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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Abbeville County

Abbeville 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: 34.23°0′N 82.45°0′W / 34.23°N 82.45°W / 34.23; -82.45

Abbeville County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Abbeville County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 12, 1785
County Seat Abbeville
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Abbeville County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915 1911 1915 1790 1873 1782

County Courthouse

AbbevilleSC.jpg

Abbeville County Courthouse
201 Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620-2452
Phone: 864-366-5312

Abbeville County Probate Court
102 Courthouse Court Square, Rm.102
P.O. Box 70
Abbeville, SC 29620
Phone: 864-366-5312 Ext. 62
Fax: 864-366-4023
Marriage and Probate records

Abbeville Register of Deeds
102 Courthouse Court Square
Abbeville, South Carolina 29620
Phone: 864-366-5312
Land records

Abbeville County Clerk of Court
102 Courthouse Court Square, Rm. 103
P.O. Box 99
Abbeville, South Carolina 29620
Phone: 864-366-5312
Fax: 864-366-9188
General Sessions and Common Pleas court records.

Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Historical Facts

Abbeville County takes its name from the town of Abbeville, which was named by Huguenot settler Dr. John de la Howe in honor of his home, Abbeville, France. [1] Abbeville County was settled heavily by Scots-Irish settlers who migrated from Pennsylvania along the Great Wagon Road. [2] Learn more about the history of Abbeville County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

When Abbeville was created from the old Ninety-Six District in 1785, it inherited the former district's record collection. [3]

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1785 - Thirty-three counties were created within existing South Carolina Districts. Abbeville County was created within Ninety-Six District.
  • 1800 - Abbeville was re-christened a district and Ninety-Six District was abolished.[4]
  • 1868 - Abbeville and all other districts became counties.
  • 1897 - Greenwood County was created from Abbeville and Edgefield Counties.
  • 1898 - Greenwood County gained from Abbeville and Edgefield Counties.
  • 1916 - McCormick County was created from Abbeville, Greenwood, and Edgefield Counties.

For more information as well as maps of Abbeville County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or South Carolina County Maps and Atlases.

County Seat

The county seat of Abbeville County is Abbeville.

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken[5]

Record Loss

Fires in January and November of 1872 and January 1873 destroyed virtually all records except those of the probate and equity courts.

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

Research Guides

Books

  • 150 Years Later, Collier, Melvin J., pub. 2011. Available here: 150 Years Later.  This resource will be very useful for identifying research techniques and historical documentation available for discovering ancestors who were former slaves and former slaveholders.  Specific resources often overlooked are cited and are useful for research in Abbeville County, SC.  Methods for identifying ancestors migrating to Mississippi prior to 1865 have also been cited. 

African Americans

United States African Americans go to South Carolina African Americans

  • Fair, Robert A. Our Slaves Should Have the Bible: An Address Delivered Before the Abbeville Bible Society, At Its Anniversary, July, 1854 by Robert A. Fair, Esq., Abbeville, S.C. , pub. 1854. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • Heinegg, Paul. "'Other Free' Heads of Household in the 1790 South Carolina Census, by County," Free African Americans.com. [Includes free blacks in Abbeville County.]
  • Will of George Galphin. Typescript, 2002. FHL fiche 6004787 [Chiefly the will of George Galphin of Abbeville, South Carolina. He gave all the legatees listed in his will their freedom and discharged them from all manner of slavery and bondage. He also left items to family members living in Ireland.]
  • In Those Days is an oral history from elderly African Americans in Elbert County, Georgia, and Abbeville County, South Carolina.

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Broadway
  • Cedar Hill
  • Cherry Hill
  • Clover Hill
  • Cotton Hill
  • Ellington
  • Lochaber (at Long Cane)
  • Millwood (at Calhoun Falls)
  • Orange Hill
  • Rocky Grove
  • Vienna (at Mount Carmel)

Biography

Cemeteries

There are more than 120 burial grounds in the county.

