Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746 – 1809
Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Beaufort District, South Carolina
Planter, Revolutionary War soldier and politician, Heyward signed the Declaration of Independence for South Carolina. He has many descendants, some of whom meet at the Old House cemetery near Ridgeland, Jasper County on July 4th each year.
Web based resources:
Beaufort County Library has posted a web entry about native son Thomas Heyward, Jr. at http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/famous.htm#Thomas%20Heyward,%20Jr.
Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Short Biographies of the 56 Declaration Signers website at http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/heyward.htm
The Society for the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence at http://www.dsdi1776.com/signers-by-state/thomas-heyward-jr/
Signers of the Declaration: Biographical Sketches, National Parks Service http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/declaration/bio19.htm
“Thomas Heyward, Signer of the Declaration of Independence,” Beaufort District Collection Connections blog, 2 July 2009 entry, http://beaufortdistrictcollectionconnections.blogspot.com/2009/07/thomas-heyward-jr-signer-of-declaration.html
“Thomas Heyward, Jr.,” Colonial Hall website at http://colonialhall.com/heyward/heyward.php.
“About the Signers,” Constitution Signers website at http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/about-the-signers/
“Thomas Heyward, Jr., ” StudySC website at http://studysc.org/people/thomas-heyward-jr
“Thomas Heyward, Jr., ” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website at http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000555
“The Charters of Freedom: The New World is at Hand, the Declaration of Independence” website based at the National Archives http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_signers_gallery.html
Thomas Heyward, Jr. lived at Old House Plantation, now a National Register site http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/jasper/S10817727005/
Biography in Context database (DISCUS password required for access from home)
Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:
- Heyward Family [BDC Vertical File]
- Cited in “Newspaper Sketches of Noted South Carolinians of the Past,” a card file in the BDC Research Room. Ask for assistance.
- SC 929.2 JEN The Heyward family of South Carolina by Christine Talbird Jenkins, 2007
- SC 975.799 SAL Delegates to the Continental Congress from South Carolina, 1774-1789: with sketches of the four who signed the Declaration of Independence by A. S. Salley, 1927
- SC 975.798 CHI Exploring Old House: Reconstructing the lifeways of Daniel Heyward from the 1965 Charleston Museum excavations by Chicora Foundation, 1996 (BDC, HHI)
Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library:
Entry in South Carolina Encyclopedia (ALL)
REF 920 BAR The signers of the Declaration of Independence: a biographical and genealogical reference by Della Gray Barthelmas, 1997 (BEA)
REF 920 WHI Founders of freedom in America; lives of the men who signed the Declaration of independence and so helped to establish the United States of America by David C. Whitney, 1964 (BEA)
JR 973.3 FRA The signers: the fifty-six stories behind the Declaration of Independence by Dennis B. Fradin, 2002 (BEA, BLU, HHI, LOB)
929.2 SPI Thomas Heyward, Jr.: a South Carolina signer of the Declaration of Independence by Gerhard Spieler, 1978 (BDC, BEA)
973.3 HAR Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor by Paul Harvey, 1975 (BEA)
973.3 SIG Signers of the Declaration: historic places commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the United States National Park Service, 1975 (BEA)
975.799 ROW V1 The history of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 1, 1514-1861 by Lawrence Sanders Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr. (ALL)