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sooner or later, to the Carolinas, for prosperous planters of the

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name settled in Richmond County near the end of the eighteenth
century. These were Benjamin, Andrew, Jeremiah and Susannah,
the last a widow with three minor sons. These families aggregat-
ing eleven males and eleven females, lived in the Fayette Dis-
trict, while in the Salisbury District of Montgomery County
were David Dumas, "pere et fils," with their respective families ;
the elder being at the head of a household of six males and two
females, the younger having a wife and no family. It is notable
in a period when slavery w r as much less general than in the mid-
nineteenth century, that every Dumas householder owned from
one to a score of slaves, according to the area and size of his
lands and family.

Although the French population of South Carolina was
drawn from three sources the early Huguenots, the Acadians
banished from Nova Scotia in 1755, and the Swiss settlers who
twenty years earlier came over with Jean Pierre Purry, the Caro-
linas are proudest of their Huguenot ancestry. Yet all three
peoples had been forced to leave their homes because of religious
or political oppression, alike to seek freedom in a new land. To
these religiously persecuted classes, also, belonged the so-called
"Irish Presbyterians," originally Scotch dissenters who for a
time had found haven in the northernmost counties of Ireland
and some of whom later came with their families, directly to the
Fair Forest and Pacolett regions of the Carolinas, there found-
ing their rude pioneer homes and forming the nucleus of institu-
tions in which their children and children's children have con-
tinued to absorb the principles of religious and political freedom.

Of such zealous stock comes Miles Alexander Malone. His
father, the Reverend Jeremiah Dumas Malone, born September
27, 1811 ; died April 18, 1887, was one of the three sons of Jonas
and his Huguenot wife. Jeremiah's brother, Miles, also lived in
North Carolina (Warren County) in 1790, while another brother,
Charles, lived in the Ninety-six District of Spartanburgh County.
Mr. Miles Malone was born near the college town of Maryville,
Tennessee, the seat of Maryville Presbyterian College, one of the
earliest classical institutions of Blount County. His mother's
maiden name was Nancy Jane Bogle. The name of Bogle is one
well established in the international history of art.

His wife, Sarah Glenn Jones Malone, was a descendant of
Thomas Edwards (1757-1791) and his wife Lucy. Their son,
William Edwards, married Elizabeth Brittain in Virginia about
the year 1791; whose descendants live near Athens, in Clarke
County, Georgia. Thomas was a Revolutionary soldier for three
years and was the recipient of bounty land awarded to him by
the United States for his active loyalty.

In the fall of 1751 a colony of Irish Quakers from Kings
County, Ireland, came up the San tee. Their leader, Samuel Wy-



484 MILES ALEXANDER MALONE

lie, forming an intimacy with "King" Haigler, chief of the Ca-
tawbas, they were permitted to make settlements at points w r hich
later came to be known as Friends' Neck and West Wateree.
Among those who on account of the adjacency of their grants
were supposedly Quakers, was a Scotchman, Cornelius Malone.
Eight or ten years later some of these obtained grants of land
at Pine Tree Hill, now Camden. Evidently Malone was among
these grantees, for his son, Cornelius, was born at Camden (then
Pine Tree Hill) on the seventeenth of January, 1759, and who
in 1780, "on learning of the defeat of Gates," w T as living ten miles
away, in the County of Kershaw. Another sou, William, had
been born in Kershaw County in November, 1755. The brothers
fought in the Revolutionary War, for the first two or three
months, serving in the same garrison at Orangeburgh on the
Santee, and in their old age, as pensioners, accepted the bounty
of their grateful country, being then, in 1833, residents of Ala-
bama. After serving two years in the war, one year as a cav-
alryman and another in Captain Chestnutt's company of infantry,
William continued to reside in South Carolina until 1808, when
he removed to Tennessee. Three years later he went to Madison
County. Alabama, and in 1819 to Limestone County in the same
State, where twenty years later he was still living in the enjoy-
ment of his modest pension, as evidenced by his name on the
United States roll of the Huntsville Agency in 1839.

Cornelius settled in Morgan County, Alabama, where he re-
sided thirty-four years, dying early in 1857, shortly after entering
his ninety-ninth year. The family Bible of his father was in the
possession of Cornelius in 1833, according to the testimony of
William in May of that year, when making application for pen-
sion.

Among the staunch friends of the Malones in Alabama were
Colonel Reuben Chapman, a Scotchman, whose son, Reuben, be-
came the eleventh Governor of the State, and the Honorable John
T. Rather, who, in 1841, was Mr. Chapman's opposing (Whig)
candidate for Congress.

