Chesterfield County, South Carolina

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Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.&nbsp; See [[South Carolina Newspapers|South Carolina Newspapers<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1298405881726_699" />]].  
 
Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.&nbsp; See [[South Carolina Newspapers|South Carolina Newspapers<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1298405881726_699" />]].  
  
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*'''1840-1920: '''''The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed'' by Aaron W. Knight <ref>Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].</ref> {{FHL|816922|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/diary-of-aaron-w-knight-a-collection-of-marriages-and-deaths-1840-1920-chesterfield-county-sc/oclc/40059025 WorldCat] - index  
 
*'''1840-1920: '''''The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed'' by Aaron W. Knight <ref>Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].</ref> {{FHL|816922|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/diary-of-aaron-w-knight-a-collection-of-marriages-and-deaths-1840-1920-chesterfield-county-sc/oclc/40059025 WorldCat] - index  
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State-wide death registration began in 1915.&nbsp;&nbsp;For a copy of the death certificates from 1915&nbsp;or later,&nbsp;contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health]. The Chesterfield County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.&nbsp; For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.  
 
State-wide death registration began in 1915.&nbsp;&nbsp;For a copy of the death certificates from 1915&nbsp;or later,&nbsp;contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health]. The Chesterfield County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.&nbsp; For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.  
  
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*'''1840-1920: '''''The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed'' by Aaron W. Knight <ref>Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].</ref> {{FHL|816922|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/diary-of-aaron-w-knight-a-collection-of-marriages-and-deaths-1840-1920-chesterfield-county-sc/oclc/40059025 WorldCat] - index  
 
*'''1840-1920: '''''The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed'' by Aaron W. Knight <ref>Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].</ref> {{FHL|816922|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/diary-of-aaron-w-knight-a-collection-of-marriages-and-deaths-1840-1920-chesterfield-county-sc/oclc/40059025 WorldCat] - index  

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


Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chesterfield 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 1798
County Seat Chesterfield
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Chesterfield County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911   1915 1800  1861   1865

County Courthouse

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Chesterfield County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709

Chesterfield County Clerk of Court
Courthouse, 200 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 529
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: 843-623-2574
Court records and deeds

Chesterfield County Probate Court
Courthouse, 200 West Main Street
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: 843-623-2376

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

History

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)
The county is named after British statesman Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773).[1]

Parent County

1798--Chesterfield County was created in 1798 from Cheraws District.
County seat: Chesterfield [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

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  • Pre-Civil War land records are lost
  • Pre-Civil War probate records are lost

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Angelus Dudley Kimberly Pageland
Bay Springs Evans Mill Laneys (hist.) Patrick
Bethesda Excelsior (hist.) Lees Crossroads  Rivers (hist.)
Brocks Mill Fisher Hill Mangums (hist.) Ruby
Campbell Crossroads Gillespie (hist.) Maysville Shiloh
Cash Green Hill McBee Tabernacle (hist.)
Catarrh Hornsboro McKennon Thompsons (hist.)
Catoe (hist.) Hunts Mill McNeils (hist.) Wexford
Cheraw Hunts Spring (hist.) Middendorf
Chesterfield Jefferson Montrose
Crowburg Junction (hist.) Mount Croghan

Neighboring Counties

Anson County, North Carolina | Darlington | Kershaw | Lancaster | Lee | Marlboro | Richmond County, North Carolina | Union County, North Carolina

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

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Cemeteries

There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Chesterfield County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1800
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services and James C. Pigg. 1790 Cheraw District & 1800, 1810 Chesterfield County, S.C. Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.7 X2c
  • King, Walter. The Second Federal Census, South Carolina, Chesterfield County. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1800 
1810
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services and James C. Pigg. 1790 Cheraw District & 1800, 1810 Chesterfield County, S.C. Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.7 X2c
1820
  • Thomas, Elizabeth Wood. 1820 Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Pass Christian, Miss.: Willo Institute of Genealogy, 1967. FHL Collection 975.763 B4t
  • Pigg, James C. 1820 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1996. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 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
  • Pigg, James C. 1830 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1995. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1830 
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, Chesterfield District on page 144.]
1850 Agriculture
  • Pigg, James C. 1850 Federal Agricultural Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 1996. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1850 
1850-1880 Mortality Schedules
  • Pigg, James C. Mortality Schedule, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1995. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1850-1880
1860
  • Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Services. 1860 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: Chesterfield County, S.C. Geneal. Services, J.C. Pigg, 1998. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1860
1870
  • Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Services. 1870 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.763 X2f 1870

