Fairfield County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Fairfield County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
This article is about a county in South Carolina. For other uses, see Fairfield (disambiguation).
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church
- 5.6 Court
- 5.7 DNA
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Newspapers
- 5.14 Periodicals
- 5.15 Probate
- 5.16 Taxation
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 6 Archives, Libraries, and Museums
- 7 Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
Fairfield County's civil records start the following years:
Fairfield County Courthouse
101 S. Congress St.
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Clerk of Court/Register of Deeds
101 S. Congress St.
P.O. Drawer 299
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Court and land records
Fairfield County Probate Court
P.O. Box 385
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Probate and marriage records
According to tradition, Fairfield County received its name based on a remark made by Lord Cornwallis about the "fair fields" of that area of South Carolina. Learn more about the history of Fairfield County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.
Parent County/Boundary Changes
- 1785 - Thirty-three counties were created within existing South Carolina Districts. Fairfield County was created within Camden District.
- 1797 - Richland exchanged with Fairfield County.
- 1800 - Fairfield re-christened a district and Camden District was abolished.
- 1868 - Fairfield and all other districts became counties.
- 1913 - Richland gained from Fairfield and Lexington Counties.
The county seat of Fairfield County is Winnsboro.
|Blair||Gladden Grove (hist.)||Ridgeway||Strother|
|Biddle (hist.)||Jenkinsville||Rion||Sueville (hist.)|
|Bucklick||Jennings||Rock Hill||White Oak|
|Clayton||Longtown||Salem Crossroads||Winnsboro Mills|
|Cool Branch||Lylesford (hist.)||Shelton||Woodward|
For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to Populated Places, Fairfield County, South Carolina
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Fairfield County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
CemeteriesThere are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Fairfield County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|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 Fairfield 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.
- Douthat, James L. 1820 Fairfield County, South Carolina Census and Map. Signal Mountain, Tenn.: Mountain Press, 2006. Free Online Surname Index; purchase at Mountain Press.
- 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 versions at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Fairfield District on page 142.]
1850, 1870, 1880
- Myer, Lois C. Fairfield County, South Carolina Census, 1850, 1870 and 1880. Typescript. Microfilmed 1969. FHL Collection 599049 Item 2
Census takers uncharacteristically recorded the birth town or county of residents this census year.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LDS Ward and Branch Records
See also Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Marker at The Historical Marker Database. "Site of five buildings 1897-1986. Enemies of church burned two, tornado destroyed one."
More than 65 genealogies have been published about Fairfield County families. To view a list, visit Fairfield County, South Carolina Genealogy.
- Draine, Tony. Fairfield County, S.C., Deed Book A, 1785-1788. Columbia, S.C.: Draban, 1991. FHL Collection 975.749 R2d
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.
- Ederington, William.History of Fairfield County, South Carolina (Tuscaloosa, Alabama : Willo Publishing Co., ) , 95 pages. A manuscript history published in the News & Herald, a newspaper of Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina, in installments, on the dates as indicated with each installment herein. Book found at FHL 975.749 H2r. Digital copy at Archive.org. Other copies
- McMaster, Fitz Hugh. History of Fairfield County, South Carolina:From "before the white man came" to 1942 (Spartanburg, South Carolina : The Reprint Company, 1980 . Reprint of original published: Columbia, S.C. : State Commercial Printing Company, 1946.), 257 pages. Book found at FHL 975.749 H2m and Other Libraries.
- "Palmetto Regiment roster, Fairfield and Chester Companies, 1847," Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter, March 2003, Volume 16, Issue 1. Fairfield Chapter SCGS : Winnsboro, SC.
- "Florida War, 1836, SC veterans in 1878," Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter, December 2000, Volume 15, Issue 4. Fairfield Chapter SCGS : Winnsboro, SC.
- McCrady, Edward. Heroes of the Old Camden District, South Carolina, 1776-1861: An Address to the Survivors of Fairfield County, Delivered at Winnsboro, S.C., September 1st, 1888, by Col. Edward McCrady, Jr., of Charleston, S.C. Richmond, Va.: Wm. Ellis Jones, Book and Job Printer, 1888. Digital version at Google Books.
- "Battle of Rocky Mount, 1770," Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter, June 2003, Volume 16, Issue 2. Fairfield Chapter SCGS : Winnsboro, SC.
- "Fairfield redcoats," Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter, 1992, Volume 5, Issue 2. Fairfield Chapter SCGS : Winnsboro, SC.
- "Revolutionary soldiers buried in county," Chester County Genealogical Society Bulletin, December 1981, Volume 4, Issue 4. Chester County Genealogical Society : Richburg, South Carolina. FHL Collection Book 975.74 D25b.
