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Extinct South Carolina Counties:: (not linked unless noted, ):
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County Name
Bartholomew -
Berkeley -
Claremont -
Colleton -
Craven -
Granville -
Hilton -
Kingston -
Lewisburg -
Liberty -
Lincoln -
Marion -
Orange -
Pendleton -
Salem -
Shrewsbury -
Washington -
Winton -
Winyah -
Winston -
Factual information
Formed in 1785 From Charleston District (Extinct)
Formed in 1682 Proprietary "Co.", Extinct [1]
Formed in 1785 From Camden District, Extinct
Formed in 1682 Proprietary "Co.", Extinct [1]
Formed in 1682 Proprietary "Co.", Extinct [1]
Formed in 1785 From Beaufort District (Extinct, never functioned) [2]
Formed in 1785 From Beaufort District (Extinct, never functioned) [2]










Formed in 1785 From Orangeburg District [2]
Formed in 1785 From Georgetown Dist. (Early version Georgetown Co.) [2]
Functioned from 1785-1800. The remaining records (1785-1791) are in Barnwell
         Co..
Please Note:
Proprietary Counties
- [1] The first division of South Carolina into local polities occurred in 1682 when Berkeley, Colleton, and Craven proprietary counties were established; Carteret was added in 1685 and renamed Granville in 1708. These counties neither created nor kept records; their function was geographical. The proprietary counties served as districts for the assignment and election of representatives until 1716, militia duty, and general reference in land grants and conveyances (deeds). The proprietary counties were superceded by circuit court districts in 1769, but continued to be used as geographical references until the formation of counties within the circuit court districts in 1785. The forty-six current counties in South Carolina are listed with their proprietary counties in the listing of Proprietary Counties.

Counties in Districts - [2] Three districts; Beaufort, Charleston, and Georgetown were allowed to postpone the formation of Co. governments, and their counties never functioned. The residents of Orangeburgh District also preferred district government to Co. government, and three of the four counties in that district were disused from 1791 through 1799.



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County Name

Abbeville -
Allendale -
Anderson -

Barnwell -
Barnwell -
Beaufort -
Berkeley -
Berkeley -

Charleston -
Cherokee -
Chester -
Chester -
Clarendon -
Colleton -
Colleton -
Colleton -

Dorchester -

Edgefield -
Edgefield -

Fairfield -
Fairfield -

Greenville -

Horry -

Kershaw -
Kershaw -

Lancaster -
Lee -
Lexington -
Lexington -
Lexington -

Marlboro -

Newberry -

Oconee -
Orangeburg -

Pickens -

Richland -

Saluda -
Spartanburg -
Sumter -

Union -

Williamsburg -

York -
Society Name and Location

Abbeville County Historical Society (Abbeville, SC)
Allendale County Historical Society (Allendale, SC)
Anderson County Genealogical Society (Anderson, SC)

Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society (Aiken, SC)
Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society (Orangeburgh, SC)
Beaufort County Genealogical Society (Hilton Head Island, SC)
Berkeley County Historical Society (Moncks Corner, SC)
Berkeley County Huguenot Society of South Carolina (Moncks Corner, SC)

Charleston County Genealogical Society (Charleston, SC)
Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society (Gaffney, SC)
Chester District Genealogical Society (Richburg, SC)
Chester County Historical Society & Museum (Chester, SC)
Clarendon County Historical Society (Manning, SC)
Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (Blog) (Walterboro, SC)
Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (Walterboro, SC)
Old St. Bartholomew Chapter, SCGS (Walterboro, SC)

Upper Dorchester County Historical Society (Dorchester, SC)

Edgefield County Historical Society (Edgefield, SC)
Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society (Edgefield, SC)

South Carolina Genealogical Society, Fairfield Chapter (Winnsboro, SC)
Fairfield County Historical Society & Museum (Winnsboro, SC)

Greenville County Historical Society (Greenville, SC)

Horry County Historical Society (Conway, SC)

Catawba-Wateree Genealogical Society (Camden, SC)
Kershaw County Historical Society (Camden, SC)

Catawba-Wateree Genealogical Society (Camden, SC)
Lee County Historical Society (Bishopville, SC)
Lexington County Museum (Chapin, SC)
Lexington Genealogical Association (Lexington, SC)
South Carolina Genealogical Society, Dutch Fork Chapter (Chapin, SC)

Marlborough Historical Society (Bennettsville, SC)

Newberry County Historical & Museum Society (Newberry, SC)

Old Pendleton District Chapter of SCGS (Central, SC)
Orangeburg German-Swiss Genealogical Society (Orangeburg, SC)

Old Pendleton District Chapter of SCGS (Central, SC)

Columbia Chapter of SCGS (Columbia, SC)

Saluda County Historical Society (Saluda, SC)
Spartanburg County Historical Association (Spartanburg, SC)
Sumter County Genealogical Society (Sumter, SC)

Union County Historical Society (Union, SC)

Three Rivers Historical Society & Museum (Hemingway, SC)

York County Genealogical and Historical Society (Rock Hill, SC)


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