History and Facts of Georgia Counties
Today’s Georgia counties did not always exist in the present form. They went through many different changes in the space of a few short years.
The Province of Georgia was founded in 1732, as the last of the 13 Colonies and was named for King George II of Great Britain.
On April 15, 1741, the Georgia Trustees divided the Georgia Colony into two counties, Savannah County (with William Stephens as executive) and Frederica County (with James Oglethorpe as executive).
However, because of concern about a Spanish invasion, Frederica County was never organized. After the Georgia Trustees surrendered their charter in 1752, Georgia became a royal colony.
By an act of March 15, 1758, the colonial legislature created seven parishes. These were:
- Christ Church Parish – included the Town and District of Savannah.
- St. Matthew Parish – included the District of Abercorn and Goshen, plus the District of Ebenezer.
- St. George Parish – included the District of Halifax .
- St. Paul Parish – included the District of Augusta .
- St. Philip Parish – included the Town of Hardwick and the District of Ogeechee, including the island of Ossabaw.
- St. John Parish – included the Sunbury in the District of Midway and Newport to the south branch of Newport, including the islands of St. Catherine and Bermuda .
- St. Andrew Parish – included the Town and District of Darien, to the Altamaha River, including the islands of Sapelo and Eastwood and the sea islands north of Egg Island.
- St. James Parish – included the Town and District of Frederica, including the islands of Great and Little St. Simons, along with the adjacent island.
An act of March 25, 1765, Georgia’s colonial assembly divided the territory south of the Altamaha River into four new parishes. These were
- St. David Parish
- St. Patrick Parish
- St. Thomas Parish
- St. Mary Parish
By the time of the American Revolutionary War, Georgia consisted of 12 parishes. In 1777 the original eight Georgia counties were created.
However, they only covered a small part of the present-day area that is Georgia. Soon, more Native American land was acquired, leading to the formation of new counties.
Georgia’s first constitution was ratified in February 1777. Georgia was the 10th state to ratify the Articles of Confederation on July 24, 1778. Georgia officially became the 4th state in the Union on January 2, 1788.
Fun Facts about Georgia Counties
Counties by Year
- Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes Counties was the original 7 counties created on February 5, 1777.
- Peach County was the last county created on July 8, 1924.
County Size Facts
- Ware County (903 sq mi) is the largest county in Georgia.
- Clarke County (121 sq mi) is the smallest county in Georgia.
County Population Facts
- Taliaferro County (1,680) is the least populated county in Georgia.
- Fulton County (1,041,423) is the most populated county in Georgia.
Georgia City Facts
Georgia’s 10 largest cities (2010 est.) are:
- Atlanta (420,003) is in DeKalb County and Fulton County
- Augusta-Richmond County (195,844) is in Richmond County
- Columbus (189,885) is in Muscogee County
- Macon (155,447) is in Bibb County
- Savannah (136,286) is in Chatham County
- Athens-Clarke County (115,452) is in Clarke County
- Sandy Springs (93,853) is in Fulton County
- Roswell (88,346) is in Fulton County
- Albany (77,434) is in Dougherty County
- Johns Creek (76,728) is in Fulton County
Boundary Changes of Georgia Counties from 1821 to 1997
This Interactive Map of Georgia Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Georgia in 1821 to 1997.
