South Carolina Archives
Plat Collection of John McCrady, ca. 1680-1929
CALL NUMBER: L 10005
CREATOR: Charleston County (S.C.). Register of Mesne Conveyances.
TITLE: Plat collection of John McCrady
DATE: ca. 1680-1929; (bulk 1731-1929)
VOLUME: 28.00 microfilm reels
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged by number assigned by the repository when it restored, microfilmed, and indexed the collection in the mid to late 1970s. There are also three separate rolls of retakes of plats that were illegible, missing, or had undiscovered material on their backs when the main sequence was filmed by the repository. Old arrangement and designations of the plats are depicted on earlier film made by the Southern Microfilming Company.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: John McCrady (May 8, 1883-April 21, 1955) was president of McCrady Brothers and Cheves, Civil Engineers. He collected plats both professionally and as a hobby. In the 1930s, he gave the collection to the county for general use.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series contains plats made by or purchased by the firm of McCrady Brothers and Cheves, land surveyors and civil engineers. The collection includes the office copies of earlier firms and surveyors, including those of Joseph Purcell (1750-1807). The plats primarily depict land in the city and county of Charleston and the counties of Berkeley and Colleton. Plats generally show the shape and quantity of the land, usually to scale, listing all neighboring landholders. Many plats also show creeks, roads, rivers, and other information.
INDEX/FINDING AID: All personal names, including the names of surveyors, and geographic locations and features on the plats are included in the repository's On-line Combined Index to Multiple Record Series, 1675-1929. Names of firms (for example, American Tea Growing Company), names of plantations (for example, Fawn-Hill Plantation) and names of baronies (for example, Wragg Barony) are included among topics. Tract names (for example, Welch Tract) are included among the locations. These access terms are also available on a three-roll computer output microfilm (COM) index to the series produced by the repository in 1979 and in the Combined Alphabetical Index available on computer output microfilm produced by this repository in 1991. The alpha-numeric code B1AC 900 was used to designate this series in the computer output microfilm indexes.
The document descriptions in these indexes include the old designations at the end of the description. These
designations can be used to access the images on the older Southern Microfilm
Company film. Index to the collection as it was arranged when it was filmed by the Southern Microfilming Company in
1948 is also available on microfilm produced by the Southern Microfilming
Company. A conversion table from old references to new numbers and lists of the
numbers of the plats depicted on the retake reels are also available in the