St. Peters Parish, South Carolina

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St. Peter's Parish was created by the legislature 17 February 1746/1747. However, clergymen were serving in the area since 1732. In 1766 the last minister died, and was not replaced. Thereafter, services were only occasionally held by visiting clergy.

Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the Church of England (the Anglican Church, or Protestant Episcopal Church). Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. The Vestry was as much a political body as a religious one. The wardens and commissioners were responsible for the roads, education, the poor and orphans, voting and collecting taxes in addition to their church duties.[1]


St. Peter's Parish (Purrysburg, Jasper, SC) was created 17 Feb 1746/1747 from the southwest part of St. Helena's Parish.


Areas Served: St. Peter's Parish served:

Modern equivalents: The original parish covered parts of what are present-day Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Allendale counties.[2]


Parish History

  • Rowland, Lawrence S. "'Alone on the River:' The Rise and Fall of the Savannah River Rice Plantations of St. Peter's Parish, South Carolina," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 88, No. 3 (Jul. 1987):121-150. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 24, St. Peter's Parish, pages 385-386, 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


  1. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.
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