Welcome to the Restore the Ancestors Project!

This project is a collaboration between Fold3 (Formerly Footnote.com), the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection.

When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors from Charleston and surrounding counties will be restored to history in a free online collection, preserved for generations to come.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SC Estate Inventories: Restoring African American History in Burned Counties

[This is the second of a series of posts where we will take an in-depth look at the new FREE Footnote Collection SC Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872. Today we focus on how your hard work in indexing these records is restoring history for SC's burned counties. Here's a link to the first article in case you missed it.]

Researchers seeking African American family history for Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Georgetown and Orangeburg Counties in South Carolina face major challenges, as some or all of those counties' Antebellum records were destroyed by fire.

Records for Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton and Orangeburg Counties were evacuated to Columbia for safekeeping during the Civil War, but were burned there in February of 1865 when Union troops passed through that city. Georgetown records were removed to the Chesterfield courthouse but were burned there in March of 1865.

Researchers seeking to reconstruct the slave genealogy of South Carolina's burned counties have had to rely upon plantation journals and church records to reconstruct family history.

Until now, that is. Until YOU! Your volunteer indexing efforts are bringing tremendous new discoveries to light for South Carolina's burned counties, and new document discoveries are emerging every week!

Here are records you, our wonderful volunteers, have discovered for Beaufort and Georgetown Counties so far. If you are researching in burned counties, please be sure to continue checking the Index Page for new discoveries:

Beaufort County:
Slaves in the Estate of William Edings, Beaufort County, SC, 1859 Indexed by Toni
Slaves at Spring Island and Pineland Plantations, Beaufort County, SC, 1859 Indexed by Toni
Slaves at the Clydesdale Plantation of D E Huger, Beaufort, SC, 1855 Indexed by Alana

Colleton County:
Sale, 93 Slaves and 3 Plantations of Alexander England, Colleton, SC, 1850 Indexed by Felicia R. Mathis
110 Slaves in the Estate of Eliza Flynn, Colleton County, SC, 1845 Indexed by Toni
1,648 Slaves in the Estate of Nathaniel Heyward, Colleton, SC, 1851 Indexed by Aaron Dorsey

Georgetown County:
Slaves in the Estate of Esther Belin, Sandy Knowe Plantation, Georgetown, SC, 1851 Indexed by Penny Worley
Slaves in the Estate of Samuel Cordes, North Santee, Georgetown, SC, 1858 Indexed by Alana
Slaves at Hopsewee Plantation, Santee River, Georgetown, SC, 1854 Indexed by Alana
Slaves at the White Oak and Ogilvie Plantations of Joseph Manigault, Georgetown, SC, 1844
Slaves at Indian Field Plantation, South Santee, Georgetown Co., SC, 1863 Indexed by Alana
117 Slaves in the Estate of William McKenzie Parker, Georgetown, SC, 1861 Indexed by Toni
Slaves in the Estate of Eliza Pinckney, Santee, Georgetown County, SC, 1863 Indexed by Toni
141 Slaves in the Estate of Robert Pringle, Georgetown, SC, 1861 Indexed by Penny
Slaves at Harrietta Plantation, McClellanville, Georgetown County, SC, 1859 Indexed by Alana
Slaves at Tranquility Plantation, North Santee, Georgetown, SC 1859 Indexed by Alana and Toni
Slaves at Arundel Plantation, Georgetown, SC, 1859, in Family Groups Indexed by Alana
Slaves at the Litchfield Plantation of John Tucker, Georgetown Co, SC, 1859 Indexed by Alana
Enslaved Families at Litchfield and Holly Grove Plantations, Georgetown, SC Indexed by Alana

All of these documents have been rediscovered through your volunteer efforts!


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