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Guide to Chesterfield 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.

Chesterfield County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Chesterfield County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1798
County Seat Chesterfield

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

Chesterfield 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 1823 1861 1865 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Chesterfield Courthouse

Chesterfield County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709

Chesterfield County Clerk of Court
Courthouse, 200 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 529
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: 843-623-2574
Court records and deeds

Chesterfield County Probate Court
Courthouse, 200 West Main Street
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: 843-623-2376

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Historical Records[edit | edit source]

Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773)
Officially, Chesterfield County is named for British statesman Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (1694-1773) though some local tradition suggests that Chesterfield was named for Chesterfield County, Virginia.[3] Learn more about the history of Chesterfield County from the South Carolina State Library or from

Parent County/Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1785 - Thirty-three counties were created within existing South Carolina Districts. Chesterfield was created within Cheraw District.
  • 1800 - Chesterfield was re-christened a district and Cheraw District was abolished.
  • 1868 - Chesterfield and all other districts became counties.

Map Resources[edit | edit source]

For more information, including historical maps of Chesterfield County, see: South Carolina State Archives.

For animated maps illustrating South Carolina's county boundary changes, see the': "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987), freely-available for viewing at the, website.

County Seat[edit | edit source]

The county seat of Chesterfield County is Chesterfield.

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Hear it spoken.[4]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


During the Civil War, Chesterfield's courthouse records were evacuated to Columbia, South Carolina where they were destroyed by fire during Sherman's Union army occupation of that city in February 1865. Deed books have suffered heavy losses.

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Middendorf

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png South Carolina African Americans

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Enfield
  • Homestead
  • Lynchwood
  • Oakland - Cheraw
  • Red Oak Woods

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 5,216
1810 5,564 6.7%
1820 6,645 19.4%
1830 8,472 27.5%
1840 8,574 1.2%
1850 10,790 25.8%
1860 11,834 9.7%
1870 10,584 −10.6%
1880 16,345 54.4%
1890 18,468 13.0%
1900 20,401 10.5%
1910 26,301 28.9%
1920 31,969 21.6%
1930 34,334 7.4%
1940 35,963 4.7%
1950 36,236 0.8%
1960 33,717 −7.0%
1970 33,667 −0.1%
1980 38,161 13.3%
1990 38,577 1.1%
2000 42,768 10.9%
2010 46,734 9.3%
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1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Chesterfield 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.

See Chesterfield County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files The USGenWeb Census Project®

1800[edit | edit source]
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services and James C. Pigg. 1790 Cheraw District & 1800, 1810 Chesterfield County, S.C. Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.7 X2c
  • King, Walter. The Second Federal Census, South Carolina, Chesterfield County. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1800 
1810[edit | edit source]
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogical Services and James C. Pigg. 1790 Cheraw District & 1800, 1810 Chesterfield County, S.C. Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.7 X2c
1820[edit | edit source]
  • Thomas, Elizabeth Wood. 1820 Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Pass Christian, Miss.: Willo Institute of Genealogy, 1967. FHL Collection 975.763 B4t
  • Pigg, James C. 1820 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1996. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1820 
1820 Manufactures[edit | edit source]

The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517 - 1024518.

1830[edit | edit source]
  • Pigg, James C. 1830 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1995. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1830 
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners[edit | edit source]
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840; FHL Collection 2321; digital version at Google Books. See South Carolina, Chesterfield District on page 144.
1850 Agriculture[edit | edit source]
  • Pigg, James C. 1850 Federal Agricultural Census for Chesterfield County, South Carolina. 1996. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1850 
1850-1880 Mortality Schedules[edit | edit source]
  • Pigg, James C. Mortality Schedule, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Federal Census. Tega Cay, S.C.: J.C. Pigg, 1995. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1850-1880
1860[edit | edit source]
  • Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Services. 1860 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: Chesterfield County, S.C. Geneal. Services, J.C. Pigg, 1998. FHL Collection 975.763 X2p 1860
1870[edit | edit source]
  • Pigg, James C. and Chesterfield County, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Services. 1870 Federal Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Tega Cay, S.C.: The Services & J.C. Pigg, 1997. FHL Collection 975.763 X2f 1870

Church[edit | edit source]

Chesterfield County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

Church of England (Anglican, Episcopal)[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.png See St. David'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 Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 10,000 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.

