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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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)
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- Map of Indian Trails
How Tax Records Help the Genealogist
By Jeannette Holland Austin
The tax digests in any given county in the State of Georgia provides essential data to the researcher as it lists all of the parcels of land which the person owned and in what counties. In Georgia, one can easily define the acquisition of properties from lotteries and the approximate date simply by noting the amount of acreage in the tax record. For example, the 1805 and 1807 land lotteries offered 202-1/2 acres in Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties; and 490 acres in Wayne County (1805). During 1820: Appling (490), Early (250); Gwinnett (250); Habersham (250) (490); Hall (250); Irwin (490); Rabun (490)(250) and Walton (250). The 1827 Land Lottery gave 202-1/2 acres in Carroll, Coweta, Lee, Muscogee and Troup. The 1832 lottery consisted of 202-1/2 acres in Cass (now Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding and Union Counties. These are all Indian lands belonging to the Creeks and Cherokees. There was also a lottery encompassing North Georgia lands formerly owned by the Cherokees where people drew for 40-acre gold lots and one can assume the occupation was "gold miner".
The best route to information is to first search the lottery records, then the tax digests in specific counties. In many instances, the names of waterways and creeks are provided, also the type of timber on the land, and the name of the adjoining landowner (if there was one). The digests were not indexed and are listed by districts. It is a good idea to search through the time period during which the families resided in that county. In the back of each book is a section of "Defaulters". That is important in discerning whether the family had moved on, or died. A good rule of thumb is that any person listed as a defaulter who was 60+ years of age, probably died in that county. A thorough study of the tax digests becomes essential especially if no other books survived for that county. This is where the tracts of land of each person having the same surname should be compared from one year to the next. For example, John Smith was listed for a number of years. Then, there was an administrator beside his name. (This is the approximate date of his death). Then, following through the years, another persons with the same surname has that exact acreage added to his accounting. This would be an heir, probably the oldest son.
A good practice is to make copies of the digest for later comparisons between probable heirs, neighbors and friends. John Smith may appear many times, but how do you know if he is the same John Smith? The answer is to always take notes of the neighbors. Everyone listed in the same district are friends and relatives. It is the community as well as the history of the times!
Captain John Collins of Acworth
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Anyone who has visited the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Acworth, Georgia has seen the grave of 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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