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Glascock County, Georgia

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before 1750 - Creek Indians originally settled in this area, establishing a trading post along the east bank of the Ogeechee River[1]

1750 - a community called Georgetown was temporarily established by the first white settlers, German immigrants, near the Indian trading post; this community was abandoned in 1792 when the immigrants moved to Pennsylvania [2]

1768 or 1769 - the first highway was cut extending from Waynesboro to Wrightsboro, called the King's Highway, and known locally as the Quaker Road[3]

1777 - this area was originally a part of Wilkes County, but was officially hunting and fishing territory of the Indians; the few whites were mostly squatters and their settlements are mostly unknown because they were so secretive[3]

1783 - the Indians left this area after signing the Treaty of Augusta [2]

1857 - created on 19 Dec 1857 from Warren County, Georgia; named after Thomas Glascock of Augusta, a war veteran, a State Legislator, and a US Congressman [4][2]

1858 - the county seat of Gibson was founded in 1858 from 20 acres of land donated by Calvin Logue; named after Judge William Gibson, who donated $500 toward the building of the courthouse; the first courthouse was built; lots were surveyed; settlers began arriving[1][2]

Jan 1858 - The first county election was held on 4 Jan 1858: The following officers were elected:[3]

Tax Collector: Tobias Logue (possible Wikitree profile)
Tax Recorder: Abraham Brasswell
Coroner: Seaborn Glover (possible Wikitree profile)
Surveyor: Seaborn Kitchens (possible Wikitree profile)
Clerk, Superior Court & Treasurer: Richard Walden (possible Wikitree profile)
Sheriff: Augustus Reese (possible Wikitree profile)
Ordinary: Francis Kelley
Justices of Inferior Court: Calvin Logue, John Land, Allen Kelley, Jeremiah Wilcher, Peter Usry (possible Wikitree profile)
First Representative: Calvin Logue (possible Wikitree profile)
First State Senator: Jeremiah Wilcher (possible Wikitree profile)
First Judge of Superior Court: Judge James Thomas
First Solicitor General: Thomas M Daniel
First Foreman of the Grand Jury: Boze B. Kitchens (possible Wikitree profile)

1861-1865 - Companies raised during the Civil War were:[3]
Company B - 22nd Regiment (See also USGWArchives, Glascock County, Georgia, Military)

Captain - George H Jones
1st Lt - Calvin Logue
2nd Lt - George W. Kelley
2nd Lt - Wiley G. Davis, Jr.
1st Sgt - Henry Logue (possible Wikitree profile)
2nd Sgt - Benjamin Ivey
3rd Sgt - James M. Williams
4th Sgt - James G. Wilcher
5th Sgt - Pleasant Davis
1st Cpl - Henry P. Harris
2nd Cpl - Hiram H. Hawkins
3rd Cpl - John Newsome
4th Cpl - Lawrence T. Hardin
5th Cpl - George W. Williford
Musician - A. L. Killebrew
Privates - there were 113 in all

Company I, 2nd Regiment

Captain - John Neal
1st Lt - B.C. Kitchens
2nd Lt - John D. Coxwell
2nd Lt - David Alred, Jr.
1st Sgt - Gale Harris
2nd Sgt - Charles Kitchens
Corp - James M. Braddy
Corp - William H. Lockhart
Privates - 46 in all

Confederate Soldiers of Company A, 48th Regiment Georgia Infantry (See also USGWArchives, Glascock County, Georgia, Military)

Captain - Allen Kelley
1st Lt - Edmond G. Scruggs
2nd Lt - Joseph Raiey
2nd Lt - Francis M. Kelley, Jr
1st Sgt - Hardy Todd
2nd Sgt - William Martin
3rd Sgt - Jimsey N. Davis
4th Sgt - Jeremiah Wilcher
5th Sgt - John W. Braddy
1st Corp - Charles H. Kitchens
2nd Corp - Nathan Braddy
3rd Corp - William F. Davis
4th Corp - Richmond W. Underwood
Privates - 139 in all

Nov-Dec 1864 - General Sherman's troops marched through Gibson from Sparta. After hearing the stories of destruction that Sherman's troops were causing, citizens attempted to hide their valuables, such as money, silver and food by burying them, and hiding their livestock in the swamps. The troops stopped at Dr. Gibson's homestead at the county line. He was the only man standing on the property and they robbed him of his horses and mules, and a watch that was later promised to be returned if it could be found, searched the house for gold and other valuables. At other homesteads nearby, buildings were burned, the negro men were stolen, the owner insulted, and destroyed the dinner table and crockery after ordering the elderly wife to cook them a meal, and also pocketed the utensils. The stores were burned in the town of Gibson, and a man of the church was assaulted and robbed of his watch and horse, all that he had.[3][5]

1885-1934 - The Augusta, Gibson and Sandersville Railroad ran trains through the county [2]

1875 - on March 21st, a tornado came through Warren, Glascock and Jefferson counties, destroying buildings and killing several people [6][7]

before 1900 - agriculture was the main product of the area, mostly beef, corn, cotton, cowpeas, peanuts, pork, poultry and small grains [2]

early 1900's - a few factories were operating in the county, but most had gone out of business before the Great Depression, mostly making boxes, fertilizer, brooms, and canning peas[2][3]

1910-1935 - a chalk mine was operated during this time[2][3]

1913 - Gibson was incorporated as a town[1]

1916 - tracks were built by The Savannah and Atlanta Railway through the eastern part of the county[2]

1934 - railroad service was curtailed slowing down the industrial development of the area, and after WWII, the economic mainstay changed to lumber and lumber products, kaolin processing, and health care services [2]

1943 - Gibson was incorporated as a city[1]

2013 - another tornado touches down in Glascock County, Magnolia Baptist Church was significantly damaged Fox54 News


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Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Gibson, Georgia, on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Glascock County, Georgia on Georgia Encyclopedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 The Story of Glascock County, Transcribed by Brenda Pierce
  4. Glascock County, Georgia, on Wikipedia
  5. Historical Sketch of the War of the Rebellion from 1861 to 1865, Compiled and Edited by Edgar A. Werner, pg 128
  6. March 21, 1875 Tornado, Edge Hill, as told by Thelma Cooper Lamb
  7. History of Warren County, Georgia, 1793-1974: Pages 22-26




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