Fickling Plantation

Fast Facts:

General Information - Location - stretching from Broad Creek to the Atlantic between Point Comfort and Leamington

Owners -

  • William and Samuel Fickling were Hilton Head planters as early as 1798, owning both Possum Point and Shipyard Plantations.
  • Samuel Fickling married Elizabeth Davant, daughter of John and Lydia (Page) Davant, heiress of a 300-acre plantation, Lot 38 of Bayley’s Barony.  (Lot 38 was purchased by James Davant from Benjamin Bayley 2 Jan 1792 for 90 pounds.)
  • Possum Point and Shipyard may have been sold before secession as an 1861 map calls Possum Point Wills (Wells).
  • W. D. Brown purchased 465 acres called Ficklings which included Possum Point and 535 adjacent acres at the confiscation.
  • Roy Rainey purchased the Possum Point portion from Brown.
  • The remainder was sold in plots of 100 to 165 acres, all eventually purchased by Thorne and Loomis.

Land - 2000 acres

Maps -

     Mosse, "Hilton Head Island, 1783. Lot 38"
     Hack, "Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, before 1861"

Bibliography -

    Holmgren, Hilton Head, A Sea Island Chronicle
    Peeples, An Index to Hilton Head Island Names

Addtional Informaton:

As early as 1798 William and Samuel Fickling were Hilton Head planters, owning both Possum Point and Shipyard Plantations, more than 2000 acres, stretching from Broad Creek to the Atlantic between Point Comfort and Leamington.  Samuel Fickling married Elizabeth Devant (1775-1808), daughter of John and Lydia (Page) Devant, heiress of a 310-acre ocean front plantation, Lot 38 of Bayley’s Barony.

Peeples, An Index to Hilton Head Island Names (Before the Contemporary Development). p.15



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