Georgia County Histories

The Province of Georgia was one of the Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule in the American Revolution by signing the 1776 Declaration of Independence. After the war, Georgia became the fourth state of the Union after ratifying the Constitution on 2 January 1788.

Flag of GeorgiaIn 1829, gold was discovered in the north Georgia mountains, resulting in the Georgia Gold Rush leading to the establishment of a federal mint in Dahlonega that continued operation until 1861. The influx of white settlers put pressure on the government to take land from the Cherokee Nation. In 1830, the Indian Removal Act was signed into law. This resulting in sending all eastern native tribes to reservations in present-day Oklahoma.

Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in Worcester v. Georgia, that states were not permitted to redraw the Indian boundaries, President Andrew Jackson and the state of Georgia ignored the ruling. In 1838, his successor, Martin Van Buren dispatched federal troops to round up the Cherokee and deport them west of the Mississippi. This forced relocation, known as the Trail of Tears, led to the death of over 4,000 Cherokees.

In early 1861, Georgia joined the Confederacy and became a major theater of the Civil War. Major battles took place at Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, and Atlanta. In December 1864, a large swath of the state from Atlanta to Savannah was destroyed during General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea. In 1870, following reconstruction, Georgia became the last Confederate state restored to the Union.

Collection Details

  1. GEORGE MAGRUDER BATTEY, JR, A HISTORY OF ROME AND FLOYD COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INCLUDING NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OF MORE THAN LOCAL INTEREST 1540 1922., THE WEBB AND VARY COMPANY, 1922

  2. PRIVATE JOE COBB, CARROLL COUNTY AND HER PEOPLE.

  3. REV. GEORGE WHITE, M.A, 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 REC, PUDNEY & RUSSELL, PUBLISHERS, 1855

  4. JOHN C. BUTLER, HISTORICAL RECORD OF MACON AND CENTRAL GEORGIA, CONTAINING MANY INTERESTING AND VALUABLE REMINISCENCES CONNECTED WITH THE WHOLE STATE, INCLUDING NUMEROUS INCIDENTS AND FACTS NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED AND OF GREAT HISTORIC VALUE., J. W. BURKE & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 1879

  5. F. D. LEE AND J. L. AGNEW, HISTORICAL RECORD OF THE CITY OF SAVANNAH., PRINTED AND PUBLISHED BY J. H. ESTILL, 1869

  6. MEMBERS OF THRONATEESKA CHAPTER, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, HISTORY AND REMINISCENCES OF DOUGHERTY COUNTY GEORGIA., HIGGINSON BOOK COMPANY, 1924

  7. HUGH J. ROWE, HISTORY OF ATHENS AND CLARKE COUNTY

  8. FOLKS HUXFORD, HISTORY OF CLINCH COUNTY, GEORGIA REVISED TO DATE GIVING THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE COUNTY DOWN TO THE PRESENT TIME (1916); ALSO COMPLETE LISTS OF COUNTY OFFICERS, TOGETHER WITH MINOR OFFICERS AND ALSO SKETCHES OF COUNTY OFFICERS’ LIVES;, J. W. BURKE COMPANY, 1916

  9. R.W. ROGERS, HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY FROM 1822 TO 1922 1922

  10. WILLIAM J. NORTHERN, MEN OF MARK IN GEORGIA: A COMPLETE AND ELABORATE HISTORY OF THE STATE FROM ITS SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME, CHIEFLY TOLD IN BIOGRAPHIES AND AUTO-BIOGRAPHIES OF THE MOST EMINENT MEN OF EACH PERIOD OF GEORGIA’S PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT, A.B. CALDWELL, 1911

  11. H.W.J. HAMM, REPRESENTATIVE GEORGIANS. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF MEN NOW IN PUBLIC LIFE .. 1887, MORNING NEWS PRINT, 1887

  12. G. J. N. WILSON, (SECOND EDITION) THE EARLY HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY GEORGIA THE WRITINGS OF THE LATE G. J. N. WILSON, EMBRACING SOME OF THE EARLY HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY. THE FIRST SETTLERS, 1784 FORMATION AND BOUNDARIES TO THE PRESENT TIM, FOOTE AND DAVIES COMPANY, 1914

  13. I. W. AVERY, THE HISTORY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA FROM 1850 TO 1881, EMBRACING THE THREE IMPORTANT EPOCHS: THE DECADE BEFORE THE WAR OF 1861-5; THE WAR; THE PERIOD OF RECONSTRUCTION., BROWN & DERBY, PUBLISHERS, 1881