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Wills, Estate & Probate Records
by Victoria Proctor

Wills Prior to Establishment of Marion Courthouse (earliest - c. 1800)


Prior to 1785, all Wills in South Carolina were filed at Charleston, regardless of where an individual lived. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) in Columbia holds these earliest documents in two formats: microfilm and typescripts.

Generally speaking, you will want to look for Wills marked "Craven County" and/or Georgetown District. Be aware, however, that Craven County was a HUGE area to the north of Charleston and covered nearly half the state. In other words, if a "Charleston Will" specifies only "Craven County", you will need to rely on geographic clues for property holdings and / or other documents to determine if the deceased resided in Marion, or even in the Pee Dee area.

Some of these earliest Wills have been transcribed and may be found on the Craven County Wills page.


For a relatively brief period between 1785 and 1800, documents for Marion residents were filed at the courthouse in Georgetown, and those documents were lost when the Georgetown courthouse was burned.


Wills Held at Marion County Courthouse

Copies of early (1800-c.1900) Wills and Estate may be ordered from

  • Marion County Archives and History Center
    101 N. Main St.
    Marion SC 29571
    (843) 431-5024

You can order copies of later (after c. 1900) Marion County, SC Wills and Estate records filed at the county courthouse by writing to:

  • Judge of Probate
    201 Court Street
    Marion, S.C. 29571
    Tel: (843) 423-8244

If you have done a transcription of any Marion County Wills, Estate or Probate records, please consider sharing with your fellow researchers by sending a copy for posting. Please be careful to cite your source so that others may consult the original.

Speaking of which, what you really want is a copy of the ORIGINAL Will located in the Probate Records and not a copy of the clerk's recording of the Will (which is what the Index points to). Be sure to ask for any Estate Records when ordering a copy of a Will. I've added a column for the Probate Roll Number but I have few of those. If you can help...

REMINDER: While every effort is made to present accurate data on this web site, we're all human and errors are always possible. Always, always, ALWAYS consult the original document before including data in your genealogy.

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