Cornelius referred to these gentlemen as "my countrymen,"
thus doubling the testimony as to his Caledonian origin. Col-
onel Chapman, after the war, retired to a splendid country es-
tate in Morgan County, where his son Samuel was a well-known
jurist. There also lived his co-patriot, Cornelius Malone, who
had been in the service of Generals Sumpter and Marion for a
period of nineteen or twenty months, and was in several skirm-
ishes with the Tories. During the period of his service the Tories
under Watson were met and dispersed by Marion's men at Mount
Hope, Black River, and Sampit Bridge. During the month of
his enlistment the battle of Tarcote Swamp was fought by four



MILES ALEXANDER M ALONE 485

hundred Colonials under Marion, resulting in a tremendous vic-
tory for the "Swamp Fox" and his followers.

On the twentieth of September, 1780, Cornelius Malone
joined a militia company commanded by Captain Douglas Starke,
who was a planter, and marched with his company to Lawrence's
Ferry on the Santee, in pursuit of Lord Kawdon who was en-
camped in the vicinity. The detachment failed to locate the
British forces in that neighborhood, and after two mouths spent
in garrison duty at Orangeburgh, Cornelius was transferred to
the command of Captain John Watts and returned to Caniden.
Later he was engaged in alternately harrying the towns and re-
pulsing British inroads, they being exceedingly active just then
in the vicinity of Lynch's Creek, where he was discharged from
his first military tour on the tenth of July, 1781. He afterward
served an additional ten or eleven months under Colonel John
Marshall and Major Ballard.

Another of the name who enlisted immediately after the news
of Gates' defeat, was Deloney Malone, who went out from Gran-
ville County, North Carolina, as a mounted volunteer, furnishing
his own horse. While doing volunteer service in North Carolina
he occasionally operated on the South Carolina border, under
command of Captain Joshua Coffee in Colonel Philip Taylor's
Dragoons. Discharged at Hillsdale, he removed after the war
to Virginia, thence to Kentucky, and from there to Surnner
County, Tennessee. He was born about 1759, and consequently
was the same age as Cornelius Malone.

When, with a price upon his head, Aaron Burr was appre-
hended in Alabama for treason, a North Carolinian by name of
Thomas Malone was one of his guard. Five years earlier, in the
winter of 1801-1802, young Malone with six companions and
sixty negroes had set out from Kaleigh for the Mississippi terri-
tory. An accident to the canoe bearing some of his companions
resulted in their heroic rescue by Malone. In 1807 he was clerk
of the Washington County Court. In recounting the capture
Malone described Burr's eyes as "like stars," and regretted his
slowness in recognizing the arch conspirator, as otherwise he
might with ease have claimed the reward.

The Malones are well connected by marriage. In Georgia
the descendants of Kobert Malone of South Carolina are related
to the Penns ; Kobert's son William P. of Columbus, a veteran of
the Creek War, having married at Milledgeville, in 1834, Rebecca
P. Griggs, whose mother was Charlotte Penn, second cousin of
the great Landgrave. This Malone family is also well repre-
sented in Alabama. The mother of John David Malone of Bir-
mingham was a Miss Spotswood of Huntsville, descendant of
Governor Spotswood who in 1712 was Virginia's chief executive.
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486 MILES ALEXANDER MALONE

of the Seminole War, has taken healthy root iri Georgia and
spread into the sister State of Alabama. Sue Malone, an Ala-
bamian, married Joseph Golem an, great-great-grandson of Mary
Key, of the family of Francis Scott Key.

Doctor Samuel Booth Malone of Columbus, Mississippi, mar-
ried the daughter of John Dandridge Bibb, god-child of Lady
Washington, who at her request was named for her brother.

The Mississippi family traces its rise to William Malone
who married Johanna Anderson. Of their sons, William Thomas
was killed at the Alamo, and Franklin Jefferson was a member of
the Mississippi Constitutional Convention. By the latter's mar-
riage with Mary Louisa Harden he became the father of Walter,
and of James H., who later constituted the firm of Malone and
Malone, lawyers, of Memphis, Tennessee, Walter Malone is well
known as an author and writer of verse. Still another branch
is represented in Tennessee, where a few years ago the name
appeared among the faculty of Vanderbilt University.

It may be observed that Miles is a family name, having been
borne by an uncle. The surname of Alexander is one revered
in Eowan County, recalling as it does the name of James Alex-
ander, the founder of Salisbury. The Southern families of Ma-
lone are undoubtedly of Scotch extraction. The meaning of the
name in Gaelic is "tonsured like Saint John."

