OglethorpeWelcome to the Liberty County GAGenWeb project, a part of The USGenWeb family! Prior to the formation of Liberty County, most of the area was located in St. John's parish. At the outbreak of the Revolutionary war the parish of St. John possessed nearly one-third the wealth of the entire province; and its inhabitants were remarkable for their upright and independent character. By the constitution, adopted in convention at Savannah on the 5th day of February, 1777, the parishes of St. John, St. Andrew, and St. James, were consolidated into one county called LIBERTY. The counties then named and defined within the limits of Georgia were eight in all:--Wilkes, Richmond, Burke, Effingham, Chatham, Liberty, Glynn, and Camden.

While to each of the other counties was accorded a representation of ten members, fourteen were allowed to Liberty in consideration of its extent and importance. Sunbury was permitted two special and additional members to represent the trade of the place. The land was held by the Creek Indians prior to the creation of the parishes. The county was named in honor of Button Gwinnett and Lyman Hall, both of Midway, who were Georgia's first delegates to the Continental Congress. They were also signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Lyman Hall moved to present day Liberty County where he served as a physician to the early citizens of the county. Elected Governor of Georgia in 1783, he became the first in that office to exercise strong executive leadership. An advocate of public schools, Hall helped to charter the University of Georgia. The county's historical sites include the Midway Museum, located in a typical 18th-century house; the Dorchester Church built in 1854; and Fort Morris. Naturalist, mathematician and scholar Louis LeConte, for whom the LeConte pear was named, resided in Liberty County. His home is now the site of the LeConte Botanical Gardens. Button Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was from St. Catherine's Island in Liberty County.

During 1789, the state legislature took land from Liberty County to enlarge Glynn County. The Legislature created McIntosh County (1793) and Long County (1920) from Liberty County. And between 1794 and 1871, there were a number of acts shifting small amounts of land between Liberty and McIntosh counties.

Today, Liberty's neighboring counties are: Long, Tattnall, Evans, Bryan, andMcIntosh. To research a GAGenWeb county site outside the Liberty county area, visit the GAGenWeb counties portal.

What's New

I am the new County Coordinator for Liberty County.  Please contact me if you have data to share here.  Carolyn Jarrard

If you are a repeat visitor to the Liberty County GAGenWeb, the data update page is an excellent source to show you what new data has been added to the site since your last visit. Data files are listed in reverse chronological order.


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This site was last updated on Saturday, September 3, 2011
 

TODAY IN HISTORY

Linda Blum-Barton, State Coordinator
Vivian Price Saffold, Assistant State Coordinator
Carolyn Jarrard, County Coordinator

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