List of Georgia Counties
|County||Created||Created From||Named For||County Seat||Notes|
|Appling County||15 Dec 1818||Land ceded by the Creek Indians in theTreaty of Fort Jackson in 1814 and the Treaty of the Creek Agency in 1818.||Colonel Daniel Appling (1787–1818), a hero of the War of 1812||Baxley|
|Atkinson County||19 Aug 1917||Clinch and Coffee Counties||William Yates Atkinson (1854–99), governor of Georgia(1894–98) and speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives||Pearson|
|Bacon County||27 Jul 1914||Appling, Pierce and Ware Counties||Augustus Octavius Bacon (1839–1914), U.S. Senator (1895–1914); President pro tempore of the United States Senate||Alma|
|Baker County||12 Dec 1825||Early County.||Colonel John Baker (died 1792), a hero of the American Revolutionary War||Newton|
|Baldwin County||11 May 1803||Creek cessions of 1802 and 1805.||Abraham Baldwin (1754–1807), a Founding Father; U.S. Senator (1799–1807); one of the Georgia delegates who signed the U.S. Constitution||Milledgeville|
|Banks County||11 Dec 1858||Franklin and Habersham Counties||Dr. Richard Banks (1784–1850), local physician noted for treating natives with smallpox||Homer|
|Barrow County||07 Jul 1914||Gwinnett, Jackson and Walton counties.||"Uncle Dave" David Crenshaw Barrow Jr. (1852–1929), chancellor of the University of Georgia (1906–29)||Winder|
|Bartow County||06 Dec 1861||Created from a portion of Cherokee County in 1832 and originally called Cass County after General Lewis Cass.||General Francis S. Bartow (1816–61), Confederatepolitical leader; first Confederate general killed in the American Civil War||Cartersville|
|Ben Hill County||31 Jul 1906||Irwin and Wilcox counties.||Benjamin Harvey Hill (1823–82), U.S. Senator (1877–82)||Fitzgerald|
|Berrien County||25 Feb 1856||Coffee, Irwin, and Lowndes counties.||John MacPherson Berrien (1781–1856), U.S. Senator; U.S. Attorney General||Nashville|
|Bibb County||09 Dec 1822||portions of Houston, Jones, Monroe, and Twiggs counties.||Dr. William Wyatt Bibb (1780–1820), first Governor of Alabama; U.S. Senator||Macon|
|Bleckley County||02 Oct 1912||Pulaski County.||Logan Edwin Bleckley (1827–1907), Georgia State Supreme Court Chief Justice||Cochran|
|Brantley County||14 Aug 1920||Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties.||William Gordon Brantley (1860–1934), U.S. Congressman||Nahunta|
|Brooks County||11 Dec 1858||Lowndes and Thomas counties||Captain Preston S. Brooks (1819–57), a hero of the Mexican–American War; Congressman from South Carolina||Quitman|
|Bryan County||19 Dec 1793||Chatham County||Jonathan Bryan (1708–88), colonial settler; famous state representative||Pembroke|
|Bulloch County||08 Feb 1796||Bryan and Screven Counties||Archibald Bulloch (1729–77), Revolutionary War soldier; Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives; acting governor of Georgia (1775–77)||Statesboro|
|Burke County||05 Feb 1777||Originally organized as St George Parish.||Edmund Burke (1729–97), British political philosopher and Member of Parliament who was sympathetic to the cause of US independence||Waynesboro|
|Butts County||24 Dec 1825||Henry and Monroe counties.||Captain Samuel Butts (1777–1814), a hero of the Creek War||Jackson|
|Calhoun County||20 Feb 1854||Early and Baker counties.||John C. Calhoun (1782–1850), U.S. Congressman; U.S. Senator; Vice President of the United States from South Carolina||Morgan|
|Camden County||05 Feb 1777||St Mary and St Thomas Parishes.||Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714–94), Lord Chancellor of Great Britain who was sympathetic to the cause of the Revolution||Woodbine|
|Candler County||17 Jul 1914||Bulloch, Emanuel and Tattnall counties.||Allen Daniel Candler (1834–1910), state legislator; U.S. Congressman; Governor of Georgia (1898–1902)||Metter|
|Carroll County||11 Dec 1826||Created by the state legislature from lands ceded by the Creek Indians in 1825 in theTreaty of Indian Springs.||Charles Carroll (1737–1832), the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence||Carrollton|
