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Darlington County, South Carolina genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.

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Coordinates: 34.33°0′N 79.96°0′W / 34.33°N 79.96°W / 34.33; -79.96

Darlington County, South Carolina
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Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1798
County Seat Darlington
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Darlington County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915  1800  1806  1791 

County Courthouse

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Darlington County Courthouse
1100 Courthouse Square
Darlington, SC 29532

Darlington County Probate Court
1 Public Square, 2nd Floor, Room 208
Darlington, SC 29532
Phone: 834-398-4310
Marriage and probate records

Darlington County Clerk of Court
1 Public Square, Room B-4
Darlington, SC 29532
Phone: 843-398-4330
Court records and register of deeds.

Historical Facts

According to tradition, Darlington County, South Carolina is named after the English town of Darlington, England whose town center is shown here.
Tradition indicates that the Darlington County was named after the town of Darlington in Durham County, England. Other possible sources of the name include Colonel Darlington of the Revolutionary War.[1] In 1736 and 1737, two large land grants along the Pee Dee River were set aside to attract Welsh Baptists from Delaware to settle in the region. A large percentage of present day Darlington County lie within the limits of these two large land grants.[2] Learn more about the history of Darlington County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1785 - Thirty-three counties were created within existing South Carolina Districts. Darlington County was created within Cheraws District.
  • 1800 - Darlington was re-christened a district and Cheraws District was abolished.
  • 1868 - Darlington and all other districts became counties.
  • 1888 - Florence created from Clarendon, Darlington, Marion, and Williamsburg Counties.
  • 1889 - Darlington gained from Florence County.
  • 1898 - Lee created from Darlington, Kershaw, and Sumter Counties.
  • 1899 - Lee County abolished when the creation act was declared unconstitutional.
  • 1902 - Lee recreated from Darlington, Kershaw, and Sumter Counties.

For more information as well as maps of Darlington County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

County Seat

The county seat of Darlington County is Darlington.

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[3]

Record Loss

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A courthouse fire on 19 March 1806 destroyed most of Darlington County's records with the exception of early probate files; this fire also destroyed the early records of the Cheraw Judicial District. The negligence of a local district ordinary also resulted in the subsequent destruction of a portion of loose probate papers

For a list of record loss in South Carolina counties see: South Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources

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Research Guides

African Americans

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Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Elysian Fields
  • Hartsville
  • Kalmia - Hartsville
  • Oaklyn - Darlington
  • Plumfield - Darlington
  • Poor Buckra Cut
  • Skufful Farm - Mont Clare

[1] Darlington County African - American documents on-line.


Slave Inventories and African-American Related Documents published in the Darlington Flag.

1748 "Will of Thomas Evans of the Welch Tract, 1748," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1992, Volume 3, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1750 "Inventory of Thomas Ellerbee, 1750," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1998, Volume 10, Issue 2,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1755 "Inventory of John McIver, 1755," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2007, Volume 19, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1760 "Inventory of Henry Kolb, 1760," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1999, Volume 11, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1761 "Inventory of the Estate of John Crawford, 1761," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Volume 6, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1762 "Estate of Richard Bird, 1762," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1998, Volume 10, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1762 "Colonial Inventory of George Hicks, 1762," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2003, Volume 15, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1762 "Inventory of Edmund Irby, 1762," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2009, Volume 21, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1763 - 1773 "Colonial Runaway Slave Notices," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1998, Volume 10, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1764 "Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Jolly, 1764," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1994, Volume 6, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1764 "Estate of Captain John Lide, 1764," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2012, Volume 24, Issue 1,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1765 "Inventory of the Estate of Robert Hicks, 1765," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1995, Volume 7, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1765 "Inventory of the Estate of Anthony Pouncey, 1767," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1997, Volume 9, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1767 "Colonial Inventory of William Williamson, 1767," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2003, Volume 15, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1767 "Inventory of Luke Whitefield, 1767," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2008, Volume 20, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1768 "Colonial Inventory, Isaac Thompson, 1768," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2000, Volume 12, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1768 "Colonial Inventory, Estate of Rev. Robert Williams, 1768," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2002, Volume 14, Issue 24, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1769 "Inventory of the Estate of Edward Clark of St. David's Parish, 1769," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1994, Volume 6, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1770 - 1772 "Sale Bill of the Estate of Roger Pouncey, 1770 & 1772," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1997, Volume 9, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1771 "Colonial Inventory, Jehu Williams, 1771," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2004, Volume 16, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1772 "1772 Inventory & Appraisement of the Estate of Eleanor Williams of St. David's Parish," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1993, Volume 5, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1772 "Colonial Inventory of Robert Weaver, Mars Bluff Storeowner, 1772," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2013, Volume 25, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1772 - 1782 "Transactions From the South Carolina Miscellaneous Records," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1773 "Colonial Inventory of Charles Bedingfield, 1773," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2006, Volume 18, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1773 - 1774 "Two McIver Family Bills of Sale Recorded in Charleston," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551. 

1774 "Inventory of the Estate of John Ham, St. David's Parish, 1774," published in the Darlington Flag, Volume 6, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551. 

