Elizabeth Dupre Britton

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Elizabeth Dupre Britton

Birthplace: Britton's Neck, Marion, South Carolina
Death: Died in South Carolina, USA
Place of Burial: Brittons Neck, Marion County, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Joseph Britton and Sarah (2) Dupre
Wife of William Goddard and Samuel Dupre Jenkins, I
Mother of Francis Goddard; Samuel DuPre Jenkins; Francis Goddard Jenkins; Sarah Jenkins; Rev. James Jenkins and 4 others
Sister of David Britton; Phillip Britton; Moses Britton; Joseph Britton; John Britton and 2 others
Half sister of Thomas Britton

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About Elizabeth Dupre Britton

The Blue Savannah

Swamp Fox Chapter NSDAR selected Elizabeth Dupre Britton Goddard Jenkins, known in local history as the Widow Jenkins, as its 2012 Outstanding Woman in American History. Elizabeth Jenkins is profiled by her son in his memoir, Experience, Labours, and Sufferings of Reverend James Jenkins.

Born in 1741 she was the only surviving child of Joseph Britton and his first wife, Sarah Dupre. Her father remarried and had more children by his second wife. At a young age, Elizabeth was sent to Charleston for a formal education; thereshe grew into an intelligent and cultured young woman. While yet in her teens, she married William Goddard and they had a son, Francis. Before Elizabeth was 20 years old, she was a widow. Later she married Samuel Jenkins and had seven children, three of whom died in childhood. She was widowed again when Samuel died in 1780. By then, the War had reached the heart of the Pee Dee. Three of Widow Jenkins’ sons were serving with legendary General Francis Marion. In retaliation Tory bands (local King’s men) and British forces plundered the widow’s lands, killing livestock and taking vegetables from her garden. One such unwelcome “guest” was British officer, Lt. Colonel John Watson. On arriving at the Jenkins home in Britton’s Neck, he commandeered it for his headquarters. In the course of their conversation, Watson asked the widow if she did not believe that the British would conquer the Americans. With biting sarcasm, she replied that she only wished she was as certain of heaven as she was that the Americans would gain their independence. The angered officer demanded to know how many sons she had serving with the rebels. “None, sir,” she replied. “ It is the King who has rebelled against us, and not we against the King.” “Well, madam, then,” he continued, “how many sons do you have serving with Marion?” “Three,” she replied proudly. “ I only wish they were three thousand!” Cleverly Watson asked her to join him in having a glass of wine. Just as she sipped from her glass, he made a surprise toast to King George! As “hostess” she drank the toast. Then she slyly refilled the glasses and calmly retaliated by raising her glass in another toast to George Washington! In return Colonel Watson was compelled to drink the toast. Watson soon “struck his tents” and left. By defying a British officer, Elizabeth Jenkins had sealed her place forever in the rich history of the Pee Dee! Before the American Revolution ended, she lost sons and nephews to the cause she so eloquently defended in several confrontations with the enemy.

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  • A memorial recognizing Elizabeth Dupre (Britton) Jenkins heroism during the Revolutionary War is located at the entrance to Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Bishopville, South Carolina.
Elizabeth DuPre Britton
  • Elizabeth's first marriage was to William Goddard. He died after a son was born. Samuel took him in as his son. At the end Elizabeth became an outstanding heroine of the Revolutionary War by acquiring the distinction of "Widow Jenkins" after she warded off the British at her home. There is a monument at the gate going into Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery, Bishopville, South Carolina.

(source: Singeltonfamily.com)

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Elizabeth Dupre Britton's Timeline

November 17, 1741
Marion, South Carolina
Age 9
Georgetown, Georgetown, SC, USA
October 20, 1757
Age 15
Marion, South Carolina
October 20, 1757
Age 15
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States
Age 15
Charleston, SC, USA
Age 15
South Carolina
July 17, 1759
Age 17
Marion, South Carolina
Age 18
South Carolina, United States
November 29, 1764
Age 23
Age 64
South Carolina, USA