Enumeration District Maps - Damita Drayton Green
Subject: Enumeration District Maps
From: Damita Drayton Green
Date: August 23, 1999

Below is a something I posted to another mail list back in 1997 regarding
Enumeration Districts which may be helpful in your search to reconstruct the
1900 Sumter Co Townships.

For Sumter County, only 1930 & 1940 are extant.  However, there was may not
have been significant changes, as the township names in 1930 are very
similar to 1900.  You may also want to check out the Enumeration District
Descriptions (1880-1940) which are text descriptions of the boundaries for
each Enumeration district in COunty.  For Sumter & Clarendon,  it is helpful
in reconstructing the township boundaries.

One last reference - the Township Atlas, by John L. Androit (1st edition)
has the 1930 township boundaries as well for the entire state of SC, broken
down by county.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the county maps used for the
Census'? While at the College Park, MD branch of the National
Archives I ran across the following FREE publication:

"The National Archives of the United States - Preliminary Inventories -
Number 103 - Cartographic Records of the Bureau of the Census"; compiled
by James Berton Rhoads and Charlotte M. Ashby;  National Archives
Publication No. 58-6; published by The National Archives - National
Archives and Records Service - General Services Administration, Washington:
1958, reprinted 1981.  This booklet has an index of the Enumeration
District ("Office Copy") Maps, 1880-1940 that are available for each state
and county.   It's wonderful if you have no idea if these maps are
available for your research. The 1880-1890 maps are few and
far between.   These maps are on file at

 National Archives at College Park
 Cartographic Reference
 8601 Adelphi Road
 College park, MD 20740-6001
 (301)713-7040 - Cartographic Reference Room

I was able to get copies of the 1900, 1930, & 1940  Enumeration District
Maps for Clarendon County, SC.  The 1900 ad 1930 maps are especially
helpful to me because the township and enumeration district boundaries
hadn't changed much during that time frame.  The maps vary in size and
detail.  The 1930 Clarendon County maps has excellent detail, and is
roughly 3x3 feet, whereas the 1900 map shows very little detail other
than the major cities/towns and the townships, and is small in size
(less than 7" wide).  Now i know where
those no longer existing townships are in relation to present day areas.

They also have mail order service thru vendors.  Contact  the National
Archives for
more information.

Damita Drayton Green

-----Original Message-----
From: rustycat 
To: [email protected] 
Date: Sunday, August 22, 1999 12:20 PM
Subject: Re: Sumter Township Maps @ 1900's

Dear Lawrence,
>   As a Native of Sumter, I know of Mayesville (little section on the way
>the Beach), Bishopville (entire small town) and Statesburg is an
>intersection with a couple of churches and a few houses (it's near Shaw Air
>Force Base- on the way to Columbia). Statesburg is one of my areas studied
>because of family names. It used to be bigger. It was defeated by one vote
>on becoming the state capital when this was being decided.
>Hope that helps.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Gwenda Harrison 
>To: [email protected] 
>Date: Saturday, August 21, 1999 7:03 PM
>Subject: Sumter Township Maps @ 1900's
I was in the Archives Building this afternoon looking through the 1900
Census Rolls for Sumter Co. Is there a site on the web that I may see
how Sumter was subdivided back during this period? Some township(Twp)
names that I came across were Privateer, Lynchburg, Providence,
Mayesville, Statesburg, Mt. Clio, and Bishopville. Are these still in
existence today or are the subdivisions in Sumter different? Thanks for
any assistance, Lawrence E. Harrison.

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