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Stephen Heard[1]

Male Abt 1740 - 1815  (~ 75 years)

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  • Name Stephen Heard  [2, 3
    Born Abt 1740  Lancaster Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alt. Birth Hanover County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 15 Nov 1815  Elbert Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I7039  Main
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2007 

    Father John Heard,   b. Abt 1717,   d. Abt 1787  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Bridgett Carroll,   b. Abt 1719,   d. Wilkes Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1739  PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2658  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1740 - Lancaster Co., PA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt. Birth - - Hanover County, VA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Nov 1815 - Elbert Co., GA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Wikipedia Article:

      "Stephen Heard (1740 - 1815) was briefly Chairman of the Executive Council of Georgia (a position later known as Governor) from when he was appointed on February 18, 1780 until Nathan Brownson was elected to replace him on August 18, 1781. Heard was a member of the United States Whig Party. He had fought in the French and Indian War and was a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Heard was also a friend of George Washington. Before being elected Governor, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1794 to 1795. Heard was born in Hanover County, Virginia in 1740, and died in Elbert County, Georgia, in 1815, at the age of 75.

      Heard County, Georgia was named after Stephen Heard."

      John W. Heard notes:

      "Stephen Heard, Governor of Georgia in 1781, lawyer, planter, surveyor and soldier ofthe Revolution, lies buried in the family cemetery. With a price on his head he was captured by the British at the Battle of Kettle Creek and condemned to die. On the eve of his execution he was rescued by his servant, Mammy Kate with the aid of her husband Daddy Jack, both of whom lie buried near him. Heare's home "Heardmont" once stood nearby in the 10 acre park established by the Stephen Heard Chapter, D.A.R. Comint to Georgia from Virginia, Heard, an Irishman, established Heard's Fort, now Washington,GA in 1773"

      From the Heard County State Historical Marker - Located at the Heard County Courthouse, Franklin, Ga.:

      "HEARD COUNTY - This County, created by Act of the Legislature December 22, 1830, is named for Hon. Stephen Heard, elected President of the Council Feb. 18, 1781, thus, in the absence of Gov. Howley, becoming Governor de facto. An Englishman who moved to Wilkes Co. from Virginia, Heard fought in the Revolution and distinguished himself at Kettle Creek. Among the first County Officers were: Clerk of Superior Court William Wood, Clerk of Inferior Court Paschal H. Taylor, Coroner David Cox and Surveyor Jackson Fitzpatrick. The first Sheriff, Jonathan Mewsick, was not commissioned until 1832. - 074-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1954"

      From the Heard County Web-Site:

      "Georgia's 77th county was named for Stephen Heard (1740-1815), a hero of the American Revolution who served as president of Georgia's Executive Council (an early state government office analogous to governor) [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (

    2. [S961] John W. Heard, John W. Heard, (,,

    3. [S792] Wikipedia,

    4. [S1305] Political Graveyard, (,