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Re: Updated Notes on Poston Surname
Posted by: Mary Poston Welch (ID *****9525) Date: February 13, 2007 at 22:29:51
In Reply to: Re: Updated Notes on Poston Surname by Larry Simpson of 1260

Larry,

Thank you for asking. My surgery is healing very nicely but my hand remains quite painful. It is my right hand and I am not able to write yet. I manage to hunt and peck out a few e-mails but not being left handed, it is difficult.

As for the Postons being Scott-Irish, that is the 64,000 question. I am reluctant to make a comment on that right now because there are so many differences of opinion about that. I can only tell you what my research has found. There was Postons over a great portion of England, there being a big cluster along the Scotland / England Border. I "believe" long before the Scott-Irish. I have found records that have named some of them as the defenders of the border. I will not say this is facts because it did not offer any documents of proof. There are those that say they came from Ireland ~ BUT ~ "I" have not found any of them in Ireland. Once again, I "cannot" say they did not come from Ireland.

As for the early Postons of early South Carolina, I have found three who enlisted in the South Carolina Militia in the early 1770s. John is one and I will not try to remember the other names without checking my files. Once again, this was quite a while before the Postons left Pennsylvania. Their descendants are pretty well documented. As for the earliest I have found: I found document from 1737 of a Poston who purchased land in South Carolina. The document says he came from London. Now, the Postons in the Militia were born about 1750 to 1760. So, that gives me a space of a few years between 1737 and the 1750s that is unaccountable for. SO ~ I "CANNOT" say there is a connection between them. I have not been able to get back to the archives to further my research

The big problem I run into with MANY of the early South Carolinians is they were mostly property owners but they always seemed to disburse their property to their heirs before their demise. Therefore, very few wills are found.

Now, this is all off of the top of my head without going to my files. My hands don't permit me to ramble in my files yet. When I can, I will retrieve the information and get back to you. I did go to your site tonight and register, so I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Don't forget that a lot of Germans also settled in South Carolina.

That is about all I can handle for this time. Until later,
Mary






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