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ENGLISH CROWN GRANTS FOR PARISHES OF ST. DAVID, ST. PATRICK, ST. THOMAS, ST. MARY IN GEORGIA 1755-1775 by Hemperley p. 72-3

LEMAN, JAMES

100 acres, St. Mary Parish Surveyed December 9, 1768

Plat Book C, page 164 Granted October 4, 1768

Grant Book G, page 196

Tract located on the south side of Great Satilla River. Plat says tract in St. Thomas Parish but this is an error as tract is located on south side of Great Satilla River. Plat shows tract bounded on the southeast by Great Satilla River, northeast by "small vacancy between this and James Barnard.

Surveyed as LEMON and granted as LEMAN.

 

LEMAN, JAMES

150 acres, St. David Parish Surveyed June 29, 1768

Plat Book C, page 156 Granted December 6, 1768

Grant Book G, page 233

Bounded on the north by said JAMES LEMAN. Surveyed as LEMON and granted as LEMAN.

 

LEMAN, JAMES

250 acres, St. David Parish Surveyed June 29, 1768

Plat Book C, page 155 Granted December 6, 1768

Grant Book, G, page 234

Bounded on the south by said JAMES LEMAN. Surveyed as LEMON and granted as LEMAN.

 

LEMON, JAMES

100 acres, St. Mary Parish Surveyed April 3, 1765

Plat Book C, page 165 Granted October 4, 1768

Grant Book G, page 197

Bounded on the southeast by Great Satilla River. Surveyed as LEMON and granted as LEMMON.

 

LEMON, JAMES

250 acres, St. Patrick Parish Surveyed November 20, 1769

Plat Book C, page 150 Granted June 5, 1770

Grant Book I, page 24

Bounded on the southwest partly by Great Satilla River and partly by JAMES LEMON, northwest by Jeremiah Helvenstine, on all other sides by vacant land.

 

LEMONS, JAMES

200 acres, St. Patrick Parish Surveyed November 20, 1769

Plat Book C, page 150 Granted June 5, 1770

Grant Book I, page 24

Bounded on the north by Daniel Ryan.

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Name: James Leman
Arrival Year: 1772
Arrival Place: Charles Town, South Carolina
Source Publication Code: 7343
Primary Immigrant: Leman, James
Annotation: From the Journals of the Council of the Colony of South Carolina. Names and land allotments under the Bounty Act of 1761.
Source Bibliography: REVILL, JANIE. A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina, 1763-1773. Columbia [S.C.]: State Co., 1939. 163p. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1981.
Page: 118

 

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Deed MARTHA and son Robert Lemon of Pendleton Co., SC 1789

This Indenture, made this Seventeenth Day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and eighty nine, and in the fourteenth year of American Independence Between William MacMahan and Mary his wife of the County of Pendleton and State of South Carolina, Farmers of one part, and MARTHA LEMAN, Senr and Robert Leman, her son, of the county and state aforesaid of the other part; witnesseth, That for and in consideration of the sum of Forty Pounds Sterling to the said William McMahan and Mary his Wife, in hand paid by the said MARTHA LEMAN and Robert her son, at and before the Ensealing and Delivery of these presents, the receipt and payment whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath given, granted, bargained, sold, aliened, ensealed, and confirmed and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, enforce, and absolutely convey and confirm unto the said MARTHA LEMAN and Robert her son, their Heirs and Assigns, for ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing one hundred and Fifty Acres, said lands being a part of a tract containing by estimation three hundred acres and was granted to John Calhoun by patent bearing date the tenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred and Eighty-four, and in the ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, and conveyed and sold by the above John Calhoun unto William McMahan, as will appear by the Records of the State, Reference being thereunto had may more fully appear With the appurtenances Situate, lying and being on the three and twenty mile creek, waters of Savanna River Beginning at a Black Oak on the East Side of the creek; thence N. 55 W. 56 Chains to a stake by a post oak; thence S. 25, W. 28 Chains 50 L to a stake; thence S. 55 E. 50 C 80 L. to a stake thence N. 35 E 26 Cs 30Ls to the Beginning. Situate lying and being as aforesaid, with theirs and every of their rights, members, and appurtenances what soever and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders of and singular the said lands, tenements, Hereditiments and premises hereby granted, or intended to be granted or any post and parcel thereof; and all rents, houses, services and profits to them or any of them, or any part and parcel of them or any of them incident, belonging or in any wise appertaining and also all and every of the estate estates, rights, titles, claims, interests, and demands whatsoever of him the said William McMahan and Mary his wife of into or out of the said lands, tenements, Hereditiments, and premises hereby granted or mentioned to be granted, to any of them, or any part or parcel thereof to have and to hold the said lands, tenements, Hereditiments, and premises thereby granted, with their Appurtenances; to the said MARTHA LEMAN and Robert her son, their heirs and assigns for ever and the said William McMahan and Mary his wife, themselves, their heirs, executors, and Administrators doth hereby promise, covenant and agree that they the said William McMahan and Mary his Wife, their Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, shall and will at all times warrant and defend the said premises unto the said MARTHA LEMAN and Robert her son, their Heirs Assigns, against all lawful claims and demands whatsoever whereby the above mentioned premises might or may be affected or incumbered, contrary to the true intent and meaning of these premises. In Witness whereof the said William McMahan and Mary his wife have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals the day month and year first above mentioned.