Touching the loyalty of the pioneer people on Fair Forest
Creek during the American Revolution, it appears that in 1775
the South Carolina Council of Safety formed a commission, con-
sisting of two prominent and popular patriots, whose duty it
should be to journey to the newly settled and doubtfully loyal
territory lying between the Broad and Saluda rivers, and to
make plain to the newcomers the nature of the disputes between
the Colonies and the mother country. One of the commission-
ers was William Henry Drayton, a native South Carolinian and
sometime president of the Provincial Congress of that State,
another was William Tennent, pastor at Charleston and a Pres-
byterian of Irish-Protestant extraction, a suitable emissary to
the Irish Presbyterians who had settled at the forks of the Tyger.
There was need to explain the present policies because of the re-
moteness of the section, the absence of newspapers, and general
ignorance of the situation in these early settlements of forest
and creek. This region was then the haunt of herds of buffalo
and visited only by roaming beaver trappers and Indian traders.
Late in the summer of 1775 the emissaries of the government set
out upon their mission. They were accompanied on the journey
by William Hart, a Baptist clergyman, the three gentlemen form-
ing a politico-religions trio of considerable influential importance
in that day. Their first stop was at the Dutch forks near the
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MILES ALEXANDER MALONE 487

single military district under the control of Colonel Thomas
Fletchall, at whose home the trio called on their way up-country.
Fletchall's house was situated about six miles west of the pres-
ent city of Union, South Carolina. The temperature of their
reception here may as well be imagined as described, for Fletch-
all's loyalty was arrayed on the side of Great Britain. The vis-

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itors continued their journey up-country from this point pausing
at various places to harangue the settlers, whom they found, in
varying degrees, hostile to the American cause, until they
reached the settlements on Upper Fair Forest, Lawson's Fork and
on the Tyger. There they discovered a patriotic sentiment pre-
vailing among the people, who were fully alive to the questions
at issue, and with few exceptions, all proved true to the call for
freedom. Voluntarily they formed themselves into companies
independent of the Tory Fletchall's organization, and the com-
missioners provided that they should be supplied with ammuni-
tion from Fort Charlotte. Judge Drayton reported them to the
council as an "active and spirited people and staunch in our
favor." Thus did the Fair Forest pioneers prove their loyalty in
a "disaffected" section and cast themselves into the balance
against Tory power in that vicinity.

The Bogle family have been distinguished in the world of art
for generations. Lockhart Bogle's portrait of William Make-
piece Thackeray hangs in the Great Hall of Trinity College, Cam-
bridge, England. Kobert Bogle, born in 1772, married Annie
Keed in Marysville. Tennessee, and their daughter, Nancy Janie,
who married Keverend Jeremiah Dumas Malone, was the mother
of Miles Alexander Malone, who was born September 26, 1850.
He is now in the enjoyment of the pleasant autumn of life when
the leaf turns sere, but with vitality clings to the tree, and in
his semi-retirement from more active pursuits he is the chosen
companion of his daughter, Miss Blondelle Edwards Malone, a
sketch of whose career in international art circles appears in the
present volume. Mr. Malone is a member of the Kidgwood Coun-
try Club, the South Carolina, the Columbia, and similar local
organizations. His home is in Columbia, South Carolina.



SARAH GLENN (JONES) MALONE

FROM a miniature oil old ivory, the only likeness now extant
of the late Mrs. Sarah Glenn (Jones) Malone, is reproduced
the portrait which accompanies this sketch. With that
occasional phase of modesty which shrinks from the bold,
ofttimes unkind, scrutiny of the camera's eye, from youth to
middle life, Mrs. Malone consistently declined to be photographed.
Painted in the late sixties, the portrait, now nearly a half century
old, is unique in this volume, and is interesting to many who
peruse these pages because of the glimpse afforded of the quaint
headdress and furbelowed gown of a past generation of modes.
To near and dear ones, it recalls associations belonging exclus-
ively to the original of the daintily-tinted miniature, bringing
from memory's casket the scent of lavender and old lace, and
reviving sw r eet memories of days now long past when the sweet-
faced wife and mother was active in the multitudinous interests
of home, dispensing to kith and kin, friend and stranger-guest
alike, that largess of hospitality for which the Southerner is
famous in fiction and in fact.

