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14 Wharfside Street — Charleston, SC 29401
Oct 11, 2018
I visited the room for South Carolina History at the Charleston County Library in Charleston, South Carolina because I wanted to show you that you should not neglect to check Charleston church records back in 1720-1822 for African American genealogy. That’s right! The records I am choosing today comes from the Register St. Philip’s Parish. There are three books: Register of St. Philip’s Parish, 1720-1758, Register of St. Philip’s Parish, 1754-1810, and Register of St. Philip’s Church, 1810-1822.
You will be able to find registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials from 1720 to 1822.
Let’s look in the book entitled Register of St. Philip’s Church Charleston, South Carolina 1810-1822. We would expect to find white parishioners, but can we find enslaved? How about free people of color? Let’s show an example of what a register look like.
On page 7 of St. Philip’s Register of Baptisms in 1811, among white parishioners you will see free adult colored person, William Mushington and all Colored persons, Wm Clark, Jno. Marlin, and Ann Snellen.
Baptisms from 1812 on Page 9:
If your ancestor lived in Charleston during this period could they have been a parishioner of St. Phiip’s? Follow then link above for the earliest church records, which are online (1720-1758), and contact the South Carolina History Library South Carolina Room at Charleston County Library to access these books. Were they enslaved or a free person of color? Did you notice that name of enslaver was also given? What church did they attend later? Share your results in our Facebook Group.
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