Restore the Ancestors Indexing Project: SC Estate Inventories
Help index all surviving Charleston, SC Estate Inventories, 1732-1872 and Bills of Sale, 1773-1872, for a FREE Footnote collection! This remarkable collection contains the name of every slave ever listed in a surviving estate inventory for Charleston, SC from colonial times to Emancipation. Many of the post-Civil War inventories list the names of former slaves as well. You can help index this FREE collection, to make the records searchable on Footnote and Internet search engines such as Google. Your contribution will make an enormous difference in making these records accessible.
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Indexing Project: Charleston, SC Estate Inventories, Bills of Sale
We are pleased to announce an exciting project to index Colonial and Charleston, SC estate inventories from 1732-1872, and bills of sale from the same period, for a FREE collection on Footnote!
When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors will be preserved for generations to come.
You can help index this free collection to make it searchable. Here is how it will work: we will index one microfilm at a time, as we complete each film the entire film will be posted in this free collection, and will be fully searchable. When we finish indexing a film, Footnote will post the next film for us to index, until all of the films are indexed.
So we in the volunteer community will literally determine the pace at which these records roll out. Pretty neat, on large indexing projects you index records and know that they will be rolled up at some time in the future, but this project works in real time, as we finish them, they are released.
To sign up to volunteer, please CLICK HERE, fill in the sign up form, and we will contact you to show you how to get started. Don't worry, we'll teach you everything you need to know to index records to make them searchable.
Each record you index will be searchable on Footnote, and will also appear in Internet searches on Google and other search engines, so your contribution will make an enormous difference in making these records accessible to the research community.
Thank you so much for volunteering to restore the ancestors to the light of history!
How to Browse This Collection
Browsing These Documents
As we index these records, the names, places and dates we index will be placed in the Footnote search engine to make the collection searchable. But you can already view any document in this FREE collection by browsing the documents with the Footnote browser!
Browsing is a great way to focus your finding efforts. You can browse by clicking on the "Browse All Titles" link at the top of most pages or to the right of the search box on the Search Results page or you can go to the Original Documents page and select a title to search or browse within.
From the "Browse All Titles" link you can browse through the titles alphabetically or choose a category to browse within.
When you find an image by browsing, you will be able to see all the indexed data, the number of annotations or comments and a preview of the image.
CLICK HERE for more detailed, step-by-step instructions. The instructions will open in a new window so you can keep them open while you follow the steps.
Once you have clicked on the link above to open the instructions, you can CLICK HERE to go to the collection and begin browsing!
Estate Inventory of Richard Jenkins, Charleston, SC, 1857
April 1857 | Wadmalaw Island, Charleston, SC
Estate Inventory of Richard Jenkins, Wadmalaw Island, Charleston, SC, April 1857
The estate inventory of Richard Jenkins, filed in April of 1857, lists the names of 150 slaves on the Jenkins plantation on Wadmalaw Island, Charleston District, SC. This document is a great example of the estate inventories we will be indexing within this free Footnote collection.
The Jenkins family owned plantations on Wadmalaw Island, Edisto Island and at Toogoodoo, all in Colleton and Charleston counties in SC . Known Jenkins family plantations on Wadmalaw were Rackett Hall  and Rockville. On Edisto the Jenkins family plantation was called Brick House. Other plantations in the Jenkins family include Mackay's Point .
If you have information on other Jenkins family plantations, please add them to this page!
If you are researching other plantations on Wadmalaw Island, several are listed here.
We've built a Footnote Page around this document, you can view it here.
Indexing Project: Sample Document: Estate Inventory of John Heyward, 1773
7 April 1773 | Charleston, South Carolina
Estate Inventory of John Heyward, Sandy Hill, Walnut Hill, Mathys Hill and Swamp Plantations, Charleston, South Carolina
The estate inventory of John Heyward lists the names of slaves, some with family relationships noted, for Heyward's Sandy Hill, Walnut Hill, Mathys Hill and Swamp plantations.
You can view the document by clicking on the images attached to this story.
Guerin, Henry. Account of Estate Sale, Charleston, SC, 1772
6 May 1772 | Charleston, South Carolina
Account of Estate Sale of Henry Guerin, Charleston, SC, 1772
This document is an account of the auction of the estate of Henry Guerin of Charleston, SC, which took place 6 May 1772 on Charleston Neck. This remarkable document lists buyers of enslaved families formerly belonging to Henry Guerin. Family relationships are noted.
Dr. John Irvine purchased the following families:
- September, his wife Namy & 2 Children Grace and Molly
- George, his wife Jean and two children Nanny & Phillis
- Hannah & child Tom
John Edwards ("of Estate of John Bulline") purchased
John Fullerton purchased
Benjamin Marion purchased
Wm. Maxwell ("for Jos. Maybank") purchased Tommy
William Hopton purchased
Richard Park Stobo purchased Cathrina
Joseph Fogarty purchased Young Nanny & child Kate
Donnis Hegan Rachel
James Foggarthy purchased Cymon