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Petition to Lord Germain Dated 19 April 1782

The following petition, signed by eleven (11) South Carolina Loyalist Officers, was submitted to the Right Honorable Lord George Germain for presentation to the Crown.  The document probably was drafted by Thomas Fletchall, perhaps with the aid of Joseph Robinson (both are signatories thereto).  The petition provides the names of approximately 300 Loyalists who were murdered by the Whigs during the Revolution.  For referencing purposes, I have added a number to each name.  John Mayfield, number 171, is the only person whose biography is posted to this web site.  The petition has been previously published in several books concerning the Loyalists of South Carolina; however, the original document is located in the Public Record Office (PRO), London, Manuscript Reference CO5, Volume 82.

Charlestown, South Carolina

19 April 1782

TO THE KING'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY

MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN

WE your Majesty's dutiful and loyal Subjects, once the inhabitants of the frontier of South Carolina, now refugees here, humbly beg leave openly to assure our Sovereign that we are His true and loyal Subjects, in which Principles we are confirmed, and stand independent, divested of all temporizing motives, in consequence of which we have sacrificed Our All, in order to enjoy the blessings of the happiest Constitution guarded by the best of Monarchs.

Thus disposed, it is with astonishment and indignation we learn that men about your Royal Person dare to vilify the conduct of your faithful servants in America, we allude to the Duke of Richmond's Speech in the House of Peers the 31st of January 1782, when he openly disapproves of Justice being executed on the Rebel Haynes. It reflects on the characters of Earl Cornwallis, Lord Rawdon, and our Commandant Lieutenant Colonel Balfour, officers who have made the real interest of their Country the constant rule of their truly virtuous conduct.

Gratitude should have drawn this acknowledgment from us, yet we might have been silent, had it not been for the open and extraordinary assertion of His Grace of Richmond “that the loyalists of South Carolina did not hesitate to denominate the execution of Haynes to be Murder, and that of the foulest complexion.” -- this we deny, and are fully of Opinion, that his execution was a proper example, and Just reward for his treason and infidelity and are Sorry the same mode of correcting rebels was so long deferred, through laudable, but we conceive, mistaken motives.

We are not to suppose His Grace is ignorant that the Usurpers in this Province have murdered above three hundred Men, some after and some without pretended trials, on a bare Suspicion of their being attached to your Majesty's Government.

His Grace and virtuous Colleagues (in the support of rebellion) sit at ease fabricating Systems to prolong the War, at the expense of the Blood, the treasure, the honor, the happiness of the Nation, whilst we without regret suffer in support and defense of Government.

We sincerely lament the encouragement Rebellion receives from their opposition to your Majesty's Wise and Just measures, which without doubt has been conducive to prolong this unnatural rebellion, we therefore, actuated by Principles of Loyalty, and conducted by honest sincerity, have presumed to make this

declaration of our Sentiments, and that your Majesty's benevolent endeavors for the happiness of your People, be crowned with Success, is the most sincere wish of

Your Majesty's Most dutiful and Loyal Subjects

Signed By:

Thomas Fletchall, Colonel of the Forks of Broad and Saluda Rivers

Joseph Robinson, Lieut-Colonel, South Carolina Royalists

Evan McLaurin, Lieut-Colonel, Second Battalion South Carolina Royalists

Thomas Edgehill, Lieut-Colonel of Little Saluda Regiment of Militia.

John Hamilton, Colonel, Lower Regiment of Ninety-Six Militia

Daniel Clary, Lieut-Colonel, Dutch Fork

William Ballintine, Lieut. Colonel, Dutch Fork

Zacharias Gibbs, Major, Pacolet

Daniel Plummer, Lieut-Colonel, Tiger River

John Phillips, Colonel, Winnsborough Militia, and Camden Militia

James Miller, Captain, Jackson's Creek Militia

 

South Carolina Casualties:

 

  1.  

Samuel Austin

  1.  

John Anderson

  1.  

John Andrews

  1.  

Joseph Arkins

  1.  

Thomas Arkins

  1.  

William Adams

  1.  

John Atcheson

  1.  

Thomas Allison

  1.  

James Abendree

  1.  

Joseph Alexander, Lieut

  1.  

John Atkinson (aged 65)

  1.  

John Allen

  1.  

John Barton, Captain

  1.  

James Bart

  1.  

David Brasil

  1.  

John Boseman

  1.  

Nicholas Bundrick

  1.  

John Butteran

  1.  

Thomas Broome

  1.  

Ezekiel Beams

  1.  

John Bryant of Bush River

  1.  

John Bryant of Fair Forest

  1.  

William Busby

  1.  

Christopher Bain

  1.  

Jacob Bowman, Captain

  1.  

