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Have you Researched the Asylum Records?

Milledgeville State Hospital I think that the general impression of most people is that asylum records are confidential. Although this may still be the case, notes of persons be admitted to the Milledgeville asylum are found in newspapers. Some people died there and obituary notices were published in local newspapers. Here is an account in The Baptist Sun, Gainesville, Georgia, published January 31, 1889: "Susanna E. Wards, wife of Rev. W. D. Wade, died in the Asylum at Milledgeville, Jan. the 16th; 1889. She had been confined near two years. She was about 37 years of age; and had been a member of the Baptist church 25 years. Before she became demented. She was an intelligent woman, a loving wife and mother, a kind, affectionate neighbor, and a faithful church member. A husband an three girl-children are left to mourn the sad decease of this good woman. But they should be consoled with the thought that the Lord doeth all things well; and that has only called her from the gloom of the Asylum to the haven of rest."

The Migratory Trail into Hall County

The migratory trail of those persons in Hall County was down from Virginia through Abbeville and Anderson Counties, South Carolina. They were those who drew in the lotteries for the land surrendered by the Cherokee Indians in the Treaties of 1817 and 1819. The first settlers were Scots-Irish, English and German, as well as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians.

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They Traveled Far in Search of a Home

The Loggins family were among those who went West into Augusta and Orange Counties, Virginia. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, John Loggins Sr. enlisted in the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Line. He was forty-four years of age. Afterwards, he removed to Halifax County, Virginia, then on to Union County and Pendleton District, South Carolina. His son, John, also served in the war and made his residence in Hall County.

Looking for Ancestors? Here is a comment about G. L. Barker from The Southern States Magazine, March 1894

James Longstreet Sometimes to find ancestors the researcher must seek rare and interesting resources. There are genealogical and historical magazines out there. " G. N. Barker, a resident of Longstreet, Georgia in 1889, occupied in stock raising, etc., I may be able to point out a few advantages and differences relative to these parts. What will strike the farmer most on arriving in this section is the total absence of grass meadows or any visible facilities for the pasturing of stock, but curiously enough, an abundance of fairly nutritious hay may be cut during summer, of sufficient nutritive value with the assistance of a little grain for stock. The corn crop is light per acre to one used to the West; oats, however, yield well when well cultivated, and are off the ground in May, the same ground making also a good hay crop the same year. Bermuda grass makes an inexhaustible supply of pasture for all stock, except three winter months when green rye, barley or oats will take its place. Italian rye grass I have found grows luxuriantly during winter and spring, and it makes more milk than almost any herb. Red top grass also succeeds well. During summer there is an abundance of forage crops for all classes of stock, and of good nutritious quality. Stock is healthy here, provided it is kept clean and not overfed with too highly fattening foodstuffs. My health has vastly improved in this climate and I have recovered from the exposures of the Northwest. The land here is poor and run down, but good cultivation and moderate manuring soon restore a fertility that is astonishing to anyone seeing only what is done without fertilizer. The greatest drawbacks in this section are the total inability of the laborer, merchant and business man to comprehend or encourage anything but cotton. All kinds of fruits flourish with good care bestowed upon them." Source:The Southern States, March 1894, An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the South

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Hall County Wills, Estates, Church Records

Hall County Genealogists should research the Cobb, Cherokee, Floyd, Hall and Forsyth County records for ancestors in this section of Georgia, as many families travelled together, intermarried, etc. Hall County was created in 1818 from lands ceded by the Cherokee Indians on July 8, 1817 in the Treaty of the Cherokee Agency. Additional Cherokee lands were ceded to Georgia on Feb. 27, 1819 in the Treaty of Washington which included the western portions of Habersham and Hall counties. In 1820 a land lottery was held for lucky drawyers, which granted 250 acres of land. It was named for Lyman Hall (of Connecticut), one of Georgia's three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Hall County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • Hall County Wills 1837-1867 (abstracts)
  • Index to Hall County Miscellaneous Estates, Wills, AInventories, Appraisements, Annual Returns, Vouchers, Book A, 1819-1838
  • Index to Hall County Wills, Book A, 1837-1867
  • Index to Hall County Wills, Book R, 1868-1890
  • Hall County Marriages 1819-1850.
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Chastain, William (estate image).
  • Chastain, William (inventory image).
  • Chastain, William (administration image).
  • Lockhart, Vincent, Agreement Between Heirs (1893)(image).
  • McConnell, John Sr., LWT, transcription (1821).
  • Thacker, William (estate image).
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Military Records

  • Revolutionary War Soldiers from Hall County
  • Revolutionary War Soldiers Eligible to Draw in Land Lottery
  • 1836 Muster of Gainesville Dragoons
  • 27th Regiment, C. S. A. Muster Roll
  • Hall County Muster Roll, C. S. A.
  • 1897 Civil War Reunion
  • Hall County Pensions 1918-1921
  • Hall County Roll of Invalid Soldiers Pensions 1914-1920

Church Records

  • Minutes of the Hopewell Church, Gainesville

Early Settlers

  • Sketches published in The Daily Times, Gainesville
  • Residents of Cave Springs
  • Settlers of the Nacoochee Valley
  • Physicians in Hall County

Online Images of Newspapers (select issues)

  • The Baptist Sun
  • The Flowery Branch

Traced Genealogies of Hall County Families

  • Bird
  • Hall
  • Loggins
  • McCleskey
  • Mullins
  • Orr
  • Sinyard
  • Trout
  • Whelchel
  • Wilson

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