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Emily Weston (Esdaile)

Birthplace: Cothelstone House, Nr. Taunton, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Dawlish, Devonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Edward Jefferies Esdaile, Sir and Ianthe Elizabeth Esdaile
Wife of Plowden Charles Jennett Weston, Lt Goverrnor South Carolina
Sister of Charles Edward Jefferies Esdaile and Una Dean Thurston

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About Emily Weston

Grand-daughter of poet Percy Shelley and his first wife Harriet.

Her mother Ianthe married banker (Sir) Edward Jeffries Esdaile (whose family owned or had an interest in many Jamaican plantations and he was compensated c.1830, after the British abolition of slavery, for over 430 slaves on three plantations).

Emily was born and died at Cothelstone Manor, near Taunton, Somerset, England, but lived in South Carolina during her married life.

Emily's brother went to Harrow (Independent school for boys) School at Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex and became a close friend of an American pupil - Plowden Weston. After graduating both friends were admitted to Cambridge University - at this point Emily met Plowden. Although Plowden's family supported an 'English' education, they were vehemently anti-English aristocracy, so Plowden decided to go back to South Carolina to speak to his father personally about his plans to marry Emily.

Plowden inherited and ran rice plantations in the low country of South Carolina. Emily oversaw the building by master carpenter Renty Tucker of their homes at Hagley, Laurel Hill, Conway and Pawleys Island. The couple commissioned the building of 13 slave chapels - one of which - St. Mary's could seat over 300 slaves -and which was patterned after an English church (possibly one she had attended near Cothelstone), with imported stain glass windows.

In her spare time Emily painted and drew the scenes around her. An exhibit of some is being shown at the Noble Gallery at Brookgreen Gardens, South Carolina, USA, 9.5.2015-7.26.2015 Antebellum Waccamaw: Paintings and Drawings by Emily Esdaile Weston (Description states: "This collection of pencil and pen and ink drawings and watercolors, dating from the 1840s to the 1860s, was made by Emily Frances Esdaile Weston (1810-1886), the British wife of Plowden C. J. Weston, 19th century owner of Laurel Hill Plantation, the north section of Brookgreen Gardens’ property. The collection provides unprecedented views of the buildings, structures, and grounds of Laurel Hill and Hagley (Weston’s Waccamaw Neck properties), of heir home at Snow Hill at Conway, and his seashore residence, “Weston’s Zoyland”, known today as Pelican Inn on Pawleys Island. In addition to the landscape paintings and architectural drawings, there are a number of watercolors of native flora and fauna, many accompanied by a dried, pressed plant. Emily Weston also made drawings of Camp Marion during the War Between the States."

Because of the Civil War no post was getting through to them. One of her brothers, the Rev. Esdaile, came across the Atantic to visit his sister and let her know that their mother had died. He kept a journal during that time with vivid descriptions of the area and people.

Emily's husband contracted TB during the Civil War. After he died, Emily moved back to England.

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Emily Weston's Timeline

January 5, 1810
Nr. Taunton, Somerset, England
April 15, 1886
Age 76
Dawlish, Devonshire, England