Marlboro County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Marlboro County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
- 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
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
Marlboro County's civil records start the following years:
Marlboro County Courthouse
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Clerk of Court
105 Main Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Court and land records
P.O. Box 455
Bennettsville, SC 29512-0455
Probate and marriage records
Hours:8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
HistoryJohn Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722).
1798--Marlboro County was created in 1798 from Cheraws District.
County seat: Bennettsville 
"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.
- Lost census: 1890
|Adamsville Crossroads||Clio||Irby (hist.)||Quick Crossroads|
|Bennettsville||Drake||Islay (hist.)||Red Bluff|
|Blenheim||Dunbar||Lester||Reedy Creek Springs (hist.)|
|Boykin||Everetts (hist.)||Little Mountain (hist.)||Scott|
|Brownsville||Fulton||McInnis (hist.)||Welsh Creek (hist.)|
|Burnt Factory (hist.)||Genoa||Monroe Crossroads|
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Marlboro County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
There are more than 100 burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Marlboro 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 Marlboro 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.
1790 (Parent County)
- Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services. 1790 Cheraw District & 1800, 1810 Chesterfield County, S.C. Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.7 X2c [1790 Cheraws District included present-day Marlboro County.]
- 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 version at  Google Books. [See South Carolina, Marlborough [Marlboro] District on page 144.]
Church of England (Anglican, Episcopal)
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]
Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Learn more.
- Thomas, J.A.W. A History of Marlboro County, with Traditions and Sketches of Numerous Families. Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davis, 1897. FHL 824348 Item 5; digital version at World Vital Records ($).
- Marlboro County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- Marlboro County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- [Adams] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
- [Darby] Templeton, R.H. "Darbys of the South Carolina Pee Dee Area," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2009):63-68. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38
- [Drake] Watson, John Drake. Descendents of Zachariah Alford Drake of Marlboro County, S.C. Newberry, S.C.: J.D. Watson, 1981. FHL 929.273 D789wj
- [Fuller] "An Unusual Migration in the Fuller Family," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 27, No. 4 (Fall 1999):208-209. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 27
- [Grant] Kendall, Jerry T. The Grant Family Descendants of Duncan Grant, Marlboro County, South Carolina. Bennettsville, S.C.: J.T. Kendall, 2002. FHL 929.273 G767k
- [McCollum] McCollum, J. Kinloch. The Family of John McCollum (1792-1867) of Bennettsville (Marlboro County) South Carolina. Middleburg, Fla.: J.K. McCollum, 1999. FHL 929.273 M133mk
- [Newton] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
- [Pate] Pate, Julia Claire. Pate, Adams, Newton and Allied Families Principally in Richmond, Scotland and Robeson Counties in North Carolina and Marlboro County, South Carolina. Red Springs, N.C.: J.C. Pate, 1958. FHL 929.273 P271pj
- [Stubbs] Andrea, Leonardo and Joseph Edward Hill. Abstracts of Divisions of Estates of Stubbs and Allied Families of Marlboro County, South Carolina. 1964. FHL Book 929.273 St93a
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.
- McColl, D.D. Sketches of Old Marlboro. 1916. Digital version at Internet Archive.
- Thomas, J. A. W. A History of Marlboro County: With Traditions and Sketches of Numerous Families. Atlanta, Ga.: Foote & Davies Co., Printers and Binders, 1897. Digital versions at Ancestry ($), Google Books, and Internet Archive.
- Gregg, Alexander. History of the Old Cheraws : Containing an Account of the Aborigines of the Pedee, the First White Settlements, their Subsequent Progress, Civil Changes, the Struggle of the Revolution, and the Growth of the Country Afterward, Extending from About A.D. 1730 to 1810 with Notices of Families and Sketches of Individuals (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967 ), 629 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 F2g 1967
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, Marlborough County [sic], p. 187. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War, 1861-1865
Civil War service men from Marlboro 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 Marlboro County or from many of its men.
- "Marlboro County, SC in The War Between The States." SCGenWeb-Marlboro County Internet site, accessed 11/30/2010. This site lists links and a few rosters of soldiers that served in the Civil War from Marlboro County.
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Marlboro 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.
- Community Observer (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1978-1981.
- Cyclone Mack's Recusant (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1929-1931.
- Eastern Carolina News (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1913-1914.
- Marlboro County Herald (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1931-1951.
- Marlboro Herald-Advocate (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1951-current.
- McColl Dispatch (McColl, S.C.) 1924-1925.
- McColl Messenger (McColl, S.C.) 1948-1951.
- Pee Dee Educator (Bennettsville, Marlborough Co., S.C.) 1890-1900.
- The Bennettsville Banner (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1891-1895.
- The Bennettsville Journal (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1866-1870.
- The Bennettsville Review (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1894-1895.
- The Carolina Messenger (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1974-1978.
- The Chronicle (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1885-1886.
- The Farmer's Friend (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1880-1882.
- The Fine Print News (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1982-1990.
- The Marlboro Chronicle (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1886-1888.
- The Marlboro Democrat (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1882-1911.
- The Marlboro Monitor (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1882-1884.
- The Marlboro News (McColl, S.C.) 1926-1926.
- The Marlboro Times (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1871-187?.
- The Marlboro Times (McColl, S.C.) 1908-1913.
- The Pee Dee Advocate (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1895-1951.
- The Pee Dee Alliance (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1888-1890.
- The Pee Dee Argus (Bennettsville, S.C.) 189?-1891.
- The Pee Dee Daily (Bennettsville, S.C.) 1913-1914.
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:
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.
-  Pearson, W. Glenn, trans. "Statement of the Persons and the Amount of Taxes Paid in Marlborough District for the Year 1811 as Paid Return to the Comptrol," available online, courtesy: SCGenWeb.
-  "1813 Tax List for Marlborough District," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Winter 1996):3-7. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 24
-  Pearson, W. Glenn, trans. "Statement of the Persons and the Amount of Taxes Paid in Marlborough District for the Year 1818 as Paid Return to the Comptrol," available online, courtesy: SCGenWeb.
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Marlborough Historical Society
123 South Marlboro Street
Bennettsville SC 29512-4031
source: Society Hill
Family History Centers
- Marlboro County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Marlboro County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
- 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), 187. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive.