Heard County Georgia
Was formed in 1830 from Carroll, Coweta and Troup Counties.
Franklin is the county seat.
HEARD - a county in the west part of Georgia, bordering on Alabama, has an area
of 286 square miles. It is intersected by the Chattahoochee River, and also
drained by Whitewater and Sundalhatchee creeks. The surface is very hilly,
and partly covered with forests of oak, hickory, and pine. The soil is highly
productive. Cotton, Indian corn, wheat, oats, and sweet potatoes are the
staples. In 1850 this county produced 3384 bales of cotton; 265,242 bushels
of corn; 35,034 of oats; and 41,354 of sweet potatoes. There were 2
tanneries, 1 woollen factory, and 1 saw mill. It contained 24 churches, 403
pupils attending public schools, and 80 attending academies or other schools.
Gold, iron, and lead have been found in the county. Organized in 1830, and
named in honor of Stephen Heard, an officer in the war of the Revolution.
Capital, Franklin. Population: 6923, of whom 4523 were free, and 2400, slaves. page
Baldwin, Thomas and J. Thomas, M.D. New and Complete Gazetteer of the United
States. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Grambo, & Co., 1854
Transcribed by Kristie Setser
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