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Accession 322

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Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

1,000 pieces , .50 linear feet



Historical Note

James Russel 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 collection consists of correspondence, real estate and land records, Federal Land Bank abstracts, land plats, clippings and other material. It is a valuable source of Lancaster County, South Carolina, especially Indian Land History. Mr. Wilson 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 Russel Wilson, Sr. Papers were donated to the Archives on May 13, 1980 by his son, James Russel Wilson, Jr.


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


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James Russel Wilson Sr. Papers - Accession 322

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