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Biography: George Cuthbert Heyward

Interested in learning more about the Heyward family? George Cuthbert Heyward was the first member of the Heyward family to live in the Cole-Heyward House; members of the Heyward family lived here until 1998.   Susan Scoggins found a great biography of George Cuthbert Heyward, which follows:

GEORGE CUTHBERT HEYWARD, engaged in the cotton industry at Savannah, GA,
is descended from Thomas Heyward, Jr., the South Carolina signer of the
Declaration of Independence, and belongs to one of the most distinguished
families of the South.

   Mr. Heyward was born in South Carolina, December 24, 1846, son of Capt.
George Cuthbert Heyward and wife, Elizabeth Martha (Guerard) Heyward, both
natives of Beaufort county, South Carolina, her family, like his, being a
prominent one. The Heywards for several generations had a residence in Beaufort
county, also a residence in Charleston, and it was at the plantation home in
Beaufort county, in 1822, that Mr. Heyward's father was born and reared. At the
outbreak of Civil war between the states, he became captain of Company H, known
as the Ashley Dragoons, a part of the Third South Carolina Cavalry, and as such
served from the beginning to the close of the war, principally in the vicinity
of Charleston and Savannah. His command fought Sherman's army both before it
entered Savannah and afterward, while it was on the expedition through South
Carolina. After the war he resumed operations on his plantation in Beaufort
county, and died there on March 1, 1867. He was a citizen of sterling worth, and
his soldier record was that of a brave, efficient Confederate officer.

   Mr. Heyward's mother was the daughter of Dr. Jacob De Veaux and Alice
(Screven) Guerard of Beaufort county, South. Carolina; both of which, like the
Heywards, were representatives of historic families in South Carolina. Shortly
after her husband's death, Mrs. Hey-ward removed with her remaining family to
Savannah, where she spent the rest of her life, and died in 1875.

   Of the grandparents of the subject of this sketch, it is recorded that his
paternal grandfather, Thomas Heyward, married Ann Eliza Cuthbert, daughter of
Gen. John Alexander Cuthbert, of South Carolina, and granddaughter of Dr. James
Cuthbert, of Castle Hill, Scotland, a member of a distinguished family there.

   Mr. Heyward's great-grandfather was Judge Thomas Heyward, Jr., so called
because his uncle was known as Thomas Heyward, Sr. Thomas Heyward, Jr., was one
of the signers of the Declaration of Independence from South Carolina. In his
youth he was sent to London to be educated, and while there he took up the
profession of law. Returning to South Carolina just before the beginning of the
Revolutionary war, he espoused the Continental cause, to the aid of which he
devoted his time, his talents and his means. When the British took Charleston he
was one of the seventy that were sent as prisoners to St. Augustine. Later, he
was elected to the first Continental congress, which assembled in Philadelphia,
and, as above indicated, subscribed his name to the most important American
document. He served actively also with the continental troops, became a captain
of artillery, crossed the Savannah river with his command during the siege of
Savannah, and rendered efficient aid in the efforts to retake the city from the
British. He was a friend of Washington, and upon the latter's visit to the
South, after the war closed, he was a guest at White Hall, in Beaufort county at
the home of Thomas Heyward, Jr. From White Hall, Washington was escorted by
Thomas Heyward, Jr., to Purysburg, South Carolina, on the Savannah river, where
the distinguished general was received by an escort from Savannah. Later in
life, Thomas Heyward, Jr., became a judge of the circuit court in South
Carolina. He died in April, 1809, at the age of sixty-three years. His grave is
at "Old House" cemetery near Grahamville, South Carolina. The portrait of this
distinguished man hangs in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

   Thomas Heyward, Jr., married Elizabeth Savage for his second wife, eldest
daughter of Col. Thomas and Mary Elliott (Butler) Savage, and in this way the
Heywards are connected with the well known Savage family. Through this marriage,
also, is brought in a large circle of relatives, including the Elliott, De
Renne, Noble, Jones, Clay and other families of note in South Carolina and
Georgia colonial history.

