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It was from Georgetown that the world's first long-distance phone call was made.

Records are scarce in  Quitman.  The county as a whole  has always had a population of under 3,000.
Be sure to check Barbour County for records since Eufaula is just across the river.  The library in Eufaula has just been awarded the microfilm for all their loose records.  Good luck.  Teri

 

Quitman County was formed in 1858 from the entire 8th district of Randolph County and part of the 21st District of Stewart County.  The county seat is Georgetown.  Quitman County was named for general John Anthony Quitman, who was an ardent champion of states rights,. leader in the Mexican War, once Governor of Mississippi, and an avid spokesman for states' rights.   He was born in New York State Sept. 1, 1798 After serving  as a major general in the Mexican War, he was elected governor of Mississippi and finally to the House of Representatives  where he was serving at the time of h s death, July 17, 1858

An earlier fortified settlement, believed to have been built by prehistoric Indians, was located where Cool Branch flows into the Chattahoochee River. Much of that area, indeed all of Quitman's western border - is now beneath the waters of Lake Walter F. Georgia, an impoundment on the Chattahoochee River.

The county's only incorporated municipality is Georgetown, the county seat. It was named for the area in Washington, D.C. Originally it was called Tobanana after a nearby creek. It was from Georgetown that the world's first long-distance phone call was made.
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