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Guide to Colleton County, South Carolina Genealogy ancestry, family history and genealogy court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.

Colleton County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Colleton County
Location in the state of South Carolina, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1798
County Seat Walterboro

County in South Carolina Lowcountry.

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Sir John Colleton, 1st Baronet, one of the eight Lords Proprietor of the Province of Carolina The County is located in the southcentral area of the state.[1]

Colleton County, South Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1911 1915 1865 1865 1865 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Colleton County Courthouse
101 Hampton Street
Walterboro, SC 29488

Colleton County Probate Court
188 N. Walter Street
P.O. Box 1036
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: 843-549-7216
Marriage and probate records

Colleton County Clerk of Court
101 Hampton Street
P.O. Box 620
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: 843-549-5791
Court and land records

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

History[edit | edit source]

Colleton County is named for Sir John Colleton (1608-1666), one of the original Lord Proprietors of South Carolina. [3] Colleton County has existed in several different incarnations. It was created as one of the original South Carolina counties in 1682. At the time, all formal business was conducted in Charles Town and the counties were used to locate property. The original Colleton County was abolished in 1768 after the District Court Act was passed. Colleton County was created again in 1785 with the passage of the 1785 County Court Act but never became functional and was abolished in 1798. The present day Colleton County (then a district) was established in 1800.[4] Learn more about the history of Colleton County from the South Carolina State Library or from

Parent County/Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1682 - Colleton created as one of the original Proprietary Counties of South Carolina.
  • 1706 - Parishes created within the borders of Berkeley County included St. Bartholomews and St. Pauls.
  • 1717 - St. George Dorchester Parish created frm the St. Pauls Parish within Colleton's borders.
  • 1733 - County boundaries extended inland.
  • 1734 - St. Johns Colleton Parish created from St. Pauls Parish within Colleton's borders.
  • 1769 - Counties eliminated in favor of Districts. Colleton became a part of Charleston District.
  • 1785 - A new version of Colleton County (covering a different area) created within Charleston District. Never became functional.
  • 1800 - Non-functioning Colleton County abolished. Colleton District created from Charleston (with different boundaries).
  • 1816 - Colleton gained from Charleston District.
  • 1868 - Colleton and all other districts became counties.
  • 1897 - Dorchester created from Berkeley and Colleton Counties.
  • 1911 - Charleston gained from Colleton County.
  • 1919 - Bamberg gained from Colleton County.
  • 1920 - Bamberg gained from Colleton County.
  • 1975 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.
  • 1987 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.

For more information as well as maps of Colleton County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the website.

County Seat[edit | edit source]

The county seat of Colleton County is Walterboro.

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Hear it spoken.[5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


Records were evacuated to Columbia in February 1865, where fire destroyed them. Virtually no pre-1865 records survived. Deeds have suffered heavy losses.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png Colleton County, South Carolina African Americans

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
SCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
SCGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See South Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 24,903
1810 26,359 5.8%
1820 26,404 0.2%
1830 27,256 3.2%
1840 25,548 −6.3%
1850 39,505 54.6%
1860 41,916 6.1%
1870 25,410 −39.4%
1880 36,386 43.2%
1890 40,293 10.7%
1900 33,452 −17.0%
1910 35,390 5.8%
1920 29,897 −15.5%
1930 25,821 −13.6%
1940 26,268 1.7%
1950 28,242 7.5%
1960 27,816 −1.5%
1970 27,622 −0.7%
1980 31,776 15.0%
1990 34,377 8.2%
2000 38,264 11.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Colleton County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.


  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Colleton, South Carolina Census Complete Transcription of the Federal Census Records; 1790 Charleston District Census, St. Bartholomew's, St. George's-Dorchester; St. Paul's and St. John's-Colleton Parishes 1800 Colleton District Census--St. Bartholomew's, St. George's-Dorchester and St. Paul's Parishes; 1810 Colleton District Census. High Point, N.C.: Alligator Creek Genealogy Publications, 1998. FHL Collection 975.79 X2j


  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Colleton, South Carolina Census Complete Transcription of the Federal Census Records; 1790 Charleston District Census, St. Bartholomew's, St. George's-Dorchester; St. Paul's and St. John's-Colleton Parishes 1800 Colleton District Census--St. Bartholomew's, St. George's-Dorchester and St. Paul's Parishes; 1810 Colleton District Census. High Point, N.C.: Alligator Creek Genealogy Publications, 1998. FHL Collection 975.79 X2j


  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. 1820 Colleton, South Carolina Census. High Point, N.C.: Alligator Creek Genealogy Publications, 1998. FHL Collection 975.795 X2j 1820

Church[edit | edit source]

Church of England[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png See also St. Bartholomew's Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. John's Colleton Parish
Gotoarrow.png See also St. Paul's Parish

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Colleton County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested. 

