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From the beginnings of the Proprietors to present, the levels of government changed.

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County

Name of County Date Formed Parent County Progeny County
Abbeville 12 Mar 1785 Abbeville District McCormick 1916
Aiken 10 Mar 1871 Edgefield, Orangeburg, Barnwell, Lexington none
Allendale 06 Feb 1919 Barnwell, Hampton none
Anderson 1826 Pendleton District none
Bamberg 25 Feb 1897 Barnwell none
Barnwell 1798 renamed from Winton Allendale 1919
Bartholomew’s 12 Mar 1785 Charleston District extinct
Beaufort 12 Mar 1785 Beaufort District Jasper 1912
Berkeley 31 Jan 1882 Charleston none
Berkeley (old) 1682 Colonial lands abolished 1683
Calhoun 14 Feb 1908 Lexington, Orangeburg none
Carteret 1685 Colonial lands renamed Granville 1708
Charleston 12 Mar 1785 Charleston District Berkeley 1882
Cherokee 25 Feb 1897 Union, York none
Chester 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Chesterfield 12 Mar 1785 Cheraws District none
Claremont 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Clarendon 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Colleton 12 Mar 1785 Charleston District none
Colleton (old) 1682 Colonial lands extinct
Craven 1682 Colonial lands extinct
Darlington 12 Mar 1785 Cheraws District Lee 1902
Dillon 05 Feb 1910 Marion none
Dorchester (old) 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six District abolished 1798
Dorchester 1897 Berkeley, Colleton none
Edgefield 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six District none
Fairfield 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Florence 22 Dec 1888 Clarendon, Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg none
Georgetown 12 Mar 1785 Georgetown District Horry
Granville (old) 1708 renamed from Carteret extinct
Granville (2nd old) 12 Mar 1785 Beaufort District never functioned
Greenville 22 Mar 1786 Ninety-Six District suspended 1789, restored 1798
Greenwood 02 Mar 1897 Abbeville McCormick 1916
Hampton 18 Feb 1878 Beaufort Jasper 1912, Allendale 1919
Hilton 12 Mar 1785 Beaufort District never functioned
Horry 19 Dec 1801 renamed from Kershaw Lee 1902
Jasper 30 Jan 1912 Beaufort, Hampton none
Kershaw 19 Feb 1791 Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield, Richland renamed Horry 1801
Kingston 12 Mar 1785 Georgetown District renamed Horry 1801
Lancaster 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Laurens 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six District none
Lee 25 Feb 1902 Darlington, Sumter, Horry none
Lewisburg 12 Mar 1785 Orangeburg District extinct
Lexington 12 Mar 1785 Orangeburg District suspended 1789, restored 1804
Liberty 12 Mar 1785 Georgetown District renamed Marion 1798
Lincoln 12 Mar 1785 Beaufort District never functioned
Marion 1798 renamed from Liberty none
Marion (old) 12 Mar 1785 Charleston District never functioned
Marlboro 12 Mar 1785 Cheraws District none
McCormick 19 Feb 1916 Abbeville, Greenwood none
Newberry 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six, Orangeburgh Districts none
Oconee 29 Jan 1868 Pickens none
Orange 12 Mar 1785 Orangeburg District extinct
Orangeburg 1769 Orangeburg District Lewisburg 1785, Lexington 1785, Orange 1785, Winton 1785, Calhoun 1908
Pendleton 1789 Ninety-six District renamed Anderson 1795
Pickens 1825 Pendleton District none
Richland 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none
Salem 1791 Claremont, Clarendon extinct
Saluda 25 Feb 1896 Edgefield none
Shrewsbury 12 Mar 1785 Beaufort District never functioned
Spartanburg 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six District none
Sumter 1798 Camden District none
Union 12 Mar 1785 Ninety-Six District none
Washington 12 Mar 1785 Charleston District extinct
Williamsburg 1802 Georgetown District none
Winton 12 Mar 1785 Orangeburg District renamed Barnwell 1798
Winyah 12 Mar 1785 Georgetown District extinct
York 12 Mar 1785 Camden District none

District

Name of District Existence Date Progeny County
Beaufort 1772-1800 Beaufort 1769
Camden 1769-1800 Chester 1785, York 1785, Richland 1799, Williamsburg 1802, Fairfield 1798, Kershaw 1798, Lancaster 1798, Sumter 1798
Charleston 1769-1800 Charleston 1769, Colleton 1798, Orangeburg 1769
Cheraws 1769-1800 Chesterfield 1798, Darlington 1798, Marlboro 1798
Georgetown 1769-1800 Georgetown 1769, Williamsburg 1802
Ninety-Six 1769-1800 Greenville 1798, Spartanburg 1785, Union 1785, York 1785, Newberry 1785, Abbeville 1785, Edgefield 1785, Laurens 1785
Orangeburg 1769-? Barnwell 1798, Lexington 1804, Newberry 1785, Charleston 1769, Richland 1799
Pendleton 1789-1795 renamed Anderson District 1795
Pinckney 1791-1800 from Camden & Ninety-Six York 1785, Chester 1785, Spartanburg 1785, Union 1785
Washington 1795-1800 Greenville 1798

Parish

Throughout the colonial period, the small population and its limited legal needs kept most government, records keeping, and judicial activity confined to the municipal limits of Charleston. Parishes of the established Anglican Church served as election districts, and courts with jurisdiction over the entire colony sat in Charleston.

Name of Parish Date Formed Part of County
All Saints 1767
Christ Church 1706
Prince Frederick 1734
Prince George 1721
Prince William 1745
St. Andrew’s 1706
St. Bartholomew’s 1706
St. David’s 1798
St. George 1717
St. Helena’s 1712
St. James Goose Creek 1706
St. James Santee 1706
St. John’s Berkeley 1708
St. John’s Colleton 1730
St. Luke’s 1767
St. Mark’s 1757
St. Michael’s 1751
St. Paul’s 1706
St. Peter’s 1747
St. Philip’s 1706
St. Stephen’s 1754
St. Thomas and St. Denis 1706

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