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Marriages

Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records
, published 1995, compiled by Tommy J. Vaughan and Michael Becknell. It lists marriages recorded from various records such as probate records and estate files. The book lists the record and file numbers so that you can get copies from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

South Carolina Marriages 1749-1867 Implied in South Carolina Equity Reports
, by Barbara Langdon, published 1991. This lists marriages that were referred to in legal cases. You would have to get copies of the cases from a law library such as the Univ. of SC, Coleman Karesh Law Library or some may be available from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
 
Land

Union County, S.C. Deed Abstracts, 1785-1811
, published 1998, by Brent Holcomb. Vol. 1 lists Deeds A-F, vol. 2 lists Deeds G-K. Many references go back to 1752. Includes land conveyances, bills of sale for slaves & deeds for personal property.

South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1740-1755, Vol. #2
, reprinted 2003, by Clara Langley. Available Spring/Summer 2005 from Southern Historical Press, P.O. Box 1267, 375 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29602-1267.
 
Probate

Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1670-1740
, by Caroline T. Moore. This volume contains abstracts of wills from the beginning of the province of South Carolina. Some of these wills make reference to previous residences such as Barbados, France, New England, and England.

Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1740-1760
, by Caroline T. Moore. Wills abstracted in this volume reflect the expansion of the province inland, such as that of Abraham Pennington in 1755, who lived in what was later Newberry County. Wills from persons settled in the townships, such as Williamsburg, and parishes, such as St. Bartholomew's, are found as well.

Abstracts of the Wills of the State of South Carolina 1760-1784
, by Caroline T. Moore. The wills abstracts in this volume take us from the late Colonial period through the Revolution to the time when the districts, such as Ninety Six and Camden, took over the probate function in late 1781. In this period portions which had been in North Carolina were added to South Carolina by the border surveys of 1764 and 1772, known as the New Acquisition.

Abstracts of the Wills of Charleston District, South Carolina 1783-1800
, by Caroline T. Moore. Wills abstracted in this volume are from the present-day counties of Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Berkeley. Colleton District was formed in 1800 from Charleston District. Still there is an occasional will from another part of South Carolina, such as St. Matthews Parish, Prince William's Parish, and Ninety Six District.

Old Ninety-Six and Abbeville District, S.C., Wills and Bonds, Abstracts of
, published 1950, reprinted 2004, by Pauline Young. More than 3,500 abstracts of wills, bonds, and administrations between 1774-1860 and more than 30,000 names. Includes present-day Union County. Available Spring/Summer 2005 from Southern Historical Press, P.O. Box 1267, 375 West Broad Street, Greenville, SC 29602-1267.
 
County Court Minutes

Union County, South Carolina Minutes of the County Court, 1785-1799
, by Brent H. Holcomb, C.A.L.S., published by Southern Historical Press, Inc. Reprinted 1994. Includes some probate information; lawsuits and juries; licenses.
 
Miscellaneous Government Records

Abstracts of Records of the Secretary of the Province of South Carolina 1692-1721
, by Caroline T. Moore. Records abstracted in this volume include administration bonds, some wills not included in the other volumes, warrants of appraisement, letters of administration, letters of guardianship, and other items which might be found in estate packets if such packets were extant. This volume is essential for research in the early period of South Carolina.