Visit us at Google+ FREE Family Tree - Get Started   Sign In

FREE since 1999 - Because History Belongs to All of Us

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - East Battery Parade, Charleston, S.C.
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
East Battery Parade, Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - City Hall & Court House
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
City Hall & Court House

Charleston, South Carolina, USA - Y.M.C.A. Building
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Y.M.C.A. Building

Who are you searching for?

Specify search criteria below. Then SEARCH.
NOTE: If you don't know the whole name or are unsure of the spelling, specify part of the name.

First Name:
Last Name:(maiden)

Search by Place

To search for a place, specify place name below. Then SEARCH.
Place Name:

Browse by Place

Choose country, state/province combination below. Then BROWSE.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA
People, Pictures and News From the Past

Where is Charleston, South Carolina, USA?  Charleston is the oldest and second-largest city in the southeastern State of South Carolina, and the county seat of Charleston County. The city lies just south of the geographical midpoint of South Carolina's coastline and is located on Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean formed by the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers.

Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. By 1690, Charles Towne was the fifth largest city in North America, and it remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. Wikipedia

Add YOUR Ancestor To This Page

History / News

Add History/News

1670 - Charleston founded
Click here to go to

1700 - Hurricane struck Charleston, 98 killed webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm

1732 - First Newspaper in South Carolina
"The South Carolina Gazette," printed at Charleston at the beginning of 1732, was the first issued in that province. 1755.htm

1733 - January 13 - James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
Click here to go to

1752 - Hurricane devastates Charleston, S.C.
The 17-foot storm surge destroyed the town's fortifications and over 500 homes.

Hurricane timeline: 1495 to 1800
Sun Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1776 - June 28 - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
Click here to go to

1778 - Major fire in Charles Town destroyed many building, arson suspected webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm

1782 - December 14 - Charleston, SC evacuated by British
Click here to go to

1783 - Charles Town renamed Charleston webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm

1786 - Capital moved from Charleston to Columbia

January 10, 1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S.

1824 - November 21 - 1st Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC
Click here to go to

1830 - First steam locomotive in U.S. began passenger route service between Charleston and Hamburg, South Carolina webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm

Office of the Augusta Chronicle.
April 28, 6 o'clock, P.M.
We learn with the deepest regret, by passengers from Charleston, who arrived here this evening, by the Carolina Railroad, that the city of Charleston has been visited by one of the most awful and destructive fire that has ever visited any city in the U. States. One-third of the city was laid in ashes at the departure of the cars this morning at 6 o'clock, and the fire was raging as if it would consume at least one-third more.

The fi...

News 1843 - July 2 - An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, SC, during a thunderstorm.
July 2, 1843

1860 - April 23 - Democratic convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery
Click here to go to

News 1864 - February 17 – American Civil War: The tiny Confederate hand-propelled submarine H. L. Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic (1861)
using a spar torpedo in Charleston Harbor, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, although the submarine and her crew of eight are also lost.
Click here to go to
February 17, 1864

News 1864 - February 17 – American Civil War: The tiny Confederate hand-propelled submarine H. L. Hunley sinks the USS Housatonic (1861)
using a spar torpedo in Charleston Harbor, becoming the first submarine to sink an enemy ship, although the submarine and her crew of eight are also lost.
Click here to go to
February 17, 1864

1865 - February 18 - Evacuation of Charleston, SC
Click here to go to

1876 - September 6 - Race riot in Charleston SC
Click here to go to

News 1885 - August 25 - A severe hurricane struck South Carolina causing 1.3 million dollars damage at Charleston.
August 25, 1885

News 1886 - August 31 - 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
An earthquake of between 7.3 and 7.6 on the Richter scale hits Charleston, South Carolina, leaving 40,000 homeless.
Click here to go to
August 31, 1886

1893 - August 24 - Tornado destroys coast of Savannah & Charleston, about 1000 die
Click here to go to

...Results Of The Storm In South Carolina.
Charleston, S. C., Feb. 9. --The blizzard has brought complete disaster on truckers, all tender plants above ground having been killed. Strawberry blossoms are killed, and the berries will be delayed four weeks beyond the usual time. It will be April before the first berries ripen. The cabbage crop will average only 25 per cent of a crop. Lettuce, marrowfat peas and other smaller vegetables are killed. The destruction is universal over the southern tru... Read MORE...

