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Fayette Starr's Mill Chapter

Starr's Mill

Our chapter is located in Peachtree City, which is in Fayette County, Georgia. Fayette County did not exist during the period of the Revolutionary War. It was occupied by the Creek Indians until 1821, when chief, William Henry McIntosh, signed a treaty at Indian Springs, Georgia. The land, which makes up Fayette County, became a part of the Georgia 1821 Land Lottery, where Georgia settlers drew for a chance to settle the area. Fayette County was named for General Marquis de LaFayette, who aided the American Army during the Revolutionary War. The local chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is named for him.

In the land lottery, John Askew drew land lot 129 of the fourth district of Henry County. This area became a part of Fayette County later that year. John Askew sold the property to Hananiah Gilcoat on February 2, 1822. Hananiah Gilcoat died in 1825 and his property was auctioned off on April 19, 1827. A description of the property when he died described a gristmill he erected during his lifetime, showing that the mill was built between 1822 and 1825. The mill had many owners between 1827 and 1866 when Hillard M. Starr bought the property. It had been called by different owners?names until this time when the name Starr's Mill stayed with it. The mill ran until 1959. The mill is a popular historical site in Fayette County and is now owned by the Fayette County Water System.

An application for a historical marker at Starr's Mill was submitted through a joint project of the Fayette Historical Society and the Fayette History Project. It was approved and is the third marker to be placed in the county. The Fayette-Starr's Mill Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was organized December 6, 2003, in Peachtree City, with 32 members.

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