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.
William Drayton and Thomas Gibbons are both featured as “Notable Heywards” on the HFA website. .
If anyone has information to add to these family lines, please contact Jim Glover at Jimglover5@yahoo.com.
The Heyward Family Association’s official list of known descendants and their spouses is the online database at heywardgenealogy.org. The contents of this site come from numerous sources including the “Red Book;” Tom Furman’s research; Colonial Governor William Glover and His Descendants; Colonel Joseph Glover (1719-1783) and His Descendants; South Carolina Genealogies Vol. LIX (1958); and Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, to name a few.
The online database now ends with only a generation or so after these two Heyward ladies married.