Formation of Madison County

Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia
pertaining to Madison County's boundaries

 

05 Dec 1811 Madison County created from Oglethorpe, Clarke, Jackson, Franklin & Elbert Counties
20 Nov 1813 Part of Clarke County added to Madison County
06 Dec 1813 Danielsville created as county seat
17 Dec 1823 Part of Franklin County added to Madison County
19 Dec 1829 Part of Clarke County added to Madison County
26 Dec 1831 Part of Oglethorpe County added to Madison County
25 Dec 1837 Part of Madison County added to Elbert, and part of Elbert County added to Madison
04 Dec 1841 Line between Madison and Oglethorpe Counties altered
21 Feb 1850 Part of Madison County added to Clarke County, to include George A. Jarrell's residence
26 Dec 1851 Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include William Saunders' residence
20 Jan 1852 Part of Madison County added to Clarke County, to include Obadiah Thompson's residence
09 Feb 1854 Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include James M. Sailors residence
20 Dec 1860 Line between Madison and Jackson Counties altered
04 Apr 1863 Part of Madison County added to Hart County
24 Aug 1872 Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include lands of Harrison Hix
28 Feb 1877 Part of Clarke County added to Madison County, to include lands of James Johnson
 

December 5, 1811
Madison County created from Oglethorpe, Clarke, Jackson, Franklin & Elbert Counties

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA;
Passed in November & December, 1811.

1811 Vol. 1 -- Page: 114

Full Title: To lay out a new county out of the counties of Oglethorpe, Clark, Jackson, Franklin and Elbert.

1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, & it is enacted by the authority of the same, That a new county shall be laid off out of the counties of Oglethorpe, Clark, Jackson, Franklin & Elbert, that is to say; beginning on the south fork of Broad river at the mouth of Brushy creek, thence along the dividing ridge between the said Brushy creek and Beaverdam creek to the Clark county line; thence a direct line to where the Jackson county line crosses little Sandy creek, thence a direct line to the first fork of Big Sandy creek above Espy's mill; thence up the Eastern fork of the same to Knight's old store, (including the same); thence to the head of Black's creek, in such manner as to leave all the waters of Big Sandy creek in Jackson county; from thence down Black's creek to Strickland's saw mill, thence a direct line to where the Franklin county line crosses Hudson's fork of Broad river; thence down the meanders of the same to the confluence thereof, with the north fork of Broad river; thence down the meanders of the said north fork of Broad river to the confluence of the same with the south fork of the said Broad river; thence up the meanders of the same to the beginning; & all that part of the counties of Oglethorpe, Clark, Jackson, Franklin & Elbert comprehended within the lines aforesaid, shall form a new county, known by the name of Madison; and that the Justices of the Inferior court hereafter appointed for said county, or a majority of them, shall be vested with full power and authority to fix on the site for the public buildings for said county, which shall be as near the centre of said county as convenience will admit of; at which place the courts and elections shall be held as soon as suitable buildings are erected thereat; and said commissioners or a majority of them are authorised and empowered to contract with fit and proper persons for the purpose of building a Court-house and Jail in said county; which after at least thirty days notice, shall be let to the lowest bidder, provided, that until the Court-house shall be erected, the elections and courts of said county shall be held at the house of Henry Strickland.

2. And be it further enacted, That the Surveyor of Jackson county be, and he is hereby authorised and required to run and plainly mark the several artificial lines herein before designated, which shall be paid for by the county of Madison.

3. And be it further enacted, That all militia officers and Justices of the Peace who are comprehended within the county of Madison, shall hold their respective commissions in like manner as if they had been commissioned for said county.

4. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the county of Madison shall be added to, and become a part of the Western Circuit of this state, and the Superior court in said county shall be held on the first Monday in April and October, and the Inferior court of said county shall be held on the first Monday in February and August.