Sign'd seal'd and delivered         William McMahan SEAL

in the presence of                            her

William Hallum                         Mary O McMahan SEAL

Jennet Laman                                 mark

James H. Dickson

Received from MARTHA LEMAN, and Robert her son, the sum of Forty Pounds, being the within Consideration Money. I say received by me January 1790.

Jennet Laman             William McMahen

Memorandum The twenty-third of March 1790, before me John Wilson one of the Justices of the Peace for the county of Pendleton, personally came William Hollum, and being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God and on his oath sayeth, that he was present and did see William McMahan and Mary his wife sign, seal, and as their act and did deliver the within deed for the use and purposes within mentioned: and did also see with himself as witness to the same.

Sworn to before me the day and year

above written John Wilson, JP William Hallum

(Recorded Aug 12, 1790)

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THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS A Short History of Cobb County, In

Georgia by Sarah Blackwell Gober Temple

p. 60 Robert and John Lemon, who came into Cobb soon after the County was organized, where the sons of Robert Lemon and Mary Anderson. Robert Lemon, Sr., was the son of JAMES LAMANT, LEMANT, or LEMONT (the name was undergone various spellings) and MARY SMYTHE or SMYTH, both of them born in County Antrim, Ireland. The family originally lived in Scotland, but moved to Ireland in pursuit of religious freedom. JAMES LEMANT and MARY SMYTH were married in 1763. In 1773, the family came to America, landing in Charleston, S.C., and going from there to Chester district, where they bought land near Fishing Creek Church. It was after the LEMANTS came to America that the final letter of the name was dropped and the spelling was for a time LEMAN, later sometimes LEMMOND, and then LEMON.

The family was shortly to take its part in the War of the Revolution, for JAMES LEMON fought with the troupes of his adopted country. His wife, MARTHA, had a singularly disconcerting experience, when, English troops thinking that her husband was home on leave, a rope was placed about her neck and she was threatened with hanging unless she divulged information concerning his whereabouts.

Her scorn for such a procedure was as great as her courage, and the British soldiers learned nothing from her. Her daughter Jane, or Jeanette, as she was usually called, played her part also, for she acted as courier for General Sumter, and upon at least one occasion carried a dispatch concealed in the double heel which she had knitted into her stocking, a feat which bespeaks her prowess as a needlewoman as well as her poise and courage.

Jeanette's brother Robert, who was born in Ireland in 1768, married Mary Anderson, in Chester in 1793. Removing to Pendleton Dist., S. C., he later moved to Decatur, Georgia, where he lived until his death...

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Information from Betty Lemon Brenner

JAMES LEMONT

From information titled "Notes of Louise" and info typed up by A. L. Lemon:  Lemont or Aamont were originally from Loch Leman, Scotland but moved away for religious freedom 1763 - married in a little church about 15 miles from Belfast. Church is at Ballymane, about 15 mile from Belfast. Their names are in the church record.

