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History of Macon County, Georgia


By: Louise F. Hays, Pub. 1935, reprinted 2023, 803 pages, Index, soft cover, ISBN #089308-776-9. Macon County was created in 1837 from Houston and Marion Counties. It is the parent to Peach and Taylor counties. Many of its the early settlers migrated from Newberry and Orangeburg Counties, South Carolina. This book begins with an account of the original inhabitants, the Muscogee, Euchee and Creek Indians, of the region. The book describes the rapid settlement of the area after the land between the Flint and Ocmulgee Rivers was secured by treaty and then disposed of by Lottery. A section of the book is devoted to lists of early settlers holding land grants in what was to become Macon County. The Civil War is given extensive coverage in chapters made up of excerpts from letters, unpublished stories, official documents, and personal reminiscences along with a chapter on Andersonville Prision which was located in the southern part of the county.  Interwoven in and around the narrative is a vast amount of genealogical source material, such as lists of land lottery winners, county officials with dates of service, scores of Bible records and cemetery transcriptions, the Macon County tax list of 1838, marriage and will abstracts from 1858 to 1909. A Civil War Roster and a World War I veterans lit contain thousands of names. The genealogist of family historian will be delighted in the section entitled Families, it is approximately 178 pages of genealogies prepared by kinsfolk of the following Macon County families: Baldwin, Barksdale, Brown, Carmichael, Collins, Cornwell, Crocker, DeVaughn, Williams-Dawson, Derrick, DuPree, Dykes, Easterlin, Edwards, Edgeworth, Elsmore, English, Epting, Felton, Fokes, Frederick, Gardner, Greer, Griffin, Guerry, Haslam, Hays, Hall, Hamilton, Harrison, Harp, Haugabook, Hicks, Higgins, Hill, Johnson, Keen, King, Kleckley, Lewis, Lovejoy, Marshall, Massey, Maxwell, McCaskill, McKellar, McKenzie, Meadows, Moncrief, Montfort, Murray, Murph, Niles, Nixon, Osborne, Patrick, Peacock, Perry, Rice, Richardson, Robinson, Shealy, Slappey, Solomon, Smith, Sperry, Stubbs, Veal, Walker, Walters, Ware, Watts, Wicker, and Williams.