Elberton in Elbert County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 34° 6.741′ N, 82° 52.001′ W. Marker is in Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County. Marker is at the intersection of Deadwyler Street and North Oliver Street (Georgia Highway 77), on the left when traveling east on Deadwyler Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elberton GA 30635, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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) (Submitted on April 30, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,143 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 3. submitted on April 30, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 4. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.