To the best of my knowledge, Abraham Jacobs was not Irish. He was a Free Person of Color, a Carter, who purchased three children from Pierce Butler of Carlow, Ireland in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802 for £100.
Mary, daughter of Catey was born about 1795
Sarah, daughter of Catey, born about 1797
Moses, son of Catey, (no age given.)
Abraham Jacobs also agreed to free Mary & Sarah when they reached the age of fourteen and Moses when he reached eighteen years.
The document also states that Pierce Butler had freed Catey the childrens' mother on the same day (14 June 1802).
The transaction was witnessed by John Julius Pringle (1753-1843) who was the South Carolina State Attorney General 1792-1808.
This document raises many questions that I can't answer right now. Why did Pierce Butler free Catey? Were Mary, Sarah & Moses the children of Abraham Jacobs? How did Abraham Jacobs achieve his freedom? What became of the family after 1802? If you have any information about this family, please let us know. Thank you, Martine
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (available on familysearch)
John J Pringle (1753-1843)
Catherine Quay was born in Co. Down, Ireland about 1751. Her daughter Ann married C S Sims and they were recorded living in Union County, South Carolina in 1850.
Catherine Quay was the widow of Captain Alexander Quay of Newry, Co. Down, Ireland and Chester County, South Carolina whose will dated 1830 named one enslaved woman Mary. In Catherine's will dated 1843, she names a girl Mary Charlotte, a boy Hamilton, a girl Emma, a boy Theodore and a girl Sophia.
1850 US Federal Census www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8QL-J3Z
Will of Alexander Quay 1830 South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980 on ancestry.com
Will of Catherine Quay 1843 South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980 on ancestry.com on ancestry
Martine Brennan (Curator) While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this work, mistakes may occurr. If you offer a correction, please provde documentation or a link to an historical document. Many thanks. MB
Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.