1773 - the couple immigrated to America as cabin passengers (evidence of some means). They left their oldest son, Smythe in Bristol, England with a wealthy uncle and brought the other children with them. One son, John , a lad of 10 or 12 years, fell overboard and drowned en route. They landed in Charleston, SC and settled in Chester County.  Lemont fought against the British and was wounded at the Battle of  Monck’s Corner, SC. April 14, 1780, later dying of his wounds 

The Children of JAMES and MARTHA and their marriages were: 

Robert Lemon born 1768 married Mary Anderson in 1793

Jane (Jeanette) Lemon married H. William Walker

John Lemon died 1773

Narcissa Lemont married Mr. McCann (?) and/or William Lewis and lived and died in Chester, SC

John Lemont, born 1779, married Louise Croft, and lived and died in Charleston, SC. [Dianne thinks this should have been James.]

When the American Revolution came on, JAMES LEMON and MATRHA (nee SMYTHE) LEMONT were ardent patriots, the former according to family tradition was one of Gen. Marion’s men. He was wounded at the battle of Monck’s Corner near Charleston which was fought on 12th of April 1780, (from notes by A. L. Lemon, see also notes on Martha)

JAMES LEMANT received a royal grant of 300 acres in Craven County on Sealy’s Fork of Sandy River (Royal Grants vol. 29 page 271). For a plat of the land see Colonial Plats vol. 16 page 273. After the Revolutionary War it became Camden District and abut 1825 Chester was one of the counties carved from it. Chester county is where the LAMONTS lived and where the early records are.

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JAMES LEMAN’s name (as JAMES LEMOND) appears on a list of names for petites jurors from Camden District in 1778. He fought as a patriot under Col. Charles C. Pinckney’s First Regiment Company L. His name also appears on the muster of February 1780 in Garrison at the siege of Charleston. (Revolutionary War Muster Roll #89).

He was with the men from Fishing Creek sent to intercept British troops at Moncks Corner in 1780 under General Issac Huger. Tarlton, the British General, surprised them, and many of the colonists were killed and wounded (McCrady’s History of the Rev. in South Carolina). In the Battle of Moncks Corner, April 12th, 1780 there were 100 colonists in the battle: 15 were killed, 18 wounded, and 7 prisoners were taken.

JAMES was wounded standing by the chimney of a house in Moncks Corner. He was taken home to Chester county. JAMES died a few months later (in 1780) and was buried at Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church where the family were members. The death date on James’ tombstone is 1778 which we know is incorrect as his name appears on the Muster roll of 1780. Elizabeth Lemant, JAMES and MARTHA’s unmarried daughter was buried next to James in 1801. Both tombstones were still there as of 1980. Elizabeth’s tombstone is much older in appearance so JAMES’ stone must have been erected later.

I remember my grandmother, Ava L. Lemon Tapp, telling me here grandfather Lemon made a trip to Monck’s Corner and stood on the spot where his grandfather was wounded. The house was still standing at that time. This was long before she was born, but one of the stories handed down in the family.

When William Leman Walker, their great grandson, visited their birth place (JAMES and MARTHA’s) and found the church which they attended and read their names in the parish register of marriages, their signatures were written clean and plain. Learning was the exception, not the rule in that day.

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Celena (Lena) Jane Russell Smith Her Ancestors, Descendants and Collateral Kinsmen Section VII - The Lemans

Compiled by

Mathew Lee McHugh 30 April 1974 and Celena Russell Smith McHugh Columbia, S. C.

Page 483 - 197 The Lemans (Lemants, Lamons, Lemmonds)

The name of this family is spelled various ways in accounts and records. It was spelled Lemant in Scotland, where the progenitors near Loch Lomond, before they left in search of religious freedom and settled in the County Antrim, North Ireland. Here the name continued as Lemant. The family of JAMES LEMANT left from Belfast in the year 1773 and landed in Charleston, S.C. that year. Soon thereafter variations in the spelling of the name commenced.

From Charleston, the family moved Northwestward to the Camden District (Chester County) and established their home on or near Fishing Creek, which is of considerable length. There were many Scotch-Irish Presbyterians living in that area. It is believed that the Lemants and Walkers, both families having emigrated to America from North Ireland, were, perhaps, acquainted in that country and became close neighbors on Fishing Creek. The Lemants were not here long before the Revolutionary War commenced. JAMES LEMANT served in that war and the muster rolls now in custody of the South Carolina Department of Archives carry his name as JAMES LEMMONS. His tombstone carries the name as JAMES LAMON.

