Forsyth County, Georgia History
by Donna Parrish
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|Forsyth County was created December 3,
1832. The Eastern and Southern Boundaries were the centerline of the
The land in Forsyth County was given away in the 1832 Land Lottery of Cherokee County. For information about who could draw land see Land Lots All the lots in Forsyth County were 40 acres which is 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile.
The land was obtained from the Cherokee Indians by treaty. Although the land was distributed, all the Cherokees had not removed (some never did) and the new property owners either sold to those occupying it or dispossessed them of it.
For the persons who drew see pages 80 thru 119 in Garland Bagly's History of Forsyth County 1832 - 1932 Volume 1.
Many of the land lottery winners sold their land sight unseen. Others were levied on and the property sold to pay judgments against them.
The First Election was to be held "the first Monday in March next (3/4/1833) at the place where William Hammons now lives".
Oliver Strickland had been the Clerk of Superior for Cherokee County and Deed Book A of Forsyth contains many pages which were assignments of persons lottery draws (Like selling your lottery ticket).
|Many of the first families to arrive are shown on
the 1834 State Census certified Apr 1, 1834 by Wm. W. Vaughan.
Robert Davis located this census in the Telamon Cuyler Collection at
the University of Georgia and submitted a typed copy to the NWGa Quarterly
I believe it was.
Also, in 1834 they laid out the Town of Cumming.
At this time period there was also the platted Town of Shady Grove, located where Shakerag is shown today. (This reference from Forsyth County deeds.)
|In 1835, they took a census of Cherokees in Forsyth
County. The Census is called Census of Cherokees East of the Mississipi and
appears on Federal Microfilm - Microcopy No: T496 Roll No. 1 Forsyth County
appears on pages 46 and 47 of the original book. They were listed
as being on the Chattahoochee River, Vickory;s Creek, Settingdown Creek and
Etower River (Etowah).
13 whites connected by marriage.
The Information I used in my Census Index book was Head of Household, Cherokees, Slaves and Whites by Marriage. Those census people asked a lot more questions than I used. For example: how many bushels of wheat did you grow? how many of corn? How many read Cherokee? How many read English? etc.
Some of my original records, the soot stains are from a house fire (caused by lightning) on the Monday after Thanksgiving 1983. The top book say 1860 Forsyth, the next says Marriages and is 100 years groom to bride and bride to groom. The bottom four are a handwritten transcription of the 1850 census, one family to the page with extra notes, arranged alphabetically.
© Donna Parrish