The Revolutionary War in South Carolina had an enduring impact and involved a great
deal of fighting -- more so than in any other British colony. We suggest that you begin
by reading Chapters 12 and 13 of A History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, vol. 1,
1514-1861 by Lawrence Rowland. (Call Number SC 975.799 ROW) that discusses how
the American Revolution unfolded here in Beaufort District.
Establishing your blood ties to a Revolutionary War soldier can be thrilling, time
consuming, and may afford you the opportunity to join a heritage society such as the
Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati or the Daughters of the American Revolution. There are other fraternal and social organizations that only accept members who can prove through documentary evidence that they are descended from a Patriot or Loyalist.
Materials in the Beaufort District Collection as well as in our branch libraries can help
you work your ancestral line. Here are a few suggestions to get your started:
SC REF 929.3 SOU Sources for the American Revolution at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History compiled by Charles H. Lesser, 2000. http://archives.sc.gov/resources/militaryrecords/Documents/rvwr.pdf
SC 369.135 DAR PT 1 - PT 3 DAR Patriot Index: Centennial Edition Washington: National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Centennial Administration, c1994.
This series covers Patriots whose service has been established through DAR membership applications submitted between Oct. 1890 and Oct. 11, 1990
DAR is now offering the full text of the Forgotten Patriots book (2008) and its corresponding supplement online. These documents can be downloaded for free from the DAR website. The Forgotten Patriots Research Guide
|Thomas Heyward, Jr., Signer|
SC 929.3 BOC 1998 Revolutionary War Bound Land Grants Awarded by State governments by Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, 1996.
SC 929.3 BOC 2011 Revolutionary War Pensions Awarded by State Governments, 1775 – 1874, the General and Federal governments prior to 1814, and by Private Acts of Congress to 1905 by Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, 2011.
SC REF 929.3 STU Stub Entries to Indents issued in payments of Claims against South
Carolina growing out of the Revolution (BDC)
SC 973.3 EDG 2001 Partisans & Redcoats: The Southern Campaign that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution, 2001.
SC REF 973.314 LAM South Carolina Loyalists in the American Revolution by Robert
SC 973.336 HOU The siege of Charleston by the British fleet and army under the command of Admiral Arbuthnot and Sir Henry Clinton which terminated with the surrender of that place on the 12th of May 1780, edited by Franklin B. Hough, 1867, reprint ed., 1975. https://archive.org/details/siegeofcharlesto00houg
SC REF 973.337 LEE The Campaign of 1781 in the Carolinas; with remarks historical and critical on Johnson’s Life of Greene. To which is added an appendix of original documents, relating to the History of the Revolution by Henry Lee, 1824, reprint ed., 1975. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015008290218
SC 973.343 MOS 2004 African-American Patriots in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution by Bobby G. Moss and Michael C. Scoggins, 2004.
SC 973.345 MOU Memoirs of the American Revolution, so far as it related to the states of North and South Carolina, and Georgia. Compiled from the most authentic materials, the author’s personal knowledge of the various events, and including an epistolary correspondence on public affairs, with civil and military officers, at that period by William Moultrie, (Eyewitness Accounts of the American Revolution series),1802, reprint ed., 1968. https://archive.org/details/memoirsofamerica00mouliala
SC REF 973.3457 ERV South Carolinians in the Revolution by Sara Ervin, c1965.
SC REF 973.3457 GAR Anecdotes of the Revolutionary War in America, with sketches of character of persons the most distinguished, in the Southern States, for Civil and Military services by Alexander Garden, Charleston S.C.: A. E. Miller, 1822. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044009732009
SC REF 973.3457 MOS Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution
by Bobby Moss, c1985.
SC 973.353 MOS 2005 African-American Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution, 2005.
973.38 JOH Traditions and reminiscences chiefly of the American revolution in the South: including biographical sketches, incidents, and anecdotes, few of which have been published, particularly of residents in the upper country by Joseph Johnson, 1972 reprint. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hx4krm
975.7 MCC The history of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1775-1780 by Edward McCrady, 1902. https://archive.org/details/historysouthcar10mccrgoog and The history of South Carolina in the Revolution, 1780-1783 by Edward McCrady, 1902. https://archive.org/details/historysouthcar09mccrgoog
Potential sources of information about the conduct of the War and the people who suffered through it are available on microfilm in our Research Room.
Records of the South Carolina Treasury, 1775-1780. (6 rolls)
Recommended for the significance of this office to the operation of the newly independent colony and funding of the Revolutionary War effort. Printed guide is available in the Research Room.
Accounts Audited Growing Out of the Revolution in South Carolina. (165 rolls)
This is a fundamental genealogical and historical resource for information regarding the
Revolutionary War era. Printed guide is available in the Research Room. Indexed online at http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/search/AuthorityTerms/s_descriptions/s108092.asp.
South Carolina Will Transcripts, 1782-1868. (31 rolls)
Recommended because our 4 volume printed work is very limited in scope to the
transcripts. This is a fundamental genealogical and historical resource for the period
covered. Printed guide is available in the Research Room. Indexed online at
South Carolina State Plats, Charleston Series, 1784-1860; Columbia Series, 1796-1868. (30 rolls)
Recommended because the Beaufort District courthouse records were burned in 1865,
destroying virtually all of our land records. These plats are an essential source for genealogy and local history as well as a good mine of primary documentation for social, cultural, and economic historical studies. Printed guide is available in the Research Room. Indexed online at for the Charleston series:
and at http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/search/AuthorityTerms/s_descriptions/s213192.asp
for the Columbia series.
Memorials of the 17th and 18th Century South Carolina Land Titles. (7 rolls)
We have 1 printed volume of memorials to quitrents. This series is far more extensive than the printed volumes available. In certain cases, this is the only surviving record of a particular transaction, containing Proprietary land grants, certificates of admeasurements, wills, leases, and releases. Printed guide is available in the Research Room. Partially indexed at
South Carolina Tax Returns, 1783-1800. (2 rolls)
Recommended because this series supplies information about land owners and size of
holdings that census records and deed books leave out for the period covered. Printed
guide is available in the Research Room. An associated series of records is found at
Fold3 is offering free access to some of its Revolutionary War related records for a limited time. Please see its website for details.