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Pendleton District is a former judicial district in
South Carolina. It existed as a county or a district
In the colonial period, the land around the coast
was divided into parishes corresponding to the parishes of the
Church of England. There were also several counties
that had judicial and electoral functions. As people settled the backcountry,
judicial districts and additional counties were formed. This structure continued
and grew after the
Revolutionary War. In 1800, all counties were renamed
as districts. In 1868, the districts were converted back to counties.
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has maps that show the
boundaries of counties, districts, and parishes starting in 1682.
Pendleton County was created on 7-Mar-1789
in the former Indian lands. It included the current
Pickens counties and all but about 70 square miles
Chattooga River of
Oconee County. The land along the Chattooga belonged
Cherokee and Creek
peoples. Pendleton County was attached to
Pendleton County became part of the new
Washington District, which also included most of
Greenville County. On 1-Jan-1800,
Washington District was disbanded. Pendleton County and Greenville County were
renamed as districts.
Pendleton District gained the Indian lands along the Chattooga. Finally, on 20-Dec-1826,
the Pendleton District was abolished and replaced by
Pickens Districts. Pickens District incorporated both
The court house and jail for Pendleton District were
Pendleton, South Carolina. As the time of the
dissolution of the district, its second court house was under construction. This
was completed by the Pendleton Farmers' Society. It is still standing in on the
Pendleton Square and is part of the Pendleton Historic District.
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