To view a list, see Abbeville County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

Federal

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 9,197
1800 13,553 47.4%
1810 21,156 56.1%
1820 23,167 9.5%
1830 28,149 21.5%
1840 29,351 4.3%
1850 32,318 10.1%
1860 32,385 0.2%
1870 31,129 −3.9%
1880 40,815 31.1%
1890 46,854 14.8%
1900 33,400 −28.7%
1910 34,804 4.2%
1920 27,139 −22.0%
1930 23,323 −14.1%
1940 22,931 −1.7%
1950 22,456 −2.1%
1960 21,417 −4.6%
1970 21,112 −1.4%
1980 22,627 7.2%
1990 23,862 5.5%
2000 26,167 9.7%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Abbeville 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 Abbeville County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1779
1800
  • Ware, Lowry P. The Second Census of the United States, 1800, Abbeville District, South Carolina. 1972. FHL 975.735 X2w 1800
1810
  • Pursley, Larry E. Federal Census of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1810-1840. pub. 2006. FHL Book 975.735 X22p
1820
  • Pursley, Larry E. Federal Census of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1810-1840. pub. 2006. FHL Book 975.735 X22p
1820 Manufactures

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

Published abstract:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. pub. 1920; reprint 1977. FHL Book 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. [Includes this county.]
1830
  • Pursley, Larry E. Federal Census of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1810-1840. pub. 2006. FHL Book 975.735 X22p
1840
  • Pursley, Larry E. Federal Census of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1810-1840. pub. 2006. FHL Book 975.735 X22p
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. pub. 1841. FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840 and film 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Abbeville District on page 142.]
1850
  • Lawrence, Harold. The 1850 Census of Abbeville District, South Carolina. pub. 1981. FHL 975.735 X28L 1850
1860
1890

For 1890, see: United States Census 1890.

Churches

Baptist

South Carolina Baptist Historical Collection
James B. Duke Library
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SouthCarolina 29613-0600
Phone: (864) 294-2194
Fax: (864) 294-2194

Methodist

United Methodist Archives and History Center of the United Methodist Church
Located on the campus of Drew Universtiy, Madison, New Jersey.


The Inventory of (SC) Church Archives 1937-1939 is available for free online, courtesy: South Caroliniana Library. Abbeville County's W.P.A. reports are included.

Abbeville County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

Presbyterian

  • The Constitution and Bye Laws, of the Upper Long-Cane Society of Abbeville District. Abbeville, S.C.: John Taggart, 1832. Digital version at Internet Archive.

Court Records

DNA

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

Peter Lee (African American) b. ca 1810 SC

John Thomas Black b. 1870 Anderson Co, SC - d. ca 1958 Abbeville Co, SC

Genealogy

More than 100 genealogies have been published about Abbeville County families. To view a list, visit Abbeville County, South Carolina Genealogy.

History

  • Davis, Mary Katherine. "The Feather Bed Aristocracy: Abbeville District in the 1790s," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 80, No. 2 (Apr. 1979):136-155. FHL Book 975.7 B2s v. 80 (1979); digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Carlisle, H. Arnett. The History of Lowndesville, S.C. (Danielsville, Georgia: Heritage Papers, c1987), 414 pages. Includes biographies, military history, cemeteries and the following census information: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910. Book found at WorldCat 18557351, FHL Book 975.735/L1 H2c

Immigration

  • Moragne, W.C. An Address, Delivered at New Bordeaux, Abbeville District, S.C., November 15, 1854, on the 90th Anniversary of the Arrival of the French Protestants at that Place. James Phynney, 1857. Digital version at Google Books.
  • Porter, H. Leonard. Destiny of the Scotch-Irish: An Account of a Migration from Ballybay, Ireland to Washington County, New York; Abbeville District, South Carolina; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Preble County, Ohio; Randolph County, Illinois and the Central Illinois Prairie, 1720-1853. 1985. FHL Book 973 W2po

Early migration routes to and from Abbeville County for European settlers included: [6]

Land and Property

  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Deed Books

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 Abbeville County:

Tracing Land Currently in Abbeville County with Parent Counties and Districts [7]
Date Government Office
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
1719-1769 Charleston District
1769-1800 Abbeville County (old) Records Lost *
1800-1865 Abbeville District Records Lost *
1868-1873 Abbeville County Records Lost*
1873-present Abbeville County

*Deeds burned in 1873 while in storage

** Records of Pendleton/Anderson County should also be checked

Maps

Abbeville County Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina (South Carolina Digital Collections)

