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Ben Hill County

Berrien County

Coffee County

Lowndes County

Thomas County

Worth County


The county of Irwin was surveyed into land districts and land lots in 1818. An empire abounding in wealth, an unbroken vastness of virgin pine forests, lands at that time considered of little value but which has proven to be the garden spot of Georgia. A climate unequaled, healthful to live in and at this early date abounding in game of all kinds and descriptions.

Irwin County was named after Governor Jarried Irwin, a native of North Carolina. He came to Georgia when he was seven years old, represented Washington County in the legislature many years, was president of the Senate, and Governor 1806 to 1809. Helped to revise the Constitution in 1789 and 1798. Was buried in the northern part of Washington County in 1815.

Irwin County originally embraced part or all of the following counties: Worth, Wilcox, Turner, Ben Hill, Tift, Colquitt, Thomas, Cook, Brooks, Berrien, Lowndes, Echols, Clinch, Lanier, Atkinson, Coffee, Ware, Charlton, Jeff Davis, Bacon, Pierce and Brantly.

The county was organized in 1820. Within the boundary of originally Irwin County were quite a few pioneer settlers before the county was created coming from different sections, some from North Carolina, others from South Carolina and Virginia and quite a few from the older settlements in Georgia.


South Georgia Genealogy
A starting place for researchers of Irwin County's pioneer families.

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Adding Wills and
Bonds from 1800's

Various information
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Newspaper accounts
of deaths and

Church Histories
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