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Two party system was not felt heavily in Georgia until the 1830s, and men started to "label" themselves as Democrats or Whigs (which replaced the "State-Rights" Party).
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1829:
Elections to be held at the house of Samuel Brewer, in Capt Walkers District; a the house of Clark Sanders in Capt Blocker's District; at the house of Robert Green in Capt
Underwood's District; at the place of the Superior Courts of the County. 1829.
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1831:
Elections to be held only at the following places: viz. At the county court house; at Thomas Taylor's in the first district; at Moses Hill's in the second district; at Wesley William's
store in the fourth; at Eli Brewer's in the 32nd; at the store of Davis and McIver. 1831.
Columbus Enquirer: May 21, 1834:
State Rights Meeting in Marion County. At a meeting of a number of citizens of Marion County at Horry, on the 3rd day of March last, William Williams was called to the chair and Elias Jones appointed Secretary, whereupon it was resolved that the chairman appoint a committee to consist of two from each militia district in the county to draft resolutions expressive of the doctrines of the State Rights party of the county, and also to draft a constitution preparatory to the organization of a State Rights Association. And at a respectable meeting of the Citizens of said County at Horry on the 6th May inst, the time appointed by the former meeting, Wiley Williams, from the committee of 16 appointed at the last meeting, made the following report by order of the committee. ......... President: Wiley Williams. Vice Presidents: Thomas Peebles, James Dukes, Thomas Bivins, Wilson Collins, Wm Williams Jr, Joshua Herring, Kenneth Yelvington, Jordan Wilcher. Burton W Dowd, Secretary. Eliab Jones, Treasurer.
May 29, 1835, Columbus Enquirer:
The State Rights Association of Marion County have appointed Owen Tomlin, Esq and Dr Wm H Williams, Delegates to the State Rights Convention to be held in
Milledgeville next month.
2 Oct 1835: Columbus Enquirer:
Georgia State Assembly, 1836:
Election Precincts: That an additional election precinct be established at Samson Busby's Spring, in the county of Marion, and that the election precinct heretofore established at the house of Thomas Taylor, in the County of Marion, be removed to the store of Brown Peacock, in said County; also that the election precinct heretofore established at McIver and Davis' store in the County of Marion be removed to the house of Henry McKensey, in said County.1836
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1837:
Election precinct at Lewis Throwers. Precinct changed from Eli Brown's to Elbert Melton. 1837
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1838:
Election precinct at Yelverton's mills. 1838
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1839:
Election precinct at Hardy K Pools. 1839
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1840:
Election precinct changed from E. Melton to B. Story's. 1840
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1841:
Election precinct at old Ft. Perry and L. Hammock's. 1841
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1842:
Election precinct changed from L W Hammock's to W. Jenck's and from J Wilcher's to C Hendrick's. 1842.
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1845:
Election precinct abolished at C Hendrick's.
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1847:
Election precinct at J Barnes. 1847
Digest of Statue of Laws, Georgia, Marion County, 1850:
Election precinct at Thomas Major. Trickum changed to Jesse Wall's. Abolished at B Story's. 1850.
The Georgia Telegraph, 11 Oct 1861
Article from the Macon Weekly Telegraph, 27 Sept 1867:
Macon Weekly Telegraph - Friday Apr 24, 1868:
Columbus, April 22 - 749 votes polled today - many negroes voting the Democratic ticket. Marion and Chattahoochee gone Democratic. Everything quiet and cheering.
Marion County, December 1, 1868:
"Dear Sir, There was but one ballot box open at this place, and that one upstairs. The steps leading to that was guarded by two men who stood at the foot of the steps, only permitting those to go up that they wanted to go up; a republican was hardly allowed to go up or have any showing whatever. Many were turned off because they had not paid their taxes-too many for me to name. My son James was called into the Court House, and before he had been in the courthouse 15 minutes was accused of taking democratic tickets away from others and giving or supplying radical ones in their places. There were knives drawn upon him because he was a radical, and they did not want him there. Henry Dotson, Isaac Rowlin, Samuel Casey, and myself are witnesses. They collared but did not hurt him. Republicans have no showing in this part of the Country. A row was raised with Jerry Minton, and he was beat with a stick, he escaped and was shot at twice. There was a white gentleman who spoke in Jerry's favor, and they jumped on him and beat him badly. Burrel Myrack was threatened on the streets because he had a radical ticket, and many others I cannot name. Late in the evening they called out "come and vote" and I went and voted. It was between 3 and 4 o'clock, and I know there was but one ballot box opened. Samuel Casey, James Casey, Moses Hart and Henry Croxton are witnesses. Very respectfully: James Casey
Mr J E Bryant: James Casey is a colored man, and was a member of the Georgia Constitutional Convention. Secretary Executive Committee
Source: "Condition of Affairs in Georgia, Statement of Nelson Tift to the Reconstruction Committee of the House of Representatives Washington, February 18, 1869", page 61
Jan 22, 1869: Marion Weekly Telegraph:
Mr Shumate moved to have an election held in Marion County to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of W. M. Butt, member from said county. Adopted.
July 26, 1890, Macon Telegraph:
The Political Field, Brief Glimpses throughout the state:
Marion County went for Henderson.
Grimes was beaten in Marion. The vote being as follows: Grimes 426, Gorman, 593, Harris 9, Moses 1.
Women could not vote in a Presidential election in Georgia until after 1920 because they had to be registered 6 months before voting.
Returns of Qualified Voters, 1867, Marion County Georgia:
Precinct 1; Redbone, August 1867
Precinct 2; Fort Perry, August 1867
Precinct 3; Tazewell, August 1867
Precinct 4; Buena Vista, August 1867-8
Precinct 5: Jacksonville, August 1867
Precinct 6: Pineville, August 1867
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