   Tracing back still further along the ancestral line, we find that Mr.
Heyward's great-great-grandfather, Daniel Heyward, a wealthy planter, was a son
of Capt. Thomas Heyward, of the British army, who for a time was stationed at
Fort Johnson on James Island, and who, for his distinguished service in the
army, particularly in fighting the Indians in America, was granted large tracts
of land in St. Luke's parish, Beaufort district, South Carolina, in which was
included the "Old House" tract, the family homestead. He also owned land on
James Island; and in Charleston, from the corner of Meeting street to King
street, on the south, side, where the guard house once stood, was all the
property of the Heyward family. Thus it is seen from the above brief outline
that the Heyward family from its early identity with America was one of wealth
and influence.

   Coming now to the direct subject of this review, George Cuthbert Heyward,
following in the footsteps of his distinguished forefathers, he was ready when
the call came to take up arms. He joined the Confederate army in the fall of
1863, and became a member of his father's command, Company H, Third South
Carolina Cavalry. As recorded above, they were in service along the coast in
South Carolina and Georgia, in the vicinity of Charleston and Savannah, were
active in fighting in front of Sherman's army, and surrendered at Union Court
House, South Carolina, in April, 1865.

   Mr. Heyward has lived in Savannah since October, 1868, when he came to this
city with his mother and other members of the family. Here he engaged in the
cotton business, with which he has been actively connected ever since.

   On June 22, 1875, Mr. Heyward was married to Miss Margaret E. Doar, daughter
of Stephen D. Doar of St. James, Santee, South Carolina; and their children are
as follows: George Cuthbert Heyward, Jr., Stephen Doar Heyward, Edward Lee
Heyward, Arthur Smith Heyward, and Miss Elizabeth Heyward. The eldest son, named
in honor of his father, is a lawyer in Savannah and is also engaged in the
cotton business. He is a graduate of the law department of the University of
Georgia at Athens, and is captain of Company A of the Savannah Volunteer Guards.
November 8, 1911, he was "married at Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
to Miss Alice Stuart Hunter of that place, daughter .of Mr. and Mrs. Allan
Hunter. The second son, Stephen Doar, now a resident of Cleburne, Texas, married
Miss Eleanor Blanche Allen of that place. The two other sons and the daughter
are at home.

   Mr. Heyward's eldest brother, the late J. Guerard Heyward, who died in
Savannah in 1888, was a Confederate soldier in the war and was a prisoner on
Johnson's Island, also at Moore's Island. He is survived by a widow, who before
her marriage was Miss Pauline de Caradeue, and children, viz.: Mrs. Elise
Howkins and Mrs. Arthur Overton and Miss Maud Heyward and Frank de C. and Walter
Screven Heyward.

   Another brother is Thomas Savage Heyward, who married Miss Mary Seabrook.
They have two children, Clifford and Mary H.

   Another of Mr. Heyward's brothers is T. Daniel Heyward who married Miss
Selina Johnstone of North Santee, South Carolina, and they have five daughters:
Selina, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Helen Hazel.


This was directly reproduced from material found on the Chatham County, GA Archives website:

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:  Joy Fisher 
Author: William Harden, p. 687

Annual Meeting

Join BHPS for our Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and Lecture
Join BHPS for our Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and Lecture!


Join the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for our Annual Meeting, Luncheon, and Lecture.

Open to all BHPS Members and interested parties.

February 28, 12:00 pm, at the Bluffton United Methodist Church, 101 Calhoun Street, Bluffton.

Luncheon catered by Executive Board President, Nick Maxim.  ($10/person.  Please call for reservations.)

Lecture to follow business meeting.  Charleston author, William McIntosh III will speak on the Yemassee Indian War.

For more information and reservations, please call (843) 757-6293 or email .  




