Minute Book of the Ordinary
by Victoria Proctor
In South Carolina, the Court of the Ordinary adjudicated probate matters --
administrations of Estates, guardianships, real estate sales and appraisals as pertains to estates,
dower sales, etc. The Minute Book, maintained by the Ordinary, is the abbreviated record
of the daily business to appear before the court -- a chronological index, if you
will, to Estate papers filed with the Court. These papers include such things as
Letters of Administraton granted to qualifying individuals to oversee the disposition of the deceased's estate;
petitions for guardianship of orphans; authorizations to administrators and/or executors to
sell property of the Estate; etc.
- The Minute Book of the Ordinary for Marion District appears to be
missing it's first page(s) and deaths occurring earlier than June 1800 will not be noted in
- While the Minute Book is written in chronological order, I created the following work
by indexing the entries by surname of the deceased, and extracting the most relevant text.
- Administrations of Estates typically spanned more than a single year. Entries
covering multiple years are combined under the first entry found for an Estate, but due to the
nature of this work, not every entry will be included. Please use these pages as a guide only.
- Links are provided to Wills where available.
- Copies of Estate papers for this period may be ordered from
- Marion County Archives and History Center
101 N. Main St.
Marion SC 29571
BOOK A (1800-1814), Letters of Administration
[a work in progress]
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