Lee County,

South Carolina


Queries are usually posted over the weekend

I will do my best to post new queries at least once per week. I teach school, I have a family, and 4 dogs and 6 cats so I might get behind. I always (almost always) get caught up over the weekend. If you see any errors, ommisions, typos, etc. please let me know. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. I am also coordinating the Clarendon County and the Sumter County, South Carolina pages so be sure to let me know which county or counties you want to have your query posted on. If you don't mention the county name, I will have to e-mail you back and wait for your reply, which will make the process take longer.

Query Posting Information and Links

In the interest of keeping the information that is posted here relevant and manageable,
please follow these simple guidelines when posting to Lee County:

To have your query posted:

As of August 6, 2009, I obtained a "new" email address as indicated by the graphic above.
I do not plan to post my "new" email address as a link due to spammers.
My old email address may appear on other linking pages.
I will be taking the old sc.rr.com addresses off of pages as I update. It may take a while :)

Please type in the email address above when you want me to post a query.

Be sure to put Lee County in the subject line
or I will probably miss reading your message.

Be sure that "Lee Query" is in the subject area of your message.

I coordinate the web pages for other counties, so I must know which county you want your query posted to, plus I am on a number of mailing lists so I tend to delete some of the of e-mails that clutter my mail box with out reading all of them unless the subject catches my attention. If"Lee Query"is not placed in the subject area, it might be deleted without being read because there are days when I get 100 or more messages. I just can't read all of them. Please grab my attention with your subject line. I don't want to delete your message by mistake.

I will let you know when I receive your query and when you can expect to see your query posted. When contacting me by mail, unless you include a self-address-stamped envelope, I cannot acknowledge the receipt of your letter. Please remember that I am a volunteer for the SCGenWeb project, and that I only post information to the web pages that I coordinate for others to view via the internet; I am not available for doing any personal research.

I recieve a huge amount of e-mail and I am unable to read it all.

I will be sure to read your message if you place Lee County in the subject line.

If you don't put Lee County in the subject, I may mistakenly delete your message without reading it !

Including Your Mailing Address With Queries

Some of the researchers who read these pages are viewing them from a public library. They do not have personal e-mail access. If you would like for me to post your snail mail address along with your query, please send it within the body of your query. If you would like for me to print your query for inclusion in a notebook of queries from Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee Counties which will be placed in the reading room of the Sumter County Genealogical Society, please let me know. Mailing addresses will be needed for that project as most of the society's local memebers are not on the internet. (Just specify in a message to me at the bottom of your e-mail as to whether you want your address posted on the internet. and/or in the notebook with your query. That will let me know what should not be cut and pasted from your e-mail onto the query page.) I will also post any queries mailed to me.

Please Remember

I am quite willing to share information on the surnames that I research, but please understand that I am an amatuer genealogist, researching my own family lines. I do not research other surnames. I am happy to share my knowledge of Old Sumter District and to do quick lookups in the resources that I own, but I am not available for outside research. See the surname pages to find out which surnames I am researching and check the references page to see which books I own. Please, do not write to me asking me to do a"quick"lookup in something like a Sumter County census or run to the courthouse for you and mail you a copy of a will. I am sure that you understand.

Thousands of people access the Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee County pages and there are over 700 folks on the SCSumter mailing list. Maybe one of them knows about your family line. I won't know anything about your family history unless we happen to share ancestors. I spend all of my spare time as a volunteer taking care of the Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee County SCGenWeb sites and working as the SCGenWeb Assistant State Coordinator. What little spare time I have left, I devote to researching my own family tree. I can't do outside research.

Sumter County has one of the best local archives in the state of South Carolina and the courthouse has won awards for their diligent preservation of old records. Since much of Lee County was once part of Old Sumter District, you will find a great deal of Lee County data in the Sumter County Archives. The Clarendon County Archives is also working very hard to build up a fantastic collection of materials. When you visit one of our local archives, keep an eye out for me. I'll be the one typing furiously on the Macintosh laptop. Come here for your research and you'll receive a warm welcome.

