Thomas Shubrick (1756 - 1810)

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Belvedere Plantation, Charleston, South Carolina
Occupation: Planter, soldier
Managed by: Karen Diana Irving
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About Thomas Shubrick

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35118052

From the Sons of the American Revolution Supplemental Application of Paul Trapier Hayne:

"Thomas Shubrick was commissioned by Congress, 1778, in the 5th S.C. Regiment of the United States, raised for the defense of American Liberty. He was presented with a medal by congress, with its thanks for his gallantry in the Battle of Eutaw Springs. The medal is in the possession of the family of Mrs Geo. Clymer, of Washington, DC. He died at the age of 54 in consequences of the hardships which his devotion to his country had occasioned.

From an old family paper, he attained the rank of "Major", from another, the rank of "Colonel". He was Commissioner of Prisoners after the capitulation of Charleston, SC, and relieved a number of his Bretheren of the Army. (see Moultrie's Revolution in the Carolinas.)

He served as a First Lieutenant and Captain in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment; as Brigade Major to General Howe from 24 May 1777 to September 1778; and as Aide-de-Camp to General Greene in 1781. By the Act 29 October 1781, it was "Resolved" that Major General Greene be directed to present the thanks of Congress to Captain Shubrick, his aide-de-Camp, in testimony of his particular activity and good conduct during the entire action at Eutaw springs, S.C. He was referred to as Colonel in the award presentation.

From SC Senate Biographies:

Thomas Shubrick, son of Thomas Shubrick and Sarah Motte, was born on 27 December 1756. Studying in England, he entered the Middle Temple on 28 June 1773. He returned to Carolina prior to the American Revolution. By 31 January 1776, Shubrick was serving as an ensign in a light infantry company of the Charleston militia. Holding the rank of first lieutenant in the Fifth Regiment (January 1777), he was promoted on 15 January 1778 to captain. Between May 1777 and September 1778, he was attached to the staff of General Robert Howe as a brigade major. Appointed an aide-de-camp to General Benjamin Lincoln on 19 July 1779, Shubrick participated in the siege of Savannah (September-October 1779). After Charleston fell to the British (May 1780), he was taken prisoner and held at Haddrell's Point. Exchanged on 14 June 1781, he served as aide-de-camp to General Nathanael Greene until the end of the war. In addition, he was commissary of prisoners in the Southern Department of the Army. His valor at the Battle of Eutaw Springs (September 1781) earned for him a medal and a resolution from Congress.

Following the war, Shubrick received a bounty land grant for 640 acres near the Saluda River in Ninety Six District (1784). Through other grants he acquired 300 acres near the Keowee River in Ninety Six (1785) and 500 acres in Prince Frederick Parish ( 1798) . In 1784 he purchased Longwood plantation on the Cooper River, but he made Belvedere plantation in St. Philip Parish his principal residence. The federal census of 1790 indicated that he held property in Christ Church and St. Thomas & St. Dennis parishes also. At death, he owned 254 slaves.

Shubrick's legislative career began with his election by St. Thomas & St. Dennis to the Fourth General Assembly (1782). Winning a special election in St. Philip & St. Michael parishes, he qualified on 27 January 1784 for the Fifth General Assembly (1782-1784) and continued to represent the city parishes in the Sixth General Assembly (1785-1786). A special election in St. Thomas & St. Dennis returned him to the Seventh General Assembly (1787-1788), for which he qualified on 8 January 1788. Representing Christ Church, he attended the state constitutional convention (1790). Other offices held by Shubrick included the following: member of the Privy Council (1785-1786); lieutenant colonel and quartermaster general in the state militia (ca. 1795-1810); president of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina (1799-1805); director of the State Bank (1801-1806); and road commissioner for St. Philip (1806, 1807) . In addition, he held membership in the Charleston Library Society (1776) and the South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati (1783) which he served as steward ( 1808).

On 9 April 1778, Shubrick married Mary Branford, daughter of Ezekiel Branford and Alice Bulline. They were the parents of at least eleven children: Sarah Alicia (m. Paul Trapier), Thomas, Richard (1787-1818), John Templar, Mary Rutledge (m. Elias Horry), William Branford, Hannah Hayward, Edward Rutledge, Elizabeth Susannah, Decima Cecilia (m. James Hamilton Heyward), and Orville. Thomas Shubrick died on 4 March 1810 at Belvedere.