In the service also were Samuel Lamon, David Lemmon and a Thomas Lamon. Buried close to the grave of JAMES LAMON is the grave of Elizabeth Leman. In the minutes of the Upper Fishing Creek Church (Presbyterian), her name is spelled "Eliz. Lemon" and "Elizabeth Leman". A Mary Lemon is also mentioned. About 1790, the "t" was dropped from the name and thereafter, the name is generally spelled "Leman". Family tradition says that some enumerator in the 1790 census spelled the name without the "t" which was the reason the name Leman has been used since…

p. 174-175 of The Old Stone Church pub 1905 by Dr. R. N. Brackett

incorporated in this book. The article Lemant and Walker Families was from information furnished by Mrs. Annie Lee Hudson Hill, of Washington, Georgia.

"JAMES LEMANT, born County Antrim, Ireland. MARTHA SMYTH LEMANT, born County Antrim, Ireland. Children were: Smyth Lemant, born county Antrim, Ireland. Jane or Jeannette, born County Antrim, Ireland, in 1768, died October 89th 1856. Robert born County Antrim, Ireland, died in South Carolina. John, born County Antrim, Ireland; fell overboard and was drowned on the voyage to America. Narcissa, born County Antrim Ireland; died in Chester County, S.C. James, born in Chester county, S. C.; died in Charleston, S.C.

The Lemant family left Scotland, in the vicinity of Loch Lomond, and settled in the North of Ireland for religious freedom. JAMES LEMANT was born at Dumfane, County Antrim, Ireland. He married MARTHA, the daughter of James SMYTH. She was born in Killifleugh, County Antrim. The marriage ceremony was performed in a church fifteen miles from Belfast, near Ballymana. William Walker Leman, their grand-son, visited their birth-place, found the church which they attended, and read their names in the parish register of marriages, the signature of each written out clear and plain. Learning was the exception not the rule of that day.

In 1773, the family emigrated from Belfast to America, as cabin passengers. A son, Smyth Lemant, supposed to be the eldest son, was left with an uncle in Bristol. England. Their five children and MARTHA LEMANT, three brothers Robert, George and James Smyth, came with them. The children were: Jane, usually called Jeannette; Narcissa; an infant, who died on the voyage; Robert and John. The vessel landed at Charleston, S. C; from there the family went to Chester Co., S. C., and settled in the vicinity of Fishing Creek Church.

During the Revolutionary War, this family were staunch Whigs. Many interesting stories can be told of the bravery of their men and women. JAMES LEMANT was killed in the Revolutionary War. Robert, George and James Smyth left no descendants.

Jeannette Lemant united with the Fishing Creek congregation, in 1784. She married William Walker, a wealthy young man of the same congregation. The bride planted the flax, spun and made her own wedding dress of white linen. This dress was treasured as an heirloom for many years. An unusual romance followed the marriage of William and Jeannette. John Walker, the father of William, was a widower. Jeannette’s mother, as we know, was a widow. These two seniors followed the example of their children, fell in love and were married, thus making Jeannette Walker’s own mother, her mother-in-law.

About this period, the name of Lemant was changed in the spelling to Leman, the last letter having never been restored to the name.

About 1809, William Walker moved with his family to Pendleton District, S. C. He brought with him a number of slaves, bought a tract of land four miles from the town of Pendleton, from Christopher Strong. The place was known as "The Oaks." The family attended the churches of Hopewell (Old Stone Church) and Mt. Carmel. In 1818, William Walker was elected an Elder in Carmel Church. The family interments are in the Old Stone Church-yard. William and Jeanette Walker are buried in the cemetery of Old Stone Church. Their tomb-stones bear the following inscriptions:

Sacred

to

the memory of

Jane Walker

consort of

William Walker

who Died October 8th

1856

In the 88th year

of Her age."

 

It is interesting to note that Jane (Jeanette) Lemant, who became a member of the Upper Fishing Creek Church in 1784 married William Walker in 1794. He, also, was a member of the same church. John Walker’s wife, Jane, died the same year her son was married. JAMES LEMANT, husband of MARTHA SMYTH LEMANT, died in 1780 as a result of wounds received in the Revolutionary War. The Widow, MARTHA LEMANT, and the widower, John Walker, who no doubt were neighbors, commended a romance which ended in marriage in 1798.

