Lost Heywards

Cousins,

I am currently working on the genealogies of branches of the family that we have lost contact with.  James Barnwell Heyward’s “Red Book” has been a great starting point and I have gotten information from Findagrave.com, but would like to bring the family record up to date on these lost branches.  I am currently working on the lines of the descendants of Anne Miles Heyward (1757-1820) who married Thomas Gibbons of Savannah (former Mayor of Savannah), GA).  Thomas moved to Elizabethtown, NJ and Anne ended up back in Savannah.  Their children were: Anne Heyward Gibbons (married John M. Trumbull), William Heyward Gibbons, Thomas Heyward Gibbons and Hannah Gibbons (died young).  Anne and John Trumbull’s descendants include the families of Isham, McAllister, Lathrop, Ripley and Wheelwright.

I’m also working on the line of Maria Miles Heyward (1784-1862) who married William Drayton (1776-1846) of Charleston, SC.  This family moved to Philadelphia.  Col. Drayton was a member of Congress from 1825-1833 and apparently the move to Philadelphia was a politically motivated one.  William and Maria had at least five children and two were known to have children.

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No Heyward Reunion in 2020

The annual Heyward Family Reunion, traditionally observed on the second Saturday after Easter, will not be held this year.

The reason is the nation-wide prohibition of such gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic. When the prohibition went into effect, the HFA board had made tentative arrangements for a reunion site, assuming the reunion date would be April 25. After the prohibition, the board considered holding the reunion or a similar gathering in the fall of 2020. However, because of the uncertainties surrounding the prohibition, nothing is currently planned.

The tradition of the Heyward family newsletter, however, will continue this year and registered family members should expect them to arrive soon in their mailboxes.

White Hall and Old House: Their Intertwined Histories

White Hall plantation, site of this year’s Heyward reunion, is an important place in our family’s history. It was once the home of Thomas Heyward, Jr (1746- 1809), signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Close by is another plantation site of equal family significance, Old House. It was the residence of Thomas’s father, Daniel Heyward (1720 – 1777). Guests at the 2017 reunion can easily check out the Old House site. Continue reading