Home Email Links

Our Drummond Beginnings in America

Drummond, Earl of Perth
An American FamilyLast Update: 1 August 2003
Descendants of my American Forefather
Henry Drummond of IrelandLast Update: 9 August 2003
My Latest Drummond ResearchAs of 6 August 2003
About My Ancestors
My Ancestral Table
My Direct Line of Ancestors


        Scotch-Irish Drummonds        

This page is being updated with NEW information. It will appear in red.

According to the 1850 and 1860 censuses, and the 1880 censuses of three of his sons, Henry Drummond was born somewhere in Ireland around 1793. Henry must have been in South Carolina by 1820, as that is the year in which his first son, Joseph Berry, was most likely born. In my research, I have not found any Henry Drummond that came to America from 1790 to 1820. Because of this fact, I have concluded that Henry came to America as a boy with his parents and family.

A Henry Drummond is mentioned in the will of John Drummon of Barnwell, South Carolina, however, it's not the Henry Drummond I am seeking. Here is the text:

Because Henry was born after 1790 in Ireland no one on any 1790 U.S. census could be his father. There are nine Drummonds* on the 1800 South Carolina census. By process of elimination, I have ruled out Benjamin (Abbeville, p.39), Epheraim (Spartanburg, p.183), John (Barnwell, p.44) and Nathaniel (Laurens, p.31). The first three, I believe, are the same men that appear on the 1790 South Carolina census. I have ruled out Nathaniel because he appears on the 1803 will of Benjamin Drummond. On the 1810 South Carolina census, there are 12 Drummonds. Again, by process of elimination, I have ruled out Ephraim of Spartanburg (p.186), James and John of Barnwell (p. 90), Nathaniel of Laurens (p.23) and Moses of Abbeville (p.59). The last two are both mentioned on the 1803 will of Benjamin Drummond of Abbeville. There are two Drumons in Laurens (p.49), Dannil and Hormon. I have not considered them for a number of reasons.

* The name Drummond is spelled Drummon, Drumon and Drumman on these censuses.

That leaves five Drummonds from the 1800 census and five from the 1810 census. From the 1800 census, there is Daniel (Laurens, p.31), Daniel (York, p. 960), James (Charleston, p.152), James (Pendleton, p. 39), and John (Charleston, p.133). And from the 1810 census, there is Daniel (Pendleton, p.159), Daniel (Pendleton, p.162), William (Pendleton, p.159), James (Charleston, p.172) and John (Charleston, p.198).

I assume that the two Daniels, John and one of the James' from 1800 are the same people in 1810. One James from 1800 is no longer listed in 1810 and there is a William in 1810 that was not listed in 1800. So I am really looking at four people as I am not considering William as Henry's father. In 1810, Henry would have been about 17 years old and probably still living in his fathers household as he does not appear on any census until 1820.

After searching every outlet I know, to my knowledge, only one of the four came from Ireland and that was one of the Daniels.

Here is what I have:
I now have two large print Xerox copies of this original three page document. The transcripts below are exactly what the books have written in them about this naturalization petition. However, after seeing the original document, it is obvious that many parts of it were omitted. Below in red is what is actually on the document. I will scan and post it as well in due time. 

Immigrant: Drummond, Daniel
Location: South Carolina
Year: 1798
Publication: HOLCOMB, BRENT H. South Carolina Naturalizations, 1783-1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Publish, 1985. 255p.
Port and date of arrival, or place and date of application or admission. Many records give country of orig, residence in America, and occupation.
Page Number: 118
Document Type: Immigrant Record
Source: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index

In the book A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records vol. 2, p. 79 there is this entry:

Drummond, Daniel Pack 2. Clerk of the Court Office. Anderson, S.C.
Pendleton Dist. To the Honr. The associate Judges of said state. The humble petition of Daniel Drummond a native of the County Antrim in the Kingdom of Ireland, sheweth that he has resided U. S. A. fifteen years and the whole time within this State. Your petitioner is desirous of becoming a citizen of this U.S. Therefore your petitioner prays that you would admit him to the rights and privileges of citizenship. We do certify that we have known Danl. Drummond for five yrs. And that he is a man of good moral character. Signed: John T. Lewis, Patrick Norris, John McFalls, James Todd, Newman Moore, John Bryce, J.P., E. Herrin, J.P., Nathan McAlister, Andrew McAlister. Dated 26 October 1813. When he renounce and adjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign power, his name is given as David Drummond. Dated 26 October 1813. Signed: David Drummond.

From the original document:
The State of South Carolina
Pendleton District

To the Honorable the associate Judges of the said state.