|Catoosa County||05 Dec 1853||Walker and Whitfield counties.||Chief Catoosa, a Cherokee chief||Ringgold|
|Charlton County||18 Feb 1854||Camden County.||Robert Milledge Charlton (1807–54), jurist; U.S. Senator (1852–54); mayor of Savannah||Folkston|
|Chatham County||05 Feb 1777||Christ Church and St Philip Parishes.||William Pitt, Earl of Chatham (1708–78), British Prime Minister sympathetic to the Revolutionary cause||Savannah|
|Chattahoochee County||13 Feb 1854||Muscogee and Marion counties.||Chattahoochee River, which forms the county's (and the state's) western border||Cusseta|
|Chattooga County||28 Dec 1838||Walker and Floyd counties.||Chattooga River||Summerville|
|Cherokee County||26 Dec 1831||Cherokee Cession of 1831.||Cherokee Nation, which controlled this part of the state autonomously until 1831||Canton|
|Clarke County||05 Dec 1801||Jackson County.||Elijah Clarke (1733–99), a Revolutionary War hero||Athens|
|Clay County||16 Feb 1854||Randolph and Early counties.||Henry Clay (1777–1852), Secretary of State; Speaker of the House of Representatives; U.S. Senator from Kentucky||Fort Gaines|
|Clayton County||30 Nov 1858||Fayette and Henry counties.||Augustin Smith Clayton (1783–1839), a local jurist and U.S. Congressman||Jonesboro|
|Clinch County||14 Feb 1850||Lowndes and Ware counties.||General Duncan Lamont Clinch (1784–1849), a hero of the War of 1812 and the Seminole War; U.S. Congressman||Homerville|
|Cobb County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||Colonel Thomas Willis Cobb (1784–1835), a hero of the War of 1812; U.S. Congressman||Marietta|
|Coffee County||09 Feb 1854||Clinch, Irwin, Telfair and Ware counties.||General John E. Coffee (1782–1836), a hero of the War of 1812||Douglas|
|Colquitt County||25 Feb 1856||Thomas and Lowndes counties.||Walter Terry Colquitt (1799–1855), Methodist pastor; U.S. Senator||Moultrie|
|Columbia County||10 Dec 1790||Richmond County||Christopher Columbus (1446–1506), explorer||Appling|
|Cook County||30 Jul 1918||Berrien County.||General Philip Cook (1817–94), Confederate general; secretary of state||Adel|
|Coweta County||11 Dec 1926||Created on Creek lands ceded in 1825 in the treaty of Indian Springs and Creek Cessions of 1826.||Coweta tribe of the Creek Nation and their village near Columbus||Newnan|
|Crawford County||09 Dec 1822||Houston County.||William Harris Crawford (1772–1834), U.S. Senator; ambassador to France; Secretary of the Treasury||Knoxville|
|Crisp County||17 Aug 1905||Dooly County.||Charles Frederick Crisp (1845–96), Speaker of the House of Representatives||Cordele|
|Dade County||25 Dec 1837||Walker County.||Major Francis L. Dade (1793–1835), a hero of the Seminole War||Trenton|
|Dawson County||03 Dec 1857||Gilmer and Lumpkin counties.||William Crosby Dawson (1798–1857), U.S. Senator (1849–55); state legislator||Dawsonville|
|Decatur County||08 Dec 1823||Henry, Gwinnett, and Fayette counties.||"Baron" Johann DeKalb (1721–80) a German who accompanied Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, and was inspector general of the Colonial Army||Decatur|
|De Kalb County||09 Dec 1922||Early County.||Commodore Stephen Decatur (1779–1820), a naval hero of the actions against the Barbary Pirates in the early 19th century||Bainbridge|
|Dodge County||26 Oct 1870||Montgomery, Pulaski and Telfair counties.||William Earle Dodge (1805–1883), temperance leader; businessman from New York; a co-founder of Phelps, Dodge, and Company, a mining and metals company||Eastman|
|Dooly County||15 May 1821||Creek Cession of 1821.||Colonel John Dooly (1740–80), a hero of the American Revolution||Vienna|
|Dougherty County||15 Dec 1853||Baker County.||Charles Dougherty (1801–53), judge from Athens, Georgia||Albany|
|Douglas County||17 Oct 1870||Campbell and Carroll counties.||Stephen Arnold Douglas (1813–61), an IllinoisDemocratic Congressman who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the United States presidential election, 1860and lost||Douglasville|
|Early County||15 Dec 1818||Creek Cession of 1814.||Peter Early (1773–1817), tenth governor of Georgia||Blakely|
