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Union County

South Carolina, USA



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     Union County is located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. In 2000, its population was 29,881. Its county seat is Union. The county's Carnegie Library was named Best Small Library in America by Library Journal for 2009.

Union County was named for the old Union Church, which served both the Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations in the area. The church was erected in 1765 near the present day town of Union, the county seat.   Union County was created as a part of Ninety Six District in 1785. It was part of Pinckney District from 1791 to 1800 and became a separate district when Pinckney was dissolved in 1800. The upper part of the county later went to form Cherokee County in 1897. The early settlers in this area were mainly Scotch-Irish from Virginia and Pennsylvania, who began immigrating to the South Carolina upcountry in the 1750s.

     Counties that lie adjacent to Union are: Cherokee County, South Carolina – north; York County, South Carolina – northeast; Chester County, South Carolina – east; Fairfield County, South Carolina – southeast; Newberry County, South Carolina – south; Laurens County, South Carolina southwest; and Spartanburg County, South Carolina – northwest.   



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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 

·         Union County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1785 and is located at P.O. Box 703, Union , South Carolina, 29379; 864-429-1630 .

·         Union County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 , Probate Records from 1777 and is located at P.O. Box 447 , Union , South Carolina, 29379; 864-429-1625.

·         Union County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1778 and is located at P.O. Box 703, Union , South Carolina, 29379; 864-429-1630 .


Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Family History Library Holdings      (Source: Family History Library)

·         PERiodical Source Index Search  Union County, South Carolina     (Source: PERiodical Source Index)

·         Union County Libraries      (Source: Public Libraries Library Directory)

·         The Union County Museum 

·         USGenWeb Archives      (Source: USGenWeb)


Historical & Genealogical Societies

·         Fair Forest Chapter  Union     (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution)

·         The Piedmont Historical Society  Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History

·         The Piedmont Historical Society 

·         Union County Historical Society


Historical Places

Your LINK to the Historical Places and Districts in UNION 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

Bobo;   Pinnell;   Yarborough

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

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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

          Ambrose Yarborough migrated from Amelia County to Union County, South Carolina.   According to records at the Union County Courthouse Ambrose settled on the Tyger (tiger) River near Blackstocks Ford (34.6817°N, 81.8039°W). This location was in Union County, S.C. and very near the Spartanburg County line.  The Blackstocks Ford, was named for William Blackstock and it was at this site that a battle of the Revolutionary war was fought.  In 1777 Ann "Nancy" Yarborough married Peter Pinnell this event probably occurred in the area of the old Ninety-Six District that now lies in Union County, South Carolina.  It is most probable the Peter and Nancy moved to Greenville County soon after their marriage.  Ambrose Yarborough died in Union County in 1788.

     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

Blackstocks Ford;  Union

Blackstocks Ford

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

Place: Blackstocks Ford; Coordinates/Map: N34.68152° W81.80399°

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Marker is near Cross Anchor, SC, in Union Co. at  intersection of  State Hwy. 49) and Blackstock Road


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DESCRIPTION:   Blackstocks Ford is a crossing located at and at an elevation of 400 ft MSL.
It can be seen on the USGS 1:24K topographic map
Cross Anchor, SC.


INTERNET WEB LINK(s):  The Battle of Blackstocks Plantation;   TopoQuest - Place Finder; 

Battle of Blackstock's Historic Site;  Blackstock Battlefield;  Battle of Blackstock’s Marker


LOCATION:  Country: United States;   State: South Carolina;   County: Union;   Place: Union; Coordinates/Map: 34° 43′ 2″ N, 81° 37′ 30″ W

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aerial view of Union, South Carolina


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DESCRIPTION:  Union is a city in and the county seat of Union County.  Both Union and Union County received their names from the old Union Church that stood a short distance from the Monarch Mill. When it was first founded, Union was known as Unionville; later it was shortened to Union. The county’s first white settlers came from Virginia in 1749. Union County’s population grew the fastest between 1762 and the start of the Revolutionary War. Settlers built log cabins and cultivated tobacco, flax, corn and wheat. The county's Carnegie Library was named Best Small Library in America by Library Journal for 2009.  

ANCESTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS GEN-SITE:   County Seat where Ambrose Yarborough and other ancestors likely transacted most of their government business.


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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 Union County South Carolina

Union County Physical, Cultural & Historic Features

Union County ZIP Codes | Area Codes

Union County Land - Property, Farms & Ranches

Profiles for 35 cities, towns and other populated places in Union County South Carolina


Links To Populated Places Within This County

Cities and Towns

Incorporated: Carlisle;   Jonesville;  Lockhart;   Union

Census designated places:  Buffalo;  Monarch Mill;


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General Resources

·         Our Genealogy Reference Library (USA Locations)

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Locality Specific Resources

·         Union County, Genealogy Forum

·         Union County, at Rootsweb

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

·         Linkpendium > Genealogy> Union 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.


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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.


The Union Carnegie Library is housed in the very first library building in South Carolina to be given by Andrew Carnegie. The building was completed in 1905 .  Located at 300 East South Street in Union, South Carolina.


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Contact Information 

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