Mrs. Malone was born before the clash of arms at Sunipter,
in the days when "open house" was a sacred tradition of family
life, and the respectable stranger with credentials was a welcome
and honored guest for as long a period as he chose to remain
under the roof of his generous host. Much in this wise the inti-
macy was formed between her probable kinsmen, the eminent
patriots, Willie and Allen Jones, and a dashing young mariner
then known as John Paul, later Admiral of our first navy.
In hospitality was born that famous friendship which resulted
in young Paul's assumption of the family name of Jones, in com-
pliment to the Honorable Willie and his equally distinguished
brother, General Allen Jones. So marked, indeed, was the close
association of these three that in consequence various small craft,
as well as an American vessel, were christened "The Three
Friends." It was also through the medium of their letters of
introduction that the interesting stranger was brought in touch
with the influential persons who obtained for him his first com-
mission. As Captain John Paul Jones, he was a frequent visitor
at "The Grove" and "Mount Gallant," the mansion homes of the
Roanoke planters, who were the only sous of Robert or Robin
Jones, Attorney-General of the Crown for North Carolina in 1761.
The historian of this family mentions that among Robin's

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brothers were John arid Nathaniel Jones, "and others not remem-
bered." This family and the so-called Peter, or Cadwallader
Jones family, already connected in Wales, were thrice amal-
gamated by intermarriages in this country so that the two lines
are now intertwined in a labyrinth of relationships.

Mrs. Malone's paternal lineage is traceable to Stephen Jones
of Perquinians and Person Counties, North Carolina; who lived
to the age of ninety-three years. There were two of the name
recorded in the first Federal census of the State, in 1790, one
living in the Morgan district of Rutherford County, the other in
Caswell County (from which Person County was taken). The
colonial records just prior to the Revolutionary War abound in
references to Stephen Jones of Orange and of Guilford Counties.
Little of tradition has come down to us concerning him, but we
infer that he was somewhat obiquitous as to residence and active
in affairs of the colony.

His son, Joseph Jones, who was born about 1771, married
Mary Balis (probably of the family of James Bails or Balis, a
neighbor of Stephen Jones). Of his other children, Lucinda mar-
ried a Mr. Horton ; but concerning his sons, Glover and William,
no records have been preserved.

Joseph and Mary (Balis) Jones were the parents of Wiley,
Rebecca and Stephen Balis Jones. Wiley Jones, Esquire, the
eldest son, married Sarah Matthews Edwards. Their children
were Joseph, Mary, Kate, Richard, William, Lucinda, Sarah Glenn
(Malone), Octavia, Robert and Matilda. The family connections
of Mrs. Malone's mother were excellent. Sarah Mathews (Ed-
wards) Jones died in Bostwick, Georgia, August 4, 1895. Her
husband w r as a gentleman farmer of Morgan County ; her parents
were William Edwards, Esquire, and Katherine Coles.

The Coles family is united by marriage with many Governors
of the Carolinas. John Coles of Virginia, an Irish emigrant and
wife, Elizabeth Tucker, became the parents of W T alter and Isaac
Coles. Isaac married Julia, daughter of General John Strieker.
Isaac's son, Captain John Strieker Coles, married Eliza Pickens,
daughter of Governor F. W. Pickens of South Carolina. John
Strieker Coles, Junior, born 1865, married Helen Iredell Jones,
daughter of Colonel Cadwallader Jones, Junior, (1813-1899) of
Rock Hill, South Carolina, and granddaughter of Governor
James Iredell. (The Iredells are supposedly collateral descend-
ants of a daughter and son-in-law of Oliver Cromwell.) Her
brother, the gallant Captain Iredell Jones, married Ellen, daugh :
ter of Governor James H. Adams of South Carolina; and their
daughter, Lillian married a grandson of Governor Pickens, w r ho
was a member of Congress and formerly minister to Russia, and
was himself a descendant of Governor Joseph Blake (1696) and
of Governor Joseph Morton (1681).



492 SARAH GLENN (JONES) MALONE

Kef erring again to the second generation of the Coles family :
Walter, son of Isaac Coles, married Elizabeth Cocke. Their
daughter, Sally Coles, married Benjamin, brother of Governor
John Taylor.

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Frederick Lafayette Jones (1784-1848), son of Major Cad-
wallader Jones (1755-1796), at the request of his uncle, assumed
the surname of Pride. Frederick Pride Jones (born 1856; half
brother of Eliza Adams Jones), married Mrs. Fanny (Glenn)
Hellen, a member of the Glenn family which has furnished Gov-
ernors to both colony and State.

