About London Gadsdens in West Ham in the 19th c: my own line.
For the benefit of Gadsden descendants who missed the publication of GFHN (Gadsden Family History News) in several parts, I am including occasional dips into the series despite lack of chronological order, as these extracts contain much information. The photograph was taken by the late David Tasker, a Gadsden descendant of UK.
As soon as the Revolutionary War ended, the Gadsden men began rebuilding their family’s business interests in Charleston. Gadsden’s Wharf, built by Christopher, had been damaged during the war but was never inoperable while repairs were taking place. In 1783 Christopher and his sons Thomas and Philip organized a factorage business under the name Christopher … More After Christopher
Christopher, as already mentioned, was sent to Philadelphia where he served as clerk in a mercantile firm, showing such shrewdness in transactions that he soon entered business on his own account and was able to buy back the property which his father Thomas had lost in play to Admiral Lord Anson. Always a man of … More Christopher Gadsden continued
Christopher Gadsden is thus described by one of his contemporaries: ‘Mr Gadsden had naturally a strong love for independence. He was born a republican. Under well ordered government he was a good subject; but could not brook the encroachments of any man or body of men intrenching [sic] on his rights. Mr Gadsden was for … More Christopher Gadsden: fiery Republican
Christopher Gadsden, born in Charlestown in 1724, the son of Thomas Gadsden (the Collector of Customs) and his first wife Elizabeth nee Terry (or Terrey), was the beneficiary of his father’s large estate consisting of several rice and corn plantations, slaves and household goods. It seems Christopher and his father were not particularly close, spending … More Christopher Gadsden 1724-1805
One of the most intriguing items in the estate papers of Thomas Gadsden, the Port Collector of Charleston, is the Inventory of his belongings, ranging from slaves (as discussed previously) to household furniture and domestic items. The list is long and probably all-inclusive. Among the paintings and other pictures which furnished his home, the Inventory … More Thomas the Collector’s Inventory
There was a notorious slave auctioneer, Thomas Norman Gadsden, who practised his trade in South Carolina during the mid 18th c. His precise parentage is at present uncertain * but he made a name for himself in this arena and is referred to in Hugh Thomas’s authoritative volume, The Slave Trade, as well as in Manuel Pereira’s … More ‘Am I not a Man and a Brother?’
While we are all aware that slavery was practised in South Carolina and other American colonies, it comes as something of a shock to find slaves left as assets in Thomas Gadsden’s will. Their names are given as well as their monetary value. They were regarded as valuable property no less than the furniture, paintings, … More Gadsdens and Slavery
During his year as Collector of Customs, Thomas Gadsden accumulated a considerable estate, worth five thousand pounds sterling by the date of his death in 1741. This was an enormous sum at the time. The bulk of the estate went to his eldest son Christopher. Thomas took his role as Collector seriously and was immune … More Thomas Gadsden of Charles Town