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Jonesboro in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Clayton County

 
 
Clayton County Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
1. Clayton County Marker
Inscription. Clayton County was created by Act of Nov. 30, 1858 from Fayette and Henry Counties. It was named for Augustine Smith Clayton, born at Fredericksburg, Va., Nov. 27, 1783, who moved to Georgia before 1800. A graduate of the U. of Ga., he was a lawyer, legislator, judge. During two terms in Congress he opposed tariff and U.S. bank measures. He died in Athens, June 21, 1839. First officers of Clayton County, commissioned Jan. 13, 1859, were: Robert K. Holliday, Clk. Sup. Ct.; A.J. Hayes, Clk. Inf. Ct.; James McConnell, Ord; William Gunter, Tax Rec.; Jefferson Kirkland, Tax Col.; B.W. Bonner, Surveyor; John K. Landers, Coroner; J.H. Waldrop, Sheriff.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 031-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 31.358′ N, 84° 21.241′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of North McDonough Street and King Street, on the right when traveling north on North McDonough Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesboro GA 30236, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heritage Place (about
Clayton County Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
2. Clayton County Marker
The marker sits in front of the 1869 Clayton County Courthouse building.
400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lee's Corps Withdrawn (about 500 feet away); The Johnson-Blalock House (about 500 feet away); Diverted Attack (approx. 0.4 miles away); Two Days of Battle at Jonesboro (approx. half a mile away); Unknown Confederate Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Battlefield Landmark (approx. 0.6 miles away); Attack by Lee's Corps (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in front of the old Clayton County Courthouse. The original wooden courthouse on this site was built in 1861 and burned in 1864, during Sherman's March to the Sea. This building was built in 1869 as a replacement. It served as the Courthouse until 1898, when a new Courthouse was built. It then became a Masonic Hall, which it remains today.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USPolitical Subdivisions
 
Clayton County Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, April 12, 2009
3. Clayton County Marker
Looking north on N. McDonough Street from the Old Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,353 times since then and 102 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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