1774 "Inventory of Charles Bedggood, 1774," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2007, Volume 19, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1774 "Inventory of Patrick Stuart, 1774," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2008, Volume 20, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1774 "Inventory of Thomas Burton, 1774," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1774 "Inventory of John Gillespie, 1774," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2010, Volume 22, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Circa 1775 "Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Woods, St. David's Parish, circa 1775," published in the Darlington Flag, Volume 7, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1775 "Colonial Inventory, Benjamin Evans, Great Lynches Creek, 1775," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2000, Volume 12, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1775 "Thomas Bingham Reimbursed for Loss of His Slave, 1775," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1998, Volume 10, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1775 "Inventory of Rodrick McIver, 1775," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2006, Volume 18, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1775 "Will and Inventory of Robert Thompson, 1775," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Revolutionary War "Adam Brockinton: Revolutionary War Body Servant," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Will of Benjamin Tilly of St. David's Parish," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1992, Volume 4, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Colonial Inventory, Estate of John Flannagan, 1777," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2002, Volume 14, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Colonial Inventory, Mary Ann Heape, 1777," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2000, Volume 12, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Colonial Inventory of Thomas Williams, 1777," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2005, Volume 17, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Inventory of Arthur Hart, 1777," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2008, Volume 20, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1777 "Inventories of Leonard Dozier, 1777" published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2008, Volume 20, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1778 "Inventory of Evan Evans, 1778," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2006, Volume 18, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1782 "Equity Yields Cheraw District Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Dabbs, 1782," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1997, Volume 9, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1783 "Estate of John Hardy, Cheraw District, SC 1783," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2000, Volume 12, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Circa 1785 "Lost Blassingame Estate, Cheraw District, Circa 1785," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2005, Volume 17, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1786 "Appraisement of the Estate of John Balfour, 1786," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2005, Volume 17, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1790 "1790 Cheraw District Census Revisited: All Other Free Persons," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2008, Volume 20, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1794 - 1832 "Heirs of John and James Pettigrew, &c., Part One," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1794 - 1832 "Heirs of John and James Pettigrew, &c., Part Two," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2011, Volume 23, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1797 "Legislative Act to Allow Importation of Slaves by John Butler & John James, 1797," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2012, Volume 24, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1801 "Will and Inventory of John McIver, 1801," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1805 - 1812 "Will and Estate Papers of Sally McBride, 1805 - 1812," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1992, Volume 4, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1802 - 1819 "Slave Bills of Sale," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1808 "Elijah Pinn, A Free Man of Color, 1808," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1999, Volume 11, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1809 "William L. Thomas, et al vs. Lemuel Benton, 1809," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2010, Volume 22, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1809 - 1814 "Cases from the Court of Chancery & Court of Appeals in Equity, 1809 - 1814," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1810 "1810 Darlington District Slave Emancipation," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Volume 6, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1814 "Estate of Henry Grantham, Free Man of Color, 1851," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1995, Volume 7, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1814 "Estate of George Nettles, Commissioners Report, 1814," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2002, Volume 14, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1815 "Division of Slaves, Estate of William Dick, 1815," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2000, Volume 12, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1819 "1819 Anson County, NC Slave Bills of Sale Document Darlington Hyde Family," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2002, Volume 14, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1816 "Parents of Mary Ann Nettles (Natural Daughter) Proved Using Deeds of Gift, 1816," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1998, Volume 10, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551. 

1816 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of John Fulton, 1816," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2004, Volume 16, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551. 