Topographical Maps of Abbeville County, South Carolina, 1888-1975 (South Carolina Digital Collections)

Military History and Records

General

Revolutionary War

  • "Battle of Cedar Springs," Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History,Feb 2006 Volume 20, Issue 1. Piedmont Historical Society: Spartansburg, SC. Revolutionary war history.
  • "Revolutionary war pensions, B", Genealogical Roots and Branches, August 1989, Volume 10, Issue 7. Old Ninety-Six Chapter, SCGS: Greenwood, SC.
  • "Pension records, Revolutionary War," Genealogical Roots and Branches, November 1987, Volume 8, Issue 9. Old Ninety-Six Chapter, SCGS : Greenwood, SC.
  • "Revolutionary pension records," Genealogical Roots and Branches, October 1987, Volume 8, Issue 8. Old Ninety-Six Chapter, SCGS: Greenwood, SC.
  • "Soldiers killed, 1788," Carolina Genealogist, Winter 1977, Issue 29. Heritage Papers: Danielsville, Georgia. FHL Book 975 B2cg no. 19-32. Indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) under CRGN.
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. FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Abbeville County, p. 181. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

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

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company B
- Company G
- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company A
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery
- Company A - (also known as Calhoun's Battery; Sumter Light Artillery, Sumter Battery, Preston's Battery, Blake's Battery and other name variations of these
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company A - (also known as M. T. Owens Cavalry and Albemarle, South Carolina Cavalry, and Abbeville Troop) - many men from Abbeville District (County)
- Company G - (also known as L. J. Johnson's Cavalry)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (6 months, 1861)
- Company D - (also known as the Abbeville Volunteers)
- 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 H - (also known as Haskell's Rifle Corps)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)
- Company F
- Company G
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Rifles (Orr's)
- Company B (also known as Abbeville Minutemen or McDuffie Guards
- Company E (also known as Oconee Riflemen or Oconee Rifles)
- Company G (also known as Marshall Riflemen)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops
- Company F
- Company I
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company A (also known as M. T. Owens Cavalry and Albemarle, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company G (also known as L. J. Johnson's Cavalry)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company G (also known as Bonham's Light Dragoons and Lipscomb's Troop)
- Company I (also known as the Edgefield Hussars or formerly known as Company A, Cavalry Battalion, Hampton Legion, and the Edgefield Dragoons)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment)
- Company F (also known as Secession Guard)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles
- Company A
- Company F
- Company K
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Lauren's) (James')
- Company A
- Company D
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion)
- Company F (also known as the Chestnut Light Artillery)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company F
- 4th Battalion, South Carolina Reserve
- Company B
- Company F
- 5th Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company A
- Company F
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)
- Company A
- Company G
- Company H
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers)
- Company A
- Company B
- Company C
- Company G
- Company H
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Militia
- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Nelson's) (Enfield Rifles)
- Company H
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry ,
- Company G
- 14th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company G
- Company I
- 15th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company K
- 16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry,
- Company A
- Company B
- Company C
- Company G
- 19th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company G
- Company H
- Company I
- 24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company F


  • Ingram, Virginia. Confederate Veterans of Abbeville County [S.C.] from the Enrollment Books Taken About 1902. All Civil War veterans of Abbeville County are listed first by township & then Alphabetically by veteran's surname. WorldCat 43499609, FHL 975.735 M22i
  • Carlisle, H. Arnett, The History of Lowndesville, S.C. Includes biographies, military history, cemeteries and the following census information: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910. Civil War pages 2, 14, 121 & 136. WorldCat 18557351, FHL 975.735/L1 H2c
  • South Carolina. County Court. County Enrollment Book [of] Confederate Veterans; List of Widows, 1929. Arranged by surname in alphabetical order. FHL Film 181613
  • Abbeville County Courthouse. Distribution of the State Pension Fund in Abbeville County, South Carolina for 1916-1956.. FHL microfilm 181614

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Abbeville 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.

Current

Periodicals

See: Periodicals for description.

Probate Records

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.”[8] 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 State Probate Records.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has holdings of 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.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Abbeville wills and probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

Additional Abbeville County probate records include:

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

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 Abbeville 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.

