All Saints Parish, South Carolina

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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png All Saint's Parish

The parish is also known as All Saints Parish, Waccamaw.

Before the American Revolution, the state church of South Carolina was the Church of England (also called the Anglican Church, and later the Protestant Episcopal Church). Besides keeping parish registers, the church kept many records of a civil nature in their vestry books. South Carolina's "Anglican parishes were also used as election districts and had responsibility for road development, care of the poor, and education."[1]


All Saints Parish, Waccamaw, (Pawley's Island, Georgetown, SC) was created in 1767 from the coastal part of Prince George Parish, a part of Craven County.[2]


Borders: Prince George and Prince Frederick parishes and North Carolina border. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at

Areas Served: All Saints Parish, Waccamaw, served:

Modern equivalents: The originial parish covered part of what are present-day Georgetown, and Horry counties.[2]


Research Guides


500 of the graves at All Saints Parish Cemetery are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.

Hundreds of graves are also described at SCGenWeb.

Parish History

For an early history of the parish, see Chapter 11, All-Saints, Waccamaw, page 322, 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.

For some aspects of social life in All Saints Parish after the Civil War, see:

  • Harwell, Richard B. "The Hot and Hot Fish Club of All Saints Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan. 1947):40-47. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Parish Records

Parish registers have been abstracted in:

  • Bull, Henry DeSaussure. All Saints' Church, Waccamaw : The Parish, the Place, the People, 1739-1949. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1949. FHL Collection 975.789/P1 K2b

For an updated and corrected version, see:

  • Bull, Henry DeSaussure, Gertrude Cornish Bull, et al. All Saints Church, Waccamaw, 1739-1968: With Updates which Have Been Added Additional Text, Parish Register Updates, Appendixes, and Index, 1948/1968-1992. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint Company Publishers, 1994. FHL Collection 975.789/P1 K2b 1994




  1. "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).