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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kershaw Co. SC Wills


Kershaw County



Wateree River Camden, South Carolina Battle of Camden, South CarolinaPictured is the Wateree River, Camden, and the Battle of Camden. Kershaw County was originally part of Camden District, and was formed in 1791 from Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield and Richland Counties. It was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791). The county seat is Camden. Camden was first settled in about 1732 by the English who'd settled first in Charleston. Camden was occupied by the Revolutionary War from June of 1780 to May of 1781. Battle of Camden, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.

South Carolina Wills and Estate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Map of Plantations in Lower Kershaw County
Index to Kershaw County Will Book A (1770-1826)
Index to Kershaw County Will Book N1 (1776-1833)
Index to Kershaw County Unrecorded Wills (1789-1816)
Index to Kershaw County Will Book A1 (1781-1820)
Index to Kershaw County Will Book C
Index to Kershaw County Will Book D (1803)

Transcripts of Kershaw County Will Book AI (1781 to 1820)
Testators: James Archer, Ebenezer Bagwell, Humphrey Barnett, Samuel Boykin, William Clemmons, William Collins, Thomas Dixon, Charles Ghent, Joseph Kershaw, Daniel Kirkland, Derret Long, William Norris, Lemuel Perry, Sterling Pettaway, James Pickett, John Platt, John Williams, Drury Wyche and William Wyly.
Transcripts of Kershaw County Will Book D (1803): only 4 wills
Testators: Catharine Rhodes, Ann Roach, Anthony Seals and Dillard Spradley.
Transcripts of Kershaw County Unrecorded Deeds (1789-1816)
Testators: William Beckham, Nicholas Bishop, Elizabeth Bracey, George Brown, Jonathan Bunckley, N. Center, Lewis Collins, James Crawford, Henry Croft, Edward Davis, Richard Davis, Isaac Dubose, Mary Egleton, Barwell Evans, William Forgueson, Alexander Goodall, Benjamin Haile and William Luyten.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Barnwell Co. SC Images of Wills

Barnwell County



Barnwell, South CarolinaWillis Pond, Barnwell, South CarolinaBarnwell, South CarolinaPictured is the Barnwell County country side and Wilis Pond. Barnwell County was originally part of Orangeburg District, and in 1785 it was named Winton County. It was given its current name in 1800 when it was named for John Barnwell (1748-1800), a Revolutionary War Leader. Barnwell County has decreased in size over the years as new counties were created within its boundaries (Aiken in 1871, Bamberg in 1897 and Allendale in 1919). The South Carolina Railroad, which connected Charleston to Hamburg on the Savannah River, was built through this area, creating the towns of Blackville and Williston in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Early settlers to Orangeburg District: Robert McCampbell, Gabriel Moffitt, W. H. Lacy, Nathaniel Perry, and others. 

Probate Records Available to members of South Carolina Pioneers
  • Index to Barnwell County Wills (1787-1826)
  • Index to Barnville County Wills (1787-1856)
  • Barnwell County Marriages
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1778-1810
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1811-1820
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1821-1840
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1841-1856
  • 1825 Map of Barnwell District
Transcripts of Miscellaneous Wills and Estates (1787-1798) 

Testators: Abney, Nathaniel; Adams, William; Alexander, Raine ; Ashley, Nathaniel; Bassett, William; Bates, Andrew; Blitchendon, John; Bowie, James; Boyit, William; Brown, Tarlton, Estate, 1845; Browne, Charles; Bryant, John; Burnley, John; Bush, John; Cannon, Reddin; Carrel, Thomas; Chase, Peleg; Chitty, John; Colding, Ann; Collins, James; Cooper, Nicholas; Crossle, William; Davis, James; Dillard, Barbara; Duglas, John; Dyckes, Isaac; Edward, David; Evoritt, William; Filput, Thomas; Fitts, John; Foster,Benjamin;Genkins,Elizabeth; Hankinson, Robert; Hargroves, Mary; Harley, Joseph; Hayes, Joseph; Heath, Benjamin; Henley, John; Hicks, Christopher; Huffman, Solomon; Jackson, James, Sr.; Johnson, William; Kirkland, Benjamin; Kirkland, Edward; Knucks, Thomas; Latham, George; Lee, Robert; Long, Levi; Matkinberhide, Martin; McNeely, Patrick; Moody, James; Moore, William; Myfser, John; Newman, Richard; Newman, William; Nobles, Nicholas; Odom, Thames; Parkinson, John; Platts, John ; Richards, James; Roberts, James; Robison, George; Rofe, John; Scarbrough, William; Shaw, Thomas; Smith, Stephen; Southwell, Edward; Stallings, James; Steed, Charles; Stivender, Avrehart; Taylor, John ; Thomas, Jacob; Thompson, John; Tindal, John; Touchstone, Fred, Sr.; Treadway, Richard; Turner, John; Vince, Joseph; Walker, George; Williams, John; Wood, John 


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Colonists to South Carolina



"the battery" at Charleston, SC
When considering the early colony of South Carolina, I think of the beautiful city of Charleston, first a village which supported traffic from England and the West Indies, then a thriving state.  It is a major resource of genealogical records, whether ancestor were in SC or GA.  Charleston was actually established in 1670 along the coast. While French Hugenots navigated the Cooper River into the village where they build a church, Englishmen established merchandising houses which helped to support the surrounding low country plantations. Charleston, facing the threat of the Spanish in Florida, prospered for many years before Georgia was a colony (1733).  Also, during the early years, many Georgia colonists (unable to survive economically) ran away to Charleston and never returned. Thus, Charleston was the center of social life, agriculture and expansion and by the time of the American Revolution was one of the richest colonies in America.  Therefore, Charleston is a major resource for genealogists and the old wills and testaments survive.  These documents are available to members of South Carolina Pioneers

