This farm house in rural Dorchester County was built in 1854 by Joshua Gilbert. It fell into the hands of the federal government during Reconstruction due to unpaid taxes. When the Clayton family purchased the property, the home served as their private residence as well as as a stagecoach stop and boarding house. The home remains in the Clayton family.
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Gilbert-Clayton House Info
Address: Wire Road, Dorchester, SC 29437
GPS Coordinates: 33.074964,-80.445244
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J. Perry says
INQUIRY–Seeking info on existence of a possible “Clayton Plantation” in Charleston, SC, circa mid tp late 1800s. Oral history reports Clayton Family and their slaves relocated to Cuthbert, GA circa mid to late 1800s. Names of Clayton slaves include Mayri or Mayrie Clayton and her son Alex (Clayton?) both of who are presumed to be black. Plus, three additional mulatto descendants who are presumed offspring of Mayri Clayton and her “slaver master who is presumed to be of last name Clayton???” Names of those three per oral history are Robert Clayton, Cecil Clayton and Sallie Clayton. Per oral history, after they relocated to Georgia, names were changed to Robert “Bob” Clayton Timpson, Cecil Clayton Timpson, and Sallie Clayton Timpson and their father. “Slave master Clayton” gave them and their mother Mayri, a home in Cuthbert, GA and 266.5 acres of land in Dickey and Morgan, Georgia of Calhoun County, Georgia. Per oral history, Robert married another slave of the Clayton Plantation who had the name “Maria”. It is presumed that after Robert changed his surname that his wife’s name also became Maria-Clayton-Timpson.
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Clifford Timpson says
Mr. J. Perry, I just uncovered a death certificate for Robert C. Timpson (father of Robert Timpson). His son (Robert) gave the following information on the death certificate: Robert Sr. died Oct 31, 1931 at the age of 93. He was a widower. Robert Sr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Robert Sr.’s father was unknown. Robert Sr.’s mother was Mintie Milhurst. We’re still looking!
Marcy Clayton Trott Hawley says
I’m interested in Clifford Timpson’s question. My questions are which Claytons would they be and what dates did they own the property?
Clifford Timpson says
I am wondering if at anytime in the distant past the this could have been considered the Clayton Plantation? And, if so, what time did it serve has the Plantation?
That could certainly be possible! This house is located along the Wire Road, which was a prominent trading and traveling path. We would recommend reaching out to the Upper Dorchester County Historical Society, or possibly the archives in Dorchester County. The archives phone number is (843)-563-0053, hope this helps!