According to the Index of Revolutionary War Soldiers and muster rolls, JAMES LEMANT was a soldier in that war, although his name is spelled JAMES LEMMONS. He served in Continental Regiments 1 and 26. From Microcopy No. 246 - Revolutionary War Rolls - 1775 - 1783 - roll l89 - South Carolina which can be found in the collection of the South Carolina Department of Archives, it was learned that S.C. 1 Reg’t. was commanded by Col. Chas. C. Pinckney. From the Muster Roll of the field and Staff of this regiment from January 1780 this is taken: "First Regiment in Garrison at the siege of Charleston in the year 1780. Last payment of this Regiment was on the 1 February 1780. The roll of the First Regiment for February 1780 (names of personnel) - … JAMES LEMMONS - Private." His was before the fall of Charleston (12 May 1780).

The Muster Roll of the 5th Infantry of the 26th Regiment, page 20, was examined. It carried notations such as discharged, transferred, died and deserted. The 5th Infantry was commanded by Col. Isaac Huger. It carried this among other notations: "LEMMONS, JAMES 1 Jan. ‘80-5 Oct. 78."

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The D.A.R. Patriot Index, page 410 is here quoted:

"JAMES LEMANT b 1740 d c 1780

m

MARTHA SMYTH Pvt. S.C.

MARTHA (SMYTH) b c 1741 d c 1808

m (1) JAMES LEMANT

John Walker, Sr. P.S. S. C.

Jeanette Lemant (Lemon) b 1768 d 10-8-1856

m

William Walker P.S. S.C."

 

From the Compendium of American Genealogy - Virkus, Vol. V p 543:

"JAMES LEMANT (1740-1780) died of wounds received At Battle of Monks Corner Am. Rev. m. MARTHA SMYTH (She m 2nd. John Walker, Sr.)"

"Jeannette, Courier for Gen. Thomas Sumpter in Am. Rev. m ca 1790 William Walker. (John, Am. Rev. m 2nd. MARTHA SMYTHE)"

D.A. R. National No. 330147, filed by Hallie Stark Mathews, a descendant of JAMES LEMANT (LEMON), was approved 3 October 1967. The application was verified by D.A.R. National Nos. 396753, 286392, 299089, and 205679. The service of JAMES LEMANT (LEMON) in the War of the Revolution is given as follows:

"He was born in Dumfane, County Antrim, Ireland. In 1773 he emigrated to America and settled in Chester County, S.C. where he was among the founders of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church. When the Revolutionary War began, he became a member of the S.C. Militia, He was with the men from Fishing Creek sent to intercept some troops at Monck’s Corner in 1780 under General Huger. Tarlton surprised them and many were killed and wounded. He fell wounded at the corner of chimney of house around which the battle was fought and afterwards died from the effects of the wounds. The name Lemant became "Lemon" when a census take in 1790 so spelled it."

References cited by Mrs. Mathews in her application are: "South Carolina in the Revoluation 1775-1780 Mc Crady" and "History of South Carolina in the Revolution 1780-1783." "The Old Stone Church, Oconee County, S.C. - Brackett" and Lemon Bible records. Other citations as to the generations in her line were: "The Pond and Kester Families - Hunt", p. 406; "Memoirs of Georgia - Mize." And "Threads of Ancestors - Mize.", pp 12, 17, 60; "First One Hundred years of Cobb County, Georgia - Temple.", pp 60-61.

Children of the Ancestor, JAMES LEMANT (LEMON) are listed as:

Names Date of Birth To Whom Married

Smith Lemant Left with Uncle in Bristol, Eng

John Lemant Drowned on Voyage to America

Robert Lemant (Lemon) 12-21-1768 Mary Anderson

Jeanette (Jane) Lemant 1768 William Walker m 1790

Narcissa Lemant William Lewis

Elizabeth Lemant 1771 Never married

James Lemant 1779 Louisa Croft in 1817

It will be observed from the muster rolls set out above that the ancestor’s name appeared thereon as JAMES LEMMONS and not as JAMES LEMANT or JAMES LEMON. These compilers visited the cemetery of the Upper Fishing Creek Church and found a grave the headstone of which had this epitaph:

"Here

Lies the Body of

JAMES LAMON

Who departed this Life

The 26th day of Sept.

Dom. 1778

In the 40th year

Of his Age."

Close to his grave was the grave of his daughter with this epitaph on her headstone:

"Sacred to the Memory of

Elizabeth Leman

Who departed this Life

On the 25th day of June

Age 30 years."