1817 "John McIntosh Slave Inventory, 1817," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2003, Volume 15, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1817 "Petition of Margaret L. McIntosh, 1817," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2009, Volume 21, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1822 "Partition of the Estate of Charles M. Dewitt, 1822," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2002, Volume 14, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1822 "1821 Writ of Partition: Slaves of the Estate of Henry Thompson, Senior," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1823 "Slave Mortgage: Rasha Cannon to Robert Collins, 1823," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2009, Volume 21, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1824 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of William Dewitt, 1824," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2004, Volume 16, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1825 - 1859 "Estate of Benjamin W. James: Documents Relating to Slaves, 1825 - 1859," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2008, Volume 20, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1825 "Petition of Jesse Gilbert, 1825," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2012, Volume 24, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1826 "Slave Inventory Estate of Elizabeth McCall, 1826," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2001, Volume 13, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1829 "Slave Inventory Estate of Isaac H. Hunter, 1829,"  published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2000, Volume 12, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1831 "Slave Inventory of the Estate of Edmund Gee, 1831," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1998, Volume 10, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1831 "Estate of Mary B.L. Hawes, Slave Writ of Partition," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2007, Volume 19, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1832 "1832 Coroner's Inquest," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2001, Volume 13, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1832 - 1833 "Slave Bills of Sale: Elisha Moseley to J.C. DuBose, 1832 & 1833," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2007, Volume 19, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1834 "Partition of Slaves, Estate of Samuel Bacot, 1834," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1999, Volume 11, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1834 "Account for Cade, A Runaway Slave, 1834," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2008, Volume 20, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1835 "Partition of Slaves, Estate of Cornelius Manderville," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1999, Volume 11, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1838 "Excerpt: American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1840 "$10 Reward," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1998, Volume 10, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1841 "1841 Slave Stealing Trial," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Volume 6, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1842 - 1857 "Sales of Slaves 1842 - 1857 by Commissioners in Equity," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2010, Volume 22, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1842 - 1843 "William Garner Estate, Slaves Hired, 1842 - 1843," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2003, Volume 15, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1843 - 1853 "Slave Births and Deaths from the Estate of Richard Brockington, 1843 - 1853," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2002, Volume 14, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1843 "Sheriff's Sale of Slaves, Gibson, et al vs. Hodge, et. al, 1843," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2006, Volume 18, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1844 "Slaven Inventory of the Estate of James Nettles, 1844," published in the Darlington Flag, Volume 9, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1844 "Friday's Journey from Duplin County, NC to Darlington District, SC," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1998, Volume 10, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1844 "From the Pee Dee to Sumter County, Alabama," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2000, Volume 12, Issue 4,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1844 "Estate of Joseph Parrott, Partition of Land and Slaves, 1844," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2004, Volume 20, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1845 "Sale of Slaves, Etate of Booky Gandy, 1845," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2001, Volume 13, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1845 "Slave Bill of Sale: John S. Witherspoon to David Williams, 1845," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2005, Volume 17, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Circa 1845 "Division of Slaves, Estate of Celia Goodson, Circa 1845," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2000, Volume 12, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1846 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Isaac Hunter, 1846," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2004, Volume 16, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1846 "Slave Deed-in-Trust & Marriage Settlement," published in the 'Darlington Flag," Winter, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1847 "Report of Sale of Slaves, Estate of Jesse Hudson, 1847," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2001, Volume 13, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1848 "Slave Bill of Sale, 1848," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1999, Volume 11, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1849 "Estate of Jesse Lewis, Commissioners of Appraisement Report, 1849," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2002, Volume 14, Issue 2,Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1849 "Partition of Slaves, Estate of William Williams, 1849," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1999, Volume 11, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1850 "1850 Darlington District Slave Schedule, First Division," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1994, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1850 "1850 Darlington District Slave Schedule, Second Division," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1994, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1850 "1850 Darlington District Slave Schedule, Third Division," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1850 "1850 Darlington District Slave Schedule, Fourth Division," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1994, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1852 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Charles B. Howard, 1852," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2003, Volume 15, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1852 "Jeptha Stephenson Estate: Bill for Division of Slaves, 1852," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2006, Volume 18, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1852 "Swift Creek Baptist Church Membership, 1852," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1853 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Samuel Bacot, 1853," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2005, Volume 17, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1853 "Partition of Slaves Between Richard G. Howard & Amelia M. Howard," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2012, Volume 24, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Circa 1854 "Testimony Concerning the Slaves of Copeland Pearce's Estate, Circa 1854," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2001, Volume 12, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1854 "Runaway Slave Notices, Darlington Flag, 30 March 1854," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1999, Volume 11, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1855 "Slave Deed of Gift: William King to Margaret C. King, 1855," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2005, Volume 17, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1856 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of John K. McIver, 1856, published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2003, Volume 15, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1857 "Slaves Belonging to the Estates of James McLendon & Kineon McLendon," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1857 - 1860 "Darlington Tax Executions, 1857 - 1860," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2003, Volume 15, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1858 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Peter C. Coggeshall, 1858," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2005, Volume 17, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1858 "Slave Bill of Sale, Samuel F. Hurst to Matchet Fields, 1858," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1859 "Inventory & Appraisement of Real & Personal Estate of William McCall, 1859," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2000, Volume 12, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1859 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of Thomas House, 1859," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2004, Volume 16, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1859 "Weatherford vs. Stanton & McGilvray, Antebellum Ethnicity," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1999, Volume 11, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1860 "Slave Inventory of the Estate of John H. Muldrow, 1860," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1998, Volume 10, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1860 "Murder of Michael Knight, Free Man of Color," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2003, Volume 15, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Circa 1860 and 1862 "Coroner Inquisitions 1860 & 1862," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2005, Volume 17, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1860 - 1864 "Sales of Slaves 1860 - 1864 by Commissioners in Equity," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1862 "Slave Receipts, E.M. McCall to R.P. Hamer," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2006, Volume 18, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1862 "Petition on Behalf of Miss Susanna Anders (Andrews) Requesting Reimbursement for Loss of Slave Tom Puncheon, 1862," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1997, Volume 9, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863 "John H. Nettles Served and Died in the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts During the War Between the States," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2001, Volume 13, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863 "Slaves Impressed in the Defense of Charleston, 1863," published in the "Darlington Flag," Spring, 2014, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