Old Sumter District, South Carolina

Mailing List

The SCSumter list is for Lee, Sumter, and Clarendon County researchers.

To subscribe to the Old Sumter District Mailing List, click below on the blue hypertext to send an e-mail message to:


In the subject and body of your message place only one word, subscribe.

Please, be sure to spell the word correctly or the computer will bounce your message to me and not subscribe you.

To subscribe to digest mode instead of list mode your one word message of subscribe goes to:


To unsubscribe from the SCSumter list or digest, send your message to the same request address,

but change the one word message to unsubscribe.

DO NOT put anything else in your message or the SmartList will bounce it to me.

Your e-mail address is picked up from your"reply to"information.

Be sure that your"reply to"is correct.

If Your E-Mail Address Changes

If your e-mail address changes, please unsubscribe yourself using your old address and when you get your new address, subscribe yourself again.

More Information About the SCSumter Mailing List

Since the list is dedicated to only three counties in South Carolina, there is not an enormous amount of traffic to deluge your mailbox. Do check your mail on a regular basis. If your mailbox becomes full, your ISP will bounce any incoming mail that came from the Old Sumter District list back to Rootsweb, who bounces it to me. Generally, your ISP has stripped the e-mail of everything except for the address and subject line and it wouldn't do any good for me to forward it on to you it would just bounce again until the mailbox was no longer full. (Believe me, at first I did try to make sure that everyone got their mail. It became too much of a burden, so now I have made it my policy to just delete it. I was spending too much time with bounced mail.) If bounced e-mail becomes a problem, the Rootsweb server will automatically remove that address from the mailing list after 3 bounced e-mails and the person will have to resubscribe. I hope that you enjoy the SCSUMTER list. I certainly do.

You cannot send messages across the SCSumter list if you are not a subscriber. This is to keep SPAM off of the list. Rootsweb has a SPAM bouncer program. Any potenial SPAM is bounced to me. I read it and if it has been bounced in error, I forward it back on to the list. So far there have been no errors and hundreds of SPAM messages have been bounced from the SCSumter list by Rootsweb so that they did not end up in the subscribers' mailboxes.

Only subscribers may post a message to the list.

Archived Postings From the SCSumter Mailing List

If new subscribers would like to see the old postings, as of December 1, 1997, they began to be archived by Rootsweb at :


Type in SCSumter to search the archives.

South Carolina Genealogy Mailing List

Recommended by SCGenWeb, the South Carolina Genealogy mailing list is an on line discussion group devoted to the sharing of South Carolina genealogy. The list owner is Laura L Schmidt, coordinator of the Franklin County, Washington USGenWeb homepage. To subscribe to this mailing, click on the blue hypertext below and send your one word message of subscribe.

SCGenealogy-L Mailing List

Only subscribers may post a message to the list.

North Carolina/ South Carolina Roots Mailing List

For subscription instructions to the North Carolina/South Carolina Roots Mailing List click here.

Queries pertain to North and South Carolina surname questions as well as to place names and bits of Carolina history.

Only subscribers may post a message to the list.

Unknown County Page

If you don't know what county in South Carolina your ancestors came from you may post your unknown county queries on

South Carolina's Unknown County Query Page

Lee County Query Page Links

Lee County Queries #1 Sept. 1996 - Feb. 1999

Lee County Queries #2 Mar. 1999 - present

Back to Lee County Index

As of August 6, 2009, I obtained a "new" email address as indicated by the graphic above.
I do not plan to post my "new" email address as a link due to spammers.
My old email address may appear on other linking pages.
I will be taking the old sc.rr.com addresses off of pages as I update. It may take a while :)

Please type in the email address above when you want me to post a query.

Be sure to put Lee County in the subject line
or I will probably miss reading your message.