The Ultimate Love Story


For over 700-years “royal leaders,” identified as the Chisolm Clan, who assumed the surname of “Chisolm” governed an area known as Scotland. During the early 1700s, the royal family and descendants fled Scotland after losing a war with England. 

The Chisolm Clan, known for their love and led by four brothers, began settling on the east coast of the Americas, including the area of Charleston, South Carolina. The love practiced by the Chisolm Clan for each other is best expressed through the common practice of marrying their cousins. 

Janie Mason, a descendant of the Chisolm Clan, filled with the love poured out upon her from her ancestors, deviated from the traditional expectations. Janie, in expressing her love, eloped and married not only a non-relative, but married a former slave, Samuel. Janie walked away from a life of wealth, power and influence to freely express the love embedded in her by her ancestors. 

Her union with Samuel led to a family of eleven children. Rev. Ervin is the grandson of the third child of Janie and Samuel, who were committed to living a life that displayed God’s love.  


Flight from Scotland

According to George MacKenzie, in "The Colonial Families of the United States of America,"


"The names Chisolm, Chisholm, Chisholme, or other variations are of Anglo Norman origin and came soon after the Conquest [C E  1066] from Tyndale, England, settled in Roxburgheshire, Scotland, and later in Inverness-shire where they founded a small but independent Highland clan.


A clan is considered a group whereby all the members are connected to a single ancestor. The group selects a chief, who serves as the head of the clan and is recognized as the lawful representative of their community. The leader of the clan, recognized as the 'chief,' was referred to or known as 'The Chisolm.' The person appointed or selected for this position served in a role comparable to a king or Emperor.  Based on the position of 'The Chisolm,' descendants of The Chisolm began using 'Chisolm' as their surname.


By the early 1700s, Alexander Chisholm, a descendant and heir of a 'royal family' had succeeded as chief of the clan at a time when Scotland was facing ongoing conflicts with England. In 1715, the conflicts reached climatic proportions as England and Scotland engaged in fierce warfare. Scotland not only suffered the defeat, their demise resulted in the necessary fleeing of Alexander Chisholm and his wife, Janet [Fraser], from Scotland. In 1717, they took up residence in the American colonies, and landed near Charles Town on the Wando River in Charleston, South Carolina."



Family Plantatioins

Various publications, including the "House of Names," the Chisolms began arriving in the U.S. in or about 1716 in their efforts to escape the warfare with England. 

As the families continued to arrive in the U.S. they set thier sights on the many plantations in Charleston, South Carolina. Alexander Chisolm had immigrated as a boy with his widowed mother from Inverness to South Carolina in 1746. According to the family account, he was the son of the Laird (estate owner) Collins Chisolm, who had been killed at Culloden. Alexander married Christina Chisholm (no relation) in Charleston and they had six children, five boys and one girl.

Three of these sons became plantation owners and one a physician. They were the forebears of a short-lived family dynasty that lasted until the Civil War:

    *Alexander Robert, owner of the Coolsaw Plantation

    *William, an MD buried in Charleston

    *George, buried at his Retreat plantation on the Cooper river

    *Robert, owner of Middleton's plantation, and buried on EdistoI Island.

By the 1840's, another descendant Robert Chisolm, owned rice plantations in both Beaufort and Colleton counties. The Beaufort plantation was on Chisolm's Island and covered 1,500 acres. One hundred slaves worked on this estate and another ninety on the plantation in Colleton County.


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