Hampton County, South Carolina Genealogy

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County in South Carolina Lowcountry.

Hampton County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Hampton County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded February 18, 1878
County Seat Hampton

Quick Dates

Hampton County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
  1915 1911    1915 1880  1878  1878 

County Courthouse


Hampton County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Hampton, SC 29924

Hampton County Clerk of Court
1 Courthouse Square
Hampton, SC 29924
Phone: 803-914-2250
Court and land records

Hampton County Probate Court
1 Courthouse Square
Hampton, SC 29924
Phone: 803-914-2183
Probate and marriage records

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


U.S. Congressman Wade Hampton (1752-1835) of South Carolina
The county is named after U.S. Congressman Wade Hampton (1752-1835) of South Carolina.[1]

Parent County

1878--Hampton County was created 18 February 1878 from Beaufort County.
County seat:  Hampton [2]

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

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Almeda Davidson Hampton Rouse
Apalachicola (hist.) De Loach Hickory Hill (hist.) Scotia
Barkerville Dukes Horsegall Shirley
Blountville Early Branch Lawtonville Crossroads Speaks Mill
Brighton Estill Lena Stafford
Brunson Fechtig Luray Steep Bottom (hist.)
Camp Branch Furman Pepples (hist.) Stokes
Cleland Crossroads Garnett McPhersonville Valentine
Crocketville Gifford Miley Varnville
Cummings Halls Mill Nixville Yemassee

Neighboring Counties

Allendale | Bamberg | Beaufort | Colleton | Effingham County, Georgia | Jasper | Screven County, Georgia


Research Guides


Hampton County in S.C. Cemetery Project, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society. List of cemeteries in the county.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 18,741
1890 20,544 9.6%
1900 23,738 15.5%
1910 25,126 5.8%
1920 19,550 −22.2%
1930 17,243 −11.8%
1940 17,465 1.3%
1950 18,027 3.2%
1960 17,425 −3.3%
1970 15,878 −8.9%
1980 18,159 14.4%
1990 18,191 0.2%
2000 21,386 17.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Hampton 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.




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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Hampton County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Family Histories

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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Hampton, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 2,500 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.

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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.

  • Sherrard, Thomas H. A Working Plan for Forest Lands in Hampton and Beaufort Counties, South Carolina. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1903. Digital version at Google Books.

Local Histories

  • Lewis, Carolyn Baker. "The World around Hampton: Post-Bellum Life on a South Carolina Plantation," Agricultural History, Vol. 58, No. 3, Symposium on the History of Rural Life in America (Jul., 1984), pp. 456-476. Digital version at JSTOR ($).



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, Hompton County [sic], p. 185. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]

Civil War 1861-1865
  • Civil War Soiders of Hampton County. South Carolina GenWeb. Internet site, accessed 12/30/2010. Lists men who were from Hampton County, the military units they served in and some brief info about them.




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

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


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