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 Abbeville 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

  • 1774-1890 - 7500 Marriages from Ninety-Six and Abbeville District, S.C., 1774-1890, by Larry E. Pursley[9] WorldCat 46423221,FHL Collection - index
  • 1777-1852 - Abbeville District, South Carolina, 1777-1852 by Silas Emmett Lucas[10] FHL Collection, WorldCat 5800325 - index
  • 1777-1852 - Abbeville District, South Carolina Marriages, 1777-1852 by Pauline Young.[11] FHL Collection - index; these marriages are taken from old wills, equity records, etc.
  • 1780-1879 - Abbeville County Marriages, 1780-1879, Implied in Abbeville County, South Carolina Equity Records by Barbara R. Langdon[12] WorldCat 30758674, FHL Collection - index
  • 1846-1860 - Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 by E. Don Herd [13] WorldCat 6867370, FHL Collection - index
  • 1911-1951 - Abbeville County, South Carolina Marriage Registers and Licenses,1911-1951 [14] 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 Abbeville 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

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Abbeville County Libraries

  • Abbeville County Library
    203 South Main Street
    Abbeville, SC
    Telephone: 864-459-4009
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday. Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Abbeville County Library system has a main county library and two branches. The county library has the largest collection of genealogical material, though the branches also have helpful material. The County Library has books, name files, old newspapers, and microfilm. The library system has an online catalog which is shared by three other counties. You can search for specific items in the search box at the top of the screen. Or you can brows the collection by clicking the starred Search tab, then limiting your search results to the genealogy collection. At the Reference tab there are a number of genealogy resources you can search.

The Abbeville County Library system is on Facebook

For Genealogy Requests - please email genealogy@abbevillecounty.org including some background and specific information you are seeking. Genealogy volunteers will search for your information and respond directly to you.


The McCain Library at Erskine College has records helpful to genealogists. The Archive and Special Collections located in Ried Hall serves as a central location for preserving and accessing records relating to the intertwined histories of Erskine College, Erskine Theological Seminary, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Abbeville County, South Carolina. The genealogical collection contains information on persons having connections to any or all of these institutions and locations, as well as general resources for those doing family history research. There are census records, diaries and family histories, local newspapers, and more.It includes the Miller-Henry Family History Center and the Woffard E. Baldwin Reading Room. The Library also has a Government documents section. The archival research and photocopying policies are available online.

Erskine College maintains a searchable database of periodical subscriptions owned by Piedmont Technical College, Lander University, Erskine College, Greenwood County Library, and the libraries at the Greenwood Genetics Center and Self Regional Healthcare. You will be able to search for periodical holdings by title and limit your search by location.

The Archivist is available Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon, or by special appointment. To Contact the Archivist:
Phone: 864-379-8763 or 864-379-6576
Fax: 864.379.2900
E-mail: ebrawley@erskine.edu
Mailing Address:
Edith Brawley, McCain Library,
Erskine College and Seminary
P.O. Box 188
One Depot Street (for FedEx and UPS)
Due West, SC 29639

South Carolina Digital Library - scroll down for Abbeville's online collections .

The South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) is a collaborative effort that includes South Carolina’s schools, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. It includes resources for ageds kindergarten through adult. Its mission is to create, maintain, and promote digital collections that represent South Carolina's historical and cultural resources. It also seeks to enhance the overall education and scholarship of South Carolina's citizens by coordinating free and unlicensed access to these digital collections through a central web presence.

Abbeville County Museums

  • Abbeville County Museum
    Address:
    Popular and Cherry Streets
    Abbeville, SC 29620
    Telephone: 864 366 6525 or 864-459-4600
    The Abbeville County Museum is part of a collection of historic sites in the Old 96 District that includes Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, and McCormick counties.
  • For a list of Abbeville and other South Carolina museums, Click here.

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

The Old 96 Chapter includes Greenwood, Abbeville and parts of Edgefield and McCormick counties.

Family History Centers


Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Abbeville 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) 11.
  2. Edgar, Walter, South Carolina: A History (University of South Carolina Press: Columbia, South Carolina, 1998) 56.
  3. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.
  4. South Carolina State Library, South Carolina Counties (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/sc-counties : accessed 7 Apr 2011).
  5. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
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  7. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
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