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Paulding County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Dallas Depot Paulding County was created from Cherokee County. The Creeks, but mostly Cherokees resided in this territory, Raccoon Creek and other waters finding many arrows and flints. In 1833 when Archibald Holland removed to Paulding County a family of Cherokees having six children resided along the 10-Mile Run near Raccoon Creek. Nearby huge mounds. The story goes that when they left to go to Oklahoma, they buried a black iron pot of gold or silver in this creek. The county was named after John Paulding, one of the men who captured the British spy Major Andre during the American Revolution. The county was named in his honor in 1832. Major Andre was the accomplice to Benedict Arnold. With the removal of the Creek in 1825 after Chief William McIntosh signed the Treaty of Indian Springs only Cherokee remained and it was distributed in 160 acre lots in the Lottery of 1832, although a portion in the northeast corner was distributed as the smaller 40 acre gold lots. On December 3, 1832, the county was recognized by the Georgia Legislature. Paulding was formed from Cherokee County in 1832.

Maps were scanned in such a manner as to provide details for locating creeks, branches, rivers, lakes, churches, schools and cemeteries. This will enable you to better locate the old homeplace using the description from old non-specific deeds. Also, a convenience in locating both private and public cemeteries in the area.

Paulding County Records available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Digital Images of Paulding Wills, 1853-1877
Testators: Abels, Ethelbert, deceased; Adair, Bozeman, deceased;Adams, James, deceased;Anderson, Edwin. 1851 nuncupative Last Will and Testament; Brintle, Oliver, deceased;Caldwell, Curtis, deceased;Crumpton, Thomas, deceased; Dodd, Martin, deceased;Dupree, Elijah J.;Easterling, Trustin, deceased; Fincher Guardianship;Forsyth Guardian;Frazier Guardian; Gann, Nathaniel, deceased;Garman Guardians;Gibson, Henry A., deceased; Goggans (or Goggins), Henry, deceased; Gelley Guardianship;Hale, Andrew, deceased;Johnson, John, deceased;Jones, Thomas G., deceased; Kilby, Josephy and Elijah J., deceased;King, L. D., deceased;Lackey, William, deceased;Lester Orphans;Lyle, John, deceased;McLarty, John, deceased;Pollard, Joseph, deceased;Reynolds, Thomas, deceased;Rhodes, John, deceased;Rochester, Asbury, deceased;Roberts, James;Rollins, William, deceased;Sansing, Benjamin, deceased;Simms, Richard, deceased; Smith, David, deceased; Wright, George W., deceased.
Digital Images of Paulding Wills, 1861-1867
Testators:Adair, Bozeman; Adair, James L. ;Bone, Bailey estate ;Caldwell, C. C. ;Greer, William ;Middlebrooks, John ;Pool, John ;Rentz, George ;Smith, John F. ;Thompson, Thomas ;Trammell, Elizabeth
Digital Images of Paulding Estates, 1855-1877
Ables, Absalom ;Ables, Ethelbert ;Adair, Bozeman ;Adams, James;Anderson, Edwin ;Brintle, Oliver ;Caldwell, C. C. ;Carrell, Benjamin ;Cooper, Stacy ;Crumpton, Thomas ;Dodd, Martin ;Dupree, Elijah J. ;Easterling, Trustin ;Fincher, guardianship of orphans ;Forsyth, guardian of orphans ;Frazier, guardian of orphans ;Fuller, James ;Gann, Nathaniel ;Garman, guardians of Persons of Free Color; Garrison, Caleb ;Gelley, guardianship ;Gibson, H. ;Goggins, Henry ;Hale, Andrew ;Hales, Permelia and Martha; Hale, Mary ;Irby, A. ;Johnson, John ;Jones, Thomas G.; Kilby, Joseph and Elijah J. ;King, K. L. ;Lackey, William ;Lester, orphans ;Little, Francis ;Lyle, John ;Mahaffey, Joseph ;McLarty, John ;Mullins, Bird ;Neal, William ;Paris, Elias ;Pollard, Joseph ;Ragsdale, Elijah ;Reynolds, Thomas ;Rhodes, John ;Roberts, James ;Rochester, Asbury ;Rollins, William ;Sansing, Benjamin ;Simms, Richard ;Smith, David ;Wright, George W.
Digital Images of Paulding Wills, 1867-1878
Testators: Adair, Bozeman; Adair, James L. estate ;Adair, James ;Adair, John B. ;Bone, Bailey ;Cochran, Alexander; Cochran, Ellis ;Cole, William ;Elsberry, Lindsey ;Fuller, Isam ;Green, James ;Hendrick, Asa ;McEver, William ;Shell, James ;Veal, William
Probate Records Miscellaneous Paulding County Wills, Estates, Deeds Marriages Maps Churches Cemeteries Military
Youngdeer
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin

Youngdeer
From a painting of Young Deer located at Red Top Lodge at Red Top Mountain Park. There was an Indian family of Tidwells who resided in Paulding County. When the Dawes Commission started accepting applications in the Court of Claims to appropriate Oklahoma lands to Indians which could prove at least 1/32nd blood, information concerning John Tidwell was written in a number of applications. Tidwell, a Cherokee, claimed that he was the son of "Youngdeer" There was an Indian, David Cordrey from Forsyth County, who died on "the trail of tears" and his name appeared on the 1835 roll. According to tradition, Cordrey was married to Sarah Tidwell, a daughter of "Youngdeer." Although all of the claims declaring descent from "Youngdeer" were rejected, the Tidwell and Cordrey families did reside in Forsyth and Paulding Counties, with certain of them traveling west during the 1890s. This means that they were absent from being on any of the earlier Indian Rolls, which we used as proof of Indian blood. However, the evidence points that Sarah Cordrey, a daughter of Thomas Cordery (born 1782, died 14 July 1842) was the wife of "Youngdeer". David Cordery was a son of Thomas Cordery who died 1842 in Forsyth County, Georgia and his wife, Susannah Sonicooie who died 1818 in Suwanee Old Town, Gwinnett County. The job of the genealogist is to search the Census, Cherokee Rolls, Chapman Rolls, Baker Rolls, etc. as well as the 35,000 applications present to the Dawes Commission records in the U. S. Court of Claims between 1906 and 1910. Some of these records are available to members of Georgia Pioneers


Map of Paulding County


Paulding County Court House

Paulding County

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