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Franklin County, Georgia was established on February 25, 1784, as the ninth county of the State of Georgia, by an act of the Georgia General Assembly and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. It was created from Cherokee & Creek Lands ceded in the Treaties of Augusta in 1783. Franklin County holds a special place in Georgia history due to its being established at the close of the Revolutionary War with Great Britain. (reference "History of Franklin County" 1986)Map showing location of Franklin CountyMap showing original Franklin County

Its county seat is Carnesville. Carnesville was named for Judge Thomas Peter Carnes, a lawyer and Congressman from the era of the Revolutionary War. Marriage records date to 1806; land records to 1786; probate records to 1786; and court records to 1798. Franklin County once included portions of present-day Stephens, Banks, Jackson, Gwinnett, Barrow, Oconee, Clarke, Habersham, Hall, Madison, and Hart Counties. Its original territory also included three counties in South Carolina. Its historic neighbors include Wilkes, Greene, Jackson, Elbert, Oglethorpe, Habersham, and Hall Counties.

Cromer's Mill Bridge (Georgia Dept. of Transportation)
Cromer's Mill Covered Bridge (Georgia Historical Society)
Franklin County (New Georgia Encyclopedia)
Franklin County Historical Population Profile (Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia)
Georgia History (Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia)
Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project History for Franklin County
Historical Articles at Franklin County, Georgia Obituaries and Death Notices, 1878-1910
National Register of Historic Places for Franklin County
William Bartram's Travels through Georgia
Red Hill School (Georgia Historical Society)

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