Historical Collections of Georgia

Containing the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, Etc.

Relating to its History and Antiquities, From its First Settlement To The present Time

Compiled From Original Records and Official Documents.

Illustrated by Nearly One Hundred Engravings of Public Buildings, Relics of Antiquity, Historic Localities, Natural Scenery, Portraits of Distinguished Men, Etc., Etc.

By The Rev. George White, M. A., Author of the "Statistics of Georgia."

New-York: Pudney & Russell. Publishers.

No. 79 John Street.



This county is a portion of the territory acquired by the United States for the use of the State of Georgia, from the Creek Indians, by a treaty made at the Indian Springs. Organized in 1821. Named after the Marquis De La Fayette. Length, 27 m.; breadth, 18 m.; area square miles, 486.
The Flint River passes along the eastern part of the county.

Fayetteville is the county town, 107 miles from Milledgeville.
Jonesborough is a thriving place, situated on the Macon and Western Railroad.
Rough and Ready, and Fairburne, are small places.
The face of the country is level. The lands are of the gray quality, adapted to cotton, corn, &c.

The climate is healthy. We insert a few cases of longevity. Mr. Waldroup died at 104; Mr. Graves, over 80; Wm. Gay, over 80; Mr. Hanes, 87; Mr. Grey, 80; John Fuller, 96; Mr. Moses, 80; Mrs. Atkinson, 80; E. Knowles, 80; Wm. Powell, 90; John Cooke, 95; Wm. Abercrombie, 85; Mr. S. Speights, 85.

General David Dickson died in this county in 1830, aged 79 years. He joined the standard of American Independence in February, 1775, at the Snow Camps, on Reedy River, at the taking of Colonel Cunningham and his Tories. In 1776, he commanded a volunteer company, under Gen. Williamson, in the Cherokee Nation, against the Cherokees and Tories. In 1777, he brought a company of minute-men to Georgia, and was stationed on the frontiers. In 1778, he and his company went with the American army to take St. Augustine, and served in the artillery. The taking of St. Augustine miscarried; the minute-men were discharged, and he returned to South Carolina, joined the standard of Independence, and continued in the service of his country to the end of the war.

Samuel Parsons died in 1832, aged 70 years. He was a native of the State of Virginia. At the age of fifteen he entered the army of the Revolution, was engaged in the battle of Guilford CourtHouse, at the siege of Little York, and witnessed the surrender of Lord Cornwallis.

Extract from the Census of 1850.-- Dwellings, 1,196; families, 1,206; white males, 3,450; white females, 3,290; free coloured males, 3; 1 free coloured female. Total free population, 6,744; slaves, 1,965. Deaths, 99. Farms, 818; manufacturing establishments, 6. Value of real estate, $2,185,835; value of personal estate, $1,162,169.

The first Superior Court for this county was held on the 22d of April, 1824. His Honor Eli Shorter, Judge.

Grand Jurors.

James Strawn,                         Wm. Gilleland,
Wm. Morgan,                             Wm. Powell,
Matthew Burge,                       Larkie Laudneur,
Wm. Watts,                                John Chambers,
Joseph H. Shaw,                     Stephen Smith,
John Levi,                                 Wm. Harkies,
Charles Lisles,                        James Garratt,
John Hamilton,                        M. Glass,
James Head,                            R. Barrow.
A. Tilghnuaw,

Pgs. 451b, 452.

Transcribed on November 7, 2003 by Linda Blum-Barton

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