Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Scotch Settlement at Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

The Scotch Settlement of Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church

Duncan Creek ChurchAbout 1758 John Duncan of Aberdeen, Scotland, going first to Pennsylvania, then removing to the fork of the Saluda and Broad Rivers, settled in South Carolina on the Enoree River. His nearest neighbor at the time was Jacob Pennington who lived below him on the Enoree River. About 1764 several families viz: Joseph Adair, Thomas Erving, William Hannah, Andrew McCrory and his brothers, built a house of worship and became elders of the church. These first settlers were known to be primitive, as they wore hunting shirts, leggins and moccasins. The hair was clubbed and tied up in a little deerskin or silk bag. Trade was carried on in skins and furs because deer and beaver skins were a lawful tender in payment of debts. A  . . . more . . .



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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Laurens Co SC Probate Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Laurens County Probate Records

Laurens County SC Court HouseLaurens County was established in 1785 as part of the Ninety Six District. It was named for Revolutionary War leader Henry Laurens (1724-1792). Settlers were Scotch-Irish and English immigrants who came in the early eighteenth century. When Revolutionary War battles such as the battle of Musgroves Mill on August 18 of 1780 were fought in the county, it was discovered that many of its residents were loyalists. 

Early Settlers: McCain, Drew, Kellett, Miller, Millwee, Hellans, Allison, Prather, McNight, Logan, Cunningham, Ferguson, Adair, Baugh, Lewis, Starnes, Musgrove, Fowler, Arnall, Armstrong, Walker, Akins, Fowler, Garner, Dunlap, Simmons, Bailey, Griffin, Montgomery, Mahaffy, Coker, McCrary, Green, East, Crage, Stevens, Johnson, Goodman, Pollock, Garrot, Holcomb, Day and Middleton.

Laurens County Wills and Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Abstracts of Last Wills and Testaments

  • Laurens County Will Book A (1787-1789), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book C (1797-1807), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book D (1799-1817), abstracts
  • Laurens County Will Book E (1819-1825), abstracts
  • Index to Laurens County Will Book A (1766-1802)
  • Index to Laurens County Will Book F (1826-1834)

Digital Images of Wills, Book E, 1836-1839

Names of Testators: Allen, Sally ; Anderson, David ; Beal, Even ; Bell, David ; Blakely, James ; Calhoun, John ; Cheek, Ellis ; Cole, Mary ; Cummings, John ; Dunlap, Matthew ; Goodwin, William ; Hamilton, Jane ; Jones, Edward ; Leek, Bryant ; Leeman, Hugh ; McClintock, Martha ; McCoy, John ; McMeese, Robert ; Middlesperger, Abraham ; Pool, James ; Poole, Seth ; Potts, William ; Reece, William ; Robeson, Bennet ; Simpson, Sarah; Swan, Rebecca ; Wait, John ; Watson, Elijah

Misc. Laurens County, South Carolina Wills and Estates (images and transcripts)

  • Bailey, James, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Bennett Richard, LWT, 1820
  • Brazeale, Enoch, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Brown, Roger, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Burnside, Thomas, 1825, transcript
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Richland County SC Wills #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Richland County South Carolina Wills

Millwood PlantationRichland County was formed in 1785 as part of Camden District. In 1791 a small portion of it went to Kershaw County. The county seat is Columbia, which is also the state capital. In 1786 the state legislature decided to move the capital from Charleston to a more central location. A site was chosen in Richland County, which is in the geographic center of the state, and a new town was laid out. During the War Between the States General William T. Sherman captured Columbia and burned the town and parts of the county on February 17, 1865. Early Settlers: Richard Adams, Casper Coon, John Belton, Benjamin Everitt, John Dodd, Christian Kinslery, Samuel Jackson, William Partride, Mathias Libecap and others.

