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Marlboro County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Marlboro County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1798
County Seat Bennettsville
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Marlboro County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1724  1915  1790  1786  1787 

County Courthouse

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Marlboro County Courthouse
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512

Clerk of Court
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Phone: 843-479-5613
Court and land records

Probate Judge
P.O. Box 455
Bennettsville, SC 29512-0455
Phone: 843-479-5610
Probate and marriage records

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

History

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722)
The county is named after John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722).[1]

Parent County

1798--Marlboro County was created in 1798 from Cheraws District.
County seat:  Bennettsville [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. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Variant Spellings

  • Marlborough[4]

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Adamsville Crossroads Clio Irby (hist.) Quick Crossroads
Bennettsville Drake Islay (hist.) Red Bluff
Blenheim Dunbar Lester Reedy Creek Springs (hist.)
Boykin Everetts (hist.) Little Mountain (hist.) Scott
Breeden Five Forks Marlboro Tatum
Bristow Fletcher McColl Wallace
Brownsville Fulton McInnis (hist.) Welsh Creek (hist.)
Burnt Factory (hist.) Genoa Monroe Crossroads
Chavistown Hicksons (hist.) Newtonville

Neighboring Counties

Anson County, North Carolina | Chesterfield | Darlington | Dillon | Florence | Richmond County, North Carolina | Robeson County, North Carolina | Scotland County, North Carolina

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

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Cemeteries

There are more than 100 burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Marlboro County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 10,706
1800 5,452 −49.1%
1810 4,966 −8.9%
1820 6,425 29.4%
1830 8,582 33.6%
1840 8,408 −2.0%
1850 10,789 28.3%
1860 12,434 15.2%
1870 11,814 −5.0%
1880 20,598 74.4%
1890 23,500 14.1%
1900 27,639 17.6%
1910 31,189 12.8%
1920 33,180 6.4%
1930 31,634 −4.7%
1940 33,281 5.2%
1950 31,766 −4.6%
1960 28,529 −10.2%
1970 27,151 −4.8%
1980 31,634 16.5%
1990 29,361 −7.2%
2000 28,818 −1.8%
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 Marlboro 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 Marlboro County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1790 (Parent County)
  • Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services. 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 [1790 Cheraws District included present-day Marlboro County.]
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.]
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 [1] Google Books. [See South Carolina, Marlborough [Marlboro] District on page 144.]


Church

Church of England (Anglican, Episcopal)

Gotoarrow.png See St. Davids Parish, South Carolina

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Marlboro 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 Marlboro, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 10,000 results.

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

  • Thomas, J.A.W. A History of Marlboro County, with Traditions and Sketches of Numerous Families. Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davis, 1897. FHL 824348 Item 5; digital version at World Vital Records ($).

Message Boards

Bibliography

  • [Adams] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
  • [Darby] Templeton, R.H. "Darbys of the South Carolina Pee Dee Area," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2009):63-68. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38
  • [Drake] Watson, John Drake. Descendents of Zachariah Alford Drake of Marlboro County, S.C. Newberry, S.C.: J.D. Watson, 1981. FHL 929.273 D789wj
  • [Fuller] "An Unusual Migration in the Fuller Family," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Fall 1999):208-209. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 27
  • [Grant] Kendall, Jerry T. The Grant Family Descendants of Duncan Grant, Marlboro County, South Carolina. Bennettsville, S.C.: J.T. Kendall, 2002. FHL 929.273 G767k
  • [McCollum] McCollum, J. Kinloch. The Family of John McCollum (1792-1867) of Bennettsville (Marlboro County) South Carolina. Middleburg, Fla.: J.K. McCollum, 1999. FHL 929.273 M133mk
  • [Newton] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
  • [Pate] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
  • [Stubbs] Andrea, Leonardo and Joseph Edward Hill. Abstracts of Divisions of Estates of Stubbs and Allied Families of Marlboro County, South Carolina. 1964. FHL Book 929.273 St93a

Land

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

  • McColl, D.D. Sketches of Old Marlboro. 1916. Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • Thomas, J. A. W. A History of Marlboro County: With Traditions and Sketches of Numerous Families. Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davies Co., Printers and Binders, 1897. Digital versions at Ancestry ($), Google Books, and Internet Archive.
  • 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

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, Marlborough County [sic], p. 187. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]


Civil War, 1861-1865

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

- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Ward's), Company C - Roster


Newspapers

Historic

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

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:

Probate

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.

Taxation

Original sources

The 1868 tax execution book is kept at the county courthouse. Copies: FHL Films 1027335 and SCDAH.

Published abstracts

Vital Records

Libraries

Societies

Marlborough Historical Society
123 South Marlboro Street
Bennettsville SC 29512-4031
source: Society Hill

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

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

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. 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), 187. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive.

 

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