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Davis County was created in 1905 from parts of Appling and Coffee counties.
Georgia's 140th county was named for Jefferson Davis, President of the
Confederacy. Davis had served as the U.S. Secretary of War prior to the
Hazlehurst was named for Colonel George Hazlehurst, a civil engineer
who surveyed the Macon & Brunswick Railroad. In August of 1995, Hazlehurst
celebrated its "Censilver," 150 years of existence.
The Altamaha River is formed from the merger of the Oconee and Ocmulgee
rivers just northwest of Jeff Davis County. This is the largest free-flowing
stream in Georgia and a haven for sports enthusiasts. Some of the largest
largemouth bass in Georgia are found in these rivers. At least ten fishing
tournaments are held in the county every year.
The tobacco crop was very important in the early history of Jeff Davis
County, and the Hazlehurst Tobacco Market was one of Georgia's strongest.
Jeff Davis County shares the Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area,
totaling 16,000 acres, with Bacon County.
There are many festivals and special events in the county including
the Pilot's Club Antique Car and Truck Show, the Annual Cotton Arts and
Crafts Harvest Festival, Annual Christmas Parade and the 1890 Homestead
Please share any historical or genealogical information
pertaining to Jeff Davis County. We welcome all to join in! Contact
me, Trish Elliott-Kashima, temporary county
Records on this site pertaining to Jeff Davis County:
Family Group Sheets
History and Communities
- new items added 8-19-2017
Vitals: Births, Marriages, Deaths
If you have records, transcriptions, bios etc to share on this
site contact me
Excellent Research Links
Georgia Photographic Collection of over 18,000 images is the result
of a Georgia Archives project begun in the mid-1970s to locate and copy
historically significant photographs held by individuals throughout Georgia.
Vanishing Georgia's historical photographs document the economic, social,
cultural, and political history of the state. The project visited 66 counties
and includes images from almost all of Georgia's counties including Jeff
Davis County. Be sure to visit this excellent site!
The National Register of Historic Places
Jeff Davis County
Inventory page contains interesting information about historic sites
in Jeff Davis County.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Family History Library
Davis County listings gives detailed information on what is available
pertaining to Jeff Davis County.
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
System is an excellent resource from the US National Park Service.
This system includes a computerized database containing basic facts about
servicemen who served during the Civil War. The database currently contains
approximately 2.7 million soldier names from over 30 states and territories.
Documenting the American South
is an electronic collection sponsored by the Academic Affairs Library at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It provides access to
digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American
history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at
every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference,
studying, teaching, and research.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy
Sites on the Internet: US - Georgia, contains an abundance of excellent
links to various internet sites dealing with Georgia genealogy and
Online Books Page History: United States (Regional), and the Americas
Section, contains links to scores of valuable 19th century and earlier
regional histories, biographies and other works.
Making of America,
(MoA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history
from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly
strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history,
sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently
contains approximately 8,500 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th
Looking for a location in Jeff Davis County? If so try the
GNIS database. Contains information on locations cemeteries, creeks, post offices
and much more!
Be sure to visit the GaGenWeb Jeff Davis
Looking for the Jeff Davis County Mailing list link? If so try the
Ga Mailing lists. Contains information on subscribing, unsubscribing, archives and much more!
Looking for the Georgia.gov link for Jeff Davis County? If so, try the
Georgia.gov site Online access to Georgia government and much more!
African Ancestored Genealogy Links
Cyndi's List: African-American
Freedmans Bureau Marriages
African American Griots Project
Amistead Research Center
American Civil War Research Links
The Civil War
Civil War in the American South;
of Georgia Website