|Echols County||13 Dec 1858||Clinch and Lowndes Counties||General Robert M. Echols (1798–1847), a state legislator and a hero of the Mexican–American War||Statenville|
|Effingham County||05 Feb 1777||St Mathew and St Philip Parishes.||Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham (1746–1791), who was sympathetic with the independence movement||Springfield|
|Elbert County||10 Dec 1790||Wilkes County||Samuel Elbert (1740–88), a general in the Revolutionary War; became the governor of Georgia in 1785||Elberton|
|Emanuel County||10 Dec 1812||Bulloch and Montgomery Counties||Colonel David Emanuel (1744–1808), became the governor of Georgia in 1801||Swainsboro|
|Evans County||11 Aug 1914||Bulloch and Tattnall County||General Clement Anselm Evans (1832–1911), a hero of the American Civil War; the commander in chief of the United Confederate Veterans||Claxton|
|Fannin County||21 Jan 1854||Gilmer and Union Counties||Colonel James Walker Fannin Jr. (1809–36), a hero of the Texas Revolution||Blue Ridge|
|Fayette County||15 May 1821||Creek Cession of 1821.||Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), a French hero of the Revolutionary War||Fayetteville|
|Floyd County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||General John Floyd (1769–1839), soldier, U.S. Congressman||Rome|
|Forsyth County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||John Forsyth (1780–1841), Secretary of State under President Martin Van Buren||Cumming|
|Franklin County||23 Feb 1784||Cherokee and Creek Cessions of 1783||Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), writer, inventor, publisher, and a Founding Father of the United States||Carnesville|
|Fulton County||20 Dec 1853||DeKalb County + the former Campbell and Milton Counties and a portion of Cobb County||Robert Fulton, an engineer and the inventor of the steamboat.||Atlanta|
|Gilmer County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||George Rockingham Gilmer (1780–1859), 16th governor of Georgia||Ellijay|
|Glascock County||19 Dec 1857||Warren County||General Thomas Glascock (1780–1841), a hero of the War of 1812 and the Seminole War of 1817; U.S. Congressman||Gibson|
|Glynn County||05 Feb 1777||St David and St Patrick Parishes||John Glynn (1722–79), British Member of Parliamentand Serjeant-at-law, who was sympathetic with the cause of American independence||Brunswick|
|Gordon County||13 Feb 1850||Cass (now Bartow) and Floyd Counties||William Washington Gordon (1796–1842), first president of the Central of Georgia Railroad||Calhoun|
|Grady County||17 Aug 1905||Decatur and Thomas Counties||Henry Woodfin Grady (1850–89), orator; managing editor of the Atlanta Constitution||Cairo|
|Greene County||03 Feb 1786||Washington County||General Nathanael Greene (1742–86), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Greensboro|
|Gwinnett County||15 Dec 1818||Cherokee Cession of 1817 and Creek Cession of 1818.||Button Gwinnett (1735–1777), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence||Lawrenceville|
|Habersham County||15 Dec 1818||Cherokee Cessions of 1817 and 1819||Colonel Joseph Habersham (1751–1815), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Postmaster General in the Cabinet of George Washington||Clarkesville|
|Hall County||15 Dec 1818||Cherokee Cessions of 1817 and 1819||Dr. Lyman Hall (1724–90), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence; became the governor of Georgia in 1783||Gainesville|
|Hancock County||17 Dec 1793||Greene and Washington counties||John Hancock (1737–93), President of the Continental Congress; first signer of the Declaration of Independence||Sparta|
|Haralson County||26 Jan 1856||Carroll and Polk Counties||General Hugh Anderson Haralson (1805–54), U.S. Congressman||Buchanan|
|Harris County||14 Dec 1827||Muscogee and Troup counties||Charles Harris (1772–1827), prominent attorney from Savannah||Hamilton|
|Hart County||07 Dec 1853||Elbert and Franklin counties||Nancy Morgan Hart (1735–1830), a heroine of the Revolutionary War||Hartwell|