Richland County Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Book 1787-1853
  • Will Book C (1787 to 1805)
  • Will Book G (1806 to 1823)
  • Will Book H (1823 to 1834)
  • Will Book K (1834 to 1839)
  • Will Book L, Part 1(1840 to 1858)
  • Will Book L, Part 2 (1854 to 1864)

Transcripts of Richland County Wills (1787 to 1796)

Names are listed here : Adams, Richard; Allison, Andrew; Belton, John; Blanchard, Benjamin; Braswell, Hannah; Coon, Casper; Coosmaul, Henry; Daniel, Richard; Dodd, John; Duncan, Mathew; Everitt, Benjamin; Faust, John Henry; Gill, 
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Newberry Co. SC Wills, Estates #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Newberry County Probate Records

Bush River Quaker Cemetery

In 1783 an ordinance was passed to divide the districts of Charleston, Georgetown, Cheraw, Camden, Ninety-Six, Orangeburg and Beaufort into counties not more than forty miles square. When the County Court Act was written in 1785, a court was held (in every county) once every three months and the first court was held at the house of Colonel Robert Rutherford on September 5th. The Justices present were Robert Rutherford, Robert Gillam, George Ruff, Levi Casey, John Lindsey, Philemon Waters and Levi Manning. William Malone was appointed clerk serving until 1794 with his deputies, viz: Thomas Brooks Rutherford, Major Frederick Nance and William Satterwhite. It was not until 1787 that another location for holding court was designated, being on the north side of the Bush River. William Caldwell and Joseph Wright were appointed to run a line agreed upon by the Justices to fix the public buildings by, which survey was produced at the house of John Coate. The county seat is the town of Newberry. 

Newberry County Wills and Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Images of Abstracts of Deeds

  • Deed Book A, 1776 to 1791 (Index)
  • Deed Book B, 1792 to 1794 (Index)
  • Deed Book C, 1794 to 1797 (Index)
  • Deed Book D, 1797 to 1798 (Index)
  • Deed Book E, 1798 to 1800 (Index)
  • Deed Book F, 1800 to 1803 (Index)
  • Deed Book G, 1803 to 1804 (No Index)
  • Deed Book H, 1804 to 1805 (No Index)

Indexes to Probate Records

  • General Index to Wills 1776-1858
  • Will Bk L, some abstracts
  • Will Book A (1776 to 1814)
  • Wills and Estates 1776-1850
  • Wills and Inventories 1787-1796
  • Wills and Inventories 1800-1803
  • Wills and Inventories 1803-1810
  • Wills and Inventories 1809-1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1816-1818
  • Inventories and Sales, Book B
  • Will Book E (1805 to 1826)
  • Will Book F (1823 to 1860)
  • Will Book 4 (1840 to 1858)

Abstracts and Typed Transcripts, Wills, Inventories, Estates

  • Wills and Inventories 1776 to 1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1800 to 1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1809 to 1814
  • Book A, 1776=1796
  • Book B, 1796-1800
  • Book C, 1800-1803
  • Book D, 1803-1810
  • Book E, 1809-1814
  • Book F, 1815-1818

Miscellaneous

  • Marriage Contract between John Folks and Eve Margrete Dickert
  • Charles Littleton gives Release to Wadlington

Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1774 to 1790)

Testators: Ballentine infants, guardian appointed; Richard Bonds, James Chandler, Cornelius Cox, Jacob Crommer, Rebecca Crommer, George Dawkins, Daniel Dewalt, Peter Dewalt, Michael Dickert Sr., Enos Elliman, Laurens Feagle, James Ford, Peter Galloway, John Gary, William Gilliam, John Glen, Thomas Grasty, Thomas Green, Nathaniel Harris, James Hodges . . . more . . .






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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Real Story Behind the Boston Tea Party #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet


The Real Story Behind the Boston Tea Party

Society of Edenton LadiesThe American colonists, like their British counter-parts, took their tea drinking seriously, consuming great quantities. The East India Tea Company, a British enterprise, held a monopoly on the American Trade. Nevertheless, Dutch traders managed to capture much of the colonial market by offering lower prices. Yet, two factors kept the price of tea high. First, the colonists paid a middle-man fee to English merchants who re-exported tea to America. Secondly, when Parliament repealed the Townshend duties, they retained the import tax on the tea as a symbol of their right to legislate in the colonies. In 1773, when a mismanaged and floundering East India Tea Company came to Parliament, they hoped for legislation that would bail them out. The Tea Act of 
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sumter Co. SC Wills, Estates #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Sumter County Probate Records

Sumter County was taken from portions of Claremont, Salem and Clarendon Counties in 1800.

