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Re: Joseph Hightower
Posted by: r w stewart Date: August 22, 2000 at 17:11:39
In Reply to: Re: Joseph Hightower by Sharon of 1566

Hello Sharon,

My ggg grandfather, Robert Hightower Burnett, was named for your Joseph Hightower. His father, Jeremiah Estil Burnett was raised by Joseph Hightower after his father Thomas Burnett died early. Jeremiah's mother was Mary Quarles. According to my information, Mary's sister married Joseph Hightower. I do not have this Quarles sister's first name. Here is the information given to me by a distant cousin who has done years of research on the Edgefield lines. Sadly, she passed away last year. Her name was Nelle Craig. She still has some postings on Genforum. Here is what I have:

Roberts middle name comes from his father's guardian, Joseph Hightower who was Jeremiah's uncle by marriage. He was married to a sister of Mary Quarles - Burnett who was Jeremiah's mother. There are letters of guardianship, Edgefield Co. SC Feb 19 1803 to become the guardian of minors Jeremiah Burnett and his brother Thomas Burnett,Jr. He(Joseph Hightower) was instructed to bring up Jeremiah and Thomas Burnett handsomely.

Here is a posting on the Quarles Family genforum dated Dec 30, 1998 that mentions your Joseph and my Thomas Burnett. They were both sons-in-law of Richard Quarles, Sr. and apparently served as witnesses to this transaction. I have cut and pasted this posting below:

Edgefield, SC, Deed Book 13, pp 172-173: "Richard Quarles Senr to William Quarles, Deed, 11 March 1796, for f108.10 sterling money, 155 3/4 acres on Turkey Creek, Thomas Burnett, James Quarles, Joseph Hightower. Wit James Quarles, Wm Watson Senr. /s/ Richard Quarles. Proven 5 August 1796 by James Quarles; Aquila Miles JP. Rec 6th August 1796."
This apparently indicates that there was a Richard Quarles Jr. - even though he wasn't mentioned per se. If your birthdate on Richard Jr. is correct, he would be 31 years old when his father sold this land. Do you have a birthdate for the David Quarles that married Olive Morgan?
You also mention an Adeline Dagnal. Deed Book 13, pp 164-165, mentions (1796) a Samuel Dagnell being made guardian of a child Hugh McKay. Deed Book 24, p 268, shows (1804) a Robert Dagnell purchasing 65 acres of land on Loyds Creek a branch of Stephens Creek.
The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society may have a file on the Quarles family. I can give you a contact there if you want to look into it.

I hope this helps your search. If you want, I can give you some more information on the Quarles line.

R. Webster Stewart


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