Church

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

Church of England (Anglican, Episcopal)

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Court

DNA

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

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Chesterfield, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 entries.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

  • Historical Society of Chesterfield County. Book Committee. The Heritage of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 2004. FHL 975.763 H2h

Message Boards

Bibliography

  • [Allen] Allen--Osborn--Alley, and Connected Families, Census Records, 1850-1870. MSS., 1937. FHL Film 1597818 Item 8.
  • [Blakeney] Stringer, Mildred E. Blakeney, Stringer, Ware [and] Brinson, Heidleberg, McClammy. n.p.: M.E. Stringer, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 2698.
  • [Boan] Melton, E. Frank. Descendants of Daniel Boan, Born ca. 1765 Ireland. Hartsville, S.C.: Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, 2003. FHL Book 929.273 B63me.
  • [Buchanan] [to Alexander Henry Buchanan]," The Carolina Herald and Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan./Mar. 2005). FHL Book 975.7 B2c v. 33-34; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Bustin] Bustin, Larry. The Family History of George Washington Bustin. Laurel, Miss.: L. Bustin, 1979?. FHL Book 929.273 B969b.
  • [Cochran] Cochran, Wayne E. T. Cochran Family. LaGrange, Ga.: T. Cochran, 199-. FHL Book 929.273 C643cw.
  • [Eddins] Rivers, Minnie Lee Sanders and Sharon F. Corey. Descendants of Nehemiah and Bedie Eddins, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Mt. Croghan, S.C.: S.F. Corey, 2000. FHL 929.273 Ed23r Originally published 1926.
  • [Ellis] Raymond, Charles E. Journey into the Past with Reverend John Ellis and Catherine McCraney: of Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Darlington District, South Carolina, Conecuh County, Alabama and Wilcox County, Alabama. Murrieta, Calif.: C.E. Raymond, 2006. FHL 929.273 EL59rc; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Eubanks] Jay, Ella Mae Eubanks. Eubanks, a Brief Historical and Genealogical Record. Meridian, Miss.: E.M.E. Jay, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 3941.
  • [Ford] Patillo, Edward. "Ford of the Low Country," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Reseach, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Spring 2004):63-72; Vol. 32, No. 3 (Summer 2004):133-142; Vol. 33, No. 1 (Winter 2005):44-52. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32-33
  • [Graves] Graves, Kenneth Vance. Robert Graves of Anson County, N. C. and Chesterfield County, S. C., Ancestors and Descendants (ca. 1580-1979) a Branch of the Descendants of Capt. Thomas Graves, 1608 Immigrant to Jamestown, Va.; Allied Families Include Austin, Bagley, Davis, Dunn, Guy, Pyle, Reeves, Sholars, Slater, Smith, Wallis, Ward, Weisinger and Others. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1980. FHL 929.273 G787g
  • [Hendrick] Hendrix, GeLee Corley. "Benjamin Hendrick (1730-1818) of Virginia and Carolina and Some of His Descendants," The American Genealogist, Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan. 1990):44-53. FHL 973 D25aga
  • [Holifield] Daniel, Harland H. Two Hundred and One Years: This Book is Memories and History of John Holifield Family. 1972? FHL Book 929.273 H717a.
  • [Hough] Geren, Emmie Hough. Hough Family (a Louisiana Family). Typescript, 1939-1952. FHL Film 1697429 Item 4; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Hough] Hough, Granville W. Some Descendants of Needham and Rebecca Hough of SC, NC, GA & AL. Laguna Hills, Calif.: G.W. Hough, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 7327.
  • [Jackson] Garner, Linda. Our Jackson Family: Descendants of Jesse & Delilah Jackson. Box Springs, Ga.: L. Garner, 1982, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 J135g.
