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ROYAL or COLONIAL PLATS on LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER
Province of South Carolina

Contributed by Jo Church Dickerson, ©1998.

I will be contributing a list of people who obtained Royal plats on the Little Pee Dee River. These plats were recorded between 1735 and 1775. Usually, they were surveys for lands subsequently granted to the same individual by the King of England, known now as the Royal or Colonial Plats.

After the Revolutionary War, the State of South Carolina passed laws regarding the granting of lands. Grants and plats for the State of SC are in totally different record series, indexed, and available from the Archives.

Prior to the Royal or Colonial grants, were the Proprietary grants. Those are also stored at the SC Archives. However, any land granted in the area that is now Marion Co during the Proprietary period would have been granted probably for speculation only (as were many of the Royal grants) and not very helpful for those researching Marion Co.

The following list was obtained at the SC Archives, from their Alphabetical Index to the Royal or Colonial Plats. This index is on microfilm. It requires a little explanation.

Plats (for those who are new to this), are just small maps to a person's land. They are used often with deeds, but when land was to be granted by the king, or the state, the land had to be surveyed, and the plat recorded.

The index shows the first plat recorded on the Little Pee Dee River in 1735. That, however, can be misleading, as there could have been earlier grants/plats in the area that did not mention the river, or that were made when the Little Pee Dee was known by an earlier name.

Also note, that just because land was surveyed and a plat recorded, there is not always a grant recorded for that person for that land. Sometimes the surveys were sold to other individuals. Sometimes the fees for the grant were not paid, and the plats just lay there till someone else took up the land. I think this happened when someone applied for a grant, had the land surveyed, then moved away from the area before the grant was issued. Fees had to be paid before the grant was issued, and I guess some just could not afford the fees.

Bear in mind, that not everyone who came necessarily applied for plats and land grants. Some were squatters; some just passing through. Some, I feel certain, purchased land from those who already had obtained a land grant.

Re the information given in the plats: often there will be other waterways or landmarks  mentioned, which makes it easier to locate the actual site of the land. There is always given the name(s) of anyone whose land bounded the newly surveyed land, though often in these early plats they bounded only on "vacant land." Once in awhile, but rarely, a family relationship or clue is found.

The land grants are a totally different record series. I do not have that index. Inquiries for obtaining plats and/or grants should be made to the SC Archives.

This list is chronological, not alphabetical. This Archives index is alphabetical, but this particular entry is for LITTLE PEE DEE RIVER and not the individual who obtained the plat. The Archives index would also show all the Royal Plats recorded for an individual under that individual's name. In other words, these are ALL the entries for surveys of land in which Little Pee Dee is mentioned in the body of the plat.

One final note - just because it says Little Pee Dee doesn't necessarily mean the land bounded on the river, though in most cases it did. Plats sometimes say 'on the waters of Little Pee Dee' which CAN mean it was on Buck Swamp for instance, which is a tributary of Little Pee Dee, and thus some of the 'waters of Little Pee Dee.' Also remember that some of the headwaters of Little Pee Dee are in Marlboro County, so a few of the lands may lie there. Little Pee Dee also forms most of the boundary between Marion Co and Horry Co, so some of these lands are in what is now Horry.

Regarding the information in the list below: The first name is the person in whose name the plat was recorded; the description is part of that given in the plat itself - the date is the date of recording, not the date of the survey; the final series of numbers is the Archives numbering system for locating the plat. It refers to the record series, the volume, the page number, and the item number on that page. You will need all of these if ordering the plat. If you find an error, please bring it to my attention.--Jo

SINCLAIR, James; 
plat for 450a in Craven Co;  1735/02/24
0009 003 0003 00075 00

BREMAR, Mrs. Elizabeth; 
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1735/03/23
0009 003 0002 00113 01

BREMAR, Mrs. Elizabeth;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1735/03/23
0009 003 0002 00113 02

DANIEL, John;
plat for 650a in Craven Co; 1735/03/23
0009 003 0002 00191 02

HESKELL, George;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1735/03/24
0009 003 0002 00314 01

SANDIFORD, John;
plat for 550a in Craven Co; 1735/03/25
0009 003 0003 00124 01

ATKIN, Joseph;
plat for 412a in Craven Co; 1735/5/30
0009 003 0002 00353 02

SMITH, Christopher;
plat for 415a in Craven Co; 1735/06/15
0009 003 0003 00030 00 (sic)

ROBINSON, Joseph;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1735/06/16
0009 003 0003 00248 02

