Dooly Co., Georgia 31 October 1895 The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia)

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Dooly Co., Georgia
31 October 1895
The Atlanta Constitution
(Atlanta, Georgia) - THE DOOLY FAMILY. The Name of Dooly County and...
THE DOOLY FAMILY. The Name of Dooly County and for Whom It Wat Named. Editor Conatitution - The very reliable and historically instructive communication from your correspondent. Mr. Crawford, in last Sunday's Constitution from Lincoln ton, ton, Go,, contains to the following extract one very common and widespread error, which needs correction: ""Two counties to Georgia today bear the Lincoln to the olden times." Dooly county was not named, as is popularly popularly supposed, after Judge John Mitchell name from his John Dooly, of revolution ary fame. But Mttie appears to be known, or to have been left on record concerning him, but that Mttle Is highly creditable. "WTMtA'a RtnHaHr* of Oeoreia" contains the following brief sketch which may well Colonel John Dooly, from whom the na nf nrmlv pnuntv was derived, settled Lincoln county about the beginning or ana American revolution and received a com - miB«inn aa a eantain in the Georgia Con tinental brigade. His brother, Captain Thomas Dooly, a gallant officer, was mur 9 determined, regard - opportunity to avenge his death. The cir cumstances were these: Early in a skirmish with tne savages on the 22d of July, 1776, near the ucor Captain Thomas Dooly received andnactually after he was wounded. His junior officer, his duty, neglected his commander and power of his < ample of act of defending himself with the end Of his gun. He was afterwards murdered e foe and Captain John Dooly i a plm to attack the Indians at Galyshtoton after propositions of pease had been made by the constituted author! The The plan was discovered. Captain was arrested and a courtmartial but he gave up his commission and ihortly afterwards appointed colonel of militia in Wilkes county. His conduct all occasions was that of a brave ive officer, anxious to bo employed to es where danger was to be Incurred. The ians were aware of his determination to punish them for the murder of his brother and the mere mention of his name would onspicuous in tne various skirmish. :h sides of the Savannah river. abo> and .below Petersburg. At Kettle Creek he commanded the right wing of Colonel Clarke's force and contributed tory which declared itself In favor of the can arms. After this signal action is engaged for a length of time to affording protection to the frontiers, in which harassing duty he gained much credit In 1789 this brave officer came to his death by the hands of a party of tories, o entered his house at midnight and rdered him. He left several sons, among whom was Judge Dooly, one of the ablest From the above brief sketch, which I am unable to verify, as no authority is cited by the writer, but which Is no doubt substantially, substantially, correct, it will be seen that from either the father or the eon Dooly county might have inherited an honored and historically historically worthy name, but the honor of furnishing the county's name belongs to the former, the father. It may be stated here, too, that Judge John Mitchell Dooly, the son, was horn to Lincoln county ih the year 1773 and died mere in 1827. Dooly county was laid off and its boundaries boundaries fixed by the land lottery act of UK and was originally a very large county, covering what are now several of the largest and wealthiest counties of southwest southwest Georgia, among them being Lee, Wilcox. Wilcox. Worth and a part of Pulaski and of Macon. By successive legislative "land^ graooing" acts, nowever, jAwiy nas long since been shorn, of her once magnificent proportions, and although a large and wealthy county still, is only a fraction of its former self. The latest act of legislative spoliation in this direction, and one from which Dooly suffered more than from ail the others combined, was committed by the legislature of 1860, which, by a short and slippery act of five or six tines, transferred all that part of the county lying north and west of Hogcrawl creek to the county of Macon and which embraced at that time the wealthiest and most populous portion of the county. It Is not likely that any future representative from Dooly will readily con - -

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