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Berrien County, Georgia

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  • William Anderson Knight (1778) (1778 - 1859)
    WILLIAM ANDERSON KNIGHT is the forefather of the large and influential Knight family connection of Berrien, Lanier and Cook counties, and was in the Primitive Baptist ministry for many years prior to h...
  • Sen. John Macpherson Berrien, Sr. (1781 - 1856)
    John Macpherson Berrien (August 23, 1781 – January 1, 1856) of Georgia was a United States Senator and Andrew Jackson's Attorney General. Born at Rocky Hill, New Jersey, to a family of Huguenot ance...

The citizens of the area of Lowndes County and Irwin County that would become Berrien County had to travel long distances to get the county courthouse at Franklinville, Georgia and later Troupville, Georgia for those in Lowndes County, and Irwinville, Georgia for those in Irwin County. By at least June 1853, citizens had petitioned to form a new county. The 1853 attempt of a new county failed. By 1856, a renewed attempt at the creation of a new county was successful. The county is named for Sen. John M. Barrien