Salkehatchie Plantation - Colleton County South Carolina SC

Salkehatchie Plantation – Salkehatchie – Colleton County

Basic Information

  • Location – Salkehatchie, Colleton County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Plantation subdivided into 5 sections, each privately owned (1)


  • 1821 – Earliest known date of existence (1)

    James Goodwin Sr inherited 1,880 acres from his mother, Mary M. Goodwin, who had purchased the property from a Charleston French Huguenot merchant (1).

  • ? – House built

    There was a house of log construction built at Salkehatchie Plantation (1).

  • 1858 – James Goodwin Sr granted his slaves freedom (1).

  • 1870 – James Goodwin Sr passed away. Salkehatchie Plantation was divided until five pieces, of not equal size. These five pieces were then individually given to five Goodwin children, James Jr, Martha, Phillip, John, and Samuel (1).


  • Number of acres – 1,880 in 1821 (1)

  • Primary crop – Food crop items sold in Charleston (1)


  • Number of slaves – ?

  • The first slave James Goodwin Sr purchased was named Issac. Goodwin then bought a wife for Issac named Sophia. Issac and Sophia took the surname Goodwin. The slaves worked all three of Goodwin's plantations, Salkehatchie Plantation, Little Swamp Plantation, and Great Swamp Plantation.

    Issac and Sophia Goodwin are buried in the Goodwin Cemetery located off Highway 362. Other slaves, and their descendants that were sharecroppers after they were freed, are also buried in the Goodwin Cemetery, many in unmarked graves. Graves marked with headstones include:

    – Jimmy Goodwin, 1819-1905
    – Daniel H. Goodwin Sr, 1854-1915
    – Darkis Goodwin, 1864-1914 (wife of Nelson A. Goodwin)
    – Rosa Goodwin, 1869-1965
    – Hattie R. Goodwin, 1893-1929
    – Andrew Ripley, 1877-1892

  • In 1858, James Goodwin Sr granted his slaves freedom (1).

References & Resources

  1. Information contributed by descendant Faye Goodwin Kerstetter from the Goodwin Reunion Book of 1968.

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