St. George Dorchester Parish, South Carolina

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St. George Dorchester Parish served Dorchester County, South Carolina. The British burned the church during the Revolutionary War, and despite being rebuilt in part, it fell into disuse.[1]

South Carolina's "Anglican parishes were used as election districts and had responsibility for road development, care of the poor, and education."[2]


  • 1717



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A 1726 Census for St. George Dorchester Parish survives. It was taken by Rev. Francis Varnod and is kept in the Archives of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in London. It lists white men, women, and children, as well as slaves.[3]

Parish History

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 18, St. George's Parish, Dorchester, pages 345-350, 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.



  1. Parish Church of St. George, Dorchester, The Historical Marker's Database, accessed 17 February 2011.
  2. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.
  3. This source is discussed in Philip D. Morgan, "A Profile of a Mid-Eighteenth Century South Carolina Parish: The Tax Return of Saint James', Goose Creek," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan. 1980):51-52. See footnotes. Digital version at JSTOR ($).