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Sumter County, SCGenWeb  



 The Sumter Opera House

Postcard donated to Sumter County, SCGenWeb by Earnest Scarborough.

Mary Wilder sent the card to his father,
Ernest Scarborough at St. Charles, S.C. in 1907.

Welcome to Sumter County. My name is Cindy Ridgeway Parker. I volunteered to coordinate the Sumter County, South Carolina USGenWeb homepage in 1996 because all of my roots go back to the original settlers of Old Sumter District. I was born in, grew up in, and I live in Sumter County, less than 20 miles from where my ancestors were farmers and then planters from as early as 1740. My parents, my grandparents, their parents, and on back were born in Clarendon County which was part of Old Sumter District. My Old Sumter District ancestors all moved inland from the low country and coastal regions of South Carolina before the Revolutionary War, having settled in South Carolina from as early as 1680.

If you have Sumter District roots, then I might be your cousin. You may visit me visit me via my personal homepage at, where you will find the basics of my personal genealogy. I am quite willing to share what I have on the surnames that I research, but please understand that I am an amateur genealogist, researching my own family lines. I don't research other surnames or do other outside research.

"Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away....."

This Momentous Day , H.R. White

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Sumter County Courthouse

Links to Other Sumter County Researchers
Sumter County Queries
(Family or geographic questions posed by researchers)

Sumter County Surnames
(Links to others researching your surnames)

Lumbee Indians and Goins

Please understand that some of the information in the links posted above may be old.
Posters may have changed their email addresses. The information is being left intact
in order to give clues to new researchers.

Sumter County Documents and Data 

Sumter County Obituaries
(Transcriptions of obituaries donated by researchers.)

Sumter District Bible Records
(Transcriptions of Family Bible Records donated by researchers.)

Sumter District Wills Project
(Volunteer to help with this project.)

Sumter County Records and Documents
( Please help with this project.)

Old Sumter District Letters Home
( Transcriptions of old letters. Please donate yours.)

USGenWeb Archives, Sumter County

1868-1869 Stateburg Township, Voter Registration List

High Hills Baptist Church Constituents

Post Offices of Sumter District

Stateburg Slave Names

List of Sumter District Slave Owners

1860 Slave Schedule With Surname Matches from 1870 Census

Commencement Announcement
(Sumter High School, 1915 - names are included.)

Sumter District 1865 & 1866 Freedman's Contracts
(Contacts signed by African-Americans for work, after the War Between the States)

Sumter County Cemetery Transcriptions
(Please help with this project.)


Sumter County Reference Information 
Sumter County References
(Information on books, lookups, etc.)

Sumter County Map 

Sumter County Mills Atlas Map

Places in Sumter District

Sumter County Plantations

A Brief Sumter County History

Sumter Photograph Album
(Pictures of kith, kin, and places)

Sumter County Postcards From the Past
(Thanks to Ernest Scarborough!)

Sumter County Census Data

1790 Claremont County (Sumter County) Federal Census

1860 Sumter Slave Holder Census with 1870 Freeman Surnames

1790 South Carolina Federal Census Index (graphic images)
(Look for the Claremont County Images)

1800 Sumter District Census Index (Partial)

1810 Sumter District Census Index (Partial)

1820 Sumter District Federal Census

1850 Sumter District Census Index

1850 Sumter District Census

1850 Partial Sumter District Census

1860 Partial Sumter District Census

1860 Sumter Slave Holder Census

1870 Stateburg Census Excerpts

Newspaper Obituaries, 
and Books,and Other
of Interest

Death Notices and Obituaries
(Old Sumter Newspapers)

Marriages and Obituaries
(From the Southern Christian Advocate)

Boykin Mill Drownings
(Special to the Sumter Watchman)

Obituary Search Engine
(Search present day Sumter area obits)

Sumter County Obituaries
(Transcriptions of obituaries donated by researchers)

Dr. Moses Moore
(Information about his Confederate Service)

Sumter in 1855
(Tour in prose by Joel Brunson)

Sumter District Newspapers
(List of newspapers published in Sumter District)

