Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chester Co. SC Genealogy Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Chester County Wills & Estates
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downtown ChesterChester County and its county seat, the town of Chester, were named for Chester County, Pennsylvania. The county was formed in 1785 as part of the larger Camden District but was later transferred to Pinckney District (1791-1800); it became a separate district in 1800. Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania and Virginia moved into this upstate region beginning about 1755. During the Revolutionary War, American forces under General Thomas Sumter were defeated here at the battle of Fishing Creek in August 1780; the Americans were victorious at Fishdam Ford in November of the same year. The Landsford Canal was built in 1823 to allow boats and barges to bypass rapids on the Catawba River; this canal is now open as a state park. In later years the availability of hydroelectric power encouraged the establishment of textile mills in the area. South Carolina governor, United States senator, and judge Donald S. Russell (1906-1998) lived in Chester as a boy. 

Early settlers: Price, Akin, Hamilton, Love, Boyd, Featherstone, Griffin, Love, Cherry, Harbison, Dugan, Bell, OBrient, Grisholm, Head, Roden, Hatfield, McLonen, Jordan, Owens, McDaniel, McCannon, McDonald, Harper and Cabean, William Bell. 

Chester County Records Available for Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Chester County Will Book A (1779-1797)
Chester County Will Book B (1792-1802

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Book C (1803-1805)
  • Book (1789-1819)
  • Book A (1789-1817)
  • Book E (1810-1814)
  • Will Book F (1817)
  • Will Book F-2 (1815-1817)
  • Will Book G (1817-1822)
  • Will Book H (1820-1825)
  • Will Book I (1824-1826)
  • Will Book J (1826-1828)
  • Will Book K (1829-1831)
  • Will Book L (1832-1833)
  • Will Book P (1838-1839)
  • Will Book 3 (1833-1853)
  • . . . more . . .

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Darlington Co. SC Genealogy Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Darlington County

Summerford FarmsDarlington County was formed in 1785 and the county seat is situated in Darlington. It was originally part of the Cheraw District, and later (1888) part of it was given for Florence County and again in (1902) to Lee County. Traditionally, Welsh, Scotch-Irish, and Englishmen farmed this land and ultimately planted cotton. Some early settlers were : David Rogerson Williams (1776-1830), Governor and scientific experimenter, James Lide Coker (1837-1918), Moses Scott, Absalom Gallaway and David R. Coker (1870-1938).

Darlington County Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 1 (1785-1797)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 2 (1798-1812)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 3 (1813)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 4 (1814-1840)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 10 (1838-1853)

Darlington County Will Book 1 (1785-1797); Digital Images of Transcripts

Gallaway, Absalom James, William | Scott, Moses | Webb, Jolly
. . . more . . .

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Edgefield Co. SC Genealogy #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Edgefield County Wills, Estates, Deeds

1890 EdgefieldThe county was formed in 1785 as part of Ninety Six District; parts of Edgefield later went to form Aiken (1871), Saluda (1895), Greenwood (1897), and McCormick (1916) counties. The county seat is the town of Edgefield. The northern part of the Ninety Six was previously inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The southern part adjoined the Savannah River and was used as hunting grounds by the Creeks, Savannahs and other tribes. Edgefield country was trafficked by white men who created a lucrative trade with the Indians for their buffalo and beaver skins and who exported as many as two hundred and fifty thousand skins a year from the state. It was not until 1748 that permanent settlements were made along the Savannah River. Families trickled in from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Holland and France as well as from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Others, forbidden to deal in slavery, fled from Georgia to make their plantations along the Savannah River. The first Scotch families settled on the Saluda side of Edgefield south of Chappells Ferry. The site was located near a hill where large chestnut trees grew. Later, the Baptist Church of Chestnut Hill was later organized and built. They called the settlement Scotland. Among the first Scots was Joseph Culbreath, born near Plymouth Scotland in 1747, who was brought to Edgefield by his father, Edward Culbreath in 1756. The father died a year later, leaving his sons, Joseph, John, Daniel and Edward. The sons all lived to be over the ages of 70. The family of Harry Hazel came with the Culbreaths to the new country. In 1770 a ferry was established over the Saluda River on the land of Robert Cunningham and another one over the Savannah River, opposite to Augusta in Georgia. Edgefield was the site of several Revolutionary War skirmishes and was defended by those who had settled from North Carolina and Virginia. One such family was that of William Abney who had settled about a mile or so from Scotland in 1772. Nathaniel Abney served as a captain of a militia company under Major Andrew Williamson at Ninety Six. Opposing the patriots was the Stewart family whose homestead was located on Tosty Creek on the Saluda. 