  • [Jones] Jones, Hazel Parker. The History of the Samuel Jones Family, Kershaw County, S.C. 1756-1960, Including Allied Families. Kershaw, S.C.: H.P. Jones, 1961. FHL Film 1697619 Item 5.
  • [Jones] Jones, Hazel Parker. Book Two of the Samuel Jones Family, Kershaw County, S.C., 1756-1979: Including Allied Families. Kershaw, S.C.: H.P. Jones, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 J725j 1979.
  • [Knotts] Knotts, Burton Ray. Knotts & Walrond Families of Randolph County, Arkansas. Little Rock, Ark.: B.R. Knotts, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 K759k.
  • [Lowry] Wiggins, Marie Gulledge. "Lowry Family of Chesterfield Co., S.C.," Wiggins Genealogical Collection, MSS. Microfilmed 1990: FHL Film 1597762 Item 3.
  • [McFarland] McFarland Family Records, 1755-1830. MSS. Microfilmed 1972: FHL Film 893741 Item 2.
  • [McRae] Walker, Anne Kendrick. The Storied Kendalls; with Historical and Genealogical Records of Scottish and Allied Families. Richmond, Va.: Dietz Press, 1947. FHL Film 1321266 Item 2.
  • [Murphy] Murphy, Joseph Albert. Murphy: Genealogy. 2003. FHL Book 929.273 M954mja.
  • [Newman] Kewman, Kenneth L. Loose Ends: Some Newman Families. Jacksonville, Ala.: K.L. Newman, 1991? FHL Book 929.273 N462nkL.
  • [Pate] Scarborough, Eleazer Pate. Pate History and Genealogy. Florence, S.C.: E.P. Scarborough, [1987?]. FHL Book 929.273 P271s.
  • [Pigg] Pigg, James C. Antecedents and Descendants of Rev. Edward Pigg. Hartsville, S.C.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Darlington District Chapter, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 P624p.
  • [Raley] Raley, William Lindsay. The Fabric of a Family: Some Ancestors and Descendants of William Charlie Raley, Julius Goodrich Hollister, John Lindsay Lowry and Michael Miller. Winter Haven, Fla.: W.L. Raley, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 R138r.
  • [Reid] Reid, John Sharp. Family History, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Anson County, North Carolina. Typescript. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 873454 Item 5.
  • [Riley] [to Alexander Henry Buchanan]," The Carolina Herald and Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan./Mar. 2005). FHL Book 975.7 B2c v. 33-34; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Rivers] Seymour, Geneva Bailey. Rivers - Eudy - Seymour. Lubbock, Texas: G.B. Seymour, 1981. FHL Book 929.273 R524s.
  • [Rivers] Purvis, Charles Lee and Betty Lee Johnson. Descendants of William Rivers: Born about 1718 in England; Died before 1790, Chesterfield Co., SC. Ogden, Utah: C.L. Johnson and B.L. Johnson, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 R524p
  • [Rivers] Purvis, Charles Lee. The Descendants of Isaac Rivers 1735-1999. Thomasville, N.C.: C.L. Purvis, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 R524pc.
  • [Roberson] Derhak, Pauline McConkie, Jennis McConkie Betts and Sandra Estes Allen. John Newton Roberson, 1843-1915, and Martha Ann Davenport, 1843-1931, and Their Ancestors. 2 vols. West Valley City, Utah: Jennies Family Histories, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 R54d v. 1 - v. 2.
  • [Sellers] Pigg, James C. Descendants of Hardy Sellers. Hartsville, S.C.: Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 Se48pj.
  • [Shelby] Johnson, Johnnie Mullinax. Rees and Mary Shelby: Ancestors & Descendants. Athens, Texas: J.M. Johnson, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 Sh43jj
  • [Turnage] Turnage, Wynne Edwards. Descendants of Isaac W. Turnage [and] William George Turnage, Olean Payne Turnage, Sr. Austin, Texas: W.E. Turnage, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 T849tw.
  • [Welsh] Welch, Brian E. Welch Records in Sumter District and Other Areas of South Carolina. Columbia, S.C.: B.E. Welch, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 W442wb.
  • [Winfrey] Davidson, Grace Gillam. Dyonisius Oliver, Georgia's Pioneer Realtor. Newspaper clipping. Microfilmed 1960: FHL Film 209591 Item 8.


Land

Antebellum deed books do not survive.

