Charleston County, South Carolina

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April 7, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc004.htm Charleston Harbor I]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc004.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August 2012)</ref> also known as Fort Sumter <br>  
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*September 7-8, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc009.htm Charleston Harbor II]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc009.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August 2012)</ref> also known as Battery Gregg, Fort Wagner, Morris Island, Fort Sumter<br>
  
 
[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/SCmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in South Carolina<br>
 
[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/SCmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in South Carolina<br>

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

  • From 1800 to 1868 this Charleston County was also known by the alias Charleston District.
  • Not to be confused with the overarching Charleston District that existed from 1768 to 1800.
  • Not to be confused with the much smaller Charleston (1785-1791) County abolished in 1791.
Charleston County Resources
Charleston County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Charleston 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 1769
County Seat Charleston
Courthouse

Quick Dates

Charleston County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915   1790 1719  1671 
Note: City of Charleston birth and death records begin earlier. See Charleston County, South Carolina Vital Records.

County Courthouse

800px-Charleston County Courthouse HABS 1940.jpg
 

Charleston County Courthouse
4050 Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-740-0801

Charleston County Probate Court
100 Broad St., Suite 381
Charleston, SC 29401-5030
Phone: 843-958-4030

Charleston County Register Mesne Conveyance
101 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401-2249
Phone: 843-958-4800

Charleston County Clerk of Court
100 Broad St., Suite 106
Charleston, SC 29401-2258
Phone: 843-958-5000

Historical Facts

King Charles II of England (1630-1685)
Charleston District/County was first established in 1769 as Judicial District. Charleston County is the home to the city of Charleston (originally Charles Towne) which was first settled in 1670 by British and Africans from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Charleston was originally named in honor of King Charles II of England (1630-1685).[1]

Charleston County of 1785 was small and it was abolished in 1791. The current Charleston County was created in 1800 when the Charleston County/District name was used again for a much larger county/district. This "version" was altered in 1878, by carving out the new Berkeley County. In 1897 Dorchester County was carved out, leaving the current boundaries of Charleston County.[2]

Learn more about the history of Charleston County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1769 - Charleston District created as one of seven original districts.
  • 1785 - Charleston divided into Berkeley, Bartholomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington Counties, which never became functional.
  • 1800 - Non-functional counties of Berkeley, Barhtolomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington were abolished and Charleston returned to its status as a district. Colleton District created from Charleston (covering different boundaries than the non-functional Colleton County).
  • 1868 - Charleston and all other districts became counties.
  • 1882 - Berkeley created from Charleston County.
  • 1893 - Charleston gained from Berkeley County.
  • 1911 - Charleston gained from Colleton County.
  • 1921 - Charleston gained from Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
  • 1975 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.
  • 1987 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.

Even though Charleston's jurisdictional names have changed many times over the years, for the Colonial Period (1670-1776), the changes really did not affect record keeping. Most of the colony's public records were kept in the City of Charleston up through the year 1785.[3]

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

County Seat

The county seat of Charleston County is Charleston (originally Charles Town) which was founded in 1670 and is the oldest settlement in South Carolina.[4]

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[5]

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles was fought in Charleston County

Map showing Civil War battles in South Carolina

Variant Spellings

  • Charles Town

Record Loss

Official negligence in the 1830s destroyed a large quantity of loose records of the court of general sessions. Northern "tourists," many of whom were members of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's congregation from Brooklyn, New York, looted other material from both public and private repositories in Charleston  in April 1865. Loose probate papers were apparently destroyed in Columbia in February 1865.

Probate

Taxation

1.  1732 Assessments of St. ul's Parish, Edisto Island South Carolina Pioneers

2.  Charleston sidents who applied for Florida Land Grants in 1767 (record filed in the Scottish Land Office) South Carolina Pioneers


Family History Centers

Websites

References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/%7C"Charleston and Charleston County History"
  2. A History of Charleston County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Charleston_county_sc.html (accessed 5 May 2011).
  3. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.
  4. South Carolina State Library, "Charleston County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/charleston-county : accessed 13 Apr 2011).
  5. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August 2012)