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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)


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Colleton, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 20,000 entries.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards


  • Beamer - Curtis, Oscar F. Miscellaneous Genealogical Material. MSS. Copy: FHL Film 1638365 Item 5
  • Brothers - Brothers, William P. Records of the Families of Brothers, Swan, Bonar/Reeves, Beardsley. Palo Alto, Calif.: Nonpareil Press, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 B795bw
  • Ford - Patillo, Edward. "Ford of the Low Country," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Reseach, Vol. 32, No. 2 (Spring 2004):63-72; Vol. 32, No. 3 (Summer 2004):133-142; Vol. 33, No. 1 (Winter 2005):44-52. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32-33
  • Fraser - Quander, Rohulamin. Their Stories Must Be Told: An Abridged History of the Fraser-Pearson-Lee-Powell Families of Waterboro Township and Colleton County, South Carolina. Washington, D.C.: Quander Historical Society, 1999. FHL 929.273 Q25q
  • Freeman - Crumb, D.F. All About Us [the Freeman Lineage with Connecting Lines and Inserts of Other Franklin/Amite County Families]. South Jordan, Utah: C.A. Ormond, n.d. FHL Fook 929.273 F877c
  • Glover - Glover, Jim. Colonel Joseph Glover (1719-1783) and His Descendants: Thirteen Generations of the Glover Family. Marietta, Ga.: J.B. Glover, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 G518gj
  • Hardy - Brayton, John Anderson. "Check the Original! Two Lessons Learned the Hard Way, Part 1: Hardy of South Carolina - A 'Discreet' Omission to Hide an Indiscretion," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 90, No. 1 (March 2002):69-73. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 90
  • Hayne - Hayne Family of South Carolina Including: Splatt, Heyward, McCall, Martin, Davidge, Brevard, Cleveland, Shubrick, Woodward, Simmons, Barnwell, Perry, Beattie, Courtenay, Adams, Huger, Motte and Trapier. MSS. Microfilmed 1983. FHL Fiche 6018783
  • Inabnit - Lefvendahl, Georgie Inabinet Adams. The Inabnit Family of South Carolina: Volume III. Some of the Inabnit, Inabnet, Inabinett Families of Colleton, Charleston, and Lower Orangeburgh Districts and Counties. [Orangeburg, S.C.: n.p.], 1970. FHL 929.273 In1L
  • Jenkins - Webber, Mabel L. "Descendants of John Jenkins, of St. John's Colleton," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 20, No. 4 (Oct., 1919), pp. 223-251. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Johns - Johns, Burton E. Jeremiah E. Johns: The Descendants of Jeremiah Johns (1788-1869), of Colleton County, South Carolina; of Wayne County, Georgia; of Hamilton County, Florida. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2002. FHL 929.273 J623j
  • Lawton - Harrell, Carolyn Willingham Lawton. Kith and Kin - A Portrait of a Southern Family, 1630-1934. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1984. FHL Book 929.273 L448h
  • Linder - Linder, Myrtle Kinard and Billy Royce Linder. Southern Linders: Jacob Simon Linder of Colleton County, South Carolina. 2 vols. Smoaks, S.C.: M.K. Linder, 1988. FHL 929.273 L643Li v. 2
  • McIntosh - Swinton Family, ca. 1060-1883. MSS. Microfilmed 1958. FHL Film 184501 Item 7
  • O'Quinn - O'Quinn, John Kenneth. O'Quinn Cousins, by the Dozens. Spartanburg, S.C.: Reprint, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 Oq5oj; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Padgett - William Padgett Family Bible [Records, 1782-1856]. MSS. Microfilmed 1990. FHL Film 1065185 Item 1 Includes genealogical information.
  • Padgett - Sikes, Florence Padgett and Jacklyn Padgett Staats. Padgetts, Then and Now. 2 vols. Riverview, Fla.: Padgett Sisters, [1994?]. FHL Book 929.273 P133p
  • Pinckney - Powell, Mary Pinckney. Over Home, the Heritage of Pinckneys of Pinckney Colony, Bluffton, South Carolina. Beaufort, S.C.: M.P. Powell, 1982. FamilySearch Digital Library; FHL Book 929.273 P651p.
  • Pinckney - Powell, Mary Pinckney. Back Over Home, the Heritage of Pinckneys of Pinckney Colony, Bluffton, South Carolina. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bryan, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 P651po
  • Raysor - Bryan, David M. "Charleston Lady to Frontier Widow ... and Back!: The Saga of Elizabeth Chalmers Raysor," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Fall 2009):187-194. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37
  • Rogers - Banister, Eme O'Dell. The Family of Rogers of the Piedmont Section, South Carolina & Allied Families. Microfilmed 1983. FHL Book 929.273 R631b
  • Spell - Herreid, Charlene Humphries. "A Tale of Two Charners," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2010):79-82. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38
  • Stokes - Stokes, Joseph Jackson. Henry Stokes of Colleton County, South Carolina, His Ancestry and Descendents: The Stokes, Risher, Byrd, Hunter and Allied Families of the South Carolina Low Country. Atlanta, Ga.: J.J. Stokes, 1996. FHL 929.273 St67sjj
  • Stokes - Linder, Bill R. Bill R. Linder's Genealogical Collection. MSS. Microfilmed 2001. FHL Film
  • Williams - Williams, Rufie Lee. The Family of John and Frances Williams. Aberdeen, Miss.: Almond Print., 1989. FHL Book 929.273 W673wi
  • Woodin - Delorey, Janet Ireland. "John Woodin, Brickmaker, of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and South Carolina," The American Genealogist, Vol. 64, No. 4 (Oct. 1989):238-245. FHL 973 D25aga

