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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COUNTY:
Dillon County, South Carolina
was founded in 1910, carved from Marion County, and named for James W. Dillon (1826-1913), an Irishman who settled
here, prospered and headed a local movement to bring in the railroad
which resulted in construction of the Wilson Short Cut Railroad (later part of the Atlantic Coastline RR).
The county seat was also named for him. Swamps and rivers kept this section of the Pee Dee isolated for
many years, but the construction of a railroad in the nineteenth century brought increased development.
The residents primarily engaged in cotton and tobacco farming and in timber harvesting. Composer Carlisle
Floyd was born in the Dillon County town of Latta.
DILLON COUNTY RESEARCH NOTE:
Although Dillon County is past its centennial, it's one of the
youngest counties in South Carolina, and you will find that much of your genealogical
research will be conducted in the records of
Marion County (1785-1909) and in the records held at the
South Carolina Department
of Archives and History in Columbia, SC (pre-1785).
The Dillon County Clerk of Court has civil court records, deeds, real
estate and mortgages from 1910.
From 1769 through 1798, the area now known as Dillon County was included in
Georgetown District, one of the original South Carolina judicial
districts created in 1769. From 1798 through 1909, Dillon
County was part of Marion County. In December 1909,
residents voted to split from Marion, and Dillon County
was officially created in 1910.
The county seat for Dillon is the city of Dillon (zip code 29536),
famous for its No-Wait wedding chapel (lots of folks have been married there!) and
for its proximity to
South of the
Border on I-95 (surely you've seen the billboards and bumper stickers).
Not sure if it's in Dillon or Marion County?
(None at present)
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