By Jeannette Holland Austin
The beautiful Waccamaw River flows across Horry County from its northern boundary of North Carolina to its southern boundary at Georgetown County. For miles and miles along the banks of the black water sprawling live oak trees thrive in an array of Spanish moss. Along these shores was the traffic of vessels carrying sacks of rice from the plantations to other ports. The Waccamaw is an integral link of the Intra-coastal Waterway which winds its way from Maine to Florida.
Horry County Wills and EstatesPictured is the Horry Court Court House and an old home in the County. Horry County was incorporated in 1801 and was taken from the Pee Dee region of the State. It was named after Peter Horry, who was born in South Carolina ca 1743, Revolutionary War Hero who was elected captain, later elected to the Provincial Congress of South Carolina to serve the 1st and 2nd Regiments. In 1790, he was assigned to the South Carolina Militia under Brigadier General Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion. The county itself was completely surrounded by water, which forced the inhabitants to survive virtually without any assistance from the "outside world". This caused the county residents to become an extremely independent populace, and they named their county "The Independent Republic of Horry&uot;.
Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers
- Horry County Administrator's Bond 1803-1818
- Index to Horry County Wills
- Index to Horry County Will Book A (1799-1818)
- Index to Horry County Will Book B (1819-1821)
- Index to Horry County Will Book C (1841-1857)
Testators: Robert Anderson, Joseph Atwater, William Bryan, Michael Clardy, Robert Daniels, Samuel Dawsey, James Elks, John Foley, Samuel Foxworth, B. W. Gause, John Grainger Sr., Samuel Grainger, Thomas Grainger, John Hardy, Robert Jordan, William Jordan Sr., Thomas King, Daniel Kirkland, Daniel Lewis, Rachel Lewis, William Lewis, William Henry Lewis, Thomas Livingston, Robert Lowremore, David McKelduff, Daniel McQueen, Peter Nicholson, William Norton, William Parker, Arthur Pinner, William Pips, Joel Pitman, Thomas Ready, John Rogers, Richard Singleton, William Snow, Josias Tillman, Charles Vereen, William Vereen, William Waller.
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