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A Drafts Family of South Carolina


"Drafts" sometimes shown in the records as "Thrafts", Jacob Drafts arrived from Germany into Charleston, South Carolina, with a wife and four children in late 1743 or early 1744. He was aboard the St. Andrew and obtained a 300 acre grant in Saxe Gotha (the present-day Lexington, S.C. area).


It is said that the old homestead was built prior to the Revolutionary War, was located on Big Hollow Creek in the Cedar Grove Lutheran Church community area (a little east of the intersection of highway #378 and Cedar Grove Road), and was torn down in 1947. He and a descendent, Daniel Drafts, were prominent in Cedar Grove Church.


Jacob (or his son) is buried near the old home, with 8 other unmarked graves, now under Lake Murray. He is my wife's great-great-great-great-great grandfather.

You can check out what I have by way of the index in this [here] website.


Cousin LaRay Drafts, our neighbor, was the family genealogist (died 2003). You can track back to the immigrant, Jacob Drafts (1715-1760) by way of Jacob & this Find a Grave memorials series beginning with my wife's father, George Bell Drafts (1908-1986). Genealogical sources are best on the Drafts in the local history room of the main branch of the Lexington County Public Library. Drafts descendents are numerous throughout Lexington county, S.C.

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(2000; update 30 January 2004; addn 8 July 2015)