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Gallmans in South Carolina

Updated on June 6, 2014

Book page 21 Saxagotha South Carolina map

From Switzerland to South Carolina

Jacob Gallman brought his family from Switzerland to South Carolina.

They settled in the township known as Saxagotha. I have seen this spelled in many many different ways, Saxegotha, Saxe Gotha, and Sax-gotha just to name a few. For those who may be searching the web I will probably use these different spellings from time to time. The map above spells it Saxagotha, the link below spells it Saxe-Gotha. Previously it had been called Congaree Township. In 1735 it was renamed Saxe-Gotha, today it no longer exist by this name.

Read more about the history of Saxe-Gotha and to see some maps click on the link below.

Here is a link to

A History of Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina

http://www.carolana.com/SC/Towns/Saxe_Gotha_Township_SC.html

There is another link to

South Carolina Department of Archives and History Collection Curiosities

Town and Township Plans

http://www.palmettohistory.org/exhibits/Town%20Plans/index.htm

1737 Letter from Jacob Gallman about his emmigration to Saxe Gotha, SC from Mettmenstetten, Switzerland LINK

It was here in South Carolina that Hans Jacob Gallman wrote the now famous letter explaining life in America to his family members in Switzerland.

There are many different translations circulating but I feel that they are for the most part very similar.

The letter describes his journey to America from Switzerland. This letter can be found at Jim Gallmans site. Click on the link below to read the letter.

http://jgallman.ipage.com/genealogy/frames1.htm.



 

SC State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone - 803-898-4921

Where did the measurement of an ACRE come from and what is a chain?

As we research through land plats and other records there may come up some interesting questions. There are probably many of you who know these answers but for those who don't and may want to know what is a chain? What is a furlong? Why is an acre such an odd number of feet? Where did the measurement of an ACRE come from? I have also researched these questions and found some answers.

Lets start with a chain. A chain was literally a chain. The chain was used as a measuring tool for land. The chain being 66 feet long was made of 100 links. A normal acre would be 10 chains square, that is to say, one chain of 66 feet wide and ten chains 660 feet long. When you do the math 660 x 66 = 43,560 square feet or an acre. Using the chain had many advantages. One could measure unusual shaped parcels of land, like a triangle, a circle or even a trapezoid. The area could be measured in square chains and then added and divided by 10 for a total amount of acres.

There is story about the acre, A farmer would begin plowing the rows, of his field in preparation to planting his crops. These rows are called furrows. A normal furrow is 1/8 mile long. The term Furrow-long or furlong was one row at 1/8 mile long. The farmer would have to plow 8 furrows in one day and most of the time they did. This area became known as an acre. Maybe what they really meant to say was it was an ACHE - ER and I am really sore today, he he.

There is a German word ackar which means field,

The Latin word ager also means field,

And the Greek word for field is agros.

I also heard that an acre was a farmer saying ACHE - ER or I am really sore from the hard work I did today, he he.

COLONIAL PLAT MAP - SAXEGOTHA

This

"COLONIAL

PLAT MAP

OF A SECTION OF

SAXEGOTHA TOWNSHIP "

was edited and verified by Harriet Imrey, for clarity I have retyped it.

Harriet spent many hours researching the

Saxegotha land plats to validate this map.

Many thanks to Harriet.

To see the actual page scroll to the bottom.

It is Page 26

Colonial land plat sections 21 - 43

Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina

COLONIAL PLAT MAP

 

43 = HENRY WEIBOR 1739

AKA WEBBER

AKA HEINRICH WEBER

150 ACRES

42 = JNO. HUBERT & JACOB SPEAR 1735/6

AKA HUBERT/HUBBERT DIED,

SPEAR IS SPUHEL, MARRIED

ELSBETHA GALLMAN

100 ACRES

41 = JNO. W. MILLER 1735

AKA ULRICH MULLER

100 ACRES V. 18 P 415

40 = PATRICK BROWN 1735

300 ACRES V.2. P 18

39 = HENRY COLEMAN 1737/8

AKA HENRY GALLMAN

100 ACRES V.9 P 389

38 = JACOB COLEMAN aka

JACOB GALLMAN 1735/6

350 ACRES V.9. P 388

37 = HERMAN GEIGER 1740

(BOTH GEIGER & GYGER WERE

"CORRECT" SWISS SPELLINGS)

200 ACRES V.4 P 404

36 = PATRICK BROWN 1735

(HE IS IRISH)

150 ACRES V.4 P 124

35 = JOHN GIBSON 1735/6

(HE IS ENGLISH)

