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Doing research in the
of South Carolina might be time consuming for you, because of how these counties
were formed. Based on your time-period, you might need to research all (3)
counties. As a result, you'll find that many of the webpage links on the
left side of this page will represent all (3) counties.
- Prior to 1783, no lawful White
settlements were above present southern Anderson County
- In 1785 a Treaty was signed to
remove the Cherokee Indians from South Carolina.
- In 1789 Pendleton County was
formed as part of the 96 Judicial District from Indian
- In 1795 Pendleton County was placed in the Washington Judicial District.
- In 1799, Pendleton County was named Pendleton District by the State
Judicial District was discontinued. - In 1816 another
Treaty was signed to relinquish the adjacent Indian Territory land to
- In 1826/27, Pendleton District was divided into the Anderson & Pickens
- In 1868 the state legislature decided to change all districts to counties.
- Oconee County (est. 1868) represents part of old Pickens County & added Indian
- Pickens County (est. 1825) represents part of old Pickens District.
- Anderson County (est. 1826) represents the old Anderson District.
- In 1986, Pickens County annexed Oconee County land that included Clemson
land extending SE to
and its county seat, Anderson,
were named for Revolutionary War general Robert Anderson (1741-1812). This
region was occupied by the Cherokee Indians
until 1777, when it was ceded by treaty to the state. Part of the "Indian Land"
became Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time.) The
area was given its present name in 1826, when Pendleton District was split into
Anderson and Pickens. Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish
farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth
century. The oldest town in the county is
which was founded around 1790; it became a popular summer resort for low country
planters in the nineteenth century. Some famous residents of Anderson County
were United States senator and governor Olin
D. Johnston (1896-1965), business leader
Charles E. Daniel (1895-1964), and composer Lily Strickland
(1884-1958). (Submitted by:
SC State Library / Mary Morgan, 31-Mar-2008)
GenWeb County Homesteads
(Abbeville-Anderson-Oconee-Pickens) are due to the
volunteer efforts of
Paul Kankula (NN8NN) and
Gary Flynn (KE8FD). We have spent thousands of dollars and over
15-years of spare time in order to bring you these
county homesteads. Our only reward is knowing that all our hard-work will
be permanently preserved and enjoyed by endless
generations to come. See
Will I Be Remembered When I'm Gone.