 

The date of death of JAMES LEMAN (LEMMONS, LEMON, LAMON) shown on his tombstone must be wrong, as all references to his death indicate he died from wounds received in the battle at Monck’s Corner, S.C. which was fought in 1780. The muster rolls indicate he served under Gen. Charles C. Pinckney at Charleston and under Col. Isaac Huger, later a General, at the Battle of Monck’s Corner. His name was on the muster roll of the First Regiment in February 1780 and the muster roll of the 5th. Infantry 1778-1780. Mrs. Mathews enclosed Lemon Bible records with her supplemental application to the D.A.R. on Robert Lemon in 1947 and she records his date of death as 780. So his date of death must have occurred after the Battle of Monck’s Corner in 1780. Practically all references record his date of death in 1780. These compilers have found other tombstones with the wrong date of death. Sometimes in the distant past tombstones were not erected soon after death and quite some time elapsed before a descendant placed a marker to the grave which permitted errors of dates to creep in.

There follows pages 60 and 61 from "The First Hundred Years - A Short History of Cobb County, In Georgia" Sarah Blackwell Gober Temple, who died 23 January 1956:

[Note from Dianne: These pages are already type in above & won’t be repeated here.]

Mrs. Elizabeth B. Bowers in her paper "Men and Women From this Line Who Served in the Revolution:, which was based upon extensive research, said this concerning JAMES LEMANT:

JAMES LEMANT - born in Dusfane, County of Antrim, Ireland in 1740. The family was from Lock Lomont, Scotland originally. There was a settlement of the Clan in Dusfane, Ireland where JAMES was born. …there were various spellings of the name…in locality) In 1773 JAMES LEMANT emigrated to America with his family and settled in Chester county, South Carolina. They were among the founders of Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church. When the Revolution came they were earnest Whigs. JAMES became a member of the South Carolina Militia. He was with the men from Fishing Creek sent to intercept some troops at Monck’s Corner in 1780. They were under Gen. Huger. Tarleton surprised them, many were killed or wounded, among the latter was JAMES LEMANT. He afterwards died from the effects of the wound. He fell at the corner of the chimney of the house around which the battle was fought. There is a list of the men who participated. The odds were heavily against the Americans. "Tarleton was supported by Col. Ferguson and his picked corps or riflemen. Ferguson was regarded as the best rifle sent in the British Army, if not the best marksman living." "Capt. ……of Chester, with men from that section were at Monck’s Corner when Huger was surprised by Tarleton.:" (See South Carolina in the Revolution 1775-1780 by McCrady.) The above copied from D.A.R. papers of Elizabeth Barr Bowers, National No. 420682. Listed in D.A.RE. Patriot Index page 410 JAMES LEMANT died in 1780 and is …buried in Fishing Creek Cemetery, Chester County, S.C. [Note by Dianne: copy is hard to read].

This has been extracted from Mrs. Bowers paper concerning MARTHA SMYTH LEMANT, wife of JAMES LEMANT, both of whom were married and lived in Ireland before coming to America. What she has written follows:

MARTHA SMYTH LEMANT - born in Antrim County, Ireland (probably in the town of Ballmera) in 1741. She was the daughter of James Smyth. In 1763 she married JAMES LEMANT and in 1773 she emigrated with him and the children to America, landing in Charleston, S.C. and settling a short time after in Chester County S.C. near Fishing Creek. When the struggle for Independence came, they were starch Whigs. The home was frequently plundered and once when the Red Coats thought JAMES LEMANT (who was one of Marion’s men) had ventured home, they surrounded the house and demanded that she tell them where he was. When she steadfastly refused, they placed a rope around her neck and prepared to hand her. Finding that she remained firm ever in the face of death, on of the officers exclaimed, "Oh, let the woman go, she is too brave to hang." On another occasion, marauders broke into the house and stole everything of value, even her husbands clothes. When they had gone she rode alone for many miles to Lord Rwdon’s Camp n Camden and complained of being robbed. Lord Rawdon demanded the men to draw up in line but there were s so many men and all looked so much alike in their uniforms that she could not identify the thieves. MARTHA and other matrons, girls and a few old men gathered the crops of the men who were absent under arms in the Fishing Creek Church. (Howe’s History of the Pres. Church in S. C. Vol 1 pg 513). Her husband JAMES Lemant died from wounds received at the Battle of Monck’s Corner in 1780. Some years later she married John Walker Sr. who was already the Father-in-law of her daughter Jane. She died in Pendleton District in S.C. and was buried at Old Carmel Church Cemetery, near Easly, S.C. (about 1809) See First One Hundred Years of Cobb County Georgia by temple, pages 60, 61. Service record verified by DAR. See Patriot Index page 410. Supplemental paper by Eliz. Barr Bowers Nat. No. 420682.

