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Abbeville County, S.C.

Archived Abbeville County Probate Court Wills

~1782 to ~2006 (4)

 

 

Effective: 08 May 2015  

 

 

 

(1) = The following ledger reference numbers are basically for our own datafile linking & reference purposes.

(2) = In ~1958, the Church of LDS microfilmed many existing WPA documents and Wills.

(3) = Afterwards the SC Archives & History Department made the WPA  transcribed ledgers available on-line.

(4) = Then in ~2006, the Abbeville Probate Court started scanning their Wills directly into their county computer system.

(5) = If you wish a hard-copy of a particular Will, write the Probate Court naming the decedent and the approximate date-of-death. You will receive a cost estimate in reply to your query, IF, you enclose a Letter Size Self Addressed & Stamped Envelope. The Court Charges $0.50 cents per page or side for copies, $1.50 handling & postage.  (+$5.00 adder  fee for out-of-state requests.)

 

Abbeville County Probate Court

  http://www.abbevillecountysc.com/

901 W. Greenwood Street, Suite 2300, Abbeville, SC 29620

Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm

 

( Google Road Map Hyperlink )

 

Charles Mark Sumner, Judge of Probate

Phone: 864-366-5312, ext. 62   Fax: 864-366-4023

 

(6) = These noted ledger Wills have been copied on the type of paper that over time have stuck together.   Unfortunately, we can not scan these stuck together ledger pages.

 

 

     PROBATE COURT ARCHIVED WILL WEBSITES

Ledger

Reference # (1)

Ledger Description

Approximate

Start Year

Approximate

Finish Year

 

Church of Later-day Saints On-line Microfilm Holdings (2)

 See

 

( First determine Will Box # & Packet # using the

following General Entry A-Z Name Books. 

Then use the numbered General Entry Books. )

 

Combined #2, #3 & #4 General Entry Book

General Entry #2 Book

General Entry #3 Book

General Entry #4 Book

 

General Entry A-G Name Book

General Entry H-Q Name Book

General Entry R-Z Name Book

 

Images of 1782-1958 Original Wills

 

1782

1958

 

SC Department of Archives & History On-line Holdings (3)

1-3

! This hyperlink is for combined ledgers #1, 2 & 3.

 ( For: A-L Names )    Part 1 of 2

 

( These are handwritten Wills transcribed by the WPA

& webpage typed by Paul M. Kankula )

 

1782

1865

1-3

! This hyperlink is for combined ledgers #1, 2 & 3.

( For: M-Z Names )    Part 2 of 2

 

( These are handwritten Wills transcribed by the WPA

& webpage typed Paul M. Kankula )

 

1782

1865

 

     ABBEVILLE PROBATE COURT ARCHIVED WILL LEDGERS

Ledger

Reference # (1)

Ledger Description

Approximate

Start Year

Approximate

Finish Year

 

 

ALPHABETICALLY SORTED LEDGER NAME INDEXES

 

?   A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L 

M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   Y   Z 

A-Z  

 

Note: Ledger Reference #'s in the left-column, will only tell you in what ledger number the individual's Will can be found in.

 

 

 

1

Handwritten Name Index

Typewritten Name Index

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( These are handwritten Wills transcribed & typed by WPA )

 

Temporarily reference the above #1-3 ledger hyperlink

 

1800

1815

2

Handwritten Name Index

Typewritten Name Index

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( These are handwritten Wills transcribed & typed by WPA )

 

Temporarily reference the above #1-3 ledger hyperlink

 

1815

1839

3

Handwritten Name Index

Typewritten Name Index

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( These are handwritten Wills transcribed & typed by WPA )

1839

1855

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Handwritten Wills (originals)

Handwritten Name Index

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1839

1855

Following Project Phase by: Anderson County Genealogical Society

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Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

Handwritten Name Index Available On-Line

Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

1855

1869

5

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Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

1868

1883

6

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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 1883

1895

7

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

Handwritten Name Index Available On-Line

Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

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1895

1904

8

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

Handwritten Name Index Available On-Line

Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

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1905

1914

9

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

Handwritten Name Index Available On-Line

Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

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 1914

1922

10

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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1923

1934

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1934

1947

12

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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1947

1955

13

Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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1955

1961

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Handwritten Wills Available On-Line

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Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

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1961

1967

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Handwritten Name Index Available On-Line

Typewritten Name Index Available On-Line

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1967

1970

 Following Project Phase by: Paul M Kankula - NN8NN

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2006

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COUNTY HISTORY:

 

The Ninety-Six District was created as an original Judicial District in 1769.  It superceded the old County Court System that had been in place since the 1600's.  In 1785 the Ninety-Six District was divided into six counties: ABBEVILLE, Edgefield, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg & Union.  These counties co-existed within the Ninety-Six District and were non-functional (no government).  They only served only as geographical divisions until later on.  In 1798, all Judicial Districts were abolished and their county divisions became Districts.  So at that time, Ninety Six was abolished and  ABBEVILLE, Edgefield, Laurens & Newberry became Districts.  The Ninety-Six District bordered Georgia on its Western Boundary and was the ancestral home on many early Georgia settlers.  Parts of ABBEVILLE later went to form Greenwood (1897) & McCormick (1916) counties.

SC Statute standardized the record keeping practice in the Court-of-Ordinary, requiring the ordinary to record Wills in a separate series of Will Books.  Previously, Wills together with other documents pertaining to estates, were transcribed into a series of Estate Record Books.  In some counties, the ordinaries transcribed earlier Wills from the Estate Record Books into Will Books.  The original wills were always filed in the Estate Papers series.  Will Books have been maintained by the Probate Court since the Court-of-Ordinary, was abolished in 1868. 

 

 

WILL TERMINOLOGY:

 

CIVIL RECORD ARCHIVES:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate (7)
1915-YTD 1911-YTD 1915-YTD 1790-YTD 1873-YTD 1782-YTD

 

(7) = These records include, Wills, Bonds, Petitions, Accounts, Inventories, Administrations, Orders, Decrees & Distributions. 

 

 

 

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