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Captain John Collins of Acworth

Anyone who has visited the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Acworth, Georgia has seen the grave of Captain John Collins. Captain John Collins At the onset of the Revolutionary War, John Collins enlisted as a private in the Militia of Captain John McAfee, Regiment of Colonel Neal to defend the South Carolina frontiers against the Cherokee Indians. His company marched to Fort Independence on the Seneca River in South Carolina and were engaged in frequent skirmishes; thence to the middle settlement of the Cherokee Nation where they defeated the Indians. During October of 1778, Collins visited the home of his father in Camden District, South Carolina and enlisted as a substitute for Moses Kemp, taking the rank of private under Captain Thomas Barron. The company marched to Brier Creek to meet General Ashe where he was stationed for two months. Then, Daniel McIntire hired him to take his place in the North Carolina Militia for three months under Captain Benjamin Harden, Colonel Charles McDowell and Lieutenant Colonel Tinning. They marched to Charlotte, North Carolina, then to Savannah, Georgia where they joined General Lincoln, then to Brier Creek and Bacon Bridge on the Ashley River for three months. He was taken prisoner at the fall of Charleston on May 12th, and paroled in Lincoln County, North Carolina. After beiing home about two months, he was taken by a parcel of Tories and carried to where Colonel Ferguson was with British, charged with violating his parole, found guilty, and sentenced to hang. But by a providential occurrence, he effected his escape, seeking refuge in army, joined the battle of Guilford. He was at the defeat of Colonel Banastre Tarleton at Cowpens, and the defeat of Ferguson at Kings Mountain. Afterwards, he went to Henry County, Virginia where he substituted for William Jones for two months and serving as Lieutenant Adjutant marched to Petersburg, Virginia, but soon driven from there by British. He was at the Battle of Jamestown then enlisted in the South Carolina Militia and marched to the Orangeburg Court House, then Four Holes Bridger then Dorchester, and Bacons Bridge. Like most immigrants to Georgia, he was in several counties in Georgia before finally setting at the Mars Hill community in Acworth.


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Cobb County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Divorces, Minute Books, Military, Newspapers

Pine Run Grist Mill Cobb County was formed in 1832 from Cherokee County and named in honor of Thomas Willis Cobb, U.S. representative, U. S.Senator and Supreme Court Judge who subsequently named the the city of Marietta after his wife. For a number of years white traders settlers encroached on Indian lands. Upon the signing of the 1832 Treaty to remove the Cherokees, settlers flooded the territory. The Cherokees were farmers and not surprisingly, not all Cherokees emigrated to Oklahoma and Kansas. Some of them obtained permission to remain in Cobb County which is reflected in the Dawes Rolls when people from Cobb, Forsyth, Lumpkin and Gilmer Counties made application before the Dawes Commission to prove Indian ancestry. Such proof was necessary in order to obtain free land in Oklahoma. Indian trails ran from the Alabama Road North through Bartow County and across the "Shallow Ford" in the Chattahoochee. The Second Georgia Land Lottery of 1832 parceled out land to settlement and the first towns of Marietta, Sweet Water, Buffalo Fish and Big Shanty. Big Shanty is remembered for sheltering Atlantans during the Battle of Atlanta which made the mad rush by railroad before General Sherman took the city. The railroad started its construction in 1836 when the State of Georgia began purchasing the right-of-way to build from the Tennessee River to the Chattahoochee River. In 1845 track was laid from Marthasville to Marietta with a stop over for water at Moon's Station in Kennesaw. During the War Between the States the earliest court house records were torched by Sherman. Earliest settlers were: Cloud, Lemon, Collins, Guess, King, etc.

NOTE: The Cobb County records have not been microfilmed and are not found at the Georgia State Archives.

