Militia Districts

abstracted by Mary Hoit Abbe

Map of Clarke and Oconee Militia Districts (Georgia)

Militia Districts for Clarke and Oconee Counties

The fourteen numbers originally assigned to Clarke County were 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 239, 240, 241, and 261. Even though the numbers were known, they were rarely used consistently until the early 1850s. Prior to that, the district was designated by the captain’s name; and since the captain was elected annually, the name of the district changed frequently. Because Clarke County has tax digests surviving for most years, it is possible to identify the districts by the correct number. (The identification of all the districts 1802-1852 by their number is a long-term project.)

A transcription of the Clarke County, Georgia Tax Digests 1811-1820, 1821-1830, and 1847-1850 are currently available for purchase through COGS.

1811 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Clayton’s [Athens]223Martindale’s
217Jack F. Cocke’s224Funderburgh’s
218Charles A. Read’s225Durham’s
219Ward’s239White Rositer’s
220Shepherd’s240Easley’s
221Charles E. Haynes’
[Watkinsville]
241Hill’s
222Selmon’s261McNeeley’s

1812 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Clayton’s [Athens]223Martindale’s
217Steward’s224Funderburgh’s
218Starn’s225Smith’s
219Boyle’s239Rositer’s
220Cabbel’s240Easley’s
221Hutcherson’s
[Watkinsville]
241Hill’s
222Martin’s261Arnold’s

1813 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Cary’s [Athens]223Meriweather’s
217Steward’s224Funderburgh’s
218Starn’s225Smith’s
219Boyle’s239Rositer’s
220Cabell’s240Easley’s
221Hutcherson’s
[Watkinsville]
241Hill’s
222Martin’s261Arnold’s

1814 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Cary’s [Athens]223Meriweather’s
217Johnston’s224Funderburgh’s
218Wright’s225Smith’s
219Laurence’s239Tramel’s
220Cabell’s240Easley’s
221Booth’s
[Watkinsville]
241Straughn’s
222Martin’s261Arnold’s

1815 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Cary’s [Athens]223Meriweather’s
217Johnston’s224Funderburk’s
218Wright’s225Smith’s
219Billips’239Tramel’s
220Cabell’s240Easley’s
221Boothe’s
[Watkinsville]
241Parker’s
222Martin’s261Arnold’s

1816 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Newton’s [Athens]223Meriweather’s
217Moffett’s224Oliver’s
218Wright’s225Smith’s
219Dillaprear’s239Middleton’s
220Cabell’s240Easley’s
221Steward’s
[Watkinsville]
241Parker’s
222Wright’s261Arnold’s

1817 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Athens223Ligon’s
217Deane’s224Oliver’s
218Starn’s225Bearden’s
219Dillaprear’s239Middleton’s
(Williams’)
220Parr’s240Easley’s
221Stewart’s
[Watkinsville]
241Parker’s
222Wright’s261Sims’

1818 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Kinney’s [Athens]223Meriweather’s
217Deane’s224Conner’s
218Starn’s225Bearden’s
219no taxes reported
for 1818
239Moore’s
220Parr’s240Easley’s
221Steward’s
[Watkinsville]
241Bradley’s
222Oats’261Sims’

1819 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Aplin’s [Athens]223Holt’s
217Deane’s224Tredwell’s
218Garlington’s225Mitchel’s
219Harris’239Moore’s
220Parr’s240Penticost’s
221Scovall’s
[Watkinsville]
241Bradley’s
222Oats’261Dobbin’s

1820 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Lane’s [Athens]223Jack’s
217Deane’s224Frost’s
218Garlington’s225Mitchel’s
219Harris’239Hinton’s
220Parr’s240Clifton’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Harper’s
222Steward’s261Dobbin’s

1821 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Brown’s [Athens]223Sorrels’
217Deane’s224Frost’s
218Garlington’s225Berdell’s
219Wells’239Hightower’s
220Davis’240Muckel’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Harper’s
222Steward’s261Foster’s

