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. SAMUEL DUBOSE, A CONTRIBUTION TO THE HISTORY OF THE HUGUENOTS OF SOUTH CAROLINA: CONSISTING OF PAMPHLETS, T.G. THOMAS, 1887
  3. W. W. SELLERS, ESQ., OF THE MARION BAR, A HISTORY OF MARION COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FROM ITS EARLIEST TIMES TO THE PRESENT, 1901. , THE R. L. BRYAN COMPANY, 1902
  4. REV. J. A. W. THOMAS, A HISTORY OF MARLBORO COUNTY, WITH TRADITIONS AND SKETCHES OF NUMEROUS FAMILIES. , THE FOOTE & DAVIES COMPANY, 1897
  5. WILLIAM J. RIVERS, A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO THE CLOSE OF THE PROPRIETARY GOVERNMENT BY THE REVOLUTION OF 1719, MCCARTER, 1856
  6. JOHN A. LELAND, A VOICE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA: TWELVE CHAPTERS BEFORE HAMPTON, TWO CHAPTERS AFTER HAMPTON : WITH A JOURNAL OF A REPUTED KU-KLUX, AND AN APPENDIX, WALKER EVANS & COGSWELL,, 1879
  7. BEAUFORT COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA ITS SHRINES AND EARLY HISTORY. , N. L. WILLET,
  8. JOHN BELTON ONEALL, L.L.D., PRESIDENT OF THE LAW COURT OF APPEALS AND THE COURT OF ERRORS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE BENCH AND BAR OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOL. I. , S. G. COURTENAY &, CO., PUBLISHERS. NO. 9 BROAD STREET, 1859
  9. JOHN BELTON ONEALL, LL. D., PRESIDENT OF THE LAW COURT OF APPEALS AND THE COURT OF ERRORS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE BENCH AND BAR OF SOUTH CAROLINA: – VOL. II. , S. G. COURTENAY & CO., PUBLISHERS. NO. 9 BROAD STREET, 1859
  10. HARRIETT RAVENEL, CHARLESTON: THE PLACE AND THE PEOPLE, MACMILLAN CO., 1912
  11. EDERINGTON’S HISTORY OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA. , WILLO PUBLISHING COMPANY POST OFFICE BOX 284
  12. GUY A. GULLICK, GREENVILLE COUNTY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL. , UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA GREENVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, 7823
  13. THOMAS J. KIRKLAND, HISTORIC CAMDEN, THE STATE CO, 1905
  14. JOHN A. CHAPMAN, A. M., AUTHOR OF SECOND PART OF ANNALS OF NEWBERRY; SCHOOL HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ETC, HISTORY OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENTS TO 1897. , ELBERT H. AULL, 1897
  15. JOHN A. CHAPMAN, A. M., AUTHOR OF SECOND PART OF ANNALS OF NEWBERRY; SCHOOL HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, ETC, HISTORY OF EDGEFIELD COUNTY FROM THE EARLIEST SETTLEMENTS TO 1897. , ELBERT H. AULL., PUBLISHER AND PRINTER, 1897
  16. R. W. SIMPSON, HISTORY OF OLD PENDLETON DISTRICT WITH A GENEALOGY OF THE LEADING FAMILIES OF THE DISTRICT. , OULLA PRINTING & BINDING COMPANY, 1913
  17. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME I. , THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920
  18. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME II. , THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920
  19. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME III. , THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920
  20. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME IV. , THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920
  21. YATES SNOWDEN, LL. D, HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA – VOLUME V. , THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1920
  22. DR. J. B. O. LANDRUM AUTHOR OF #X02018;COLONIAL AND REVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF UPPER SOUTH CAROLINA, HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG COUNTY. , THE FRANKLIN PRTG. AND PUB. CO. GEO. W. HARRISON. GEN. MGR, 1900
  23. JOHN B. LANDRUM, HISTORY OF SPARTANBURG: EMBRACING AN ACCOUNT OF MANY IMPORTANT EVENTS, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF STATEMEN, DIVINE AND OTHER PUBLIC MEN AND THE NAMES OF OTHERS WORTHY OF RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF THEIR COUNTY, 1900
  24. GOTTHARDT DELLMAN BERNHEIM, HISTORY OF THE GERMAN SETTLEMENT OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH IN NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA: FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD OF THE COLONIZATION OF THE DUTCH, GERMAN AND SWISS SETTLERS TO THE CLOSE OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE PRESENT CENTURY, LUTHERAN BOOK STORE, 1872
  25. JAMES A. WALLACE, HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBURG CHURCH A DISCOURSE DELIVERED ON OCCASION OF THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WILLIAMSBURG CHURCH, JULY 4TH, 1856, BELL & JAMES PRINTERS, 1856
  26. WILLIAM BODDIE, HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY: SOMETHING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY FROM THE FIRST SETTLEMENT BY EUROPEANS ABOUT 1705 UNTIL 1923, 1923
  27. WILLIAM WILLIS BODDIE, HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBURG. , THE STATE COMPANY, 1923
  28. HISTORY, DESCRIPTION AND RESOURCES OF DARLINGTON COUNTY, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. , THE NEWS AND COURIER JOB PRESSES, 1874
  29. SAMUEL D. MCGILL, NARRATIVE OF REMINISCENCES IN WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY, BRYAN PRINT. CO., 1897
  30. EDWIN J. SCOTT, RANDOM RECOLLECTIONS OF A LONG LIFE, C. A. CALVO, JR, 1884
  31. REV. JOHN A. CHAPMAN, SCHOOL HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, WADDEY, 1897
  32. RALPH H. RAMSEY, JR, SUMTER COUNTY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL. , 1922
  33. JOHN B. O’NEALL, THE ANNALS OF NEWBERRY, S. G. COURTNAY, 1859
  34. S.S. CRITTENDEN, THE GREENVILLE CENTURY BOOK: COMPRISING AN ACCOUNT OF THE SETTLEMENT OF THE COUNTY, AND THE FOUNDING OF THE CITY OF GREENVILLE, S.C, PRESS OF GREENVILLE NEWS, 1903
  35. A. S. SALLEY, JR. MEMBER SOUTHERN HISTORY ASSOCIATION, THE HISTORY OF ORANGEBURG COUNTY SOUTH CAROLINA FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE CLOSE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. , 1898
  36. WILLIAM G. SIMMS, THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FROM ITS FIRST EUROPEAN DISCOVERY TO ITS ERECTION INTO A REPUBLIC; WITH A SUPPLEMENTARY BOOK, BRINGING THE NARRATIVE DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME, REDFIELD, 1860
  37. DAVID RAMSAY, THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA: FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT IN 1670 TO THE YEAR 1808 , DAVID LONGWORTH, 1809
  38. GEDDINGS HARDY CRAWFORD, WHO’S WHO IN SOUTH CAROLINA. , MCCAW OF COLUMBIA, 1921