TALLEY, Alexander;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1735/06/17
0009 003 0003 00142 01

MAZYCK, Isaac Jr;
plat for 230a in Craven Co; 1735/08/15
0009 003 0003 00342 01

NERI, Peter Francis;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1735/11/01
0009 003 0003 00337 00

POOLE, William;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1735/11/03
0009 003 0003 00274 01

HAMMERTON, John;
plat for 1000a in Kingston Township; 1735/11/08
0009 003 0002 00313 02

CROCKAT, James;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1735/11/09
0009 003 0002 00088 02

RAMSEY, William;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1736/01/07
0009 003 0002 00518 01

SERRE, Noah;
plat for 1047a in Craven co; 1736/03/10
0009 003 0003 00048 00

ROBINSON, Joseph;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1736/03/26
0009 003 0003 00480 00

BOWMAN, Samuel;
plat for 135oa in Craven Co; 1736/03/26
0009 003 0004 00134 02

MANIGAULT, Gabriel;
plat for 1250a in Craven Co; 1736/03/27
0009 003 0002 00447 01

HORRY, Elias Jr.;  
plat for 524a in Craven Co; 1736/04/08
0009 003 0002 00308? 01

JORDAN, John;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1736 /11/10
0009 003 0003 00452 01

ROCHE, Jordan;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1736/11/19
0009 003 0003 00258 00

ARTHUR, John;
plat for 400a in Queensborough Towhship; 1736/12/17
0009 003 0002 00172 01

JOULLY, John;
plat for 400a in Queensborough Township; 1736/12/17
0009 003 0003 00446 01

FORSTER, Arthur;
plat for 800a in Craven Co; 1737/05/02
0009 003 0002 00292 01

ATKINSON, Anthony;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1737/05/26
0009 003 0002 00351 01

HUGHES, Meredith;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1737/05/26
0009 003 0002 00416 02

SCREVEN, Elisha;
plat for 850a in Craven Co; 1737/06/22
0009 003 0002 00487 01

OWEN, John;
plat for 900a in Craven Co; 1737/06/22
0009 003 0003 00309 02

FORD, Nathaniel;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1737/07/15
0009 003 0004 00113 02

HORRY, Daniel;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1737/09/03
0009 003 0002 00316 01

HORRY, Daniel;
plat for 825a in Craven Co; 1737/09/04
0009 003 0003 00498 01

HEXT, Edward;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1737/11/07
0009 003 0002 00333 02

BARTON, John;
plat for 600a in Craven Co; 1737/11/11
0009 003 0004 00137 01

HEXT, Edward;
plat  for 250a in Craven Co; 1737/11/18
0009 003 0002 00418 01

BROCKINGTON, Capt. William;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1737/11/18
0009 003 0004 00130 01

WATIES, William;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1739/12/14
0009 003 0004 00094 00

GIBSON, Gideon;
plat for 450a in Craven Co; 1748/04/13
0009 003 0004 00510 01

KEEN, Buckenhan;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1749/10/19
0009 003 0004 00011 02

ELVIS, John;
plat for 450a in Craven Co; 1752/12/26
0009 003 0005 00467 02

FRINK, Nathan;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1753/12/10
0009 003 0009 00494 02

HULL, William;
plat for 400a on Little Pee Dee River; 1754/07/08
0009 003 0009 00497 01

KEEN, Buckinham;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1755/04/22
0009 003 0006 00050 02

KEEN, Thomas;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1756/06/05
0009 003 0011 00040 01

MURRAY, David;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1756/12/21
0009 003 0007 00344 03

BATHIE, William;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1756/12/22
0009 003 0006 00366 01

WOODBERRY, John;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1757/01/28
0009 003 0006 00196 03

DAWSEY, William;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1757/02/16
0009 003 0006 00209 01

SEIFREIT, Alexander;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1757/05/25
0009 003 0006 00269 04

BANSER, George;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1758/03/22
0009 003 0006 00379 01

McLENDON, Dennis;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1758/03/24
0009 003 0006 00398 03

CAMPBELL, Alexander;
plat for 100a in the fork between 
Drowning Creek & Little Pee Dee; 1858/03/26
0009 003 0007 00117 01

CAMPBELL, Alexander;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1758/03/26
0009 003 0007 00122 02

GOODYER, Jacob;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1758/03/28
0009 003 0006 00394 01

[JACOB GOODYER TO JAMES FORD; both planters, of Craven County,  Charleston
Deedbook 3W page 128; lease & release; 19 Jul 1771; 
200lb/200a; Province of SC; on the SW side of LPDR that was surveyed
& granted to Jacob Goodyer but the said grant is lost but may be found
recorded...in the Surveyor Generals Office about the year 1758 bby 
southwardly by sd river, northwardly on land laid out to Mr. Sandford, all 
other sides vacant land...; signed: Jacob  "G his mark" Goodyer; wit: Hugh 
Giles, Wm. Lowth (sic); proved: Hugh Giles, 19 Jul 1771 before Joseph 
Britton, one of his Majestys Justices of the peace for (Craven County); 
rec: 26 Sep 1771.  -abstracted by jcd from microfilm at SC Archives.]

