There are not many online records re the Hector Paterson (my great-great-grandfather) who lived in Marlboro in the 1840's. He was originally from Scotland. He lost his first wife (also from Scotland) in SC and remarried there before eventually moving to Florida. He had children by both wives there.
If I were to come to SC to research him, would it be better for me to come directly to Marlboro County or go to the SC State archives in Columbia? Are there many records kept at the local courthouse or elsewhere in Marboro County? Please advise me on the best way to proceed. Thank you.