300 ACRES V.4 P 43

34 = JOE J RODEY 1735/6

AKA J. J. RODE AKA JOHAN JACOB ROTH

50 ACRES V. 7 P 219

33 = HERMON C. PERDRINK 1735/6

AKA H. C. DETRING

AKA HERMAN CHRISTOPH DETERING/

DATARING/DORTINGEN AND PERDRINK/

PORDRICK PROBABLY DORTRINGEN

100 ACRES V. 19 P 137

32 = JACOB HAGHABUCHER 1742

AKA JACOB HAGENBUCH

100 ACRES V. 4 P 182

31 = JACOB HUCKABACK 1735

AKA J. HAGHABUCKER ON PLAT

AKA JACOB HAGENBUCH

150 ACRES V.9 P 471

30 = HANS U BACKMAN 1742

AKA J. U. BACHMAN ON PLAT

CALLED ULRICH BACKMAN

150 ACRES V.4 P 152

29 = ANTHONY STACK 1735

AKA STEG/STECK

100 ACRES V. 21 P 68

28 = ROODIE COOPLET

AKA RUDOLF GAPELER

200 ACRES V. 3 P 187

27 = JOHN GALLMAN

200 ACRES V.9 P 51

(Identified as "Jr." in other

papers for this plat of 15 Jan. 1767,

so the younger of two alive at the time:

Johannes, brother of Capt. Henry, had

died in 1748, Capt. Henry's son John

was the Sr. one in 1767, brother-Johannes's

son John was the Jr. one, but died in 1767,

younger brother Jacob inherited.)

26 = STEPHEN CRELL 1736

250 ACRES V. 2 P 108

25 = JOSEPH CRELL 1736

350 ACRES V. 2 P 109

24 = JOSEPH CRELL 1736

150 ACRES V. 2 P 108

23 = HANNA MARIA STOLEA

AKA ANNA MARIA HEYD,

WIDOW OF FRIEDLIN

STOHLER, M. LOUIS LA FONTAINE

250 ACRES V. 4 P 238

22 = JACOB REMENSPERGER 1737

AKA J. J. REIMENSPERGER

JOHANN JOCOB RIEMENSPERGER,

CALLED JACOB

300 ACRES V. 20 P 67

21 = JOHN GALLESOR 1737

AKA JOHAN GALLISER

200 ACRES V. 4 P 160

Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland

Page 22 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 1
Page 22 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 1
Page 23 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 2
Page 23 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 2
Page 24 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 3
Page 24 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 3
Page 25 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 4
Page 25 Letter from Jacob Gallman to family in Switzerland. p 4
Page 26  Colonial land plat sections 21 - 43 Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina
Page 26 Colonial land plat sections 21 - 43 Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina
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Page 27
page 28
page 28

South Carolina Archives LINK

There are many many documents on our family in the South Carolina Archives

- to view them click on the link below

http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx

I would NOT USE exact match instead,

you will want to use the Soundex for name search. I have seen Gallman with many different spellings. Goldman, Collerman and many many others.

I was fortunate to receive permission from the SC Archives to print some of the documents for our family History Book. The two pages above were included in the 2009 edition.

page 33
page 33

Battle of Stono Ferry 1779

Book page 34 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779  p 1
Book page 34 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779 p 1
Book page 35 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779 2
Book page 35 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779 2
Book page 36 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779 3
Book page 36 Battle of Stono Ferry 1779 3

Printed with permission from  Dr. Judith F. Russell, 2002, "Soldiers from Edgefield and Ninety Six District at the Battle of Stono Ferry, South Carolina, 20 June 1779  online at http://familytreemaker.geneology.com/users/r/u/s/Jutith-F-Russell/FILE/0013oage,html

The Muster roll also appeared in: Quill of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, Nov/Dec 2002 Volume XVIII, Number6, pp110-111. "A Paybill for Capt Ryan Company who did Duty in the camps near Stono on horseback by orders of General Williamson from the 20th of April till the 12th of July 1779."

 

 

Harman Gallman and wife Mary Gallman Tombstone

A friend just sent me this page from an Edgefield SC cemetery book.  This Harmon Gallman was the son of Gasper and Jemima Sellers Gallman (Gasper being younger brother of our Conrad Gallman).       Harriet
A friend just sent me this page from an Edgefield SC cemetery book. This Harmon Gallman was the son of Gasper and Jemima Sellers Gallman (Gasper being younger brother of our Conrad Gallman). Harriet

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      Joyce Atkinson 24 months ago

      Is there any chance that you kept up with Celeste? I am also directly descended from Jacob Gallman and I live in Alabama! I would love to find out if her 5th and 6th great-grandfathers are mine, too!

      I am planning a trip to South Carolina. I'd love to visit the Gallman grave sites. Should I just try findagrave.com?

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      Paula Gretchen 6 years ago

      Email me click on the link contact Paula Gretchen at the top.

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      Celeste 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I have traced my ancestry and am directly descended from Jacob Gallman. Interestingly enough, my sister now lives in Lexington Co. SC where the old Saxe-Gotha township was located. My question is this - do you have any idea where the Gallmans are buried? My 5th and 6th Gallman great grandfathers are actually buried in my church cemetery in Alabama, but I would love to visit the Gallman gravesites when I visit my sister next.

      Thanks!!

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      Paula Gretchen 7 years ago

      Thanks Pat there is a lot more to come, I just need a little more time to get it in here.

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      Pat Gallman Lankford 7 years ago

      Great Job, Paula...luv it