Ninety-Six District, South Carolina Genealogy

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Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

In 1768 South Carolina replaced all of her previous counties with seven court districts including the newly organized area of Ninety-Six District northwest of the previous counties. See the 1775 South Carolina map.

In 1785 South Carolina created six subordinate counties within the overarching Ninety-Six District:[1] (See the 1785 South Carolina map.)

In 1800 South Carolina abolished all her overarching districts including Ninety-Six District, Pendleton District, and Pinckney District. However, the remaining counties were often called districts as late as 1868.

Records[edit | edit source]

Surviving records of old Ninety-Six District are kept at the Abbeville County Courthouse.[2]

For documents of people who lived in this area from 1768 to 1800, look in:[3]

  • papers filed in the District Seat 1768-1781 at Ninety-Six Town, or 1781-1800 at Cambridge[1]
  • papers filed in the Washington/Pendleton District Seat 1791-1800 at Pickensville
  • papers filed in the Pinckney District Seat 1791-1800 at Pinckneyville
  • papers filed in the early capital at Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

  • A fire during the British occupation of Ninety-Six Town in 1781 destroyed most of the town, and its district records.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

See Ninety-Six District, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1779[edit | edit source]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

It is anticipated that 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]
  • [Butler] Jervey, Theodore D. "The Butlers of South Carolina," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 4 (Oct. 1903). FHL Book 929.273 B976dj; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Cheatham] Dennstedt, Alberta Marjorie. "The Cheatham Family of Colonial Virginia," in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 27, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1983):163-173; Vol. 27, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1983):273-279; Vol. 28, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1984):38-43; Vol. 28, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1984):102-112; Vol. 28, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1984):209-216; Vol. 28, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1984):293-297; Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1985):32-40; Vol. 29, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1985):123-127; Vol. 29, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1985):179-185; Vol. 29, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1985):262-265; Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1986):17-23; Vol. 30, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1986):99-104. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 27 (1983)-v. 30 (1986).
  • [Drake] Drake, Charles E. "The Drake Family of Ninety Six District and Abbeville County, South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Fall 2001):183-195. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 29
  • [Jackson] Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. "The Jacksons of Lower Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1986):163-169; Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1986):288-295; Vol. 31, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1987):11-18; Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1987):101-111; Vol. 31, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1987):195-204; Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1987):269-278; Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1988):49-57; Vol. 32, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1988):119-130; Vol. 32, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1988):185-192; Vol. 32, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1988):259-263; Vol. 33, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1989):34-44; Vol. 33, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1989):135-143; Vol. 33, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1989):204-207; Vol. 33, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1989):295-304. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 30 (1986)-v. 33 (1989).
  • [Maret(t)] Haines, Clara Mae. "Visit Our Family Tree," An index of descendents, ancestors and relatives of the Maret(t) family of Oconee County (Pendleton Dist./ Old 96th District), South Carolina. 352 Pages. Originally Published: July 1974; 1st Rev: April 1976; 2nd Rev: 1991; 3rd Rev: 2002. Digital version at

Land[edit | edit source]

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Ninety-Sixth District land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Ninety Six District, South Carolina, This is a great site that has maps and a history of the District.

References[edit | edit source]

  • First Settlers of South Carolina, 1670-80, by Agnes L. Baldwin; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1969
  • Inventory of County Archives of South Carolina, 14 vol., Historical Records Survey; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1937-1941
  • Research Materials in South Carolina, by John H. Moore; pub. Columbia, South Carolina, 1967
  • Bibliography of South Carolina, 1563-1950, 6 vol., Robert C. Turnbull; pub. Charlottesville, Virgina 1956-1960
  • The History of South Carolina, 4 vol., David D. Wallace; pub. New York, 1934

  1. 1.01.1 "A History of Ninety-Six District" in Carolana at (accessed 9 May 2011).
  2. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.
  3. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1770" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 7 May 2011).