Whitfield County


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Whitfield County was created from Murray County on Dec. 30, 1851 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1851-52, p. 56). According to that act, Whitfield County's boundaries were specified as:

"Beginning at the south-west corner of the county of Murray; running from thence east with the line between Murray and Gordon counties, until it strikes the mouth of the Conasauga river; thence up and with the meanders of said river, to the mouth of Sugar Creek; thence with the meanders of said creek to the Tennessee line; thence west with said line to the line of Walker and Murray county; thence south with the line of Murray and Walker to the [place of] beginning."

Georgia's 98th county was named for the famous Anglican evangelist George Whitefield (1714-177), who is perhaps best remembered in Georgia for establishing the Bethesda Orphanage near Savannah in 1740. Apparently to insure the correct pronunciation of Whitefield's name (which is "Whit-field" not "White-field"), the legislature dropped the "e" from Whitefield in the legislation creating Whitfield County.

In 1853, part of Whitfield County was used to create Catoosa County.

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