This is an interim / temporary page for Greenwood County.
BRIEF HISTORY OF GREENWOOD COUNTY :
Greenwood County takes its name from its county seat, Greenwood. The town of Greenwood was named around 1824 for the plantation of an early resident, John McGehee. Greenwood County was formed in 1897 from parts of Abbeville and Edgefield counties, which were originally part of the old Ninety Six District. This part of the backcountry was not settled until the mid-eighteenth century. The town of Ninety Six was established as a frontier trading post around 1730, and it was the site in November 1775 of one of the first South Carolina battles of the American Revolution. In May 1781 American forces besieged the British-held Star Fort at Ninety Six for over a month but were forced to withdraw when British reinforcements approached. The arrival of the railroad in 1852 stimulated cotton growing and textile manufacturing in this area. Local plantation owner Francis Salvador (1747-1776), who was killed fighting Cherokees during the Revolutionary War, was the first Jewish person elected to the state legislature. United States Congressman Preston Smith Brooks (1819-1857) and educator Benjamin Mays (1894-1984) were also residents of Greenwood County.
History courtesy of South Carolina State Library.
GREENWOOD COUNTY RESEARCH:
- Greenwood County Cemeteries - The Tombstone Project
- Greenwood Message Board at Genforum
- Greenwood Message Board at Rootsweb / Ancestry.com
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE REFERENCE:
Visit neighboring counties:
- The SCGenWeb Project
The main page with links to state-wide information and all South Carolina counties.
- South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
- South Carolina Historical Society
A wonderful resource and not to be missed.
- SC State Museum
About The SCGenWeb Project
In March and April,1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. The SCGenWeb Project is an extension of the KY GenWeb Project and is a non-profit organization.
With thanks to our past Greenwood County Coordinator:
Last revised 15 Sept 2006.
Copyright © 2006 Victoria Proctor for The SCGenWeb Project