ABSTRACTS FROM BOOKS CONCERNING HENRY COUNTY, GA
Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches,
Relating to its
History and Antiquities, From its First Settlement To The
Compiled From Original
Records and Official Documents.
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 &
No. 79 John Street.
Boundaries defined by the Act of 1821; a part added
to, and a part taken from, Walton, 1821, and parts to Newton,
to Fayette, 1821; and a part to Butts, 1825. Length, 27m.;
breadth, 15m.; square miles, 405. Named after Hon. Patrick
Henry of Virginia.
The rivers are, South and Cotton.
Several creeks water the county.
McDonough is the
capital, situated on the waters of Walnut Creek, seventy
miles from Milledgeville.
The public places are,
Hollinsworth's Store, Double Cabins, Hale's Store, White
House, Cotton River, and Pittsfield.
The face of
the country is uneven. The bottom lands are productive.
The climate is healthy.
We insert a few cases of
longevity. John Smith, near 100; Jas. Daniel, 80; John Treadwell,
80; Jacob Coker, 80; Richard Card, 80; John Oslin, 80; E.
Cloud, 92; Mr. Cuncle, 82.
Mr. John Wyatt lived to
the age of 93. During that war which "tried the souls
of men," this gentleman, then in the vigour of youth,
rendered to his country the most signal services. He was
present, and acted an honourable part in the character of
an officer, when Cornwallis surrendered. In this and other
severe engagements, the deceased bore ample testimony of
that underlying devotion to his country's welfare, which
distinguished him through the course of a long life.
Statistics from the Census of 1850.--Dwellings, 1680;
families, 1680; white males, 4,978; white females, 4,765;
free coloured males, 9; free coloured females, 5. Total
free population, 9,757; slaves, 4,969. Deaths, 157. Farms,
1,003; manufacturing establishments, 3. Value of real estate,
$1,762,595; value of personal estate, $2,869,342.
Among the early settlers of this county were, William
Hardin, Jesse Johnson, James Sellers, H. J. Williams, Wm.
Pate, D. Johnson, W. H. Turner, M. Brooks, S. Weems, Woodson
Herbert, James Armstrong, Robert Beard, James Patillo, Josiah
McCully, Roland Brown, R. M. Sims, Wm. Crawford, E. Moseley,
John Brooks, who built the first mill, Reuben Dearing, Jacob
Hinton, E. Brooks, John Calloway, B. Jenks, Wm. Jenks, Col.
S. Strickland, Parker Eason, Joseph Kirk, Wm. and John Griffin,
Daniel Smith, H. Longino, Wm. Tuggle, John Lovejoy.
In 1828, a paper called the Jacksonian,
was published at McDonough, by Mr. Samuel W. Minor. This
paper was the first to nominate General Andrew Jackson for
The first Superior Court was held
10th June, 1822, at the home of William Ruff, Judge Clayton
presiding. The names of the Grand Jurors were, --
Pgs. 495 b, 496
Transcribed by Linda Blum-Barton on 15 Nov 2003.
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