View Full Version : Jews in Colonial South Carolina

01-08-2015, 02:02 PM
I started this thread in hopes of a inspiring a discussion about Jews in Colonial South Carolina.

A draft of the 1669 Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina (penned by philosopher/physician John Locke) granted "Jews, heathens, and other dissenters" freedom to worship. In 1749 a synagogue was established in Charleston, SC. By 1800 there were around 2,000 Jews (most were Sephardi) in South Carolina (mainly in Charleston).

My half-sister and I, who share the same mother but different fathers, both have Sephardic and Ashkenazi results on various GEDmatch heritage calculators.

One set of our maternal great-great grandparents were from SC. Their last names seem British, but I know little else about them. From what I have read, most of the early Jewish settlers in SC came from London or the English colonies.

01-10-2015, 02:42 AM
Thanks for setting me straight. I had no idea about an English connection. I had heard or assumed they had been predominately Spanish speaking colonist from the West Indies.