|Heard County||22 Dec 1830||Carroll, Coweta and Troup Counties||Stephen Heard (1740–1815), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Franklin|
|Henry County||15 May 1821||Creek Cession of 1821||Patrick Henry (1736–99), prominent lawyer, orator, and a Founding Father of the United States||McDonough|
|Houston County||15 May 1821||Creek Cession of 1821||John Houstoun (1744–1796), member of the Continental Congress; became governor of Georgia in 1778||Perry|
|Irwin County||15 Dec 1818||Creek Cessions of 1814 and 1818||Jared Irwin (1751–1818), the governor who rescinded the Yazoo Act in 1796||Ocilla|
|Jackson County||11 Feb 1796||Franklin County||General James Jackson (1757–1806), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Jefferson|
|Jasper County||10 Dec 1812||Baldwin (FKA Randolph County 1807 – 12)||Sergeant William Jasper (1750–1779), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Monticello|
|Jeff Davis County||18 Aug 1905||Appling and Coffee counties||Jefferson Davis (1808–89), the first and only President of the Confederate States of America||Hazlehurst|
|Jefferson County||20 Feb 1796||Burke and Warren Counties||Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third President of the United States||Louisville|
|Jenkins County||17 Aug 1905||Bulloch, Burke, Emanuel, and Screven Counties||Charles Jones Jenkins (1805–83), governor of Georgia, who was the author of the famous Georgia Platform of 1850||Millen|
|Johnson County||11 Dec 1858||Emanuel, Laurens and Washington counties||Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1812–80), U.S. Senator; Governor of Georgia||Wrightsville|
|Jones County||10 Dec 1807||Baldwin County||James Jones (1769–1801), U.S. Congressman||Gray|
|Lamar County||17 Aug 1920||Monroe and Pike Counties||Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar (1825–93), U.S. Senator; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court||Barnesville|
|Lanier County||11 Aug 1919||Berrien, Clinch and Lowndes Countries||Sidney Lanier (1842–1881), attorney, linguist, mathematician, and musician||Lakeland|
|Laurens County||10 Dec 1807||Wilkinson County||Colonel John Laurens (1754–82), aide to George Washington during the Revolutionary War||Dublin|
|Lee County||11 Dec 1827||Creek Cessions of 1826||General Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Leesburg|
|Liberty County||05 Feb 1777||St Andrew, St James, and St John Parishes||Named in honor of the noted patriotism of the citizens of Midway in their support of the cause of colonial independence||Hinesville|
|Lincoln County||20 Feb 1796||Wilkes County||General Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), a hero of the Revolutionary War; was later assigned to the suppression of Shays' Rebellion||Lincolnton|
|Long County||14 Aug 1920||Liberty County||Dr. Crawford Williamson Long (1815–78), in 1842 the first man to use diethyl ether as an anesthetic for dental surgery||Ludowici|
|Lowndes County||23 Dec 1835||Irwin County||William Jones Lowndes (1782–1822), prominent figure in the affairs of South Carolina throughout the formative years of the United States||Valdosta|
|Lumpkin County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee, Habersham, and Hall Counties||Wilson Lumpkin (1783–1870), Governor of Georgia; U.S. Senator||Dahlonega|
|Macon County||14 Dec 1857||Houston and Marion Counties||General Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), Speaker of the House of Representatives; U.S. Senator||Oglethorpe|
|Madison County||11 Dec 1811||Clarke, Elbert, Franklin, Jackson and Oglethorpe Counties||James Madison (1751–1836), fourth President of the United States; chief writer of the U.S. Constitution||Danielsville|
|Marion County||14 Dec 1827||Lee and Muscogee Counties||General Francis Marion (1732–95), the "Swamp Fox"; a hero of the Revolutionary War||Buena Vista|
|McDuffie County||18 Oct 1870||Columbia and Warren||George McDuffie (1790–1851), orator and governor of South Carolina||Thomson|
