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 Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1442
Lexington, SC 29072
Lexington County Courthouse
212 S. Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072
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Cities and towns of Lexington County:
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Lexington (County Seat)
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Two fatal accidents reported in Lexington County Wednesday night
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – Investigators are looking into two fatal crashes that took place Wednesday night in Lexington County. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the first accident occurred around 8:20pm on I-20 East in Gilbert, by mile …
One Dead in Lexington County Crash
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North Augusta man dead after fatal crash in Lexington County
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According to Adam Myrick of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Willie Deshawn Antonio Byrd and Iesha Queshar Gray have been charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature as well as first-degree burglary and criminal …
Lexington Deputy Charged with Domestic Violence
Lex. Co. deputy suspended after domestic violence arrest
Two arrested for Sunday night stabbing in Lexington
2 killed in separate crashes in Lexington County
The first crash involved a semi-truck on Interstate 20 near Gilbert and happened around 8:30 p.m. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher says Demetrius Emanuel Paige, 20, of Rock Hill, was killed when his vehicle collided with the tractor-trailer. He …
One dead after train collides with truck in Lexington County
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – One person has died after an accident involving a train and a truck on Independence Boulevard off of Bush River Road in Lexington County. The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Homer Bennett of Gaston. He was …
SCHP: Train & truck collide in Lexington County
Gaston man killed in train-truck collision Wednesday afternoon
Man dies after train collides with dump truck
Victim Name Released in Fatal Lexington Co. Crash
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) – We now know the name of the person killed in a fatal collision on Highway 378 in Lexington County. The coroner has identified the victim as 45 year-old Evelyn Willis Watts of West Columbia. The collision took place just …
One person killed Wednesday in Lexington County accident
One killed, one injured in Lexington Co. crash
1 killed, 1 injured in two-vehicle crash in Lexington County
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This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21. Charleston Police identified Roof as the shooter who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., …
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