Marion (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

  • Not to be confused with the modern Marion County that has existed since 1798.

Marion (1785-1791) County was created in 1785 in the overarching Charleston District from the upper half of present-day Berkeley County.[1] See the 1785 South Carolina map.

This original 1785 Marion County's boundaries in the overarching Charleston District were totally different from the modern Marion County created in 1798 by renaming Liberty County along the Pee Dee River in the overarching Georgetown District.[2]

Marion (1785-1791) 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.[1]

Marion (1785-1791) County was abolished in 1791.[2]

For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in parish records, or for papers filed in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "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 the First Marion County, South Carolina in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).