Greenville County, South Carolina
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COUNTY HISTORY: 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 District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Because of its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville County became a popular summer retreat for low country planters. Encouraged by abundant streams and rivers, textile manufacturers began operating in the area as early as the 1820s, and after the Civil War Greenville County became a textile center. Diplomat and Congressman Waddy Thompson(1798-1868) was a resident of Greenville, and in more recent years the county has produced baseball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1887-1951), Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes, and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.  (Submitted by: SC State Library / Mary Morgan, 31-Mar-2008)

History of Greenville
Conf. Home Application
Probate Records, Deed Book L & M
Medal of Honor
Korean War Casualties, Vietnam Casualties, Barton Family Bible
World War I Enlistments and those who died
1923, 1924 & 1925 Greer High School Yearbook
1904 Chicora College, The Clarion Yearbook
1939 Greenville High School, The Nautilus Yearboo

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Neighboring Counties

Pickens - west

Anderson - southwest

Abbeville - south

Laurens - southeast

Spartanburg - east

Henderson (NC) - north

Polk (NC) - northeast

Transylvania (NC) - northwest

Towns/Cities in Greenville County

Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Travelers Rest

Other Towns: Marietta/Slater/Fork Shoals/Cleveland/Berea/Taylors/Gantt/
Five Forks/Ware Place

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