|McIntosh County||19 Dec 1793||Liberty County||General Lachlan McIntosh (1727–1806), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Darien|
|Meriwether County||14 Dec 1827||Formed form Troup County||General David Meriwether (1755–1822), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman||Greenville|
|Miller County||26 Feb 1856||Baker and Early Counties||Andrew Jackson Miller (1806–56), president of the Medical College of Georgia||Colquitt|
|Mitchell County||21 Dec 1857||Baker County||Gen. Henry Mitchell (1760–1839), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Camilla|
|Monroe County||15 May 1821||Creek Cession of 1821||James Monroe (1758–1831), the fifth President of the United States and the creator of the Monroe Doctrine of 1823||Forsyth|
|Montgomery County||19 Dec 1793||Washington County||General Richard Montgomery (1738–75), hero of the Revolutionary War||Mount Vernon|
|Morgan County||10 Dec 1807||Baldwin County||General Daniel Morgan (1736–1802), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman||Madison|
|Murray County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||Thomas W. Murray (1790–1832), famous state legislator||Chatsworth|
|Muscogee County||11 Dec 1826||Creek Cession of 1826||Muskogee ethnic group, to which the Creek and Seminole Nations belong||Columbus|
|Newton County||24 Dec 1821||Henry, Jasper, and Walton Counties||Sergeant John Newton (1755–80), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Covington|
|Oconee County||25 Feb 1875||Clarke County||Oconee River, which forms its eastern boundary||Watkinsville|
|Oglethorpe County||19 Dec 1783||Wilkes County||General James Edward Oglethorpe (1696–1785), the founder of the Colony of Georgia||Lexington|
|Paulding County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||John Paulding (1759–1818), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Dallas|
|Peach County||19 Apr 1924||Houston and Macon Counties||Its location in Central Georgia is one of the richest peach-producing regions in the country.||Fort Valley|
|Pickens County||01 Dec 1853||Cherokee and Gilmer counties||General Andrew Pickens (1739–1817), a hero of the Revolutionary War; U.S. Congressman||Jasper|
|Pierce County||18 Dec 1857||Appling and Ware Counties||Franklin Pierce (1804–1869), fourteenth President of the United States||Blackshear|
|Pike County||09 Dec 1822||Monroe County||General Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), explorer and a hero of the War of 1812||Zebulon|
|Polk County||20 Dec 1851||Floyd and Paulding Counties||James Knox Polk (1795–1849), eleventh President of the United States||Cedartown|
|Pulaski County||13 Dec 1808||Laurens County||Count Kazimierz Pułaski of Poland (1748–79), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Hawkinsville|
|Putnam County||10 Dec 1807||Baldwin County||General Israel Putnam (1718–90), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Eatonton|
|Quitman County||10 Dec 1858||Randolph and Stewart counties||General John Anthony Quitman (1799–1858), a hero of the Mexican-American War||Georgetown|
|Rabun County||21 Dec 1819||Cherokee Cession of 1819||William Rabun (1771–1819), Governor of Georgia (1817–19)||Clayton|
|Randolph County||20 Dec 1828||Lee County||John Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), U.S. Congressman||Cuthbert|
|Richmond County||05 Feb 1777||St Paul Parish||Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735–1806), who was sympathetic to the cause of colonial independence||Augusta|
|Rockdale County||18 Oct 1870||Henry and Newton counties||Rockdale Church, which was so named for the subterranean bed of granite that underlies this region of the state||Conyers|
|Schley County||22 Dec 1857||Marion and Sumter counties||William Schley (1786–1858), governor of Georgia (1835–37)||Ellaville|
|Screven County||14 Dec 1793||Burke and Effingham Counties||General James Screven (1744–1778), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Sylvania|
|Seminole County||08 Jul 1920||Decatur and Early Counties||Seminole Nation||Donalsonville|
