Forsyth County Ga History and Records  by Donna Parrish ©  2000 - 2012     

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   Forsyth Facts

Total area of 247.4 square miles.
From largest to smallest it is number 126 out of 159.
Formed Dec. 1832 from Cherokee County, which had been formed from the Cherokee Nation East only a year before (Dec. 26, 1831).  
Lying in the gold belt, all the lots in Forsyth County were 40 acre lots.
      Forsyth consisted of Districts 1, 2, 3 and 14 of the First Section of Cherokee County.
The county was named for John Forsyth.
The County Seat is Cumming.
      Town of Cumming ......The Early Years A Booklet Online by Donna Parrish

Towns and Communities   See this page towns.html   


Forsyth Myths  

There are THREE Myths about Forsyth County that irritate me because they are untrue. I am going to try to put enough evidence online to show you why I think so.

1. All the Cherokees  in Forsyth County were rounded up and sent to the land "west of Arkansas" in 1838 on the "Trail of Tears".  
  The wagon train that got in trouble in 1838 was the one that inspired the "Trail of Tears".  Under Census, compare the Cherokees listed in the 1835 census with the names still here on the 1840 census.

2. Chief Sawnee is sealed up in a cave on Sawnee Mountain with his gold.

3. All the BLACKs in Forsyth County were forced to sell their land because of what happened in 1912.

What Happened in 1912  
From Donna Parrish's Shadow of 1912:

Ellen Grice was assaulted on Wednesday, September 4,1912.Tony Howell was charged with "Assault with intent to Rape" (Book 4 p. 391). After several adjournments, the case was "nol prossed". Howell continued to live in Forsyth County until the 1940's, when according to a neighbor he moved to Alpharetta, GA to reside with his daughter.

Mae Crow was assaulted on Sunday, September 08, 1912.She died Monday, September 23, 1912. Rob Edwards was indicted for the rape of Mae Crow.  On Tuesday September 10,1912 Edwards was shot, drug from the Cumming, GA  jail and hung up on the telephone pole at the intersection of Main Street and Tribble Gap Road (the northwest corner of the Square according to a participant). The coroner's inquest held Wednesday, September 18,1912 found the cause of death to be a gun shot. MORE

This building on the old Federal Road in Forsyth County is where James Vann was killed in February 1809   From the Moravian Diaries: " Feb 21. We received the startling news of the murder of Mr. Vann. "

 Blackburn Inn from the Historical Society
Photo of Buffington Tavern_Blackburn Inn
by Annette Bramblett

Lewis Blackburn and Mary Daniel Buffington
Note: the building was moved 2003 by the City of Cumming.


Cemeteries of Forsyth County, Georgia

Northwest GA History

Forsyth County, Georgia History

Bell Research Center

Forsyth Co Ga USGenWeb Archives Project

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