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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), 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).


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