The road to genealogy is tedious. However, where there is a will, there is a way! Old roads lead to country homes, churches and cemeteries. One should always be on the lookout for old maps because the names of towns and communities change. Also, borders. Once, I researched a family and came to a deadend in the census records. The one particular family was not listed in the county where he resided. Only to discover later that according to an old map, he resided in the adjacent county, one whose boundaries had changed! The map is a very big item for genealogist, because it helps the researcher to understand the movements of families, where they resided, and their neighbors. The elusive marriage record may be discovered in another county altogether, where other relatives resided. Much later, while reading old Revolutionary War Pensions, I discovered that my ancestor had relatives in Abbeville County and that after the war certain of these relatives had removed to Georgia. Not only that, but the marriages were fond in Abbeville, where they no doubt had other close relationships. Taking out the map, perusing the legend, visiting the old homeplace, reading deeds and other documents at the court house, enhance the understanding. If we know "why", we can find answers!
Use Deeds and Tax Digests to Help Locate Property
It is essential for the genealogist to search the deed records in the county where the ancestors resided. The reason is to learn what State and County they originated from beforehand and other pertinent details. The problem with old deeds, however, is the vagueness of the land description. That is because the earliest transactions were from land grants and were measured by chains, oak trees, pine forests and the like. There were no adjoining neighbors until the area began to be populated. Therefore, next we go to the Tax Digests and follow the trail annually, by each payment or declaration of tax. From one year to the next, more acreage could be added in other counties. Watch for names of adjoining neighbors, the amount of acreage, waterways and streams, and the like. The next thing to do is obtain a county map with a good legend of churches and cemeteries. You will be surprised what you find! Visit the area, speak with neighbors, use the map.
About South Carolina Congregations
If you are searching for ancestors in SC during the 18th century, it is best to study the religious colonies of the times. The reason is that ministers from Germany, Scotland and Irish were responsible for bringing congregations. Because those particular ministers concentrated on certain European districts to gather their flock and transport to America, the information will open doors of where to search next.
Marion County Wills and Estates
Marion County was initially created in 1785 as the county of Liberty in old Georgetown District, one of the original judicial districts created in 1769. In 1798 when courthouse districts were created in South Carolina, the name Marion District was named after General Francis Marion who was born in St. John;'s Parish, near Georgetown, South Carolina. Early settlers: William; Britton, Joseph Burch, John; Burnett, Joshua Dennis, James; Crawford, Joseph Gregg, William; Griggs, James; Keen, Edwards Owens, Daniel Stone, Anthony Sweet, Jesse Wiggins.