Liberty County combined the Colonial parishes of St. John, St. James and St. Andrew in 1777. Later, the state legislature drew Mclntosh and Long counties from Liberty's original territory. The county's name honors the settlers of Midway who were the most uncompromising champions of independence and were the first community to send delegates to the Continental Congress. Dr. Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett represented these settlers at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Hinesville, the county seat, is named for a local family.