Turks of South Carolina

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The Turks of South Carolina are a group of people related to the Free Moors of South Carolina and the Brass Ankles, who lived near Stateburg, South Carolina. It is believed these people come from a Middle Eastern background.[1]


General Thomas Sumter referred to people of this group when they served under him.[2] General Sumter gave land to Scott and Joseph Benenhaley (the original surname is believed to have been Ben Ali) near his plantation after the American Revolution.[2] The Turks of South Carolina today include surnames other than Benenhaley, including Oxendine, Scott, Hood, and Ray.[3] Genealogy records show that several of their ancestors married Native Americans. Intermarriage has taken place with members of other multiracial groups of South Carolina, such as the Brass Ankles.

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  1. ^ Taylor, Rosser H. (1942). Ante-Bellum South Carolina: A Social and Cultural History. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 
  2. ^ a b Sass, Herber Ravenel (1956). The Story of the South Carolina Low Country: Volume II. West Columbia: JF Hyer Publishing Co. 
  3. ^ "SCRoots—L Archives". Retrieved July 9, 2011. 

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