Isaac Mazyck (1661 - 1735) MP

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Birthplace: St. Martin, Isle de Re, France
Death: Died in Charleston, SC
Managed by: Cory Brandon Ewing
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About Isaac Mazyck

Isaac Mazyck was a French Huguenot who left France soon after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. He traveled through Amsterdam to London, and from there to the Carolinas, arriving in Charles Town in 1686. He married Marianne le Serurier, the daughter of business partner Jacques le Serurier, and had eleven children.

Isaac Mazyck's father, Paul Mazyck (or Paul de Mazyck), was a native of the Bishopric of Liege. He had married Elizabeth Van Wyck (or possibly Vanewick or Van Vick), of Flanders. They were wealthy Walloons who had moved to Maestricht in the Netherlands about 1685 and afterwards to St. Martin, on the Isle of Re, opposite La Rochelle, about 1685.

Family lore claims that Isaac left France with roughly 1500 pounds. He used this money to purchase a cargo of goods to be sold when he arrived in Charles Town. The sale of these goods established him as a merchant in his new homeland. He went on to form a partnership with fellow Huguenot emigree, Jacques le Serurier. His name was frequently linked in business transactions with members of the Perdriau and de St. Julien families.

Among his extensive land holdings was Mazyck Borough, which makes up the northeastern part of the Charleston peninsula above Calhoun Street and which he acquired in 1696, and what was later called Middlesex south of Mazyck Borough, which he acquired in 1706 and sold in 1720 to Thomas Gadsden. Isaac Mazyck also acquired in 1712 the Mazyck Lands west of Legare Street. 28 He was said to be the largest landowner in the province.

Though wealthy; Isaac took no active part in politics but was a staunch adherent to the Reformed Church of France. This position, the opposite of that of Peter Manigault, probably excluded him from matters of prominence in local affairs. His will disposed of £44,800 and more than four thousand acres of land in addition to much personal property. He left £100 to the Huguenot Church in Charleston, the interest of which he directed to be paid annually for the support of its Calvinistic minister forever. In his family Bible, under the date 1685, is this record: God gave me the blessing of coming out of France, and of escaping the cruel persecution carried on there against the Protestants: And to express my thanksgiving for so great a blessing, I promise, please God, to observe the anniversary of that by a fast.

Isaac died March 11, 1735 and was buried at the French Protestant Huguenot Church cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina. His descendants later commissioned a plaque to hang at the church, which reads:

  • "In Memory of/ Isaac Mazyck/ Born at St. Martin in the Isle of Rhe/ 11th of June 1661 / Left France in 1685, in consequence of the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes / Settled in South Carolina in 1686 / And died 7th March 1755. And his oldest son Isaac Mazyck born in Charleston 6 March 1700 Died 25 July 1770 He was many years a leading member of the Provincial Assembly and was appointed one of the Assistant Judges of the Province in 1740, / Their remains were interred at the East and of the Old French Protestant Church and are now covered by this building. This Monument is erected in obedience to the testimony directions of Paul Mazyck, / Sixth son of the latter, who was born the 4th January 1744 and died 6th June 1835. His remains are deposited in the Cemetery of this Church."

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Curator's note - The transcription at www.findagrave.com for the plaque states he was born at the Isle of Man. If one enlarges the photo of the plaque large enough, it can clearly be seen that it is NOT Man. It appears to be Rhe, but the letters run off the edge of the photo, making the exact spelling a bit difficult. Cross-checking with Wikipedia, I find that the correct French spelling at one time was Île de Rhé. St. Martin is the principal town on the island

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Isaac Mazyck's Timeline

1661
June 11, 1661
St. Martin, Isle de Re, France
1686
December 1686
Age 25
South Carolina
1693
October 14, 1693
Age 32
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
1694
May 17, 1694
Age 32
1698
August 8, 1698
Age 37
1699
January 8, 1699
Age 37
1700
March 6, 1700
Age 38
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
1701
January 1, 1701
Age 39
1702
October 5, 1702
Age 41
Charleston, Charleston County, SC, USA
October 5, 1702
Age 41
Charles Town, South Carolina