Lexington (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Lexington (1785-1791) County was created in 1785 within Orangeburgh District from the northern quarter part of the overarching Orangeburgh District.[1] See the 1785 South Carolina map.

Lexington 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; 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.

Lexington County was abolished in 1791. [2]

During the American Civil War Sherman's Union army burned most of the records of this area stored in Orangeburg in 1865.[2]

For documents of people who lived in this area 1785-1791, look in parish records, in Saxe-Gotha Township records, or for papers filed in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/sc_counties_alphabetical_order.html (accessed 28 April 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 A History of Lexington County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Lexington_county_sc.html (accessed 5 May 2011).