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Echols County Wills and Estates

Alapha River Echols County was created from Clinch and Lowndes Counties on Dec. 13, 1858 by an act of the General Assembly. Georgia's 132nd county was named for Brig. Gen. Robert Echols (1798-1847), a Georgian who died during the Mexican War. Prior to the war, Echols had represented Walton County in the Georgia House of Representatives (1824-1829) and in the Georgia Senate (1830-1844), including six years as president of that body (1835-37, 1839, and 1841-42).

Earliest Settlers: Charles Bryan, L. H. Bohannon, Martin Carter, William Lott Copeland, W. H. Herrin, Sr., L. M. Henderson, E. W. Kinsey, C. C. Lightsey, Leslie Charles Messer, J. L. Newbern, J. P. Padgett, Thomas Pierce, H. B. B. Sharpe, Charles E. Stewart, Mathew Watson, G. H. Westberry, Wesley Zeigler.

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Echols County Wills (1875-1920), Digital Images:

Allred, Lottie
Bohanon, Benjamin
Carter, Elizabeth
Edwards, Rebecca
Lightsey, Samuel
Newbern, J. N.
Pierce, Thomas
Smith, Simeon
Swilley, William
Wester, Henry

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Skirmish at Cow Creek
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
During August of 1836, Creek Indians along Warrior Creek, Little River, Alapaha River and Cow Creek were fleeing into the Okefenokee Swamp. Their purpose was to join up with the Seminole Indians in Florida. On the 27th of August, the militia companies commanded by Colonel Henry Blair, Captain Lindsay and Captain Levi J. Knight, caught up with a band of Creeks at Cow Creek. At that time the creek was known as "Troublesome Ford" near Statenville. The skirmish lasted about ten or fifteen minutes, with the enemy being completely routed.

Cow Creek


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