Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Staff/Personnel
WOODBOO 1957 Booklet by Angela Melville
WOODBOO 1957 BOOKLET BY ANGELA MELVILLE displays images of a booklet written by Angela Melville for her nieces and nephews. The booklet describes the seat of the family at the Woodboo plantation in St. John’s Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina. The plantation was destroyed when the Santee Cooper Dam was created.
The plantation had been in the family since the original George II land grant nearly 300 years ago. On the back cover of the booklet she wrote
This is my new house. Emily uses the old one on the other side. I wrote this for the children. [signed]
Angela Melville describes her ancestral trail in this small booklet. From the Argyle clan in Scotland, Angela Melville’s family span a long history and were centered in Charleston, SC.
Melville describes an ancestor who came from the plantation, “Woodboo,” Margaret Philip, who married Archibald Campbell, a Scot who was stationed at Charleston. Their tempestuous romance is at the heart of William Gilmore Simms’ novel Catherine Walton, written in 1851.
Tales of “Mad” Archie, a member of the Argyle Clan of Scotland, abound. Campbell was killed at the Battle of Videau’s Bridge. His wife Margaret had but one child, also called ‘Margaret.” The granddaughter married a Heyward, the ancestor of Angela Melville. Uncle William Creech is distantly related to this line of the Campbell family and the Campbells of southeastern Kentucky.
CONTENTS: WOODBOO 1957 Booklet by Angela Melville
Front Cover [melv_album_331.jpg]
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Woodboo Plantation in St. John’’s Parish, Berkeley County, South Carolina; Santee Cooper Dam; George II land grant; Thomas Porcher Ravenel; Emily and Elizabeth Ravenel; Mary Ravenel Gignilliat (Mrs. Thomas Heyward); Pinopolis, SC, McDonough Street; Watboo (Indian for “Big Water”), spring
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Spring water; fishing; Margaret Deas Wilson Heyward “Gatie”; Elizabeth Margaret Wilson; Thomas Pocher Ravenel; Samuel Munro Wilson; Thomas C. Heyward; Harriet Heyward; William R. Gignilliat; Thomas C. Heward, Jr; Alice Gregory; Margaret Campbell Heyward (“Aunt Meta”); Margaret Philp; Archibald Campbell; Catherine Walton novel by Sims; the Revolution
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Archibald “Mad Archie” Campbell of the Argyle Clan of Scotland; Charleston; Margaret Philp; Margaret Deas Wilson Heyward; Duke of Argyle; Scotland; Goose Creek Church; Battle of Videau’s Bridge; Margaret Campbell; painting by Coram; The Charleston Orphan House; portrait by Henry Benbridge
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“Five Generations”; Margaret Campbell; Mrs. Hartley; Robert Deas; Margaret Deas; Peggy Gignilliat Carswell (Mrs. John D.); Polly and Heyward Gignilliat; Margaret Ravenel Carswell; William R. Gignilliat; Tom Ravenel; Civil War; Robert Gignilliat; Darien; Savannah Bar; the Gignilliat family; Meta Heyward; boarding house
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Tom “Bubba Tom” Ravenel; Emily Morel Howard; New Houston Street (Park Avenue); Alice Heyward (Mrs. Thomas C. Jr.); Meta Heyward (Mrs. John M. Carter); Gignilliats; McDonough Street; Isaac Mazyck; Stephen Mazyck; Guerards; Howards; Ravenels; Jimmy, Tommy and Kay Lynah; Thomas Ravenel Cain; Shipyard Creek; Thomas Porcher Ravenel; memorial pump at Public Landing; Pin Point; sundial; Isaac Mazyck; Ravenel coat of arms; Father’s hunting horn
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Margaret Deas Wilson Heyward (Mrs. Thomas C.); John Deas; Indian name BIg Water; Woodboo on the salt water creek: original plantation on the spring; French Huguenots
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“Register of St. Phillip’s Parish, Charleston, D.E. Huger Smith and A.S. Salley, Jr.”
On April 10, 1758, Robert Philp and Mary Hartley were married.
On January 8, 1759, Margaret Philp was born to Robert and Mary Philp. In December 1780 she married Lieut. Archibald (Mad Archie) Campbell of the 71st British Regiment. “He was killed in the Battle of Videau’s Bridge in St. Thomas and St. Dennis Parish. His wife died a few days later, leaving an infant, Margaret Philp Campbell, who was brought up by her great grandmother, Mrs. Robert Williams ….”
Back Cover [melv_album_331h.jpg], handwritten.
“This is my new house. Emily uses the old one on the other side. I wrote this for the children. [signature]”
GALLERY: WOODBOO 1957 Booklet by Angela Melville
ANGELA MELVILLE CORRESPONDENCE
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – I
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – II
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – III
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – IV
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – V
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM II – VI
ANGELA MELVILLE ALBUM III – VII
ANGELA MELVILLE EDUCATIONAL PLAN 1929
WOODBOO 1957 Booklet by Angela Melville