The minutes of the Upper Fishing Creek Church, at page 23, record the fact that John Walker died in 1802. At page 28, it is stated that MARTHA Walker died in 1815. She was dismissed in 1802 (p. 24) and restored as a communicant in 1806. It is indicated in other records that MARTHA SMYTH Walker, the second wife of John Walker, died in 1808 in the Pendleton District and is buried in the Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Pendleton, S.C. This was where her daughter, Jane (Jeannette) Lemant Walker and her husband, William Walker, moved to from Chester County in 1806. It is believed that the mother of Jane must have been a member of the household of William Walker after her husband died in 1802 or soon thereafter. The first wife of John Walker, Jane (Janet), died in Chester County 21 December 1790 and buried in the Upper Fishing Creed Cemetery of that county. She was 59 years of age.

Mrs. Bowers in her paper referred to above has written this concerning Jane (Jeannette) Lemant Walker. The given name of "Jane" is used because this is the name shown on her tombstone in The Old Stone Church near Pendleton, S.C., which has been viewed several times by these compilers.

Jeanette (Jane) Lemant born 1868 in Antrim County, Ireland, Funfane… Came to America in 1778 and lived with faily in Chester county, S.C. Jane served in the american Revolution..in the capacity of Courier for General Thomas Sumter. …she carried successfully…of the Tories, a dispatched concealed in the heal of her stocking in chish she had knitted a double heel for the purpose. After the war in 1790, in Chester Conty, S.C. she was married to William Walker, and raised a family. Jane Lemant Walker…died at her home near Pendleton, S.C. October 8, 1856. She was buried in the Cemetery of Old Stone Church… (See… Old Stone Church by Brackett pages 174-177.) …verified by DAR. See DAR Patriot Index p ge 410. Supplemental paper by Eliz. Barr Bowers Nat. No. 420682. [ Note by Dianne - very hard to read.]

D.A.R. National No. 378309, supplemental application of Martha Hamilton Neal, a descendant of Jane (Jannette) Leman, filed 1 September 1950, under Lineage indicates that Jane was a daughter of JAMES and MARTHA SMYTH LEMAN and that she was born 1768, married in 1790 and died 8 October 1856. Throughout her application Mrs. Neal uses the given name of "Janet". She also adds an "e" to Smyth in the name of MARTHA SMYTHE Walker.

Under "Ancestor’s Service", Mrs. Neal recites these facts:

"Janet Leman, my ancestress, served as a courier from the headquarters of General Thomas Sumter. See Virkus Vol, V, p. 543. The state was invaded by the armies of General Cornwallis who captured large areas including the city of Charleston. With their fathers, brothers and sweethearts in the patriot army, and with large areas of the state already captured by the British, the courageous women of South Carolina risked their lives in heroic deeds to safeguard their property and to insure vicotry and the return of their loved one to their homes. Upon one occasion Janet Leman carried successfully through a camp of Tories a despatch concealed in the heel for the propose of concealing papers. The deeds of a few South Carolina'’ courageous women of the Revolution have been recorded. Two of my ancestresses are among that number whose deeds are mad a public record."

D.A.R. National No. 21336 was application of Leila A. Russell, a descendant of Jane (Janet, Jeannette) Lemant (Leman) which was filed many years ago. She records under "Ancestors Service: this:

"Janet or Jeanette Leman served as a courier for Gen. Thomas Sumter. See Virkus Vol. V, p. 543. On one occasion while acting in that capacity she carried successfully through a Camp of Tories a despatch concealed in the heal of her stocking which she had knitted a double heel for the purpose of concealing papers."

Anyone who had done Genealogical research is aware of the fact that there many people of the same name, both given and surnames, in the records and publications. Spelling of names vary from time to tie. Dates of events, births, deaths also vary…These compilers believe that this narrative presented here concerning the Lemants (Lemans, Lemons) approaches the truth as to the events described as closely as possible after the passing of over two hundred years.

 

LEMON  LINEAGE

CONAWAY  HOMEPAGE