Robert Box

  1.  

Thomas Burk

  1.  

Thomas Beatie

  1.  

David Beattie

  1.  

James Burnes

  1.  

John Chitwood, Captain

  1.  

William Craddock

  1.  

John Crosby

  1.  

Arthur Carradyne, Aged 76

  1.  

Michael Curtis

  1.  

Henry Crum, Senr.

  1.  

Henry Crum, Junr.

  1.  

George Clayton

  1.  

Samuel Campbell Cleg, Ensign, South Carolina Royalists

  1.  

James Chiney

  1.  

John Case

  1.  

Claude Creighton

  1.  

John Chapman

  1.  

John Colnard

  1.  

Byer Carpenter

  1.  

James Clark, and a youth, his Son

  1.  

Walter Clark

  1.  

William Chester

  1.  

David Chester

  1.  

William Conway

  1.  

George Cornet

  1.  

John Chapman

  1.  

Joseph Cain

  1.  

Chesley Davis

  1.  

Jacob Devalt

  1.  

John Donahoe, Aged 75

  1.  

_____ Dunlop, Major of Dragoons

  1.  

George Dawkins, Aged 78

  1.  

Daniel Henry

  1.  

Charles Draper

  1.  

George Davis

  1.  

William Daly

  1.  

_____ Downs, Major

  1.  

Sill Delasnett, Captain

  1.  

Elijah Davis, Lieutenant

  1.  

Alexander Daly

  1.  

Duke Dorack

  1.  

John Easterling

  1.  

Joseph Evinger

  1.  

Robert Edwards

  1.  

David Ferguson

  1.  

George Fulker

  1.  

John Furcil

  1.  

_____ Flukwynnin, Colonel

  1.  

Christopher Funderburg

  1.  

John Folk

  1.  

Gabriel Friday

  1.  

Walter Gilkie

  1.  

Thomas Gibson

  1.  

William Geeseland

  1.  

Jordan Gibson

  1.  

John Groundwater

  1.  

Thomas Griffin

  1.  

Daniel Griffin

  1.  

John Griffin

  1.  

William Griffin

  1.  

Langley Glass

  1.  

John Goldman

  1.  

Thomas Garret

  1.  

Robert Goodwyn

  1.  

William Gratton

  1.  

James Gratton

  1.  

Thomas Good

  1.  

George Qwyn

  1.  

George Garret

  1.  

James Herlock

  1.  

Jacob Holmes

  1.  

William Hicks

  1.  

Jonathan Hallam

  1.  

William Huggins

  1.  

John Hughes.

  1.  

John Habbard

  1.  

George Hartsock

  1.  

Aquilla Hall, Ensign, South Carolina Royalists

  1.  

James Harrison

  1.  

William Hall

  1.  

Joseph Humphreys

  1.  

John Hobey

  1.  

Joseph Humphreys

  1.  

John Holsey

  1.  

William Hill

  1.  

Dunsmore Hanson

  1.  

Loughton Hanson

  1.  

Mathias Hoswalk

  1.  

Astrop Harvey

  1.  

James Henderson

  1.  

Robert Hoag

  1.  

William Hervison

  1.  

John Hersey, Captain

  1.  

Allen Hackett

  1.  

William Hanby

  1.  

William Hunt, Lieutenant, South Carolina Royalists

  1.  

William Hill

  1.  

John Holson

  1.  

Henry Harden

  1.  

Jacob Johnson

  1.  

John Jackson

  1.  

James Julian

  1.  

Arthur Jackson

  1.  

Joseph Jordan

  1.  

Henry Jordan

  1.  

James Johnson

  1.  

John Julian, Sent.

  1.  

John Julian, Junr.

  1.  

Jacob Jones

  1.  

Jesse Jones, Captain

  1.  

Caleb Jones

  1.  

James Jones

  1.  

Henry Jackson

  1.  

Daniel Johnson

  1.  

Francis Jinkins

  1.  

Thomas Keating, Major, Aged 80

  1.  

Michael Kinmure

  1.  

James Kane, and his Son

  1.  

Thomas Kinard, Lieutenant

  1.  

Samuel Longford

  1.  

Jesse Lott

  1.  

John Lopp

  1.  

David Long of Broad River

  1.  

Lewis Lendin

  1.  

Frederick Legrone

  1.  

James Lendlay, Captain

  1.  

Benjamin Lewis

  1.  

Thomas Larkin

  1.  

Richard Larkin

  1.  

Robert Love -- (killed while asleep

  1.  

And another man)

  1.  

David Long of Saluda

  1.  

James Lott

  1.  

John Myrick

  1.  

Joseph Myrick

  1.  

David McWhitby

  1.  

