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This County is available for adoption.

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On February 11, 1796, Jackson County was split off from part of Franklin County, Georgia. The new county was named in honor of Revolutionary War Lieutenant Colonel, Congressman, Senator and Governor James Jackson. The county originally covered an area of approximately 1,800 sq miles, with Clarkesboro as its first county seat.

In 1801, the Georgia General Assembly granted 40,000 acres of land in Jackson County for a state college. Franklin College (now University of Georgia) began classes the same year, and the city of Athens was developed around the school. Also the same year, a new county was developed around the new college town, and Jackson lost territory to the new Clarke. The county seat was moved to an old Indian village called Thomocoggan, a location with ample water supply from Curry Creek and four large springs. In 1804, the city was renamed Jefferson, after Thomas Jefferson.

Jackson lost more territory in 1811 in the creation of Madison County, in 1818 in the creation of Walton, Gwinnett, and Hall counties, in 1858 in the creation of Banks County, and in 1914 in the creation of Barrow County.

The first county courthouse, a log and wooden frame building with an attached jail, was built on south side of the public square; a second, larger, two-story brick courthouse with a separate jailhouse was built in 1817. In 1880, a third was built on a hill north of the square. This courthouse was the oldest continuously operating courthouse in the United States until 2004, when the current courthouse was constructed north of Jefferson.
(source: Wikipedia.org)

Cities and towns

Incorporated

Arcade
Braselton
Commerce (formerly Harmony Grove)
Hoschton
Jefferson
Maysville
Nicholson (formerly Cooper)
Pendergrass
Talmo

Unincorporated communities
Apple Valley
Attica
Brockton
Center (incorporated until 1999)
Clarksboro
Constantine
Dry Pond
Ednaville
Fairview
Grove Level
Holders
Holly Springs
Red Stone
Sells
Stoneham
Thompsons Mills
Thurmack
Thyatira
Wilsons Church



Online Data

Biographies

Births

Cemeteries

Census

Church Histories/Records

County Records

Court Records

Deaths

Family Bibles

History

Marriages

Military

Newspaper Data

Obituaries

Schools

Wills/Legal Records 

Website updates:
1915 Educational Survey [Schools]


Adjacent Counties
Banks County, Georgia - north
Madison County, Georgia - east
Clarke County, Georgia - southeast
Oconee County, Georgia - south
Gwinnett County, Georgia - southwest
Barrow County, Georgia - west
Hall County, Georgia - northwest


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