Montgomery County, created Dec. 19, 1793 out of Washington, originally contained all of Wheeler and Tattnall and parts of Treutlen, Toombs, Emanuel and Dodge Counties. It was named for Maj. Gen. Richard Montgomery (1736- 1775), "an early martyr to the cause of liberty." Commanding an expedition to Canada in 1775, he was killed at the Siege of Quebec. First County officers, commissioned Feb. 17, 1794, were: March McKessak, Sheriff; Thos. Pugh, Clk. Inf. Ct.; Jonathan Eammons, Clk. Sup. Ct.; Jonathan Holly, Cor.; Wm. Cawthorn, Reg. of Probate; Willis Wood, Sur.