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Newspapers are a wonderful resource for genealogists, providing a history of our ancestors through birth, marriage and death announcements, obituaries, and other news stories pertaining to daily life in the community. Many of the surviving old newspaper issues have been microfilmed and/or abstracted, and you should check with your local genealogy and LDS libraries to see what is available and what may be ordered through interlibrary loan. Titles of published resources, where known, are shown below.

There was, so far as I know, no newspaper published in old Marion County until The Marion Star began operations in 1852. Prior to that time, notices and articles pertaining to Marion residents would have appeared in various newspapers. In general,

You'll also want to check church newspapers, such as the Southern Christian Advocate, neighboring county newspapers, and state-wide newspapers.


MARION COUNTY NEWSPAPERS:
1852 - Present

THE MARION STAR
May 4, 1852 - (presently Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise)
The Marion Star May 1852 - June 1869
Star and Southern Real Estate Advertiser July 7, 1869 until May 25, 1870
The Marion Star 1870 - 1991
combined with The (Mullins) Enterprise April 1991 to create the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise

Current address:
The Star & Enterprise
211 E. Railroad Avenue
Marion, S.C. 29571
Tel: (843) 423-2050

Every account I've seen states that The Marion Star began publication May 4, 1852 with C. W. Miller as editor and V. Little as publisher, but I read an article which states that the newspaper was established by V. Little in 1846 then sold to a Charleston attorney, A.J. Requier, in 1848. Whether any issues were published 1846-48, I do not know but found it an interesting historical note.

The 1860 Marion County census shows that V. Little, occupation "publisher", was born in Georgia. He must have married a bit later than usual; his age is given as 35 and his eldest child is four years old.

Extracts and articles from The Marion Star:

  • 1862
  • 1863
  • 1864
  • 1865
  • 1866
  • 1867
  • 1868
  • 1869
  • 1870
  • 1871
  • 1892
  • 1893
  • 1894
  • 1895
  • 1896
  • 1897
  • 1898
  • 1899
  • 1900
  • 1901

The Marion Star on microfilm:

Holdings will vary between libraries but the following issues of The Marion Star were found in online catalogs as being available on microfilm:
Legend:
USC=University of South Carolina libraries
MC=Marion County Libraries

1852 (MC)
1852: May 4-Aug.10, Sept.28-Oct.26, Nov.16-23, Dec.14 (USC)
1853 [none listed--vp]
1854: Jan.17-Apr.4, Apr.18-25, May 16-June 27,
   July 11, Aug.1, Oct.24-Dec.26 (USC)
1855: Jan.2-30, Feb.20, Mar.6-Apr.10, Apr.24-June19, July 3-24 (USC)
1856: Jan.8, Jan. 29-Apr.15, Apr. 29-May13, June10-Oct.14,
   Nov.25-Dec.16, Dec.30 (USC)
1857: Mar.31, July7, Aug.4-Oct.6, Oct.20-Dec.29 (USC)
1858 [none listed--vp]
1859: Jan.4, Jan.18-Mar.8, Mar.22-Apr.26, May10 (USC)
1860: Dec.26 (USC)
1862: Aug.6 (USC)
1862 - 1899 (MC)
1864: Aug.31, Nov.16 (USC)
1866: June 6 - 1869: June30 (USC)
1901-17 (MC)
1918 [none listed]
1919 - 1949 (MC)
1923 - 1990:Mar.7 (USC)
1950 - 1970 (MC)
1994 - 2001 (MC)

STAR AND SOUTHERN REAL ESTATE ADVERTISER on microfilm:
1870 - 1871


THE MARION CRESCENT
Established by Sidney E. McMillan,
published 14 Nov 1866 - 23 Feb 1870

Extracts from The Marion Crescent:

21 Nov 1866 - 27 March 1867,
by Gloria Calhoun Buckle, 26 March 2003

The Crescent on microfilm:
1866 - 1870


THE PEE DEE INDEX

Published weekly in Marion, S.C. by J.M. Stricklin
Vol. 1, No. 1 (Aug. 22, 1882)
Ceased publication in 1894?

Extracts from The Pee Dee Index:

1882 | 1883 | 1884 | 1885 | 1886
by Gloria Calhoun Buckle, 27 March 2003

Issues of The Pee Dee Index on microfilm:
22 Aug 1882 - 26 Aug. 1884
2 Sept. 1885 - 20 Aug. 1890, 3 Dec.1890


PUBLISHED RESOURCES:

  • Genealogical Abstracts from Marion, South Carolina Newspapers, 1858-1886
    abstracted by Gloria Calhoun
    Marion, SC: Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS, 1999

  • South Carolina newspapers
    compiled and edited by John Hammond Moore.
    Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press in cooperation with the Thomas Cooper Library, c1988.
    316 p. : map ; 24 cm.

  • South Carolina newspapers : the South-Carolina gazette, 1760
    edited by Mary Bondurant Warren ; abstracted by Robert S. Lowery and Mary S. Warren.
    Danielsville, GA : Heritage Papers, c1988.
    112 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.

  • "Marriage and Obituary Notices from the Marion Star"
    SCMAR, Volume II Number 2, Spring, 1974


ARCHIVES, LIBRARIES, AND SOCIETIES WITH EARLY NEWSPAPER HOLDINGS

  • Marion County Libraries (online catalog)
  • Old Darlington District Chapter
    The ODDC library in Hartsville has an excellent collection of area newspapers available on microfilm
  • South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History (SCDAH)
    Listing of newspapers on microfilm
  • South Carolina State Library (online catalog)
  • South Caroliniana Library, Columbia (online catalog available)
  • University of South Carolina search a number of collections at once
  • Charleston Library Society in Charleston
  • South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston

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