5. And be it further enacted, That the Justices of the Inferior court of the county of Madison, or majority of them, shall be, and they are hereby authorised and required to purchase a tract of land, not less than fifty acres, on which to fix the site of the public buildings, and lay off the same in lots, and sell and dispose of the same at public auction, to the highest bidder, on a reasonable credit; and the proceeds of said sale, after paying the first cost of said land, shall be appropriated to the payment of the public buildings and other county purposes.

6. And be it further enacted, That there shall be an election held at the house of H. Strickland on the first Monday of January next, for the purpose of electing a clerk of the Superior and Inferior courts for said county, a sheriff, coroner, county surveyor, collector and receiver of tax returns.

7. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the county of Madison shall be added to, and become a part of the first Brigade of the fourth division of Militia of the state of [Illegible Text].

8. And be it further enacted, That the Justices of the Interior court for said county shall convene at H. Strickland's as aforesaid, as soon as possible, and from the best information which they may be able to procure, select grand and petit jurors, and proceed to drawing said jurors for the ensuing courts in the manner pointed out by the law regulating the selecting & drawing grand and petit juries in this state.

9 And be it further enacted, That the suits now pending in any of the counties from which the county of Madison has been taken off, shall not be transferred to said new county, except on actions for real estate, but remain and be finally tried in the respective counties in which they may be now pending.

ROBERT IVERSON, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

MATHEW TALBOT, President of the Senate.

Executive Department, Georgia,
DAVID B. MITCHELL, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, 5th December, 1811.


November 20, 1813
Part of Clarke County added to Madison County

 

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA;
Passed in November & December, 1813.

1813 Vol. 1 -- Page: 59

Full Title: To add a part of Clarke county to the county of Madison.

1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is enacted by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passage of this act, all that part of Clarke county which would be included by a line commencing where the Madison county line intersects the Clarke county line, thence along the dividing ridge between the waters of Beaver dam & Brushy creeks, to the head of Brushy creek, including all the waters of the same, thence to where the Jackson county line crosses Little Sandy creek, shall be added to, and become a part of the county of Madison, and that the county Surveyor of Madison be, and is hereby authorized to run, and plainly mark the lines herein contemplated -- provided nevertheless, that the county of Clarke shall not be chargeable with any part of the expence thereof.

BENJAMIN WHITAKER,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WILLIAM RABUN,
President of the Senate.

PETER EARLY, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, 20th November, 1813.


December 6, 1813
Creation of Danielsville as County Seat

 

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA;
Passed in November & December, 1813.

1813 Vol. 1 -- Page: 60

Full Title: To extend the powers of the Commissioners of the court-house and Jail of the county of Madison.

WHEREAS, in and by virtue of an act of the General Assembly of this state, laying out the county of Madison, the Justices of the Inferior court of the county aforesaid, or a majority of them, were authorized amongst other things, to purchase fifty acres of land for the purpose of fixing thereon the scite of the public buildings for said county, and to lay off the same into lots, and to sell the said lots under certain restrictions, & to apply the proceeds thereof to the building the Court-house and Jail of said county, & for other county purposes, and to contract for the building the Court house and Jail for said county;

And whereas the said Justices of the Inferior court have proceeded to contract for the building the Court-house of said county, and have also made sale of a number of lots -- And whereas it is expedient that the same Commissioners, or a majority of them, should continue to act as Commissioners, so far as to carry into effect and complete the contract by them made, for the building the Court-house of said county, and to execute titles to such lots as they may have sold;

1 Be it therefore enacted by the Senate & House of Representatives of the state of Georgia in General Assembly met, & it is enacted by the authority of the same, That Edward Ware, James Sanders, William Furgus, Isaac Strickland and Charles Sorrells, or a majority of them shall be, and they are hereby authorized to act as Commissioners, so far as to empower them, or a majority of them, to execute titles to such lots as they may have heretofore sold, and to carry into effect and complete the contract by them made for building the Court-house of said county -- provided nevertheless that in case they should refuse or neglect to perform the several duties herein required of them, then & in that case, the Justices of the Inferior court of said county for the time being, or their successors in office, or a majority of them, shall have full power and authority to do and perform the same.

