Carteret County, South Carolina Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

Carteret County was created in 1684 from part of Colleton County. It included the land between the Combahee River and the Savannah River.

In 1708 Carteret County, was renamed Granville (1708-1768) County, causing the Carteret County name to go extinct in South Carolina.[1] See the south Savannah River side of the 1760 South Carolina map.

This early Carteret County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. No records 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]

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

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. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Resources[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A History of the Original Granville County" in South Carolina - The Counties at (accessed 28 April 2011).