South Carolina Archives
Unrecorded Plats for Lands Not Granted, 1731-1882
CALL NUMBER: S 213197
CREATOR: Surveyor General's Office.
Sometimes plats were prepared for land that then was not subsequently
granted. It may have been determined that the land had been previously
granted, the acreage may have been too large, the individual may have
failed to pay recording fees at the state level, or the prospective
grantee may have died or otherwise have failed to complete the process.
The plats are accompanied by the deputy surveyor's certificate of admeasurement, which includes the date of the precept or warrant from the surveyor general, deputy surveyor general, or commissioner of locations; name of the prospective grantee and, where applicable, the person for whom the land was originally surveyed; the location by county or district and more specific locators such as relationship to a particular river, road, or other landmark; acreage; date of the certificate; and the names of the deputy surveyor who drew the plat, the surveyor general, deputy surveyor general, or commissioner of locations who issued the precept or warrant, and the surrounding landowners.
Some of the plats include endorsements on their back as to where they
were recorded by commissioners of locations; many of them include a
notation of the page number where Surveyor General Thomas Frean copied
them in volume one (called "State Record Plats") or volume two
(called "State Records Misc. Plats") of series S 213193,
Copies of Unrecorded Plats for Unperfected Grants.
These access terms are also available on a separate one-reel computer output microfilm (COM) index to this series produced by the repository in 1981 and in the Combined Alphabetical Index produced by the repository on computer output microfilm in 1991. The forty-one oversize plats (#1233-#1274) and four plats in the regular sequence (#624-627) were omitted from these computer output microfilm indexes. In the computer output microfilm indexes the numeric code 0009 018 was used to designate this series.
ADDITIONAL FORM: Entire series also available on microfilm produced by Genealogical Society of Utah volunteers. By agreement with the society, the repository has reproduction duplicates of this film and has the right to sell additional research copies.
Many of these plats were copied into two
volumes by Surveyor General Thomas Frean in 1845. These volumes now
comprise series S 213193, Copies of Unrecorded Plats for Unperfected
Grants. A number of post revolutionary plats for unperfected grants for
land in the lowcountry are omitted from these copies; they were
apparently in the Charleston office of the surveyor and unavailable to