In the seventeenth century, the promise of land ownership--a new beginning--enticed many immigrants to leave Europe, the West Indies and even New England and brave the harsh conditions of frontier life in Carolina. The stories of these intrepid colonists are elusive, as few records of their daily lives have survived the more than three hundred years of history that separate the present-day inhabitants of South Carolina from their forebears.
Featuring a compilation of abstracts pulled from the record book of the Register of the Province of South Carolina from 1675 to 1696, this book sheds light on the lives of these early colonists. Published here for the first time, these entries provide an in-depth look at a variety of Carolina's oldest records: indentures from the Lords Proprietors, letters of attorney, partnerships, and early land records that include grants and deeds to lots in Charles Towne.
Continuing their exhaustive and meticulous research in this second volume, editors Susan Baldwin Bates and Harriott Cheves Leland offer historians, researchers, scholars and family genealogists an exciting and essential means of more completely understanding the early culture, life and history of the land that became South Carolina.