Early settlers: Peter Finson, Francis W. Pickens, Benjamin Tilman, General Martin Witherspoon Cary, Allen Bailey, Nathan Melton, William Daniel, William Tobler, Spencer Hawes, George Miller, Jeremiah Lamar, Robert Gardner, David Pitts, Arthur Watson, Nathaniel Abney, Jesse Griffin, George Bender, Michael Burkhalter, Thomas Spraggins, Mathew Devore, Allen Burton, George Kyser, Nathaniel Bacon, Wright Nicholson, Joseph McGinnis, John Oliphant, John Blalock, Benjamin Buzbie, Robert Jennings, Jessy Rountree, Amos Richardson, Hezekiah Gentry, Benjamin Hightower, Thomas turk, Stephen Garrett and others.

Edgefield county Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • Edgefield County Wills, Bks A, B and C, 1775-1835 (abstracts)
  • Index to Edgefield County Will Book D, 1836-1853
  • 1817 Map of Edgefield County

Miscellaneous Edgefield County Wills, Deeds, etc. (Images and Transcripts)

  • Adams, John (LWT) 1823
  • Adams, John Deed to William McDaniel (1816)
  • Adams, John Deed to Joel McLemore (1819)
  • Adams, John Deed to Henry Anderson
  • Adams, John Deed to John Hinson(1824)
  • Ballentine, Hugh, 1809 Promise
  • Bolger, Elizabeth
  • Bush, Isaac
  • Cary, William
  • Ferguson, William
  • . . . more . . .

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fairfield Co. SC Genealogy Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Fairfield County Wills and Estates

Mayfair PlantationThe county was formed in 1785 as part of Ninety Six District and Camden County; parts of Edgefield later went to form Aiken (1871), Saluda (1895), Greenwood (1897), and McCormick. The town of Winnsboro, which was settled around 1755, is the county seat. It was settled both by Scotch-Irish immigrants from northern colonies, and by English and French Huguenot cotton planters from the low country. In the colonial period this area was a center for the Regulator movement, which sought to bring law and order to the backcountry. During the Revolutionary War, Lord Cornwallis made his headquarters in Winnsboro from October 1780 to January 1781.

Early Settlers: Mobley, Killpatrick, Maple, Walker, Hendrix, Austin, Woodward, Williams, Sights, Gibson, Andrews, Thompson, Brown, McKinstry, Alston, Marple, McCaulley, Durham, Davis, McMorris, Martin, Bell, Minor Winn, James Robertson, Benjamin Cleveland, and others.

Wills and Estate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Fairfield County Will Book A (abstracts)

Fairfield County Will Book 1: Transcripts (1787-1791)

Testators: Arledge, Moses; Beasley, Jacob; Belton, Sarah; Briggs, Frederick; Brown, Jacob; Carden, Larkin; Carledge, Isaac; Colfman, Charles; Dods, John; Fellows, Mathias; Graves, James; Hill, William; Hornsby, Leonard; Lewis, John; Lowe, Isaac; Marple, Thomas; McCreight, William; McMaster, Hugh; Miller, Alexander; Neal, Samuel; Owens, Thomas; Peay, George; Phillips, Robert; Robertson, Henry ; Rogers, John; Routledg, Thomas; Scott, George; Starns, Peter; Young, John

