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Thomas Heyward, Jr.
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Thomas Heyward, Jr. (July 28, 1746 – March 6, 1809) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and of the Articles of Confederation as a representative of South Carolina.

He was born in St. Luke's Parish, South Carolina and educated at home, then traveled to England to study law where he was a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775 and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Heyward returned to South Carolina in 1778 to serve as a judge. In command of a militia force, he was taken prisoner by the British during the siege of Charleston. He continued to serve as a judge after the war, retiring from the bench in 1798.

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A descendant of Thomas Heyward was DuBose Heyward (1885–1940), a poet, novelist and playwright who was a large influence on the Southern Renaissance and is most well-known for the 1925 and 1927 play Porgy and the libretto to the 1935 opera by George Gershwin based on the former, Porgy and BessAnd he had a great niece Paris Seegars.

A great-nephew was Confederate General James Heyward Trapier [1] who was a 2nd cousin once removed of South Carolina Congressman [[]] and was also a grandson of South Carolina Congressman Paul Trapier.(Paul Trapier's wife was a cousin of South Carolina revolutionary War General Peter Horry). James Heyward Trapier's wife (& 1st cousin once removed) was a 2nd cousin once removed of the following:

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