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Index to 1864 Pickens County Militia Enrollment List

(commonly called the Joe Brown Census)

The Georgia Militia was organized in the infancy of the state as a body of men who would protect women, children, invalids, and property within their militia district.

An act to re-organize the Militia of the State of Georgia was passed by the Georgia Legislature December 14th, 1863. The act dictated that Governor Joe Brown would appoint an Aid-de-Camp with the rank of Colonel in each Senatorial District to enroll all free white males resident in the District between that age of sixteen and 60 except for those persons actually in the Army or Navy of the Confederate States. Men with special occupations (including, but not to the exclusion of others) blacksmiths and constables) were exempt from military service.

Data recorded on the militia enrollment lists included the name of the man; age; occupation; nativity (generally state); if exempt, reason for exemption; and number of horses and saddles. The returns were assembled by county and therein by militia district. The searchable index available herein is a finding aid only. Users are encouraged to view the militia enrollment returns (for all counties whose returns have survived) which are available on microfilm at the Georgia Archives and the Family History Library. The microfilm for the Pickens County returns is also available at the Pickens County Library in Jasper, Georgia.

The searchable index available here is a finding aid only. Users are encouraged to view the militia enrollment returns (for all counties whose returns have survived) which are available on microfilm at the Georgia Archives and the Family History Library. The microfilm for the Pickens County returns is also available at the Pickens County Library in Jasper, Georgia.

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