Ambrose Mills

  1.  

Kenneth Moore

  1.  

John Marlow, Captain

  1.  

William McDaniel

  1.  

Archibald Murray

  1.  

Hugh Maskell

  1.  

Phillip McGuire

  1.  

Daniel McKoppin

  1.  

John Mayfield, Lieutenant Colonel

  1.  

Thomas Madden

  1.  

James Martin

  1.  

Benjamin Murry

  1.  

Emanuel Miller – Aged 70

  1.  

Henry Mireaux

  1.  

William McKane

  1.  

John McPhail

  1.  

James McPhail

  1.  

John Madden

  1.  

Robert McGill

  1.  

Patrick McDavid

  1.  

John Mills

  1.  

James Moore of Camden and his four Sons

  1.  

Patrick Moore, Captain

  1.  

Lockley Madden

  1.  

James Makane

  1.  

Jesse Moore of Long Cane and his three Sons

  1.  

William McCluer

  1.  

William Nichols

  1.  

Robert Nettles

  1.  

Isaac Neibours

  1.  

Theophilous Norwood

  1.  

John Neale

  1.  

Alexander Neale

  1.  

Francis Neale

  1.  

Benjamin Neale

  1.  

George Oswald

  1.  

John Osburne

  1.  

Philip Pau

  1.  

John Pearson

  1.  

Henry Peebles

  1.  

Robert Pool

  1.  

Benjamin Pendarvis

  1.  

Andrew Power

  1.  

Richard Price

  1.  

James Phipburne

  1.  

David Phillips, Lieutenant

  1.  

Absalom Palmer

  1.  

Thomas Pearson

  1.  

John Postin

  1.  

John Price

  1.  

Laurence Philips

  1.  

William Pemont

  1.  

William Proctor

  1.  

William Russell

  1.  

Richard Radcliffe

  1.  

Thomas Radcliffe

  1.  

Richard Redoubt

  1.  

William Richardson, Captain

  1.  

William Ryan, Aged 65

  1.  

Philip Bowler

  1.  

John Rogers

  1.  

David Rees, Colonel of Militia

  1.  

John Radcliffe

  1.  

Charles Riley, Ensign, South Carolina Royalists

  1.  

Peter Russell

  1.  

Arnold Russell

  1.  

Arthur Reed

  1.  

Henry Reynolds

  1.  

Russell Rutledge

  1.  

Joseph Rutledge

  1.  

Henry Sentrifit

  1.  

John Sojourner

  1.  

William Silcocke

  1.  

George Sommers

  1.  

John Simmons

  1.  

Zacharia Stedman

  1.  

John Sandall

  1.  

John Spring

  1.  

Sullifro Sulton

  1.  

John Shepperd

  1.  

Jacob Sailor, Captain

  1.  

Lewis Shilhouse

  1.  

Zacharia Sparks

  1.  

George Superd, Captain

  1.  

James Speakman

  1.  

William Smith

  1.  

William Seals

  1.  

John Scott

  1.  

John Snelgrove

  1.  

Thomas Spratt, Captain

  1.  

John Sloan, Captain

  1.  

Andrew Sloan

  1.  

John Saunders

  1.  

Joseph Simpson

  1.  

Peter Song

  1.  

Adam Steadham

  1.  

William Smith

  1.  

Zephaniah Taylor

  1.  

William Thompson

  1.  

Benjamin Thompson

  1.  

George Thompson

  1.  

Thomas Taylor

  1.  

James Tweed

  1.  

Burd Terry

  1.  

Elijah Teg

  1.  

John Tidwell

  1.  

Francis Tidwell

  1.  

Abraham Turner

  1.  

Benjamin Tharp

  1.  

Absalom Turner

  1.  

John Tompson

  1.  

Jacob Tearson

  1.  

Zachariah Tennison

  1.  

Michael Taylor

  1.  

John Taylor

  1.  

Archibald Todd

  1.  

John Vale

  1.  

William Valentine

  1.  

Robert Wilson of the Royal Navy, Captain of Militia

  1.  

Joshua Wood

  1.  

Patrick Wright

  1.  

Henry Whitman

  1.  

Joseph Whitman

  1.  

John Weir, Captain

  1.  

Joseph Winchester

  1.  

James Wilson

  1.  

John Wilson

  1.  

John Wood

  1.  

William Wilson

  1.  

Charles Williams

  1.  

Giles Williams

  1.  

James Warden

  1.  

John Wirebush

  1.  

Thomas Wilson

  1.  

John Wiseman

  1.  

John Yelding

  1.  

William Young

 

This list was confined to the 96th District, the Southern part of Camden, and the upper parts of Orangeburg, with five in Charlestown.

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