1864 "Slaves Belonging to the Estate of D. Sidney Law, 1864," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2005, Volume 17, Issue 4,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "Labor Contracts, Freedmen's Bureau Records," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2008, Volume 20, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 5, Freedmen Returns," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1996, Volume 8, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "Additional Freedmen From the 1865 Darlington District Tax List," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2002, Volume 14, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1866 "Abstract of Freedmen's Bureau Records," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1997, Volume 9, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1866 - 1867 "Freedmen's Bureau Journal of Complaints May 1866 - December 1867," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2007, Volume 19, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "1867 Reconstruction Plea: 'Send Us Help For We Are Not Able to Help Ourselves," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2006, Volume 18, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "Illegal Freedmen's Court, 1867," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2007, Volume 19, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "Report of the Operations of the Freedmen's Bureau, February 1867," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "Report of the Operations of the Freedmen's Bureau, March 1867," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "Freedmen's Bureau Records," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1867 "Freedmen's Bureau Report for Darlington, Chesterfield, & Marlborough, February 1867," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Freedmen's Bureau Records Reveal Paternity, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Freedmen's Bureau Journal of Complaints January - July 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2007, Volume 19, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Rations Issued by Freedmen's Bureau, 1868 (A - M)," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2007, Volume 19, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Rations Issued by Freedmen's Bureau, 1868 (N - Z)," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2007, Volume 19, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Darlington Court House, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2009, Volume 21, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Darlington Court House, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2010, Volume 22, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Florence Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2,Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, James Cross Roads Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2010, Volume 22, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Cartersville Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Lydia Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Philadelphia Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2011, Volume 23, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, 'Segar' Store Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Timmonsville Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2011, Volume 23, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Windham Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Hartsville Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2013, Volume 25, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Leavensworth Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2013, Volume 25, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Society Hill Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2013, Volume 25, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1868 "Voter Registration List, Swift Creek Precinct, 1868," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1869 "Freedmen's Contract: Plantation of Mrs. Serena L. Dargan, 1869," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1870 "Free School Report, Hamilton Township. 1870," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2008, Volume 20, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1870 "Free School Report, 1870," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2008, Volume 20, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Names of Nine Hundred Voters, Florence Election Precinct, Election of 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2009, Volume 21, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Names of Voters, Effingham Precinct, Election of 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2010, Volume 22, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2010, Volume 22, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2010, Volume 22, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2010, Volume 22, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1874 "Lee vs. Rainey: Contested Election First Congressional District, 1874," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2011, Volume 23, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1875 - 1876 "Testimony Concerning Denial of Electoral Franchise, 1875 - 1876," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2012, Volume 24, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1875 - 1876 "Testimony Concerning Denial of Electoral Franchise, 1875 - 1876," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2012, Volume 24, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1877 "1877 Voter List, Grant Township," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2005, Volume 17, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1877 "Effingham Precinct Voter List 1877," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2005, Volume 17, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1889 "Poll List Lisbon Precinct, 1889," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2008, Volume 20, Issue 1,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1921 "Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias, Society Hill, 1921," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Dargan Cemetery "Dargan Cemetery," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2009, Volume 21, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Lang Cemetery Lang Cemetery, published in the "Darlington Flag, Fall, 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Red Hill Cemetery Red Hill Cemetery, published in the "Darlington Flag, Spring, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.


Cemeteries

There are a number of cemeteries and other burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Darlington County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

 Dargan Cemetery "Dargan Cemetery," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2009, Volume 21, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551. 

Lang Cemetery Lang Cemetery, published in the "Darlington Flag, Fall, 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Red Hill Cemetery Red Hill Cemetery, published in the "Darlington Flag, Spring, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume One, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume III, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume III, Mount Hope Cemetery, Florence, SC, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume IV, Cemeteries Located in Present Day Florence County, SC, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume V, Florence National Cemetery, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

Darlington District, SC Cemetery Survey, Volume VI, Cemeteries Located in Present Day Florence County, SC and Corrections and Additions to Previous Volumes, Compiled by the Members of the Old Darlington District Chapter, S.C.G.S., P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 7,631
1810 9,047 18.6%
1820 10,949 21.0%
1830 13,728 25.4%
1840 14,822 8.0%
1850 16,830 13.5%
1860 20,361 21.0%
1870 26,243 28.9%
1880 34,485 31.4%
1890 29,134 −15.5%
1900 32,388 11.2%
1910 36,027 11.2%
1920 39,126 8.6%
1930 41,427 5.9%
1940 45,198 9.1%
1950 50,016 10.7%
1960 52,928 5.8%
1970 53,442 1.0%
1980 62,717 17.4%
1990 61,851 −1.4%
2000 67,394 9.0%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Darlington County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Darlington County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1800
  • Ham, Rembert V. 1800 Darlington District, South Carolina Census. Jacksonville, Fla.: R.V. and Mrs. Ham, 1974. FHL Collection 975.766 X2h 1800 
1810
  • Foxworth, W.K. 1810 Darlington District, South Carolina Census. 1997. FHL Collection 975.766 X2d 1810
1820
  • Foxworth, W.K. 1820 Darlington District, South Carolina Census. 1997. FHL Collection 975.766 X2d 1820
1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517 - 1024518.