Fairfield County Will Book 2: Transcripts (1792-1795)

Testators: Aiken, Charles; Andrews, James; Andrews, John; Auston, Elizabeth; Bell, Thomas; Bennett, Sarah; Boney, Jacob; Brown, Robert; Burns, Dennis; Camron, Joseph; Cassity, Peter; Cockrel, Moses; Coleman, Robert; Colhoun, James; Colhoun, William; Collins, Moses; Cook, Esther; Cork, John; Dods, Joseph; Evans, David; Frazer, William; Funderburgh, Henry; Gamble, Hugh; Gamble, Samuel; Gibson, Jacob; Hardage, James; Hays, Mathew; Holles, Moses; Holmes, William; Hugeley, Henry; Johnson, James ...more...

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Greenville Co SC Genealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet #scgenealogy

Greenville County Probate Records

Greenville, SC

Greenville County originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, until 1777 when they ceded their lands to the state and English and Scotch-Irish settlers began settling. Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Early settlers: Arnold Russell, William Henry Lyttleton, Frederick Winter, Jesse Saxon, John Robinson, Evan Thomas, George Salmon, Wiat Anderson, John Holland, General Nathaniel Greene (1742-1786) and others. 

Greenville County Probate Records available to members of South Carolina Pioneers

Images of Greenville County Wills 1787 to 1818

Arnold, Benjamin, LWT | Ayres, John | Barrett, Reubin (1812) | Benson, Elizabeth | Benson, Prue, LWT | Bots, Moon, LWT | Bradley, Abraham, LWT | Chastain, Abraham, estate (1845) | Chandler, Joel, LWT | Collins, John, LWT | Cooley, Jacob | Cox, John, LWT | Crain, Judith, LWT | Crayton, Thomas, LWT | Darrach, Hugh, LWT | Dill, John, LWT (1807) | Dill, Stephen, LWT (1839) | Duncan, Sally, LWT | Dunn, Benjamin | Dyer, Samuel, LWT | Edwards, John, LWT | Edwards, Sally | Fisher, Nicholas, LWT | Ford, Mary, LWT | Ford, John, LWT | Forest, Jeremiah, LWT | Forrester, James, LWT | Foster, John, LWT | Gaston, William | Goodlett, David, LWT | Goodlett, Hiram, LWT | Goodlett, Robert | Grace, Joel | Hackson, William | Hanes, Henry | Harrison, John, LWT | Hawkins, Eaton | Hawkins, Joshua, LWT | Hethcoth, Isaac | Howard, Edward, LWT | Howard, John, LWT | Hunt, William, LWT | Jackson, Elizabeth | Janes, Joseph, LWT | Jenkins, Micajah, LWT | Johnson, Hannah | Kelly, Samuel | Kemp, Richard, LWT | Kilgore, James | King, Edward | Kirby, Francis, LWT | Landrith, John | Langley, Carter, LWT | Langston, John, LWT | Lester, Archibald, LWT | Loveless, Isaac, LWT | Machen, Henry, LWT | Martin, George | Mathers, William, LWT | McClanahan, William, LWT (1802) transcript | McCleland, James | McCrary, James, LWT | McDaniel, John | McVicar, Adam, LWT | Moon, John, LWT (1839), transcript | Moon, William, LWT (1835), transcript | Morgan, Isaac, LWT | Nelson, Robert | Owens, William, LWT | Payne, Isaiah, LWT | Payne, Thomas, LWT | Peden, John,  . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Horry County Genealogy Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Ancestor Databases: Horry County Wills and Estates

Horry County Court HouseHorry County was incorporated in 1801 and was taken from the Pee Dee region of the State. It was named after Peter Horry, who was born in South Carolina ca 1743, Revolutionary War Hero who was elected captain, later elected to the Provincial Congress of South Carolina to serve the 1st and 2nd Regiments. In 1790, he was assigned to the South Carolina Militia under Brigadier General Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion. The county itself was completely surrounded by water, which forced the inhabitants to survive virtually without any assistance from the "outside world". This caused the county residents to become an extremely independent populace, and they named their county "The Independent Republic of Horry&uot;.

