Mary Eleanor Laurens

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Mary Eleanor Pinckney (Laurens)

Birthplace: South Carolina
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Laurens, 5th President of the Continental Congress and Eleanor Delamere Laurens
Wife of Charles Pinckney, Governor, U.S. Senator, Signer of the U.S. Constitution
Mother of Henry L. Pinckney; Frances Henrietta Hayne and Mary Eleanor Ramsey
Sister of Col. John Laurens (Continental Army) and Henry Laurens

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Mary "Polly" Eleanor Laurens (Apr. 27, 1770 -Oct. 6, 1794),

  • She was the daughter of a wealthy and politically powerful South Carolina merchant Henry Laurens, the 5th President of the Continental Congress and Eleanor Delamere Ball Laurens.
  • Husband: Charles Pinckney of South Carolina
  • Married on April 27, 1788
  • Less than a month after her birth in Charleston, her mother died, and when she was one-and-a-half years old, her father, focusing on the education of his sons, placed her and her sister in the care of his brother and sister-in-law, James and Mary Laurens.
    • In 1775 when her uncle and aunt sailed for England, she went with them, and in 1777 when they moved to the village of Vignon in the south of France, she again accompanied them.
    • After her uncle’s death there in 1785, she returned to South Carolina with her aunt and her sister, but having grown up in France, she was by then more French than American.
  • Her European manners and good looks as well as her father’s wealth and prominence captured the attention of Charles Pinckney (1757–1824).
    • They married on 27 April 1788.
      • Together they had three children who survived to adulthood:
        • Frances Henrietta (1790–1816), who married Robert Young Hayne;
        • Mary Eleanor (b. 1792), who married David Ramsay; and
        • Henry Laurens (1794–1863).
  • Polly Laurens Pinckney, Charles Pinckney’s “little French girl,” died less than a month after the birth of her son.
  • She died in 1794, leaving Pinckney a widower.
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Mary Eleanor Laurens's Timeline

South Carolina
Age 31
Charleston, South Carolina
Age 32
September 24, 1794
Age 34
Charleston, South Carolina