Published abstract:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. [Includes this county.]
1830
  • Foxworth, W.K. 1830 Darlington District, South Carolina Census. 1997. FHL Collection 975.766 X2d 1830
1840
  • Foxworth, W.K. 1840 Darlington District, South Carolina Census. 1998. FHL Collection 975.766 X2d 1840 
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840; FHL Collection 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Darlington District on page 143.]
1850
  • Altman, Peggy B. 1850 Census of Darlington County, South Carolina. FHL Collection 975.766 X2c 1850
  • Rudisill, Horace Fraser. 1850 Occupational Census of Darlington County, South Carolina. Darlington, S.C.: Darlington County Historical Commission, 2000?. FHL Collection 975.766 X2rh 1850
1860
  • Rudisill, Horace Fraser. 1860 Census of Darlington District, South Carolina. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society (South Carolina), n.d. FHL Collection 975.766 X2r 1860
1870
  • Hewitt, Janet Dean. 1870 Census of Darlington County. Florence, S.C.: J. Hewitt, 2001. FHL Collection 975.766 X2hj 1870
1880
  • Darlington County Historical Commission. 1880 Census Index of Darlington District, South Carolina. FHL Collection 975.766 X22c 1880 
  • Hewitt, Janet Dean. 1880 Census, Darlington County. 2 vols. 2000. FHL Collection 975.766 X2hj 1880 v. 1
1900
  • Foxworth, W.K. and Janet Dean Hewitt. 1900 Census, Darlington County. 2 vols. FHL Collection 975.766 X2f 1900 v. 1 

Church

Church of England (Anglican, Episcopal)

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Methodist

The following Darlington County church records have been indexed on the International Genealogical Index:[4]

Church Baptisms Batch Marriages Batch
Methodist Church Lynch's Creek Circuit 1875-1882 C526371 1876-1882 M526371

The History of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church: Lydia, South Carolina, 1789 - 1989, by John Lennell Andrews, Jr.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Darlington
  • Hartsville
  • Society Hill

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Darlington County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy

More than 45 genealogies have been published about Darlington County families. To view a list, visit Darlington County, South Carolina Genealogy.

Land

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart show where you may best expect to find land records for Darlington County:

Tracing Land Currently in Darlington County with Parent Counties and Districts [5]
Date Government Office  
1868-Present Darlington County
1806-1868 Darlington Distict
1800-1806 Darlington District Records Burned
1785-1800 Darlington County Records Burned
1769-1785 Cheraws District
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
Deeds

Some early deeds have been lost. Surviving records, which are kept at the county courthouse, begin in the year 1806. The years 1806 to 1869 have been microfilmed: FHL Collection.

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Gregg, Alexander.  History of the Old Cheraws : Containing an Account of the Aborigines of the Pedee, the First White Settlements, their Subsequent Progress, Civil Changes, the Struggle of the Revolution, and the Growth of the Country Afterward, Extending from About A.D. 1730 to 1810 with Notices of Families and Sketches of Individuals   (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967 ), 629 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 F2g 1967
  • Ervin, Eliza Cowan. Darlingtoniana : A History of People, Places and Events in Darlington County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Co., 1997, c1964), 507 pages. Book found at FHL 975.766 H2e 1997 and Other Libraries

Maps

Military

General

"Militia Petition, 1792," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1999, Volume 11, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Twenty-ninth Regiment Divisions, 1834," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2000, Volume 12, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Militia Muster Roll, 1847," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1991, Volume 3, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Militia Roll, 1847," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1991, Volume 3, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

French and Indian War

"Weaver's Co. to Ft. Prince George," published in the Darlington Flag Spring 1995, Volume 7, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

"Capt. John Hitchcock Co. Muster Roll, 1759-60," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Volume 6, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Lide's Co. Expedition to Ft. Prince George, 1759," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1994, Volume 6, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Revolutionary War

"Tories hanged in 1779," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1993, Volume 5, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Hartsville, SC.

"Georgia Records Prove Pee Dee Revolutionary Service [Joseph Anderson]," published in the Darlington Flag,  Summer 1995, Volume 7, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Captain James Gregg's Company of Light Horse, 1779," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1996, Volume 8, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"George King's Revolutionary Service, Affidavit of Martin Dewitt," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1998, Volume 10, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Revolutionary War Service of Thomas Norwood," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2001, Volume 13, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Estates of Francis Archer, James Goodwin, & John Hall Revolutionary War Soldiers," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2002, Volume 14, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Pee Dee Supplies for the Siege of Charleston, 1780," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Major John Harrison Pee Dee Tory," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2008, Volume 20, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Adam Brockinton: Revolutionary War Body Servant," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2011, Volume 23, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Nathan Leavenworth's Revolutionary War Service," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2011, Volume 23, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Unsettled Accounts from the Revolutionary War," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2012, Volume 24, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Revolutionary War Service of Simon Lee," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2013, Volume 25, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"North Carolina Revolutionary War Claims of Darlington Residents," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2013, Volume 25, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Unsettled Accounts from the Revolutionary War," published in the "Darlington Flag," Fall 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Applications from Cheraw District (Solomon Wright, Ezekiel Daniel, & Aaron Copeland)," published in the "Darlington Flag," Fall, 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

"Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Applications from Cheraw District (John Ham, Zachariah Winn & Charles Lisonbie)," published in the "Darlington Flag," Winter, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

"Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Applications from Cheraw District (John Ratcliff, William Stubbs, Thomas Davis)," published in the "Darlington Flag," Spring, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

"Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Applications from Cheraw District (Joel Coward, Andrew Beck, Arthur King)," published in the "Darlington Flag," Summer, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.


