Notes for Brig. Gen. Francis "Swamp Fox" MARION
Francis and his brother Job joined the militia on 31 Jan 1756.
Marriage and Death Notices from the City Gazette of Thursday April 20, 1786:
Married. Brigadier-General Francis Marion who served with great reputation in
the late war, to Miss Mary-Esther Videau, of St. John's Parish.
Belle Isle Plantation - Marion Family Cemetary
Marion, General Francis
d/27 Feb.1795 in 73rd year
Marion, Francis Oldest grave in the cemetery
To preserve to posterity this Burial place of on honored son replaces the crumbling and broken tomb nearly a century old with this enduring memorial cut from her own granite hills estaperpetua. Sacred to the memory of Gen. Francis Marion who departed this life on the 27th February 1795, in the sixty-third year of his age. Deeply regretted by all his fellow-citizens. History will record his worth and rising generations embalm his memory as one of the most distinguished patriots and heroes of the American Revolution which elevated his native Country to honor and independence and secured to her the blessings of Liberty and Peace. This tribute of veneration and gratitude is erected in commemoration of the noble and gallant exploits of the soldier who lived without fear and died without reproach.
From the SC Historical Society, in the Simons folder,
letters of James Simons from the Revoltionary war time
period. It said "Mary Esther Simons, (Mrs. Holmes), the
woman Gen'l Francis Marion loved and who refused him." So
now we know why Francis Marion did not marry until old.
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Sermons in Stone by Jason Cockfield, Minute Books of the Hebron Baptist Church, Our Kin by Bernice McCutcheon,
Three Rivers Historical Society,
Old Darlington District Genealogy Chapter,
Berkeley County Historical Society,
Huguenot Settlers in North America,
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