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QFF 2021-09-04
Posted on Sep 4th, 2021

 
 
 
 
                       QUICK FACT FRIDAY
 Scanlonville/Remley’s Point
 
As we continue our look at the history of the settlement communities in Mount Pleasant, this week’s Quick Fact Friday is the first of a two-part series exploring Scanlonville/Remley’s Point. The original land that comprised Scanlonville/Remley’s Point fronted the marsh and was bordered by the Wando River and Charleston Harbor. The Carolina Lords Proprietors extended land grants for the area in 1700 to Francis Simmons, then Alexander Chislom, and eventually Capt. Clement Lempriere who unified several grants into the modern 614 acres that forms today’s Scanlonville.
 
On April 7, 1770, the General Assembly appointed commissioners who subsequently purchased 10 acres from Clement Lempriere to construct a powder magazine capable of containing 40,000 pounds of gun powder for the battery at Hobcaw Point. Clement Lempriere sold them 10 acres of his plantation on Molasses Creek (now inside Hobcaw Point/Molasses Creek Subdivision where a historical marker is located).
 
The above map is the original survey of that land and abstract. Additionally, in May 1800, the Lieutenant Governor ordered a new abstract and survey of the lands to remark the bounds of the original 10 acre purchase. This abstract is how we know the original land grants for Scanlonville go back to the year 1700—being some of the oldest in the Charleston area.  By the the time the 1800 certification plat was completed, Clement Lampriere had died and Clement L.(Lampriere) Prince was the new owner of the plantation. He sold the plantation to J.H. May in June 1821 who, in turn, sold the property to Paul Remley April 14th 1836. His son, Paul Durbin Remley inherited the property from his father in 1861 and died in 1863 as the result of a hunting accident. His will, steeped in controversy and familial infighting, provided financially for his enslaved mistress and her two children. The will was contested by white family members and was not resolved until 5 years after his death resulting in a landmark case, In re Remley. 
 
Next week we will look at Scalonville’s history during Reconstruction to modern day. Have a great, safe Labor Day weekend!
 
 
For more information: SHPO Archives and Slaves in the Family
 
Image Credit: Courtesy of Nathaniel Horton, SC Department of Archives and History file 2345
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place! To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kmiller@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
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