St. Matthews Parish, South Carolina

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=== History  ===
 
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St. Matthew's Parish has served historic [[Orangeburgh District, South Carolina|Orangeburgh]] District and [[Orangeburg County, South Carolina|Orangeburg]] County.  
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Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the [[South Carolina Church Records#Church_of_England_.28Anglican.2C_Protestant_Episcopal.29|Church of England (the Anglican Church, or Protestant Episcopal Church)]]. Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. The Vestry was as much a political body as a religious one. The wardens and commissioners were responsible for the roads, education, the poor and orphans, voting and collecting taxes in addition to their church duties.<ref>[http://archives.sc.gov/formation/ "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina,"] at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.</ref>
  
 
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[[St._Matthews_Parish,_South_Carolina|St. Matthew's Parish]] (St. Matthew's, Calhoun, SC) was created in 1768,
  
 
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*Borders the [[Georgia|Georgia]] border,&nbsp;[[Prince William Parish, South Carolina|Prince William]], [[St. Bartholomews Parish, South Carolina|St. Bartholomew's]], [[St. George Dorchester Parish, South Carolina|St. George Dorchester]], [[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek]], [[St. Johns Berkeley Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Berkeley]], [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's]], [[St. Marks Parish, South Carolina|St. Mark's]], [[St. Peters Parish, South Carolina|St. Peter's]], [[St. Stephens Parish, South Carolina|St. Stephen's]]&nbsp;parishes. For a map, see: [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/parishes.htm Early parishes in South Carolina]. An overlay of districts is available at [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_districts_parishes_1770.html Carolana.com].
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'''Borders:''' the [[Georgia|Georgia]] border,&nbsp;[[Prince William Parish, South Carolina|Prince William]], [[St. Bartholomews Parish, South Carolina|St. Bartholomew's]], [[St. George Dorchester Parish, South Carolina|St. George Dorchester]], [[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek]], [[St. Johns Berkeley Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Berkeley]], [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's]], [[St. Marks Parish, South Carolina|St. Mark's]], [[St. Peters Parish, South Carolina|St. Peter's]], [[St. Stephens Parish, South Carolina|St. Stephen's]]&nbsp;parishes. For a map, see: [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/parishes.htm Early parishes in South Carolina]. An overlay of districts is available at [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_districts_parishes_1770.html Carolana.com].  
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<br> '''Areas Served:''' St. Matthew's Parish has served historic [[Orangeburgh District, South Carolina|Orangeburgh]] District and&nbsp;[[Orangeburg County, South Carolina|Orangeburg]] County.
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Revision as of 16:59, 7 June 2011

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Contents

History

Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the Church of England (the Anglican Church, or Protestant Episcopal Church). Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. The Vestry was as much a political body as a religious one. The wardens and commissioners were responsible for the roads, education, the poor and orphans, voting and collecting taxes in addition to their church duties.[1]

Founded

St. Matthew's Parish (St. Matthew's, Calhoun, SC) was created in 1768,

Boundary

Borders: the Georgia border, Prince William, St. Bartholomew's, St. George Dorchester, St. James Goose Creek, St. John's Berkeley, St. Luke's, St. Mark's, St. Peter's, St. Stephen's parishes. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at Carolana.com.


Areas Served: St. Matthew's Parish has served historic Orangeburgh District and Orangeburg County.


Modern equivalents: The original parish covered most of what are present-day

Resources

Research Guides

Parish History

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 16, St. Matthew's Parish, pages 332-335, 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.

The history of the parish is also discussed in pages 2-17 of:

  • Salley, A.S. The History of Orangeburg County South Carolina: From Its First Settlement to the Close of the Revolutionary War. Orangeburg, S.C.: R. Lewis Berry, Printer, 1898. Digital version at Google Books.

Parish Records

For some births in the parish in 1770 and 1771, see:

  • "Some Records Kept by Rev. Paul Turquand of St. Matthew's Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr. 1932):180; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Taxation

  • [1818] "St. Matthew's 1818 Tax List," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Summer 1973):148-150; Vol. 1, No. 4 (Fall 1973):214. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 1

Voters

  • [1811] "St. Matthew's Voters 1811," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Fall 1973):215-216. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 1

References

  1. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.