Conveyance Books

The earliest surviving Chesterfield County conveyance book begins in 1861 and is kept at the county courthouse. It has been microfilmed: FHL Collection 1449103

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

  • Gardner, Miles. Further Tales of Murder and Mayhem : in Lancaster, Kershaw, and Chesterfield Counties  (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Company Publishers, c2006), 296 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 H2gm and Other Libraries.
  • Historical Society of Chesterfield County, Book Committee. The Heritage of Chesterfield County, South Carolina  (Knoxville, Tennessee : Tennessee Valley Pub., c2004 ), 374 pages. Includes: county & local Histories, organizations, schools, churches and many family histories. Book at FHL 975.763 H2h and Other Libraries
  • 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

Maps

Military

Revolutionary War
  • "Revolutionary war pensioners, 1841," Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin, November 1965, Volume 2, Issue 3. Carolinas Genealogical Society : Monroe, NC. FHL Collection Book 975 B2c.
  • Raymond, Charles E. Chesterfield District, South Carolina Genealogical Links : and Revolutionary War Pension Data (1786-2855). Temecula, California : C.E. Raymond, 2010. FHL Collection Book 975.763 D2r.
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 Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Chesterfield County, p. 183. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield County or from many of its men.

- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's)
- Company A (may have been known as Charleston Light Dragoons)
- Company B (also known as the Palmetto Rangers)
- 5th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Brown's), Company C

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Chesterfield 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

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:

  • Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin
  • Chesterfield District Chronicle

Probate

Cheraws District or Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865 and abstracts from the court of common pleas, 1823-1869. By James C. Pigg. FHL Book 975.763 P2pj

Chesterfield Coutny, South Carolina estate records, ca. 1865-1927. South Carolina, Probate Court. Microeproduction of original manuscripts at the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina. FHL Film 2134779

Indexed in: Chesterfield County, South Carolina index to estated papers, 18665-1977. South Carolina. Probate Court. FHL Film 1449104


Taxation

Extant tax records are identified in:

  • Inventory of Local Government Records in the Old Vault, Chesterfield District Chronicle, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter 2006).

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 Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to June 1950 and after October 2009. 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.

Marriage and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and records

  • 1840-1920: The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed by Aaron W. Knight [4] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1911-1951 - Chesterfield County, South Carolina Original Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951 [5] FHL Film 2168017 WorldCat - 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 Chesterfield County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Death and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • 1840-1920: The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed by Aaron W. Knight [6] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1910-1950 - Death Notices from Pageland Journal of Chesterfield County, SC 1910-1935 by James C. Pigg [7] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1915-1930 - Chesterfield County, South Carolina Death Certificates (caucasian) by James C. Pigg [8] FHL Collection  - records
  • 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

Libraries

Chesterfield County Library System includes the main Chesterfield County Library and four branches. Their catalog SClends is shared with the South Carolina State Library and a number of other county systems in the state.

Chesterfield County Library (HQ)
Address:
119 W. Main St.
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Telephone: (843) 623-7489
Fax: (843) 623-3295 )
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM,Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM
 

  • Matheson Memorial Library
    Address:
    227 Huger St.
    Cheraw, SC 29520
    Telephone: (843) 537-3571
    Fax: (843) 537-1248
    Hours: M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM

  • Pageland Community Library
    Address:
    109 West Blakeney St.
    Pageland, SC 29728
    Telephone: (843) 672-6930
    Fax: (843) 672-6670
    Hours: M-F 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM
  • McBee Depot Library
    Address:
    96 W. Pine Ave.
    McBee, SC 29101
    Telephone: (843) 335-7515
    Fax: (843) 335-6219
    Hours: T, Th 10:00AM-6:00PM

  • Fannie D. Lowry Memorial Library
    Address:
    500 N. Main St.
    Jefferson, SC 29718
    Telephone: (843) 658-3966
    (843) 658-6695
    Hours: M,W,F 12:00PM-6:00PM

Societies

Chesterfield District SCGS Chapter
P.O. Box 167
Chesterfield SC 29709-0167

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

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References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].
  5. South Carolina, Probate Court (Chesterfield County), Chesterfield County, South Carolina Original Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1999-2002.
  6. Knight, Aaron W., The Diary of Aaron W. Knight: a Collection of Marriages and Deaths, 1840-1920, Chesterfield County, S.C., Indexed, [S.l.: s.n., 1998?].
  7. Pigg, James C., Death notices from the Pageland journal of Chesterfield County, South Carolina,Tega Cay, South Carolina : J.C. and J.H. Pigg, c1996-c1997.
  8. Pigg, James C, Chesterfield County, South Carolina Death Certificates (caucasian), Tega Cay, SC: J.C. Pigg, c1996-c2000.