South Carolina Archives
Renunciations of Dower Books,
CREATOR: Court of Common Pleas.
TITLE: Renunciations of dower books
VOLUME: 23.00 volumes and 1.00 microfilm reel
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged chronologically.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: Under English and American common law every
married woman was entitled to a life interest in one-third of the lands of which
the husband was seized in fee at any time during their marriage. In order to
convey free title in a property transfer, the married woman had to renounce this
right. In South Carolina renunciations of dower continued to be required in
property transfers until the late twentieth century.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of renunciations of dower, whereby
a wife renounces all dower claims she has to specified lands. Information
includes name of husband and wife, name of individual receiving the lands in
whose favor the renunciation is being made, details of the renunciation
(including location and amount of land), and date. This series includes both
volumes of original recordings of the documents and Works Progress
Administration typescripts of those volumes.
INDEX/FINDING AID: The names of the persons involved in the transactions are
included in the repository's On-line Combined Index to Multiple Record Series,
1675-1929. These index entries are also included in the Combined Alphabetical
Index produced by the repository on computer output microfilm (COM) in 1991. The
original and most typescript volumes also contain internal indexes. A separate
computer output microfilm index for the volumes covering 1726-1775 was also
produced by the repository in 1975; the 1775-1787 volume was then cataloged and
indexed with the successor Charleston District and County renunciations.
ADDITIONAL FORM: A duplicate set of the Works Progress Administration
typescripts is available at the South Carolina Historical Society in
Charleston, S.C. The volumes of typescripts beginning in 1743 are also available
on microfilm produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah. By agreement with the
Genealogical Society, the repository has obtained a reproduction duplicate of
this film and has the right to sell research copies.
ASSOCIATED MATERIAL: This series is continued in the Charleston County Court
of Common Pleas Renunciations of Dower Books, 1786-1885. After 1785 most other
districts and counties recorded renunciations of dower in their conveyance
books. Series L 10045 contains renunciations of dower for properties mortgaged
in 1788 under a City of Charleston paper medium loan.
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Court of Common Pleas.