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Historic Evolution of Old Marion County

Five maps illustrating changes in the boundaries of Marion County, from 1710 to 1910. Note that Dillon County was once part of: the massive Craven County (until 1785); Liberty County; and Marion County (until 1910).

Throughout the colonial period, the Anglican Church parishes were also used as local administrative units, similar to modern election districts. The dividing line between parishes was sometimes altered and you will find petitions by local residents asking that they be allowed to remain in a former parish. Dillon County straddled the Parishes of Prince Frederick and Prince George.

Anglican Parishes of South Carolina c. 1775

Old Marion Townships Map

Keep in mind that Marion was once part of:

  • Old Craven County, a massive administrative district, until 1769
  • the Anglican Parishes of Prince Frederick and Prince George
  • 1769-1785 Georgetown District
  • 1785-c.1798 Liberty County of Marion District (Liberty is used on 1800 federal census)
  • 1798-1868 Marion District
  • 1869-1909 Marion County
  • Note: 1910 Dillon County was carved from Upper Marion County

For more details, see County Evolution on the Marion History page.



  • Insulae Americana [Visscher 1680] (335k)
    Note the territory claimed by France and the territory marked as "Florida"
  • Carte ... Caroline [Sanson 1696] (286k)
    French; look closely to see land owner names
  • Carte du Mexique... Floride [Delisle 1703] (306k)
    The colonies huddled to the east of the Allegheny Mountains are more detailed-- Virginia has company now with "Carolina". Native American tribes shown.
  • Eman. Bowen, 1747 (261.6 kb)
    "A New and Accurate, Map of the Provinces of North & South Carolinas, Georgia"
  • 1760 Cherokee Nation (90k)

"A Map of the Province of South Carolina, with all the Rivers, Creeks, Bays, Inletts, Islands, Inland Navigation Soundings Time of High Water on the Sea Coast, Roads, Marshes, Ferrys, Bridges, Swamps, Parrishes Churches, Towns, Townships; County Parish District and Provincial Lines. Humbly inscribed to the Hon'ble Lawlins Lowndes Esq'r Speaker of the rest of the Members of the Hon'ble the Commons House of Assembly of the Province by their most Obed't of faithfull serv't Jam's Cook", published 1773. Cook's map is particularly helpful for genealogists in that it shows not only geographic features, but also the locations for individual landowners.

Portion of James Cook's 1773 map of South Carolina


Entitled "A New and Accurate Map of the Province of South Carolina in North America", this map, published June 1779 in Universal Magazine Vol. LXIV June 1779, Pg 281 shows a number of features I have not seen on other maps.

1779 Map of South Carolina

Thos. Harllee's 1815 map of Marion District, as "improved" for Mills Atlas, 1825. Another wonderful resource for researchers, this map shows locations for individual landowners, meeting houses (churches), taverns, ferries, etc. (Temporarily offline)

Thos. Harllee's 1815 map of Marion County

For more facts about the Atlas, see this message on the Coker Forum. (Broken link.)


Marion County as shown on an 1895 Rand Atlas map of South Carolina. You'll find a number of locations on this map that you might not have seen before. Click on the map to see Marion County.

1895 Map of Marion County

If you'd like to see the 1895 map of the entire state, it's located on Pam Rietch's web site, which also contains an index of South Carolina place names. (Site moved.)

Online Map Collections:

Modern Maps and other Geographic Resources

  • MapQuest
    If you're traveling to the area and want a highway map with directions you can print out, this is a handy site.
  • Maps from the U.S. Census Bureau
    Try this one. It allows you to enter a place name and provides locations throughout the U.S. with zip code, population data, and a link to a modern map of the locality (Tiger maps from Census Bureau).
  • USGS
    A great "where is it?" tool.
    Geographic locator for United States' towns, cemeteries, rivers, swamps, you name it.
  • The TopoZone
    If you'd like to explore our area in topographic maps, you'll love this site. Uses USGS topo maps and you can select the features you'd like to see marked on a map.

If you know of a map link or geographic link which you find helpful and do not see here, please let me know.


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