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Monday, August 18, 2014

Transcripts of (old) Wills for Barnwell Co., SC

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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Laurens Co. SC Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Laurens County, SC Probate Records



Laurens County Governor's Mansion Laurens County Governor's Mansion Laurens County SC octagon housePictured is the Manson of the Governor, and the Octagon House. Laurens 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.

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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
  • Knight, Ephraim, 1825, transcript
  • Man, Susannah, LWT, 1797, transcript
  • Mathews, John, 1825, transcript
  • McCurley, John, 1825, transcript
  • McDaniel, Archibald, 1825, transcript
  • McGrady, William, 1825, transcript
  • Meadors, Susannah, 1825, transcript
  • Mitchel, Judith, 1825, transcript
  • Nickle, Chortis, 1825, transcript
  • Osborne, Daniel, 1825, transcript
  • Owings, Robert, LWT, 1840
  • Pinson, Aaron, LWT, transcript, 1803
  • Teague, Elijah, 1825, transcript
  • Wilson, John, 1825, transcript
Maps
  • Map of Laurens County
Military
  • Veterans of Laurens District in 1818 and 1832

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Beauty of Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina
One of the most beautiful places in the world is Beaufort, South Carolina.  Few people know this, because of its remote location and because its historical records were lost.  It was the home of wealthy rice planters, colonial aristocrats and pirates.  Oh, if only the court house records had survived!  For genealogy resources, please visit South Carolina Pioneers


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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Genealogy and Images of Fairfield Co. SC Wills

Fairfield County



Mayfair PlantationTrentonPictured is Mayfair Plantation and Trenton, South Carolina. The 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. 

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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; Kirkland, Francis; Knighton, Moses; Lemley, Peter; Lewey, George; Littlejohn, Marcellas; Martin, George; McBride, Robert; McClurken, John; McColloch, John; McCreight, David; McDowell, Alexander; McFadden, Anne; McMullon, John; Mickle, Thomas; Neeley, Richard; Neely, Richard; Paul, James; Pettipool, Ephraim; Phillips, William; Porter, James; Robertson, Alexander; Robinson, Margaret ; Sanders, Nathan; Shaver, Philip; Waugh, Samuel; Whitted, William
Fairfield County Will Book 4: Transcripts (1800-1803)
Testators: Arskin, Peter; Austin, Elizabeth; Austin, James; Bell, George; Ewing, William; Henson, Bartlet; Husey, Isaac; Kincaid, James ; Lightner, John; Marple, Northrup; Miller, John; Mobley, Samuel; Morris, William; Paul, Arsbald; Richardson, Samuel; Robinson, James; Thompson, John; Walker, Henry; Woodward, Elizabeth; Woodward, Henry
Fairfield Will Book A (abstracts) 
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 1 (1787-1791)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 2 (1792-1795)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 4 (1800-1803)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 5 (1804-1805)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 6 (1806-1807)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 7 (1815-1816)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 8 (1822-1823)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 9 (1824-1829)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 10 (1828-1829)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 12 (1829-1830)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 11 (1836-1837)
Index to Fairfield County Will Book 13 (1831-1833)
Index to Fairfield County Probate Records, 1787 to 1868, Surnames A to Z 

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Marion Co. SC Genealogy Records of Wills

Marion County



Marion Court House Nichols, South CarolinaPictured is the Marion County Court House and an old home in Nichols, South Carolina. Marion 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 (1796-1840)
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, Demcy; Howard, Richard; Hudson, James; Hyman, Eaton; Johnson, Andrew Farrell; Johnson, Andrew F.; Johnson, James C.; Jolly, Joseph; Jones, David; Jones, Frederick; Jordan, John; Keith, Sara Ann; Kiff, James; Kilburn, Samuel; Kirton, Philip; Lewis, James; Martin, James; McKay, Donald; McKay, Flora; MacLellan, Agnes; MacSwain, Malcom; Manning, Sarah; McArthur, Peter; McBride, Francis McInnis, Neil; McKinsey, James; McPhersion, Celia; McQueen, Neal; Melton, Peter; Moree, David; Moree, Penelope; Myers, Daniel; Nappier, Robert Sr.; O'Cain, William; Owens, David; Owens, Edward; Owens, Ruth; Page, Joseph; Paisley, John; Port, Frances; Porter, Abijah; Pritchet, Simon; Reaves, Joseph C.; Rice, John; Roberts, Kezia; Rogers, Eli; Rogers, Lot; Rogers, Patience; Rozar, William; Runnels, Dreadzel; Shackelford, Francis; Shackelford, Stephen Jr.; Shackelford, Stephen; Smith, John; Smith, William; Stephenson, Elizabeth; Stephenson, Thomas; Stone, Austin Sr.; Stone, Daniel; Sweet, Anthony; Tart, Enos; Tart, John; Teass, William; Thompson, James; Thompson, Lewis; Thompson, Stephen; Timmons, John Sr.; Wallen, Mathew; White, Daniel; White, Darling; Wiggins, Baker; Wiggins, Jesse; Wiggins, Lewis; Wilson, Robert W.; Witherspoon, John; Wood, John; Yelventon, Jacob; Woodbery, Richard; Woodberry, Richard; Woodbbury, Elizabeth






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Friday, July 25, 2014

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