  • Historical Society of Chesterfield County. Book Committee. The Heritage of Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Knoxville, Tenn.: Tennessee Valley Pub., 2004. FHL 975.763 H2h

Message Boards


  • Allen - Allen--Osborn--Alley, and Connected Families, Census Records, 1850-1870. MSS., 1937. FHL Film 1597818 Item 8.
  • Blakeney - Stringer, Mildred E. Blakeney, Stringer, Ware [and] Brinson, Heidleberg, McClammy. n.p.: M.E. Stringer, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 2698.
  • Boan - Melton, E. Frank. Descendants of Daniel Boan, Born ca. 1765 Ireland. Hartsville, S.C.: Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, 2003. FHL Book 929.273 B63me.
  • Buchanan - "Alexander Henry Riley's petition for a name change [to Alexander Henry Buchanan]," The Carolina Herald and Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan./Mar. 2005). FHL Book 975.7 B2c v. 33-34.
  • Bustin - Bustin, Larry. The Family History of George Washington Bustin. Laurel, Miss.: L. Bustin, 1979?. FHL Book 929.273 B969b.
  • Cochran - Cochran, Wayne E. T. Cochran Family. LaGrange, Ga.: T. Cochran, 199-. FHL Book 929.273 C643cw.
  • Eddins - Rivers, Minnie Lee Sanders and Sharon F. Corey. Descendants of Nehemiah and Bedie Eddins, Chesterfield, South Carolina. Mt. Croghan, S.C.: S.F. Corey, 2000. FHL 929.273 Ed23r Originally published 1926.
  • Ellis - Raymond, Charles E. Journey into the Past with Reverend John Ellis and Catherine McCraney: of Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Darlington District, South Carolina, Conecuh County, Alabama and Wilcox County, Alabama. Murrieta, Calif.: C.E. Raymond, 2006. FHL 929.273 EL59rc; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Eubanks - Jay, Ella Mae Eubanks. Eubanks, a Brief Historical and Genealogical Record. Meridian, Miss.: E.M.E. Jay, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 3941.
  • 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
  • Graves - Graves, Kenneth Vance. Robert Graves of Anson County, N. C. and Chesterfield County, S. C., Ancestors and Descendants (ca. 1580-1979) a Branch of the Descendants of Capt. Thomas Graves, 1608 Immigrant to Jamestown, Va.; Allied Families Include Austin, Bagley, Davis, Dunn, Guy, Pyle, Reeves, Sholars, Slater, Smith, Wallis, Ward, Weisinger and Others. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1980. FHL 929.273 G787g
  • Hendrick - Hendrix, GeLee Corley. "Benjamin Hendrick (1730-1818) of Virginia and Carolina and Some of His Descendants," The American Genealogist, Vol. 65, No. 1 (Jan. 1990):44-53. FHL 973 D25aga
  • Holifield - Daniel, Harland H. Two Hundred and One Years: This Book is Memories and History of John Holifield Family. 1972? FHL Book 929.273 H717a.
  • Hough - Geren, Emmie Hough. Hough Family (a Louisiana Family). Typescript, 1939-1952. FHL Film 1697429 Item 4; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • Hough - Hough, Granville W. Some Descendants of Needham and Rebecca Hough of SC, NC, GA & AL. Laguna Hills, Calif.: G.W. Hough, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 7327.
  • Jackson - Garner, Linda. Our Jackson Family: Descendants of Jesse & Delilah Jackson. Box Springs, Ga.: L. Garner, 1982, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 J135g.
  • Jones - Jones, Hazel Parker. The History of the Samuel Jones Family, Kershaw County, S.C. 1756-1960, Including Allied Families. Kershaw, S.C.: H.P. Jones, 1961. FHL Film 1697619 Item 5.
  • Jones - Jones, Hazel Parker. Book Two of the Samuel Jones Family, Kershaw County, S.C., 1756-1979: Including Allied Families. Kershaw, S.C.: H.P. Jones, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 J725j 1979.
