After the Creeks and Cherokees were removed from Georgia, a land lottery was held for the purpose of drawing land. In Habersham, the draw was for 250 and 490 acres. Many settlers came from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Ancestor Researchers should also search the records in Rabun, Banks, White and Cherokee Counties. Thus, Habersham County was created in 1818 and was named for Joseph Habersham, Revolutionary War Soldier and US Postmaster General, a direct descendant of the prominent James Habersham, first settler to Savannah. It lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North East Georgia. The first white inhabitants inhabited lands which came from the Indian cessions of 1818 and 1819. They settled along the banks of the county's four major rivers, the Chattahoochee, Soque, Tallulah, and Tugaloo. When gold was discovered in northeast Georgia, this resulted in the Cherokee removal of 1838. Parts of the original county lands were given to Banks, Cherokee, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, and White counties, decreasing Habersham County to 278 square miles.
Habersham County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Digital Images of Habersham County Wills 1824 to 1848
Testators:Adams, James; Allan, A. M.; Allan, Hannah; Allan, James; Askew, Josiah; Ayres, Nathaniel; Brewer, Henry; Brock, Moses; Burns, Martha; Carr, Kinchen; Cash, Howard Sr.; Davidson, Frederick; Deavors, George; Edwards, Enoch; England, Joseph; Freeman, Jeptha; Gazaway, Thomas; Hackett, Robert; Holcombe, Sherwood; Holeman, Henry; Horton, Edwin; Hughs, William; Hunter, James; King, John; Kinsy, Peter; Martin, Elizabeth; McIntyre, John; McKinney, Elizabeth; McKinney, Mordecai ; Mize, Zachariah ;Morgan, Samuel Sr. ;Morris, John ; Phillips, Fanny ;Popham, John ;Powell, Miriam ;Powell, Thomas; Russell, David; Starr, Elijah; Stephens, Hezekiah ; Wallers, Clement ;Wofford, James ;Wofford, William H.
Indexes to Probate Records
- Habersham County Estates 1820-1850.(abstracts)
- Habersham County Minutes 1842-1853. (abstracts)
- Index to Habersham County Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, 1819-1928.
- Index to Habersham County Annual Returns, Vouchers, 1879-1957.
Images of Newspapers (select issues)
- Habersham County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
- The Democest
The Errors in Genealogical Research
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Although researchers strive to discover actual facts concerning times, places and dates of their ancestors, it seems as though there is always a flaw somewhere. The further that we go into the past, there are inconsistencies. This is when the genealogist transforms into a "detective" who searches for the smallest of nuances which fit into historical facts. The whole thing is to understanding why people moved about so frequently, where they were when they married, and what happened to all of the children. A family seat in America does not compare to one in Great Britain, for example, where families resided on the same lands for generations. The nobility kept their estates in tact for hundreds of years. Judging by the large parcels of land which comprised Virginia plantations, tHere appears to have been somewhat of an attempt to do this, however, tobacco stripped the land of its nutrients, and fields had to go unseeded for years. As more and more land was required, only the eldest son remained on the estate while his siblings moved on. But we not only have our own mistakes, but the mistakes of others. Thus, when receiving the research of others, it becomes necessary to carefully examine all of the resources provided.
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