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Kershaw County Genealogy

Kershaw County was formed in 1798 from the old Camden District. The county was named for Joseph Kershaw, an early settler. Kershaw County is also at the center of the Revolutionary War history of South Carolina. 14 Revolutionary war battles took place here including the battle of Camden in 1780 and the battle of Hobkirk’s Hill in 1781. The Historic Camden Revolutionary War site is located here with 107 acres of trails and a look at Colonial life around the time of the Revolution. The county seat is Camden which is also the oldest inland city in South Carolina, it was settled in 1732. The British set fire to Camden after the battle of Hobkirk’s Hill. During the Civil War, the city was burned again by Sherman’s Army in February 1865.

Kershaw County SCGenweb site

Kershaw County Historical Society *new*
811 Fair Street, Box 501
Camden, SC 29020

Kershaw County Courthouse
515 Walnut Street
County Courthouse
Camden, SC 29020


1800 Federal Census Transcription and index Directory opens to file listing with index file and a file named by page number.

1800 Federal Census Transcription


USGS listing of cemeteries in Kershaw County

Cemetery Transcriptions

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Cities and towns of Kershaw County:

Camden (County Seat)
Dusty Bend
Liberty Hill
Red Hill

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