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Adams, Hiram M.;Alexander, John Y.; Alexander, Peter W.; Alexander, Robert G.; Allen, Ransom A.; Allgood, John W.; Anderson, Charles H.; Anderson, Henry S.; Anderson, Henry S.; Anderson, William P.; Armstrong, William; Atkins, Emeret; Austin, William A.; Avery, George S.; Awtrey, Merrill C.; Awtry, Sarah; Baggett, Burton; Bagwell, John B.; Baker, Francis J.; Barrett. Charles; Barrett, John; Baswell, William P.; Bates, Mathias; Bellenger, John; Bennett, John H;. Bingham, S. A.; Bolan, Matilda C.; Bonner, Claborn; Boyd, David; Boyd, Robert M.; Bradley, Gordon M.; Branan, Sarah; Brinkley, Emeline F.; Brockman, John B.; Brockman, John B.; Brown, Absalom; Brown, James R; Brown, James Welsman; Brown, Silas; Bullard, Robert L;. Buttolph, Wallace S.; Bunn, Marcus; Burnap, Gaines C.; Bush, Asa; Byrd, Sarah N.; Cargile, James; Carrie, Gaspard T.; Chastain, Sarah C;. Chastain, Sarah C.; Cheney, Andrew J.; Cheney, W. S.; Clark, Jane; Clarke, Susan Stone; Clay, Thomas C;. Cochran, S. R.; Cole, Henry G.; Cook, Francis; Cooke, N. M.; Cortelyon, Peter R.; Couper, Hannah Page; Cowen, Stephen D.; Crockett, M. Ella; Crosby, Charles M.; Covington, W. H.; Cumming, William Henry; Curry, Rebecca; Daniell, Robert; Darby, John; Darby, Mary Francis; Davis, Gary; Delk, Jackson; Delk, W. J.; Dempsey, Lazarus; Dickeson, John; Dickson, David; Dobbs, David; Dobbs, David Tudson; Dobbs, James P.; Dobbs, Wiat; Dobbs, William M.; Dodd, Peter S.; Dodgen, George N.; Dodgen, John L.; Dunwoody, Ellen C.; Drake, Cargile; Duke, Augustus Newton; Dunaway, Ellen C.; Duncan, Martha Berrien; Edwards, Allen C;. Edwards, Simeon; Emanuel, David; Esler, Sarah Este, William Miller Eubanks, Joseph Fannin, Benjamin Faw, Enoch; Fenn, Susan Emeline; Florence, William; Fowler, George T.; Fridell, John L.; Fuller, W. G.; Gantt, Joseph; Gappins, Jordan; Gibson, Isham R.; Gignilliat, Harrietta; Gignilliat, Norman P.; Gignilliat, William R.; Glore, George W.; Glover, J. B., Jr.; Goss, Isham Jabez Marshall; Goulding, Matilda R.; Gragg, John; Gray, Eliza A.; Green, Clara I.; Green, Clotilda; Green, Joel A.; Green, William C., Sr.; Gresham, George W.; Gresham, Watson; Groover, Jacob N.; Groves, William F.; Gunnell, W B.; Gunter, David; Hamby, T. K.; Hardage, George Washington; Harden, Robert R.; Hargrove, Asbury; Harkness, Amanda K.; Harlow, Cynthia A.; Harrington, Jackson; Harrison, Maria S.; Heggie, Carrie E.; Hembree, Samuel; Hembree, Warren W.; Hill, John W.; Hinton, Mary H.; Hinton, Rosina L.; Hirsch, Rapheal; Hogan, Mary; Holcombe, Jabez J.; Hopkins, Henry J.; House, Francis C.; House, Henry; House, Jacob G.; House, William; Hoy, Andrew C.; Hughes, James G.; Humphrey, Richard; Humphries, J. R., Dr.; Hunt, Elisha; Husk, Martha L.; Inzer, Mark P.; Irvine, Susan E.; Jackson, H. C.; Jackson, Shadrach; Johnston, William M.; Jones, Samuel; Jordan, William M.; Julian, Samuel; Kelpen, William; Kemp, Alsey; Kemp, Burrell; Kemp, James Starling; Kemp, Solomon; Kimberly, J. E.; King, Francis P., Mrs.; Kirk, John, Sr.; Kiser, John; Knight, Hattie H.; Knight, Rachael Susannah; Kolb, Valentine; Lacy, Edna; Lane, Caroline T.; Lane, Matilda B.; Lanneau, John F.; Lemon, Robert; Lemon, William; Lewis, John; Lindley, John B.; Lindley, John T.; Lindley, Jonathan; Lindley, Thomas; Linton, Elizabeth W.; Litchfield, Elizabeth; Litchfield, L. A.; Lyle, Hugh G.; Lyle, Nancy S.; Mable, Robert; MacLeod, Mary A.; Maner, Alfred; Marchman, Roswell H.; Mayes, Elizabeth; Mayes, Harvey M.; Mayson, George W.; Maxwell, Sarah L.; McCannell, James; McCowes, Anna William; McDonald, Eliza; McDonald, James J.; McEarchen, David N.; McEver, John L.; McElreath, John M.; McHan, Barney; McGee, Fletcher M.; McKee, Isaac M.; McLain, Charles P.; McMullan, Willis; Medlock, E. W.; Miller, George A.; Minhinnett, Francis R.; Mitchell, Hardy; Monk, James G.; Moon, Thomas J.; Moore, J. C.; Morgan, David; Morris, Thompson; Moulden, John; Myers, John M.; Neese, Alfred M.; Nesbitt, Mary Ann; Newell, D. J.; Nichols, Fannie; Nichols, William T.; Northcutt, Alfred M.; Northcutt, Jesse J.; Oliver, Peter M.; Orr, William E.; Owen, Hiram; Pace, Russell; Paden, Robert S.; Paige, Joseph; Paige, Sarah C.; Penn, Benjamin J.; Phillips, Mathew M.; Pilgrim, Durrill; Pool, Elzy W.; Pomeroy, Edgar J.; Powder, John H.; Prather, Patrick H.; Pratt, Nathaniel A.; Pritchett, Robert A.; Pruett, Ittai; Ray, Emanuel; Reagin, Robert L.; Reed, Joel B.; Reed, William B.; Reid, Andrew J.; Reid, Eliza Melita; Reynolds, Aristides; Rice, James; Robarts, Elizer G.; Roberts, John; Robertson, Elvina; Robertson, John; Robertson, Samuel; Robinson, William; Rogers, Charles; Rood, Asel P.; Rooney, T. A.; Ruff, Martain Lenkin; Russell, Mattie V.; Sauges, John R.; Scott, Mary A.; Scott, Mary A.; Scribner, Sarah J.; Scroggins, James F.; Sessions, W. M.; Sewell, Joseph W.; Sewell, Terrell R.; Seymore, B. W.; Shaw, Sarah E.; Shearer, George; Sibley, Emma E.; Simpson, Marianne H.; Slaughter, Sarah; Smith, A., Dr.; Smith, Ann M.; Smith, Anna Marie; Smith, A. S.; Smith, Hannah Moore; Smith, James O.; Smith, Mary Perkinson; Smith, Minervia A.; Smith, Morgan; Smith, Sarah; Smith, Tillman; Smith, Zachariah; Stephens, Dorothy; Stephens, Timothy; Stephens, William P.; Stewart, Eliza Pooler; Stewart, Susan M.; & Theophilus S.; Stewart, Theophilus S.; Stocks, Mary Lou; Strange, James W.; Taylor, Isaac; Terry, Alfred; Thomas, K. H.; Tippin, David J.; Trammell, Leander N.; Trezevant, Elizabeth C.; Turner, John H.; Turner, William B.; Varner, Matthew; Vincent, Naomy; Waddell, Medora N.; Wall, Ann Ross; Wallace, Campbell; Wallis, Josiah; Waterman, Thomas; Way, Amos L.; Wayland, Harriet H.; Welch, Henry L.; West, Irena; Westfield, Eliza; Whedbee, Susan; Whitefield, Thomas W.; Whitfield, Benjamin H.; Whitfield, David H.; Williams, Johnson; Williamson, Martha; Winn, Hilliard W.; Winn, Lavenia A.; Winn, William T.; Winn, Will J.; Winters, John R.; Wright, Dotson B.; Wright, Martha G.; Yale, D. E.; York, Augustus W.

