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Research in the neighboring counties of Chesterfield County is very important to the family researcher whose ancestry lived in Chesterfield County, as many of its inhabitants relocated from them.  It has been said that a  majority of the Chesterfield County families lived in Anson County, North Carolina, prior to relocation.  Anson County was created out of Bladen County in 1750, and it was around this time that Chesterfield County was being settled along the state line.  Ephraim Liles and Ephraim Horn are credited with being the first settlers in Anson; Ephraim Horn, however, resided on the Chesterfield County side of the state line.  Also during this period, Governor Dobbs of North Carolina, granted great portions of land that was, in reality, in current day Chesterfield County.  The Jacksons, McManus', Islers, Henleys, Bailees, Fenners, Bectons, Spaights, Waddells, Rushings, Carters, and Jenkins' are families that received land grants in this manner.  Therefore, some land transactions and wills may be found in Anson County, North Carolina, for families that resided in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.


Union County, North Carolina was created in 1842, from Anson County and Mecklenburg County.  Many of the inhabitants of Lances Creek Township and Buford Township in Union County, at one time lived in Western Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  Many of the families on both sides of the border associated and inter-married often.  Since Union County began recording marriages in 1842, many Chesterfield marriages can be found there.  Old Store District of Chesterfield County, was in particular closely associated with Union County.  Families such as the Blakeneys, McManus', Rushings, Knights, Mangums, Osborns', Deeses, Threatts, and Piggs often moved back and forth between these counties.  also, after the advent of the automobile, many of the people of Old Store received medical attention in Monroe, the county seat for Union County, North Carolina, that they could not receive at home.  As a result, death certificates can be found there giving father's and mother's maiden names for quite a few Chesterfield County residents.


As already stated, during the administration of Governor Dobbs of North Carolina, great portions of land was granted in what is now South Carolina.  James McManus, in particular, received thousands of acres on both sides on Great Lynches Creek, which can be found in current day Chesterfield and Lancaster County, South Carolina.  This happened over and over again with other families along Great Lynches Creek.  The result is we can find many property transactions in the Lancaster County Courthouse for Chesterfield County residents.  This is a great plus for us, since Chesterfield County records were destroyed by fire in 1865.  Millers, Funderburks, Blakeneys, McManus', Welchs, Mungos, Houghs, and Cooks are all families that settled in both counties.


Kershaw County, South Carolina, is much like Lancaster County in that families lived and associated on both sides of Great Lynches Creek.  Hortons, Catos, Sowells, Evans', Hollys, among many others crossed Lynches Creek taking up land in Chesterfield County and inter-marrying with families already there.  One of the first newspapers of the area was published in Camden in Kershaw County, South Carolina.  Death notices and equity records can be found on Chesterfield County residents from it.  And, of course, some land transactions along Lynches Creek can be found in their courthouse.


Even though the Great PeeDee River separates Chesterfield County from Marlboro County, South Carolina, we find the same pattern here as we did with settlers along Great Lynches Creek.  They often received land on both sides of the river, or moved from one side or the other.  Around 1800, it was Marlboro County families that settled in the western portion of Chesterfield County.  Among these were the Evans', Knights, and Clarks.


Darlington County, South Carolina records can be of great asset in locating many forefathers that dwelt in Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties.  As we are all aware, the original settlement in Cheraw District, which became Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Darlington counties, was on the Pee Dee River, and was concentrated in current day Society Hill, in Darlington County.  These settlers spread up both sides of the river and some moved early to the Great Lynches Creek area.  The Darlington County Historical Commission has maintained some of the old Cheraw District records that answers many questions about these families.  It is here that I would like to highly recommend following the Darlington County link to the Old Darlington District Genealogical  Society.  They have always maintained records on Chesterfield County records, once again, because of the close inter-relationship between many people in both counties.  Their newsletter has Chesterfield County information in every issue and has been a tremendous booster to Chesterfield County research.

 

James C. Pigg / 326 Chancelot Lane / Fort Mill, SC  29718

This page was last updated 5/30/09

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