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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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Metts’ name slated to disappear from Lexington County sheriff’s complex – The State

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Metts' name slated to disappear from Lexington County sheriff's complex
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LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — The name of ex-Lexington County Sheriff James Metts will be erased soon from the law enforcement complex he once supervised, key County Council members say. “It's definitely certain his name is coming off,” said Council …
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Man charged with breaking into a Lexington house under contruction – The State

The State
Man charged with breaking into a Lexington house under contruction
The State
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — A Lexington man was arrested in connection with a break-in at home under construction. Eric Anderson Nickels, 30, of Secret Cove Drive, was taken into custody on an arrest warrant that detectives obtained for on a charge of …
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Leaphart overpass in Lexington County closed to heavy trucks – The State

Leaphart overpass in Lexington County closed to heavy trucks
The State
COLUMBIA, SC — Loaded 18-wheelers and some heavy fire trucks have been banned from the Leaphart Road overpass over I-26 in Lexington County. The state Department of Transportation erected signs Wednesday and issued an announcement Friday.

Sheriff: 2 men charged with burglary of Lexington home – The State

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Sheriff: 2 men charged with burglary of Lexington home
The State
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington County deputies have arrested two men accused of breaking into a home and stealing $678 worth of jewelry, electronics and cash. Macario Justice Johnson, 23, has been charged with second degree burglary, and …

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What they’re saying about former Lexington Co. Sheriff James Metts – Hilton Head Island Packet

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What they're saying about former Lexington Co. Sheriff James Metts
Hilton Head Island Packet
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Man found dead at Irmo High School construction site identified
The State
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — Lexington County authorities are investigating the death of a man who was found at a construction site at Irmo High School Wednesday. Coroner Margaret Fisher said an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the cause of …
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