Barker.

The following was printed in the Sylvania (GA) Telephone in 1956:

Submitted by Brier Creek Chapter DAR Sylvania GA

Joseph Humphreys came into the province of GA in 1766. In petition for land he stated he had a wife and two children and prayed for 250 acres of land in St George Parish. The grant for land was signed by Governor Wright September 6, 1768. Reference: Colonial Records of GA by Chandler, page 618.

In list of Liberty Boys of St George Parish, Joseph Humphreys name appears Ref: Roster of Rev Soldiers of GA by McCall, p 211.

September 13, 1782 at meeting of the Council of Safety "Ordered that Joseph Humphreys be allowed one ration per day during time he may be employed in taking charge of the public wagons and teams. Ref: Rev Records of GA by Chandler p 378.

Joseph Humphreys resided in that part of St. George's Parish which later became Screven Co and in 1803 moved with his son John Conyers Humphreys to Barnwell District, SC. His wife, Esther, appears on deeds in Screven Co.

The"Humphreys Burying Ground"

Joseph Humphreys' tombstone has been located in Allendale Co, formerly Barnwell District, in SC, in a family "burying ground." In this plot are his son, John Conyers Humphreys, his daughter in law and two grandchildren. His tombstone reads SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOSEPH HUMPHREYS WHO DIED AD 1809 AGE 65 YEARS.

Capt Joseph William Humphreysand his immediate family are buried in a small cemetery outside of Allendale, located off Bluff Road down a dirt road. Early letters indicate that this was known as the Humphreys Burial Ground, but it is now known as the Smart Cemetery. We first located the graves in November 1996, with the help of a cousin.

It was especially difficult to get to the old Humphreys graves, using hatchets, a mattock and pocket knives. We all got tangled in the smilax and blackberry thickets but it was a good adventure. Once we got into the deep underbrush and woods, we found many other graves, Brunson, Gray and Smart families, and, off to one side, the graves of our Humphreys family. The stone of our Revolutionary ancestor, Joseph William Humphries, had been broken by a fallen tree, and I pried with the mattock while my husband, AE, pulled out the stone. It was cleanly broken and we stood it up against the tree trunk. These graves were completely hidden from the clay road, and no one would have guessed that they were there. After climbing back through the thickets, we stood in the road picking burrs and thorns out of our clothing! The cemetery is now in better repair, thanks to one of the local families.

Identified grave markers of members of the Humphreys Family, buried in the "Smart" Cemetery:

Sacred to the memory of Joseph Humphreys who died A.D. 1809 Aged 65 years

Sacred to the memory of Jane daughter of J.C. & S. Humphreys Who died 3rd Sept. 1817 in the 9th year of her age.

Sacred in the memory of John C(onyers) Humphreys who died Sept. 26, 1814 in the 46th year of his age

Sacred in the memory of Sarah Humphreys who departed this life February 20th 1857 Aged 76 years ll mos. & 12 days

Elizabeth wife of C.H. Coldingdied June 14th, 1869 Aged 63 years, 4 mos, 14 days Erected by her son Charles

For further information, contact: Judy Canant

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