Horry County Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • Horry County Administrator's Bond 1803-1818
  • Index to Horry County Wills
  • Index to Horry County Will Book A (1799-1818)
  • Index to Horry County Will Book B (1819-1821)
  • Index to Horry County Will Book C (1841-1857)
Horry County Wills (transcripts), 1799-1818

Testators: Robert Anderson, Joseph Atwater, William Bryan, Michael Clardy, Robert Daniels, Samuel Dawsey, James Elks, John Foley, Samuel Foxworth, B. W. Gause, John Grainger Sr., Samuel Grainger, Thomas Grainger, John Hardy, Robert Jordan, William Jordan Sr., Thomas King, Daniel Kirkland, Daniel Lewis, Rachel Lewis, William Lewis, William Henry Lewis, Thomas Livingston, Robert Lowremore, David McKelduff, Daniel McQueen, Peter Nicholson,  . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Laurens Co. SC Wills, Estates, Probate #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
  • Burnside, William, 1825, transcript
  • Carter, Robert, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Cason, John, Sr., LWT
  • Garey, Charles, LWT, 1805
  • Garrett, Ambrose, LWT, 1840
  • Garrett, Hannah, LWT, 1821
  • Garrett, Jesse, LWT, 1853
  • Garrett, John, LWT, 1806
  • Garrot, Edward, LWT, 1794
  • Glenn, Alexander, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Gordon, Ann, LWT, 1825, transcript
  • Holcombe, Richard, LWT, 1804
  • Jones, Joseph, 1825, transcript
. . . more . . .

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Marion Co. SC Wills, Genealogy #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Marion County Wills and Estates

Marion Court HouseMarion County was initially created in 1785 as the county of Liberty in old Georgetown District, one of the original judicial districts created in 1769. In 1798 when courthouse districts were created in South Carolina, the name Marion District was named after General Francis Marion who was born in St. John;'s Parish, near Georgetown, South Carolina. Early settlers: William; Britton, Joseph Burch, John; Burnett, Joshua Dennis, James; Crawford, Joseph Gregg, William; Griggs, James; Keen, Edwards Owens, Daniel Stone, Anthony Sweet, Jesse Wiggins.

Marion County Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers
  • Index to Marion County Will Book I (1796-1853).

Transcripts of Marion County Wills, 1796 to 1840

Testators: Allen, Bennett; Arrington, Benjamin; Avant, Abraham; Ayres, Darius; Baley, William;; Ballard, Rachel; Barrow, Benjamin Post; Bartell, Mary; Bass, Right; Beckwith, Henry; Bellune, James C.; Benson, John; Berry, Eli; Bethea, John; Bethea, Philip; Bethea, William; Bigham, James; Bird, Arthur; Britton, Stephen; Britton, William; Brown, Edward; Brown, Jeremiah; Brown, Samuel; Bryant, Jesse; Burch, Joseph; Burkett, Thomas; Burnett, John; Campbell, James; Campbell, Peter; Carter, Josiah; Carter, Stephen R.; Clark, Joseph; Coward, John; Coxe, Judith; Crawford, James; Creel, James; Davis, Benjamin; Davis, Francis; Davis, Hanna; Davis, James; Davis, Joseph; Davis, P. F.; Davis, William; Dees, Arthur; Dees, Malakiah; Dennis, Joshua; Dennis, Thomas Sr.; Dew, Christopher Sr.; DeWitt, Thomas; Douge, Tully; Dozier, Ann; Dozier, John; Dozier, Leonard; Drew, Thomas; Edwards, Samuel; Evans, Nathan; Exum, Benjamin; Exum, Robert; Exum, William; Finkler, John; Flowers, Nathan; Ford, Preserved; Fore, Judith; Foxworth, James; Foxworth, Job; Gibson, Jordan; Godbold, Thomas; Gourley, Joseph; Greaves, William Henry; Greavis, John; Gregg, James; Gregg, John; Gregg, Joseph; Gregg, Robert; Gregg, William Sr.; Grice, James; Grice, William; Griggs, William; Harlee, Thomas Sr.; Harrell, James; Harrell, Lewis; Harrelson, Jeremiah; Harrelson, Lewis; Haselden, William; Hays, Benjamin; Hinds, Robert; Hodges, Moses; Hodge, Robert; Holland, James; Hooks,   . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Newberry Co. SC Genealogy - #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


