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Lexington County Genealogy

Lexington County was formed in 1804 from the old Orangeburg District. The county name was in honor of the Revolutionary War battle of the same name. (Lexington, Mass.) Granby was the original county seat (just south of where Cayce is now located.) After problems with flooding the county seat was moved in 1820 to present day Lexington.

The town of Lexington is a “descendant” of sorts of the township of Saxe-Gotha which was laid out encompassing most of present day Lexington County. The idea with laying out the Royal Townships was to encourage settlement of the “back country”. The Colonial government of King George II established 11 of these Royal Townships in South Carolina. Of course, one reason as stated was the encouragement of settlement of the back country, but the main motive was to create more of a buffer between the low country plantations and powerful indian tribes to the west.

Two very important indian trails went through what has become Lexington County, Cherokee Path and Occaneechi Path. US Highway 1 roughly follows Occaneechi Path and US 378 approximates the trail of Cherokee Path.

1 mile to the east of Lexington was the location of the Battle of Tarrar Springs in the Revolutionary War (November 16, 1781).

The town suffered tremendous loss of buildings in 1865 under the occupation of forces under the command of Gen. Sherman (Lexington was under control of the army guarding the Western Flank of Shermans troops.) Most businesses and homes, the county jail and courthouse and St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church were all burned.

Lexington County houses the Lexington County Museum which illustrates life around the turn of the 18th century. There are 15 buildings on the property including the Lexington Post Office (first building constructed in Lexington, SC.) The John Fox farmhouse is included in the collection as well. In addition to the buildings there are many items in the collection that would have been common to day to day life in the ante-bellum era.

Lexington County SCGenweb site

Lexington County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1442
Lexington, SC 29072

Lexington County Courthouse
212 S. Lake Drive
County Courthouse
Lexington, SC 29072


1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only


USGS listing of cemeteries in Lexington County.

Cemetery Transcriptions

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Cities and towns of Lexington County:

Cayce-West Columbia
Columbia AMF
Fairview Crossroads
Holtson Crossroads
Lake Murray
Lake Murray Shores
Lexington (County Seat)
New Holland Crossroads
Red Bank
Saluda Gardens
Saluda Terrace
South Congaree
West Columbia
Westover Acres

News related to Lexington County, SC

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Tornado confirmed in Lexington County amid heavy rain, high winds – The State

The State
Tornado confirmed in Lexington County amid heavy rain, high winds
The State
The Lexington County Fire Department was investigating reports of wind-caused car damage in the area of Railfreight Court, Appleton Court, Varn Road and Harrison Court, all near the Farmers Market. Schools across the Midlands kept children longer than …
Tornado confirmed near South Carolina State Farmer's MarketTucson News Now
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Update: Man Charged with Felony DUI in Fatal Lexington Collision –
Update: Man Charged with Felony DUI in Fatal Lexington Collision
Lexington, SC (WLTX)- A man has been charged in connection with a fatal collision in Lexington County Friday morning. Derious Tahma Sutton, 21, was booked on a count of felony DUI resulting in death. The collision happened around 4:40 a.m. Friday …
SCHP: Alcohol a factor in early Friday fatal collision, victim identifiedThe State
Mother of two killed in Friday morning DUI crashKFDA

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Sheriff: Columbia Man Charged in Lexington County Murder –
Sheriff: Columbia Man Charged in Lexington County Murder
LEXINGTON, S.C. – Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives have charged a Columbia man with murder in connection with a December shooting death. According to arrest warrants, Camry Davonte Taylor, 20, fatally shot Felix Jamal Jones, 35, …
One arrested, investigation still ongoing in December deadly shooting in Lexington
Columbia man charged with 2015 fatal shooting, accomplices soughtThe State

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2 killed in fatal crashes in Lexington County –
2 killed in fatal crashes in Lexington County
Local authorities are investigating two separate crashes that claimed the lives of two people in Lexington County. According to reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, one fatal crash took place on S.C. Highway 302 around 3 a.m. Sunday. The
Armed robbery suspect dies after car chase in Lexington
Deputies: Robbery Suspect Dies During Car
Suspect killed in crash following 2 armed robberies along I-20The State
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Lexington County coroner identifies victim in fatal crash – The State

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Lexington County coroner identifies victim in fatal crash
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S.C. Highway Patrol officials initially reported that a vehicle, later identified as Furtick's vehicle, was traveling west on S.C. 302 and ran off the left side of the road just after 3 a.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. The vehicle, a 2013

Update: Back to Class Thursday for Student at Airport High –
Update: Back to Class Thursday for Student at Airport High
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) – Classes will resume Thursday on their normal schedule at Airport High School, following a fire inside an AC unit earlier in the day. District leaders say the heating, venting, and air-conditioning unit on top of the

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