Orangeburgh District, South Carolina

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United StatesGotoarrow.pngSouth CarolinaGotoarrow.pngOrangeburgh District

Alternate Spelling

In 1783 Orangeburgh officially dropped the h and ever since goes by Orangeburg.[1]

Historical Facts

In 1768 South Carolina replaced all of her previous counties with seven court districts including the new Orangeburgh District northwest of the previous Berkeley, Colleton, and Granville counties. See the 1770 South Carolina map.

In 1785 South Carolina created four newly-defined subordinate counties within the overarching Orangeburgh District:[1] (See the 1785 South Carolina map.)

The four subordinate counties were never surveyed or properly laid out. Their boundaries were ambiguous. Their county governments never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There were no county seats. There were no political connotations to the countys' existences. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. They were a counties in name only.[1]

The four subordinate counties were abolished in 1791. Only the overarching Orangeburgh District remained until 1800 when it too was abolished.[1]

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.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "A History of Orangeburgh District" in Carolana at (accessed 10 May 2011).