Sumter County Wills and Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

Index to Sumter County Will Book A (1774-1782) 
Index to Sumter County Will Book A (1783-1815) 
Index to Sumter County Will Book AA (1816-1822)
Index to Sumter County Will Book D-1 (1823-1836)
Index to Sumter County Will Book M (1836-1840)
Index to Sumter County Will Book D-2 (1837-1853)

Transcripts of Sumter County Wills, Book A, 1774-1782

Testators: Anderson, David,Atkinson, James,Bradley, Samuel,Cambell, Alexander,Commander, Samuel,Conyers, James,Coppley, Elizabeth, Dearington, Thomas,Edwards, William,Furman, Wood,Howard, Joseph, McGirth, Mary, Neilson, Samuel,Witherspoon, David

Transcripts of Sumter County Wills 1783-1815

Testators: Amonett, Charles; Anderson, John ; Armstrong, James ; Baggs, Thomas ; Barber, Agness ; Bell, William Rafor ; Benbow, Richard ; Bennet, Esther ; Birch, Michael ; Bracey, Sackfield ; Bradford, Nathaniel ; Bradley, Elizabeth ; Bradley, Rodger ; Bradley, Samuel ; Britton, Thomas ; Brock, Patrick ; Brumby, Thomas ; Burket, James ; Cannon, John ; Cantey, Charles ; Carter, Margaret ; Chisholm, John ; Christmus, John ; Clark, Ann ; Coker, Joshua ; Coker, Wiley ; Conyers, James ; Daniell, William ; Daniels, Elizabeth ; Davis, Benjamin ; Davis, Nabor ; Dearington, Thomas ; Dunn, Janet ; Dunn, Sylvester ; Durant, Henry ; Edwards, Elizabeth ; Faris, John ; Fitzpatrick, Micajah ; Fitzpatrick, Peter ; Ford, Mary ; Foxworth, Zachariah ; Francisco, John ; Garlington, Chris ; Gibson, Phineas ; Grant, William Jr. ; Guerry, Legrand ; Haley, Peter ; Hampton, Richard ; Harvin, Richard ; Helton, James ; High, Joseph ; Hodge, Benjamin ; Humphrey, William Jr. ; Ivor, Elizabeth ; Ivor, George ; Jackson, Thomas ; James, John ; James, Shearwood ; Johnson, Thomas Nightingale ; King, Robert ; Langstaff, John Matthew ; Lee, Anthony ; Lenoir, Isaac ; Lenud, Henry; Lowry, James ; Manning, Elizabeth ; Manning, Moses; Maples, Richard ; Maples, Rosana ; Marsden, Elizabeth ;  . . . more . . .




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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Lancaster Co. SC Genealogy Records #southcarolinapioneersnet

Lancaster County Wills and Estates

LancasterLancaster County was formed in 1785. It was originally part of the Camden District, and was named after Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. In 1791 part of it was removed to form Kershaw County. 

cotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania began settling the area during the mid 1700s. It was called the Waxhaw settlement and was the birthplace of President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). During the Revolutionary War, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton from this neck of the woods earned the nickname of Bloody Tarleton when he massacred American troops in this vicinity on the 29th day of May 1780. 

Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book A (1787 to 1794)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book B (1788 to 1799)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Books C and E (1789 to 1834)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book D (1797 to 1799)

Miscellaneous





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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

County Records Offer the Genealogist the Most Hope ! #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

County Records Offer the Genealogist the Most Hope!

