Fayette County was created as a result of the Land Lottery Draw of 1821 and is an original county. The land itself was ceded from the Creek Indian Nation. Since, the following counties have been taken from parts of Fayette, viz: Campbell (now Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton and Spalding. It was named for Revolutionary War hero, Marquis de LaFayette, who fought with General George Washington. Fayetteville was named as the county seat in 1823 and the present-day courthouse in the town square was built in 1825. It remains the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia. During The War Between The States, while the cavalry paroled the county, a Confederate wagon supply train was burned just two miles west of Fayetteville. It was on this elusive site that one of the last cavalry skirmishes occurred and during that battle the Confederate gold disappeared. Rumors include the gold being buried nearby, the train being driven to Nashville. While Underground Atlanta was being constructed, a supply of gold was found buried inside brick buildings. This may have been the gold! In the 1930's, the Author of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell spent time in Fayette County in the home of her great Grandfather, Phillip Fitzgerald who came to Fayette County in the 1830's and established his plantation of several thousand acres on Tara Road near Jonesboro. The family is buried in the Fayetteville City Cemetery. When researching Fayette Counties, one should also research Clayton and Spalding Counties as many families are entwined.
Probate Records available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Fayette County Wills 1828-1897 (abstracts)
Fayette Bonds 1830-1850 (abstracts)
Fayette Mixed Records 1837-1845 (abstracts)
Fayette Mixed Records 1851-1856 (abstracts)
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