St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina
St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish has served historic Charles Town District and Berkeley County. Also known as White Church. Pompion Hill Chapel served as a chapel of ease to St. Thomas parishioners.
The churchwardens of St. Thomas and St. Dennis Parish reported the following poor tax statistics in 1751:
- 70,265 acres
- 2,062 slaves
- £21,366 at interest
South Carolina's "Anglican parishes were used as election districts and had responsibility for road development, care of the poor, and education."
- Borders Christ Church, St. James Goose Creek, St. James Santee, St. John's Berkeley, St. Philip's and St. Michael's, and St. Stephen's parishes. For a map, see: Early parishes in South Carolina. An overlay of districts is available at Carolana.com.
More than 100 graves from the parish church cemetery are described at Find A Grave. Includes transcripts and select photographs.
Many graves from Pompion Hill Chapel Cemetery are also described at Find A Grave.
- Webber, Mabel L. "Moore of St. Thomas' Parish," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Jul., 1926), pp. 156-169. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
- Dalcho, Frederick. An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina from the First Settlement of the Province, to the War of the Revolution; with Notices of the Present State of the Church in Each Parish and Some Account of the Early Civil History of Carolina, Never Before Published. Charleston: E. Thayer, 1820. FHL Film 22657; digital versions at Google Books; Internet Archive.
St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish has a rich archive of early records, including accounts, minutes, marriages, baptisms, christenings, births, deaths, and burials. In the 1950s, they were kept at the Bishop's office, St. Philip's Church, Charleston. Copies: FHL Film 22660 Item 3. Parish register copies: FHL Films 22744 Item 6, 22660 Item 4.
Parish registers have been abstracted:
- Clute, Robert F. The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish in South Carolina from 1680 to 1884. Charleston, S.C.: Evans & Cogswell, 1884. FHL Collection 975.7 A1 no. 33; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Google Books; Internet Archive; World Vital Records ($).
Marriage registers have been abstracted:
- Holcomb, Brent H. and Thomas L. Hollowak. South Carolina Marriages, 1688-1799. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980. FHL Book 975.7 V2hsc v. 1
Abstracts of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish Marriages 1751-1780 are available online, courtesy: South Carolina TriCounty Genealogy.
- St. Thomas Church, The Historical Marker Database
- White Church, Berkeley County (Cainhoy vicinity) in National Register Properties in South Carolina at SCDAH. Includes old photographs and history.
- Pompion Hill Chapel Marker, The Historical Marker Database
- St. Thomas Church Marker, The Historical Marker Database, accessed 17 February 2011.
- Pompion Hill Chapel, The Historical Marker Database, accessed 17 February 2011.
- Frederick Dalcho, An Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina from the First Settlement of the Province, to the War of the Revolution; with Notices of the Present State of the Church in Each Parish and Some Account of the Early Civil History of Carolina, Never Before Published (Charleston: E. Thayer, 1820), 284.
- Reported in the South Carolina Gazette, August 26, 1751, by Stephen Hartley and Andrew Hazell, Churchwardens, according to Philip D. Morgan, "A Profile of a Mid-Eighteenth Century South Carolina Parish: The Tax Return of Saint James', Goose Creek," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 81, No. 1 (Jan. 1980):52. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
- "The Formation of Counties in South Carolina," at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website, accessed 21 January 2011.