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Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the Church of England (also called the Anglican Church, and later the Protestant Episcopal Church). Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. South Carolina's "Anglican parishes were also used as election districts and had responsibility for road development, care of the poor, and education."[1]

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Founded

Christ Church Parish (Mount Pleasant, Charleston, SC) was officially created in 1706 as an original colonial parish from the northeast coastal part of Berkeley (1682-1768) County.[2]

Boundary

Borders: St. Michael's, St. Philip's, and St. Thomas & St. Denis parishes. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at Carolana.com.

Areas Served: Christ Church Parish served:

Modern equivalent: The original parish covered part of what is present-day Charleston County.[2]

Resources

Cemetery

  • Gregorie, Anne King. "Cemetery Inscriptions from Christ Church Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Apr. 1920):73-76; Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul., 1920):132-135. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Select graves are photographed and transcribed at Find A Grave.

The cemetery records for the Independent or Congregational Church at Wappetaw have also been transcribed:

  • "Inscriptions from the Church Yard of the Independent or Congregational Church at Wappetaw, Christ Church Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul. 1924):136-142. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Census

Genealogy

  • [Bond] Webber, Mabel L. "The Bond Family of Hobcaw Plantation, Christ Church Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Jan. 1924):1-22. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Bond] "Corrections: The Bond Family of Hobcaw Plantation, Christ Church Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul. 1924):158. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish History

  • Gregorie, Anne King. Christ Church, 1706-1959, A Plantation Parish of the South Carolina Establishment. Charleston, S.C.: The Dalcho Historical Society, 1961.

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 7, Christ Church Parish, pages 275-283, in:

  • Dalcho, Frederick. An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina from the First Settlement of the Province, to the War of the Revolution; with Notices of the Present State of the Church in Each Parish and Some Account of the Early Civil History of Carolina, Never Before Published. Charleston: E. Thayer, 1820. FHL Film 22657; digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive.

Parish Records

In the 1950s, the parish held its registers at the church. The records begin in 1694. Copies: FHL Films 22741 Item 4, 23438. Births and christenings are indexed on the IGI for the years 1694 to 1843.[3] Abstracts have also been published:

Taxation

  • [1784] "1784 Tax Returns," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Summer 1975):178-182. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 3
  • [1786] "1786 Tax Returns," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Winter 1980):27-28.  FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 8

Websites

References

  1. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_districts_parishes_1770.html (accessed 11 May 2011).
  3. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department. Christ Church Parish, Charleston, South Carolina Computer Printout; Births or Christenings, 1694-1843. FHL Film 1001815 Item 7

 

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