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Elizabeth was born in British America
Elizabeth was born on August 19, 1742 in Spotsylvania when it was still part of British America, and George the II was the King of England. She had two sisters, Jane and Frances. She also had three half siblings who were the children of Rice’s first wife Martha Thacker. They were Martha, Mary and Rice Curtis III.
In 1757, Elizabeth and her sisters received a 150 acre tract of land from George Pendleton. Elizabeth was 14 at the time. This was property that her father had previously sold to Pendleton. The deed does not provide an explanation as to why Pendleton sold the proptery to the three girls.
When she was 23 Elizabeth married John Waller in Spotsylvania, Virginia in about 1764-65. John was a preacher in the Baptist Church for 35 years and spent a great deal of time travelling to the parishes he headed which were located in several different counties. John being away from home so much would have meant that Elizabeth had charge of caring for their nine children and their farm on her own much of the time.
|Elizabeth was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and|
lived there until 1793 when she and John moved to
During their married life, and while Elizabeth was having their children, John was imprisoned at least three times – in 1768, 1771 and 1774 – because of his religious views and his preaching against the official Church of England. One can imagine that this made Elizabeth’s life more challenging than that of most of her peers. She also lived through the American Revolution between 1775 and 1783.
In 1793, when Elizabeth was 51 the family moved to Abbeville, South Carolina. Records explain that one of the reasons they moved was so they could be close to their daughter Ann and her husband Reverend Marshall. Another reason was the availability of cheap land.
Elizabeth died in 1803 at the age of 61, when Thomas Jefferson was the US President. She is buried in the Waller-Hacket Family Cemetery in Greenwood South Carolina. Her husband, sons John and Benjamin, and a few other family members are buried with her. The cemetery is located on the Vines home place on the road from Scotch Cross to Cambridge and is said to be near where the Waller family home was.
|This is Elizabeth's will|
Elizabeth left a will dated August 1, 1803 that was administered by her two sons Benjamin and Thomas. In it she made a point of leaving an extra $100 to her daughter Dorothy but the will did not explain why. Didn’t she realize her descendants would want an explanation? She also left money to her grandson Albert Waller, so he could purchase “a black sute of casamore”. I believe this means a black cashmere suit. All that remained, after her debts were paid, was to be divided equally among her eight children. She named all her children except John so he must have died before his mother.
I found one page of an inventory of her possessions in her probate packet while visiting Abbeville in 2017. Many of the items listed are illegible but of those I could read the assortment was different from many inventories I’ve read before. Those items included bees wax and honey, wheat, corn and oats, thread, black yarn, spun cotton, a bead quilt, lining fabric, flannel, pins, sugar, chewing tobacco, a small trunk, cotton seed and $130.50 in cash. I hope the chewing tobacco was for guests – not for Elizabeth.
|This is one page of the inventory of|
Elizabeth's estate from her probate packet
Sources for this post: Elizabeth’s Last Will; Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia by John Frederick Dorman; Descendants of Capt. Thomas Carter of Barford by Joseph Lyon Miller, Effie Shelton Campbell; A Crane's Foot by E. Stuart Gregg, Jr; Virginia County Records Spotsylvania Co. 1721-1800, Transcriptions from Original County Records Wills, Deeds, Admin & Guardian Bonds, Marriage Licenses and List of Rev. War Pensioners; Greenwood County Sketches by Margaret Watson; FindAGrave website; Abstracts of Old 96 & Abbeville District Wills & Bonds compiled by Willie Pauline Young.