Bellbroughton Plantation - Calhoun County South Carolina SC

Bellbroughton Plantation – Creston – Calhoun County

Basic Information

  • Location – St. Matthews Parish, Santee River, near Creston, Calhoun County

  • Origin of name – Named for the founding family's (Broughton) daughter (1, p. 225)

  • Other names – Belle Broughton, Bellebroughton, Bell Broughton

  • Current status – ?


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Established by the Broughton family (1, p. 225)

  • ? – House built

  • 1735 – James LaBass received a grant that was described as "...tract of land containing two hundred acres, commonly called and known by the name of Bell Broughton..." (4 and 5).

  • ? – William Sabb owned the plantation (1, p. 225).

  • ? – William Sabb's daughter Elizabeth owned Bellbroughton. She was born on the plantation in 1761 and married William Russell Thomson (1, p. 225).

  • ? – Mary Eugenia Thomason owned Bellbroughton. She married Dr. Artemus Burnham Darby (1, p. 225).

  • 1887 – R.E. Edwards purchased Bellbroughton (4).


  • Number of acres – 200 in 1735

  • Primary crop – Cotton (1, p. 225)


  • Chronological list – Broughton (?); James LaBass (1735-?); William Sabb (?); William Russell and Elizabeth Sabb Thomson (?); Dr. Artemus Burnham and Mary Eugenia Thomson Darby (?); R.E. Edwards (1887-?)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • There once had been a grand house at Bellbroughton that was lost to fire (4).

References & Resources

  1. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  2. Daniel Marchant Culler, Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, 1995)
     Order Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records

  3. J.D. Lewis, A History of St. Matthews, South Carolina

  4. Calhoun County Historical Sites - Calhoun County Museum & Cultural Center

  5. Information contributed by John W. McKenzie from the SC Department of Archives & History documents

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