  • 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, Henry Kesler, Charles King, Stephen Lewis, John Lindsey, Robert Man, James Murphey, John Newman, William O;Neall, Jacob Oxner Sr., Isaac Parmer, Benjamin Pearson, Samuel Pearson, Jacob Setsler, John Suber, William Taylor, Elizabeth Turner, William Turner, John Vaun, John Adam Wicker, Mathias Wickert.

Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1840 to 1848)

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Pickens Co. SC Wills #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Pickens County Probate Records

Table Rock

In 1791, the state legislature established Washington District, an area which is composed of present-day Greenville, Anderson, Pickens and Oconee counties. In 1798, Washington District was divided into Greenville and Pendleton Districts. Pendleton District was composed of what later became Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens. Due to the growing population and poor transportation facilities in the Pendleton District, in 1826, the legislature divided it into a lower part known as Anderson District and an upper part called Pickens District. This land which included all of the present day Oconee and Pickens Counties. Pickens District was named for the American Revolutionary was hero, General Andrew Pickens. Originally the own of Pickens was located in the center of the district on the western bank of the Keowee River. This location is now called Old Pickens. In 1868, the Pickens District was divided into Oconee and Pickens Counties and a town of Pickens (county seat) was begun.

Pickens County Wills, Transcripts Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Transcripts of Pickens County Wills (1828-1863)

Testators: Abbott, John; Ables, John W.;Addis, Samuel;Alexander, Daniel D.;Alexander, Elisha;Alexander, Thomas; Alexander, William;Allgood, Barnett;Anderson, Susan; Anderson, Susannah; Armstrong, Benjamin; Arnold, William Sr.; Baker, Lemuel M.; Baker, Richard; Ballinger, John L.; Barker, James; Barnett, Elijah; Barrett, William; Barton, Caleb; Barton, David; Boatright, William; Boggs, G. W. B.; Bowen, John; Bowen, William; Brewer, James; Brown, Lewis; Burdine, Tally; Cane, William; Capehart, Leonard; Carne, Thomas William; Carne, William; Cassell, John; Clayton, John; Cleveland, Benjamin; Cleveland, Eli; Cobb, John; Cooper, Sion; Craig, John; Davis, Eli; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Sarah; Day, William; Dendy, James H.; Dickson, William; Dodd, William Sr.; Drummons, James; Duff, Mary; Durham, Charles; Earle, Samuel; Ellis, Gideon Sr.; Evatt, Hundley; Ferguson, Andrew; Ferguson, Elisha; Ferguson, Nancy; Field, John Sr.; Fitzgerald, Ambrose; Fleming, John L.; Foster, Robert S. C.; Freeman, Benton; Freeman, David; Gaines, Henry; Gaines, James; Gaines, Richard; Garner, Nancy; Gassaway, Thomas; Gibson, Zachariah; Gilliland, John; Gordon, Nathaniel; Grant, James; Grant, William; Grisham, Elizabeth; Grisham, John; Guyton, Jacob; Hall, Hugh; Hall, Jesse; Hallum, Richard; Hallum, Thomas; Hamilton, David; Hamilton, Jane; Hanes, John; Hambree, Edward; Hanes, John; Harbin, Thomas W.; Hardin, Robert Carrol; Hays, Solomon;Hendricks, Larkin Sr.; Hendricks, Moses; Hester, Alfred; Hill, George; Holland, D. T.; Hughes, Henry R.; Humphreys, Catherine; Humphreys, David; Humphrey, David; Hunt, H. C.; Isbell, Pendleton; Isbell, Sidney; Ivester, Hugh; Jenkins, Andrew; Jolly, William; Jones, Jabez; Jones, J. F.; Keith, John; Keith, Waren Davis; Keith, William L.; Kilpatrick, John C.; Kilpatrick, John C. Jr.; Kirksey, Silas; Land, Isaac; Lanier, Bird; Lawrence, Joseph N.; Lawrence, Rachel; Lay, Charles; Lay  . . . more . . .

