Mathias Ardis (1724 - 1781)

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Birthplace: Germany
Death: Died in Savannah, GA, USA
Managed by: David Coe SMITH
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About Mathias Ardis

A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A003020

The Facts As We Know Them --- Pamela Lassiter Jones, Mobile, Alabama USA pam@hsiweb.com

Mathias/Matthias ARDIS/ARDEIS was born 1724 October 29, place unknown. According to family lore he came to America at the age of 16 (circa 1740), with a sister Elizabeth ARDIS and a brother John ARDIS. We have yet to pinpoint the ship that he arrived on.

Mathias ARDIS is first found in Craven County, South Carolina USA, on Flat Creek. Later he settled at Beech Island, South Carolina USA, also known as New Windsor community, in present day Aikens County, South Carolina USA. Aikens County was cut off from Edgefield County, South Carolina in 1866. Edgefield County, in turn, was formed from part of the 96th District in 1785. The 96th District had been formed in 1769 as one of eight circuit court districts that made up South Carolina. Before 1769, the area was know as the Granville County.

Beech Island is located on the banks of the Savannah River south of Augusta, Georgia USA. Other families near the ARDIS estates include ZINN, BENDER, NEAL, and SIMPKIN.

Mathias ARDIS married Christina /Christian ZINN sometime before 1750. Christina was the daughter of Gerhart ZINN and Margurite GUTH who came to Philidelphia, Pennsylvania USA 29 August 1730 with 77 other Palatine families on the ship “Thistle of Glasgow” from Rotterdam, Holland, but last of Dover , England UK. Along with her parents were her brothers Valentine ZINN, Heironomos ZINN, and Jacob ZINN.

Christina was born circa 1725 in Germany. The ZINNs lived in the Cloister at Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania USA. They moved to the Manheim Community at Dunkurds Bottom, on the New River, in South Carolina USA, about 1745. The ZINNs were driven off by Indians about 1758. In 1762 Valentine ZINN bought part of 300 acres on Flatt Creek in Craven County, South Carolina USA, that Mathias and Christina had bought in 1758. Some records indicate that Mathias ARDIS' sister Elizabeth married Valintine ZINN.

Mathias ARDIS, and at least two of his son’s, fought on the side of the Revolution. Isaac ARDIS was a private in the South Carolina Militia and served under Colonel PICKENS after the fall of Charleston, South Carolina USA. John ARDIS was a Private in the 6th and 1st South Carolina Regiment.

According to journals left by a grandson, Lucias Q.C. DeYAMPERT, Matthias ARDIS and a son-in-law, John BRADLEY, died onboard a British prison ship of smallpox. The ship was anchored in the waters off Savannah, Georgia USA and Mathias ARDIS was said to have been buried at sea. In probate records the date of death was listed as 1781 September 9. John BRADLEY was the captain of a Galley ship in 1780, it seems that Mathias ARDIS and John BRADLEY may have been blockade - runners against the British.

A notice from an Augusta, Georgia USA newspaper reads as follows:

"Mrs. Christian ARDIS or Ardeis (Rebel) and widow of Mathias Ardeis deceased puts in her Caviot against any person administering on the estate of the said Mathias ARDIS until she can have a hearing, as she not only has a right to Administration but is left the sole executrix in a will made but cannot at present be probated, one of the witnesses now being dead and the other two gone over to the enemy."

SEE Mathias ARDIS Will

The estate was finally settled in the Fall Court of 1800, Edgefield County, South Carolina USA.

Mathias ARDIS and Christina ZINN were the parents of ten (10) children. These were:

(1) Mary ARDIS born 1756 who married 1st John BRADLEY and 2nd John De YAMPERT

(2) Sarah ARDIS born circa 1750 who married 1st Benjamin BOWERS and 2nd Perdieu PARTAIN Jr.

(3) Abraham ARDIS born 1767 who married 1st.Susannah SHINHOLSER and 2nd Sarah Rell Mills BENDER

(4) Mathias ARDIS II

(5) Jacob ARDIS

(6) Isaac ARDIS born about 1761, who married Mary HOWELL

(7) John ARDIS

(8) Elizabeth ARDIS who married Francis CARLISLE

(9) Daniel ARDIS

(10) David ARDIS who married Eleanor _______

ARDIS, MATHIAS Ancestor #: A003020 Service: SOUTH CAROLINA Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE Birth: 10-29-1724 GERMANY Death: 9-9-1781 ON BRIT. PRISON SHIP Service Source: STATEMENT OF GRANDSON, REV L.Q.C. deYEMPT (SEE NSDAR #64534 ADD VOL 327)Service Description: 1) DIED ON PRISON SHIP

Residence

1) City: NEAR ABBEVILLE - District:96 DIST - State: SOUTH CAROLINA

SpouseNumber Name

1)CHRISTIAN X

Mathias ARDIS, and at least two of his son’s, fought on the side of the Revolution. Isaac ARDIS was a private in the South Carolina Militia and served under Colonel PICKENS after the fall of Charleston, South Carolina USA. John ARDIS was a Private in the 6th and 1st South Carolina Regiment.

