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Lincoln County GenWeb Page

State Coordinator - Linda Blum-Barton
County Coordinator -
Paula Perkins
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 Welcome to the Lincoln County, GaGenWeb site.


This site is dedicated to the pioneer families who settled in beautiful Lincoln County and called it home. The purpose of The GaGenWeb site  is to assist genealogy researchers in finding information about their Lincoln County ancestors. The GAGenWeb's parent project, the USGenWeb Project, consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

My thanks to the previous County Coordinators for their outstanding work, and permission to retain what they achieved. I will continue to build on their work. If you have information, documents, photos or anything of interest to Lincoln County folks, and are willing to share, please contact me.  We are always in need of help.  Copyrighted materiel is not used except with the permission of the copyright owner.

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Lincoln County is located in the Northeast area of Georgia and borders the Savannah River and Clark's Hill Lake. Our neighboring counties are Elbert, McDuffie , the GaGenWeb Wikes County site, Wilkes (Keith Giddeon's site) and Wilkes (Tom Hammack's site), and Columbia, GA, and McCormick County, SC. As McCormick Co., SC was not formed until 1912, Abbeville and Edgefield Counties of SC may also be of interest.  Lincoln County was carved out of Wilkes County in 1796 and named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln, Revolutionary War hero who commanded the Battle of Savannah.


Courtesy of Reed Gerard

  Courtesy of University of Georgia Special Collections

 Major General Benjamin Lincoln
24 January 1733 - 9 May 1810

 Burial: Old Ship Church Cemetery Hingham, Plymouth County Massachusetts, USA

Major General Benjamin Lincoln was a Revolutionary War Continental Army Major General who served with distinction in the Northern battles of Bennington and Saratoga. He was made commander of the Charleston, South Carolina defenses in 1788.  He allowed the British to box him in the city, which he surrendered after the siege (1780). Exchanged, he joined Washington's army in time to participate in Cornwallis' defeat at Yorktown. As Washington's second in command, he accepted the British surrender from Cornwallis' second in Command, Brig. Gen. Charles O'Hara (Cornwallis was ill and did not personally surrender). He served as Secretary of War of the Continental Congress from 1781-1783. A myth arose that Washington spurned O'Hara's surrender sword, and directed it to General Lincoln because Cornwallis forced Lincoln to surrender Charleston. The truth is the military protocol of the time directed officers of equal rank to deal with one another. Since Washington was higher in rank to O'Hara, protocol dictated the General Lincoln accept the surrender.

Biography by Russ Dodge of

In the days before white man came, the area was inhabited by the Cherokee and  Creek Indians. Pioneers, having heard about the beauty and the excellent resources, began to move into the territory as early as 1750. The tribes ceded the land to the United States in 1773 when Wilkes County was formed. There were conflicts between settlers and Indians until 1774 when a peace treaty was signed.


Lincoln County Courthouse circa 1915
Lincoln County Courthouse 1915

Lincoln County Courthouse, 2005
Courtesy of Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln County Courthouse, 2001

Lincoln County Courthouse, 2005

The Lincoln County Courthouse
210 Humphrey Street
Post Office Box 340
Lincolnton, Ga 30817
History of the Courthouse

Lincoln County Government Web Site

We are so lucky that the records in the Lincoln County Courthouse are intact. 
The original records date to1796 when the county was formed from Wilkes County.
For information about settlers prior to 1796, visit the
Wilkes County, GaGenWeb.
Another great resource is the Lincoln County Historical Society, Inc., Rt. 4, Box 222,
Lincolnton, GA 30817, Marion M. Glover

Lincoln County GaGenWeb Archives Includes Census for 1810 (Tax List in lieu of census) through 1880.
Census, Wills, Cemetery listings, Photos and much more. You can find your historical data and search the Lincoln County archives that generous people have shared.  Also, you can search many other databases. If you have anything of interest to Lincoln County, we need your information.

Lincoln County Census Index  The census' are also here on the county site in a different format that may be easier to read. The 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 are currently online. Census for 1870 and 1880 are in progress.

Pictures of the Midway Methodist Church 100th Anniversary celebration.
If you have pictures and want to share, contact me.

Lincoln County Links

Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce
Lincoln County Library

Lincoln Journal  The Lincoln County Journal is now online.

Lincoln County Marriages 1809-1829 Donated by Tamara L. Hinton
Indexed by Bride

Indexed by Groom
Lincoln County Church Index
If you would like your church listed here, please send me a picture and history of the church. We now have the minutes posted for Goshen Baptist Church from 1802-1869 and later. Also, through the gracious generosity of Brenda Perkins, we have a copy of the deed of gift for the land on which Goshen Meeting House was built. The land was presented July 16, 1816 by Samuel and Nancy Davis.
Lincoln County Cemeteries Donated by Janice Turner
A comprehensive listing of all of the known cemeteries in Lincoln County. If you know a cemetery not listed, please contact me.
 Symbols on Gravestones and Their Meanings & Interpretations
Index to Lincoln County Wills 1796-1805
Lincoln County Lookups A list of volunteers who will look up information in the resources they have.  If you have information and will perform lookups, please volunteer by email.
Lincoln County Surname Researchers
Lincoln County researchers names and email are listed here. This page is currently under construction and more names will be added when received. If you want your name and email listed, please send me an email. List your email address and the names you are interested in researching as well as the time frame they lived in Lincoln County and the URL to your website if you have one with Lincoln County connections.
Lincoln County Photo Album  If you have early photographs of Lincoln County places and people, please share. We want pictures of old homes, buildings and family.
Lincoln County Family Web Pages
This is a site for links to web pages of people with Lincoln County family connections.

Lincoln County View Family Group Sheets View the Lincoln County Family Group Sheets.

Lincoln County Recipes Share your favorite recipes. Try the Peach Cobbler, it is my favorite.
Lincoln Co. Links This is a comprehensive list of links of interest to researchers.
Offline Information  Books and periodicals with interest to Lincoln County researchers.
Vanishing Georgia  A collection of pictures of a vanishing way of life in Georgia.
Georgia Virtual Vault  Digital treasures from the Georgia Archives.
Georgia Archives

Lincoln County Maps

Lincoln County Maps 1777 to 1796 and a 1914 map showing the towns.
Lincoln County Militia Districts 1807-1830 & Militia Captains 1785-1830.
Used with the permission of Frank Parker Hudson.
Georgia Atlas of Georgia Counties  This site has the best Lincoln County historical maps I have found.

If you have information and resources, please share.

Lincoln County Largest Slaveholders from1860 Slave Census Schdules and Surname Matches for African-Americans on the1870 Census.
How to Research Georgia 's Slave Population in Legal Records
U. S. African-American Griots
This site is dedicated to assisting all of those in pursuit of their African American ancestry by being a central depository for African American records of historical proportion.
Among the Creeks
A web site for researchers interested in the Creek tribes.
American Indian Genealogy  Both researchers of Indian genealogy and Indian history should start their research on the Native American tribal pages. Many of these tribal pages also contain the culture, clan, chiefs, and townships of each Native American tribes.
Creek Indian Researcher   A collection of records and links for those researching their Creek and Muskogee Indian ancestors.
Black Marriages of Lincoln County, GA, 1866-1939," by Judith Crow Wells. For a lookup, contact Virginia Shaw

 Please come back often as new information is added as it becomes available.

Last Updated Sunday, 29-Oct-2017 22:50:12 MDT 

2003-Present Elizabeth M. Nash and Paula Perkins 2017 to present

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