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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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Vote would OK Sunday beer, wine sales in all of county – The State

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Vote would OK Sunday beer, wine sales in all of county
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — State revenue officials will allow wine and beer sales by the package on Sunday at retailers inside all Lexington County municipalities if voters countywide OK the step at the Nov. 4 ballot. “If it is approved, we think that

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Sunday beer, wine sales plan includes Lexington County towns – for now (+ … – The State

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Sunday beer, wine sales plan includes Lexington County towns – for now (+
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington County Council is including 11 municipalities on a countywide referendum to allow purchase of six-packs of beer and bottles of wine on Sundays – even though leaders in some of those towns want to keep the ban.
Lexington County Council hears from pastors, business owners on opposing

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S. Congaree Police looking for man who stole money from lost wallet
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — South Congaree Police are looking for a man caught on camera for taking money from a lost wallet. The wallet had been dropped by an elderly woman around 2 p.m. July 10, in the parking lot of a gas station at 1251 Main Street, …

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Man already in jail charged with second robbery in Lexington County – The State

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Man already in jail charged with second robbery in Lexington County
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A 21-year-old Columbia man already in jail in connection with a Cayce restaurant robbery is now facing charges in a second robbery. Rashaud Jamel Lee, of Apple Valley Road, was served with arrest warrants on one count …
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Frazier finally off Lexington County sheriff’s payroll –
Frazier finally off Lexington County sheriff's payroll
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Former Lexington Town Councilman Danny Frazier said Friday his removal from the payroll of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department makes official what has been done for two years. Frazier said he hasn't been paid since …

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Margaret Fisher Wins Special Election for Lexington County Coroner –
Margaret Fisher Wins Special Election for Lexington County Coroner
Over 9,000 voters turned out for Tuesday's special election to decide who would become the new coroner for Lexington county. Former coroner Harry Harmon who had been coroner for Lexington county since 1977 died in April after complications from a car …
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