The land that is now Cobb County was once part of the lands of the Cherokee Nation.
Their land encompassed parts of north Georgia, north Alabama, Tennessee
and part of North Carolina. White settlers moved into the northern
Georgia portion and lived alongside the Cherokee nation for a number
of years. However soon the Georgia Legislature would pressure the federal
government to take these lands from the Cherokee Nation. Factors such
as the discovery of gold in the area and the Indian Removal Act gave
the Georgia Legislature the impetus to claim this portion of Cherokee
lands for Georgia and name it Cherokee County in 1830. The Cherokees
who had not already removed to the West were forced to leave Georgia
and walk to lands on the other side
of the Mississippi, particularly Oklahoma and Arkansas. There is much
information available online on this subject and I invite you
"The Trail of Tears" at the Cherokee Nation website, the National Park Service website, or use your favorite search engine.
Some two years later, it became evident that Cherokee County was too big for
a local government to handle so in
of Georgia enacted
Hall counties along with Cherokee County were merged and then re-divided into nine new counties:
Later (1857) a part of
Cobb County would be used to create Milton
county which was merged with Fulton
County in 1932.
Cobb was Georgia's 84th county and named for Thomas W. Cobb a former U.S.
Representative, U.S. Senator, and Georgia superior court judge.