Colleton (1682-1768) County, South Carolina Genealogy

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History[edit | edit source]

  • Not to be confused with the Colleton County that existed 1785-1791.
  • Not to be confused with the Colleton County that has existed from 1800 to the present.

In 1682 the Proprietors created the original Colleton County out of Craven County which at first was all of South Carolina and more. At first Colleton County (1682-1768) was everything south of the Stono River in present-day Charleston County presumably all the way to Florida. In 1684 the southwest part of Colleton County was used to form Carteret County, South Carolina Genealogy[1] See the 1760 South Carolina map.

From 1682 to 1768 this original Colleton County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.[1]

Colleton (1682-1768) County was abolished in 1768.

For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in parish records, or for papers filed in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "A History of the Original Colleton County" in South Carolina - The Counties at (accessed 4 May 2011).