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

1918 Anderson Six

1918 Anderson Six
Did you know that about the “Anderson Six” automobile? It was advertised and sold in Atlanta during 1918. Do you imagine yourself taking one of the first rides? There are so many interesting stories to learn about our ancestors. Just as we seem to speed quickly along the avenue of life, embracing new ideas and transitioning through new technology, our ancestors also had a grip on the changing fads. 1916 was the last days of Queen Elizabeth’s staunch Victorian Era, and our relatives stepped up for the changes. You don’t really think that your ancestors were boring old trolls who did little to bring out changes, do you? When tracing, it is always a good idea to read the newspapers of their times and see what was happening. Also, 8 Genealogy Websites features genealogy databases in 7 States! Why not check it out?

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spartanburg Co. SC Genealogy Records - Wills, Estates #southcarolinapioneersnet

Spartanburg County Probate Records


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

  • 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 . . . more . . .

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Kershaw County SC Genealogy, Wills #southcarolinapioneersnet #scgenealogy

Kershaw County Probate Records

Wateree RiverCamdenKershaw 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.

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  • Map of Plantations in Lower Kershaw County

Indexes to probate Records

  • Will Book A (1770-1826)
  • Will Book N1 (1776-1833)
  • Unrecorded Wills (1789-1816)
  • Will Book A1 (1781-1820)
  • Will Book C
  • 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.  . . . more . . .

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Images of Union County SC Wills and Estates #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneers

Union County Wills and Cemeteries

Battle of BlackstockUnion County was created from Ninety Six District in 1785 and was part of the Pinckney District from 1791 to 1800 when it became a separate district. Later, in 1897, part of it went to form Cherokee County. It was named for the old Union Church, which served both the Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations in the area. The church was erected in 1765 near the present day town of Union, the county seat. 1800 and became a separate district when Pinckney was dissolved in 1800.

The first settlers to this area were migrating Scotch-Irish families from Virginia and Pennsylvania.

During the Revolutionary war, many skirmishes occurred in the county, including the battle of Musgrove's Mill on August 18, 1780 and the battle of Blackstocks on November 20, 1780.

Early settlers: Francis Welchel, Dominic Hollan, Francis Hollam, Robert Lusk, Phillip Holcom, Thomas Brandon (1741-1802), Joseph McJunkin (1755-1846), William Henry Wallace (1827-1905), and others.

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Indexes to Union County Probate Records

  • Index to Union County Minute Book A of the Probate Court (1783-1791)
  • Index to Union County Will Book A (1777-1814)
  • Index to Union County Will Book A (1815-1849)

Transcripts of Union County Wills (1777-1800)

Testators: William Blackstock, Joseph Hughes, Thomas B. Hunt, James Kennedy,Joseph Lee, Daniel Prince, David Prince, James Savage, Capt. 
. . . more . . .