War of 1812

List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Darlington County, p. 184. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

"Capt. Bigham's Co., Muster Roll, 1812," published in the Three Rivers Chronicle, March 1996, Volume 17, Issue 1. Three Rivers Historical Society : Hemingway, SC.

"Muster Roll, 1812 [Captain Samuel Bigham's Company]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1991, Volume 3, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"War of 1812 Muster Roll, Darlington Dist. [Captain G.L. Williamson's Company]," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1990, Volume 2, Issue 4.Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"War of 1812 Muster Roll, Darlington Dist. [Captain John K. McIver's Company]," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1990, Volume 2, Issue 3. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"War of 1812 Muster roll, Darlington Dist. [Captain William R. David's Company]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1990, Volume 2, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"War of 1812 Muster Roll, Darlington Dist. [Captain Bright Williamson's Company]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1990, Volume 2, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

"Militia Records of War of 1812," published in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Winter 1985, Volume 13, Issue 1. Brent Holcomb : Columbia, SC. Book 975.7 B2sc.

Civil War

Civil War service men from Darlington County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Darlington County or from many of its men.

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Sharpshooters
- Company B - (also known as the Sumter Guards)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (6 months, 1861)
- Company B - (also known as the Darlington Guards)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (Butler's) (1st Regulars)
- Company A - (also called Company B and Beauregard Artillery)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (McCreary's) (1st Provisional Army)
- Company D - ((also known as Pee Dee Rifles ), (also known Abbeville Volunteers) - Roster on pages 31-33 [6]
- Company B - (also know as Darlington Guards) - Roster
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company A (also known as the Boykin Mounted Rangers and Hampton Scouts)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment)
- Claremont Rifles
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Artillery
- Company D
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion)
- Company C (also known as the Wilson Light Artillery, Culpepper's Light Artillery and Culpeper Battery)
- Company E (also known as the Yeadon Light Artillery)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)
- Company G
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina State Troops
- Company E
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's)
- Company A (may have been known as Charleston Light Dragoons)
- Company E
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company A
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company C
- 6th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Byrd's)
- Company B
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers)
- Company H
- Company I
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry ,
- Company A
- Company H
- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Ward's)
- Company A - Roster
- Company E
- 8th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company A
- Company E
- Company F
- Company L
- Company M
-9th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Smith's) (Pee Dee Legion)
- Company D
- Company F
- 9th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company G
- 11th Batatlion, South Carolina Infantry
- Yeadon Light Infantry
- 14th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company A
- Company B
- 18th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company I
- 19th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
-Company E
-21st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company B
- Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina (Jenkins') (1st Palmetto)
- Company E
- South Carolina State Troop Regiments Seed Corn Units, Junior Reserves,
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)



  • Brunson, Joseph Woods. Pee Dee Light Artillery of Maxcy Gregg's (Later Samuel McGowan's) Brigade, First South Carolina Volunteers (infantry) C. S. A., a Historical Sketch and Roster (University, Alabama : Confederate Pub., c1983), 60 pages. Includes rosters of the three Pee Dee infantry companies (from Darlington, Horry and Marion counties) which were supported by the Pee Dee artillery. The battery was officially Company D of the 1st South Carolina regiment. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2bjr and Other Libraries.
  • South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Darlington District Chapter. War Between the States Veterans (Hartsville, South Carolina : Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, c2002), 293 pages. Photographs, priviate and personal information on Civil War veterans. In addition to today's Darlington County, the District also included parts of today's Florence and Lee counties. Neighboring counties are also represented. Book found at FHL 975.766 M2w and Other Libraries.


Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Darlington County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

The Society Hill News (Society Hill, S.C.) 1910-1911.

The Darlington County Historical Commission has also identified these 19th century and early 20th century newspapers published in Darlington County.

  • Carolina Planter, (Darlington, S.C) monthly, published 1895-1898. W.D. Woods, editor. Began publication in Florence, S.C., moved to Darlington in 1897.
  • The Confederation, (Darlington, S.C.) weekly, published 1860-1861. The paper was established by James H. Norwood as an anit-secession newspaper. It was sold to the Darlington Southerner in 1861.
  • The Courier, (Darlington, S.C.) weekly, published 1899 by C.A. Brown.
  • Daily Record, (Darlington, S.C.) daily, published 1896. Begun by the owners of the Darlingtonian.
  • Gossip, (Darlington, S.C) weekly, published 1887. S.A. Woods, publisher.
  • Hartsville Herald (Hartsville, S.C.) weekly, published 1899 - 1900. W. Eugene Cook, editor and publisher.
  • Kapsack (Darlington, S.C.), weekly, published in 1897 in association with the Darlington Guards, a local military unit.
  • Lamar Bulletin, (Lamar, S.C.) weekly, published 1891-1892. 
  • Lamar Leader, (Lamar, S.C.) weekly, published 1898. No additional information at this time.
  • Present Truth, (Lamar, S.C.) weekly, published 1900 - 1904. A publication of the Seventh Day Advent 1st Church.
  • X Rava, (Lamar, S.C.) weekly, published 1897 - 1898. Walter L. Wilson editor and publisher.

