JEFFERSON COUNTY IS RICH IN
HISTORY AND THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF GENEALOGY TO BE SHARED, LET'S DO
THAT HERE, TOGETHER.
THERE ARE MANY ITEMS HERE
TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH BOTH GENEALOGY AND HISTORY.
I HAVE RESEARCHED ITEMS IN
JEFFERSON AND HAVE PLACED THEM HERE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS
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INFORMATION WITH US SO THAT WE CAN GROW THIS HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
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Jefferson County Georgia History
Jefferson County was created in 1796 from Burke County and Warren
County Georgia. Louisville is the county seat and the first
permanent capital. It was also the first site where the government
buildings were owned by the state. Savannah had served as the
capital from Georgia's colonial period. For a short time Augusta was
temporarily the capital city, while a new town Louisville, was being
built in what was then the frontier. This new town would become the
capital by an act of the General Assembly passed 26 January 1786.
On the 12th of January 1796 was the marked date of the first
session of the General Assembly in Louisville. It was begun and held
at the town of Louisville in the County of Burke. Jefferson County
was created. Jefferson County was home to many Scotch-Irish in
which they founded Queensboro before the Capital era days.
The General Assembly in 1766 had passed an act to encourage settlers
to come into the province and granted 1,800 pounds sterling for this
purpose. George Galphin and John Rae had advertisements appearing in
the newspapers in Ireland during 1766 telling about this wonderful
new country and the township which would be established. Galphin
would send a ship for the settlers. By 1768 no Irish had arrived to
live on the land reserved for them. They had refused to leave their
native soil until their passage was paid and land laid out free of
expense to them. Thus was the beginning of the township
Queensboro as nearly 100 immigrants arrived in Savannah in December
1768 aboard the ship "Prince George." Another 200 came in 1771.
Jefferson County is rich in history with many families migrating
on to the west and south of it. Many of the Jefferson County
families asked for passports to the Alabama area and finding new
land populated the west.
The Jefferson County Historical Society, PO
Box 491, Louisville, GA 30434-0491.