Carolina Lords Proprietors

Sir John Tyrrell

Sir John Tyrrell (1685 - June 21, 1729) was the son of Sir Charles Tyrrell, Baronet and Martha Mildmay, daughter of Charles Mildmay. He was born at Heron Hall, Herongate, East Horndon, Essex, Engand. Heron Hall had been in the Tyrrell family since the time of King Richard II, when Sir James Tyrrell married Margaret, daughter and heir of Sir William Heron of Heron. He was educated at St. Catherine's College in Cambridge, and inherited his father's estate upon his death in 1715.

Sir John Tyrrell married Mary, daughter of Sir James Dolliffe, of Mitcham, Surrey, one of the Directors of the South Sea Company - they had four daughters. After his wife's death, Sir John Tyrrell married a second time to Elizabeth, daughter of John Cotton, of East Barnet, Middlesex around 1725 - they had three sons.

Sometime just before May 28, 1725, Sir John Tyrrell purchased the share of Carolina owned by Maurice Ashley.

In 1727, he placed this share of Carolina in trust for his father-in-law, John Cotton, and named Archibald Hutcheson as the trustee.

North Carolina created Tyrrell County in 1729 and although its boundaries have changed considerably over time, it continues to this day. The County Seat is Columbia. It was named after this Sir John Tyrrell.


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