LEAVES FROM OUR TREE:
Pioneer Settlers in Early
Madison County, Georgia
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The following pages tell some of the stories of several of the earliest families
to settle in the area known today as Madison County, Georgia, including
the Carrington, Porterfield, Bullock, Carithers, Daniel, David,
Gholston, Hawkins, Hodge, Saye, Simmons, Strickland, Thompson and
Each 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, p 196-197.)
Over the years and through the generations, members of these families married
one another frequently. Quite often two or three Carrington siblings
married two or three Porterfield siblings or Carithers siblings.
This writer's own Carrington grandparents were second cousins to
each other through the Porterfield line and third cousins through
the Gholston line. Since 1786 this one group of families produced
hundreds, perhaps thousands, of descendants.
We 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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per year, and certain pages are updated more often. Check the date
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updated. The Webmaster has also posted GEDCOM files for the descendants
of these families on the RootsWeb World Connect Project. The Webmaster
updates those GEDCOM files each time new data is added to the research
group's central database, so the files on the World Connect Project
will always reflect the most current and correct family data.
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since this category includes public records, photos of tombstones,
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grandparents. However, for generations beyond the grandparents,
the visitor should treat the data as coming from a secondary source
and verify it.
Come with us as we trace the "Leaves from Our Tree."
Table of Contents
History of Early Madison County, Georgia
Wilkes County created in 1777. Franklin County partitioned off in 1784. Elbert County partitioned off in 1790. Oglethorpe County partitioned
off in 1793, and Jackson County laid off in 1796. In 1811 Madison
county created primarily from Franklin and Elbert Counties along
with small portions taken from Jackson, Clarke and Oglethorpe Counties.
Family of Nathaniel Bullock & Mary Hawkins
Family of Rev. Timothy Carrington & Winnifred King
Family of Wilson Langford & Harriett Carrington
The Daniel Families of Elbert and Madison Counties
Was Allen Daniel, Sr., of Madison County, a Patriot of the Revolution? Or did he ever exist?
Family of William Daniel & Ann "Nancy" --?--
Family of Major General Allen Daniel & Mary "Polly" Jones
Major General Allen Daniel: War of 1812 and Fort Daniel
The Great "Osborn(e)" Controversy
Were Allen Daniel, Sr., of Madison County, Capt. John Daniel of Elbert County, and an elusive David Daniel really brothers? Did the three
men really arrive in Georgia in 1785? Was Capt. John Daniel's middle
name really "Osborn(e)?" Researched and contributed by Diane
Carrington Bradford and G. Payne Daniel, two documented Daniel descendants.
Read the full story....
John Daniel — Captain of the Guard
Family of Capt. John Daniel & Elizabeth Jenkins
of Isaac David & Mildred White
Family of Dabney Gholston & 1) Elizabeth Pulliam, 2) Frances Mary Bullock
Official marriage records show that the Gholston and Bullock families arrived in Wilkes County, Georgia, in the early 1790s. Dabney Gholston married Mary "Polly" Bullock in Wilkes County on December 24, 1793.
Family of William Hodge & Anne Lay Saye
Descendants of David Porterfield, Sr., & Sarah Nunn
Who Was David Porterfield, Sr.?
Answers to all the burning questions about the progenitor of the Porterfields in Georgia. Researched and contributed by Diane Carrington Bradford,
a 4th great granddaughter of David Porterfield, Sr. Read the full
Kilmacolm and the Porterfields
The history of the Porterfields in Scotland, researched and contributed by Thomas James "Tommy" Hooks, a 4th great grandson of David Porterfield,
Sr.. Read the full story....
The Story of Duchal House: Ancestral Seat of the Porterfields in Scotland
More about the Porterfields in Scotland, researched and contributed by Thomas James "Tommy" Hooks, a 4th great grandson of David Porterfield, Sr.. Read the full story....
Family of Col. Richard Saye, Sr., & Mary Hodge
Killed in the Battle of Savannah in 1779. His widow and several of their children settled in the Madison County area about 1789.
Family of Jacob Strickland & Lucretia Pitts
Jacob's son Solomon Strickland and his family fought Indians in the Battle of Boggs Hill in Athens, Georgia in 1788.
Family of Alexander Thompson, Sr., & Elizabeth Hodge
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