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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Newberry Co. SC Wills

Bush River Quaker Cemetery

Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy


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. This part of the upcountry was settled by Germans, Scotch-Irish, English, and emigrants from the sister States of North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The German settlement was in the fork, between the Broad and Saluda Rivers to within three miles of the Newberry Court House. Soon thereafter the line was extended eight miles below Hugheys on the Broad River to the mouth of Bear Creek, on the Saluda River. Germans were so prevalent in part of Newberry County that it become known as Dutch Fork. Adam Summer, the father of Colonel John Adam Sumner, headed the settlement beginning in 1745. Colonel Sumner and Major Frederick Gray were known to be whigs. Among those settling were the religiously oppressed Palatines who were driven from the Rhine, Baden and Wurtemburg into England during 1710 where they were quartered in tents and booths near London. From there, they were sent to North Carolina and South Carolina. The first German settlers were: Summers, Mayer, Ruff, Eigleberger, Count, Sligh, Piester, Gray, DeWalt, Boozer, Busby, Buzzard, Shealy, Bedenbaugh, Cromer, Berley, Heller, Koon, Wingard, Suber, Folk, Dickert, Cappleman, Halfacres, Chapman, Black, Kinard, Bounight, Barr, Harmon, Bower, Kibler, Gallman, Lever, Hartman, Frick, Stoudemoyer, Dominick, Singley, Bulow, Paysinger, Wallern, Stayley, Ridlehoover, Librand, Leaphart, Hopes, Houseal, Bernhard, Shuler, Haltiwanger, Swigart, Meetze, Schumpert, Fulmore, Livingston, Schmitz, Eleazer, Drehr, Lorick, Wise, Crotwell, Youngener, Nunamaker, Souter, Epting and Huffman. The Quakers settled on the Bush River and the Beaverdam about three or four miles on each side of the river. Among them was William Coate who resided between Spring Field and the Bush River and Samuel elly, a native of King County, Ireland, who came to Newberry from Camden to settle at Spring Field. Others were: John Furnas, David Jenkins, Benjamin Pearson, William Pearson, Peter Hare, Robert Evans, John Wright, Joseph Wright, William Wright, James Brooks, Joseph Thomson, James Patty, Gabriel McCoole, John Coate, (Big) Isaac Hollingsworth, William O Neall, Walter Herbert, Sr., Daniel Parkins, Daniel Smith, Samuel Miles, David Miles, William Miles, Samuel Brown, Israel Gaunt, Azariah Pugh, William Mills, Jonathan and Caleb Gilbert, John Galbreath, James Coppock, John Coppock, Joseph Reagin, John Reagin, Abel and James Insco, Jesse Spray, Samuel Teague, George Pemberton, Jehu Inman, Mercer Babb, James Steddam, John Crumpton, Isaac Cook, John Jay , Reason Reagen, Thomas and Isaac Hasket, Thomas Pearson, Enoch Pearson, Samuel Pearson, Nehemiah Thomas, Abel Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Euclydus Longshore, Sarah Duncan, Samuel Duncan and John Duncan.

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

Abstracts of Deeds
  • Deed Book A, 1776 to 1791
  • Deed Book B, 1792 to 1794
  • Deed Book C, 1794 to 1797
  • Deed Book D, 1797 to 1798
  • Deed Book E, 1798 to 1800
  • Deed Book F, 1800 to 1803
  • Deed Book G, 1803 to 1804
  • Deed Book H, 1804 to 1805
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Bk L, some abstracts
  • Will Book A (1776 to 1814)
  • Will Book E (1805 to 1826)
  • Will Book F (1823 to 1860)
  • Will Book 4 (1840 to 1858)
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)
Testators: Anderson, Richard, Anderson, William, Brown, I. R. S. , Buchanan, Lucy , Bundrick, Sarah, Burton, Aaron, Burton, John, Caldwell, John, Caldwell, John (2) , Cary, Elizabeth, Chalmers, Thomas, Calmes, George, Cannon, Richard S., Chapman, Mary, Conwills, Sophia, Counts, John,Cromer, Christiana, Cromer, Hannah, Cromer, Michael, Crooks, John, Darlyrmple, Thomas , Davenport, Jonathan, Davidson, John, Davis, Thomas, Dennis, Prudence, Dominick, George, Dominick, Margaret, Downing, J. W., Duckett, Jacob, Enlow, Margaret , Eppes, George , Eppes, William, Erskin, Margaret, Feagle, Laurens, Floyd, Charles Jr., Frisock, Barbary, Gallman, Henry, Galloway, John, Garner, James, Gibal, A., Glenn, Naomi , Gordon, Eli , Gray, Peter , Griffin, Isaac, Harmon, David , Harmon, William, Hatton, David, Henry, James, Holloway, John, Hume, David , Keller, Jacob, Kelly, John, Kelly, Robert ,Kenner, James, Kenner, Samuel, Kinard, George,Kinard, John Michael , Kinard, Martin, Koon, John, Lake, Enoch, Lane, Nancy, Langford, Polly, Lindsey, Benjamin, Lindsey, James, Livingston, John, Long, John Thomas, Lyles, Robert , Lynch, Elijah , Maybin, John, McConnel, Andrew, McCrackin, Nancy, McKee, Joseph, McLemore, M. E., Miller, Nancy, Nance, Clement, Nance, Frederick Sr., Paysinger, John, Polk, John, Rauskett, Thomas, Rees, Jane, Renwick, Jane , Rikard, Michael, Riser, Martin, Robinson, James, Rudd, Mary An,Rutherford, William, Shumpert, Jacob, Sligh, Jacob, Smith, Martha, Spearman, John, Stabler, Moses, Stone, Phebe, Suber, Andrew, Summers, Rosannah, Thomas, John G., Thomas, Mary, Vaughn, Drury, Waldrop, Milly, Wearts, George Henry, Wertz, John ,Wheeler, Barbara , White, William, Whitmire, William ,Wicker, Simon, Willhelm, Peter, Worthington, Jacob ,Young, Harriet , Young, John T.
Abstracts of Newberry County Will Bk L
  • Adams, Sarah
  • Buchanan, Micajah
  • Coppock, Joseph
  • Lagrone, John
  • Mangum, William Sr.
  • Taylor, Benjamin
  • Taylor, Elizabeth
  • Taylor, William
  • Wadlington, James
  • Waldrop, John
Miscellaneous
  • Release of Charleston Littleton to Wadlington
  • Marriage Contract between Eve Margrete Dickert and John Folk
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    Horry County Pictured is the Horry Court Court House and an old home in the County. Horry 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…
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Union Co. SC Images of Wills

