Orangeburg Co
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Orangeburg District / County


Modern day Orangeburg County is in the middle South Carolina part of the Coastal Plains region.  The name of Orangeburg was first used in the 1730s for a township on the Edisto River. Swiss and German farmers moved into this region around 1735, and English settlers from the low country followed.  Orangeburg District was established in 1769 in the central part of the state as one of the seven original judicial districts. The battle of Eutaw Springs was fought there during the Revolutionary War on 8 Sep 1781; it was the last major battle of the war in South Carolina. From 1785 to 1791, Orangeburg District included four counties: Lexington, Orange, Winton, and Lewisburg, but its counties never became effective. The district was reduced in size when Barnwell (1800) and Lexington (1804) districts were formed. Large plantations using slave labor were established in Orangeburg in the nineteenth century, and the county became a major producer of cotton. In 1868, Orangeburg District was designated Orangeburg County and subsequently, parts of Orangeburg went to form Aiken (1871) and Calhoun (1908) counties. Its county seat, the town of Orangeburg, is on I-95, about 70 miles northwest of Charleston and 40 miles southwest of Columbia. Orangeburg County is bordered by the counties of Lexington, Calhoun, Clarendon, Berkeley, Dorchester, Bamberg, Barnwell and Aiken.

Newspaper: The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, SC
; The State, Columbia

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Census Records

1790 US Census


Page 94, Unknown Township, Orangeburg District, SC
Benjamin Culpeper, 1 Male 16+, 3 Males 0-16, 3 Females, 4 Slaves (#5760)
Joseph Culpeper, 3 Males 16+, 3 Females, 22 Slaves (#13518)

1800 - 1930 US Censuses


No Culpeppers were found enumerated in any US censuses.



No records of any Culpepper marriages have been found.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI)

All records of deaths on or before 30 Sep 2004 in which the final residence was in this county.


Joe Culpepper, 28 Dec 1909 - Sep 1986, Orangeburg, Orangeburg Co., SC; SSN 552-48-7016 issued in California in 1953 (# 11271)



No records of Culpepper graves have been found.


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No Culpepper-named or related places have been found.

Last Revised: 26 Jan 2006

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