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Early South Carolina Settlers, 1600s-1800s
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Early South Carolina Settlers, 1600s-1800s
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Early South Carolina Settlers features approximately 120,000 names of South Carolina residents from the 1600s to the 1800s.

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This Genealogical Publishing Company data set broadly covers the early settlers of South Carolina. Records of approximately 120,000 individuals are available within this unique collection of passenger and naturalization records, census schedules, land grants, jury lists, and will abstracts.

Among the unique resources included, you'll find a comprehensive account of Scotch-Irish immigration to South Carolina, as well as a list of passengers who arrived in Charleston between 1820 and 1829. Among the resources is an index to all wills recorded in South Carolina before 1782.

 Sources for Early South Carolina Settlers, 1600s-1800s :
  • Index to Wills of Charleston County, South Carolina, 1671-1868
    provided by the Charleston Free Library
    Since the only probate court in South Carolina was located in Charleston until 1782, it can be said that (with few exceptions) all wills recorded in South Carolina prior to 1782 are covered by this index. For each of the approximately 10,000 individuals referenced, you'll learn the page number and volume of their original record.

  • Jury Lists of South Carolina, 1778-1779
    by G.L.C. Hendrix and Morn M. Lindsay
    Here you'll find a list of South Carolina jurors for 1778 and 1779. These jury lists prove legal evidence of residence, property qualification, and civil service during colonial and early statehood periods. Jurors were named in the parish of their residence. Men paying at least five pounds tax the previous year were named as Grand Jurors as well as Petit Jurors for their parish or district. Those men paying a lesser tax were named as Petit Jurors only.

  • Index to the 1800 Census of South Carolina
    by Brent H. Holcomb
    Referencing approximately 30,000 heads-of-households, this index is the most accurate and exhaustive listing of early South Carolina residents available. A map, expressly created for this publication, enables the researcher to pinpoint the boundaries of the districts in which their ancestors lived.

  • South Carolina Naturalizations 1783-1850
    by Brent H. Holcomb
    Here you'll find abstracts of the records of approximately 7,500 persons who were naturalized in the state of South Carolina between the years 1783 and 1850. Since the information comes from a great variety of sources (including declarations of intent, petitions and actual citizenship certificates, etc.), the information that you'll learn can vary. In general, however, some or all of the following information is available: name; country of origin; place of residence in the U.S.; occupation; date of arrival in the U.S., and date of application or admission.

  • North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina
    by Brent H. Holcomb
    The border between North and South Carolina was in dispute until 1772 and, as a result, North Carolina issued more than 1,000 grants for land in an area that is now South Carolina. Land granted in the North Carolina counties of Bladen, Anson, Mecklenburg, and Tryon are the present-day South Carolina counties of Marlboro, Chesterfield, Lancaster, York, Chester, Union, Cherokee, Spartanburg, Greenville, Laurens, and Newberry. The records of these North Carolina grants (plats and warrants for the most part) form the basis of this work. For each land grant, you'll learn: name of the grantee; file, entry or grant number; relevant book and page of the original record books; location of the grant; names of owners of adjoining property; and dates of the various instruments.

  • Indexes to the County Wills of South Carolina
    by Martha L. Houston
    A standard reference work for South Carolina, all pre-1853 South Carolina counties are covered except for the counties of Beaufort, Chesterfield, Colleton, Georgetown, Lancaster, Lexington, and Orangeburg whose wills were destroyed by fire and were not included in the original Work Projects Administration transcripts from which this work derives. Testators are listed with references to the volume and page numbers of the books in which copies of their wills are recorded.

  • Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Charleston, 1820-1829
    by Brent H. Holcomb
    Official passenger lists for the Port of Charleston exist only for the years 1820-1829. Here, you'll find information on the several thousand people who managed to slip into Charleston through that relatively narrow window of time. Most of the immigrants were young men from Great Britain and Ireland who were unskilled farmers and laborers. The lists are arranged in the order in which they are found in the original and all names in the lists are accessible by means of the name index at the back of the volume. The data in each entry is arranged in tabular format and includes: name of vessel; name of passenger; age; gender; date of arrival; occupation; place of origin; and country which he intends to inhabit.

  • A Compilation of the Original Lists of Protestant Immigrants to South Carolina, 1763-1773
    by Janie Revill
    The 4,000 immigrants listed in this volume were Protestant refugees from Europe who were encouraged to come to South Carolina by an act passed by the General Assembly of the Colony on July 25, 1761, called the Bounty Act. Arranged chronologically and taken verbatim from the original Council Journals, 1763-1773, the information given in the certificates and petitions for lands under the Bounty Act includes: date of certificate or petition; location and acres granted; age; country of origin; and the name of the vessel on which they arrived.

  • Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790: South Carolina
    United States Bureau of the Census
    No other official record or group of records is as historically significant as the 1790 census of the United States. The taking of this census marked the inauguration of a process that continues right up to our own day: the enumeration at ten-year intervals of the entire American population. Until 1850, only the names of heads-of-household were recorded in the census. Following the head of household's name, you'll find information about their entire household: number of free white males of sixteen years and upward; number of free white males under sixteen years; number of free white females; number of all other free persons (size of family); and the number of slaves. This volume is arranged by county and (in some cases) by minor subdivisions of counties, thus enabling the researcher to narrow his field of research to a particular judicial district.

  • Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772
    by Jean Stephenson
    In an effort to trace her own family's arrival in the United States, the author identifies nearly 500 Scotch-Irish families who settled in pre-Revolutionary South Carolina. The Scotch-Irish migration to South Carolina was prompted by the combination of increasing land rents in Northern Ireland and the government of South Carolina's offer of free land and inexpensive provisions to new settlers. Each settler was entitled to 100 acres of land for himself, 50 acres for his spouse, and an additional 50 acres for each child brought to South Carolina. In light of this, Covenanter Presbyterian minister Reverend William Martin persuaded his parishioners to leave Ulster for South Carolina. Here, the story of the Scotch-Irish immigration is recounted by the author from the records of the South Carolina "Council Journal," tax lists, passenger lists, church histories, land records, and other sources housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Grouped under the vessel upon which they traveled, families are identified by the name of the household head, names of spouse and children, number of acres surveyed, county, location of the nearest body of water and the names of neighbors, and the source of the information. For the reader's convenience, this book contains not only an index of the persons and a separate subject index, but also a table of spelling variants.

  • Warrants for Land in South Carolina, 1672-1711 (3 Volumes)
    by A. S. Salley, Jr.
    Published originally by the Historical Commission of South Carolina, this three-volume set encompasses a number of the oldest and genealogically most important records of colonial South Carolina. In colonial South Carolina, a land warrant was an order issued by the governor or one of the proprietors (usually to a surveyor) for the "laying out" of lands granted to an individual. Each of the approximately 5,000 land warrants gives: name of the warrantee; location of the parcel (whether by county, town, proximity to body of water, etc.); size of the parcel; name(s) of wife and/or siblings; date of the warrant; name of the surveyor; and names of signatories to the document. Each warrant thus has the virtue of placing the possessor in South Carolina at an early point and in a particular locale during the colonial period.
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