St. Peter’s and Christ Churches, Charleston, South Carolina

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South Carolina Historical Society holdings:

"St. Peter’s and Christ (Episcopal) Churches. Charleston. Records, 1834-1958. 12 vols. and 6 folders."
"First “high” church in Charleston. Treasurer’s Book (1850-68), begun after earlier records burned. Cash book (1886-1927) showing receipts and disbursements made by J. W. Barnwell to St. John’s Chapel (Charleston), to Christ Church (Rutledge Ave., Charleston), and to St. Philip’s Church (Charleston), to Susan P. Frost for care of church yard, and to Charleston City Council for paving assessments. Receipts and vouchers (1854-66); local artisans and merchants represented include Eliza Lee, a free black and supplier of mourning veils as well as owner of the fashionable Mansion House hotel, marble cutter W. T. white, and organ tuner and repairer H. Erben. Vestry minutes (1876-1927) date from the church’s rechartering; in these years, the church was without a minister or building, but it had a considerable endowment, which J. W. Barnwell invested; income went to churches in financial trouble, former members of the congregation in need, and graveyard maintenance. Correspondence re union of St. Peter’s and Christ Church, Rutledge Ave. in the late 1920s. Baptisms (1834-62). Marriages (1835-c. 1855). A general register (1837-56) listing alms given at communion (1846), baptisms (1854-59), confirmations (1854-59), communicants (1855-58), and marriages (1855-58). Index of names by C. T. Moore. White families represented include Barnwell, Buist, Colcock, Drayton, Edmondston, Elliott, Hammarsköld, Hayne, Heyward, Manigault, Memminger, Roorbach, and Pinckney. Freedmen’s families represented include Collins, Inglis, Michaud, Motte, and Pinckney. Christ Church, Rutledge Ave. vestry minutes (1872-1957), including historical sketches of the parish and treasurers’ reports, also references to an industrial school instituted by Mary Sinkler in 1899 and closing in 1914. Families represented include Archer, Cannon, du Pont, Hayden, Hutson, Mellichamp, Milligan, Pringle, Rabb, Salvo, and Schirmer. Rough vestry minutes (1874-1903) listing those elected as vestrymen and wardens. Christ Church, Rutledge Ave. vestry minutes (1927-30) re merger with St. Peter’s. Rough minutes and committee reports (1934, 1948-57). Register of church services (1939-58) kept by the Rev. E. G. Coe gives type of service, date, time, officiant, text, minister attending, and amount of offering; vol. also contains a register of services (1952-56) at St. Alban’s Chapel at the Citadel, the Military College of S.C."[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Margaretta Childs, and Isabella G. Leland, "South Carolina Episcopal Church Records," South Carolina Historical Magazine 84 (October 1983): 256-57. Digital version at JSTOR ($). WorldCat entry. FHL Book 975.7 B2s v. 84.