St. Philips Parish, South Carolina

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History[edit | edit source]

St. Philip's Parish serves Charleston.

It was the city's first church. Made of wood, it was located at the southeast corner of Broad and Meeting streets. This structure was replaced by a more permanent edifice in 1723 and opened on Easter. St. Philips was the earliest Church of England in the Carolinas and was the first Protestant foundation south of Virginia.[1]

Founded[edit | edit source]

  • 1681

Boundary[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[edit | edit source]


About 2,000 of the cemetery's graves are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.

Parish History[edit | edit source]

For a history of the parish, see Chapter 2, St. Philip's Church, pages 26-74, and Chapter 3, pages 75-16 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.
  • Fraser, Walter J. Charleston! Charleston!. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1989. FHL Book 975.7915 H2f
  • McCrady, Edward. A Sketch of St. Philip's Church. Reprint, 2000.
  • Pine, W. Morton. Historic St. Philip's Church. 1981.
  • Thomas, Albert S. The Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina, 1820-1957. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1957.[2]

Parish Records[edit | edit source]

Parish Registers[edit | edit source]

The original St. Philip's Parish Registers are kept at the church. The collection was microfilmed by the South Carolina Historical Society and is available on microfiche there and at the Charleston County Public Library South Carolina Room.

Published abstracts:

  • Salley, A. S. The Register of St. Philip's Parish Charlestown (1720-1758). 1904.
  • Smith, D.E. Huger and A.S. Salley. Register of St. Philip's Parish, Charlestown or Charleston, 1754-1810. Charleston, S.C.: South Carolina Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1927
  • Pinckney, Elise, ed. Register of St. Philip's Church, Charleston, South Carolina, 1810 through 1822. [Charleston, S.C.] : National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina, 1973.

Marriages from the registers and other miscellaneous sources have been abstracted:

  • Holcomb, Brent H. and Thomas L. Hollowak. South Carolina Marriages, 1688-1799. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980. FHL Book 975.7 V2hsc v. 1
  • Holcomb, Brent H. and Thomas L. Hollowak. South Carolina Marriages, 1800-1820. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. FHL Book 975.7 V2hsc v. 2
  • Holcomb, Brent H. and Thomas L. Hollowak. South Carolina Marriages, 1688-1820. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1984. FHL Book 975.7 V2hsc v. 3

In 1951-1952, the Genealogical Society of Utah microfilmed some of the later registers and typescripts of other parish registers, created by the WPA in the 1930s and 1940s: FHL Films 23339, 22740 Items 3-5, 22741 Items 1-3.

The following Charleston church records have been indexed on the International Genealogical Index:[3]

Church Baptisms Batch Marriages Batch
St. Philip 1718-1810 C505491 1720-1802 M505491

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: St. Philip's Parish

References[edit | edit source]

  1. History of Charleston County South Carolina, by Thomas Petigru Lesesne, 1931 FHL book 975.7915 D3l or FHL film 1598278 item 2.
  2. This list is based on the history section of the church website.
  3. Hugh Wallis, IGI Batch Numbers for South Carolina, USA, accessed 14 September 2010.