Current

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Darlington Flag  The quarterly publication of the Old Darlington District Chapter, SC Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.
  • South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research

Probate

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[7] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has  microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available.

Estate, Wills and Letters of Administration, 1791-1895; index, 1791-1905. Darlington County, South Carolina. Darlington Couty, South Carolina, Judge of Probate. FHL Film 317564

Taxation

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

Published abstracts

1783-1787 "General Tax Collection List, Parish of St. David, 1783-1787," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter, 2008, Volume 20, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1801 "Tax Executions, 1801," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2001, Volume 13, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1803 "Tax Executions List of Sundry Persons, 1803," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2001, Volume 13, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1814 "Tax Executions, 1814," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2001, Volume 14, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1821 "Tax Executions, 1821," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2001, Volume 14, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1823 "Tax List, 1823, M," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1996, Volume 8, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1824 "Tax Returns, 1824, Darlington," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1994, Volume 6, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1824 "Darlington Tax Returns, 1824," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2001, Volume 13, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1847 "Tax Executions, 1847," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2002, Volume 14, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1857-1860 "Tax Executions, 1857-1860," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2003, Vol.ume15, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1861-1863 "Darlington Tax Executions, 1861-1863," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2003, Volume 15, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1862 - 1863 "Darlington Tax Receipt, 1832 - 1863," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2008, Volume 20, Issue 1. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863 "Confederate Tax Returns August & September, 1863 ," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2005, Volume 17, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863 "Confederate Tax Returns October 1863," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2006, Volume 18, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863 "Confederate Tax Returns, November 1863," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2006, Volume 18, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1863  "Confederate Tax Returns, November 1863," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 2006, Volume 18, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1864 "Confederate Tax Returns March1864," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1864 "Confederate Tax Returns, March - April 1864," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2007, Volume 19, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1864 "Confederate Tax Returns, March - April 1864," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2007, Volume 19, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1864 "Darlington District Tax Executions 1864," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2004, Volume 16, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 1," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1995, Volume 7, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 2," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1995, Volume 7, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 3," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1995, Volume 7, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 4," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1995, Volume 7, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "1865 Darlington Tax Returns, Part 5," Freedmen Returns, published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1996, Volume 8, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "Additional Freedmen From the 1865 Darlington District Tax List," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2002, Volume 14, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1865 "I Can Find No Property Belonging to the Defendant," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 2007, Volume 19, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551 .

1868 - 1869 "Names Removed from the 1868 & 1869 Tax Lists," published in the Darlington Flag, Sunner 2009, Volume 21, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1875 "Foreited Lands Darlington County, 1875," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2001, Volume 13, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1876 "Darlington County Board of Equalization Letters for Tax Relief, 1876," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 2001, Volume 13, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1878 - 1884 "Forfeited Lands," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 2013, Volume 25, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.


The Soldier's Board of Relief levied an annual tax which was used for the relief of families of soldiers who had volunteered in the service of South Carolina or the Confederacy. Published abstracts:

1863-1864 Woods, Samuel Alexander, Horace W. Rudisill, and Walter DuBose Woods. Papers of the Soldiers' Board of Relief, Darlington District, 1863-1864. Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 197-. FHL Film 1294118.

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [S.W. Harrell's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1994, Volume 6, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [J.J. Carter's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1994, Volume 6, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [C.M. Parrott's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1994, Volume 6, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [A.B. Bristow's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1994, Volume 6, Issue 4,  Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [Thomas Stephenson's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1995, Volume 7, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [T.P. Fountain's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring1995, Volume 7, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [James Bell's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1995, Volume 7, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [J.P. Wilson's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1995, Volume 7, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [C. Coker's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1996, Volume 8, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [O.D. Lee's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring1996, Volume 8, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [J.A. Rogers' Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1996, Volume 8, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [C. Rhodes' Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1996, Volume 8, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [S.W. Harrell's Return #2]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1997, Volume 9, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [John J. Carter's Return #2]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring1997, Volume 9, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief H.M. Parrott's Return]," published in the Darlington Flag, Summer 1997, Volume 9, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [F.A. Bristow's Return #2]," published in the Darlington Flag, Fall 1997, Volume 9, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [O.D. Lee's Return #2]," published in the Darlington Flag, Winter 1998, Volume 10, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1863 - 1864 "Soldiers' Board of Relief [S.W. Harrell's Return #3]," published in the Darlington Flag, Spring 1998, Volume 10, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth

State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Darlington County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.


Bastardy Proceedings Published in the Darlington Flag.