1822 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Aplin’s [Athens]223Sorrels’
217Deane’s224Hewell’s
218Wright’s225McCree’s
219Wells’239Blankenship’s
220Davis’240McKleroy’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Harper’s
222Right’s261Foster’s

1823 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Gahagan’s [Athens]223Sorrels’
217Moore’s224Hewell’s
218Anderson’s225McCree’s
219Wells’239Herndon’s
220Davis’240Ward’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Hodges’
222Wright’s261Hughes’

1824 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Gahagan’s [Athens]223Sorrels’
217Ransom’s224Devenport’s
218Anderson’s225McCree’s
219Espie’s239Herndon’s
220Davis’240Gilbert’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Hodges’
222Wright’s261Hughes’

1825 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Gahagan’s [Athens]223Alredd’s
217Ransom’s224Devenport’s
218Anderson’s225McCree’s
219Espy’s239Herndon’s
220Davis’240McDonald’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Vinsent’s
222Wright’s261Lumpkin’s

1826 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Frost’s [Athens]223Cox’s
217Ransom’s224Devenport’s
218Anderson’s225Greer’s
219Espey’s239Mastin’s
220Davis’240McDonald’s
221Dickens’
[Watkinsville]
241Echols’
222Wright’s261Lumpkin’s

1827 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Frost’s [Athens]223Cox’s
217Dean’s224Devenport’s
218Anderson’s225Maxey’s
219Espey’s239Mastin’s
220Cutchin’s240McDonald’s
221Humphres’
[Watkinsville]
241Harper’s
222Wright’s261Burch’s

1828 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Frost’s [Athens]223Simms’
217Herring’s224Vinson’s
218Harris’225Appling’s
219White’s239Mastin’s
220Atkinson’s240McElroy’s
221Burch’s
[Watkinsville]
241Harper’s
222Love’s261Jones’

1829 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216DuPont’s [Athens]223Simms’
217Deane’s224Vincent’s
218Harris’225Appling’s
219Wells’239Wise’s
220Lasiter’s240McElroy’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Gann’s
222Fleming’s261Lynch’s

1830 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Mitchell’s [Athens]223Simms’
217Deane’s224Vincent’s
218Davis’225Smith’s
219Allen’s239Herndon’s
220Laseter’s240McElroy’s
221Dicken’s
[Watkinsville]
241Jennings’
222Holmes’261Lynch’s

1848 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Athens223Scull Shoal
217Georgia Factory224Dupree’s
218Puryear’s225Wild Cat
219Sandy Creek239High Shoal
220Buck Branch240Buncombe
221Watkinsville241Jennings’
222Farmington261Salem

1847, 1849-1850 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

216Athens223Scull Shoal
217Georgia Factory224Dupree’s
[later Dark Corner]
218Puryear’s225Wild Cat
219Sandy Creek239High Shoal
220Buck Branch240Buncombe
221Watkinsville241Vinson’s
[later Bradberry’s]
222Farmington261Salem

1850-1874 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

The districts were as noted above with the two changes indicated in [].

1875 Georgia Militia Districts for Clarke County

In 1875, Oconee County was created out of Clarke County
and took with it the following districts:

221Watkinsville225Wild Cat
222Farmington239High Shoal
223Scull Shoal240Buncombe
224Dark Corner261Salem

Current Georgia Militia Districts (GMD’s) for Clarke and Oconee Counties

Clarke CountyOconee County
216Athens221Watkinsville
217Georgia Factory222Farmington
218Puryear’s223Scull Shoals
219Sandy Creek224Dark Corner
220Buck Branch225Wild Cat
241Bradberry’s239High Shoals
1347Kinney’s*240Buncombe
1467Princeton Factory**261Salem
1899Gaines School***1331Mars Hill
*Kinney’s evidently took area from Sandy Creek and Bradberry’s districts.
**Princeton Factory was carved out of Georgia Factory, Bradberry’s, and Athens districts.
***Gaines School is a very small district within Puryear’s district.

©2006 Mary Hoit Abbe