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Elbert County, Georgia Inferior Court Minutes, 1800-1804, Part 1. (Volume #2)

By: Michael A. Ports, Pub. 2020, 332 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #0-89308-973-7.  Elbert County was formed in 1790 from Wilkes County.  It lies in the Northeastern portion of the state along the Savannah River just across from Anderson and Abbeville Counties, South Carolina.  The first settlers started arriving in the area from Virginia and the Carolina's and continued on as land grants were being issued from service in the Revolutionary War.  The Inferior Court tried any civil case except those involving title to land. The court had jurisdiction over county business matters, such as care for the poor, building and maintaining the courthouse, jails, roads bridges and ferries, issuing liquor licenses, nominating justices of the peace, performing naturalization's, appointing guardians, authorizing apprenticeships & indentures, maintaining a register of wills and administering county funds. The Clerk of the Inferior Court kept minutes of the foregoing proceedings--every one of which places individuals in Elbert County at a particular point in time.