According to journals left by a grandson, Lucias Q.C. DeYAMPERT, Matthias ARDIS and a son-in-law, John BRADLEY, died onboard a British prison ship of smallpox. The ship was anchored in the waters off Savannah, Georgia USA and Mathias ARDIS was said to have been buried at sea. In probate records the date of death was listed as 1781 September 9. John BRADLEY was the captain of a Galley ship in 1780, it seems that Mathias ARDIS and John BRADLEY may have been blockade - runners against the British.

http://www.ardisnet.com/genealogy/Septs/Mathias/Beech%20Island.htm

The Will of Mathias ARDIS --- Pamela Lassiter Jones, Mobile, Alabama USA pam@hsiweb.com

[NOTE: The Mathias ARDIS Sr. Will and Testament is transcribed below. It was written in 1774 and probated in the Fall Court of 1800, after his death. In addition to naming his heirs, it details the manner for distribution of his holdings. Although not separately identified in the will, his estate included the Manor House Plantation with a Red House, valued at the sum of almost US$10,000, and 300 acres of land at Silver Bluff on Beech Island. While difficult to calculate, the estate was probably worth, in today's money, several million US$.]

"In the name of God Amen. I Mathias ARDIS Senr. Of the township of New Windsor, in the Ninety six District of South Carolina, being weak in body but of sound memory Blessed be God, do this twenty ninth day of October in the year of our Lord – One thousand seven hundred and seventy four in the fourteenth year of his Majesties reign make ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

First I leave and bequeath to my daughter Mary, a Negro fellow named Charles to be delivered to hear at the decease of Christian, my wife –

Also I give and bequeath to my son Mathias one Negro girl named Rose and her natural issue to be delivered at the decease of my wife.

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth two Negroes named Quamenim and Sally to be delivered at the decease of my wife –

Also I give and bequeath to my son John one Negro named Will to be delivered at the decease of my wife –

Also I give and bequeath to Isaac my son two Negroes named Dick and Sue to be delivered at the decease of my wife. –

Also I give a bequeath to Jacob my son one Negro wrench named Dina with her natural issue to be delivered at the decease of my wife –

I also give and bequeath to Sara my daughter two Negro fellows named Jack and Roger to be delivered at the decease of my wife –

I also give and bequeath to Abraham my son one Negro named Jimmy to be delivered at the decease of my wife. –

I also give and bequeath to Daniel my son two Negroes named Boatswain and Harry to be delivered at the decease of my wife -

Also I give and bequeath unto my son David two Negroes named Mole and Judy and their issue to be delivered at the decease of my wife. – I also give and bequeath all my lands in whatever place or places it may be situated -

Unto my eight younger children to be equally divided among each of them on an equality thereof and if it should happen that David my son should die before he receive his legacy, than his legacy fall to my son Daniel. And should Daniel die before he received his part then his part falls to Abraham. And if Abraham should die before he received his part then his part falls to Sarah. And if she should die before she receives her legacy then her part falls to Jacob.And if Jacob should die before he received his legacy then his part falls to Isaac. And if Isaac should die before he received his legacy then his part falls to John. And if John should die before he receives his part then his part falls to Elizabeth. And if she should die before she receives her part her part falls to Mar

No legatees shall receive any part or parcel of the above bequeaths until the decease of my wife Christian to whom I give and bequeath all and every part thereof my household, furniture, books, bonds, mortgages, notes and debts of all kinds also my stock of all kinds forever.

I also make and ordain Christian my wife, my sole executrix of this will in trust for the intents and purposes in this will contain total. In witness whereof I the said Mathias ARDIS Senr. Have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seals the day and year above written. Signed sealed and delivered by the said Mathias ARDIS Senr. As and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who are all present at the signing and sealing hereof.

James THOMPSON

John BEDDINGFIELD

Ninian PETRIE

Mathias ARDIS (Seal)"

On the back of this will were the following notes, writer unknown:

1. "Mary died 1804 – married (1) John Bradley (2) Jean De Yempt

2. Mathias Jr.

3. Elizebeth died before her mother

4. John died before his mother (1st to die)

5. Isaac died 1796

6. Jacob died before his mother his part fell to Isaac

7. Sarah in 1791 conveyed to Isaac after her husbands death

8. Abraham w.p. 1817

9. Daniel died after his mother

10. David (the youngest) died 1800 w.p. 1807 (no issue)"

A notice from an Augusta, Georgia USA newspaper reads as follows:

"Mrs. Christian ARDIS or Ardeis (Rebel) and widow of Mathias Ardeis deceased puts in her Caviot against any person administering on the estate of the said Mathias ARDIS until she can have a hearing, as she not only has a right to Administration but is left the sole executrix in a will made but cannot at present be probated, one of the witnesses now being dead and the other two gone over to the enemy."

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Mathias Ardis's Timeline

1724
October 29, 1724
Germany
1746
1746
Age 21
Beech Island, SC, USA
1748
1748
Age 23
Beech Island, SC, USA
1750
1750
Age 25
1752
1752
Age 27
1756
1756
Age 31
Beech Island, SC, USA
1758
1758
Age 33
Beech Island, SC, USA
1760
1760
Age 35
Beech Island, SC, USA
1761
1761
Age 36
Craven, South Carolina, United States
1781
September 9, 1781
Age 56
Savannah, GA, USA

Matthias died as a British prisoner of war on a ship anchored near Savannah, Georgia.