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Col. Stephen Heard, Gov. of Georgia

Also Known As: "Gov. of Georgia 1780-1781"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Hanover, Hanover County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Elbert County, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Heard, Jr. and Bridget Heard
Husband of Jane Heard and Elizabeth T. Heard
Father of NN Heard; George Washington Heard; Jane Lanier Allen; Barnard Carroll Heard; Martha Burch Tucker and 6 others
Brother of Jane Ann Heard; Thomas Heard; Bridget Staton; Ann Austin and Elizabeth Gilmore

Occupation: Representative Georgia State Legislature, Planter, Patriot, Soldier, Governor
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About Col. Stephen Heard, Gov. of Georgia

A Patriot of the American Revolution for Georgia. DAR Ancestor # A053860

Heard was born in Hanover County, Virginia, in November 1740 to Bridgett Carroll and John Heard Jr. (Heard's paternal grandfather, John Sr., had arrived in America from Ireland about 1720.) The family prospered as tobacco farmers in Virginia, where Heard attained a good elementary education. With the outbreak of the French and Indian War (1754-63), however, Heard forfeited his schooling for a chance at adventure. Consequently, he and several of his brothers joined George Washington's Virginia regiment, an experience that had a direct bearing on Heard's future.

One of Heard's slaves, Mammy Kate, saved him from the Tories. Mammy Kate, slave of Stephen Heard

He owned other slaves, including Mammy Kate's husband, Daddy Jack Daddy Jack, slave of Stephen Heard

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Birth: Nov. 13, 1741 Hanover Hanover County Virginia, USA

Death: Nov. 15, 1815

Governor of Georgia. Heard was born in Hanover County, Virginia to Bridgett Carroll and John Heard Jr. His paternal grandfather, John Heard Sr., had arrived in America from Ireland about 1720 with six sons that migrated south; thus, most of the Heard families in the South descend from this man. Heard left school for the chance of adventure in the French and Indian War. It was there that he and his brothers met George Washington. The chance of adventure became a learning experience of invaluable military skills, which lead him to the rank of captain. For his service in the war, he was awarded 150 acres in the wildness of what is now Wilkes County, Georgia. It was there that Fort Heard was built for protection from the Creek and Cherokee Indians; this fort later became Washington, Georgia, which is the county seat of Wilkes County. When the American Revolutionary War started, Heard joined with the Colonists to fight for independence from England. While absent from his home, a group of English Tories forced his wife, Jane Germany, and daughter out of the house into the snow, thus causing them to freeze to death. Despite this personal loss, on February 14, 1779, Heard took part in the Battle of Kettle Creek in Wilkes County, which was a turning point in the war for the colonists. Later in the war, the Tories captured Heard. While waiting to be executed for treason by the Tories, his servants Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack plotted for his escape. Mammy Kate took a huge basket of food, clean clothes, and blankets to the jail. Upon coercing the jailer to let her have a last visit with her master, she replaced the food with Heard, covered him with a blanket, and then they escaped. From this point, he was a "wanted man" by the Tories. Heard, who was a Justice of the Peace, was later elected to Georgia's Executive Council and for a short time, between May 24, 1780 and August 18, 1781, was the governor of Georgia. Since the Tories had overrun Georgia, the capitol of Georgia was moved to Fort Heard for a time just before Heard fled for his life to the Carolinas. After the war, Heard returned to his home and was awarded 6,850 acres of land for valiant service in the Revolutionary War. This land was cut from Wilkes County to form the new Elbert County, GA. Soon after, Heard built his stately home naming it Heardmont. Heard did remarry to Elizabeth Darden of Virginia. To this union five daughters and four sons were born. Education being one of the top priorities for all of his children, Heard became one of the first and primary patrons of the Moravian School, an educational institution for women now called Salem College in Salem, North Carolina. Being a member of the Whig political party, Heard continued to be a public servant on the local level in various positions including Georgia House of Representatives from 1794 to 1795. After a long productive life, he died at Heardmont and was buried in the family cemetery near the home. The monument above his grave bears the following inscription: "Sacred to the Memory of Col Stephen Heard. He was a soldier of the American Revolution, and fought with the Great Washington for the liberties of his country." Mammy Kate and Daddy Jack were buried in the same cemetery. He is the namesake of Heard County, which was created in west central Georgia in 1830. (bio by: Linda Davis)


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Parents:
 John Heard (1699 - 1789)
 Bridget Carroll (1719 - 1784)

Spouse:
 Elizabeth Darden Heard (1765 - 1818)

Children:
 Martha Burch Heard Tucker (1788 - 1834)*
 Ginsey Heard Butler (1789 - 1864)*
 George Washington Heard (1791 - 1838)*
 John Adams Heard (1793 - 1829)*
 Jane Lanier Heard Allen (1797 - 1871)*
 Thomas Jefferson Heard (1801 - 1876)*
 Sarah Hammond Heard Jarrett (1804 - 1825)*
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Burial: Heard Cemetery Elberton Elbert County Georgia, USA Plot: Stephen Heard GPS (lat/lon): 34.10023, 82.68353


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Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Feb 01, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 20053

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Col. Stephen Heard, Gov. of Georgia's Timeline

1740
November 1, 1740
Hanover, Hanover County, Province of Virginia
1740
- 1815
1780
1780
- 1781
Age 39
GA; Occupation: Governor
1787
March 12, 1787
Age 46
Georgia, United States
1788
October 10, 1788
Age 47
Elbert County, Georgia, USA
1789
February 6, 1789
Age 48
Elbert County, Georgia, United States
1790
July 27, 1790
Age 49
Wilkes Co., GA
1791
June 14, 1791
Age 50
Georgia, United States