Fourth General Assembly St. Thomas & St Denis 1782

Fifth General Assembly St. Philip & St. Michael 1784

Sixth General Assembly St. Philip & St. Michael 1785--1786

Seventh General Assembly St. Thomas & St. Dennis 1788

From "Sketches of Naval Men" by James Fenimore Cooper in Graham's Magazine, 1839.

"Col. Thomas Shubrick, the father of the four sons just mentioned, was an officer of the Revolution, having served with distinction in the army of Gen. Greene during the celebrated southern campaign. He was with the latter, in the capacity of an aid, at the battle of Eutaw Springs. This gentleman was born late in 1755, and was consequently quite young at the commencement of the great struggle for national independence. He was the seventh child and the third son of Thomas Shubrick and Sarah Motte, both of Charleston; the latter being of the connection of that noble woman who furnished Lee with the implements to set fire to her own house, in order to subdue a British garrison. Col. Thomas Shubrick, the father of our subject, married a Miss Branford in 1778. John was the seventh child and the fifth son of this marriage, having been born on Bull's Island, a valuable estate that belonged to Col. Shubrick, on the 12th September, 1788. His father died, at a place called Belvedere, March 4th, 1810; his mother survived until August, 1822."

Thomas Shubrick served as a First Lieutenant in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, January 1777; as Brigade Major to General Howe, 24 May 1777 to September 1778; Captain, 15 January 1778; Aide-de-Camp to General Greene in 1781. by the Act of 29 October 1781, it was "Resolved that Major General Greene be directed to present the thanks of Congress to Captain Shubrick, his Aide-de-Camp, in testimony of his particular activity and good conduct during the entire action at Eutaw Springs, S.C." He served to the close of the war. Letter to Frances Marion.

His gravestone reads: "In memory of Col Thomas Shubrick a distinguished patriot, soldier of the American Revolution. A gentleman eminent for his private virtue as a husband, a father, and a friend. He was born in Charleston, SC December 27, 1755 and died March 4, 1810."

Children of Thomas Shubrick and wife Mary Branford:

  • Sarah Alicia Shubrick (2 Jan 1779->1824) who married Paul Trapier (1772-1824) on 7 Jan 1802.
  • Thomas Shubrick (12 Nov 1781-11 Nov 1782) who died very young.
  • Thomas Shubrick (31 Dec 1783-) who reportedly died while serving in the army.
  • Mary Eveleigh Shubrick (16 Apr 1785-Jun 1785) who died very young.
  • Richard Shubrick (14 Aug 1787-26 Jan 1818) who reportedly died while serving in the army.
  • John Templar Shubrick (28 Sep 1788-1815) who married Elizabeth Matilda Ludlow. Died at sea off the coast of Algiers.
  • Mary Rutledge Shubrick (23 Oct 1789-14 Jan 1852) married Elias Edward Horry (1773-1834) in 1817.
  • William Branford Shubrick (31 Oct 1790-25 May 1874) who married Harriet Cordelia Wethered. He had a distinguished career in the Navy, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral.
  • Hannah Heyward Shubrick (17 Mar 1792-24 Aug 1806) who seems to have died quite young.
  • Edward Rutledge Shubrick (12 May 1793-12 Mar 1844) who married Esther Mary Bellin (14 Dec 1801-?) on 24 Sep 1817.
  • Eliza Susannah Shubrick (Aug 1794-17 Apr 1802) who died young.
  • Decima Cecilia Shubrick (1 Feb 1796-Apr 1867) who married James Hamilton Heyward (17 Sep 1792-2 Jul 1828) on 12 Dec 1816.
  • Irvine Shubrick (15 Nov 1797-5 Apr 1849) who married Julia Sophia Angelica Du Pont de Nemours (3 Jun 1806-11 Feb 1882) on 12 May 1824
  • Elizabeth Susannah Shubrick (27 Dec 1800-Apr 1896) who was christened on 2 Sep 1801 and seems not to have married.
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Col. Thomas Shubrick's Timeline

1756
December 27, 1756
England
1777
January 1777
- May 1777
Age 20
2nd South Carolina Regiment
May 1777
- September 1778
Age 20
1778
January 1778
- present
Age 21
April 9, 1778
Age 21
1779
January 2, 1779
Age 22
South Carolina
1781
September 1781
Age 24
Ninety Six District, South Carolina
October 29, 1781
Age 24

"Resolved that Major General Greene be directed to present the thanks of Congress to Captain Shubrick, his Aide-de-Camp, in testimony of his particular activity and good conduct during the entire action at Eutaw Springs, S.C."

November 12, 1781
Age 24
1781
- present
Age 24