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Where to Find the Oldest Records for Charleston, South Carolina #southcarolinapioneersnet #scgenealogy

Where to Find the Oldest Records for Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Harbor 18th Century

Online at South Carolina Pioneers

Charleston, SC is a gem of information for those researching Colonial ancestors. One should realize that Charleston was a port of entry dating from 1670, having been officially declared a port city in 1682. In the olden days this was an active port of entry for European immigrants as well as for merchants who traded goods in Europe and in the West Indies. Charleston attracted a busy flowing economy. Pirates also found their way to the port city as is evidenced by affidavits and old deeds. The Charleston records survived and should be researched as a possibility for finding Colonial ancestors. South Carolina has an online collection of wills, estates and deeds dating from 1671 to 1868. Should you wish to see the names of the oldest residents who left wills or estates, the following link is advisable 

Because the records were properly indexed, this link is a good time-saving resource for any genealogist. However, to view the actual documents, one must become a member.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Loyalist Women were a "Swarm of Locusts" #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Loyalist Women were a "Swarm of Locusts"

swarm of locustsWhere there is a will, there is a way. During the Revolutionary War, women improvised when household materials ran out. For instance, women in rural South Carolina substituted thorns for pins. In other areas they made tea from herbs and flowers. And instead of using salt for the preservation of meet, a concoction of walnut ash was used. But times were tough for those at home. While the war raged on between the armies, another war was  being fought between Loyalists and Patriots as bands of loyalist marauders looted the countryside. Also, the British Army and its loyal followers was known as a cruel and unforgiving force of soldiers who committed atrocities everywhere they went. When Lord Cornwallis launched his Southern Campaign, black women followers trailed behind his army picking plantations clean. One British soldier marveled as these women picked a plantation or town clean, like "a swarm of locusts." As the soldiers trampled local towns and communities, the patriot women who refused to leave their homes sometimes hid in cellars, listening to the sounds of troops moving through the towns. Others hid their valuables and huddled in a bedroom or parlor clinging to their children, hoping that the troops would continue marching by. British soldiers committed atrocious acts. Hannah Ogden Caldwell, the wife of a patriot clergyman, was killed by a British soldier in her bedroom where she and her nine children were hiding when he fired his pistol. The shot tore open her chest and punctured her lung. There are many exciting and compelling stories told in the pension records by the soldiers who endured hardships and fought the fight for freedom! Source: Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin (2005).   ... more on the Revolutionary War ...

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Pinckneys of South Carolina #southcarolinapioneersnet #genealogy

The Pinckneys of South Carolina

Charles Cotesworth PinckneyThe founder of this family in America was Thomas Pinckney, who emigrated to South Carolina in the year 1692. He possessed a large fortune, and built in Charleston a stately mansion, which is still standing, unless it was demolished during the late war. A curious anecdote is related of this original Pinckney, which is about all that is now known of him. Standing at the window of his house one day, with his wife at his side, he noticed a stream of passengers walking up the street, who had just landed from a vessel that day arrived from the West Indies. The eldest son of Thomas was Charles Pinckney who embraced the legal profession and rose to be Chief Justice of the Province of South Carolina; hence, he is usually spoken of and distinguished from the rest of the family as "Chief Justice Pinckney." The son was educated in England where he was married. Returning to Charleston, he acquired a large fortune by the practice of his profession. A strange anecdote is related of his wife also. After he had been married many years without having children, a young lady named Eliza Lucas, daughter of an officer in the English army, visited Charleston. She was an exceedingly lovely and brilliant girl, and made a great stir in the province. She was particularly admired by the wife of the Chief Justice, who said one day in jest: "Rather than have Miss Lucas return home, I will myself step out of the way, and let her take my place." Within a few months after uttering thFrance. It was during the reign of the corrupt Directory that they performed this mission; and Talleyrand, the Minister of War, gave them to understand that nothing could be accomplished in the way of negotiation unless they were prepared to present to the government a large sum of money. The honest Americans objecting to this proposal, Talleyrand intimated to them that they must either give the money or accept the alternative of war. Then it was that the honest and gallant Charles Cotesworth Pinckney uttered the words which Americans will never forget till they have ceased to be worthy of their ancestors. Upon his return to the United States, war being imminent with France, he was appointed a Major-general in the army, and in the year 1800 he was a candidate for the Presidency. He lived to the year 1825, when he died at Charleston at the age of seventy-nine. His brother Thomas was the Governor of South Carolina in 1789, and in 1792 was appointed by General Washington Minister to Great Britain. . . .more . . .