  • Knotts - Knotts, Burton Ray. Knotts & Walrond Families of Randolph County, Arkansas. Little Rock, Ark.: B.R. Knotts, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 K759k.
  • Lowry - Wiggins, Marie Gulledge. "Lowry Family of Chesterfield Co., S.C.," Wiggins Genealogical Collection, MSS. Microfilmed 1990: FHL Film 1597762 Item 3.
  • McFarland - McFarland Family Records, 1755-1830. MSS. Microfilmed 1972: FHL Film 893741 Item 2.
  • McRae - Walker, Anne Kendrick. The Storied Kendalls; with Historical and Genealogical Records of Scottish and Allied Families. Richmond, Va.: Dietz Press, 1947. FHL Film 1321266 Item 2.
  • Murphy - Murphy, Joseph Albert. Murphy: Genealogy. 2003. FHL Book 929.273 M954mja.
  • Newman - Kewman, Kenneth L. Loose Ends: Some Newman Families. Jacksonville, Ala.: K.L. Newman, 1991? FHL Book 929.273 N462nkL.
  • Pate - Scarborough, Eleazer Pate. Pate History and Genealogy. Florence, S.C.: E.P. Scarborough, [1987?]. FHL Book 929.273 P271s.
  • Pigg - Pigg, James C. Antecedents and Descendants of Rev. Edward Pigg. Hartsville, S.C.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Darlington District Chapter, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 P624p.
  • Raley - Raley, William Lindsay. The Fabric of a Family: Some Ancestors and Descendants of William Charlie Raley, Julius Goodrich Hollister, John Lindsay Lowry and Michael Miller. Winter Haven, Fla.: W.L. Raley, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 R138r.
  • Reid - Reid, John Sharp. Family History, Chesterfield County, South Carolina; Anson County, North Carolina. Typescript. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 873454 Item 5.
  • Riley - "Alexander Henry Riley's petition for a name change [to Alexander Henry Buchanan]," The Carolina Herald and Newsletter, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan./Mar. 2005). FHL Book 975.7 B2c v. 33-34.
  • Rivers - Seymour, Geneva Bailey. Rivers - Eudy - Seymour. Lubbock, Texas: G.B. Seymour, 1981. FHL Book 929.273 R524s.
  • Rivers - Purvis, Charles Lee and Betty Lee Johnson. Descendants of William Rivers: Born about 1718 in England; Died before 1790, Chesterfield Co., SC. Ogden, Utah: C.L. Johnson and B.L. Johnson, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 R524p
  • Rivers - Purvis, Charles Lee. The Descendants of Isaac Rivers 1735-1999. Thomasville, N.C.: C.L. Purvis, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 R524pc.
  • Roberson - Derhak, Pauline McConkie, Jennis McConkie Betts and Sandra Estes Allen. John Newton Roberson, 1843-1915, and Martha Ann Davenport, 1843-1931, and Their Ancestors. 2 vols. West Valley City, Utah: Jennies Family Histories, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 R54d v. 1 - v. 2.
  • Sellers - Pigg, James C. Descendants of Hardy Sellers. Hartsville, S.C.: Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 Se48pj.
  • Shelby - Johnson, Johnnie Mullinax. Rees and Mary Shelby: Ancestors & Descendants. Athens, Texas: J.M. Johnson, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 Sh43jj
  • Turnage - Turnage, Wynne Edwards. Descendants of Isaac W. Turnage [and] William George Turnage, Olean Payne Turnage, Sr. Austin, Texas: W.E. Turnage, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 T849tw.
  • Welsh - Welch, Brian E. Welch Records in Sumter District and Other Areas of South Carolina. Columbia, S.C.: B.E. Welch, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 W442wb.
  • Winfrey - Davidson, Grace Gillam. Dyonisius Oliver, Georgia's Pioneer Realtor. Newspaper clipping. Microfilmed 1960: FHL Film 209591 Item 8.

