William Rabun (1771 - 1819)

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Birthplace: Halifax County, NC
Death: Died in Powellton,Hancock County,Georgia
Cause of death: Fever while on vacation at home
Occupation: Governor of Georgia, died of fever while on vacation at home, Governor
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William Rabun (1771-1819)

William Rabun served as governor of Georgia from 1817 until his death in 1819. He was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, on April 8, 1771, to Sarah Warren and Matthew Rabun. He moved with his father to Greene County (which later became part of Hancock County) in central Georgia in 1785. The family home in Powellton is located ten miles northeast of Sparta. In 1793 he married Mary Battle, and the couple had one son and six daughters.


During the Seminole war in 1818 Governor Rabun called out the militia, placing the state troops under the command of General Gaines. Capt. Obed Wright of the Chatham militia was ordered to destroy the Indian villages of Hoponee and Philemi in retaliation for outrages committed on the whites of this neighborhood, and by mistake he burned the Indian village of Chehaw and killed some of the inhabitants. General Jackson demanded that Captain Wright be prosecuted for murder and imprisoned and kept in irons awaiting the pleasure of the President. In reply Governor Rabun refused to acknowledge the authority of the United States over the state troops and added, "When the liberties of the people of Georgia shall have been prostrated at the feet of a military despotism, then, and not till then, will your imperious doctrine be tamely submitted to. You may rest assured that if the savages continue their depredations on our unprotected frontier I shall think and act for myself in that respect."

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William Rabun, Gov of Georgia's Timeline

April 8, 1771
Halifax County, NC
February 24, 1797
Age 25
Hancock, Georgia, United States
November 24, 1798
Age 27
Hancock, Georgia, United States
September 1, 1800
Age 29
Hancock, Georgia, United States
January 15, 1802
Age 30
Hancock, Georgia, United States
November 22, 1803
Age 32
Hancock, Georgia, United States
November 5, 1805
Age 34
Powelton, Hancock, Georgia, United States
August 23, 1807
Age 36
Powelton, Hancock, Georgia, United States
April 13, 1810
Age 39
Hancock, Georgia, United States
October 24, 1819
Age 48
Powellton,Hancock County,Georgia