LEAVES FROM OUR TREE:
Pioneer Settlers in Early Washington County, Georgia
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following pages tell some of the stories of several of the
earliest families to settle in the area known today as Washington
County, Georgia, including the Bullard, Brantley, Daniel,
Gilbert, Henry, Irwin, Lee, Lewis, Mason, Rountree, Smith,
Vickers, Wood and related families. These families "traveled
by horseback, ox cart and wagon train. Most were poor and
came from North Carolina seeking a better life. When the travelers
reached their destination, most of them lived in their wagons
or make-do shelters until land could be cleared and homes
built." (Logue, Amanda B., Compiler, Webmaster. Washington
County, Georgia GenWeb Pages. [Online: hosted by RootsWeb.
family played a part in taming and civilizing a wilderness
only recently ceded by the Indians. These sturdy pioneers
set up their new homes in an area where "conditions were
primitive and justice was rude but swift. For ten years after
the end of the Revolution, most counties had neither courthouses
nor jails. Trials were held in some private residence or under
a tree." (Coulter, E. Merton. Georgia: a Short History.
Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1947,.
the years and through the generations, members of these families
migrated together in family groups from place to place, and
married one another frequently. Quite often two or three siblings
from one family married two or three siblings from another
family. Most people married someone who lived within a five-mile
radius of their homes.
compiled the lineages of these descendants to the best of
our ability and present them here. Many hours of work by many
contributing family members have been put into the research
and documentation of these family members. We all have attempted
to make the following data as complete and accurate as possible,
but we know that gaps and errors do exist. As with any genealogical
research, this is a work in progress. Additions and corrections
are welcomed. To protect privacy, we have omitted personal
data on persons still living.
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with us as we trace the "Leaves from Our Tree."
of Early Washington County, Georgia
February 1784, an act of Georgia Legislature formed and defined
Washington County from Indian Lands ceded in 1783. Washington
was the ninth county formed in Georgia and is said to be the
first in the nation to be named after George Washington. .
Greene County portioned off in 1786. Hancock County partitioned
off in 1793. Baldwin County partitioned off in 1807, and Laurens
County laid off in 1811. In 1812 more land was added to Baldwin
County, and again in 1826.
Daniel and Related Families
- Family of Joseph Daniel and Temperance Ann Lee
- Family of Drury Gilbert and Mary Jane Daniel
- Family of Moses Mosely Daniel and Sarah Frances Craft
- Family of Judge Sampson Daniel and Mary Smith
- Family of Silas L. Daniel and Rebeccah Mary Irwin
- Family of Jasper Newton Daniel and 1st Elizabeth M. Flake; and 2nd Edith Elizabeth Manly
- The Dudley Family of Washington County, Georgia
- Family of Hugh Irwin and Martha Alexander
- Family of John Lawson Irwin and Rebecca Sessions
- Family of Alexander Irwin and Margaret Moore Lawson
- Family of William Alexander Irwin and Sarah Elizabeth
of Sampson Lee and Geain (Jane) Lee
- The Rutherford Family of Washington County, Georgia
- Family of Jared Wood and Elizabeth Nance Rutherford
- Family Of Needham Smith and Tabitha Tillman
Mason and Related Families
- Family of George Mason and Sarah --?--
- Family of James Mason and Nancy Jane Hicks
- Family of Henry Mason and Elizabeth Culpepper
- Family of Elizabeth "Betsy" Mason and Judge
- Family of John F. Mason and Nancy Ann Daniel
of Dr. George Lee Mason and Mayme Vandella "Mary"
Family of George Lorine "Lori" Mason
and Georgia Chivers
- Family of James Gordon Mason and Amy Estell Rountree
- Family of Clifford Seals Mason and Lillian Adell
- Family of Thomas Forrest Lewis and Annie Belle
- Family of George Elbert Sherouse & Mamie
- Family of Julian Darius Mason and Myrtle Houghton
- Family of James Kinion Beckworth and Dora Pauline
- Family of Sara Lou "Sallie" Mason and
E. P. Weathersbee
of John Irwin J. Bridges (2nd husband) and Mayme Vandella
- Family of William Watson Bridges and Jessie Ruth
- Family of Thomas Eugene Bridges, Sr., and Dorothy
Smith and Related Families
of Colby Smith, RS, and Anna Henry
appeared in Washington County land records in 1786.
- Family of Rev. Isaac Smith and Arsenia Brantley
- Family of Rev. Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith and Dora
- Family of Dr. George Leon Smith and Maggie A.
- Family of Dora Lavinia Smith and Dr. Thomas Eldridge
- Family of Anna Elizabeth Smith and James Duncan
- Family of Mattie Mae "Doll" Smith and
William Sanders Lawson
- Family of William Fuller "Bud" Smith
and Maude C. Mosley
- Family of Frances Katherine "Dumpsie"
Albert Lafayette Henry, Sr.
Family of Mr. (unknown) Henry and Marietta "Mary"
of Jackson County, Georgia
Family of Judge George S. Rountree and Lavinia Neal
- Ezekiel Daniel, Sr., in Triplicate
the truth about the three separate and distinct men who
lived overlapping life spans, but whom many family researchers
unsuccessfully attempted to combine into one person. Only
one of the men named Ezekiel Daniel, Sr., lived in Washington
Scheraus, a "Salzburger Immigrant" in Effingham
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