2. And be it further enacted, That the Justices of the Inferior court of the aforesaid county of Madison for the time being, and their successors in office, or a majority of them, shall be considered as Commissioners of the Court-house and Jail of said county, and clothed with the same powers as are given to the Justices of the Inferior court of the county of Madison, by an act of the General Assembly of this state, passed on the fifth day of December, eighteen hundred and eleven.

3 And be it further enacted, That all acts, and parts of acts, which militate against this act be, and the same are hereby repealed.

BENJAMIN WHITAKER,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

WILLIAM RABUN,
President of the Senate.

PETER EARLY, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, 6th December, 1813.


December 17, 1823
Part of Franklin County added to Madison County

 

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at Milledgeville, at an annual session; in November and December, 1823.

1823 Vol. 1 -- Page: 55

Short Title: To add a part of the county of Franklin to the county of Madison.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That all that part of the county of Franklin which lies below Black's creek and between the Madison county line and the Hudson's fork of Broad river shall be and the same is hereby added to and declared to be a part of the county of Madison.

DAVID ADAMS,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,
President of the Senate.

G. M. TROUP, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, Dec. 17, 1823.


December 19, 1829
Part of Clarke County added to Madison County

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at Milledgeville, at an annual session; in November and December, 1829.

1829 Vol. 1 -- Page: 28

Full Title: An Act to add a part of the county of Clark to the county of Madison.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passage of this act, that part of Clark county lying North East of a line beginning at a point on the Madison county line, where a line crosses said Madison county line, known by DeEstangs line and runing with said DeEstangs line, south, forty-four degrees, east, one hundred and thirty-five chains, and seventy-two links to the line of the county of Oglethorpe, thence with the line of the county of Oglethorpe to the Madison county line -- including eight hundred and twelve acres, which shall be added to, and become a part of the county of Madison.

WARREN JOURDAN,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,
President of the Senate.

GEORGE R. GILMER, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, Dec. 19, 1829.


December 26, 1831
Part of Oglethorpe County added to Madison County

 

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at Milledgeville at an annual session in November and December, 1831.

1831 Vol. 1 -- Page: 79

Full Title: An Act to add a part of Oglethorpe county to the county of Madison.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act, all that part of Oglethorpe county lying north and west of a line commencing at the [Illegible Text] of Beaverdam Creek, where the same empties into the south fork of Broad River; thence up said creek to the [Illegible Text] of Mill Shoal Creek; thence a direct line to the fork of Mill Shoal Creek; thence up the south fork of said creek to the Madison county line -- shall be added to and become a part of the county of Madison.

ASBURY HULL,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

THOMAS STOCKS,
President of the Senate.

WILSON LUMPKIN, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, Dec 26, 1831.


December 25, 1837
Part of Elbert County added to Madison and part of Madison County added to Elbert

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at Milledgeville, at an annual session; in November and December, 1837.

1837 Vol. 1 -- Page: 69

Full Title: An Act to add part of the county of Elbert to the county of Madison, and part of the county of Madison to the county of Elbert.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passage of this act, all that part of Elbert county lying West of a line to commence at, or near the dwelling house of Angus Johnson, at the corner of Franklin, Madison and Elbert counties, running thence down the road leading from Carnesville, in Franklin county, to Elberton, in Elbert county, to the Little Hollysprings, or, to the junction of the Daniel's ferry road, with the said Augusta road, thence S. 50 W. until it intersects with the present county line, be added to, and become a part of Madison county, and that all that part of Madison county, lying East of a continuation of the last mentioned line, to the ford on Millshoal Creek, at the mouth of the first large branch above Thomas McAllister's, and thence to the present corner, between Elbert and Madison counties, on the East bank of Broad river, be added to, and become a part of, the county of Elbert.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the citizens that reside in that part of the county of Elbert, and in the county of Madison, be entitled to, and enjoy all the privileges as fully and effectually, as if such change had not taken place, or if they had been citizens in the county, they may be attached to twelve months preceding the passage of this act.

