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Clarendon County Genealogy

Clarendon County was formed in 1785, but then became a part of the Sumter District in 1800. Later it was split from the Sumter District in 1857. The county was named for Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon (1609-1674). The Earl of Clarendon was one of the Lords Proprietors of the Carolina Colony. The county seat is Manning.

The county saw several Revolutionary War skirmishes, including one at Fort Watson, where an old indian mound had been fortified. The British soldiers were forced to relinquish their position.

This county is said to be where General Francis Marion earned the nickname “Swamp Fox”.

The site again saw turmoil during the Civil War when several plantations were burning by Union Troops. In the 1950s Clarendon County’s schools were sued over racial segregation in what was to be one of the cases leading to the Supreme Courts move against racial segregation. That case was Briggs vs. Elliot.

Clarendon County SCGenweb site

Clarendon County Courthouse
P.O. Box 486
County Courthouse
Manning, SC 29102


1790 Federal Census transcription – Camden District

1820 Federal Census Transcription – Sumter district

1880 Federal Census Images Directory opens to listing of images named by page number

Military Records

Company I, 23rd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers

Company I, 25th Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers

Company C, 9th Infranty Regiment


USGS listing of cemeteries in Clarendon County

Cemetery Transcriptions

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Cities and towns of Clarendon County:

Davis Crossroads
Davis Station
Goat Island Resort
Manning (County Seat)
New Zion
Oak Dale
Union Crossroads

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