Kingston County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Kingston County was created in 1785 within Georgetown District from the easternmost part of the overarching Georgetown District.[1] See the 1785 South Carolina map.

Kingston County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level, or at the Georgetown District level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.

In the 1790 federal census there is no mention of Kingston County or District; the area called All Saints Parish. In the 1800 federal census this area was identified as Waccamaw County.[2]

Kingston County was renamed Horry County in 1801.[2]

For documents of people who lived in this area 1785-1801, look in:[3]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at (accessed 28 April 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 A History of Kingston District (County) in Carolana at (accessed 5 May 2011).
  3. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1775" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 9 May 2011).