Major General John Twiggs (Colonial Militia)

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John Twiggs

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Maryland
Death: Died in Richmond, Georgia, United States
Place of Burial: Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Husband of Ruth Leigh Emanuel
Father of SARAH Twiggs; George W. L. Twiggs; Gen. David E. Twiggs, CSA and Major Levi Twiggs (USMC)

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About Major General John Twiggs (Colonial Militia)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for GEORGIA with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor #: A117513

General John Twiggs (June 5, 1750 – March 29, 1816) served as a leader in the Georgia Militia during the American Revolutionary War.


Twiggs was born in Maryland in 1750, and his family moved to St. George’s Parish in Georgia in 1751. He married Ruth Emanuel, the sister of David Emanuel, who served under Twiggs in his unit and later became Governor of Georgia. Twiggs had six children with the most notable being American Civil War General David Emanuel Twiggs.Another son was USMC Major Levi Twiggs. A great-grandson of General John Twiggs was USMC Major General John Twiggs Myers holder of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal.

Twiggs served as a Lieutenant in a militia company raised in St. Paul's Parish (current-day Richmond County, Georgia), and he was promoted to Captain on June 3, 1774. He led a company that was commanded by Colonel Samuel Jack during the Revolution. Twiggs was later promoted to Colonel, then Brigadier General (August 18, 1781), and finally Major General (September 8, 1791). He was wounded in a battle in Camden, South Carolina; however, he continued to serve in the military after the Revolution.

Twiggs participated in the commission that selected the site for the University of Georgia in Athens, served as a trustee to that insitituion and contributed money for the building of the initial UGA Chapel on its campus. He was also appointed Justice of the Peace for Burke County, Georgia in 1782 and served as a state Senator from Richmond County in 1791.

Through a series of land purchases, Twiggs built Good Hope Plantation which stretched throughout Richmond County and into Aiken County, South Carolina. He died at his plantation in 1816 and was buried there.


American Revolutionary War General. At the start of the Revolution, he was a Captian in the Georgia Militia and was later promoted to Colonel. Promoted Brigadier General in August 1781, he fought in the Georgia Campagin and was wounded at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina. In September 1791, he was promoted Major General and continued to serve in the military after the Revolution. He was also appointed Justice of the Peace for Burke County, Georgia 1782 and as a member of the State Senate in 1791. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)


A prominent militia leader during the Revolutionary War (1775-83), John Twiggs led Georgia forces against both the British and the Cherokee Indians in the backcountry. After the war he remained active on a variety of political and military fronts, statewide and in and around Augusta, including involvement in the Yazoo land fraud. Twiggs County, created in 1809, was named in his honor.

Twiggs was born on June 5, 1750, in Maryland. His parents' names are unknown, and his antecedents and early life are shrouded in obscurity.

Unsubstantiated family history records show that he was descended from a Jamestown, Virginia, settler; biographical sketches placed him in Georgia in the 1760s accompanying the family of David Emanuel Sr., who had emigrated from Maryland, Pennsylvania, or Virginia to St. George's Parish (later Burke County). As a youth, Twiggs may have been trained as a carpenter or millwright.

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Major General John Twiggs (Colonial Militia)'s Timeline

June 5, 1750
January 14, 1784
Age 33
Age 38
Age 39
May 21, 1793
Age 42
Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
March 29, 1816
Age 65
Richmond, Georgia, United States
Age 65
Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States