Originally posted by Mike Spathaky on April 2, 2012 at 18:32
There's an ambiguity and an error in the first sentence. The ambiguity is about who was a minister in Carolina. It was in fact the father, who seems to have abandoned his wife Mary Cree and his son Hugh to emigrate to Carolina, and then remarried bigamously there. The error is that the father's name was not Hugh but George. The error is repeated in several documents available on the Web and so it's difficult to trace its source. It has been suggested that George gave his own name as Hugh on entering Carolina, perhaps to hide his tracks in some way because of some unspecified misdeanor he had committted in Britain.