Dillon County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Dillon County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Dillon County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded February 5, 1910
County Seat Dillon

Quick Dates

Dillon County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915   1910   1910 1910 

County Courthouse


Dillon County Courthouse
301 West Main Street
Dillon, SC 29536

Dillon County Clerk of Courts
301 W. Main St.
P.O. Drawer 1220
Dillon, SC 29536
Court and land records

Dillon County Probate Judge
401 W. Main St.
P.O. Box 189
Dillon, SC 29536
Probate and marriage records

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


The county is named after J.W. Dillon.[1]

Parent County

1910--Dillon County was created 5 February 1910 from Marion County.
County seat:  Dillon [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Bass Crossroads Dillon Kemper Oak Grove
Berrys Crossroads Five Forks Lake View Oakland Crossroads
Bingham Floydale Latta Oliver Crossroads
Bronson Crossroads Fork Little Rock Pittman Corner
Bunker Hill Forrest Hills Mallory Riverdale
Carmichael Crossroads Gaddys Crossroads Manning Crossroads Selma
Carolina Galavon May Hilltop Sinclair Crossroads
Centerville Hamer McCormick Crossroads
Cotton Valley High Hill Crossroads Minturn

Neighboring Counties

North Carolina counties: Columbus | Robeson | Scotland
South Carolina counties: Florence | Horry | Marion | Marlboro


Research Guides

African Americans

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There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Dillon County, South Carolina Cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 22,615
1920 25,278 11.8%
1930 25,733 1.8%
1940 29,625 15.1%
1950 30,630 3.4%
1960 30,584 −0.2%
1970 28,838 −5.7%
1980 31,083 7.8%
1990 29,114 −6.3%
2000 30,722 5.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Dillon County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.




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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Dillon County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.


It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Dillon, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 2,000 entries.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards


  • [Bethea] Cooper, John P.Sketches of John Purley Cooper and Wife Ethel Mae Bethea: With Notes on Their Ancestry, Descendants, Some Kindred and Random Collections. Ruxton, Md.: J.P. Cooper, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 C784cj
  • [Campbell] Campbell, Rachel M. and Charles Campbell McCall. Campbell and McCall Family History. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, n.d. FHL Book 929.273 C153cr.
  • [Carmichael] Carmichael, Roderick L. The Scottish Highlander Carmichaels of the Carolinas. Richmond, Va.: Whittet & Shepperson, 1935. FHL Film 317751.
  • [Carmichael] Harrell, Elizabeth Jean. The Carmichaels: Archibald Carmichael (c. 1749-1830s) of Scotland and the Carolinas and His Descendants Who Migrated to Hinds County, Mississippi. Los Altos, Calif.: E.J. Harrell, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 C212h.
  • [Carmichael] Steele, Anita Martin and Lorena Martin Spillers. Martin and Carmichael Descendants in Georgia 1811-1994. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 M363st.
  • [Lewis] Lewis, J.D. My Neck of the Woods: The Lewis Families of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. FHL Collection book 929.273 L585Ljd, CD-ROM no. 1036
  • [Moody] Moody, Mary C. The Moodys and Related Families. Arlington, Texas: M.C. Moody, 1979. FHL Book 929.273 M771mo.


Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Stokes, Durward T. The History of Dillon County, South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, c1978), 523 pages. Comprehensive History of Dillon County. Book found at FHL 975.785 H2s and Other Libraries.



War of 1812
  • "Capt. Bethea's co.," Pee Dee Queue, May 1999, Volume 23, Issue 3. Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Marion, SC.
Civil War
  • Stokes, Durward T. The History of Dillon County, South Carolina (Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, c1978), 523 pages. Comprehensive History of Dillon County. Civil War pages 88-111. Book found at FHL 975.785 H2s and Other Libraries.



The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Dillon County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.


Dillon Herald Obituary Index


An index references Early Obituaries from The Dillon Herald, notebook volumes available in the Dillon County Library. The notebooks primarily cover obituaries found in The Dillon Herald from 1904 through 1939. Each obituary is a complete transcription of the article taken from microfilm copies of the newspaper. Site gives instructions for obtaining a complete copy of the obituary.


Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Pee Dee Queue


Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[4] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.


Published abstracts
  • [1811, 1814, 1824] Holcomb, Brent H. and Silas Emmett Lucas. Some South Carolina County Records... 2 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1976-1989. FHL Book 975.7 P2hbh and 975.7 P2hbh v. 2 [Includes 1811, 1814, and 1824 tax lists for Marion District.]

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.


State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Dillon County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.


In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Dillon County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.  See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records


State-wide death registration began in 1915.  For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Dillon County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

  • 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Archive, Libraries, and Museums


The Dillon County Lybrary System has three libraries and a bookmibile. The Dillon Library is the main branch.

Dillon County Library - Headquarters
600 East Main Street
Dillon, South Carolina 29536
Telephone: 843-774-0330
Fax: (843) 774-0733
Hours: Monday to Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday 9:00a.m to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:pp a.m to 1:00 p.m

Lake View Library Branch
207 South Main Street, P.O. Box 704
Lake View, South Carolina 29563
Telephone: 843-759-2692
Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

Latta Library Branch
101 North Marion Street
Latta, South Carolina 29565
Telephone: 8-3-752-5389
Fax: (843) 752-7457
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


  • Dillon County Museum
    The Museum offers a turn of the twentieth century glimpse of life in Dillon County. Documents, photographs, and other memorabilia trace the history of the area.

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage 

Pee Dee Chapter SCGS
Old Marion District
P.O. Box 1428
Marion SC 29571-1428

Old Marion District includes Marion, Florence and Dillon Counties.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Dillon County, South Carolina


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  5. South Carolina, Probate Court (Dillon County), Dillon County, South Carolina Proofs of Marriage, ca. 1895-1954; Marriage Licenses & Marriage Registers, ca. 1911-1950, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2003-2004.