This posting shows some additional early Orangeburgh Township plats on topographic maps. This group of plats were located along the lower part of Caw Caw Swamp and the North Fork of the Edisto River as indicated on this drawing:
All but the last two of these plats were surveyed by George Haig. Most were laid out in the latter part of September 1735. For those who notice such detail, you will see that this group of plats was placed ever so slightly southeast of where it should join those plats in my earlier posting. This was done to make some of the water features shown on plat 16 line up better with the topographic map. This plat, surveyed for William Thomson in 1770, shows the branch that is now Sunnyside Canal. Remember, none of these property lines are guaranteed to be precisely accurate, just reasonably close!
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This posting shows some additional early Orangeburgh Township plats that were located along Caw Caw Swamp. This group of plats adjoined the ones from my previous post with the Andreas Marchy plat shown on each map as a common reference point.
George Haig was again the surveyor who laid out all of these tracts. Unfortunately, he did not provide much detail about the landscape features on these drawings. In this group of plats there are only two marks that could clearly be interpreted as some sort of water feature. Those are shown on the map below on the boundary of plats 1 and 2 and on the edge of plat 6. One of the line points on plats 10 and 14 was described as “edge of swamp.” There are some other marks on several plats but it is not clear whether they are intentional or accidental lines.
The unnumbered square is a tract that was not surveyed during this period. Plat number 12 was surveyed for Martin Koone (or Kuhn) even though it was indexed by the South Carolina Archives as Martin Rowe. (Adjoining plats show the name more clearly.) The northernmost corner of plat 6, surveyed for Peter Lorier, was marked 4x rather than the usual 3x corner marking. A notation on the plat indicated that this was the corner of the 20,000 acres laid out for the township. All of these plats can be viewed online at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History website.
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Today’s posting shows some of the original Orangeburgh Township grants along the North Fork of the Edisto River. Most of these plats were mapped in my first book but many folks have asked to see the results on a topographic map. In an earlier posting I have previously shown some of the original grants for the lower portion of the township. This map features plats at the western corner of the original 20,000 acres reserved for the township.
George Haig was the surveyor who laid out all of these plats except the last one. Most were surveyed as adjoining tracts on the same few days. This makes the cluster of plats easy to put together. The only challenging one was the last one, for Henry Schilling. It was surrounded by vacant land when surveyed, even though there were nearby plats in this group. A state plat, filed in 1785 for Francis Bremar, shows the location of the Schilling plat (State Plats, Charleston series, volume 4, page 401-402).
Keep in mind that the plats shown below were probably not surveyed quite as neatly as they have been drawn. The plats are accurate with regards to their relative positions but the actually boundary lines should not be interpreted as precise.
Click here for a PDF file link for this map of Orangeburgh Township plats: