Prince George Parish, South Carolina

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United States  Gotoarrow.png  South Carolina  Gotoarrow.png  Prince George Parish

This parish is also know as Prince George Winyah Parish.

Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the Church of England (also called the Anglican Church, and later the Protestant Episcopal Church). Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. South Carolina's "Anglican parishes were also used as election districts and had responsibility for road development, care of the poor, and education."[1]


Prince George Parish, Winyah (originally near Brown's Ferry on the Black River (Dunbar), Georgetown, SC, but after 1734 in Georgetown, Georgetown, SC) was created in 1721 from the northwest part of St. James Santee Parish, a part of Craven County.[2]


Borders: All Saints, Prince Frederick, and St. James Santee parishes. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at

Areas Served: Prince George Parish served:

Modern equivalents: The original parish covered part of what is present-day Georgetown County. In 1734 the parish was expanded to include more parts of present-day Georgetown and Horry counties.



  • "Inscriptions from the Churchyard of Prince George Winyah Georgetown, South Carolina," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul., 1930), pp. 184-208; digital version at JSTOR ($); Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct., 1930), pp. 292-313; digital version at JSTOR ($).

Hundreds of the cemetery's old graves are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.

Hundreds of the cemetery's graves are also described at SCGenWeb.

Parish History

In a book review, Heritage Passed On was described as "of special interest to genealogists and church historians studying the Georgetown area," see:

  • Lumpkin, Sarah Parker. Heritage Passed On: History of Prince George, Winyah Parish. 1992.

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 10, Prince George's Parish, Winyaw, pages 303-318, in:

  • Dalcho, Frederick. An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina from the First Settlement of the Province, to the War of the Revolution; with Notices of the Present State of the Church in Each Parish and Some Account of the Early Civil History of Carolina, Never Before Published. Charleston: E. Thayer, 1820. FHL Film 22657; digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive.

Parish Records

Marriages from the parish register have been abstracted in:

  • Holcomb, Brent H. and Thomas L. Hollowak. South Carolina Marriages, 1800-1820. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL Book 975.7 V2hsc v. 2


Wikipedia has more about this subject: Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church


  1. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.
  2. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).