Charleston District, South Carolina

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Originally Charles Town District, spelling officially changed to Charleston District in 1785.

Charleston District was created in 1768 from Colleton (1682-1768) County, Berkeley (1682-1768) County, and part of Craven County.[1] See the 1768 South Carolina map.

In 1785 six subordinate counties were formed within the overarching Charleston District:

These counties never became functional, and were abolished in 1791. They were counties in name only.[2] See the 1785 South Carolina Map.

In 1800, South Carolina abolished overarching administrative court districts like Charleston District, and switched to the county concept. An all new Charleston County was created in 1800. However they called their counties, districts until 1868, after the Civil War. [3]

For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in parish records, or for papers filed in Charleston, South Carolina.

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.

Family Histories

Gotoarrow.png See also Berkeley County Genealogy


  1. "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at (accessed 28 April 2011).
  2. "A History of Charleston District" in Carolana at (accessed 28 April 2011).
  3. Lewis, J.D., Camden District, South Carolina, : 2007