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 show where you may best expect to find land records for Chesterfield County:

Tracing Land Currently in Chesterfield County with Parent Counties and Districts [6]
Date Government Office  
1868-Present Chesterfield County
1800-1865 Chesterfield District Records Lost
1785-1800 Chesterfield County Records Lost
1719-1785 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants

  • Some Chesterfield deeds may be found in Lancaster, Darlington and Marlboro counties of South Carolina, and neighboring North Carolina counites.
  • Antebellum deed books do not survive.

Conveyance Books

The earliest surviving Chesterfield County conveyance book begins in 1861 and is kept at the county courthouse. It has been microfilmed: FHL Collection 1449103

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Gardner, Miles. Further Tales of Murder and Mayhem : in Lancaster, Kershaw, and Chesterfield Counties  (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Company Publishers, c2006), 296 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 H2gm and Other Libraries.
  • Historical Society of Chesterfield County, Book Committee. The Heritage of Chesterfield County, South Carolina  (Knoxville, Tennessee : Tennessee Valley Pub., c2004 ), 374 pages. Includes: county & local Histories, organizations, schools, churches and many family histories. Book at FHL 975.763 H2h and Other Libraries
  • Gregg, Alexander.  History of the Old Cheraws : Containing an Account of the Aborigines of the Pedee, the First White Settlements, their Subsequent Progress, Civil Changes, the Struggle of the Revolution, and the Growth of the Country Afterward, Extending from About A.D. 1730 to 1810 with Notices of Families and Sketches of Individuals   (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967 ), 629 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 F2g 1967

Maps[edit | edit source]

Anson CountyUnion CountyLancaster CountyKershaw CountyLee CountyDarlington CountyMarlboro CountySC CHESTERFIELD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Chesterfield County for European settlers included:[7]

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]
  • "Revolutionary war pensioners, 1841," Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin, November 1965, Volume 2, Issue 3. Carolinas Genealogical Society : Monroe, NC. FHL Collection Book 975 B2c.
  • Raymond, Charles E. Chesterfield District, South Carolina Genealogical Links : and Revolutionary War Pension Data (1786-2855). Temecula, California : C.E. Raymond, 2010. FHL Collection Book 975.763 D2r.
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, Chesterfield County, p. 183. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (Butler's) (1st Regulars), Company A (also called Company B and Beauregard Artillery)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Artillery, Company D
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina State Troops, Company K
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's), Company A (may have been known as Charleston Light Dragoons) and Company B (also known as the Palmetto Rangers)
- 5th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Brown's), Company C
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers), Company K
- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Nelson's) (Enfield Rifles),
- Company A
- Company E
- Company F
- Company G
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry , Company H and Company I
- 8th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company B, Company C, and Company D
- 9th Battalion, South Carolina infantry (Smith's) (Pee Dee Legion), Company B, Company D, and Company E
- 9th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company F
- Garden's Company, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Light Battery)

Newspapers[edit | edit source]


The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Chesterfield 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:

  • Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin
  • Chesterfield District Chronicle

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.”[8] 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.

  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina estate records, ca. 1865-1927. South Carolina, Probate Court. Microeproduction of original manuscripts at the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina. FHL Film 2134779

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 Chesterfield County (the earliest are dated 1866).

Extant tax records are identified in:

  • Inventory of Local Government Records in the Old Vault, Chesterfield District Chronicle, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Winter 2006).

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 Chesterfield 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.

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 Chesterfield 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 Chesterfield 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]

Chesterfield County Library System includes the main Chesterfield County Library and four branches. Their catalog SClends is shared with the South Carolina State Library and a number of other county systems in the state.

Chesterfield County Library (HQ)
119 W. Main St.
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Telephone: (843) 623-7489
Fax: (843) 623-3295 )
Hours: M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM,Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM

  • Matheson Memorial Library
    227 Huger St.
    Cheraw, SC 29520
    Telephone: (843) 537-3571
    Fax: (843) 537-1248
    Hours: M-F 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM

  • Pageland Community Library
    109 West Blakeney St.
    Pageland, SC 29728
    Telephone: (843) 672-6930
    Fax: (843) 672-6670
    Hours: M-F 10:00AM-6:00PM, Sat 10:00AM-2:00PM

  • McBee Depot Library
    96 W. Pine Ave.
    McBee, SC 29101
    Telephone: (843) 335-7515
    Fax: (843) 335-6219
    Hours: T, Th 10:00AM-6:00PM

  • Fannie D. Lowry Memorial Library
    500 N. Main St.
    Jefferson, SC 29718
    Telephone: (843) 658-3966
    (843) 658-6695
    Hours: M,W,F 12:00PM-6:00PM

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

  • Historical Society of Chesterfield County
    100 East Main St.
    Chesterfield, SC 29709

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

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

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Chesterfield County, South Carolina" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_South_Carolina." accessed on the 3/27/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chesterfield 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. "Chesterfield County, South Carolina Carolana.
  4. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Chesterfield County, South Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_South_Carolina, accessed 22 December 2019.
  6. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
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