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Doing research in the
counties 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 border.
- In 1785 a Treaty was signed to remove the Cherokee Indians from South
- In 1789 Pendleton County was
formed as part of the 96 Judicial District from Indian Country.
- In 1795 Pendleton County was placed in the Washington Judicial District.
- In 1799, Pendleton County was named Pendleton District by the State
legislature and Washington
Judicial District was
- In 1816 another Treaty was signed to relinquish the adjacent
Indian Territory land to Oconee County.
- 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
University and land
extending SE to
takes its name from an Indian word. It was formed in 1868 from Pickens District,
and the county seat is Walhalla.
This area in the northwest corner of the state on the edge of the Blue Ridge
Mountains was home to the
but the Indians gave up their lands in treaties signed in 1777 and 1816. After
the American Revolution, settlers from other parts of the state began moving in,
including the Germans from Charleston who founded the town of Walhalla in 1850.
In 1856 work began on a tunnel for the Blue Ridge Railroad that would have
linked Charleston with Knoxville, Tennessee, but the Civil War ended that
project; the unfinished Stumphouse Tunnel can still be seen today. Several
Revolutionary War heroes moved to present day Oconee County after the war,
including Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), Robert
Anderson (1741-1813), and Benjamin Cleveland (1738-1806). (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.