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Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery
 
Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker with modern paint scheme Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 5, 2013
1. Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker with modern paint scheme
 
Inscription. A Chapel of St. Luke's Parrish, established May 23, 1767, built of wood shortly after 1786 under the direction of Captain John Stoney and Isaac Fripp, was consecrated in 1833. Members of the Barksdale, Baynard, Chaplin, Davant, Fripp, Kirk, Mathews, Pope, Stoney, and Webb families worshiped here. By 1868 the chapel was destroyed.
 
Erected 1973 by Hilton Head Island Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-12.)
 
Location. 32° 12.118′ N, 80° 41.961′ W. Marker is in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Mathews Drive near Folly Field Road and William Hilton Parkway (U.S. 278), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is near a driveway at the southbound merge of Mathews Drive (Folly Field) to US 278 (William Hilton Parkway). Marker is in this post office area: Hilton Head Island SC 29928, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Ambush (within shouting distance of this marker); Hilton Head Island Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.5 miles away); Fort Sherman (approx. 1.8 miles away); History Of The Dolphin Head Area (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fort Howell - 1864 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Fort Howell (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. James Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hilton Head Island.
 
Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker, at Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway (U.S. 278) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 5, 2013
2. Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker, at Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway (U.S. 278)




 

 
Regarding Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery. During the American Revolution nearby Daufuskie Island split with the main of South Carolina and maintained its ties to England, from which the planters had gained a generous price for their main crop of indigo. This created tension with Patriots on Hilton Head; their derisive moniker for Daufuskie was "Little Bermuda," and the island's inhabitants. This mutual disdain occasionally erupted into violence, including the murder of Daufuskian Capt. Martinangel by a "Bloody Legion" from Hilton Head, who retaliated for his killing of Hilton Head planter Charles Davant.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Hilton Head Island, SC. In 1788, a small Episcopal church called the Zion Chapel of Ease was constructed for plantation owners. The old cemetery, located near the corner of William Hilton Parkway and Mathews Drive (Folly Field), is all that remains. Charles Davant, a prominent island planter during the Revolutionary War, is buried there. He was shot by Captain Martinangel of Daufuskie Island in 1781. [ "Reference Desk," Beaufort County Public Library - Hilton Head Island, Accessed May 19, 2007] (Submitted on April 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
3. Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker
 
 
Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Zion Chapel of Ease and Cemetery Marker
 
 
Captain John Stoney, as mentioned in Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
5. Captain John Stoney, as mentioned in Marker
" In Memoriam Captain John Stoney 1749- 1821, native of Ireland, soldier in the Revolution, planter on this island, a founder of the Episcopal Church on Hilton Head, the ancestor of the Stoneys of South Carolina.Also of his grandson, John Safford Stoney, eldest son of John and Elizabeth Gaillard Stoney, who who died in 1832 in his twenty fifth year. Their earthly remainswith those of James Stoney, son of Captaon John Stoney, who is commemorated by this tomb, rest where they were interred in unmarked graves at the northwestern extremity of this island. The tomb was removed to this place for safekeeping May 14,1959."
 
 
Wm. E. Baynard Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
6. Wm. E. Baynard
oldest intact structure on Hilton Head Island, the Baynard Mausoleum, which was built in 1846.
 
 
Charles Davant, Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
7. Charles Davant,
" Pvt. SC Militia 1750 ~ 1781 On 22 October 1871, returning from a patrol with the Patriot Malitia, Charles Davant was mortally wounded from ambush near here by Captain Martinangel's Royal Militia from Daufuskie Island. He managed to ride his horse to his nearby plantation, Two Oaks, where he died. Captain John Leacraft's Bloody Legion avenged his death."
 
 
Revolutionary War Soldier Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
8. Revolutionary War Soldier
Charles Davant 1750 1781 Placed by Captain William Hilton Chapter DAR
 
 
Isaac Baldwin Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
9. Isaac Baldwin
Pvt SC Malitia Revolutionary War 1752 1826
 
 
James Davant and wife Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2008
10. James Davant and wife
Revolutionary Veteran Pvt S.C. Militia 1779 - 1782 1744 - 1803
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,121 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 5, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on April 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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