Cheraw/Chesterfield District Wills, 1750-1865 &
Abstracts from the Court of Common Pleas 1823-1869
by James C. Pigg
Chesterfield County/District has long been
considered one of the "black holes" South Carolina genealogical
research, because most of the county records were destroyed in 1865.
Mr. Pigg has gleaned the colonial (Charleston) Wills pertaining to this
area and has transcribed (not merely abstracted) these wills...The second
section of this compilation includes transcriptions of wills from the
Cheraw District Equity volumes (which are a part of Darlington County
records) and some of which volumes are not indexed. also included
are some Chesterfield District Wills which were recorded in the
neighboring Anson County, North Carolina. Last, but certainly not
least, are the Wills from the Chesterfield District court of common pleas
records. While the cases date from after 1865, the certified copies
of wills used as exhibits in these cases are from an earlier time
period. Additionally, the Chesterfield County equity records (which
survive beginning in 1844) have yielded copies of wills which Mr. Pigg has
included in his work. The compiler has spent many hours at the South
Carolina Archives in assembling these materials, and your editor has great
admiration for the time and effort spent and making this work available
--Book review by Brent H.
Holcomb, Editor and Publisher, of The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral
Research, Volume XXVIII, No. 1 Winter 2000, page 58.
Soft cover, spiral bound, 169 pages, index, 8 1/2 x 11 size. Price
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