South Carolina Historical Society Recently Processed Manuscripts

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The following manuscript collections are now available for research by Historical Society patrons. The society welcomes gifts of manuscript collections and publications relating to South Carolina. Such gifts can be designated charitable contributions and are eligible for income-tax deductions.

Descriptions of all of the society's manuscripts can be viewed at http: / /

0169.00 Records of St. David's Church, Cheraw


1 linear ft.

St. David's Parish, created in 1768, was the last of the Anglican parishes created in colonial South Carolina. A parish church was completed at Cheraw Hill around 1772, but was abandoned after the American Revolution in 1785, following the exodus of Anglican clergy from the state. After being used by Baptist and Presbyterian congregations for several years, the church of St. David's, Cheraw, was reclaimed by the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina in 1823.

Records consist of correspondence (1877-1985); ephemera; financial records (1785-1905; bulk 1882-1905); membership data (1888-1962); printed material; property records (1908-1970); a register of baptisms, marriages and burials (1865-1946); research notes on the church's history; and several sermons or religious essays (1885-1960). Also included are some records of two auxiliary organizations associated with the church: the St. David's Sewing Society (1877-1906), and the St. David's Parochial Guild (1887-1913).

0375.00 John F. Morrall research papers

1872-1987 (bulk 1960-1980)

3.5 linear ft.

A native of Georgia, John F. Morrall spent his early childhood in Walterboro, before moving with his family to Beaufort. He operated the Morrall Furniture Company, founded by his father in 1908. He was a local historian and city councilman, active in historic preservation and civic improvement.

John F. Morrall's research on Beaufort and nearby areas forms the main part of this collection. Research material, much of which pertains to the early explorations and settlement of the Beaufort area, includes notes, clippings, printed material, and related correspondence. Topics include Jean Ribault, Henry Woodward, the Bull family and the town of Radnor, the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery (a militia unit), historic preservation in Beaufort, churches, forts, and military history. Part of the research consists of notes on a series of index cards. Some of the cards are categorized into topics such as bridges, business, climate, clubs, islands, pilots, plantations, railroads, ships, the Spanish explorers, street names, and the Civil War. The rest of the cards are a miscellany of notes focusing mainly on the early history of Beaufort. Also included are notes on Colleton County and Walterboro, as well as information on various individuals and families associated with the Beaufort area, including the Talbird family.

John F. Morrall's personal and family papers include correspondence (1911-1980); Morall's reminiscences about growing up in Walterboro; genealogical data on the Morrall family and related families of Fripp, Pawley, and Gignilliat; records (1911-1980) of the Morrall Furniture Company; papers (1920-1951 ) pertaining to Cotton Hope Plantation (Beaufort County); and a scrapbook (1872). The scrapbook is marked with the names "Edward Townsend" and "Ed. Roche." It contains engraved illustrations of notable American buildings, as well as drawings, maps, and clippings pasted into a bound volume identified as "Address Book of Sargent & Co."

0376.00 Elias Ball Bull papers

Ca. 1940-1993

15.5 linear ft.

Elias Ball Bull was an author, historian, and researcher with the Charleston County Planning Board.

His personal papers mainly consist of clippings, correspondence, employment records, and writings (poetry and short prose), as well as papers pertaining to Bull's interest and work in historic preservation and his association with various organizations including the South Carolina Archaeological Society, the Confederate Home, the Piping and Marching Society, Poetry Society of South Carolina, Society of the Bull Family of Ashley Hall, Summerville Preservation Society, the Unitarian Church, and the Young Democrats. …