By: Frederick Van Clayton, Pub. 1988, Reprinted 2016, 112 pages, Index, ISBN #0-89308-639-8.
The author prepared this book as part of the requirement for the completion of a Master's degree, but it remains the most useful reference available on the early settlement of the Pendleton District. After finding 95% of all land grants available to him in the Pendleton District up to 1800 and locating the majority of them on maps, most of these are presented here for the researcher. The author does an excellant job of assertaining the origin of the settlements of Pendleton District, with there being two main sources of immigrantioninto the District, namly removal ofwithin the State from south to north and other influxes of moving there from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The author also takes people living at various points of South Carolina as found in the 1790 census and shows which of these moved later into Pendleton District, as well as breaking down the names and county of family's residence of those coming into Pendleton District from North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, Pennsylvania and including some Georgia loyalists. Alo contained is a list of boundry land holders who served in the Revolutionary War from South Carolina and received land on the Keowee and Tugaloo Rivers between 1777 and 1800. This book is an excellant source of information on the early settlers of Pendleton District, not only giving the names of these settlers but the number of acres and date received and also telling many of the names of persons who owned adjacent land. This book contains the names of more than 1,320 early settlers of Pendleton District between 1777 and 1800.