Elberton in Elbert County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Elbert County was named in honor of General Samuel Elbert, an outstanding military leader in the Revolutionary War and distinguished Governor of the State of Georgia in 1785-86.
Born in 1740, Elbert was orphaned at an early age; achieved notable success in mercantile pursuits and as an Indian trader; and eventually filled every political office Georgia had to offer. He married Elizabeth Rae of Savannah; and they had six children.
General Elbert had a lifelong interest in Masonry and was Grand Master of Georgia Masons. He died in 1788 and was buried on an Indian Mound near the Savannah River. In time, the burial place was forgotten; but his remains were discovered following desecration of the Mound, and in 1924, were re-interred with full military honors in Colonial Park Cemetery at Savannah.
When a new County was formed in 1790 at the confluence of the Broad and Savannah Rivers, the Georgia Legislature honored the recently deceased revolutionary Patriot and highly popular Governor by naming it Elbert County. The county seat, created in 1803, was named Elberton, further perpetuating the memory of General Samuel Elbert.
Location. 34° 6.741′ N, 82° 52.001′ W. Marker is in Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County. Marker is Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elberton GA 30635, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Seaboard Airline Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Elberton Granite Bicentennial Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Dead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elbert County (approx. 0.2 miles away); In the Year 1803 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grave of General Wiley Thompson (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elbert County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Post Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Christmas Tree House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Elberton.
Also see . . .
1. Samuel Elbert from the New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on September 4, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Samuel Elbert. Samuel Elbert (1740 – November 1, 1788) was an American merchant, soldier, and politician from Savannah, Georgia. (Submitted on April 30, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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