Echols County was created from Clinch and Lowndes Counties on Dec. 13, 1858 by an act of the General Assembly. Georgia's 132nd county was named for Brig. Gen. Robert Echols (1798-1847), a Georgian who died during the Mexican War. Prior to the war, Echols had represented Walton County in the Georgia House of Representatives (1824-1829) and in the Georgia Senate (1830-1844), including six years as president of that body (1835-37, 1839, and 1841-42).
Earliest Settlers: Charles Bryan, L. H. Bohannon, Martin Carter, William Lott Copeland, W. H. Herrin, Sr., L. M. Henderson, E. W. Kinsey, C. C. Lightsey, Leslie Charles Messer, J. L. Newbern, J. P. Padgett, Thomas Pierce, H. B. B. Sharpe, Charles E. Stewart, Mathew Watson, G. H. Westberry, Wesley Zeigler.
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Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Index to Echols County Wills (1875-1952).
- Index to Echols County Minutes (1880-1906)
- Index to Echols County Annual Returns and Vouchers 1898-1938
- Index to Echols County Marriages 1898-1928
Newbern, J. N.
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