Looking for South Carolina Slave names McInis, McGinnis in St. James Santee, McClellanville, Georgetown, Moss Swamp, Santee Township. Earliest I found is Richard McInis *ca 1831, wife Peggie *1831

Can anyone point me in the right direction, please? I have hit a block with Richard McInis and his wife Peggie. I have their descendants. However, I need more info about these two. 



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    between the years of 1851 to 1863, so they will not be directly relevant to your South Carolina research.

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