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.
In 1995 a new Society was formed with the name of Jefferson County Historical Society. They will be glad also to help people with the history and families of Jefferson Co. Their address is PO Box 491, Louisville,GA 30434-0491. They hold their meetings at the Public Library.
Jefferson County Surnames
Jefferson Co.Marriages A - E
Jefferson Co.Marriages F
Jefferson Co. Marriages G - L
Jefferson Co.Marriages M - R
Jefferson Co.Marriages S - Y
K.K.K. LETTER to Will Jenkins
Georgia's Slave Population in Legal Records: Where and How to Look (an introduction to courthouse resources) 15 Aug 2023
The Buffalo Barracks Historical Web Site
Migration Web Site
Topographical Map Site
Jefferson County Tradgey/Whitaker
Jefferson Co. List Group
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War of the Rebellion
USGenWeb Archives Civil War Pensions Project-Georgia
Jefferson County Library
James Williams Will
Isaac & Bryant Lamb Will
Charles King Will
Lois Coffer Index of Queensboro
Pool Hall Will
Samuel Clements Will
Sarah Alexander Will
Anthony Hancock Will
James Bigham Will
Richard J.Brown & William Whigham Will
Mrs.Mary Whigham & Dr.David Lowery Will
Register of Free Negroes of Jefferson Co.
African-American Surname page
Census on Line
RESEARCHER: Myra Watkins
Myra Watkins, 1055 Jordan Mill Road,Sandersville, GA 31082.Phone:478-552-7020
Myra will do research at Jefferson Co. also Hancock, Washington and Johnson counties. Courthouse for a fee. Contact her for rates.
My name is Tim Stowell, the person responsible for Jefferson County.
If you would like to contribute your information to this site, please let me know.
Tim Stowell 2006-2011