It is said that the Honorable Thaddeus Goode Holt presided as judge at the first session of the Superior Court of Lowndes County, GA in 1825, convened at the home of Sion Hall.
About the Judge…
As a lawyer and a judge on the Southern Circuit, Thaddeus G. Holt was well known to Wiregrass pioneers. He was later a prominent citizen of Macon, GA and built a fine home there. Judge Holt was father of Captain T. G. Holt, Jr. of the Confederate cavalry, brother-in-law of Confederate general Alfred Holt Iverson who was disgraced at Gettysburg, and great grandfather of Doris Duke who in the 1930s was known as “the richest girl in the world.”
Thaddeus Goode Holt, born September 20, 1793, was a son of Martha Goode and Thaddeus Holt. His father, Thaddeus Holt, was a wealthy landowner in Baldwin County, GA and counted more than 4000 acres of land, numerous slaves, grist mills and sawmills, a ferry and later a toll bridge among his holdings. The senior Holt served as a member in the Georgia Assembly in 1809, as a captain in the Georgia militia, and as a lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812.
Baltimore Patriot and Evening Advertiser
October 13, 1813On Thursday last, Thaddeus Holt was shot through the body, (supposed with a rifle bullet) which entered below the breast bone and came out just under the right shoulder blade. He received the wound in Oconee Swamp on the way to his lower plantation by John Jones, (Whiskey.) It is worthy of remark, that early in Col. Holt’s life, he fought a man, both armed with knives, in which affair both were badly cut to pieces. In Kentucky, in a duel, he wounded through the leg; and directly after in many Indian skirmishes. Afterwards he was shot through the neck; and in the year ’95 had his mouth shot to pieces in a duel – all of which he survived, and lives to agonize his present wound, from which it is probable he will recover, being the 4th day since it was received.
In the 1887 work Virginia cousins:a study of the ancestry and posterity of John Goode of Whitby, a Virginia colonist of the seventeenth century, with notes upon related families, a key to southern genealogy and a history of the English surname Gode, Goad, Goode or Good from 1148 to 1887, author George Brown Goode gives the following short biography:
Judge THADDEUS GOODE HOLT, of Macon, Ga., son of Thaddeus and Martha Goode Holt, was born Sept. 20, 1793, and died May 8, 1873. Married, 1828, Nancy, daughter of John and Martha Flemming. Children: —
- Hon. Thaddeus Goode Holt, Jr., b. Oct. 16, 1836.
- Allen F., m. E. J. Monghon.
- Ellen, m. D. E. Notris.
- Leroy, d. aet, 23.
Judge Holt was educated at the University of Georgia, at Athens, and became a prominent lawyer. He was Solicitor-General of the southern circuit of Georgia, 1819-22, and Judge of the southern circuit, 1824-28.
Avery’s History of Georgia mentions “a public meeting held in Macon, 1862, presided over by that noble gentleman, and distinguished ex-Judge Thaddeus G. Holt, to devise means to strengthen the army of the new nation.”
- Levi J. Knight and Lowndes First Superior Court.
- An Antebellum Trial at Troupville
- Coffee Road Led to Creation of Lowndes County
- Coffee’s Road Passed Seven Miles West of Ray City
- Morgan Goodgame Swain and the Estate of Canneth Swain
- Sheriff Swain and Legal Affairs in Old Troupville
- Counterfeit Coins in Berrien County
- Bird’s Mill Post Office
- Reverend John Slade of the Troupville Circuit
- Judge Hansell: Distinguished Man of Georgia
- The State vs Burrell Hamilton Bailey
- Reverend William A. Knight at old Troupville, GA
- Eulogy of Elder Ansel Parrish
- John Gaskins ~ Berrien Cattleman