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Railroad Dollars: The Macon and Brunswick Railroad

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Railroad Dollar During the 1860s the railroad printed its own dollar as a means of the payment of wages. Male railroad workers were paid between $1 and $5 per day. Immigrants were paid the lowest amount. During 1922 it was reported that the railroads did a large volume of business on a narrow traffic margin. Eastman DepotA railroad station stop of the Macon and Brunswick Railroad was constructed in 1869. The president of the railroad was William Pitt Eastman, an industrialist. When Eastman visited the new stop, he purchased land on both sides of the line and laid out a town. William Dodge, president of the Georgia Land and Lumber Company, funded the building of a courthouse in exchange for the county being named after him.


Map of Dodge County, Georgia


Dodge County Wills, Estates, Marriages


Dodge County Court House

Dodge County was created in 1870 from parts of Montgomery, Pulaski, and Telfair counties. It was named for William E. Dodge, a New York businessman who owned large tracts of forest land in Georgia. Dodge helped persuade Congress to remove taxation from timber and made a gift to the county by building its first court house in 1908.

Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Marriages from Newspapers 1885 to 1886
Wills
  • Dodge County Wills 1878-1901 (abstracts).
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk A (1871 to 1888)
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk B (1888 to 1894)
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers, Bk C (1893 to 1901)
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