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Subject: Re: Oliphants of Baltimore, Maryland, Charleston, SC
Date: 14 Sep 2005 10:48:52 -0600
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I have been raking over the information which you have previously stated, in order to try and find anything which could shed light on this family. There are several things which emerge which intrigue me:-
1/. In the foregoing message, you say that the young man sent to Baltimore, was a). at Charleston College, and b). that he was an only child.
Two questions, are there records for Charleston College and secondly, what age would he have gone to and be expected to leave the College. The reason I ask is that I understand that today College in the USA means university. In England, there are a number of colleges which are schools (equivalent of your high schools) the most famous being Eton College. another point is that people tended to go to university much younger in centuries past. It is just that according to the census returns for SC, there were two boys born circa 1810, living in David's household, but only one by 1830. The chronology works for someone born in 1810 to be having a child in 1836. Furthermore, whilst such a child could be David's, the latter would have been 48. As David is known to have been an house painter, it would make far more sense if this was his grandchild, that David's son was the trader and died at sea, although it is exactly the same time that David himself must have died. Furthermore, i!
n the 1820 Census, there is a male in the household (also David), who is aged between 26 and 45. It could be that David's entry was in the wrong box, as he was 58.