|Spalding County||20 Dec 1851||Fayette, Henry, and Pike County||Thomas Spalding (1774–1851), U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and agriculturalist||Griffin|
|Stephens County||18 Aug 1905||Franklin and Habersham Counties||Alexander Stephens (1812–83), U.S. Congressman; Governor of Georgia; first and only Vice President of the Confederate States of America||Toccoa|
|Stewart County||23 Dec 1830||Randolph County||General Daniel Stewart (1759–1829), a hero of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812||Lumpkin|
|Sumter County||26 Dec 1831||Lee County||General Thomas Sumter (1734–1832), the "Fighting Gamecock," a hero of the Revolutionary War||Americus|
|Talbot County||14 Dec 1827||Muscogee County||Matthew Talbot (1762–1827), served in the Georgia State Senate for 15 years, including two years as the President of the Senate, and Governor of Georgia for two weeks in 1819||Talbotton|
|Taliaferro County||24 Dec 1825||Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe, Warren, and Wilkes Counties||Colonel Benjamin Taliaferro (1750–1821), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the Revolutionary War||Crawfordville|
|Tattnall County||05 Dec 1801||Montgomery County||Josiah Tattnall (1764–1803), U.S. Senator; Governor of Georgia||Reidsville|
|Taylor County||15 Jan 1853||Macon, Marion and Talbot Counties||Zachary Taylor (1784–1850), the twelfth President of the United States||Butler|
|Telfair County||10 Dec 1807||Wilkinson County||Edward Telfair (1735–1807), the second Governor of Georgia following the establishment of the United States||McRae|
|Terrell County||16 Feb 1856||Lee and Randolph Counties||Dr. William Terrell (1778–1855), U.S. Congressman||Dawson|
|Thomas County||23 Dec 1825||Decatur and Irwin Counties||General Jett Thomas (1776–1817), a hero of the War of 1812||Thomasville|
|Tift County||17 Aug 1905||Berrien, Irwin and Worth Counties||Colonel Nelson Tift (1810–91), a captain in the Confederate States Navy; U.S. Congressman||Tifton|
|Toombs County||17 Aug 1905||Emanuel, Tattnall, and Montgomery Counties||General Robert Toombs (1810–85), U.S. Senator; Confederate States Secretary of State||Lyons|
|Towns County||06 Mar 1856||Rabun and Union Counties||George Washington Towns (1801–54), governor of Georgia during the antebellum period||Hiawassee|
|Treutlen County||21 Mar 1917||Emanuel and Montgomery Counties||John A. Treutlen (1726–82), the first elected Governor of Georgia (1777–78)||Soperton|
|Troup County||11 Dec 1826||Creek Cession of 1826||George M. Troup (1780–1856), Governor of Georgia (1823–27); U.S. Senator||Lagrange|
|Turner County||18 Aug 1905||Dooly, Irwin, Wilcox and Worth Counties||Captain Henry Gray Turner (1839–1904), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the American Civil War||Ashburn|
|Twiggs County||14 Dec 1809||Wilkinson County||General John Twiggs (1750–1816), a hero of the Revolutionary War; Governor of Georgia||Jeffersonville|
|Union County||03 Dec 1832||Cherokee County||Federal union of the states||Blairsville|
|Upson County||15 Dec 1824||Crawford and Pike Counties||Stephen Upson (1786–1824), state legislator||Thomaston|
|Walker County||18 Dec 1833||Murray County||Major Freeman Walker (1780–1827), U.S. Senator (1819–1821)||Lafayette|
|Walton County||15 Dec 1818||Creek Cession of 1818||George Walton (1749–1804), one of Georgia's delegates to the Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence||Monroe|
|Ware County||15 Dec 1824||Appling County||Nicholas Ware (1769–1824), U.S. Senator (1821–24)||Waycross|
|Warren County||19 Dec 1793||Columbia, Hancock, Richmond, and Wilkes Counties||General Joseph Warren (1741–75), a hero of the Revolutionary War||Warrenton|
|Washington County||25 Feb 1784||Creek Cession of 1783||George Washington (1732–99), the first President of the United States, although named after him as a general||Sandersville|
|Wayne County||11 May 1803||Creek Cession of 1802||General Anthony Wayne (1745–96), known as "Mad Anthony Wayne"; U.S. Congressman; a hero of the Revolutionary War and the Northwest Indian War||Jesup|
