|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1744|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1796|
Lt. Col. Micajah Williamson, Gen. Elijah Clarke's most trusted officer during the American Revolution, was one of the wealthest men in NE Georgia after that great war. He owned some 30,000 acres in Georgia, including much of the land where modern day Washington, GA now sits in Wilkes County. He rec'd a land grant of 12,000 acres in Franklin Co., GA from the State of GA for his heroic service in the Revolution. He was appointed to lay out the town of Washington by the State of Georgia, the first town in the US to be named after Gen. George Washington. He was also instrumental in the building of the first Wilkes County Courthouse. Up until then, most of the County affairs were conducted in his tavern located at the present site of the current courthouse in Washington, GA. He was also one of the commissioners who authorized the establishment and construction of the Wilkes Academy in 1797, the first public school chartered by the State of Georgia.
Col. Williamson helped lead the Georgia Militia to victory at Kettle Creek in February, 1779 and commanded forces at the seize of Augusta in June, 1781, in the absents of Gen. Clarke. He also helped command victories at Kings Mountain and Cowpens in the Carolinas, which was a huge blow to Gen. Cornwallis's British forces and helped bring the long war to an end.
Micajah Williamson and his wife, Sarah Gilliam, had twelve known children. Several of their daughters married prominent men. Some were Judges, Supreme Court Justices, a Governor, US Senator, and legendary figure in Texas. One of Micajah and Sarah Williamson's sons, Peter B. Williamson, was the father of the legendary Robert McAlpin "three Legged Willie" Williamson, a legend in the History of the Republic of Texas. One grandson and one great-grandson became U.S. Supreme Court Justices. John Archibald Campbell was the son of their daughter Mary Williamson, wife of Duncan Greene Campbell. Another daughter, Susan Williamson, wife of Dr. Thompson Bird, a founding father of the Georgia Capitol City, Milledgeville, GA, was the grandmother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lucius Q.C. Lamar, Jr.
A third daughter, Nancy Williamson, was married to John Clark, Governor of Georgia. John Clark was the son of Gen. Elijah Clarke, who served with Micajah Williamson in defeating the British and Indians in Georgia during the War. Sarah Williamson, another daughter of Micajah and Sarah williamson, was first married to Judge John Griffin, and second to US Senator Charles Tait of Alabama.
Col. Micajah Williamson was originally buried on his homestead in Wilkes County but was moved to Resthaven Cemetery in Washington, GA. He is buried next to his son-in-law, Col. Duncan Greene Campbell. The burial location of his wife, Sarah Gilliam, is unknown.
Sarah Gilliam Hudson (1745 - 1816)*
Nancy Williamson Clark (1774 - 1832)*
Sarah Williamson Tait (1775 - 1839)*
Susannah Williamson Bird (1779 - 1822)*
Mary L Williamson Campbell (1793 - 1862)*
Note: He was originally buried on his homestead in Wilkes County but was moved sometime during the late 19th century to this maintained cemetery, in a family plot, next to his son-in-law, Col. Duncan G. Campbell.
Created by: Robert C Johnston Jr
Record added: Oct 22, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43403590