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Abbeville County Wills, Estates, Minutes, Land Grants


Abbeville County was part of Ninety-Six District where the old deed may be found. It became Abbeville County in 1785, with parts later divided into Greenwood (1897) and McCormick (1916) counties. The county and the county seat were both named for the French town, Abbeville. The county was settled primarily by Scotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers in the mid-eighteenth century. After the treaty with the Cherokee Indians signed in 1777 at Dewitt's Corner (now Due West) with a flux ofScotch-Irish and French Huguenot farmers. Abbeville played a major role in the secession from the union of the southern states, and it is the site where the last Confederate council was held.

Early settlers: Andrew Hamilton, James Jordan, Patrick Forbis, James Moore, William McCaleb, William Young, James Maxwell, Thomas Coker, Tucker Woodson, William Brown, John Lawrence, Ralph Wilson, William Love, Thomas Shockley, William Love, Barnard Putnam, James Shirley, William Anderson, Richard Sadler, Benjamin Alderidge, John Nash, Adam Crain Jones, William Love, Joseph Brown and others.

Probate Records Available to members of South Carolina Pioneers
  • Abbeville County Land Grants
  • Abbeville Minutes of the Court of Ordinary, Book B (1776-1783)
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book A 1782-1868
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book B 1815-1839
  • Index to Abbeville County Will Book C 1839-1855
Transcripts of Wills (1787-1815)
Adams, William ; Agnew, Samuel ; Alexander, Aaron ; Alexander, William ; Astin, James ; Baird, John ; Baird, Thomas ; Baker, Caleb ; Banks, Rivers ; Barksdale, Elizabeth ; Barksdale, Higgason ; Baskin, Hugh ; Bates, Fleming ; Bates, Stephen ; Bayle, Mary ; Bealey, Jane ; Bell, Mathew ; Beraud, John ; Boles, John ; Bond, Robert ; Bouchillon, John ; Bouchillon, Joseph ; Bowman, John ; Bowman, William ; Boyd, William ; Branson, Eli ; Brazbach?, William ; Bredden, Margery ; Brooks, Christopher ; Brown, Cornelius ; Brown, William ; Brownlee, James ; Brownlee, John ; Buchanan, Mary ; Caein, Richard ; Caldwell, John ; Calhoun, Hugh ; Calhoun, James ; Calhoun, Patrick ; Campbell, John ; Campbell, Margery ; Cane, Mary ; Carmichael, William ; Carson, William ; Caruthers, Martha ; Chambers, John ; Chandler, Jesse ; Chiles, James ; Chiles, John ; Chiles, Jonathan ; Chiles, William, Sr. ; Clark, John Huston ; Clark, Samuel ; Clark, William ; Clarke, Benjamin ; Clarke, Mary ; Cochran, Andrew ; Coldwell, John ; Collins, Edward LWT (1837) ; Couey, Samuel ; Covington, William ; Cowan, Andrew ; Cowans, John ; Crozier, James ; Cunningham, David ; Cunningham, James ; Davenport, John ; Davis, Martha ; Delechaux, Sarah ; De La Howe, John ; Delechaux, Jacob ; Donaldson, Mathew ; Drummond, Benjamin ; Edmiston, John ; Edwards, Andrew ; Edwards, James Cumton ; Elgin, Ann ; Eymerie, John ; Gable, Herman ; Gaines, William ; Gamble, Samuel ; Gantt, Benjamin ; Gantt, William (1809) slow loading ; Gill, Daniel ; Glover, Frederick ; Gorley, James ; Gowedy, Robert ; Gray, James ; Green, Peter ; Guttry, Thomas ; Hamilton, Archibald ; Hamilton, Thomas ; Hanks, Luke ; Hannah, Jean ; Harris, John ; Harris, William ; Hathorn, Ann ; Hawkins, John ; Heard, Isaac ; Hemphill, Andrew ; Houston, John ; Houston, John ; Huggins, William ; Hughs, Caterene ; Huston, James ; Hutchinson, William ; Jeffries, Nathaniel ; Jones, Harris ; Kennedy, Joseph ; Kerr, William ; Kaise, Elizabeth ; King, Benjamin ; Lewallen, Richard ; Liddell, George ; Liddell, James ; Little, William ; Livingston, George ; Logan, Andrew ; Marck, John Balthaser ; Marshal, John ; Martin, William ; Mathews, Victor ; Maxfield, Susanna ; Mayson, John ; Mathew, John ; McBride, Thomas ; McCarter, Benjamin ; McElwee, John, John ; McFarlin, Charles ; McGowan, James ; McKee, Marthy (1813) ; McKee, Thomas ; McKinley, Esther ; Mebin, John ; Mecklin, David ; Meriwether, Francis, LWT ; Miller, John ; Mills, Gilbert ; Milroy, William ; Mitchell, Isaac ; Mitchell, Randle ; Mitchell, Tanner ; Morris, William ; Morrow, George ; Morrow, John ; Moseley, Arthur ; Mott, Andrew ; Mouchet, Samuel ; Mulherrin, Charles ; Murdoch, James, Estate, 1837 (image) ; Nash, John ; Nicholas, Julius ; Noble, James ; Norwood, John ; Norwood, Samuel ; Norwood, Theophilos ; Oliver, James ; Owens, John ; Paterson, Robert ; Patterson, James ; Patterson, Samuel ; Pettigrew, James ; Pollard, Richard ; Porter, John ; Prince, John, 1782 ; Pulliam, John ; Ragland, Samuel, John ; Ralston, James ; Ravlin, John ; Ray, Thomas ; Reid, George ; Reighley, William ; Robartson, John, Sr. ; Roger, Ann ; Roger, Peter ; Rosemond, John ; Ross, Robert ; Ross, William ; Russel, John ; Russell, Timothy ; Seawright, James ; Shaw, William ; Shelly, Agnes transcript ; Sims, Nathan ; Smith, Harry ; Stalsworth, Joseph ; Steel, Aaron ; Stewart, Andrew ; Strain, John ; Swanzy, Robert ; Tatom, William ; Taylor, Thomas ; Thornton, Samuel ; Tinsley, Thomas ; Turk, John ; Van Swearingen, Joseph ; Vernon, James ; Vernon, James ; Vickrey, William ; Wallace, James ; Waller, Benjamin ; Waller, Elizabeth ; Waller, John ; Ward, Joseph ; Wardlaw, Hugh ; Wardlaw, John ; Wardlaw, Joseph ; Waters, Mary ; Wedgeworth, William ; Webb, James ; Weed, Nathaniel ; Weed, Reuben ; White, Francis ; White, James ; White, John ; Williams, Simeon ; Wilson, Hugh ; Wilson, John ; Wilson, Michael ; Wilson, Nathaniel ; Wilson, William ; Winn, Thomas ; Woodin, Rebekah ; Woods, William ; Yeldell, Robert ; Young, James ; Zimmerman, Mary