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Monday, February 18, 2019

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

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 1773 allowed the company to eliminate the English merchant middlemen and sell directly to the colonists. Even with the tea tax still in effect, English tea would be cheaper than its competitor. The British anticipated few complaints over the new arrangement. Instead, rumors spread that Parliament intended to drive out foreign teas and assure that the East India Company have a monopoly, thus allowing it to raise prices. In other words, the colonists believed that the Tea Act was an excuse to collect the tax on tea thereby establishing a precedent for new taxes on British goods. The new litmus test of colonial patriotism was whether one consumed the tea. The burden seemed to fall on women. In South Carolina, the Presbyterian minister, William Tennent III insisted that women could save the colonies "from the Dagger of Tyranny" if they gave up tea drinking. Tennant also traveled around trying to convince Loyalists to join the Patriot cause. In North Carolina, the women accepted the challenge when on October 25, 1774, after the Boston Tea Party of cargo dumping occurred, some fifty-one women gathered at the Edenton home of Elizabeth King and signed an agreement to boycott all British-made goods and products. This agreement set the boycott in motion in other American colonies. Source: Travel Journal And Album Of Collected Papers Of William Tennent III, 1740-1777.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Preserve the Old Traditions and Values

Preserve the Old Traditions and Values 

Working to Preserve History
While genealogists work to preserve their family histories and relate the interesting tales to their children and grandchildren, there is a disruption of traditions and beliefs encircling the globe. Every generation has treasured its ways, from the way we speak, walk, dress and act, to or spiritual beliefs.  And yet there has been no American tradition so valued as our personal freedom, and the right to worship our God.  This generation has gone awry with its preference for the re-written history of the conduct and actions of our ancestors.  Yet, somewhere back in time, in the past of the disruptor's, lies some very startling facts concerning themselves and their ancestors.

If they traced back several generations of their lineage and found some brave patriots who loved freedom and the right to worship so much they they gave their lives and fortunes for it, perhaps a greater appreciation of former generations would awaken them from the deep sleep of ignorance and stupidity.

Perhaps it is up to the old folks to restore peace, love and appreciation for those who came before us by writing more articles and telling more stories on the Internet of how the ancestors sacrificed everything for their posterity!  Then, while the disruptor's are wasting their youth spouting anger, marching in parades, littering our streets, vandalizing homes and stores, etc., we will be writing the history of today, of how much we still care for our traditions and values.  

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Are the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments?

Look for the Names of your Ancestors on Monuments

Egyptian Hierglyphs
Throughout the ages, mankind has recorded history in a number of ways, viz: clay tablets, brass plates, papyrus, cement, etc. The case of erecting monuments is universal and dates back to ancient times.

The cuneiform writing of the Sumerians, Egyption hierglyphs, Cretan hieroglyphs, Chinese hieroglyphs, Indus script and the Olmec script of Mesoamerica are but a few methods used in the preservation of historical events and populations. Not to mention monuments, gravestones, footstones, markers, obelisks, plaques and cairns which were included in ancient cities, towns and kingdoms across the map.  And America came along and adopted that same practice.

Once, while visitiing the Gwinnett County Court House, I noticed a monument in front which told about the militia driving an Indians war party from Georgia in 1834.  The list of those who fought included the children of one of my ancestors!  For years I had searched for the names of his children and here was the date and place of an event which recorded their deaths!   The monuments are a great help to remembering historical events which occurred in other times. 

That makes the vandelism and destruction of our historical monuments as one of the worst atrocities in all the history of mankind on this earth!

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