Battle of Blackstock

Union County SC Genealogy

Battle of Blackstock during the Revolutionary War. Union 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.

Wills and Estates, Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

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. John Savage, Adam Fincher, Benjamin Holcombe, Benjamin Johnson, Benjamin Woodson, Charles Clanton, Charles Thompson, Daniel Comer, Daniel Howell, Daniel McBride, Daniel Nogher, David Chisolm, David Stockton, Edward Porter, Elijah Cooper, Elizabeth Cooper, Elizabeth Miller, Ephram Pucket, Francis Drake, George Crosley, George Harland, George Norman, Henry Clark, Isaac Gregory, James Addington, James Bankhead, James Benford, James Gibbs, James Hawkins, James Parnell, James Sims, James Thomas, James Townsend, James Woodson, Jeremiah Cooper, Jesse Paty, John Buford, John Clark, John Cole, John Harington, John Huey, John Jasper, John Taylor, John Wilson, Magnus Simonson, Mary Frost, Moses Weldon, Nathaniel Dabbs, Nathaniel Davis, Randolph Alexander, Rebecca Fincher, Renney Belue, Renney Belue, Jr., Robert Good, Robert Wallace, Samuel Cooper, Samuel Torbert, Solomon Whitsen, Susannah Bailey, Thomas Harris, Thomas Haslewood, Thomas Henderson, Thomas Layton, Thomas McDonald, Thomas Wright, Thomas Young, Turner Rountree, William Farr, William Hendley, William Lee, William McJunkin and William Plummer.

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  • Union County Cemeteries (burials)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Barnwell Co. SC Genealogy - Images of Wills and Estates

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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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Abbeville Co. SC Genealogy; images of Wills; easy-to-view

Abbeville County



AbbevilleDowntown Abbeville, South Carolina. Burt-Stark HouseBurt-Stark House. Abbeville County was part of Ninety-Six District where the old deed may be found. It became Abbeville County in 1785, with parts later divided into Greenwood (1897) and McCormick (1916) counties. The county and the county seat were both named for the French town, Abbeville. The county was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers in the mid-eighteenth century. After the treaty with the Cherokee Indians signed in 1777 at Dewitt's Corner (now Due West) with a flux ofScotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers. Abbeville played a major role in the secession from the union of the southern states, and it is the site where the last Confederate council was held.

Early settlers: Andrew Hamilton, James Jordan, Patrick Forbis, James Moore, William McCaleb, William Young, James Maxwell, Thomas Coker, Tucker Woodson, William Brown, John Lawrence, Ralph Wilson, William Love, Thomas Shockley, William Love, Barnard Putnam, James Shirley, William Anderson, Richard Sadler, Benjamin Alderidge, John Nash, Adam Crain Jones, William Love, Joseph Brown and others.