[Entries in "Marion Co SC Abstracts of Deeds vol 1" abstracted by Lucille
Utley, edited and published 1996 by Alita Suttcliffe, show the following chain
of ownership of the above lands:  Lands granted to Jacob Goodyer Senr, sold by
him to Jacob Goodyer Junr, sold by him in (1771 and recorded in Charleston) to
James Ford, (missing link in chain- nothing found to show how Barfield had
land from James Ford), sold in 1801 by Jesse Barfield to Benjamin Lewis, by
him in 1806 to Samuel Lewis. Descriptions show that this land was on SW side
of Little Pee Dee River bounding the river; on head of the Back Swamp;
bounding later grants to James Sineth and nearJacob's Sand Ridge, Wolf Trap
Branch, and Grassey Lake. Presumably the chain can be followed on down to the
present.]

SKIPPER, Thomas;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1759/02/21
0009 003 0007 00047 03

MORE, Jacob;
plat for 250a on Little Pee Dee; 1759/02/21
0009 003 0007 00083 03

BAKER, Edward;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1759/06/06
0009 003 0007 00053 01

JORDAN, John;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1759/07/13
0009 003 0007 00089 01

THOMPSON, Hugh;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1762/04/06
0009 003 0007 00180 03

HUTCHINS, John;
plat for 150a on Little Pee Dee; 1763/01/15
0009 003 0007 00362 02

DAVIS, Jane;
plat for 200a on the SW side of Little Pee Dee River; 1763/01/15
0009 003 0014 00326 02

KERBY, William;
plat for 150a on the Little Pee Dee River; 1764/03/30
0009 003 0008 00280 01

SUMMERLINE, Thomas;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1765/04/10
0009 003 0007 00409 03

JENKINS, Samuel;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1765/09/03
0009 003 0011 00034 02

DRIGGOS, Mark;
plat for 100a on Reedy Creek; 1766/09/02
0009 003 0008 00549 01

DAVIS, Francis;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1766/11/21
0009 003 0009 00200 01

SMITH, John;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1767/02/10
0009 003 0011 00492 01

BARNES, James;
plat for 150a on Two Mile Branch; 1767/05/25
0009 003 0010 00051 01

ROTHMAHLER, Job;
plat for 200a in Prince George  Parish; 1767/06/15
0009 003 0010 00117 02

PARKER, William;
plat for 200a on Bear Swamp; 1767/06/15
0009 003 0010 00161 03

HARRELL, Jacob;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1768/04/19
0009 003 0011 00296 01

EDWARDS, John;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1769/04/18
0009 003 0011 00028 02

ODAM, Sarah;
plat for 150a on Ash Pole swamp; 1769/06/15
0009 003 0011 00380 03

SNOW, William;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1769/07/26
0009 003 0011 00023 03

ANDERSON, William;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1769/10/10
0009 003 0011 00088 01

JENKINS,  Thomas;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1769/11/09
0009 003 0017 00244 02

KEEN, Buckingham;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1769/11/29
0009 003 0011 00293 02

MORGAN, William;
plat for 250a in Craven Co; 1769/12/20
0009 003 0011 00296 03

OWENS, David;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1770/01/23
0009 003 0011 00298 04

GARRELL, Benjamin;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1770/03/12
0009 003 0011 00276 01

JARRELL, James;
plat for 50a in Craven Co; 1770/04/07
0009 003 0011 00255 03

STARLING, John;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1770/05/15
0009 003 0011 00448 02

FORD; James;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1770/05/17
0009 003 0011 00441 01

PARKER, Francis;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1770/05/18
0009 003 0011 00452 002

BRITTON; Joseph;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1770/06/13
0009 003 0013 00342 01

HARRALSON, William;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1770/06/14
0009 003 0015 00308 01

BLACK, Joseph;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1770/08/15
0009 003 0011 00469 03

MILLER, Richard;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1770/10/09
0009 003 0011 00480 02

