I am attaching some information about Isaac Marion, the brother of Francis Marion. He lived in the Little River area of SC at the Boundary House.  The attached excerpts are from an article about Isaac written by CB Berry of NMB, SC.  - Ben Burroughs

"Francis Marion, Strand Linked"

By C.B. Berry

Local History column

The Sun News, January 2, 1993

"... Isaac Marion married Rebecca Allston, daughter of William Allston and his wife, Esther LaBruce (1704-1781), who resided across Little River at what is now called Tilghman Point [the tip of Little River Neck, also known locally as the Battery]. Isaac and Rebecca had four children, including Rebecca who married Samuel Dwight, a Charleston merchant who moved to Little River during the Revolution. The Dwight children included a son, Francis Marion Dwight (Aug. 24, 1777-April 24, 1833), who was a great favorite of his granduncle, Francis Marion --- so much so that the General promised to make him his heir if he would have his name legally changed to Francis Marion so that succeeding generations might bear the Marion name. (Francis Marion had no children of his own.)

To conform to his granduncle's request, he petitioned the S.C. Legislature to change his name and an account of this is contained in the Senate Journals, Acts of Dec. 1799: "...Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the (sic) Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of same, that the said Francis Marion Dwight be, and he is hereby authorized to change his present name to that of Francis Marion, and that he shall hereafter be known and distinguished in law, wherein he may be bound or obliged, or wherein any person or persons may be bound and obliged to him by no other name but that of Francis Marion..."

Francis Marion, the former Francis Marion Dwight, married Charlotte Kirk (b. 1782) of Mount Pleasant Plantation, near Eautawville, but she died about a year later without issue. In 1801, he married her sister, Harriet Kirk, who bore him eight daughters and no sons: Rebecca (married Charles C. Porcher); Charlotte; Louisa Carolina (married John King); Catherine Couturier (married John Gendron Palmer); Charlotte Kirk (married Dr. Isaac T. Couturier); Mary Videau (married Richard Yeadon, a lawyer and editor of Charleston); Eliza Harriet; and Gabriella (married Philip C. Kirk, whose son, Dr. Philip S. Kirk, resided in the old Marion home, "Mount Pleasant.") ..."

[Copied by Ben Burroughs, December 4, 2006]

Supplied by Ben Burroughs


The Life of Francis Marion (the link is to the entire book, on line, on this web site, courtesy of Project Gutenberg)

by W. Gilmore Simms

A letter from ISAAC MARION, one of the brothers of our subject [Francis Marion], who dwelt at Little River, the Northern boundary of the province, is worthy of quotation, as serving to show that he was animated with the same public spirit that possessed his more distinguished kinsman. It was written to accompany the express, which brought the news of the battle of Lexington. A letter to him, from R. Howe, of N.C., forwarding the express, remarking, "I know you stand in no need of being prompted when your country requires your service" -- would seem to show that he too had shared in the reputation of his brother. The following is the letter of Isaac Marion, addressed to the Committee of Safety of Little River.

Boundary, May 9, 1775, Little River.

Gentlemen of the Committee; -- I have just now received an express, from the Committee of the Northern Provinces, desiring I would forward the enclosed packet to the Southern Committees. As yours is the nearest, I request FOR THE GOOD OF YOUR COUNTRY, AND THE WELFARE OF OUR LIVES, LIBERTIES, AND FORTUNES, you'll not lose a moment's time, but dispatch the same to the Committee of Georgetown, to be forwarded to Charleston. In meantime, am, gentlemen, Your obliged humble servant, &c. Isaac Marion. To Danness, Hawkins and others.



The marriage of Marion, like that of Washington, was without fruits. This may have baffled some hopes, and in some degree qualified his happiness, but did not impair his virtues. He adopted the son of a relative, to whom he gave his own name, in the hope of perpetuating it in the family, but even this desire has been defeated, since the heir thus chosen, though blessed with numerous children, was never so fortunate as to own a son


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