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The 1866 estate inventory of Hugh Wilson of Wadmalaw Island, SC, lists the names of 136 enslaved people freed by the United States government at the end of the Civil War. Will You can view the will of Hugh Wilson1 on FamilySearch, here. The will mentions the following...
The estate inventory of John Raven Mathews, filed May 8, 1867, includes a list of more than 170 enslaved people who were freed by the United States government in 1865. Although the enslaved community held by Mathews had been freed two years before Mathews' death in...
Enslaved Ancestors at White Hall and Goshen Plantations, Estate of Thomas Porcher, Berkeley, SC, 1843
The estate inventory of Thomas Porcher, made at White Hall and Goshen plantations near Pinopolis in Berkeley, SC on 24 Nov 1843, lists the names of 135 enslaved people at White Hall and 106 enslaved people at Goshen1. This document was indexed by Alana Thevenet. Those...
In the years between 1865 and 1872, the Freedmen's Bureau provided inpatient and outpatient medical care to Freedmen and poor whites at hospitals established in the former slaveholding states. The register below, transcribed by Alana Thevenet, records the names of...
The Freedmen's Bureau provided many services to Freedmen and poor white refugees during its operations in the former slaveholding states. In the years between 1865 and 1872, the bureau established hospitals and provided inpatient and outpatient medical care to many...
Enslaved Ancestors on 5 Plantations in the Estate of John McPherson, Beaufort and Colleton Counties, SC, Africans Noted
The estate inventory of John McPherson, made in December of 1806, lists enslaved ancestors at Laureum, Pine Comfort, Cotton Hall and Heneka Hill Plantations in Prince William Parish, Beaufort District, and Newton on Pon Pon in Colleton District, SC. This document was...
In December of 1859, more than 200 enslaved ancestors were listed at Pimlico Plantation, Berkeley County, SC in the estate inventory of James Gadsden (b. 15 May 1788, d. 26 Dec 1858) of Charleston, SC. On 9 Jan 1860, 235 enslaved people...
The estate inventory of William G. Baynard of Edisto Island, SC, filed 17 January 1862, lists the names of 167 enslaved people. Enslaved ancestors listed in the estate were: · Emanuel · Shedrick · Daniel · Rachel · Nanny · Tyra · Emanuel · William · Virginia · Charity...
RootsTech 2017 was a whirlwind! More than 200 class sessions to choose from, an incredible Expo Hall, the Innovator Showdown, keynote addresses and the camaraderie of Genfriends made this year's RootsTech conference special. Lowcountry Africana was there! Please read...
The estate inventory of Alexander E. Gadsden, made 29 Oct 1864, lists the names of 42 enslaved people at Palo Alto Plantation, McClellanville, St. James Santee in Berkeley County, SC. Slaves listed in the estate were: Primus Maria Dorcas Frank Sophy Margaret Julianne...
South Carolina Ancestors
In the years between 1865 and 1872, the Freedmen's Bureau provided inpatient and outpatient medical care to Freedmen and poor whites at hospitals established in the former slaveholding states. The register below, transcribed by Alana Thevenet, records the names of...read more
The Freedmen's Bureau provided many services to Freedmen and poor white refugees during its operations in the former slaveholding states. In the years between 1865 and 1872, the bureau established hospitals and provided inpatient and outpatient medical care to many...read more
Plantations were the sites of unspeakable tragedies - unrelenting labor from sunup to sundown and in many cases, violence and rape. Enslaved people lived in houses where an entire family shared a small, single room with a fireplace and nothing more. In some...read more
Freedmen's Labor Contracts Charleston County, SC, Contracts Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1868 NARA Record Group 105 M1910, Reel 63, Target 12 TITLE OF CONTRACT: P.M.C. Earnest...read more
USCT Bounty Claims and the Information They Contain Above: Announcement of Additional Military Bounties, Charleston Daily News, 12 Nov 1866 1 USCT Bounty Claims Bounties were monetary or material incentives paid for enlisting in the military, or rewards for...read more
FamilySearch South Carolina Collections (current to Dec 2013): FamilySearch Collections: Title Records Last Updated South Carolina, Births and Christenings, 1846-1935 14,805 9 Mar 2012 South Carolina, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865...read more
Source: United States, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. Marriage and Divorce Records for Charleston, Strawberry Ferry, Johns Island, and Camden, 1865-1866. South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Series Number .F601301, Record Group Number...read more
MARRIED In this city, by Rev. T.W. Lewis, Andrew Smalls to Tena Palmer. 10th Harry White to Marg't Green. Nov. 17, John Moore to Nancy Ann Ore(?). Nov 23, Joseph Richardson to Anna Lawrence. On Sunday, 17th Inst., by Rev. Jacob Legare, Mr. Joseph...read more
FamilySearch recently released more than 875,000 digital images of South Carolina county probate records. These new records, previously available only in county probate offices or on microfilm, may now be browsed online at FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org)....read more
Immediately following the Civil War, group labor contracts were the means by which the transition from slave to paid agricultural labor was made. After the Freedmen's Bureau withdrew from the southern states, contract labor gave way to tenant farming and the crop lien...read more
Heritage Travel Comes of Age A Guest Post by Thomas MacEntee There comes a time in our lives when the need to learn more about our ancestors “kicks in.” The timing is different for everyone, but one component of the discovery process that more and more people are...read more
Coming Soon! Wednesday, November 6, 2013, we will launch the new Lowcountry Roots Travel blog on LCA! And who better to launch a travel blog than Genealogy Travel Ninja Thomas MacEntee? Thomas has just published the Kindle book Family History Trippin' - A Guide to...read more