I have been working on one line of the Gadsden Family that married into my husband's Brooks line. We have Robert Brooks who married Allston (Ann E.) Gadsden whose father was Fisher Gadsden. I have several questions.
I have just learned that Fisher Gadsden b. 1805 Charleston d. Jan. 13, 1870 in Abbeville, SC, was shot-murdered and buried there. Does anyone have information about this. I can not find his grave in Abbeville but he may not have a tombstone. I have just found where his wife, Laura Washington Michaux is buried-in Maganolia Cem. in Charleston, SC. We just checked the cem and she has NO tomstone. There are 16 people buried in the family plot and only 2 of them have a tomstone.
I have followed the story on the family moving to Abbeville after the Civil War to live with one of Fisher Gadsden's sons on a plantation. I can not find out which son it was and I have traced them. They were living next to our John Robert Brooks and Allston Gadsden in the 1870 census-Fisher was already deceased at the census.
I found the Obit. for Fisher in the Charleston paper but it does not say anything about the murder. I will start checking the papers in Abbeville and surrounding areas during that time.
Does anyone know which son Fisher went to live with or anything about the murder?
I have other information on Fisher's daughter, Mary Ann Gadsden who married William Fraser-she went to Abbeville and took her mother and sister back to Charleston where she ran a boarding house.
She also took in one of John Robert & Ann E. Gadsden Brooks sons, William A. Brooks after both of his parents died and left 3 little boys orphans. He was living in Charleston in her boarding house in the 1880 census-but the census takers mispelled the name and had it has Brooker vs. Brooks. William A. Brooks has descendants-so there is a line of Gadsden that little has been known about.
Thanks for any help!