LEAVES FROM THE TREE: Our Pioneer Ancestors in Early Madison County, Georgia


Descendants of Rev. Timothy CARRINGTON


1237When the Cherokee Indians ceded the land in the lower Piedmont region of upper Georgia including what is now eastern Madison County in the summer of 1773, a great migration of people moved into the state. Numerous farms were sold to settlers before the American Revolution began. About the time the Revolution broke out, it was estimated that the population of Georgia was 50,000, almost half of them slaves. During the Revolution, the overall population of Georgia decreased, and some historians attributed that to the savagery and destructiveness of the Revolutionary conflict. After the lower Piedmont area was organized as Wilkes County in 1777, there were no more buyers for the remaining land parcels.

Soon after the war headright grants of land were offered free except for office and surveying costs, and new settlers began trickling in. In 1784 the Cherokees ceded more land from which Franklin County was created. More and more settlers arrived in the area—some were people of Scotch-Irish descent from Pennsylvania, many were of English descent from Virginia or Maryland, and others were from all over the original thirteen colonies. Primarily, those who made their way to Georgia were the American-born sons and daughters of the original colonial settlers from England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and other European countries. Some of them migrated directly to Georgia, while others moved first to the frontier areas in North Carolina or South Carolina then drifted on down to take advantage of the various types of land grants available on the newest frontier in the lower Piedmont area of Georgia.

Nearly all the men who were the first settlers in the Madison County area had served with the colonial forces during the Revolutionary War. Some were officers, such as General Allen Daniel for whom the town of Danielsville was named; many more were ordinary foot soldiers. All served the cause of American independence.

Of the various families that comprise our ancestral tree, the first to appear in the original land records for the Madison County area was Rev. Timothy Carrington. Exactly when Rev. Timothy moved his family to Georgia is unknown, but he was granted 300 acres of land in old Wilkes County in 1786 (Grant Book III, p 589).

Come with us as we trace this "Leaf from Our Tree."



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1237  Rev. Timothy Carrington in Georgia next

1237  Rev. Timothy Carrington's Ministry next

1237  Descendants of Rev. Timothy Carrington (generation one) next

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1237  Surname List next


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