General Allen Daniel
For whom Danielsville was named

Captain Allen Daniel and his wife, Mary Allen, were in Wilkes County, GA as early as 1788. That part of Wilkes County became Elbert County in 1790, and in 1812 it became Madison County. Within 24 years they lived in three different counties without moving an inch.

Capt. Allen Daniel and his wife came to Georgia from Prince George County, Virginia with their adult children, Charity (wife of Elisha Johnson), Elizabeth (wife of Aaron Johnson) and son, Allen Daniel.  Capt. Allen Daniel was a Revolutionary War soldier, having commanded a company in the 8th Va. Regiment.  He was born 1738 in VA and died 1814 in Madison County.

This sketch is about his only son, General Allen Daniel.

Allen Daniel was born 1772 in Virginia.  He married Mary "Polly" Jones, the daughter of Capt. Russell Jones who served as a State Senator representing Franklin County, Georgia.  Allen Daniel's service biography is as follows:

01- 1795 Tax Receiver, Upper Battalion, Elbert Co., Ga.

02- 1802-03 Member, Ga. House of Representatives, Elbert Co.

03- 1803-04 Extra Session member of same.

04- 1805 Same except he resigned before the Extra Session

05- 1807-08 Member, Ga. House of Representatives Extra Session.

06- 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811 Member of House of Rep. Elbert County

While serving as a member of the House in 1811, he was mainly instrumental in passing the act creating Madison County.  He was also the moving factor in organizing the first Superior Court for the new county.

07- 1807-1812 He was Brigadier-General of the First Brigade of the Fourth Division of Georgia Militia.

08- 1812-1817 He served as Major-General of the Fourth Division of Georgia Militia. His resignation to the Governor of Georgia is on file.

During the first eight months of 1812 the name DANIELSVILLE was selected for the name of the new town in honor of Gen. Allen Daniel.

09- Allen Daniel was the first State Senator elected from Madison County.

10- 1814-1831 Allen Daniel served as a Justice of Inferior Court.

11- 1821-1823 He represented Madison County in the House of Representatives.

(Allen Daniel Candler, one of Georgia’s Governors, was named for General Allen Daniel)

12- 1822 He was Speaker of the House of Representatives.

13- 1823 He was Speaker Pro-Tem.

14- 1832 The Inferior Court found Allen Daniel mentally incompetent and appointed his son, James Daniel, guardian over him.

1836- At age 64 Allen Daniel died. He left a vast estate & a great legacy.

At some undetermined date, probably before Madison County was formed, Allen Daniel ran a ferry across the Broad river near the site of Wild Cat Bridge on the present day Hwy. 281.

Contributed by Charlotte Collins Bond


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