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Greenville, Co.

South Carolina, USA



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     Greenville County is a county located in the state of South Carolina, United States. Its county seat, the city of Greenville, was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed.

The origins of the name Greenville County are uncertain, but the county was probably named for Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene (1742-1786) or for an early resident, Isaac Green. This part of the state was the territory of the Cherokee Indians until 1777. Scotch-Irish and English settlers began moving into the area soon after it was ceded to the state. Greenville County was created in 1786 from Spartanburg District (now Spartanburg County). Between 1791 and 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District.  From 1800 until 1868 it was called Greenville District.  Greenville is the mother district to Pendleton District (now Anderson County), Pickens District (now Pickens County) and Oconee District (now Oconee County).

     Greenville County lies adjacent to: Henderson County, North Carolina – north;  Polk County, North Carolina – northeast;  Spartanburg County, South Carolina – east;  Laurens County, South Carolina – southeast;  Abbeville County, South Carolina – south;  Anderson County, South Carolina – southwest;  Pickens County, South Carolina – west;  and Transylvania County, North Carolina – northwest.



Gen-Tool Kit

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     Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located in the area.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral county for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the county courthouse; the county library; and the county historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

County Court Records 

·          Greenville County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1786 and is located at Greenville County Courthouse, 305 E. North Street, Greenville, SC 29601; (864) 467-8551.

·         Greenville County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 , Probate Records from 1787 and is located at County Square, 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 29601; Estate (864) 467-7170, Marriage: (864) 467-7571.

·         Greenville County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1784 and is located at County Square, Suite 1300, 301 University Ridge, Greenville, SC 2960; 864-467-7240 Office, 864-467-7107.


Libraries, Museums & Archives

Carolina First South Carolina History Room  Greenville County Library
Family History Library Holdings      (Source: Family History Library)
Greenville County Libraries      (Source: Public Libraries Library Directory)
Museum and Library of Confederate History  Greenville, South Carolina
PERiodical Source Index Search  Greenville County, South Carolina     (Source: PERiodical Source Index)
Special Collections and Archives  Furman University Libraries
Special Collections, J. S. Mack Library  Bob Jones University
University Archives, J. S. Mack Library  Bob Jones University
Upcountry History Museum  Greenville, South Carolina
USGenWeb Archives      (Source: USGenWeb)


Historical & Genealogical Societies

Behethland Butler Chapter  Greenville     (Source: Wayback Machine)
Captain Moses T. Fowler Camp 1721, Fountain Inn      (Source: Sons of Confederate Veterans)
Captain P. D. Gilreath Camp 1987  Greer     (Source: Sons of Confederate Veterans)
Consortium for Greenville History 
County of Greenville Historic Preservation Commission 
Greenville Chapter 51      (Source: United Daughters of the Confederacy)
Greenville Historical Society 
Joyce Scott Chapter  Greer     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Nathanael Greene Chapter  Greenville     (Source: Wayback Machine)
Nathanael Greene Chapter  Greenville     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Piedmont Chapter, Greenville  Daughters of American Colonists
The Piedmont Historical Society  Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History
The Piedmont Historical Society 
Snow Campaign  Fountain Inn     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)
Snow Campaign Chapter  Fountain Hill     (Source: Wayback Machine)


Historical Places

Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in GREENVILLE County

U.S. National Register of Historic Places

National Park Service

National Historic Landmarks

National Battlefields

National Historic Sites

National Historical Parks

National Memorials

National Monuments


by Surname

The following are names of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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ancestral gen-sites

Map of the County

Family History Notes

Gen-Site Profiles


Map of the county

Map of the County

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Family history notes

Family History Notes

        Peter Pinnell was born in 1755 near that part of South Carolina that would eventually become the Camden District in 1769 and York County in 1785.  He married Ann (aka Nancy) Yarborough in 1777 when he was 22 years old. Peter and Ann lived in and around York, Greenville and Spartanburg Counties, (all located in northwest South Carolina).  Peter was a soldier having served with the South Carolina State Troops during the American Revolution.  It is probable that most of his children born between 1792 and 1801, including our 3rd great-grandfather Asa Pinnell, were born in or near present day Greenville County.   Peter and his family left South Carolina sometime between 1801 and 1804.

     The following gen-sites have been identified as places located within this county where our direct ancestors are known to have been, born, married, died or resided.

Gen-site profiles

Gen-Site Profiles



LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: South Carolina;   County: Greenville;  

Place: Greenville; Coordinates/Map: 34° 50′ 40″ N, 82° 23′ 8″ W

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DESCRIPTION:   Greenville is the seat of Greenville County, in upstate South Carolina.  The area was part of the Cherokee Nation's protected grounds after the Treaty of 1763, which ended the French and Indian War. No White man was allowed to enter, though some families already had settled just within the boundary, and White traders regularly crossed the area. The first White man to settle permanently in the area was Richard Pearis; he married a Cherokee and was given several tracts of land by the tribe. The City of Greenville and Paris Mountain (named after Pearis), are on part of that land.  During the American Revolution, the Cherokee (and Pearis) sided with the British. After a campaign in 1776, the Cherokee agreed to the Treaty of DeWitt's Corner, ceding territory that includes present-day Greenville County to South Carolina.  Greenville was originally called Pleasantburg before an 1831 name change.


INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  Official Website of the City of Greenville, SC


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populated places

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Gazetteer of Places in This County

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Gazetteer of Places

The list below will assist in your research regarding the matching of your ancestor’s birth, marriage, death dates and the place(s) within this locality at which these events may have occurred.


Map of Greenville County South Carolina

Greenville County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

Greenville County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Greenville County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

Profiles for 354 cities, towns and other populated places in Greenville County South Carolina


Links To Populated Places Within This County


(population figures are from the 2000 census)

Unincorporated communities

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Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

Links to More Locations in This U.S. State

State-Wide Resources

For more information about the U.S. State in which this county is located  click  on  these  LINKS:


Where in the world

Where in the World
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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK



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General Resources

·         Our Genealogy Reference Library (USA Locations)

·         Genealogy Forum: U.S. States

·         Family Search, IGI Batches, Localities

· Resources by county

· – U.S. Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List - General U.S. Sites

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Locality Specific Resources

·         Greenville County, Genealogy Forum

·         Greenville County, at Rootsweb

·         Cyndi's List - U.S. – South Carolina - Localities

·         Linkpendium > Genealogy> Greenville County


Our Genealogy 
Reference Library

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books.   Here you may find books about the history and records of this county and other places such as towns and churches.  The collection also contains research works about military units and personnel during America’s wars, in addition too resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who may have settled in this locality.


Research Library – Table of Contents


Image Gallery

During our research we have collected images and photographs that are of general interest to a variety of localities.  Some of them are presented on this website because we believe they tend to provide the reader with additional information which may aid in the understanding of our ancestors past lives.


Campbell's Covered Bridge, spanning Beaverdam Creek in upper Greenville County, was built in 1909. It is one of the last surviving bridges of it's type in South Carolina.



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Contact Information 

Contact information


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