James Edwin McTeer, Jr., 1903 – 1979

Latest Update: 18 August 2011



The purpose of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history of our area. Legend to materials location are at the end of the bibliography.

McTeer, James Edwin, Jr., 1903-1979 : A Bibliography

Prepared by the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library a division of Beaufort County Government, Beaufort, South Carolina. (Latest update: 18 August 2011)  

These resources are available through the Beaufort District Collection of the Beaufort County Library.  Please visit your local Beaufort County Library branch or the Beaufort District Collection to view or borrow these materials.  Please note that materials available only through the Beaufort District Collection (BDC) are not available for checkout.  Legend to library branch abbreviations is at the bottom of this document.

Web based resources:

Beaufort County Library has posted a web page about Sheriff McTeer at http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/famous.htm#James%20Edwin%20McTeer.

Read the “Quintessentially Lowcountry” July 24, 2009 column on Sheriff McTeer by Patrick Donohue in the Beaufort Gazette at http://www.islandpacket.com/2009/07/24/915010/quintessentially-lowcountry-sheriff.html.

One of Sheriff McTeer’s more noteworthy cases involved the Nudist Colony on Cat Island. Read “Baring Witness: America’s First Nudist Colony had a South Carolina adress” by Lee Baxandall from Nude & Natural Magazine at http://www.scpronet.com/point/9509/s03.htmlPlease note: the article contains 3 images depicting the nudist lifestyle.

Listen to author Baynard Woods talk about his book Coffin Point on Radio Free Daufuskie at http://www.citytrex.com/rfd/baynard-woods1.php.  This interview occurred on December 7, 2010 before his BDC@ The Branches program held a few days later.  (approximately 6 minutes)

“200 Years of History: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department,” by Neil Baxley, http://www.bcso.net/history.htm.

“Author Shares Legend of County’s Witch Doctor Sheriff,” by Justin Paprocki from the December 9, 2010 issue of the Island Packet at http://www.lowcountrynewspapers.net/archive/node/162945.

Author Baynard Woods was interviewed by Aaron Hinklin of WYPR, Baltimore on January 12, 2011.  Listen to the interview at http://tunein.com/tuner/?ProgramId=60224&TopicId=34260898&.  His interview begins at 45 minutes.

“That Old Black Magic,” by Tom Poland in Like The Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture and Politics can be read at http://likethedew.com/2010/12/05/that-old-black-magic/.

Security consultant, Sylvia Longmire, used Sheriff McTeer’s practice of ‘white magic’ to illustrate that Historically criminal organizations throughout the world have taken advantage of local folklore and religious faith in order to get a magical “edge” against their enemies.” Read her analysis of “Mexican Border violence” in 2010 at http://borderviolenceanalysis.typepad.com/mexicos_drug_war/2010/03/mexican-police-ask-spirits-to-guard-them-in-drug-war.html.

                    Come to the Beaufort District Collection to see these items:

  • His obituary is on file in the BDC.
  • We have a vertical file of materials about him in McTeer, James Edwin, Jr. (1903-1979).  Ask for help in the BDC.
  • The McTeer family donated three scrapbooks that Sheriff McTeer kept to the Beaufort District Collection.  Ask to see the preservation photocopies of the scrapbooks in the BDC.  [Please note:  The amount of information on voodoo is not extensive].
  • B MCTEER High Sheriff, Lowcountry Witch Doctor [DVD] by Fran Hensler (BDC)


Check out these materials from the Beaufort County Library: 

799 MCT Adventure in the woods and waters of the Low Country by James Edwin McTeer, Jr. (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI)  
975.799 MCT Beaufort, now and then by James Edwin McTeer, Jr.  (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI, STH)       
B MCTEER  Fifty years as a Low Country witch doctor by James Edwin McTeer, Jr.   (BDC, BEA, BLU, HHI)     
B MCTEER High sheriff of the low country by James Edwin McTeer, Jr.  (ALL)  
B MCTEER High Sheriff, Lowcountry Witch Doctor [VHS]  by Fran Hensler (ALL)
B MCTEER  Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Sheriff Ed McTeer by Baynard Woods (ALL)

Materials may be found at the following Beaufort County Library locations: 

Beaufort District Collection (BDC) 
Beaufort Branch Library (BEA) 
Bluffton Branch Library (BLU) 
Hilton Head Island Branch Library (HHI) 
Lobeco Branch Library (LOB) 
St. Helena Branch Library (STH) 




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