1900 - Charleston by Yates Snowden
In Pompeii, the tourist, looking from blank wall to dusty floor, wonders what there is to see in that little ball, but a native goes down upon his hands and knees; with a few brisk passes of his hand the sand is brushed away, and a Numidian lion glares forth from the tesselated pavement." VIRGINIUS DABNEY'S Don Miff

FORTY FIVE years before the English colonization of Virginia, fifty two before the Dutch settlement of New York and fifty eight before the Puritans landed at Massachusetts Bay, Ca... Read MORE...

News 1910 - TRAIN WRECK AT CHARLESTON - Engineer Hammond and Fireman Buckley Slightly Injured in Smashup on Coast Line
Special to The State

Charleston, June 2 - Train No. 52 of the Atlantic Coast Line bound for Columbia, sideswiped freight No. 350 en route to Charleston at the Ashley Junction this morning shortly after 6 o'clock, resulting in the engine of No. 52 and four cars of the freight train being ditched and engineer J. B. Hammond and fireman R. Buckley of the passenger train being slightly injured. The freight train had taken to the siding when the passenger train came along with the result that the t... Read MORE...

Charleston, a port of entry, capital of a county of its own name, and the largest city of South Carolina, is situated on a tongue of land between the rivers Ashley and Cooper, which unite immediately below the town and form a spacious harbor, communicating with the Atlantic Ocean at Sullivan's Island, 7 miles below. It is 115 miles by rail NE. of Savannah and 580 miles SW. of Baltimore. Lat. 32° 46' N. ; Ion. 79° 57' W. A sandbar extends across the mouth of the harbor, affording, however, a deep... Read MORE...

1925 - New dance craze in Charleston's pubs, dance halls began, spread across nation, named "Charleston" webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ usstates/ sctimeln.htm

1933 - May 6 - Charleston, SC, was deluged with 10.57 inches of rain, an all- time 24 hour record for that location.
The Weather Channel

Damage Estimated At $2,000,000 As Tornado Strikes Historic City Unawares; Vast Scenes Of Wreckage; St. Michael's Church Battered; Fine Trees Uprooted in Battery; City Hall Roof Blown Off; Colleges Not Hit.

CHARLESTON, S. C., Sept. 29 - (AP) - A destructive tornado whipped through Charleston early today, killing at least 25 persons, injuring an estimated 340, and doing property damage unofficially estimated at $2,000,000.

Striking shortly after 8 a. m., the storm threw the city into confu... Read MORE...

News 1940 - August 11 - A major hurricane struck Savannnah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.
August 11, 1940

1953 - June 19 - WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
Click here to go to

News 1954 - Tax Payments - And Humor Gone March 15
By Jack Leland
News and Courier Staff Writer

Memorandum to the Editor:
You said to write a funny story about Income Tax day having come and gone.

Well, it's gone and with it has gone most of my money and apparently that of most Charlestonians. Also gone - as far as I can find out - is everyone's sense of humor.

There just isn't anything funny about taxes this year.

Not funny, "Ha-Ha," nor funny, "peculiar."

Perhaps it's just that they're all smiled out. Last week, you know, was ... Read MORE...

1960 - September 11 - Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 121 mph at Charleston SC.
The Weather Channel

Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

Allard Jr.
male David Walter Allard Jr. (October 25, 1947, Fort Benning, Georgia - October 6, 2013, Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

male Walter Muckenfuss (01/15/1904, Charleston, South Carolina, USA - 06/15/1951, Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Are you from Charleston, South Carolina, USA? Do you have ancestors from there?

The comments you read here belong only to the person who posted them. We reserve the right to remove off-topic and inappropriate comments. If you'd like to be contacted by others who have ancestors from Charleston, South Carolina, USA, leave a message here!

There are currently no memories or messages about Charleston, South Carolina, USA. YOU can be the first to add one!

Add Your Memory or Message

Home     My Account     The Daily News     Find People     Find Places     Cemeteries     Stories     Blog     Brick Walls     Contact Us    

This FREE genealogy website is a collection of contributions from many generous "family" members who want to share their family with others. We are not necessarily related to or researching a person just because their name is on this site. While we do our best to be accurate, we sometimes make mistakes. Please use this information as a guide. Verify the information with your own research. If you find any errors, please email us and report them. Thanks!

Terms of Use / Accuracy and Content Disclaimer
© 1999-2014 Cow Country Systems. All rights reserved.