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spartanburg Co. SC Images of Wills

Spartanburg County SC Genealogy



Spartanburg Spartanburg Spartanburg County and the city of Spartanburg were named for the Spartan Regiment, which was a local militia unit which fought in the Revolutionary War. The county itself was formed in 1785 and was part of Ninety Six District. It became part of the Pinckney District from 1791 to 1799. In 1897, part of Spartanburg County went to form Cherokee County. During the late 18th century, an influx of the Scotch-Irish moved into this area from Pennsylvania and Virginia. A famous resident was hymn writer and publisher William Walker (1809-1875) and Army general William C. Westmoreland (1914-2005).

Spartanburg County Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers.net
  • Index to Spartanburg County Will Book A (1787-1820)
  • Index to Spartanburg County Will Book B (1821-1830)
  • Index to Spartanburg County Will Book C (1830-1835)
Transcripts of Spartanburg County Wills (1787-1816)
Testators:- John Arnold, James Ballenger, Andrew Barry, Robert Benson, Sally Bobo, Benjamin Bonner, George Brewton, David Bruton, William Cooper, Thomas Darby, Jesse Davis, Anthony Foster, Henry Foster, Isham Foster, Moses Foster, William Foster, Peter Frie, Amey Golightly, John Gowen, William Gowen, Edward Hering, John Hewiatt, Benjamin High, Thomas House, Charles James, Christopher Johnson, Margaret Jourdan, Samuel Lancaster, Absalom Lancaster, Zackariah Leatherwood, Joel Lewis, John Lewis, Edward Lipscomb, Samuel Lotts, George McCarter, Charles McClain, Thomas Meadows, William Menders, Michael Miller, Henry O'Neill, Sarah Penny, Thomas Penny, Reuben Perkins (deed), Joseph Price (estate), Richard Prince, Christopher Rhodes,Edward Smith, William Stone, Joel Traylor, John Turner, John Turner (estate), William Underwood, John Walker, Daniel Walling, Thomas Weaver, Osborn West, Thomas Williamson, Abner Wingo, James Wofford, John Wofford, Thomas Wright.

Miscellaneous Wills
  • Bearden, John
  • Langston, John
  • Langston, Nathan
  • West, James
Newspapers
  • List of Newspapers in Spartanburg and Greenville


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Finding SC Marriages


Weddings occurred in Parish Houses and Homes
Not enough field work has been done by genealogists in the State of South Carolina.  Because of so many gaps in the records,  there is a need for the tombstone records as well as old bibles.  My biggest complaint is the lack of marriage records.  But ministers were not required to record weddings at the local court house until sometime after 1900.  That creates a gap of about 300 years.  The only alternative is to comb the old surviving newspapers, which is an "every page" examination because vital records were scattered throughout.  Another method is to search county deed records and look for "gift deeds".  Also, the last wills and testaments named daughters in in-laws, along with estate receipts, vouchers, returns, inventories.  One simply has to dig into the records.  The online resource for county records is  South Carolina Pioneers

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Miles Brewton of Charleston

Miles Brewton House in Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina contains about 400 years of surviving records and during the early 17th and 18th centuries, many immigrants went there first.  Therefore, it is a city not to overlook.  The Miles Brewton House is located at 27 King Street in Charleston, South Carolina. It was built ca 1769 and during the War Between the States was occupied by Brigadeer-General Alexander Schimmelfenning. Charleston has many beautiful pre-revolutionary war and anti-bellum homes which survived the ages. Find your ancestors on South Carolina Pioneers

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Why you Must Search GA & SC records for Ancestors

Where South Carolinians resided before the American Revolutionary War

The border towns (and counties) between Georgia and South Carolina played significant roles in history.  The genealogist researches records on both sides of the border to be certain that he has all of his relatives.  Before the Revolution, the development of some pretty important towns were in progress, such as Anderson, Abbeville and Edgefield; also Augusta and Savannah. From the earliest colonial days, there were Indian trading posts in Augusta and Edgefield which created an economy throughout the area.  I fact (before Lake Altoona was taken from the local rivers and streams), all that one had to do was to cross over into South Carolina.  Also, there were ferries which crossed the Savannah River into Edgefield.  The bounty grants to veterans of the Revolutionary War drew people from the Carolinas and Virginia into eastern Georgia and the geographic location and land lotteries caused Abbeville families to divide and settle in Georgia.  For example, Samuel Ramsey was born Edgefield, South Carolina in 1762, but was a resident of Augusta, Georgia at the time that he enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.   At the end of the war, he removed to Anderson.  His revolutionary war pension provides these sort of details.  So, if you wanted to trace his genealogy, you would search Columbia and Richmond Counties, Georgia; Abbeville, Edgefield and Anderson district, South Carolina.  A search of all county court house records is indicated, including wills, estates, inventories, appraisements, guardianships, deeds, minute books, marriages, and so on. I notice that there are two Ramsey wills in Edgefield County, both of which are probably close relatives of Samuel.  But one has to read all of the details to find out for certain.

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