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Accession 322

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Collection Size

1,000 pieces , .50 linear feet



Historical Note

James Russell Wilson, Sr. was born in Lancaster County, SC on February 24, 1885. He married Mary Ashley in 1905 and was first elected as a school trustee in 1910. Wilson served as a County Commissioner from 1938-1948. He was instrumental in obtaining land for a school in Indian Land. Wilson died on December 8, 1979 and is buried in Belair Methodist Church Cemetery.

Scope and Content Note

The James Russell Wilson, Sr. Papers are a valuable source of Lancaster County, South Carolina history, with a focus on Indian Land history. James Russell Wilson, Sr. (1885-1979) owned a large amount of land in Lancaster County and there is a substantial amount of titles, deeds, and other records of real estate transactions dating back to 1887. There are also a number of quite precise plats and maps. Mr. Wilson’s papers could be of genealogical interest.


The James Russell Wilson, Sr. Papers were donated to the Archives on May 13, 1980 by his son, James Russell Wilson, Jr.


Lancaster County SC, Indian Land SC, Federal Land Bank, Plats, Land Surveys


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James Russell Wilson Sr. Papers - Accession 322

LC Subject Headings

Wilson, James Russell, Sr., 1885-1979--Archives; Wilson family; Lancaster County (S.C.)--History; Indian Land (S.C.)--History; Deeds--South Carolina--Lancaster County; Land titles--South Carolina--Lancaster County; Deeds--South Carolina--Indian Land; Land titles--South Carolina--Indian Land; Lancaster County (S.C.)--Maps; Indian Land (S.C.)--Maps

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