Edgefield County, South Carolina, Deed Books, 27,28, and 29
Abstracted by Carol Wells
Deed activity shows that the years covered in this volume, 1806 through 1809, were times of great change. Large land grants were divided and subdivided. Land prices doubled and tripled. Cotton production became very profitable and smaller land holdings made slavery a way of life which led the Quakers in the area to move north due to their moral objections to such practices.
Some deeds were signed ten or twenty years earlier and chains of title lead back to the 1750’s and 1760’s because these old deeds were not recorded until between 1806 and 1809.
This book lists the names of more than 34,700 free persons. 200 slaves or more are mentioned for the most part when they were sold or given as gifts. Most deeds concern land conveyances but also found are prenuptial agreements, powers of attorney, and depositions by witnesses of controversial events.
Names of all persons, places, and watercourses are listed in the 26 page index.
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