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Liberty County, located on the Georgia coast, was one of the seven Georgia counties created from the original colonial parishes on February 5, 1777. The Guale Indians inhabited that area from prehistoric times, and in the eighteenth century the tribe became a part of the Muskogee or Creek Confederation. The Spanish placed a mission on St. Catherines Island in the late sixteenth century among the Guale Indians. In the early 1750s English settlers, including a group of Congregationalists from Dorchester, South Carolina, located in the area between the Medway and Newport rivers.

Shortly before the American Revolution (1775-83), a number of people who later became prominent in the new state and republic settled there, including Nathan Brownson, Mark Carr, James Dunwoody, John Elliott Sr., Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, Lachlan McIntosh, James Screven, and Daniel Stewart. In the 1770s William Bartram traveled through the area during his famous expedition.

In 1775 St. John's Parish, one of three parishes that would eventually make up Liberty County, was the first area in Georgia to send a representative to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In that year the citizens of St. John's Parish gathered in the Congregational Church in Midway, where they elected Lyman Hall to represent them in the Continental Congress. They sent several wagonloads of rice with him to feed the Continental troops surrounding Boston. Because St. John's Parish was the first in Georgia to vote for liberty, the new county created from this parish was given the name Liberty.

The county seat is Hinesville, Georgia


Cities and towns

Allenhurst -- Flemington -- Fort Stewart -- Gumbranch -- Hinesville
Midway -- Riceboro -- Walthourville



Online Data

Biographies

Births

Cemeteries

Census

Church Histories/Records

County Records

Court Records

Deaths

Family Bibles

History

Marriages

Military

Newspaper Data

Obituaries

Townships

Wills/Legal Records 

Website Updates:

May 2014: Bio: STEWART - Transcribed by Liz Dellinger
March 2014: List of Known Newspapers
December 2013: Wells Cemetery, Trinity Cemetery
October 2013: Bio: CASSELS, CLARK - Transcribed by LA Bauer
August 2013: Vietnam War Casualties
June 2013: WW2 Honor List for Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Force - transcribed  by Peggy Thompson
Walthourville, a town - Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz; Bios for LAW, FLEMING
March 2013: Town histories : Taylor's Creek, Thebes,Roderick, Tibet, Smiley, Swindel, Rivers
South Newport River - Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz ; Bio for Sheppard, Walter W., Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
Jan 2011: Marriages Added for 1820-1839- 1840 Pensioners
Sep 2010: Will Index added
Feb 2010: Cemeteries
Oct 2009: MCINTOSH biography
.Sep 2009: 1919-1925 Deaths; Biographies for LAYTON, FRASER; EARLE, LECONTE obit
Dec 2007: County History; Biography of ANDREW 



Adjacent Counties
Bryan County, Georgia - north
McIntosh County, Georgia - south
Long County, Georgia - west
Evans County, Georgia - northwest
Tattnall County, Georgia - northwest


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