The area presently known as Allendale County was first a part of Colleton County when it was formed in 1682, although presumably inhabited only by Indians at that time. The area was part of Granville County c1708. The township first called Edisto was laid out to encourage emigration into the interior, later called Orangeburgh by its Swiss, German, and Dutch settlers (does anyone know if there were really Dutch in this group, or were these all Deutsch, Germans?). In 1765, the township of Orangeburgh was included within St. Matthew's Parish by an act of the General Assembly. In 1778, the Township of Orangeburgh was separated into Orange Parish. Orangeburgh District, including Orange County and Winton County, was created in 1785 (History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, A.S. Salley, Jr., Baltimore: Regional Publishing Company, 1978, reprint of 1898 edition). Winton, as stated above, was formed as a judicial County in 1785 within Orangeburg District. Winton's separate court was abolished in 1792, and in 1798 Winton was transformed into Barnwell County (The County Offices and Officers of Barnwell Co., SC 1775-1975, E. B. Reynolds and J.R. Faunt, Spartanburg: The Reprint Co., Publishers, 1976). In 1878 Hampton County was formed from the northern part of Beaufort District. A 1785 map shows this to have been a portion of the northern part of Lincoln County and Shrewsbury County, both within Beaufort District at that time. These entities do not appear on the 1791 Circuit Court District map (The Genealogists' Guide to Charleston County, SC, Richard M. Côté, Ladson, SC: Côté Genealogical Publications, 1978). Allendale County was formed in 1919 from part of southern Barnwell County and part of northern Hampton County (Ancestry's Red Book, American State, County & Town Sources," Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Ed.Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., C.G. Last revised 1992.)
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