Richardson and Buford Families
"A Genealogical Record with Reminiscences of the Richardson and Buford Families" )

Sumter County Military Information

Hampton's Legion, Claremont Rifles

Hampton's Legion, Clarendon Guard

Hampton's Legion, Misc. Information on Sumter Men

Hampton's Legion, a Short History

starCompany H, 26th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers csaflag  

Company K, 23rd Regiment South Carolina Volunteerscsaflag

Company F, 9th Regiment South Carolina Volunteerscsaflag

20th Regiment South Carolina Militiacsaflag

Company I, 7th South Carolina Cavalrycsaflag
(Also known as the Claremont Guard, Holcombe's Cavalry, Company A)

2nd Regiment, South Carolina Volunteerscsaflag
(The Sumter Greys)
2nd Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, Co. Dcsaflag

DeSaussure's Light Artillerycsaflag

Confederate Dead Monument Transcriptioncsaflag
(Names of those who died in the conflict from Old Sumter District)

African-American Confederate Pensionerscsaflag
(Names of those who received a pension from the government for their service.)

1868 Stateburg, Sumter District Militia

Sumter Light Infantry, 1898

Sumter District Federal Pensions Report of 1835

A Lost Cause, But an Honorable One, by Lewis Regensteincsaflag

SC 3rd Battalion Light Artillery Company C, Culpeper's Batterycsaflag

Claremont Riflescsaflag


A View of Main Street
Postcard donated to Sumter County, SCGenWeb by Ernest Scarborough.
Mary Wilder sent the card to his father, Earnest Scarborough
at St. Charles, S.C. in 1907.
The number 10 on each light pole is an advertisement for Cole Bros. Circus, Oct. 10.

More Sumter County Links and Information

 SCGenWeb Links 

Other South Carolina Links

About the SCGenWeb and  USGenWeb Projects
In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual was found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The SCGenWeb Project is an extension of the KYGenWeb Project. This project is now nationwide. The USGenWeb Project is  the largest volunteer efforts on the Internet. Its growth and utility will depend upon you---the user.
The USGenWeb Project and the SCGenWeb Project are a non-commercial, all volunteer organization.

You were visitor 100,000 plus  more to come by
Sumter County, SCGenWeb since October 10, 1996.

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,
                   2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
                  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015


Cindy Parker,

Webmaster of the Sumter, Clarendon, and Lee County,
South Carolina USGenWeb pages since 1996.
Be sure to place Sumter County in the subject line.

Sumter Clarendon
I don't post my email address as a "clickable" link  due to spammers.
You'll need to type my address in by hand in order to contact me.

As of January 1, 2010, there has been a
 Sumter District Genealogy Facebook Group.
Join us on Facebook!
Feel free to share your
queries and questions.

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, more and more people are using
Social Media to connect with others researching their family lines than ever before.
You will find Sumter District Genealogy on Facebook here:

This is a closed group, meaning that you may only be added upon request.

This FREE web site and its content pages are � 1996-2015 by Cynthia Ridgeway Parker, except where otherwise noted. The Sumter County, South Carolina USGenWeb site and its content pages may NOT be copied, altered, converted, or uploaded to ANY electronic system or BBS. They may NOT be linked to from any "pay-for-view" site, nor can they be linked in such a manner as to APPEAR to be part of another site. Data from this web site may not be included in any commercial software or print collection. If you are aware of any violations of these copyright restrictions, please email the details to the site owner at: (Replacethe X with @.) This disclaimer is to combat those who would sell what is freely given.

    This page was last updated on December 13, 2014 in Sumter, South Carolina. 
Please check linking pages for more recent updates.


"We celebrated the 215th birthday
of Sumter on
January 1, 2015


 The past is but the beginning of a beginning and
 all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.

H.G. Wells

The Sumter County, SCGenWeb site
 is dedicated to the memory of my beloved daughter,
Melissa Leigh Sutton
Carolina Girl turned Hodkgin's Warrior,
turned Carolina Angel.
June 6, 1978 - May 19, 2004