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Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Elisha Screven / William Screven

Elisha Screven Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
1. Elisha Screven Side of Marker
Inscription. Elisha Screven. Elisha Screven, founder of Georgetown, was a younger son of William, who owned and lived his final years on these Wynyah lands. To promote settlement here, Elisha planned a town, to be called Georgetown, which reserved lots for Anglican, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches, as well as for a school and other public buildings. Retained in the plan was this Screven family Cemetery. The town had been laid out by 1730.

William Screven. In this cemetery is buried William Screven, first pastor of the earliest Baptist church in the South. A native of England, he ministered to the Baptists there before migrating to Maine, establishing a Baptist church in Kettery, Maine, in 1682. By 1698, he had led his church to Charleston, S.C. He later moved to Georgetown exerting his Christian influence until his death in 1713.
Erected 1980 by the First Baptist Church, the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown County Council, and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 22-28.)
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 33° 21.978′ N, 79° 16.842′ W. Marker was in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker was on Prince Street east of Screven Street.
William Screven Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
2. William Screven Side of Marker
Touch for map. At the Prince Street entrance to the parking lot across the street from the Courthouse, which is on Screven Street. Marker was in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Screven Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Only Colonial Banking House in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Carolina Champion Oak (about 500 feet away); Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon (about 600 feet away); Town Clock / Kaminski Building (about 600 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette (about 600 feet away); The Rice Museum (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. Names in South Carolina, Volume 17, Georgetown. “The earliest plan of George Town shows the town extended from Wood Street on the north and Cannon Street on the south (however this street was called Common Street in this first plan of the town). These streets were named with the love of England in mind with a few exceptions. The fourteen streets were advertized in the Gazette in 1734/35. The streets running north and south were all seven blocks long.” (Submitted on May 4, 2008.) 

2. Rev. William Screven and the Baptists at Kittery
Elisha Screven / William Screven Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
3. Elisha Screven / William Screven Marker
The walkway to the right of the marker leads to the Screven Family Cemetery, a tiny plot at the edge of the parking lot.
. From Henry S. Burrage, History of the Baptists in Maine, 1904, pp. 15-23. “It has been supposed that the Baptist church in Kittery was transferred from Maine to South Carolina. If this was not the fact, another church was organized by Mr. Screven and his company after their arrival in South Carolina. The church thus transferred, or reorganized, became the first of all the Baptist churches in the South.” (Submitted on May 4, 2008.) 
Additional comments.
1. Marker reported missing
According to the SCHM blog this marker is missing. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted May 12, 2014, by David Taylor of Darlington, South Carolina.

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Screven Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
4. Screven Cemetery
Also see a separate marker page for the tablet that can be seen below the tree trunk in this picture.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,555 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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