South Carolina County Histories

South Carolina is one of the 13 original colonies of the United States. It was founded in 1663. The English colony of the Province of Carolina was started in Charleston in 1670, with wealthy planters and their slaves, coming from the British Caribbean colony of Barbados. In 1719 the colony was officially made a crown colony, and North Carolina was split off and made into a separate colony in 1729.

Flag of South CarolinaSouth Carolina banded together with the other colonies to oppose British taxation in the Stamp Act Crisis of 1765, and played a major role in resisting Britain. It became independent in March 1776 and joined the United States of America. The Revolution was bloody and hard fought in 1780-81, as the British invaded, captured the American army and were finally driven out.

The cotton gin made the rich soil of the lowlands very profitable for plantations operated by black slaves. The hilly upland areas, with few slaves, were much poorer and a regional conflict underlay the political system. With outspoken leaders such as John C. Calhoun, the state vied with Virginia as the dominant political and social force in the South. With the 1860 election of Republicans under Abraham Lincoln, who vowed to prevent slavery’s expansion, the voters demanded secession. In December 1860, the state seceded from the Union and in February 1861 it joined the new Confederate States of America.

Collection Details

  1. 1783. THE CENTENNIAL OF INCORPORATION. 1883.

  2. W. W. SELLERS, ESQ.,, A HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FROM ITS EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT, 1901., THE R. L. BRYAN COMPANY, 1902

  3. REV. J. A. W. THOMAS, A HISTORY OF MARLBORO COUNTY, WITH TRADITIONS AND SKETCHES OF NUMEROUS FAMILIES., THE FOOTE & DAVIES COMPANY, 1897

  4. N.L. WILLETT, BEAUFORT COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA : ITS SHRINES AND EARLY HISTORY

  5. JOHN BELTON ONEALL, L.L.D., BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE BENCH AND BAR OF SOUTH CAROLINA: – VOL. II., S. G. COURTENAY & CO., PUBLISHERS. NO. 9 BROAD STREET, 1859

  6. JOHN BELTON ONEALL, L.L.D., BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE BENCH AND BAR OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOL. I., S. G. COURTENAY &, CO., PUBLISHERS. NO. 9 BROAD STREET, 1859

  7. EDERINGTON’S HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA., WILLO PUBLISHING COMPANY POST OFFICE BOX 284

  8. GUY A. GULLICK, GREENVILLE COUNTY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL., UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA GREENVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 1921

  9. HISTORY, DESCRIPTION AND RESOURCES OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA., THE NEWS AND COURIER JOB PRESSES, 1874

  10. JOHN A. CHAPMAN, A. M., HISTORY OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENTS

  11. JOHN A. CHAPMAN, A. M., HISTORY OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENTS TO 1897., ELBERT H. AULL, 1897

  12. R. W. SIMPSON, HISTORY OF OLD PENDLETON DISTRICT WITH A GENEALOGY OF THE LEADING FAMILIES OF THE DISTRICT., OULLA PRINTING & BINDING COMPANY, 1913

  13. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME III., THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

  14. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME II., THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

  15. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME I., THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

  16. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME IV., THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

  17. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME V., THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920

  18. DR. J. B. O. LANDRUM, HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY., THE FRANKLIN PRTG. AND PUB. CO. GEO. W. HARRISON. GEN. MGR, 1900

  19. WILLIAM WILLIS BODDIE, HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBURG : SOMETHING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF WILLIAMSBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA

  20. WILLIAM WILLIS BODDIE, HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBURG., THE STATE COMPANY, 1923

  21. RALPH H. RAMSEY, JR, SUMTER COUNTY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL. 1922

  22. A. S. SALLEY, JR., THE HISTORY OF ORANGEBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE CLOSE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. 1898

  23. GEDDINGS HARDY CRAWFORD, WHO’S WHO IN SOUTH CAROLINA., MCCAW OF COLUMBIA, 1921