All Saints Parish, South Carolina Genealogy

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This parish is also known as All Saints Parish, Waccamaw.

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]

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Founded[edit | edit source]

All Saints Parish, Waccamaw, (Pawley's Island, Georgetown, SC) was created in 1767 from the coastal part of Prince George Parish, a part of Craven County.[2]

Boundary[edit | edit source]

Borders: Prince George Parish and the North Carolina border. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at

Areas Served: All Saints Parish, Waccamaw, served:

Modern equivalents: The original parish covered parts of what are present-day Georgetown, and Horry counties.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[edit | edit source]

500 of the graves at All Saints Parish Cemetery are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.

Hundreds of graves are also described at SCGenWeb.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 11, All-Saints, Waccamaw, page 322, 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.

For some aspects of social life in All Saints Parish after the Civil War, see:

  • Harwell, Richard B. "The Hot and Hot Fish Club of All Saints Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan. 1947):40-47. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Parish registers have been abstracted in:

  • Bull, Henry DeSaussure. All Saints' Church, Waccamaw : The Parish, the Place, the People, 1739-1949. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1949. FHL Collection 975.789/P1 K2b

For an updated and corrected version, see:

  • Bull, Henry DeSaussure, Gertrude Cornish Bull, et al. All Saints Church, Waccamaw, 1739-1968: With Updates which Have Been Added Additional Text, Parish Register Updates, Appendixes, and Index, 1948/1968-1992. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Company Publishers, 1994. FHL Collection 975.789/P1 K2b 1994

South Carolina Historical Society holdings: "All Saints’ (Episcopal) Church. Waccamaw. Vestry minutes, 1844-1893. 2 vols."

"Original and typescript minutes. Reports (1845) by building committee and rector on plans for alteration of the church. Information about church plate, linen, and furnishings; letter (1866) of resignation from the Rev. A. Glennie commenting on necessary contraction of the church as result of the war; Bishop W. B. W. Howe’s order of deposition (1876) of the Rev. P. F. Stevens from the Anglican priesthood. Among the names of well known lowcountry families appearing in the records are: Allston, Alston, Dunkin, Flagg, Hasell, Heriot, Mazÿck, Pyatt, Tucker, Ward, and Weston."[3]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Maps Tracing the Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 14 May 2019.
  2. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).
  3. Margaretta Childs, and Isabella G. Leland, "South Carolina Episcopal Church Records," South Carolina Historical Magazine 84 (October 1983): 259-60. Digital version at JSTOR ($). WorldCat entry. FHL Book 975.7 B2s v. 84.