Thomas Heyward Jr.

Born in St. Luke’s Parish, South Carolina, now known as Jasper county, a mere 25 miles north of Savannah, on July 28, 1746, Thomas Heyward Jr. was the eldest son of a wealthy plantation owner. Previous generations in the affluent Heyward family had been successful indigo and cotton planters, but the Signer’s father, Daniel Heyward, was the first to grow rice as well, which proved to be highly successful crop in the low country. Due to his adroit business skills, the elder Heyward was able to acquire thousands of acres of land stretching from the Combahee River south toward Beaufort and Savannah.