Valentine Volunteers

We are pretty lucky, here at the Heyward House.  We feel blessed to have the help of some amazing and talented volunteers.  There are people who have been volunteering here for many more years than I’ve been a staff member here– dedicated, hard-working, generous people that make us smile on a daily basis.

The Master Gardeners come every month to help keep our grounds presentable.  They toil away without fail, whether it’s in the heat of the summer or freeze of the winter, and this helps us keep our landscaping costs down.   Some of our volunteers live in the area for a few months at a time, coming in to help while they’re in town– they volunteer to work while they are on vacation.  We also have docents that come every week to greet visitors and give tours of the house, freeing up staff to work on other projects– we couldn’t accomplish nearly as much without their assistance.  

When people donate their time and talents to helping their community it often goes unrecognized, but it is never unappreciated.  I wish I had enough time right now to properly thank each person by name, but I only have a minute and I’ve got to get this out before the door opens with the next round of visitors.  

I was inspired to write this when I came in to open up the house this morning.  As I was going through each room turning on the lights, I noticed the doll houses in the ladies parlor had changed a bit.  They were a bit more…festive.

And what does this have to do with volunteers? Well, Bob and Jean Allen have been volunteering at the Heyward House for longer than I’ve been a staff member.  They started as docents, but they’ve since moved to Hilton Head, and it’s not as easy for Bob to get around as it used to be, so they volunteer in a different way now:  they maintain the doll houses in the ladies parlor.  They usually arrive early in the morning, before I arrive at work, so I often miss them.   Most of the time I don’t know they’ve even been here until I’m giving a tour and happen to notice little changes in the doll houses.  

In addition to furnishing the doll houses with the tiniest furniture you’ve ever seen, they decorate each house for every single holiday.  At Easter, there are mini-eggs hidden around the houses, with little stuffed bunnies and baskets of candies.  Bob and Jean go all out for Christmas, with teeny decorated trees and wreaths that would fit around your pinkie finger, micro-sized gingerbread men that appear to be fresh from the oven.  And this morning I came to work and saw that the Allens had been at it again. Both doll houses had been hit by Cupid.  There were Valentines Day decorations on the exteriors as well as in the rooms, detailed down to the microscopic sprinkles on the cookies on the kitchen table.   There are roses, and greeting cards, and heart-shaped boxes of chocolate specks.  Even the minuscule bar of soap in the bathroom is red for the holiday.    

(See photos below; Apologies for the quality– I only had a camera phone with me.)

These decorations touch me in a way that is hard to describe, but here goes:  to me, they represent “giving for giving’s sake.”  They signify a kind of generosity of spirit that all of our volunteers share.  When I see that Bob and Jean have been here, I feel buoyed in our mission to preserve, promote and protect history in this small town.  

Bob and Jean Allen don’t get much thanks or praise or recognition for doing what they do.  They don’t get to hear the excited exclamations from kids on tours,  or see how eyes light up when visitors see the doll houses. I get to experience that almost every day, and let me tell you– people notice, and they delight in it.  It’s too bad that Bob and Jean miss some of the rewarding parts of their labors.  

But still, month after month, they quietly come in for a few minutes, do their thing, and come back before the next holiday.  Just because.  Just because it’s something that they can do to make a difference in their community, even without the instant gratification of seeing immediate results.  And although it’s not a front page story, they are serving the greater good– and for the record, Bob and Jean Allen, people notice.  People do recognize these little things, how you attend to the tiniest of details, and they are appreciated.  

Putting holiday decorations up in doll houses is not something that we can list on a grant application.  It’s not something that has a quantifiable, measurable affect on our statistics or funding.  It is not a flashy donation that brings prestige or recognition.  But it is steady.  It is constant.  It is an act of service and kindness.  It is truly valued and appreciated, and it does make a difference.   So, Bob and Jean Allen, and all of the volunteers that help us year round– THANK YOU! 



Special thanks to Carolyn Coppola and Jean Allen for donating the doll houses!   

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