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Colonial Land Records
(1675-Revolutionary War)

ROYAL GRANTS, PLATS and SURVEYS

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC holds copies of Colonial / Royal land grants 1675-1788 in printed version (63 volumes) and on microfilm (27 reels). This record series forms part of the records of Recorded Instruments of the Secretary of State and consists of copies of earlier recordings of land grants.

Most entries include the name of the grantee; the number of acres granted; the county in which the grant was located; the boundaries, with the names of surrounding landholders; the quitrent requirements; the conditions of the grant; the certification date of the plat; and the date of the grant. Township grants include the name of the township and the number of the town lot, if any. Town lot grants include town lot numbers. Bounty grants are so annotated.

CONVEYANCES 1719-1776

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC holds copies of conveyance records held by the office of the Public Register, an office separated from the Secretary of State in 1719 at the time of the revolt against the Lords Proprietors. This series is commonly referred to as the "Charleston Deeds", and is continued in the Conveyance Books series, 1776-1785. Note that as early as 1698, a deed was not valid until it was proved by oath of two witnesses and recorded.

For more detailed information, and/or copies of records, contact:

South Carolina Archives & History Center
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Tele: (803) 896-6100
Fax: (803) 896-6198

PLATS, GRANTS & SURVEYS
DESCRIPTION CONTRIBUTOR
John GODBOLD Survey 1754
300 acres
Victoria Proctor, 2 Aug 2002
George HARTSFIELD 1773
100 acre grant; survey; memorial
Microfilm Roll 0022594, Volume 29 (1st series) of land grants, p. 462.
Eric Hartsfield, 4 Apr 2000
Chronological Index of Royal or Colonial Plats on Little Pee Dee River 1735-1775
A chronological listing of the "royal" plats (surveyor's maps) for colonial grants of land along the Little Pee Dee River.
Jo Church Dickerson, January 1998
CONVEYANCES
GRANTOR GRANTEE DATE SOURCE/ SUBMITTER
John GODBOLD Senr. John and Thomas GODBOLD (sons) 1758 Image file (virtual photocopy), Charleston Deed Books, Volume 86-A (1758-1763), Page 229 & 230 /
Victoria Proctor, 2 Aug 2002
James SANDERS
(of Bladen Co., NC)
John SMITH SR
of Craven County, SC
1771 Bladen County Deed Book 23, No. 393, pages 514, 515 /
Victoria Proctor, 2 Dec 2002

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