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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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Curfew lifted in Lexington County – The State

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Curfew lifted in Lexington County
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LEXINGTON COUNTY SC. Lexington County officials urged residents to stay home Monday night, although it's not required. Travel should be limited to “what is absolutely essential,” according to an announcement from the Sheriff's Department. Meanwhile …
Voluntary evacuation issued for Lex. Co. residents near Saluda
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Multiple Dam Failures Aggravate Dangerous Conditions in Flood-Ravaged South
A breach of Old Mill Pond in Lexington County, S.C., led to widespread flooding. (Twitter Photo/Lexington County Sheriff's Department). Haley said officials are on the ground assessing vulnerable dams in various areas. Evacuation orders may continue to
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Lexington County officials recommend evacuation for some citizens
LEXINGTON, SC (WACH) – Lexington County officials are recommending that all residents that are with in a quarter mile of the banks of the Saluda and Congaree Rivers to evacuate the area. The recommendations comes after SCE&G announced they will be …
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Authorities recommend evacuation on Lexington side of Saluda and Congaree riversWIS

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SCE&G’s water releases prompt voluntary Lexington County evacuations around rivers – The State

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SCE&G's water releases prompt voluntary Lexington County evacuations around rivers
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County officials on Sunday afternoon issued an advisory evacuation because of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.'s plans to dump more water through the upstream Lake Murray dam. Lake levels have been rising by one inch per hour, Lexington officials …

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VIDEO: See Lexington Mill Pond Dam breach – The State

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VIDEO: See Lexington Mill Pond Dam breach
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC Main Street below the ruptured Old Mill Pond in Lexington, reopened to traffic Monday. Debris was removed and engineers decided that the pavement underneath was safe for travel, town Mayor Steve McDougall said.

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SC emergency operations increased to OPCON 1 – The State

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