Southern Federal inlaid mahogany Pembroke table Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1790
rectangular top with shaped drop leaves, with single frieze drawer, on tapered legs with stringing and ankle collars.
H29 1/2" D30 7/8" W39" open
Provenance: The table has descended to the present owner from Francis Marion Dwight, the grand-nephew of Francis Marion. An excerpt from The Sun News explains the relationship:
Isaac Marion, brother of Francis Marion, married Rebecca Allston, daughter of William Allston and his wife, Esther LaBruce (1704-1781), who resided across Little River at what is now called Tilghman Point [the tip of Little River Neck, also known locally as the Battery]. Isaac and Rebecca had four children, including Rebecca who married Samuel Dwight, a Charleston merchant who moved to Little River during the Revolution. The Dwight children included a son, Francis Marion Dwight (Aug. 24, 1777-April 24, 1833), who was a great favorite of his granduncle, Francis Marion, so much so that the General promised to make him his heir if he would have his name legally changed to Francis Marion so that succeeding generations might bear the Marion name. Francis Marion and his wife had no children of their own.
To conform to his granduncle's request, Dwight petitioned the South Carolina Legislature to change his name and an account of this is contained in the Senate Journals, Acts of Dec. 1799: "... Be it therefore enacted by the honorable Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of same, that the said Francis Marion Dwight be, and he is hereby authorized to change his present name to that of Francis Marion, and that he shall hereafter be known and distinguished in law, wherein he may be bound or obliged, or wherein any person or persons may be bound and obliged to him by no other name but that of Francis Marion ..."
"Francis Marion, Strand Linked" by C.B. Berry, The Sun News, January 2, 1993
Condition: One leaf with stabilized shrinkage crack, one leg replaced. Good restored condition, with overall wear consistent with age.