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Welcome to the Joseph Kershaw webpage! Our chapter was organized on May 18, 1997. We are a varied group of career women, full-time mothers, and retirees who have Revolutionary War patriot ancestors. Scheduled meetings are every other month on Saturday. We welcome membership inquiries from any woman eighteen years of age and older who believes she may be a descendant of an American Patriot. For more information about becoming a member, visit the National Society membership site.
Who was Joseph Kershaw?
Joseph Kershaw was born in Yorkshire, England. He came to America before 1748 and worked in the mercantile business in Charles Towne. Within ten years, he came to a settlement on the Wateree River known as Pine Tree Hill and built a store called Kershaw and Company. He built sawmills, a tobacco warehouse, a brewery, and a distillery. Capable and ambitious, Joseph Kershaw benefited his community while also establishing his own financial independence.
He was elected to the Assembly in 1769
from St. Mark's Parish and was appointed in 1770 as one of the
Commissioners responsible for building jails and courthouses in the
Upcountry. Later, he served as Sheriff of the Camden District, and was
a member of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth General
The British Army, during their eleven-month stay in Camden, occupied Kershaw's home, pictured above. Now known as the "Kershaw-Cornwallis House," the home has been reconstructed on its original foundation and overlooks the family enclosure in which Joseph Kershaw is buried on land he gave to the Episcopal Church.
Revolutionary Ancestors of Chapter Members
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Last updated on December 15, 2015