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"Where your Journey Begins"
Camden, one of the
original eight counties, was formed in 1777 from St. Andrews Parish, and is one
of the most interesting of all the counties visited. Jeffersonton, the original
county seat, was burned soon after the Civil War, and the rescued records were
somewhat damaged. The old frame Court House at St. Marys is valuable chiefly as
a relic, and the lack of space in it must be largely responsible for the unkempt
condition of the remnants. A concrete vault was being built just outside of the
Clerk's office, and probably by now the precious old books and papers are at
least safe from fire. In the office of the Ordinary are a lot of loose leaves of
land plats, or grants, that are very old, dilapidated and interesting, as well
as a recently bound book, entitled "Camden County Field Notes, 1796 -1816,"
containing a book plate of the DeRenne Library. This book has been recently
returned to Camden county, and, it is to be hoped, if other missing county
records are in private hands, they will be turned over to the counties. In this
book there are some very early deeds, one in 1763, being made by the Governor of
South Carolina for land on the Altamaha River. Several old books of Minutes of
the Inferior Court are in bad condition and should be reclaimed.The oldest book of wills is Book "A," 1791 to 1827,
about 350 pages, which is not indexed and nearly falling to pieces. This book
also has, scattered through it, a number of marriage licences. Book "B" of wills
was burned with the Court House at Jeffersonton.In the Clerk's office some of the oldest deed books,
beginning 1788, have lately been rebound, and there is a rather dilapidated
General Index to the deed books up to "H." Later deeds are in good condition and
well indexed.Besides the old
court records at St Marys, the Minutes of the old Presbyterian Church, beginning
1807, and the register of baptisms beginning 1842, are still preserved and cared
for by the widow of a former minister of the church. The old cemetery, too, full
of beautiful oaks that shade many moss-grown tombs of finest marble, shows that
people from all parts of the country, including Revolutionary soldiers and
sailors, were buried there.
Administrations in Book "A," 1791 to 1827. (No
William Gorman, Jr.
James Nickles Wright
John Arnold M. A.
Ann Graham (Wid)
Daniel Sharp Delany
Dr. John Ross
John C Nightingale
Geniveve B. Richards
Jno. Ripley Madison
James C. Dilworth
John Bailey, Sr.
Joseph S. Hodges
Source: Joseph Habersham Historical
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