On the 15th day of December in the year 1818, Early County was created by the Georgia State Government. A 60-mile square was surveyed in the southwest corner of Georgia, bound on the west by the Chattahoochee River, South by Florida, East By Irwin County, And Lee County On The North border. Today Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, part of Dougherty, Clay and Thomas, were created from the original Early County.
This year the 200th anniversary of Early County and the revolutionary veterans who resided in the original county are being celebrated.
On November 10 beginning at 10 a.m., a Veteran’s Monument will be unveiled at the Blakely City Cemetery in Blakely, Georgia, honoring twenty-four patriots of the American Revolution. They are as follows: Henry Hutto, Jacob Sutton, Patrick Calhoun Jr., Joel Darcey, Thomas Fain, George G. Gaines, Reddick Ganey, Jacob Harrell, William Kemp, Isaac Lester, Philip Pitiman, Zoath Spooner, James W. Alexander, Josiah Baggett, Clark Blanford, Jesse Brown, Zacheriah Cowart, William Nevis, Simon Hadley, William Hawthorn, Joseph E. Singletary, George Roddenberry, William Sweatman, and Ansell Ferrell (Ga/Fl). This monument is unique and it is the desire of the Joel Early Chapter of The Sons Of The American Revolution to bring the long deserved recognition to the men that helped to settle and develop this area that Early Countians and area residents enjoy and call home. The southwest Georgia community is urged to come and salute the patriotism of these veterans or southwest Georgia pioneers.
For more information, contact: Steve Peace (President of Joel Early Chapter) by calling 229-308-0055.