- "Soldiers graves," Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, January 1966, Volume 100, Issue 1. Daughters of the American Revolution : Washington D.C. FHL Collection Book 973 B2dar.
- "Battle of the Mobleys meeting house," Historical Magazine, June 1873, Volume 1, Issue 6 and April 1873, Volume 1, Issue 4. Henry B. Dawson : Morrisania, New York.
- Shelton, Kenneth A. All that dare oppose them : the Whig victory at Mobley's Meeting House, June 1780 : Being a history of the victory of the Whigs over the Tories at the Battle of Mobley's Meeting House on Little River, Fairfield district, South Carolina in June 1780. [Gainsville, Virginia\ : K.A. Shelton, c2005. FHL Collection Book 975.749 M2s.
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, Fairfield County, p. 185. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War service men from Fairfield 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 Fairfield County or from many of its men.
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves, Company B
- McMaster, Fitz Hugh. History of Fairfield County, South Carolina:From "before the white man came" to 1942 (Spartanburg, South Carolina : The Reprint Company, 1980 . Reprint of original published: Columbia, S.C. : State Commercial Printing Company, 1946.), 257 pages. Civil War pages 125-142. Some company rosters. Book found at FHL 975.749 H2m and Other Libraries.
- South Carolina. Comptroller General. Pension Records of Confederate Veterans and Their Widows, 1889-1891. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961) Arranged by surname. Microfilm copy at FHL 292429
- South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Pension Lists For Fairfield County, South Carolina, 1919, 1930, 1940-1943. (Columbia, South Carolina : Filmed by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1970). Microfilm copy at FHL 1294221 Items 1-2
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Fairfield 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.
- Herald-Independent (Winnsboro, S.C) 1982-current.
- The Daily News (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1865-1865.
- The Daily Register (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1850-1855.
- The Fairfield Courier (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1865-1865.
- The Fairfield Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1849-1876.
- The Fairfield Independent (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1979-1982
- The Fairfield News (Ridgeway, S.C.) 1909-1915.
- The News and Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1876-1982.
- The News and Herald (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1877-1900.
- The News. Fairfield and Chester Advertiser (Winnsboro, Fairfield District, S.C.) 1844-1844.
- The Register (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1855-1862.
- The Tri-Weekly News (Winnsboro, S.C.) 1865-1876.
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:
- Chester District Genealogical Society Bulletin
- Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter
Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.” Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.
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.
- Will of John Lee of Little River, Fairfield Co., S.C. 1786. MSS., South Carolina Archives, Kershaw County Wills, Vol. 1 of Wills not recorded, pp. 59-61. FHL 1597743 Item 37
Wills, 1785-1904. Probate Court, Fairfield County, South Carolina. FHL Film1294208 Includes index.
-  Tax List, 1792, Chester District Genealogical Society Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Sep. 1990); Vol. 13, No. 4 (Dec. 1990).
-  Draine, Tony and Edd Bannister. Fairfield County SC Tax Returns, 1792. Columbia, S.C.: Draban, 1991. FHL&amp;amp;amp;amp;nbsp;Book 975.749 R4d
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Fairfield County Library Main Branch
300 Washington Street
Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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The Historical Room contains published South Carilina Materials with emplasis on Fairfield County including cemetery records; local newspapers on microfilm from 1866; microfilms of early wills, probate records, and some census records. There are no manuscripts or loose papers.
Ridgeway Branch Library
175 South Palmer Street
Ridgeway, South Carolina
Hours: Monday to Thorsday 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Fairfield County Museum
231 S. Congress St.
P. O. Box 6
Winnsboro, South Carolina 29180
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM- to 5:00 PM (closed for lunch); Sat 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
This museum is located in a historic house which displays local artifacts. A gift shop sells publications on local history. The Museum has welcoms volunteer to help with various projects that include: archeological projects such as - scouting to find Revolutionary battle sites for National Park Service surveys,the identification of a section of the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road that had been forgotten by time in dense forest cover, the discovery of an eighteenth century riverboat canal, and the locating and documenting of old graveyards.
Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage
Fairfield Chapter SCGS
P.O. Box 696
Winnsboro SC 29180
Family History Centers
- [http://sciway3.net/scgenweb/altco/scfairfield/ Fairfield County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Fairfield County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- South Carolina State Library, "Fairfield County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/fairfield-county : accessed 27 Apr 2011).
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
- Alycon Trubey Pierce, "In Praise of Errors Made by Census Enumerators," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 1 (March 1993):51-55. FHL Book 973 B2ng
- Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."