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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

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Lexington teacher arrested for DUI, child endangerment on the way to school
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A Red Bank Elementary School teacher was arrested for driving under the influence and child endangerment early Monday morning while on her way to school, according to a report filed with the South Carolina Department of …
SC teacher get DUI at schoolThe Augusta Chronicle
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Cayce officials give themselves big pay hike
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Cayce leaders on Wednesday made themselves among the highest-paid part-time elected officials in South Carolina. City Council give its five members raises of at least $10,500 each, tripling their annual salaries to $15,000.

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Police said that a man was seen by a witness as well as on video surveillance following a woman at the Walmart on Sunset Boulevard on the afternoon of October 15. The suspect used what appears to be a cell phone to take a photo under the woman's skirt …

Lexington man who provided drugs, alcohol to 16 and 18-year-old arrested on … – The State

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Lexington Sheriff's Department suspends annual Halloween event
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — The Lexington County Sheriff's Department has suspended its annual Halloween event, Halloween Trail of Treats, due to an unavailable venue. The event has been held at the Wildcat Hollow stadium on Ballpark Road in years …

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