1806 - 1826, "Bastardy Proceedings Recorded in the Darlington District Sessions Journal, C.C.P., 1806 - 1826," Darlington Flag, Spring 1992, Volume 4, Issue 2. Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1840 - 1855, "Bastardy Proceedings Recorded in the Darlington District Sessions Journal, C.C.P., 1840 - 1855," Darlington Flag, Summer 1991, Volume 3 Issue 3; Fall 1991, Volume 3, Issue 4; and Winter 1992, Volume 4, Issue 1, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1840 - 1878, "Darlington Bastardy Records 1840 - 1878," Darlington Flag, Spring 1996, Volume 8, Issue 2, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551

1844 Bastardy Bond, "Darlington Flag," Summer, 2014, Volume 26, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

1853 - 1864, "Darlington Bastardy Records 1853 - 1864," Darlington Flag, Fall 1995, Volume 7, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1869 - 1876, "Bastardy Proceedings Recorded in the Darlington County Clerk of Court Sessions Journal, 1869 - 1876," Darlington Flag, Summer 1992, Volume 4, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1880 - 1896, "Darlington Bastardy Records, 1880 - 1896," Darlington Flag, Summer 1996, Volume 8, Issue 3, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

1897-1901 "Town of Darlington Birth Register, 1897 - 1901," Published in the "Darlington Flag," Fall, 2013, Volume 25, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551-0175.

1899 - 1905, "Darlington Bastardy Records, 1899 - 1905," Darlington Flag, Fall 1996, Volume 8, Issue 4, Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, P.O. Box 175, Hartsville, SC 29551.

Marriage

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Darlington County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.  See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • Extracts from Darlington, South Carolina Newspapers by Robert M. DeFee [8] FHL Collection WorldCat - Index
  • 1851-1861 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington Flag: Miscellaneous Issues from 1851-1861 by Robert M. DeFee [9] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1860-1876 - Extracts from Darlington, South Carolina Newspapers: the Civil War and Reconstruction by Robert M. Defee and John L. Andress, Jr. [10] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1877-1879 - Genealogical Extracts from the Pee Dee Watchman, 1877-1878 the Darlington News, 1878-1879 by Robert M. DeFee [11] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1885-1889 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington News, 1885-1889 by Robert M. DeFee [12] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1890-1894 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington Herald, July 16, 1890 through November 2, 1894 by Robert M. DeFee [13] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1890-1895 - Deaths and Marriages from the Darlington News, 1890-1895 [14] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1911-1950 - Darlington County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses,1911-1950 [15] FHL Collection - records only
  • 1941-1973 - Darlington County, South Carolina Marriage Registers, 1941-1973 [16] FHL Collection - index and records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in  some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
Death

State-wide death registration began in 1915.  For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Darlington County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • Extracts from Darlington, South Carolina Newspapers by Robert M. DeFee [17] FHL Collection WorldCat - Index
  • 1851-1861 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington Flag: Miscellaneous Issues from 1851-1861 by Robert M. DeFee [18] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1860-1876 - Extracts from Darlington, South Carolina Newspapers: the Civil War and Reconstruction by Robert M. Defee and John L. Andrews, Jr. [19] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1877-1879 - Genealogical Extracts from the Pee Dee Watchman, 1877-1878 and the Darlington News, 1878-1879 by Robert M. DeFee [20] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1885-1889 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington News, 1885-1889 by Robert M. DeFee [21] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1890-1894 - Genealogical Extracts from the Darlington Herald, July 16, 1890 through November 2, 1894 by Robert M. DeFee [22] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1890-1895 - Deaths and Marriages from the Darlington News, 1890-1895 [23] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.


Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Darlington County Library System
The Darlington County Library System operates four branches with the administration offices located in Darlington.

  • Darlington Library 
    Address:
    204 N. Main St.
    Darlington, SC 29532
    Phone: (843) 398-4940
    Fax: (843) 398-4942
    Hours: Monday -Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm

  • Hartsville Library 
    Address
    :
    147 W. College Ave.
    Hartsville, SC 29550
    Phone: (843) 332-5115
    Fax: (843) 332-7071
    Hours: Monday -Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm 

  • Lamar Library 
    Address:
    103 East Main St.
    Lamar, SC 29069
    Phone: (843) 326-5524
    Fax: (843) 326-7302
    Hours: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm, Friday - 10 am - 5 pm,Saturday 10 am - 2 pm

  • Society Hill Library
    Address:
    473 S. Main St.
    Society Hill, SC 29593
    Phone: (843) 378-0026
    Fax: (843) 378-0026
    Hours: Monday-Thursday 12:00 - 2:30pm - 3pm 8pm, Friday 12:00 - 2:30pm - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage 

Old Darlington Chapter SCGS
P.O. Box 175
Hartsville SC 29551-1075

Hartsville Genealogical Research Library

(Physical address) 114 South 4th Street

Hartsville, SC

(Mailing Address) P.O. Box 175
Hartsville SC 29551
Source: Society Hill

Darlington County Historical Commission
204 Hewitt Street
Darlington SC 29532
843-398-4710
Contact: DCHC1968J@Juno.com

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Darlington County, South Carolina

References

  1. Workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Names (The Reprint Company: Spartanburg, S.C., 1975) 13-14.
  2. "Darlington County" (http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/darlington_county_sc.html : accessed 21 April 2011).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
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