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The "Trail of Tears" and Fort Hoskins

During 1838 the remnants of the Cherokee Nation were rounded up by Federal Forces and the Georgia Militia and put into military stocks for the eventual removal to reservations in Indian Territory. On May 30th, seventy-nine Cherokee Indians were captured and guarded at Fort Hoskins under the command of Captain Thomas S. Jones. On June 9th 1838 it was reported that 122 captives had been sent directly to Ross Landing. In all, about 7000 U.S. Soldiers and Georgia Militia forced some 15,000 Cherokee Indians into stockades and held them for removal. It is believed that many Cherokees probably died in the stockades.


Map of Murray County


Murray County Court House

Fort Mountain

Murray County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Maps, Marriages


Murray County

Murray County was created from Cherokee County on Dec. 3, 1832 by an Act of the General Assembly. Before that it was occupied by the Cherokee Nation of North Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina and Chief Vann farmed in this county.

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Digital Images of Murray County Wills 1840-1872
Testators: Adair, Edward ; Anderson, James ;Bailey, William ;Bates, Andrew J. ;Bates, John ;Bates, Julius ;Black, George ;Drummond, Daniel ;Ducket, Martha; Dwight, Samuel ;Fitzpatrick, Jackson ;Gaither, Elizabeth; Gray, Robert ;Hall, Drury ;Harrison, Nathan ;Hawkins, John;Hill, Richard; Humphries, David; Humphreys, Joab ;Jackson, Littlebury ;Johnson, Jason ;Jurkin, Samuel;Killingsworth. Francis; King, Elias ;McClain, William ;McCurdy, Stephen ;McEntire, John ;McGhee, James ;Murray, Samuel ;Neal, Adam ;Neal, Robert ;Parr, Charles ;Patterson, Robert C.; Pickett, James; Ray, William ;Ray, William J. ;Royston, Lewis ;Shelton, Elizabeth ;Sloan, Robert; Stevenson, John ;Stewart, Susan ;Stown, Luke ;Terry, Duncan; Terry, Lewis; Thompson, Benjamin ;Vining, Albert ;Wilkinson, John ;Wilson, Martha J.
Abstracts of Murray County Wills
  • Murray County Wills 1840-1872.
  • Murray County Wills 1872-1922 (abstracts).
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Book 1, 1840-1872.
  • Index to Murray County Will Book 2, 1872-1922.
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1835-1853.
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1853-60.
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1859-67.
Maps
  • 1882 Map of Murray County.
  • Map of Spring Place, seat of the US Indian Mission (Cherokee Nation).
  • Map of Murray County District 8.
Marriages
  • Index to Marriages 1834-1849
Miscellaneous
  • Murray County Rangers of 1838.
  • List of Superior Court Judges and Clerks
  • List of Sheriffs
  • List of Tax Collectors and Receivers
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