HAMBLETON, John;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1770/12/21
0009 003 0015 00260 02

LEWIS, James;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1771/03/14
0009 003 0016 00341 01

GALLIVIN, James;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1771/04/08
0009 003 0016 00015 03

FARR, Thomas Jr.;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1771/04/26;
0009 003 0015 00094 03

JENKINS, Thomas;
plat for 350a in Craven Co; 1771/05/21
0009 003 0017 00245 02

FARR, Thomas Jr.;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1771/08/12
0009 003 0015 00095 01

GRAVES, James;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1771/10/07
0009 003 0016 00187 01

ALLEN, Charles;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1771/10/08
0009 003 0013 00033 01

OBRIEN, Thomas;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1771/10/09
0009 003 0016 00539 01

[I offer the following as an example of where these plats made for unknown
individuals can lead...  Various deeds recorded in Marion Co show that the
lands laid out for Thomas Obrien were located on the north side of Buck Swamp.
Parts of the land grant to Thomas Obrien/Obriant/Obryant were later sold as
follows:
In 1793 by Micajah HARRALSON, Lydia OBRIANT, Pheby Harralson, Jeremiah
Harralson, Abigill Harralson, and Sary RICE to Isom COWARD (A/114).  In 1793
by Jesse RICE to Isom Coward, dower released by Sary Rice wife of Jesse Rice
(A/116).  In 1794 by Isom COWARD and wife Susanna Coward to Zedekiah OWEN
(A/118).  In 1798 by Zedekiah OWEN to Saml. SMITH, dower released by Mary Owen
wife of Zedekiah (1/120).  In 1809 by Daniel MOODY to Samuel Smith, dower
released by Elizabeth Moody wife of Daniel Moody (E/113). No record found of
how Moody acquired this land.]

HERRING, Samuel;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1771/10/10
0009 003 0018 00334 01

GRAHAM, John;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1771/10/14
0009 003 0016 00180 03

HODGES, John;
plat for 107a in Craven Co; 1771/10/19
0009 003 0017 00021 02

HARTSFIELD, George;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1771/11/28
0009 003 0015 00334 02

ODAM, Richard;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1771/12/17
0009 003 0016 00561 02

HERRING, William;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1772/01/11
0009 003 0015 00419 03

HARRELL, Jacob;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1772/01/18
0009 003 0015 00307 02

GOODMAN, Henry;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1772/02/18
0009 003 0016 00136 02

BRITTON; William;
plat for 100a in Craven Co; 1772/07/15
0009 003 0013 00342 03

JOHNSTON, James;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1772/08/26
0009 003 0017 00287 01

DAVIS, Henry;
plat for 50a in Craven Co; 1772/09/14
0009 003 0014 00326 03

WHITE, Reuben; 
plat for 600a in Craven Co; 1772/12/10
0009 003 0021 00431 01

DOGGETT, Richard;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1772/12/10
0009 003 0016 00316 02

HANAGEN, Darby;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1773/02/09
0009 003 0015 00275 02

FLOWERS, Jonathan;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1773/02/22
0009 003 0015 00163 02

HENNIGAN, Barnabas;
plat for 200a in Craven Co; 1773/03/08
0009 003 0015 00403 03

JOHNSTON, Joseph;
plat for 600a in Craven Co; 1773/03/08
0009 003 0017 00297 01

MOORE, William;
plat for150a in Craven Co; 1773/03/15
0009 003 0018 00522 02

AKIN, James;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1773/05/18
0009 003 0013 00023 03

WHITE, Reuben;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1773/06/14
0009 003 0021 00431 02

HITCHCOCK, John;
plat for 49a in Craven Co; 1773/07/05
0009 003 0017 00018 01

FISHER, John;
plat for 600a on Pee Dee River; 1774/07/02
0009 003 0015 00135 03

SULLIVANT, Stephen; 
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1774/07/09
0009 003 0021 00206 01

HOPKINS, David;
plat for 150a in Craven Co; 1774/07/18
0009 003 0017 00065 02

FISHER, John;
plat for 400a in Craven Co; 1775/03/06
0009 003 0015 00139 01

JOHNSTON, James;
plat for 1000a in Craven Co; 1775/03/06
0009 003 0017 00289 00

GYNE, Michael;
plat for 300a in Craven Co; 1775/03/15
0009 003 0009 00470 03

And in addition, one plat indexed under:
LITTLE PEE DEE SWAMP:

CALVERT, John;
plat for 500a in Craven Co; 1771/09/18
0009 003 0013 00495 01


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