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Duel in Vienna

Map of Abbeville "A duel was fought at Vienna, S.C. on the 27th of September, in which Mr. Smyth, one of the editors of the Augusta Constitutionalist, was wounded by a ball through the thigh from the pistol of his antagonist, Dr. Thomas of Augusta. The meeting grew out of a newspaper controversy, Smyth taking offense at an article in the Chronicle of which Thomas avowed himself the author. Another duel, with a still more serious result took place in Brownsville, Texas, on the 8th. The parties were Mr. W. H. Harrison and Mr. W. G. Clarke, who met in the street with five-barreled pistols. Clarke fell at the second fire, receiving (the ball of) his near the heart. Mr. W. Laughlin, an alderman in the city of New Orleans, and a very respectable and influential citizen, was killed by William Silk, another alderman, on the 29th of September: the affray grew out of political differences." Source: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, v. 3, number 18

Gold in the Dorn Mine
By Jeannette Holland Austin Jeannette Holland Austin(profile)

During the 18th and 19th centuries, gold was discovered in a belt of country running from the Saluda River (in Edgefield County) to the Savannah River. It touches the Saluda near Higgins Ferry and runs in a southwesterly direction near Richardsville, then crosses Mountain Creek in the lower part of Abbeville and crosses the Savannah River into Georgia. Dorns Mine, located in lower Abbeville (now McCormick County) was operated by William Dorn who excavated nearly one million dollars in gold. It was was first stuck in 1852 and was exhausted during the late 19th century.

Dorn's Gold Mine

In 1869, the mine was sold to inventor Cyrus McCormick. In 1882, McCormick ended his futile search for gold and began selling his land which would become the town of McCormick.

Map of Abbeville Couny, South Carolina

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