Land[edit | edit source]

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Colleton County:

Tracing Land Currently in Colleton County with Parent Counties and Districts [7]
Date Government Office  
1866-Present Colleton County
1800-1866 Colleton District Records Lost
1710-1800 Charleston District
1670-1710 Proprietary Land Grants
  • Some deeds for Colleton County may be found in Barnwell County.
Deeds[edit | edit source]

Antebellum deed books are lost; however, a guide has been published to help researchers study the pre-Civil War period:

  • McElligott, Carroll Ainsworth and Ronald J. McElligott. A Guide to the Pre-Civil War Land Records of Colleton County, South Carolina: Abstracts of Land Records Executed Prior to 1 January 1866 from the Direct Index to Deeds, 1865-1974. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2000. FHL Collection 975.795 R2m

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Bryan, Evelyn McDaniel Frazier.  Colleton County, S.C. : a History of the First 160 Years, 1670-1830.   (Jacksonville, Florida : Florentine Press, 1993, c1993 ; Columbia, South Carolina : R.L. Bryan), 243 pages. This book, is relating the first 160 years of the history of Colleton County. A story of the people & the main events occuring in the county. Book at FHL 975.795 H2b and Other Libraries.
  • Linder, Suzanne Cameron.   Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin, 1860. (Columbia, South Carolina: S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, c1995), 684 pages. The plantations were in Beaufort, Colleton & Charleston counties. Book at FHL 975.79 R2L and Other Libraries
  • Glover, Beulah. Narratives of Colleton County : the Land Lying Between the Edisto and Combahee River.(S.l. : s.n., c1963), 239 pages. History of Colleton County starting in 1682. Book at FHL 975.795 H2gb.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Bamberg CountyOrangeburg CountyDorchester CountyCharleston CountyColleton CountyHampton CountyAllendale CountyBeaufort CountySC COLLETON.PNG

Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Colleton County for European settlers included:[8]

Military[edit | edit source]

French and Indian War[edit | edit source]
  • Weir, Robert M. "Muster Rolls of the South Carolina Granville and Colleton County Regiments of Militia, 1756," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Oct., 1969), pp. 226-239. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • "Muster rolls of Colleton co. regim., 1756," South Carolina Historical Magazine, October 1969, Volume 70, Issue 4. South Carolina History Society: Charleston, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.7 B2s.
War of 1812[edit | edit source]
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Colleton County, p. 184. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.
Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
  • "Revolutionary War Volunteer Roll, 1775," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, March 1930, Volume 18, Issue 1. National Genealogical Society: Arlington,VA.
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Civil War service men from Colleton County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies and regiments that were formed with many men from Colleton County:

