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Indian War of Georgia
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Cherokee Indian territory became Cherokee County by an Act of December 26, 1831

Georgia Gold

"In 1829, prospectors discovered gold in north Georgia on land that the Cherokee had long controlled. This new-found wealth was a major reason that whites demanded the eviction of the Cherokee. By 1830, the Georgia gold strike was producing over 300 ounces of gold a day. That same year, the Congress of the United States passed the Indian Removal Act. The Cherokees fought the removal laws in the Supreme Court and established an independent Cherokee Nation. In 1832, the Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee with Chief Justice John Marshall declaring that the Cherokee Nation was sovereign and the removal laws invalid. President Andrew Jackson defied the decision of the court and ordered the removal."
Source: The Price Of Freedom; Americans at War. (National Museum of American History, Behring Center.)

Authority: Act of December 21, 1830; Act of December 24, 1831

Year of Drawing: 1832

Counties

The original Cherokee Indian territory became Cherokee County by an Act of December 26, 1831. A law passed on December 3, 1832, divided original Cherokee County into ten counties: Cass (renamed Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union. In the drawing of tickets and in the granting of the land, the area was treated only as Cherokee territory. It was divided between land lots distributed by the sixth land lottery and gold lots that were distributed by the seventh land lottery.

Sections and Land Districts

 

First Section
Districts 6-10, 16-19.

Second Section
Districts 4-14, 20, 22-27

Third Section
Districts 5-16

Fourth Section
Districts 4-15, 18-19

 

First Section

  • 5 districts (1-5): 40 acre gold
  • 5 districts (6-10): 160 acre land
  • 5 districts (11-15): 40 acre gold
  • 4 districts(16-19): 160 acre land

Third Section

  • 4 districts (1-4): 40 acre gold
  • 12 districts (5-16): 160 acre land
  • 5 districts (17-21): 40 acre gold
  • 7 districts (22-28): 160 acre land

Second Section

  • 3 districts( 1-3) 40 acre gold
  • 11 districts (4-14) 160 acre land
  • 5 districts (15-19) 40 acre gold
  • 1 district (20) 160 acre land
  • 1 district (21) 40 acre gold
  • 6 districts (22-27) 160 acre land