Place:Wilcox, Georgia, United States

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Wilcox County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,255. The county seat is Abbeville.

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History

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It is unclear whether Wilcox County is named for General Mark Wilcox, a Georgia state legislator and one of the founders of the Georgia Supreme Court, or if it is named for his son John Wilcox. The formation of the county was led by Norman McDuffie of Pulaski County, Georgia.

It was formed on December 22, 1857 from parts of Irwin, Pulaski, and Dooly counties. Settlers named the county seat as Abbeville, because many of them were from Abbeville, South Carolina.

The first county courthouse was built in 1858; the present courthouse dates from 1903.

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America spent his last night of freedom at the end of the Civil War in Wilcox County, before being captured by Union troops. His capture marked the end of the Confederacy.

The county holds an annual marathon, called "Chasing Jefferson Davis," which is held on the Saturday in May closest to May 9, the date Davis left Abbeville with his personal guard en route to Irwin County. The marathon route starts in Abbeville and goes to the historic capture site near Irwinville in Irwin County, Georgia, closely following the route of Union troops.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1857 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1858 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1860 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1910 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1919 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1860 2,115
1870 2,439
1880 3,109
1890 7,980
1900 11,097
1910 13,486
1920 15,511
1930 13,439
1940 12,755
1950 10,167
1960 7,905
1970 6,998
1980 7,682
1990 7,008

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Wilcox County, Georgia, United States

Research Tips

External links

www.rootsweb.com/~gawilcox/


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