BURKE COUNTY GEORGIA

 

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ALEXANDER BETHEL CHURCH HISTORY

BELL NOTES

BROOKINS NOTES

JESSIE MAE FRAZIER BROOKINS DEATH CERTIFICATE

LOVETT NOTES

MCGLOHON, MCGLOHORN NOTES

NOTICES OF LETTERS LEFT IN THE POST OFFICES IN THE EARLY 1800'S

OBITUARIES

SAPP NOTES

WILLIAM DWELLIE JUDGE BROOKINS DEATH CERTIFICATE

Burke County, Georgia History

Burke County, Georgia was created in1777. The parent counties from which Burke County was organized from were St George Parish. U.S. Census reports are available for this county from1820 to 1920. The county seat is Waynesboro. Burke County Georgia Courthouse was burned twice once in 1825, second in 1856. Burke is rich in history. A few white settlers began to move into this area as early as the 1740's. In 1763 there was the Cession by the Indians of more territory to the Crown. This cession treaty also clarified the right to white settlement in all of St. George's Parish. Famous men who spent time in Burke County are Dr Lyman Hall, signer of the Declaration of Independence  who is buried here. George Washington was to have spent the night in Waynesborough in 17 May 1791, Eli Whitney had 3 cotton gins here and also the massive Union Troops which marched through here on the way to the coast. It has been said they burned the courthouse but as you can see from the dates this is not true.

A chronology of documented historic events:

1759 - Some Salzburgers moved up from Ebenezer into St George's Parish and established New Goettingen, now a dead town.

1763 - The first Courthouse in St George's was erected.

1765 - John Bartram, a British scientist, with his son, visited Shell Bluff to study the fascinating large oyster shell formations, which come to be known as "Ostrea georgiana."

Following the Revolutionary War a substantial migration flowed from such states as Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Many new settlers took up land in Burke took up lands and lived out there time in Burke County , but the next generation moved westward. Counties taken from Burke are Screven in 1793; Jefferson in 1796 and Jenkins in 1905.

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