Madison County Index Carrington, Porterfield, Bullock, Carithers, Daniel, Gholston, Hawkins, Hodge, Johnson, Jones, Saye, Simmons, Strickland, Thompson and related families



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 related families.

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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Come with us as we trace the "Leaves from Our Tree."

Table of Contents

 History of Early Madison County, Georgia Go to History of Madison County

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 Go to the family of Nathaniel Bullock & Mary Hawkins

 Family of Rev. Timothy Carrington & Winnifred King Go to Family of Timothy Carrington

 Family of Wilson Langford & Harriett Carrington Go to Family of Wilson Langford

 The Daniel Families of Elbert and Madison Counties Go to Daniel Family Index Page

Was Allen Daniel, Sr., of Madison County, a Patriot of the Revolution? Or did he ever exist?

 Family of William Daniel & Ann "Nancy" --?-- Go to William DANIEL & Family

 Family of Major General Allen Daniel & Mary "Polly" Jones Go to Allen DANIEL & Family

 Major General Allen Daniel: War of 1812 and Fort Daniel Go to Special Report

button The Great "Osborn(e)" ControversyGo to Special Report
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....

button John Daniel Captain of the Guard class="shadowcss"

button Family of Capt. John Daniel & Elizabeth Jenkins

 Family of Isaac David & Mildred White Go to Family of Isaac David

 Family of Dabney Gholston & 1) Elizabeth Pulliam, 2) Frances Mary Bullock Go to Family of Dabney Gholston

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 Go to family of William Hodge & Anne Lay Saye

 Descendants of David Porterfield, Sr., & Sarah Nunn Go to Family of David Porterfield, Sr.

 Who Was David Porterfield, Sr.? Go to Special Report

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 story....

 Kilmacolm and the Porterfields Go to Special Report

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 Go to Special Report

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 Go to Family of Col. Richard Saye, Sr.

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 Go to Family of Jacob Strickland

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 Go to Family of Alexander Thompson, Sr.

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