Captain John and Elizabeth Caulfield Stoney

Captain John and Elizabeth Caulfield Stoney

The 4th of July (Independence Day) is a day of celebrating the birth of our Nation. It’s a day to reflect on brave men fighting for freedom from England’s tyranny. Today, I’m honoring my ancestor John Stoney, born in Tipperary, Ireland to English Protestant landowners. John and his wife, Elizabeth Caulfield, arrived in South Carolina in 1774, in his own merchant vessel named the “Saucy Jack.” Within a short period, he engaged in America’s War for Independence as a privateer, managed to acquire a sizable fortune in the process, and purchased 1,000-acre to build Braddock Point Plantation in 1776. John “Captain Jack” or “Saucy Jack” was one of four Hilton Head patriots honored by the local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, for their role in America’s struggle for independence, all of whom are buried in the Zion Cemetery on HHI. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject (and subordinate) to the monarch of...

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Lives and locales bound by preservation by Missy Schenck

Lives and locales bound by preservation by Missy Schenck

Anne “Annie” Guerard Coletta was born and raised in Charleston and spent her summers in Flat Rock, North Carolina, where her family has gathered for generations. She is the direct descendant of six former South Carolina governors:  Thomas Smith, Rawlins Lowndes, Robert Gibbes, James Moore, William Aiken, Jr. and her grandfather, Burnet Rhett Maybank, the 99th governor of South Carolina, mayor of Charleston and a United States senator. Her father, Theodore Guerard, served in the House of Representatives. It’s no wonder that Annie took to politics after moving to Flat Rock, N.C. full time in 2010 with her husband, Paul and son, John. She is the first female in her family to hold elected office, but credits her mother, Elizabeth Maybank Guerard Wright (Libby), as her role model for standing up and fighting for what is important. When Annie was in middle school, her mother along with a few others organized Save Historic Charleston and fought the city’s proposed demolition of a large...

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Historic Flat Rock, Inc. was established in 1968. Since then it has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of properties of note. It has obtained numerous preservation easements on historic properties through the cooperation and generosity of the owners. Learn more…