Eliza Lucas

Eliza Lucas

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  • Eliza Lucas was born on December 28, 1722 on the island Antigua in the west indies.
  • Her father, George Lucas, moved the family to the British colony of South Carolina in 1738 hoping the climate would be better.
  • She even tutored a few of the slave children on their property, hoping they would later teach other slave children and soon thereafter, Governor).
  • Eliza knew independence at a very young age. Her determination to stay independent carried over into her personal life. George Lucas, Eliza's father, presented two potential suitors—both wealthy, connected, South Carolina socialites—to Eliza in the years before she fell in love with and married Charles Pinckney.
  • Eliza soon gave birth to three sons and a daughter: Charles Cotesworth, George Lucas, Thomas, and Harriott Pinckney (born third). 
  • Eliza Lucas Pinckney died of cancer, in Philadelphia in 1793
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