The Humble petition of Daniel Drummond-a native of the County of Antrim in the Kingdom of Ireland, Sheweth that your petition has been resideth in the United States of America fifteen years and the whole time within this State; That your petitioner is attached to the principles of the United States Constitution and Government and is desirous of becoming a citizen of the said United States- Your petitioner therefore prays your Honor that you would be pleased to admit him to the rights and privileges of citizenship, and as in duty bound he will our pray- We do hereby certify that we have known Danl/Daniel Drummond-- for five years, that he has resided within the jurisdiction of this state years five years, that he is a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States of America, and will di?pond?(unreadable- defend?) toward the good order and happiness of the same.
Oct. 26. 1813

John T. Lewis
Patrick Norris
John McFall
James Todd
Newman Moore
John Bryce, J.P.
E. Herring, J.P.
Nathan McAlister
Andrew McAlister

The State of South Carolina
Pendleton District

Daniel Drummond, being duly sworn in open court make oath that he has resided within the jurisdiction of this state for fifteen years, that he will support the constitution of this state and of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and utterly (unsure of word) renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince (unsure of word), Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatever, and particularly the King of Great Britain and Ireland under whose allegiance he was born.

Sworn in open court and _____ (unreadable word)        Daniel Drummond
this the 26th day of
October 1813
John T. Lewis

The last part of this I do not fully understand. Did Daniel change his name to David? After seeing the original document, I can conclude with almost 100% certainty that Daniel did not change his name to David. Comparing the handwriting throughout the document, the letters are extremely consistent. On all three pages, the front page (not listed above--just a name and date on it) and the two pages of body, the name is clearly Daniel Drummond. When Daniel actually signs his name in his own handwriting, it could be mistaken as David. However, upon a closer look, it is obviously Daniel Drummond.

By 1820, Henry is on the Pendleton District census (p.198) and there is only one Daniel, also in Pendleton (p.198). He is just a couple of houses from Henry and David Melton, Henry's first son's (Joseph Berry) father-in-law-to-be. There is a will for a Daniel Drummond dated 16 July 1822. Unfortunately, Henry is not mentioned in this will. I have not seen the original. I will have it soon and will post my findings. The will, without full text, follows:

Series Number: S108093 Reel: 0003 Frame: 00051 item: 02
Date: 1822/07/16

What's more, on 23 February 1814 a Daniel Drummond attested to the good character of a William Duncan, 52, who wished to be naturalized on that date in Pendleton.

Here are the two Daniel Drummond households from 1800 through 1820. Also, I have included the James Drummond household that is a few pages away from Henry in 1820. On 1 May 2004, someone signed the guestbook who had some great insight that I had never heard before. Read it in the guestbook.
Daniel, 1800 York
1m 26-45, target Daniel
1f 26-45, wife
2m 0-10, Henry, 7; William H., 2
3f 0-10, three daughters
Daniel, 1800 Laurens
1m 45+, other Daniel
1f 45+, his wife
1m 16-26
2f 16-26
1m 10-16
2f 10-16
1f 0-10
Daniel, 1810 Pendleton, 162
1m 26-45, target Daniel
1f 16-26, wife
1m 10-16, Henry, 17
2f 10-16, two dau. (one now married)
2m 0-10, Wm. H., 12, John 7
Daniel, 1810 Pendleton, 159a
1m 16-26, can't follow by ages of 1800s?
1f 16-26
1m 10-16
1m 0-10
Daniel, 1820 Pendleton, 198
1m 45+, target Daniel
1f 45+, wife
1m 10-16, John, 17
1f 0-10
2m 0-10
James, 1820 Pendleton, 195
1m 45+
1f 45+
1m 16-26
1f 16-26
1m 16-18
2m 10-16
1f 10-16
1m 0-10

Possible Siblings of Henry

If Henry's parents did bring him to South Carolina from Northern Ireland, it seems reasonable that they may have had other children either with them as they traveled or born in America after their arrival. I have speculated about a few possible siblings for Henry that were born in South Carolina in or after the year 1798. As of now, I am speculating on these three individuals; William H. Drummond (1798), John Drummond (1803) and Isabella Drummond (15 May 1805). However, I can't fit Isabella in an age bracket in the above table.

See a little about William H. Drummond here on this site. There are researchers for John Drummond and you can see their tree here. Also, on the 1830 St. Clair, Alabama census, a John Drummond is living next door to Henry. There households are as follows:
 Henry, 1830 St. Clair, AL 247
1m 30-40, Henry, 37
1f 30-40, Sarah, 34
2m 5-10, Joseph B., 10; Daniel P., 6
1f 5-10, Isabella, 8
2m 0-5, George L., 4; John, 2
John, 1830 St. Clair, AL 247
1m 20-30, John, 27
1f 20-30, Minerva, 24
1m 0-5, ?

As of now this is still just speculation. I certainly am not trying to make things fit into place on circumstantial evidence. It seems that Drummond researchers are few so if you are a descendant or a researcher of the Drummond family, especially the Drummonds of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Arkansas and Northern Ireland, I would like to hear from you. Let me know you’ve been here by signing my guestbook.

Back to Drummond Home Page