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This Day in Georgia History

December 10, 1807

Six Counties Created

Gov. Jared Irwin signed legislation creating Morgan, Randolph [subsequently renamed Jasper], Jones, Putnam, Laurens and Telfair counties. The first four counties were created from portions of Baldwin County, while Laurens and Telfair were created from portions of Wilkinson County. Morgan County, Georgia’s 30th, was created from portions of Baldwin County and named for American Revolutionary War general Daniel Morgan. Randolph County, Georgia’s 31st, was created from portions of Baldwin County and named for Virginia congressman John Randolph, whose political views were popular in Georgia. Jones County, Georgia’s 32nd, was created from portions of Baldwin County and named for Georgia congressman James Jones. Putnam County, Georgia’s 33rd, was created from portions of Baldwin County and named in honor of American Revolutionary War general Israel Putnam. Laurens County, Georgia’s 34th, was created from portions of Wilkinson County and named for South Carolina Revolutionary War hero Col. John Laurens. Telfair County, Georgia’s 35th, was created from portions of Wilkinson County and named for former Gov. Edward Telfair.