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François-Solomon Legaré

Also Known As: "Francois Solomon Legare"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France
Death: May 8, 1760 (85)
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Place of Burial: Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Francois Solomon L'Egaré and Anne L'Egaré
Husband of Nelly Legare; Sarah Legaré and Keltie Legaré
Father of Solomon Legaré; Sarah Freer; Daniel Legaré; Mary Legaré; N.N. Eveighly and 4 others
Brother of Daniel Legare

Occupation: silversmith
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About Solomon Legaré

"Legare" is French for "tie".

"Le garé" is French for "the parked". indiciates that Legaré is a nickname from the past participle of Old French esgarer ‘to be troubled or abandoned’.

It's not certain which origin this family's name is from.


Events in his life were:

  1. Apprenticed about 1686 to Francis Legare in Boston MA 8
  2. He worked from circa 1693 to 1696 as a silversmith in Boston MA 8
  3. He worked from 1697 to 1750 as a silversmith in Charleston SC 8


  1. 8. Ensko, Stephen, American Silversmiths and Their Marks.



Below Will info from

Will of Francis Solomon Legare

Will of Solmon Legare of Charles Town...goldsmith

dated 20 Jan 1756, proved 9 Jan 1761.

       Son Solomon Legare, "my house I bought of Daniel Bell & George Bell & what Negroes I shall Dye possessed of;"
       son Daniel Legare, "my house I bought of Mr Jeans Pan Executors;"
       son Thomas Legare "my house I bought of Mrs Susannah Rawlins;"    
        Daughter Ellis, £1000;
       "my 3 grandchildren of my Daughter Hanna Miller, Mary Miller & Sarah Miller & Martha Miller Five hundred apes [sic]"
       The Rev Mr Smith £200; the Horfin [?Horsin] house £200
       Residue of estate to be divided among sons Solomon, Daniel, and Thomas

Exors: sons Solomon Legare, Daniel Legare

Wits: Jno Stronach, Edward Richardson, John Troup

Will Book 1760-1767 p7.

FILM 0023474, Wills, Charleston Co SC,FHL, LDS


From book: "The Circular Church: Three Centuries of Charleston History" by Joanne Calhoun - published 2008 by The History Press in Charleston, SC. ( - chapter 1

"The Legares are an example of an early family whose large fortune was made as planters and merchants. Solomon Legare fled papal persecution in France, as he was a Huguenot. He married an English woman, an act that displeased his father, who gave him twenty shillings and cut him out of his will. Solomon immigrated to South Carolina accompanied by his wife, his mother and other relatives. He was a jeweler and gold and silversmith. In 1729, he bought a small island contiguous to Folly Island, which still bears his name. He also owned large tracts of real estate at Legare and Tradd Streets. He served on the grand jury that convicted and hanged Stede Bonnet, the pirate. His mother was the first adult buried in the Circular Church graveyard, but her grave was covered when a new larger church was built. His wife's gravestone and his footstone are visible today. Solomon Legare's daughter, Sarah, married Solomon Freer, whose family came from Barbados and made up part of Charleston's elite. She died of smallpox, as did so many in the epidemics common in Charleston. Her headstone "is one of the best-preserved slate stones bearing an old-style winged death's head." It disappeared for a while from the graveyard, and was featured in a newspaper article of missing gravestones. Someone who read the article found the gravestone in a house in Columbia, South Carolina, and it was returned in 1988."

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Solomon Legaré's Timeline

November 6, 1674
Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France
Age 28
Charleston, SC, USA
Age 33
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States
Age 40
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Age 51
May 8, 1760
Age 85
Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina