L. C. Drapier Esqr.
|men (Singleton), in his work
I will give it to you nevertheless less, as told me by my cousin Mr. A. S. Tate, who got it from his Father, Alelk Tate, A Brother of Major Sam Tate, and also one of the actors in the offering being a private under him (the Major).
Major Same Tate had been sent out to intercept a squad of Tories, he met them & routed them & while pursuing them rode into the midst of Tarleton command, his men had orders to scatter in case of defeat and meet at a certain point that evening, they took to the woods, and escaped Tarleton. The place appointed for the meeting was a will known Spring of cool water. His Brothers Aleck and John Tate feeling uneasy about him went to hunt him and found him at the Spring fast asleep with his holster under his head and "Ajax" his Black Stallion & pet tied in an oak thicket about 100 yards off.
Ajax was so trained by him that he could tie him anywhere and no one could touch him to loose him, without a desperate fights, he would kick, bite, haw and under loosing him impossible.
Major Sam Tate was the oldest of three Brothers, Sam, John & Alexander,
all of whom served through the war; John then removed, to the then, far
West, and has never been heard from since, Sam and Aleck, died in the lower
part of Orangeburg County some time between 1790 & 1800, they were
of Irish decent on the Father side & their Mother of English parentage;
born and raised in Santee River near Vances Ferry, and as I have
said, they also died.
Please let me thank you for the Books you sent me, they contain a great deal of very interesting matter to me.
Since the receipt of your letter I have lost my only male relative, Mr. P. J. Tate. I myself just recovering from a serious spell of illness.
If there is any further information that you think I can give you ask the question plainly and I will answer you to the best of my ability & with more promptness than I have shown in the answer to your desired information.
Your Very Truly, John H. P. Tate