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinAfter the census records are researched, the next stop is the county records. where your ancestors resided. It is all there, from the time that they purchased a home or land and recorded the deed, until the probate of the last will and testament and the tax digest revealed them delinquent for on taxes! One of the most interesting stories lies in the reading of the will and estate papers because it reveals the life and times of the decedent. If the court house burned, the next search is the court houses of surrounding counties. That is because families had transactions in other counties as well as relatives. All of the tidbits about each relative helps to form the puzzle. Note: Some of the earliest settlers in Dorchester County came from Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dorchester County SC Genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Dorchester County, South Carolina Genealogy

Koger PlantationDorchester County was named for Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1696 Congregationalists from that town removed south to establish a new settlement which they also called Dorchester. During the settlement of Georgia, when large land grants were being offered as inticements during the 1750's, this congregation removed to an area called Midway, halfway between Savannah and Darien, Georgia. They were led by Rev. Mr. Osgood. By the year 1788, the parish continued to be referred to as St. George Dorchester although the town was virtually abandoned. When the area officially became a county, it was formed from parts of Colleton and Berkeley counties and called Dorchester. The county seat is the town of St. George, which also took its name from the old parish. The town of Summerville was settled in the late eighteenth century as a summer resort for planters who wished to escape the malaria prevalent on their rice plantations; the town later became a winter resort also. Middleton Place Gardens, the remains of an old rice plantation, are the oldest landscaped gardens in the country, having been laid out in 1741. Middleton was a member of the Continental Congress, his son Arthur Middleton (1742-1787), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his grandson Henry Middleton (1770-1846), a governor, United States Congressman, and ambassador to Russia. 

Earliest settlers: Bacon, Osgood, Quarterman, Maxwell, Lee and others.  . . . more . . .




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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Colleton County SC Revolutionary War Ruins #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Ruins on Highway 17 (coastal Highway

Colleton RuinsSeveral Revolutionary War skirmishes occurred in Colleton County and the state legislature met in the town of Jacksonboro in 1782 while Charleston was occupied by the British. In 1828 the first nullification meeting in the state was held in Walterboro. The Revolutionary War hero Isaac Hayne (1745-1781) was a Colleton resident, as were politicians Rawlins Lowndes (1721-1800) and William Lowndes (1782-1822 Cotton was king in the region. After the War Between the States, Northern carpetbaggers bought the land for taxes and used it as hunting preserves.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Images of Barnwell Co. SC Wills, Estates #southcarolinapioneersnet #scgenealogy

Barnwell County Wills, Marriages, Maps

Barnwell, South CarolinaBarnwell 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. 

Barnwell County 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,  . . . more . . .



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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Swords and Sabres #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Swords and Sabres

sabreThe sabre used by the cavalry during the American Revolutionary War usually had a brass hilt or a plain cherry grip. A sabre is a heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge. However, officers also carried small sabre swords which were light, straight, and slender.  . . . more . . .



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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Granville Co. SC Wills & Estates #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet


Granville County Wills and Estates

GranvilleOld Granville County, South Carolina was located south of Colleton County and went to the Georgia border. The Proprietary county name was Carteret, which name was changed in 1708 to Granville County. The county was abolished in 1769. 

Wills, Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • LWT of Edward Kirkland, LWT dated 1/7/1770
  • Land Grant of Edward Kirkland dated 4/5/1765
  • LWT of Robert Thorpe (1741)
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Finding the Old Home Place #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Finding the Old Home Place

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

homeplaceFinding one's past can be as simple as locating the old home place. It creates a special sort of memory, one which you did not have originally because it was before your time. This lovely old lake with geese is absent the old house. Yet, I still experience the feeling that "I am home." This is but one of the ways that searching for ancestors becomes real. You know that your families lived their generation building a homestead and a special sort happiness from having the family work together, oftentimes on old farms. The generations of the past paved the way for our freedoms and the great wave of technology which we are experiencing today and which assists us in finding them. Imagine that!  ... more ...



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

7 States of Genealogy Records

Georgia Pioneers (8 Genealogy Websites) has wills, estates, traced families etc in AL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN and VA.  In particular, our Virginia collection contnues to grow, representing the oldest surviving county wills and estates, from 1600s to about 1800.



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Elegant Funerals #scgenealogy #souhcarolinapioneersnet

Elegant Funerals

funeralsFunerals during the 17th century had flare! Here are a few things which have been forgotten. People wore a plain funeral ring as well as a pair of white funeral gloves. Such items were mentioned in last wills and testaments and passed down to relatives. The time of mourning was one year, which all family members observed except the widow who might prefer black until she remarried. The remarriage was certain, however. In the colonies,  . . . more . . .




