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from the Marion County Archives

The old Records Building at the corner of Main and Godbold,
on the Square beside the Courthouse. Built in 1903, the fireproof
building now houses the Marion County Archives and History Center,
which is the repository for the Old Marion County records, and for
collections, library & family files of the Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS.


Marion County Archives and History Center

Old Records Building on the Square - Entrance on Godbold Street
101 North Main Street, Marion, South Carolina 29571
(843) 431-5024

R. Maxcy Foxworth, Jr., Archivist

12:00 Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday

The Marion County Archives and History Center is located in the old Records Building at the corner of Main and Godbold on the Square beside the Courthouse in Marion. Built in 1903 of fireproof construction to house the offices of the Clerk of Court and the Judge of Probate, the building functioned as such until 1979. In that year those offices moved into new quarters, leaving many of the early records unattended in the old building. In 1997 an effort to establish a county archives was launched by Chapter Archivist R. Maxcy Foxworth, Jr., resulting eventually in funding being granted by County Council, and the Archives and History Center opened on 29 November 2000. All early County records, which begin in 1800, through the early 1900's are available here, along with the books, files, charts, etc. comprising the Pee Dee Chapter archives, offering a uniquely comprehensive research center.

Hours are 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.



1800 - Early 1900's

Probate Rolls 1800-c1920; Will Books 1800-1914; other miscellaneous records..

Deeds 1800-1906; Plats, various court journals and other documents

Archives of the Pee Dee Chapter
South Carolina Genealogical Society

are located in the same building with the old Marion County Records, and include:

Books, Family Files, Family Group Sheets, Charts, Newsletters, Maps.

The Chapter Library includes numerous published family histories; the earliest volumes of the South Carolina Law Reports which include many Appeals Court and Supreme Court cases from Marion and adjoining counties; many volumes of abstracts of records of Marion and some from adjoining counties of Williamsburg, Marlboro, Florence, Darlington, and several North Carolina counties, including Bladen, Columbus and Robeson; microfiche collections, including the index to the SC Death Certificates. We also have a large collection of periodicals, including the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (SCMAR) the North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, and most issues of newsletters from all the SCGS Chapters.

Special Donated Research Collections of:

Phyllis Britton Canady
Gretchen Rowell Clark
Clifford Rankin Crawford
Clyde L. Haselden
Haywood Amon Stanley


Loose documents may be copied at 25 cents per page, or 50 cents per page if mailed. Copies cannot be made from the county record books (deeds, wills, etc.), but can be obtained from microfilm at the South Carolina Archives and History Center, or at the Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Microfilm of the Plat Books is also available at the Francis Marion University library.



All publications offered by the Pee Dee Chapter, SCGS are available in person at the Marion County Archives.

Other items of historical and/or genealogical interest are sometimes offered at the Archives, in person or by mail (see below).

Contact Archivist Maxcy Foxworth for details.

Currently available at the Marion County Archives:

Limbs On Our Family Tree
by Mabel Montgomery

Story of the family who built and resided at The Grove in Marion.

This book is made available by Denley Caughman. Proceeds go to the Montgomery Family Foundation for overseeing and maintenance of the Montgomery Family Memorabilia Collection on display at
The Grove - The Inn on Harllee. $7.25 plus tax.

Also available:

Parting For A Far Distant Land
A Biography of Lieutenant Eli Henry Gasque
The Yankee Terrors, 8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, CSA

Gasque Book on CD by Walter Earl Waddell
NEW: The book is also now available at the Marion Archives.
BOOK: $19.95 + $4.00 shipping

154 pp. includes Preface, Introduction, Family Charts, Notes, Bibliography, Credits & Index.
CD: $17.00 + $3.00 shipping

Send check payable to Marion County Archives to

Marion County Archives & History Center
101 North Main Street
Marion SC 29571

Always please call or check in advance to make sure we're open before planning a research trip to the Marion County Archives & History Center. (843) 431-5024


Pee Dee Chapter Officers

Contact for Webpage:
Jo Church Dickerson



This page last revised on January 5, 2017.

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