3.38 Pamela DARWIN

Female 1803 - 1880  (76 years)


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  • Name Pamela DARWIN 
    Title 3.38 
    Born 14 Aug 1803  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Census 1810  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Pamela Darwin (age 7) presumed in household of father, John Darwin 
    Census 1820  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Pamela Darwin (age 17) presumed in household of father, John Darwin 
    Census 1830  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Pamela Darwin (age 27) presumed in household of father, John Darwin (with daughter Elizabeth M. Darwin) 
    Slave Transaction 22 Nov 1836  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    "Nan" bequeathed to Pamela Darwin (age 33) in father's Will 
    Will 22 Nov 1836  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Pamela Darwin (age 33) named a beneficiary in her father's Will  
    Census 1840  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 37) presumed in household of husband, Isaac Summerford  
    Census 1850  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 47) in household of husband, Isaac Summerford 
    Census 1860  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 57) in household of husband, Isaac Summerford  
    Died 12 Jan 1880  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sharon, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 3.38

      Originally, I did not show the children of Pamela (Darwin) Summerford on my family chart but next to them I showed Elizabeth M. Darwin (1822-37) and Sarah Ann Darwin (1929-30), whose data was obtained from the tombstone inscriptions at the Darwin Burial Ground in York County, as the children of Peyton Bland Darwin since I was unable to see them fitting into any other family in S. Carolina.

      However, I was in error because the 1830 census for S. Carolina indicated that Peyton Bland Darwin had only one child, John Asbury Darwin, at home in 1830 and was therefore unlikely to be the father of Elizabeth. The identity of the parents of Elizabeth and Sarah Ann became revealed when it was noted that the Darwin/Bland bible record showed that they also had two brothers, John and James:

      Births
      1. Elizabeth M. Darwin born Aug 27th 1822
      2. Sarah Ann Darwin born Jan 20th 1829
      3. John Darwin Jun. born Feb 18th 1831
      4. James Darwin born April 13th 1833

      I have always regarded the Darwin/Bland bible record as a fundamental document in the research of the early Darwin history and have considered its data reliable especially as spaces have been left where the dates were uncertain and presumably were intended to be added at a later date. It can be seen clearly that the above four children cannot be dovetailed into Peyton Bland Darwin's family as there were two contemporary children, both named John Darwin, living in 1831 and I did not see the obvious answer to the parentage until Tim Grana pointed out to me that the list shown above had a remarkable similarity to the list that I had drawn up for the Summerford children, which was constructed from the records shown in Gayle Blankenship's book along with the 1837 Will of John Darwin Senior, that links together Pamela Summerford's daughter, Elizabeth Mourning, with her two brothers, John and James. Acceptance of the Darwin/Bland bible record would imply that all four children were born to Pamela before her marriage to Isaac Summerford as they are all recorded with the Darwin family name and that immediately raises the question as to whether Isaac Summerford was the father of these children.

      The Mary Darwin Hope bible record gives a marriage date for Isaac Summerford and Pamela Darwin as January 22, 1822, which would appear to solve all the problems but cannot be correct since the tombstones for Elizabeth and Sarah Ann show that they were buried with the family name of Darwin and not Summerford and would appear to validate the above listing in the Darwin/Bland bible record.

      I believe that Gayle Blankenship's records came via the family of the son James and gives a marriage date of 2 May 1825; John Summerford's birth date as ca 1831; and James Thomas Summerford's birth date as 1 May 1833 (which can be seen to disagree by some two weeks from the 13 April 1833 date given in the bible record). Again I would question this marriage date for the same reasons given above and would place Pamela's marriage between April 1833 and 1837, when her father John Darwin made his Will and references her as Pamela Summerford. The marriage dates offered may have been given for the sake of respectability but lacking further information, I am going to accept the implication that Isaac Summerford was the father of all the children.
    • References:

      VFL
      Frances Corcoran
      OD
    Person ID I2708  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 9 May 2010 

    Father John DARWIN,   b. 19 Mar 1755, Darwin Home (Hollowing Creek), Louisa County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1837, John Darwin Home (Stooping Pines), York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Jane BLAND,   b. 02 Jan 1762, Edgefield County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1827, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 11 Mar 1783  [10
    Notes 
    • Place unknown for certain, but probably York SC (where John was fighting as a partisan). A number of secondary sources cite Maryland as marriage venue, but primary source for this assertion is unknown.
    Family ID F0101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Isaac SUMMERFORD,   b. Abt 1796,   d. After 1860, AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Mourning DARWIN,   b. 27 Aug 1822, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1837, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
     2. Sarah Ann DARWIN,   b. 20 Jan 1829, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jan 1830, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +3. John S. Darwin SUMMERFORD,   b. 18 Feb 1831, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    +4. James Thomas Darwin SUMMERFORD,   b. 13 Apr 1833, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 May 1900, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Lucinda SUMMERFORD,   b. 07 Jul 1837, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F0114  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Aug 1803 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela Darwin (age 7) presumed in household of father, John Darwin - 1810 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela Darwin (age 17) presumed in household of father, John Darwin - 1820 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela Darwin (age 27) presumed in household of father, John Darwin (with daughter Elizabeth M. Darwin) - 1830 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsSlave Transaction - "Nan" bequeathed to Pamela Darwin (age 33) in father's Will - 22 Nov 1836 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - Pamela Darwin (age 33) named a beneficiary in her father's Will - 22 Nov 1836 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 37) presumed in household of husband, Isaac Summerford - 1840 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 47) in household of husband, Isaac Summerford - 1850 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Pamela (Darwin) Summerford (age 57) in household of husband, Isaac Summerford - 1860 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jan 1880 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sharon, York County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Histories
    The Family Secret of Isaac and Pamela Summerford
    The Family Secret of Isaac and Pamela Summerford
    Who was the father of Pamela Darwin Summerford's children?

  • Sources 
    1. [S20] BIB: 1880: Mary Darwin Hope Bible.
      "Pamela Darwin b. 8-14-1803 d. 1-12-1880"

    2. [S72] CEN: 1810 SC York.

    3. [S73] CEN: 1820 SC York.

    4. [S96] CEN: 1830 SC York.

    5. [S133] WIL: SC-YO: 1836 Will of John Darwin, York County Will Book G, p. 544, July 1837.
      "I will to my Daughter Pamela one Negro woman named Nan to belong to her and her children during their natural lives, Nan and her increase shall belong to Pamela and her heirs forever"

    6. [S133] WIL: SC-YO: 1836 Will of John Darwin, York County Will Book G, p. 544, July 1837.
      Pamela Darwin (age 33) named for an equal share with named siblings of balance of father's estate.

    7. [S113] CEN: 1840 SC York.

    8. [S259] CEN: 1850 SC York.

      "Pamelia Summerford, 48, F, b. York SC"

    9. [S271] CEN: 1860 SC York.

      "Permelia Suferford, 57, F, b. York SC"

    10. [S20] BIB: 1880: Mary Darwin Hope Bible.
      "John Darwin, b. 3-19-1755, d. 7-13-1837, and Jane Bland, b. 1-2-1762, d. 3-10-1827, m. 3-11-1783"

    11. [S1] BIB: 1837: Darwin/Bland "Bible", Quarto Page Q.
      "Isacc Summerford and Pamelia Darwin was Maried" (no date given)

    12. [S20] BIB: 1880: Mary Darwin Hope Bible.
      "Isaac Summerford and Pamelia Darwin, 1-27-1822"
      This date is likely a polite fiction: see article, The Summerford Secret.