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Lancaster County Wills and Estates

Lancaster, SC Jail Lancaster Lancaster County was formed in 1785. It was originally part of the Camden District, and was named after Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. In 1791 part of it was removed to form Kershaw County.

Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania began settling the area during the mid 1700s. It was called the Waxhaw settlement and was the birthplace of President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). During the Revolutionary War, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton from this neck of the woods earned the nickname of Bloody Tarleton when he massacred American troops in this vicinity on the 29th day of May 1780.

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Fort Mill
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
In Colonial days, there was an old fort constructed by the British and a grist mill on Steele Creek. A village of the Catawba Indians were nearby. Ultimately, during the mid 18th and 19th centuries, Scotch-Irish settlers began arriving in the region. The result was the town of Fort Mill which featured textile mills and the like.

Fort Mill South Carolina

Map of Lancaster County, South Carolina

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