- 1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia), Company I
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Mounted Militia,
- Campbell's Company (also known as Marion Scouts or Marion Troop)
- Earnest's Company (also known as Marion Rangers or Marion Troop)
- Green's Company (also known as Salkehatchie Guerrillas)
- D. B. Heyward's Company (also known as Marion Men of Combahee)
- King's Company (also known as St. Paul's Home Guard or St. Paul's Mounted Men)
- Oswald's Company (also known as Grey Riders of St. Bartholomew's)
- Scott's Company (also known as St. Paul Rangers)
- Smith's Company (also known as Beech Hill Rangers)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry, Company E (also known as James D. Trezevant's Cavalry and Fort Motte Rangers) and Company I (also known as J.R.P. Cavalry and Round O Troop)
- 2nd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves, Company C (also known as the Spartan Rangers, the Spartanburg Rangers and the Spartan Rangers Independent Cavalry Reserves)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry, Company B (also known as Beaufort Detachment, Hampton Legion, Beaufort District Troop, Beaufort Dragoons)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia), Company F
- 2nd Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry Reserves, Company B (also known as the Marion Men of Combahee), Calhoon Minute Men (also known as the Calhoon Mounted Men and Martin's Company, South Carolina Volunteers), and possibly the Colleton Rangers
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina State Troops (6 months 1863-64), Company D and Company H
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry, Company D (also known as the Wassamassaw Cavalry or Wassa Massaw Rangers)
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion), Company F (also known as the Chestnut Light Artillery)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry,
- Company A (also known as the Marion Men of Combahee)
- Company B (also known as the Colleton Rangers)
- Company E (also known as the Calhoun Mounted Men or Calhoun Minute Men)
- Company F (also known as the St. Peter's Guards)
- Company I (also known as the Rebel Troops)
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's), Company G
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Ferguson's), Company C
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63), Company F
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers), Company B and Company H
- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Nelson's) (Enfield Rifles), Company E
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry , Company B and Company G
- 8th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Stalling's), Company B
- 10th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry, Company C
- 11th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (9th Volunteers), Company B, Company G, Company H, and Company K
- 11th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves(90 days 1862-63), Company C, Company I, and Company K
- 16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry, Company B
- 24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company C and Company E

Newspapers[edit | edit source]


The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Colleton County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

University of South Carolina Library Catalog


Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Rice Planter
  • South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[9] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. FHL 942 P27c 2007 Includes wills of residents of Colleton County proved in London, see place-name index. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Colleton County.

Published abstracts:

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth[edit | edit source]

State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Colleton County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Births and Birth Substitutes - Indexes

Marriage[edit | edit source]

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Colleton County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.  See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

State-wide death registration began in 1915.  For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Colleton County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums[edit | edit source]

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Colleton Memorial Library
    600 Hampton Street
    Walterboro, SC 29488
    Telephone: 843-549-5621 
    Fax: 843-549-5122
    Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sunday Closed
    The Colleston Memorial Library is part of the SCLends catalog system.

  • Edisto Beach Library
    71 Station Court
    P O Box 760
    Edisto Beach, SC 29438
    Telephone / Fax (843) 869-2499
    Hours: Tuesday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., Wednesday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Closed 12:30 - 1:00, 
    Thursday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Colleton Museum
    239 North Jefferies Boulevard
    Walterboro, SC 29488
    Phone: 843-549-2303
    Museum Hours: Monday - Noon - 4PM, Tuesday to Friday 10AM-5PM
    Admission: FREE
    The museum features a permanent collection which explores the history of Colleton County from prehistoric times to the early 1900's.  

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage [edit | edit source]

  • Colleton Genealogical Society
    2917 Woodway Lane, Columbia SC 29223
    (803) 896-6100
    Website Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Colleton County, South Carolina

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Colleton County, South Carolina" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_South_Carolina." accessed 25/06/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Colleton County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.
  3. South Carolina State Library, "Colleton County".
  4. "Colleton County," South Carolina State Library.
  5. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Colleton County, South Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_South_Carolina, accessed 22 December 2019.
  7. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  9. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  10. Mary Bondurant Warren, Citizens and Immigrants--South Carolina, 1768 (Athens, Ga.: Heritage Papers, 1994).
  11. South Carolina, Probate Court (Colleton County), Colleton County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. July 1911-Jan. 1951, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001.