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Pickens  County

South Carolina, USA

Pickens Co. (Map of SC )

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        Pickens County is located in the U.S. state of South Carolina.  Its county seat is Pickens.   Pickens County was formed in 1826.  It was named for Andrew Pickens, a militia leader during the American Revolution and a member of the United States Congress.

        This area in the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until 1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District (at one time called Washington District). In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two counties, Pickens and Anderson; the western portion of    Pickens County was later split off to form Oconee County (1868).

        The following counties are adjacent to Pickens: Transylvania County, North Carolina – north; Greenville County, South Carolina – east; Anderson County, South Carolina – south; and Oconee County, South Carolina – west.

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The following are names of persons, found within our databases as having been either born, married or died in this location. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines. To find out more about each surname listed click on the corresponding Link.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families  (MMPS)


Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families (BPQR)


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families  (DKPS)

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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Family History Notes

Map of the County

Gen-Site Profiles

Family History Notes

Although our ancestors lived in Anderson County they did belong to two churches located in Pickens County.  Nicholas Bishop, III and his father-in-law Michael Dickson came to this area around 1789 soon after it was opened for settlement.  Both were instrumental in the formation of the Presbyterian congregation as well as the building of the “Old Stone Church” in 1802.  Michael Dickson was a founding trustee of the church.  Nicholas Bishop, III along with his wife Jane Dickson and two of their daughter   Dorcas and  Jane are buried in the cemetery there.  Their daughter Elizabeth Bishop married James Franklin Henderson Sr. and lived in Pickens County until her death at Pickensville in 1844.  In his later years Michael Dickson became a member of Carmel Church located near Liberty in Pickens County. 

Map of the county

Map of the County

The Red Starin the map designates the location of the seat of government for this county.  Yellow Stars designate seats of government in adjacent counties.   A Purple Dotshows the location of identified ancestral Gen-Site(s). 

Pickens Co., SC (gen-sites)

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Old Stone Church;   Carmel Church

Old Stone Church

LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: South Carolina;  County: Pickens;  Coordinates/Map: 34° 53′ 24″ N, 82° 43′ 12″ W,  34.89, -82.72;   Directions: Located on Anderson Road, about 2 miles south of Clemson, SC.

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: The Old Stone Presbyterian Church in the photo at the right was built in 1802. When it was constructed, it was in the Pendleton District, South Carolina. When Pendleton District was divided in 1826, the church was in Pickens District. When Pickens District was split in 1868, it was in Oconee County, South Carolina. In 1968, this section of Oconee County was annexed back to Pickens County. The church is about mid-way between the centers of Pendleton and Clemson. It is now in the city limits of Clemson.

Old Stone Church

Bishop family plot

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see Family History Notes above.  The photograph at the right is of the Bishop family burial plot.

INTERNET WEB LINK(S):  Old Stone Church and Cemetery;  Old Stone Church & Cemetery. Located near Clemson,SC. - YouTube;  Old Stone Church (Gallery of Images);  Buildings and building stone: The Old Stone Church in Pickens County, South Carolina

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Carmel Church

LOCATION:  Country: United States;  State: South Carolina;  County: Pickens;  Coordinates/Map: 34.7559471 -

82.6415243;   Directions: Located south of Liberty at the corner of Hwy. 135 and Flat Rock Road.

DESCRIPTION OF GEN-SITE: The congregation for this Presbyterian Church was originally formed in the mid 1700's. Carmel is the oldest Presbyterian Church in the old Pendleton District. The first church was built of logs. The present sanctuary was completed in 1856 and is made of handmade bricks and has a slave gallery with its own outside entrance. In the early years of the church, Ezekiel Pilgrim, who donated the land for the church, prohibited a cemetery from being placed on the same grounds as the church. The early Carmel church members were then buried at the old church site, which is known as the Pickens Cemetery. The earliest marker in the church’s cemetery is 1841.

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ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE: see Family History Notes above.  


INTERNET WEB LINK(S): Find A Grave: Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery;  Carmel Church (USGENWEB Archives);  Carmel Presbyterian Church

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Gazetteer of Places

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Changes of County Boundaries

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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.


US Home Town Locator

Profiles for  103 cities, towns and other populated places in Pickens County, South Carolina

Map of Pickens County South Carolina

Pickens County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features | Schools

Pickens County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Pickens County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches


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Pickens County, SC, United States

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Links To Populated Places Within This County

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

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County boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this County

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of county boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you must be sure that you are not looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web-site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. This Atlas is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, and people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.   Listed below are the boundary changes for this county, the dates they occurred, as well as the government statute that decreed the change.  To see actual changes in a mapping format follow this LINK to the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project .

PICKENS COUNTY: Map(s) and descriptions of Historical Boundary Changes

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07 Mar 1789 - PENDLETON (extinct) created from Non-County Area 2 (former Cherokee and Creek lands), attached to

                       ABBEVILLE. (S.C.

19 Feb 1791 - PENDLETON (extinct) became part of newly created Washington District.

01 Jan 1800 - Pendleton District created from Washington District, with same boundaries as PENDLETON County (extinct).


19 Dec 1816 - PENDLETON (extinct) gained all of Non-County Area 5; territory ceded by the Cherokee on 22 March 1816.

20 Dec 1826 - PENDLETON (extinct) lost to creation of ANDERSON and PICKENS; PENDLETON eliminated.


20 Dec 1826 - PICKENS created from part of PENDLETON (extinct), with same boundaries as Pickens District.


29 Jan 1868 - PICKENS lost to creation of OCONEE, by ordinance of the state constitutional convention of 1868.

16 Apr 1868 - Pickens District eliminated when new state constitution abolished all judicial districts. PICKENS County

                       continued and assumed all functions of local government from both judicial districts and parishes.

27 Feb 1917 - Boundary between PICKENS and OCONEE redefined [no discernible change].

20 Mar 1923 - Boundary between PICKENS and OCONEE redefined [no discernible change].


20 Feb 1967 - PICKENS gained from OCONEE. (S.C. Acts 1967, no. 45, sec. 1/pp. 46-47)

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Links to More About 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:


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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names.

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This LINK will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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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 History

Libraries, Museums

& Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 County Records


(History & Genealogical)




·         Cemeteries of Pickens County

·         Dacusville Cemetery Photos

·         Oconee & Pickens South Carolna Cemetery Photos

·         Pickens Cemetery Photos

·         Pickens County SC Cemetery. Transcription & Photo Project

·         Pickens County Cemeteries

·         Pickens County Cemetery List

·         Pickens County Cemetery Registration

·         Pickens County SC Cemetery GPS Project

·         Pickens County, SC Cemetery Mapping Project

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National Register of Historic Places listings in Pickens County, South Carolina

·         Pickens County

·         Pickens County A Brief History

·         Pickens County Bibliography

·         Pickens County Historical Markers

·         Pickens County History

·         South Carolina Reference Room - Pickens County

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Libaries, Museums, Archives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Pickens County Post Offices 1846

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Maps and Gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·         Calhoun (Clemson), 1940 Sanborn Insurance Map

·         Central, 1938 Sanborn Insurance Map

·         Easley Quadrangle 1958