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DeKalb County Historical Markers

DeKalb County


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: DeKalb County
  • Location: Old DeKalb County Courthouse, Decatur

DeKALB COUNTY

DeKalb County, created by Act of General

Assembly Dec. 9, 1822 and including Fulton

County until 1853, was named for Baron Johann

DeKalb, a native German who fought gallantly

for American freedom. Wounded and captured

at the Battle of Camden, S.C., August 9, 1780,

he died a British prisoner. Most of the

early settlers of DeKalb County came from

Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina.

First County Officers, commissioned March 18,

1822 in Fayette County, were: John S. Welch,

Sheriff; Thomas A. Dobbs, Clerk Superior Court;

Jonathan Dobbs, Clerk Inferior Court; John

Calhoun, Coroner; James Adams, Surveyor

044-29.5 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1955