Daniel Huger, II (1687 - 1754) MP

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Birthplace: Wambaw Plantation, St. James Santee, Craven, South Carolina
Death: Died in Limerick Plantation, Berkeley, South Carolina
Occupation: Planter
Managed by: Christopher Ross Jenkins
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About Daniel Huger, II

Daniel Huger II was the son of Daniel Huger and wife Marguerite Perdriau. He was born on March 16, 1687 on his father's plantation in Craven County, South Carolina. He was baptized by the Huguenot minister, Rev. Mr. Prioleau

In 1709, when he married Elizabeth Gendron, his father wrote contract giving Daniel II half of all his worldly goods - half the plantation, half the slaves, half the equipment - along with half the profits of the plantation if Daniel and Elizabeth agreed to live on the plantation. He used the income from his father to purchase more land. In that same year he purchased Limerick plantation, an estate on the eastern branch of the Cooper River in Berkeley County. In 1714 Daniel II received a grant for 500 acres in Craven County and two years later, 500 acres in Berkeley County. Before 1720, he had amassed so much land that he sold his father's plantation to James and Paul Mayrant.

His total holdings at his death in 1754 amounted to nearly 10,000 acres of plantation land and nine homes in Charleston. The appraisal of his estate showed that he owned at least 329 slaves. He was one of the wealthiest slave owners in South Carolina.

In addition to being a planter in South Carolina, Daniel Huger II had a public career, as well. in his twenties, he took a position as tax inquirer and inquisitor for the Parish of St. Thomas and St. Denis. Daniel was a member of the colony’s Seventeenth Assembly, from 1720 through 1721, and the First Royal Assembly, lasting from 1721 until 1724. Subsequently, the Parish of St. John Berkeley elected him three more times to the Second, Twelfth, and Fifteenth Royal Assemblies. The Parish of St. Philip would also elect him in 1729 as their representative for the Sixth Royal Assembly.

In addition, Daniel served as justice of the peace for Berkeley County in 1721, 1734, and 1737 and as Commissioner of the High Roads in 1721.

Religious Life

The Church Act of 1706 established Anglicanism as the official state religion of Carolina and required all members of the Commons House of Assembly to conform to the worship and rituals of the Church of England. The act created two French parishes and provided a framework for the French Protestants to receive Anglican services in their native language. In this way, Huguenots could meet the requirements of the Church Act and serve as representatives in colony’s assembly. The Church Act led to the demise of the Huguenot church as a power in the lives of the French immigrants. Scores of marriage, baptism, and burial records featuring French Protestant surnames begin to appear in the Parish register of St. Philips Anglican Church, in the 1720's but the Huger surname does not appear until 1749. Perhaps the Hugers’ economic success allowed them to preserve their religious tradition, thereby delaying their conversion to Anglicanism.

In 1741, Daniel married his second wife, Mary Cordes, and had four sons with her. The marriage was performed by an Anglican minister and the four boys would be baptized in the Anglican church of St. John’s Parish, Berkeley County. The same minister performed Daniel's third marriage, to Lydia Johnson.

In 1749, the marriage of Daniel Huger Jr. to his fourth wife, Anne LeJeau, appears in the register of St. Thomas and St. Denis. In 1751, Daniel Jr. chose to have his son Francis baptized in the Anglican church of St. Thomas and St. Denis, the first Anglican baptism of a Huger recorded in any official parish register. The register also records his burial six years later.

The Children of Daniel Huger

Daniel Huger, the son of an immigrant, added to the land wealth of his father by the purchase of huge tracts of land, Ieaviing an estate of £119,501. He had established his family in the Anglican church. He had a successful career in service to South Carolina. Many, however, believe that Daniel Huger II's greatest legacy was his children, many of whom reached levels of prominence. Of his five sons who reached adulthood, three served in the Revolutionary Wary and one became a political figure.

  • Isaac Huger was a lieutenant in the Cherokee War and a lieutenant-colonel in 1776. In 1779 he was made a brigadier-general.
  • John Huger, prior to the Declaration of Independence, was a member of the Assembly and after the war, Secretary of State in South Carolina.
  • Benjamin Huger was major of the First Regiment of riflemen and a member of the Provincial Congress.
  • Francis Huger was a captain in Moultrie's regiment and later a quartermaster general in the continental army.

Children of Daniel Huger, Jr. and wife Elizabeth Gendron:

  • John/Jean Huger, born c.1712 in South Carolina

Children of Daniel Huger, Jr. and wife Mary Cordes:

  • Daniel Huger III, 1742-1799, married Sabina Elliott. Distinguished career as a statesman.
  • Isaac Huger, 1743-1797, married Elizabeth Chalmers and had 8 children. Distinguished military career.
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Daniel Huger, II's Timeline

1687
March 16, 1687
St. James Santee, Craven, South Carolina
1710
January 17, 1710
Age 22
Santee, Craven, South Carolina

Daniel and son sign an agreement that splits the plantation, all its livestock, slaves and equipment, and all its profits with the son if he remains on the plantation after marrying Elizabeth Gendron.

1710
Age 22
South Carolina
1741
May 14, 1741
Age 54
1742
February 20, 1742
Age 54
St. John's Parish, Berkeley, South Carolina
1743
March 19, 1743
Age 56
St. John's Parish, Berkeley, South Carolina
1744
June 5, 1744
Age 57
Limerick Plantation, South Carolina
1746
December 30, 1746
Age 59
St. Philip's, Charleston, South Carolina
1747
December 4, 1747
Age 60
1748
August 31, 1748
Age 61