Mrs. Malone was also of good lineage with respect to the
antecedents of her mother, Sarah Mathews (Edwards) Jones.
Her maternal grandfather was William Edwards, Esquire, son
of Solomon, and grandson of Thomas Edwards, born about 1756.
John Edwards of Brunswick County, Virginia, who died in 1713,
devised his estate to his children : John, William, Nathaniel, Ben-
jamin, Mary and Sarah. He also named as legatees, his "cousins"
(who in the loose verbiage of that day might have been his
nephews), Thomas, William and John Edwards. The parents of
Colonel Cadwallader Jones of North Carolina (1788-1861) were
General Allen Jones and wife, Rebecca, daughter of Nathaniel
Edwards of Brunswick County, Virginia, who was burgess from
that county and deputy secretary of the colony in 1770. Colonel
Nathaniel Edwards died in 1771, leaving sons, Isaac and William,
and daughters, Mary (Ridley), Elizabeth (Willis), Eebecca
(Jones), and Anne and Sarah Edwards. The names of Sarah,
William and Thomas are of frequent occurrence in the Edwards
family.

The Honorable Isaac Edwards of North Carolina, Secretary
to Governor Tryon and Deputy Auditor of the province, was per-
haps the most prominent of the name in the Carolina s. Although
a servant of the Crown, his sympathies are said to have been
strongly in favor of the Colonies. Of his union with Marv Cor-

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nelly a Colonial lady, there were two daughters, but no sons. Hig
sister, Rebecca Edwards was the second wife of General Allen
Jones, and the mother of his sons.

Their only daughter, Rebecca Edwards Jones, was known
as the "Indian Queen ;" she was particularly remarkable for her
shapely foot and high instep.

Likewise Wilie and Wiley, not the diminutive Willie, are
names common to the Jones family, Colonel Wilie Jones (son of
Cadwallader of Rock Hill) commanded the Second South Caro-
lina Regiment of Volunteers during the Spanish- American hostili-
ties. In the roster of the Confederate Soldiers of America is the
name Wiley Jones, member of Company F, First South Caro-
lina Infantry (Regulars) who joined the command at Cheraw,
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Fort Moultrie. Thus it will be remarked that similar names
occur in the distinct but doubtless allied families of Cadwallader
and Stephen Jones, both possibly, nay, probably deriving from
the parents of Robert or Robin Jones, third of the name.

The early home of Mrs. Malone was in the realm of old King
Cotton, the famed black belt of the South, a section where cotton
and cotton-picking long constituted the sole crop and industry,
and myriads of harvesters, "pickers" and "cleaners," the chattel
wealth of the planter. With the coming of the cotton gin and the
loss of the laborers in the field, the industry lost much of its
picturesque setting. Cotton fortunes were irretrievably lost in
the climax of 'sixty-five, plantations dismantled and cabins de-
serted. Thus, came the impetus of change which has scattered the
old landed families of the Southland and inspired the trekking
of tribes of non-slave States of the southwest. The father of Mrs.
Malone chose, however, to leave undisturbed the hardy Jones root,
and to build again upon the ashes of the old South a new fortune
in his adopted State of Georgia. Here is found the family in the
brighter days of 'seventy-seven, when the subject of this memorial
was married to Miles Alexander Malone, son of the Reverend
Jeremiah Dumas Malone. The marriage vows were taken on the
first day of the New Year, 1877. The gentle bond so happily
welded at Social Circle, a town of interesting name, situated in
Walton County, Georgia, was severed only too soon by the ulti-
mate fulfilment of human destiny, when Mrs. Malone passed
from her earthly home to one eternal. She was long allied with
the patriotic women grouped under the flag upheld by the United
Daughters of the Confederacy, that noble-hearted band self-
pledged to keep alive the traditions of the Confederate States and
to honor the brave acts of their statesmen and defenders.

W T ade Hampton Chapter, named in honor of the gallant
General, has borne upon its rolls illustrious Southern names
filling the pages of history dealing with the struggle for civil
supremacy, and others no less illustrious, swelling the rosters of
the boys in gray. The Jones, Edwards, Glenn and allied families,
one and all, contributed precious treasure to the glory of Dixie
and the lost cause.

While a resident of Columbia, South Carolina, Mrs. Malone
was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Malone was born July 18, 1847, on the Jones Plantation
near Watkinsville, in Clark County, Georgia. Under private in-
struction, according to the custom of ante-bellum days in the
South, she was educated in a manner befitting her station and
grew to young womanhood surrounded by the influence of gen-
tility and the protection of home. Of refined tastes and artistic



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