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Images of Minute Book A (Estates) 1865-1873
Baker, Charles Baker, John G. Bellinger, John Bennett, John
Boyd, Israel P Boyd, Robert M. Byrd, Margaret Bullard, Micajah
Camp, Benjamin T. Campbell, Newport H. Chappell, John Collins, James A. C.
Cowan, Francis M. Davenport, Marcus L. Dickson, Mary E. and David, orphans of David W. Dobb, Rosalinda
Donehoo, Cornelius T. DuPre, A. N. Durham, Lacy W. Dutton, D. S.
Eason, Rebecca M., orphan of Rasberry Emanuel, David Gann, Edward
Gray, Daniel S. Gresham, Watson Gresham, William Haney, William
Hembree, S. G. Gober, John Hairston, Thomas J. Hamby, D. C., orphans of
Hansell, Andrew J. Harbin, Richard Hartfield, James H., minor of James H.
Hembree, Sanford Hembree, S. G. Hembree, Warren Henry, Andrew J.
House, John Howell, Clement C. Howell, Isaac Howell, M. S.
Kemp, Solomon King, Barrington King, Thomas E. Kirk, George
Kirk, John Lane, Caroline T. Lane, Montgomery, Henry F., Anna W. and Charles M., orphans of Mark Lane
Latimer, Hezekiah R. Layman, Julia and Hannah, orphans Leavell, Edward F. Lemon, William, guardian of his children
Loveless, James Maloney, Robert Manning, Ambrose Manning, Simpson
McAfee, Benjamin McClain, Pemela, guardian of her children McConnell, Mary, orphan of Joseph S. McConnell, Wiley
McGinty, Henry C., Martha E. and Helen V., orphans of H. E. McLarty, S. T. Miller, George A. Montgomery, James F., orphans of
Moore, Jeremiah A. Morris, George, minor orphan Moseley, Elizabeth Nesbit, Mary
Ormsby, Theodore D. Pace, Hardy Palmer, William J., guardian of his children
Pickins, R. H. Rakestraw, William Randolph, John Ray, John
Reed, Daniel Reeves, William E. F. Reid, Andrew J. Reid, Daniel
Robinson, John Rutherford, William Scoggins, Charles, orphan Simpson, L. A.
Slotterbeck, A. J. Smith, Benjamin Smith,Morgin
Stansell, David Strickland, James Summerlin, W. L. Turner, Mitchell D.
Turner, Mahuldah Varner, Matthew Wallace, William Waterman, Thomas S.
Wells, W. S. Williamson, James B. Wright, Thornton Whedbee, Susan