Probate Records Available to members of South Carolina Pioneers
  • Abbeville County Land Grants
  • Abbeville Minutes of the Court of Ordinary, Book B (1776-1783)
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book A 1782-1868
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book B 1815-1839
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book C 1839-1855
Transcripts of Wills (1787-1815)
Adams, William ; Agnew, Samuel ; Alexander, Aaron ; Alexander, William ; Astin, James ; Baird, John ; Baird, Thomas ; Baker, Caleb ; Banks, Rivers ; Barksdale, Elizabeth ; Barksdale, Higgason ; Baskin, Hugh ; Bates, Fleming ; Bates, Stephen ; Bayle, Mary ; Bealey, Jane ; Bell, Mathew ; Beraud, John ; Boles, John ; Bond, Robert ; Bouchillon, John ; Bouchillon, Joseph ; Bowman, John ; Bowman, William ; Boyd, William ; Branson, Eli ; Brazbach?, William ; Bredden, Margery ; Brooks, Christopher ; Brown, Cornelius ; Brown, William ; Brownlee, James ; Brownlee, John ; Buchanan, Mary ; Caein, Richard ; Caldwell, John ; Calhoun, Hugh ; Calhoun, James ; Calhoun, Patrick ; Campbell, John ; Campbell, Margery ; Cane, Mary ; Carmichael, William ; Carson, William ; Caruthers, Martha ; Chambers, John ; Chandler, Jesse ; Chiles, James ; Chiles, John ; Chiles, Jonathan ; Chiles, William, Sr. ; Clark, John Huston ; Clark, Samuel ; Clark, William ; Clarke, Benjamin ; Clarke, Mary ; Cochran, Andrew ; Coldwell, John ; Collins, Edward LWT (1837) ; Couey, Samuel ; Covington, William ; Cowan, Andrew ; Cowans, John ; Crozier, James ; Cunningham, David ; Cunningham, James ; Davenport, John ; Davis, Martha ; Delechaux, Sarah ; De La Howe, John ; Delechaux, Jacob ; Donaldson, Mathew ; Drummond, Benjamin ; Edmiston, John ; Edwards, Andrew ; Edwards, James Cumton ; Elgin, Ann ; Eymerie, John ; Gable, Herman ; Gaines, William ; Gamble, Samuel ; Gantt, Benjamin ; Gantt, William (1809) slow loading ; Gill, Daniel ; Glover, Frederick ; Gorley, James ; Gowedy, Robert ; Gray, James ; Green, Peter ; Guttry, Thomas ; Hamilton, Archibald ; Hamilton, Thomas ; Hanks, Luke ; Hannah, Jean ; Harris, John ; Harris, William ; Hathorn, Ann ; Hawkins, John ; Heard, Isaac ; Hemphill, Andrew ; Houston, John ; Houston, John ; Huggins, William ; Hughs, Caterene ; Huston, James ; Hutchinson, William ; Jeffries, Nathaniel ; Jones, Harris ; Kennedy, Joseph ; Kerr, William ; Kaise, Elizabeth ; King, Benjamin ; Lewallen, Richard ; Liddell, George ; Liddell, James ; Little, William ; Livingston, George ; Logan, Andrew ; Marck, John Balthaser ; Marshal, John ; Martin, William ; Mathews, Victor ; Maxfield, Susanna ; Mayson, John ; Mathew, John ; McBride, Thomas ; McCarter, Benjamin ; McElwee, John, John ; McFarlin, Charles ; McGowan, James ; McKee, Marthy (1813) ; McKee, Thomas ; McKinley, Esther ; Mebin, John ; Mecklin, David ; Meriwether, Francis, LWT ; Miller, John ; Mills, Gilbert ; Milroy, William ; Mitchell, Isaac ; Mitchell, Randle ; Mitchell, Tanner ; Morris, William ; Morrow, George ; Morrow, John ; Moseley, Arthur ; Mott, Andrew ; Mouchet, Samuel ; Mulherrin, Charles ; Murdoch, James, Estate, 1837 (image) ; Nash, John ; Nicholas, Julius ; Noble, James ; Norwood, John ; Norwood, Samuel ; Norwood, Theophilos ; Oliver, James ; Owens, John ; Paterson, Robert ; Patterson, James ; Patterson, Samuel ; Pettigrew, James ; Pollard, Richard ; Porter, John ; Prince, John, 1782 ; Pulliam, John ; Ragland, Samuel, John ; Ralston, James ; Ravlin, John ; Ray, Thomas ; Reid, George ; Reighley, William ; Robartson, John, Sr. ; Roger, Ann ; Roger, Peter ; Rosemond, John ; Ross, Robert ; Ross, William ; Russel, John ; Russell, Timothy ; Seawright, James ; Shaw, William ; Shelly, Agnes transcript ; Sims, Nathan ; Smith, Harry ; Stalsworth, Joseph ; Steel, Aaron ; Stewart, Andrew ; Strain, John ; Swanzy, Robert ; Tatom, William ; Taylor, Thomas ; Thornton, Samuel ; Tinsley, Thomas ; Turk, John ; Van Swearingen, Joseph ; Vernon, James ; Vernon, James ; Vickrey, William ; Wallace, James ; Waller, Benjamin ; Waller, Elizabeth ; Waller, John ; Ward, Joseph ; Wardlaw, Hugh ; Wardlaw, John ; Wardlaw, Joseph ; Waters, Mary ; Wedgeworth, William ; Webb, James ; Weed, Nathaniel ; Weed, Reuben ; White, Francis ; White, James ; White, John ; Williams, Simeon ; Wilson, Hugh ; Wilson, John ; Wilson, Michael ; Wilson, Nathaniel ; Wilson, William ; Winn, Thomas ; Woodin, Rebekah ; Woods, William ; Yeldell, Robert ; Young, James ; Zimmerman, Mary
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  • Images of Laurens Co. SC Wills, Estates
    Laurens County, SC Genealogy Records Pictured 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,…
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Finding South Carolina Marriage Records


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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