History and Project Goals
The first permanent European settler to
arrive in what is now known as Laurens County, South Carolina, was John Duncan, a native
of Aberdeen, Scotland. He built his cabin three miles above the creek that now bears
his name. John Duncan's arrival in 1752 signaled the first of thousands who would
homestead in the former Ninety-Six District, after Governor James Glen signed the 1755
Cherokee treaty which ceded all land south of the Indian Boundary line.
With over 200 years of recorded history in
Laurens County, (and thankfully, no court house fires) the goals of the Laurens County
Geographical DNA Project are to:
- Establish modal haplotypes (DNA signatures) for early
Laurens County settlers.
- Help people connect to early Laurens pioneers.
- To assist descendants in breaking through their
Since many early Laurens' settlers remained in the area for several
generations, the project may prove to be especially beneficial for female line
"brick-walls". There may be other lines from surrounding counties formed
from Ninety-Six District that wish to participate as well. Old Ninety-Six
spans across five counties, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and
Eligibility to Participate
Direct descendants on an all male or all female line
from early Laurens County settlers.
Males may also participate in mtDNA testing if their mother is from a qualifying Laurens
line. Participants do not need to currently reside in Laurens County, or even
South Carolina, they just need to have a direct Y-line (paternal) or M-line (maternal) to
a Laurens County ancestor.
The Laurens County DNA Project is NOT a scientific study, but rather, a
genealogical hobbyist project, began to assist participants in connecting
their ancestors. Participants are responsible for the
cost of their testing, unless the line qualifies for scholarship
For information on the
inquire about joining the
Laurens Co., SC Geographical DNA Project
Katherine Bolt Borges
Website & DNA Project
not employed by, or affiliated
with any DNA testing company)
Project est. 7 Mar 2005
Image from 1883 Kizer-Hellams Laurens Co. SC map.
Map available for purchase from Laurens Co. Library.
Middle Photo: Vintage postcard of the Laurens
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