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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Hampton Plantation #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Hampton Plantation

Hampton PlantationThe Hampton Plantation is situated beside the lower Santee River, south of Georgetown, South Carolina. The actual construction of the house was probably begun about 1735 for Noah Serre, an early pioneer to the area. In those days, the center portion of the house was built first, with wings added later on. In this instance it was Daniel Huger Horry, the son-in-law of Serre, who enlarged the six-room structure. He has a two-story ballroom on one end and large bedrooms and sitting rooms on the other end. After a visit of George Washington, the six-column portico and impediment was added. Open to the public, it is located 8 miles north of McClellanville, off routes 17 and 857.  . . . more . . .


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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Town of Ninety Six #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

The Town of Ninety-Six

stockadeA trading post was established during 1730 named Ninety Six. It was named for the estimated ninety-six miles separating the site from the Cherokee trading post at Keowee at the end of the Cherokee Path. A town developed around this region in 1769 and was a Loyalist stronghold. The location is at the southeast of Ninety Six on Route 248. At the time, the fort was the strongest inland fort in South Carolina. The first battle of the American Revolution was fought here in 1775 and represented the longest siege of the Continental Army. During the summer of 1780, Major Patrick Ferguson mustered a force of some 4,000 Loyalists and built a stockade fence around Ninety Six. Loyalist Colonel John Harris Cruger was the commanding officer when General Nathaniel Greene led 1,000 Patriots against the Loyalist stronghold for 28-days. Afterwards, the British abandoned this old fort of the back country. However, a good many little towns such as this developed around the skirmishes by the militia in South Carolina during the war when the British controlled Charleston and its port and the primary objective was to prevent the British from also seizing Augusta.  . . . more . . .



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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Our Hidden Past #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Our Hidden Past Lives on in the Records

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

digginHere you are living your life and one day a historian or genealogist comes along and digs deeply into the records, even obscure records, like deeds, wills, estates, old newspapers and church registers. The discovery might be something you thought history would forget. However, it is amazing how much personal data that we leave behind. And what the records do not provide, we can piece together with local histories and events. For example, do you know what drove your families into South Carolina and where did these immigrants hail from? A general answer is that they were Germans and Scotch-Irish immigrants who were seeking religious freedom, rich soil and a prosperous life. But there is more! Witnesses to documents, neighbors, church burials, census records and marriages provide a host of friends and the community life of your families.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Importance of Searching Charleston Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Do you have a Colonial Ancestor? The Importance of Searching Charleston Records

Charleston HarborIn 1678 the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina was established at Albemarle Point. In the beginning of colonial times, however, the province included both North Carolina and South Carolina. They did not become separate royal colonies until 1712. Major settlement began after 1651 as the northern half of the British colony of Carolina attracted frontiersmen from Pennsylvania and Virginia, while the southern parts were populated by wealthy English people who set up large plantations dependent on slave labor, for the cultivation of cotton, rice, and indigo. South Carolina's capital city of Charleston became a major port for traffic on the Atlantic Ocean, and South Carolina developed indigo, rice and Sea Island cotton as commodity crop exports, making it one of the most prosperous of the colonies. Charleston maintained its port city with a strong colonial government who fought wars with the local Indians, and with Spanish outposts in Florida. The Spanish, well-garrisoned with its fleet in St. Augustine, were always a threat. And pirates plundered throughout the Atlantic from the New England States to Charleston. Since Charleston was an active port city trading with New England States, Savannah and other countries, tis wise for the genealogist to dig into the oldest records there. Interesting, one will discover bonds and affidavits regarding court trials against pirates, and other business which affected the Carolina regions. In tracing SC families one must consider all of the regional and historical aspects. South Carolina Pioneers has an online collection of the oldest surviving wills, estates and deeds dating from 1687 to 1846. The point is that your ancestors could have easily landed at the Charleston port as anywhere else. It is a source which should not be overlooked. . . . more . . .



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