A List of original estates and wills available at the Cobb County Court House (folders) 1865 to 1925

Names: Hammie Abbott, J. M. Abbott, Levi Abbott, Henry Abercrombie, George W. Adair, G. W. Adair, J. F. Adair, Paul and Hazel Adair, Francis Adams, F. W. Adams (1878), H. M. Adams (1897), John Adams, H. S. Adams, minor (1872), Mary Adams, May E. Adams (1875), minor, Melisa Adams (1900), Mrs. P. A. Adams, W. B. Adams, W. E. Adams, R. J. Agricola, Jane Brown Akin, Fannie Alden, Ellenor Aldridge (1880), Charles C. Allen (1894), Eliza Allen, Jo. Allen, R. A. Allen (1878), Ransom Allen; Collins, John (estate)(image)(1852)

Miscellaneous
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  • Cobb County Legal Advertising
Military Records
  • Cobb County World War II Military Registrants
  • Cobb County Military Registrants for the Draft, World War II
Church Records
  • Concord Baptist Church Membership Roll 1832 to 1883
  • Mars Hill Presbyterian Church, Acworth, Registry, 1837-1874
Tax Digests
  • 1848
  • 1849
  • 1851
Images of Newspapers (select issues)
  • Field and Fireside
  • Marietta Daily Journal 1868 to 1870
Maps
  • Map of Indian Trails
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