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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 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
District was discontinued.
- 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
Pickens County was
named for Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens
(1739-1817). The county seat is the town of Pickens.
This area in the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until
1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District (at one time called
Washington District). In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two counties, Pickens
and Anderson; the western portion of Pickens County was later split off to
form Oconee County (1868). The earliest European settlers in this region were
Indian traders. The British built Fort Prince George
around 1753 as protection against the Indians, and the fort was the site of
several battles in the Cherokee War of 1760-62.
The Cherokee town of Old Seneca was later destroyed by American troops in
1776. John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), United States
vice president, senator, and cabinet member, made his home at Fort Hill
plantation in Pickens County. His son-in-law, Thomas Green Clemson
(1807-1888), bequeathed the plantation to the state for use as an agricultural
college, which led to the founding of Clemson University.
(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.