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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Battle of Comfort Creek in Louisville, GA #genealogy #georgiapioneers

Georgia Pioneers

Jefferson County Wills and Estates

Louisville, Georgia The territory was acquire from the Creek Land cessions of 1733 and 1788. Jefferson County was created in 1796 and named after Thomas Jefferson. Louisville was the former State Capitol of Georgia. Burke County is linked to Jefferson County research; however, Burke County records were destroyed. Earliest settlers were: Thomas Alexander, William Askew, Joseph Beatty, John Cahoon, Elisha Campbell, Elijah Grout, John Hargrove, Blassingame Harvey, William Junkin, Isaac Lamb and Edward Palmer.

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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Book A.
  • Wills (1796-1887).
  • Will Book 3 (1864-1884).
  • Annual Returns (1815-1827).
Wills and Deeds
  • 1777-1893 (abstracts).
  • Deeds 1797-1799 (abstracts).
Images of Wills 1796 to 1827

Testators: Alexander, Thomas; Cooper, Robert; McNeeley, Samuel; Osborne, John; Palmer, Edward; Townshend, Jacob

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Alexander, Thomas
  • Causey, Elizabeth LWT (1832)
  • Livingston, Joseph M., LWT (1872)
  • Livingston, Joseph, receipt
  • Livingston, William, deceased, estate of (1843)
  • Whitehead, Reason
  • Wimberly, Martha A., minor
  • Wright, Nancy, deceased, estate of
  • Marriages from Jefferson County newspapers 1885-1886.
  • Jefferson County Marriage Contracts found in Deeds and Other Documents.
  • Jefferson County Grand Jurors of 1797
  • Jefferson County Petit Jurors of 1799
  • 1879 Tax Plat of Central Railroad and Bank Company
  • 1869 Tax Digest (partial)

The Battle of Rocky Comfort Creek
By Jeannette Holland Austin

On March 22, 1779, Colonel LeRoy Hammond and some 500 militia ran into 50 Creek Indians near Louisville, Georgia at a place called Rocky Comfort Creek. The militia attacked the Creeks and drove them away. Hammond returned to camp with the scalps of the Indian dead. Levi Mote was one of the soldiers who participated in this skirmish. Mote had recently been sent from South Carolina with Colonel Ross to reinforce Colonel Benjamin Few and Colonel John Wiggs at Augusta. Colonel Few ordered Major Ross to intercept Colonel Tate (a Tory) who was reported to be out with a large body of Indians. Major Ross accordingly marched from Augusta out into the forest on the 2nd or 3rd day.

Rocky Comfort Creek

During the afternoon the company encountered Colonel Tate and his company of Tories on Beach Creek on the east side of the river with about 500 Indians. According to Mote, a fight occurred which lasted 2 or 3 hours in which Major Ross was mortally wounded; that after a strong stand on the part of the enemy they retreated. The patriots charged upon them for about six miles until they crossed the Ogeechee River. "Had about 30 men killed and wounded. We carried Major Ross back to Augusta where he died of his wounds about 5 days after the battle. That we remained at Augusta and scouting after Indians and Tories till our six months tour was up and we returned home to York District (SC)."

Jefferson County Map

Louisville, Georgia
Louisville Slave Market ca 1758

Louisville, Georgia
Louisville, Georgia

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