Historical Writings of Henry Augustus Middleton Smith - Steve Coker
Subject: Historical Writings of Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
From: Steve Coker
Date: November 11, 1998

Pub. 1988. Reprinted from the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical
Magazine, with an introduction and indexes by Alexander Moore
888 pp., 34 maps, intro., indexes
ISBN 0-87152-423-6  LC 87-26623
$75.00, the set  [1998 catalogue price]

Henry Augustus Middleton Smith was a federal judge, attorney, scholar,
landowner, and successful planter who fostered historical studies of South
Carolina through his own writings and through his position as vice president of
the South Carolina Historical Society for twenty years. His studies of the
towns, plantations, baronies, and river communities of the early colonial period
are considered to be path-breaking in methodology and historical perception.
Working from land records (colonial grants, inventories, memorials, wills,
warrants, and plats), Smith traced ownership of land, constructed genealogies of
the planter families, and devised an unusual series of large maps to illustrate
his articles. "Using the skills of a lawyer, historian, and cartographer, Smith
brought order to the mass of Carolina land records and drew from them a history
of early South Carolina that is unmatched in usefulness and objectivity."
Supplied with an introduction and new indexes, these three volumes provide a
degree of access to Smith's writings that has not previously existed.

Volume I
(xx), 199 pp., 14 maps, intro, index
ISBN 0-87152-424-4  LC 87-26623
$25.00 [1998 catalogue price]

The term "baronies" refers to large tracts of land in Lowcountry South Carolina
that were single, undivided grants during the era of the Lords Proprietors. This
volume traces the granting of these tracts, the division of the land into
plantations, and the descent of ownership of the plantations, along with
genealogies of families. The baronies include Ashley, Fairlawn, Cypress, Wadboo,
Seewee, Winyah, Boone's, Oketee, Hobcaw, Malling, Raphoe, Ashepoo, Landgrave
Ketelby's, and Quenby and the Eastern Branch of the Cooper River.

Volume II
by Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
(xx), 249 pp., 17 maps, intro, index
ISBN 0-87152-425-2 LC 87-26623
$25.00 [1998 catalogue price]

Some of the towns established during the Proprietary era exist today, others can
be found only in historical records such as Smith's writings. The towns in this
volume are Dorchester, Charleston, Georgetown, Beaufort, French James Town,
Willtown or New London, Purrysburgh, Radnor, Edmundsbury, Jacksonborough,
Forgotten Towns in Lower South Carolina (Ashley Ferry Town, St. Andrews Town,
and Bermuda Town), Childsbury, Old Charles Town and Vicinity (Accabee and
Wappoo), and St. Andrews Parish. This volume is of special interest to
genealogists, as names of early settlers are tied to specific town lots, and the
volume contains numerous additions and corrections gleaned from annotated sets
of the SCH(&G)M.

Volume III
by Henry Augustus Middleton Smith
(xx), 380 pp., 3 maps, intro, index
ISBN 0-87152-426-0 LC 87-26623
$25.00 [1998 catalogue price]

Volume III is the longest in the series and the most ambitious of all Smith's
work. In the major articles on Charleston and Charleston Neck, Seats and
Settlements of the Ashley River, the Upper Ashley and Its Families, and Goose
Creek, and the shorter ones on the Orange Quarter and the First French Settlers,
Hog Island, and Shute's Folly, he achieves a synthesis of historical information
about the growth and change of the rivers and regional communities during a
period of history when the settlers fixed the model of plantation culture on
Lowcountry South Carolina. There is also significant genealogical material in
this volume.

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