Reverend William A. Knight at old Troupville, GA

An article from the July 17, 1910 edition of the Atlanta Constitution tells the tale of some “Historic Georgia Towns That Exist No Longer.”  In the mid 1800s Troupville was the county seat of Lowndes County, GA and was the center of commerce for the region. Among the prominent Lowndes settlers who frequented the town was Reverend William A. Knight. He was the religious leader of many of the Primitive Baptist churches in the area and the father of Levi J. Knight,  earliest pioneer to settle at the site of present day Ray City, Berrien County, GA.


“The town was named for the Honorable George M. Troup and was a place of prominence with comfortable residences, mills, workshops and stores. Immense crops of corn and other produce were made. ‘Uncle Billie Smith’ was an interesting character in this old town and was numbered among the early settlers, together with the Varnedoes, Goldwires, Platts, Dr. Ashley, Isaac De Lyon, Dashers, Francises, Roundtrees, Reverend William A. Knight, John and Jacob Bryan, William Sharpe, Major Simmons, William and J. Deas”

“The overflow of the rivers rendered this place doubtful as to health, chills and fever grew frequent in the fall, and from time to time removals occasionally occurred to more healthful localities until this once-recognized town was a deserted spot, all caused by the beautiful rivers flowing on as tranquilly to their destinations as if nothing had happened to the dead town that nestled so close to its waters.”

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  1. September 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

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