|Webster County||21 Feb 1856||Stewart County (Formally Kinchafoonee)||Daniel Webster (1782–1852), U.S. Secretary of State; supported Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850||Preston|
|Wheeler County||14 Nov 1912||Montgomery County||General Joseph Wheeler (1836–1906), U.S. Congressman; a hero of the American Civil War and the Spanish–American War||Alamo|
|White County||22 Dec 1857||Habersham County||Colonel John White, a hero of the Revolutionary War||Cleveland|
|Whitfield County||30 Dec 1851||Murray County||George Whitefield (1714–70), pastor; established the Bethesda Orphanage near Savannah||Dalton|
|Wilcox County||22 Dec 1857||Dooly, Irwin, and Pulaski counties||General Mark Wilcox (1800–50), a noted soldier and state legislator||Abbeville|
|Wilkes County||05 Feb 1777||Cherokee and Creek Cessions of 1773||John Wilkes (1727–97), a British Member of Parliamentwho sympathized with the cause of American independence||Washington|
|Wilkinson County||11 May 1803||Creek Cessions of 1802 and 1805||General James Wilkinson (1757–1825), veteran of the Revolutionary War and of the War of 1812; Senior Officer of the U.S. Army; turned out to be an agent of the Spanish government||Irwinton|
|Worth County||20 Dec 1852||Dooly and Irwin Counties||General William J. Worth (1794–1849), a hero of the Mexican–American War||Sylvester|
|Old Bourbon County (Extinct)||17 Jul 1785||out of disputed Yazoo lands in present-day Mississippi|
|Old Campbell County (Extinct)||20 Dec 1828||Carroll County, Coweta County, Dekalb County, and Fayette County|
|Old Cass County (Extinct)||03 Dec 1832||Renamed Bartow County in 1861|
|Old Frederica County (Extinct)||15 Apr 1741|
|Old Kinchafoonee County (Extinct)||Renamed Webster County|
|Old Milton County (Extinct)||18 Dec 1857||Cherokee County, Cobb County, and Forsyth County||merged into Fulton County|
|Old Randolph County (Extinct)||10 Dec 1807||renamed Jasper County in 1812|
|Old Savannah (Extinct)||15 Apr 1741|
|Old St. Andrew Parish (Extinct)||15 Mar 1758|
|Old St. David Parish (Extinct)||25 Mar 1765|
|Old St. George Parish (Extinct)||15 Mar 1758|
|Old St. James Parish (Extinct)||15 Mar 1758|
|Old St. John Parish (Extinct)||15 Mar 1758|
|Old St. Mary Parish (Extinct)||25 Mar 1765|
|Old St. Mathew Parish (Extinct)||17 Mar 1758|
|Old St. Patrick Parish (Extinct)||25 Mar 1765|
|Old St. Paul Parish (Extinct)||17 Mar 1758|
|Old St. Philip Parish (Extinct)||17 Mar 1758|
|Old St. Thomas Parish (Extinct)||25 Mar 1765|
|Old Walton County (Extinct)||22 Jan 2020||Orphan Strip||named after George Walton, a senator and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence|
List of Old Former / Extinct Georgia Counties
Georgia contains some counties that no longer exist because they were discontinued, renamed or merged with another county. These are important for genealogy research purposes.
The below Georgia counties no longer exist:
Campbell County, Georgia
Created on December 20, 1828 from Carroll, Coweta, Dekalb, and Fayette Counties. Campbell county was named for Duncan G. Campbell, one of the U.S. commissioners responsible for the Treaty of Indian Springs.
The original county seat was Campbellton and Fairburn became the county seat in 1870. It merged into Fulton County on January 1, 1932.
Cass County, Georgia
Frederica County, Georgia Colony
Created on April 15, 1741 by the Georgia Trustees by dividing the Georgia Colony. Frederica county was never organized and was dissolved in 1742.
Milton County, Georgia
Old Randolph County, Georgia
Created on December 10, 1807 from Baldwin County. Randolph County was named for Virginia congressman John Randolph (1773-1833).
Savannah County, Georgia Colony
Created on April 15, 1741 by the Georgia Trustees by dividing the Georgia Colony. Savannah County was dissolved in 1742.
St. George, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, St. Phillip, Christ Church, St. David, St. Matthews, St. Andrew, St. James, St. Johns, and St. Paul parishes were all dissolved in 1777, and all of other counties were established later.
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