Ninety-Six District, South Carolina Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 15:50, 10 May 2011 by DiltsGD (talk | contribs) (record loss)

Jump to: navigation, search

United StatesGotoarrow.pngSouth CarolinaGotoarrow.pngNinety-Six District

Historical Facts

In 1768 South Carolina replaced all of her previous counties with seven court districts including the newly organized area of Ninety-Six District northwest of the previous counties. See the 1775 South Carolina map.

In 1785 South Carolina created six subordinate counties within the overarching Ninety-Six District:[1] (See the 1785 South Carolina map.)

In 1800 South Carolina abolished all her overarching districts including Ninety-Six District, Pendleton District, and Pinckney District. However, the remaining counties were often called districts as late as 1868.

For documents of people who lived in this area from 1768 to 1800, look in:[2]

  • papers filed in the District Seat 1768-1781 at Ninety-Six Town, or 1781-1800 at Cambridge[1]
  • papers filed in the Washington/Pendleton District Seat 1791-1800 at Pickensville
  • papers filed in the Pinckney District Seat 1791-1800 at Pinckneyville
  • papers filed in the early capital at Charleston, South Carolina

Record Loss

  • A fire during the British occupation of Ninety-Six Town in 1781 destroyed most of the town, and its district records.


Research Guides


See Ninety-Six District, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]



It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Butler] Jervey, Theodore D. "The Butlers of South Carolina," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Oct. 1903). FHL Book 929.273 B976dj; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Drake] Drake, Charles E. "The Drake Family of Ninety Six District and Abbeville County, South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2001):183-195. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 29


The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Ninety-Sixth District land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:


Ninety Six District, South Carolina, This is a great site that has maps and a history of the District.


  • First Settlers of South Carolina, 1670-80, by Agnes L. Baldwin; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1969
  • Inventory of County Archives of South Carolina, 14 vol., Historical Records Survey; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1937-1941
  • Research Materials in South Carolina, by John H. Moore; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1967
  • Bibliography of South Carolina, 1563-1950, 6 vol., Robert C. Turnbull; pub. Charlottesville, Virgina 1956-1960
  • The History of South Carolina, 4 vol., David D. Wallace; pub. New York, 1934

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A History of Ninety-Six District" in Carolana at (accessed 9 May 2011).
  2. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).