Excerpts from the Heyward Family of South Carolina compiled by James B. Heyward
Arms: Azure, a chevron per pale or, and ermine between three garbs of the second.
Crest : On a wreath of the colours, a dester arm embowed, habited gules in the hand proper, a tomahawk.
: The Heywards are one of the few colonial families to whom a Patent
for Arms was issued directly, most families in the new world continuing
to use the coat of arms used by the European branches of the family. A
Patent dated December 1, 1768, from the Herald's College, London,
England (Grants, XI, 326), issued to Thomas Heyward, Jr., while a
student of law in London.
the names Heyward, Heywood, and Hayward stemmed from a common origin is
a matter of conjecture; but it is known that the three variants of the
name have existed in England at least as far back as the reign of
Richard II, and that the South Carolina branch of the Heyward family
descends from DANIEL HEYWARD, who came to the Province of South
Carolina in 1672, in the reign of Charles II, from the County of Derby,
Heyward brought with him an old book published in 1532, which he
apparently used as a family Bible, within which he recorded the names
and dates of birth of his children. A signed memorandum in the
handwriting of Captain Nathaniel Heyward of the fifth generation of
Heywards in South Carolina, says this book; "In a curious old book
published in 1532 called "An Exposition of the Creed" by John Smith, it
appears that Daniel Heyward wrote his name in 1672 and by his
memorandum they had two sons born 19th August, 1673, Daniel and Thomas;
also a daughter Elizabeth, born October 18, 1676; also another son,
Samuel, born September 20, 1678."
Heyward died in September 1684 and left a will, the recorded copy of
which may be found in the State Archives Department, Columbia. From
this document it appears that his wife, whose name is unknown, his son
Daniel, and his daughter Elizabeth had predeceased him, for he directs
that his whole estate he equally divided between his two sons Thomas
and Samuel when his son Samuel reaches the age of twenty years. In the
meantime he directs that his estate be left together, and both children
maintained upon it, and if either child should die before the time for
distribution, the survivor should take the entire estate. He then
appoints as executors of his estate two men in and near Charles Town,
and his "deare brother Thomas Heyward of Little Easton, near Derby,
England. He directs that his children be sent to his above named
brother in England, "whom I entreat to he careful in the education of
my children and in the improvement of my estate for them." From the
above, it would appear that Daniel Heyward was seized of an estate in
England as well as in South Carolina.
From later records it appears that by 1690 Thomas Heyward, still a minor, was the only surviving child of Daniel Heyward.