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DANIEL HEYWARD, eldest son of Thomas and Nester, was born of James Island, July 20, 1720, and seems to have lived there until his father's death. Shortly after this, he set out for what was known as Indian Land in Granville County. He was the first Heyward rice planter, and in connection with this industry acquired a large number of Negro slaves. His home plantation was known as Old House, not many miles from the present town of Grahamville. There he planted an avenue of live oaks and built his house on a bluff facing the marshes and rice fields of Hazzard Creek, which flows into Port Royal Harbor. From 1759 he begain to acquire large tracts of land and cypress swamps along the Colleton County side of the Combahee River, which he obtained partly by direct grant and partly by purchase from persons and estates holding former grants. These lands, in particular the swamps, he proceeded to mold into rice fields, damming the banks of the river and creeks, clearing the cypress forests, and ditching and leveling the lands for river rice planting. In Charles Town he built the house on Church Street now known as the Heyward-Washington House and owned other property both in that city and in Beaufort. In Saint Luke's Parish, Granville County, he served as a justice of peace and took part in some expeditions against the Indians. At the time of his death he was possessed of some 25,000 acres of land and a great body of slaves, said to have numbered between 900 and 1000. He died October 4, 1777, and is buried at Old House.