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This Day in Georgia History

December 15, 1818

Seven Counties Created

Gov. William Rabun signed legislation creating Early, Irwin, Appling, Walton, Gwinnett, Hall, and Habersham counties respectively as Georgia’s 40-46th counties. Early County, Georgia’s 40th, was created from Creek lands ceded by the Treaty of Fort Jackson (1814) and named for former Georgia governor and congressman Peter Early. Irwin County, Georgia’s 41st, was created from Creek lands ceded by the Treaty of Fort Jackson (1814) and the Treaty of Creek Agency (1818), and named for former Georgia governor Jared Irwin. Appling County, Georgia’s 42nd, was created from the same Creek lands as Irwin County and named for Col. Daniel Appling, a Georgia hero of the War of 1812. Walton County, Georgia’s 43rd, was created from Creek lands ceded by the Treaty of Creek Agency (1818) and named for Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence and former governor George Walton. Gwinnett County, Georgia’s 44th, was created from Cherokee lands ceded by the Treaty of Cherokee Agency (1817) and Creek lands ceded by the Treaty of Creek Agency (1818), and was named for Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence and president of the Council of Safety Button Gwinnett. Hall County, Georgia’s 45th, was created from Cherokee lands ceded by the Treaty of Cherokee Agency (1817) and Treaty of Washington (1819), and was named for Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence and former Georgia governor Dr. Lyman Hall. Habersham County, Georgia’s 46th, was created from the same Cherokee lands as Hall County and named for Maj. Joseph Habersham - a Revolutionary War hero, Georgia congressman, and U.S. postmaster general under presidents Washington and Adams.