Sec. 3. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Surveyor of the county of Elbert, do forthwith proceed to run and cause to be well marked, a line commencing at the intersection of the Carnesville and Daniel's ferry road, near the Little Hollysprings, running the said line agreeable to the 1st section of this act, and that he, the said Surveyor of the county aforesaid, shall be entitled to, and receive from the county funds, two dollars and fifty cents per mile, for his services for the same: Provided, the Surveyor, first present to the Treasurer of the county, a certificate of the completion of the work.

Sec. 4. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all laws and parts of laws militating against this act be, and the same are, hereby repealed.

JOSEPH DAY,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,

ROBERT M. ECHOLS,
President of the Senate.

GEORGE R. GILMER, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, 25th December, 1837.


December 4, 1841
Line between Madison and Oglethorpe Counties altered

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed in November and December, 1841.

1841 Vol. 1 -- Page: 67

Full Title: An Act to alter and change the lines between the counties of Oglethorpe and Madison...

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passage of this act, the line separating the counties of Oglethorpe and Madison shall be so altered as to run from the mouth of Mill Shoal creek up the southeast prong of Beaver Dam creek, till it strikes the road running from Beaver Dam meeting-house to Athens, thence along the Athens road aforesaid till it strikes the Clark county line, thence along said line till it strikes the line separating the counties of Clark and Madison: Provided, that the residence and possessions of John Sims and Henry Patterson shall remain and be considered as a part of the county of Oglethorpe.

WILLIAM B. WOFFORD,
Speaker of the House of Representatives.

ROBERT M. ECHOLS,
President of the Senate.

CHARLES J. McDONALD, Governor.

Approval Date: Assented to, December 4th, 1841.


February 21, 1850
Part of Madison County added to Clarke County, to include George A. Jarrell's residence

ACTS OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, 1849-50.

1849 Vol. 1 -- Page: 133

Full Title: An Act to alter and change the county line between the counties of Jackson and Clark, so as to include the residence of Greensby W. Barber and Robert F. White, of the county of Jackson, in the county of Clarke, also, to change the county line between the counties of Madison and Clark, so as to include the residence of George A. Jarell of the county of Madison in the county of Clarke.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this act, the county line between the counties of Jackson and Clark, shall be so altered and changed as to include the residence of Greensby W. Barber and Robert F. White of the county of Jackson, in the county of Clark.

And be it further enacted, That the county line between the counties of Madison and Clark be and the same is hereby so altered and changed so as to include the residence of George A. Jarrell of the county of Madison in the county of Clark.

Approval Date: Approved, February 21, 1850.


December 26, 1851
Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include William Saunders' residence

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed in Milledgeville, at a biennial session in November, December and Januart 1851-52.

1851 Vol. 1 -- Page: 71

Full Title: An Act to add a part of the county of Jackson to the county of Madison, so as to include the residence of William Saunders.

77. SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this Act, a portion of the present boundary line separating the counties of Madison and Jackson counties, shall be changed as follows, to wit:

Beginning at the place where the line of said counties strike the southern boundary line of the lands of William Saunders, of Jackson county; running thenec so as to cut off from the county of Jackson, the lands, tenements and residence of William Saunders, and add the same to the county of Madison.

72. SEC. II. And be it further enacted, That the residence of William Saunders being cut off by the aforesaid lines from the county of Jackson, be and the same are hereby added to the county of Madison.

73. SEC. III. And be it further enacted, That said new boundary line be run and plainly marked by some competent Surveyor, a plat of which shall be made out by said Surveyor, and returned by him to the Clerks of the Inferior Courts of said counties, who are hereby ordered to record the same on the Minutes of their Court respectively, and the expenses of said survey, and the recording such plat, be paid by the said William Saunders.

Approval Date: Approved, December 26, 1851.


