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Allendale County Genealogy

Allendale county was formed in 1919 from Barnwell and Hampton Counties. The area was originally part of the Colleton District and then Granville District in 1708. This area was part of a township laid out called Edisto, later named Orangeburg which was laid out in an attempt to encourage settlement of the inland back country. This area later became a part of Barnwell County and then finally Allendale County.

Allendale is the most recently created county in South Carolina and was named for the Allen family. The town of Allendale had as it’s first postmaster Paul Allen. (Around 1849). Among the sites of note within Allendale County is the plantation of Confederate General Johnson Hagood.

Jim Bryan has a page on the history of Allendale County, SC including photos.

The town of Allendale is not in it’s current location on the site of the original, it was moved around 1873. Gen. Sherman’s army passed through this area in the Civil War destroying quite a bit that was in their path. Some say that in South Carolina they burned towns and tried to burn the very dirt…. the original buildings were burnt to the ground during this time.

Some genealogy of this Allen family is available via

Allendale County SCGenweb site

Allendale Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 523
Allendale, SC 29810

Allendale County Courthouse
P.O. Box 190
County Courthouse
Allendale, SC 29810


1790 Census images and transcription for the entire state


USGS listing of cemeteries in Allendale County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Query Forums

Allendale County, SC Forum for Queries

Latest South Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Allendale County from the Forum:

Allendale County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns of Allendale County:

Allendale (County Seat)

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