Hancock County (Georgia) Cemeteries

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William Rabun

Apr 1771 - Oct 24, 1819

Cemetery: Powelton Baptist Church /
Veazey Family Cemetery

Grave 3

Inscription and Notes:

Death day of 24 per Twentieth Century Biogr. Dictionary of Notable Americans.
A separate monument commemorates William Rabun as Governor of Georgia.
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Gov. of Georgia
Governor William Rabun

Governor William Rabun

Governor Rabun lived in the Powelton area where he was a planter and one of the justices of the Inferior Court of Hancock County (1802-1810). He represented Hancock County in the Georgia house of Representatives (in 1805 and 1806) and the Georgia Senate (1810-1817), which elected him its president. He became governor of Georgia in 1817, serving until his death in 1819 (Dictionary of Georgia Biography Vol. 2).

Rabun was a devoted member of the Powelton Baptist Church where he was clerk and chorister. He was originally buried on his plantation but in the 1970s or so his remains were moved to this spot near his beloved church.

Death Announcement: Georgia Journal, Tuesday Oct. 26, 1819:

"Painful Intelligence - - We stop the press to announce the death of His Excellency Governor William Rabun. He died at his residence in Hancock County, on Saturday night last, with the fever."