Saturday, December 5, 2009

5 December 1801 - Clarke County Is Created

On this day in 1801, there was no Athens yet, but the Georgia State Legislature did create Clarke County by carving out 250 square miles from Jackson County. Today, Clarke County is only about half that size, the geographically smallest county in Georgia.

The county is named for Georgia frontiersman and Revolutionary War General Elijah Clarke (1742-1799), who led the defeat of six hundred Loyalists at the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, where he lived and fought with more than just those loyal to the Crown. There are indications the family actually spelled their name "Clark," but the county has kept the extra "e," as has the Elijah Clarke Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the Revolution.

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