January 20, 1852
Part of Madison County added to Clarke County, to include Obadiah Thompson's residence

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed in Milledgeville, at a biennial session in November, December and January 1851-52.

1851 Vol. 1 -- Page: 72

Full Title: An Act to alter and change the county line between the counties of Clarke and Madison, so as to include the land and residence of Obadiah Thompson, of the county of Madison, in the county of Clarke.

76. SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this Act, the county line between the counties of Clarke and Madison, shall be so altered and changed as to include the land and residence of Obadiah Thompson, now of the county of Madison, in the county of Clarke.

77. SEC. II. And be it further enacted, That all laws and parts of laws militating against this Act, be and the same are hereby repealed.

Approval Date: Approved, January 20, 1852.


February 9, 1854
Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include James M. Sailors residence

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed in Milledgeville at a biennial session in November, December, January and February 1853-54

1853 Vol. 1 -- Page: 313

Full Title: An Act to add a part of the County of Jackson to the County of Madison, so as to include the residence of James M. Sailors.

SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passage of this Act, a portion of the present boundary line separating the counties of Madison and Jackson shall be changed as follows, to wit:

Beginning at that portion of the line of Jackson and Madison where it strikes the southern boundary line of James M. Sailors, and running thence along the line of said James M. Sailors, so as to cut off the lands of said James M. Sailors to the county of Madison, and that the lands of, and residence of said James M. Sailors be and the same is hereby added to the county of Madison.

SEC. II. And be it further enacted, &c., That said new boundary line be run and plainly marked by some competent Surveyor, a plat of which shall be made out by said Surveyor, and returned by him to the Clerks of the Inferior Courts of said counties, who are hereby ordered to record the same on the minutes of their Courts respectively, and the expenses of said survey and the recording such plat be paid by the said James M. Sailors.

Approval Date: Approved, February 9th, 1854.


December 20, 1860
Line between Madison and Jackson Counties altered

ACTS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed in Milledeville, at an annual session in November and December, 1860

1860 Vol. 1 -- Page: 140

Full Title: An Act to change the lines between the counties of Jackson and Madison...

11. SEC. I. Be it enacted, & c., That the line between the counties of Jackson and Madison shall be as follows: To commence at the southwest corner of the land of James R. Chandler where the same touches the road which is now the line between said counties; thence north eighty, west seventeen chains, to a post-oak; thence south twenty-one west, twelve chains and seventy-five links, to a pine; thence south twenty-seven, east twenty-seven chains and thirty links to an ash; thence south seventeen, west thirty-eight chains and fifty links to a beech; thence north seventy-nine, east forty chains to a post oak; thence north forty-two chains to the road which now forms the line between said counties of Jackson and Madison; thence along said road to the beginning post-oak corner.

Approval Date: Assented to December 20th, 1860.


August 24, 1872
Part of Jackson County added to Madison County, to include lands of Harrison Hix

ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at its session in July and August, 1872

1872 Vol. 1 -- Page: 439

Full Title: An act to change the line between the counties of Madison and Jackson, so as to include in the county of Madison the lands and residence of Harrison Hix.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly, etc., That, from and after the passage of this act, the line between the counties of Madison and Jackson be so changed as to include in the county of Madison the lands and residence of Harrison Hix.

Approval Date: Approved August 24, 1872.


February 28, 1877
Part of Clarke County added to Madison County, to include lands of James Johnson

ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA,
Passed at the regular January Session, 1877.

Full Title: An Act to change the line between the counties of Madison and Clarke; also, to change the line between the counties of Habersham and Franklin.

SECTION I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, That from and after the passage of this Act, the line between the counties of Madison and Clarke be changed so as to include all the lands belonging to James Johnson, of Madison county, in said county of Madison; and that the county line between the counties of Habersham and Franklin be so changed as to include the residence of Robert A. [Illegible Text] in the county of Habersham.

Approval Date: Approved February 28, 1877.