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Willow Springs School Plantation or field shools were used to teach children, and later, students went abroad to universities in England. Proof of this is contained in the 2-set volume of Memoirs of Georgia publiced in 1895, where families were interviewed and extensive information was provided. If you think that educational materials were lacking, you are mistaken, for the children learned all of the basics: writing, reading, arithmetic. An examination of some old report cards in the mid 20th century reveal an intense study of the most basic subjects. In fact, the required subjects of the grammar and high schools of today compare poorly. By the time that colonial children completed the most rudimary education, they were prepared to meet all the challenges of running their own farm or plantation, from architectural skills to a complex accounting system.


Youngdeer 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

There is a Road to the Past

Genealogy History

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Jeannette Holland Austin Profile

Traced Genealogies:
Paulding County Families

Agle Atkinson Austin Brooks
Cleveland Collins Cooper Craton
Elsberry Ferguson Gamel/Gammell Hitchcock
Holland Jeffers Matthews Moody
Moon Mullins Sinyard

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Pumpkinvine Creek Tressle

Pumpkinvine Creek Tressle

Paulding County Genealogy Resources, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Cemeteries, Churches, Spanish American War

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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

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.

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

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.

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

Indexes of Probate Records

  • Wills and Estates 1861-1867
  • Wills and Estates 1867-1878
  • Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers, 1885-1890
  • Inventories and Appraisements, 1896-1946
  • Paulding Legal Advertising 1868-1873

Miscellaneous Paulding County Wills, Estates, Deeds

  • Adair, Bozeman Estate
  • Adair, James Estate
  • Adair, William
  • Bone, Bailey Estate
  • Bone, Henry
  • Caldwell, C. C. Estate
  • Holland, W. E.
  • Mullins, Thomas Estate
  • Deed of G. P. Matthews to S. D. Holland
  • Watson, J. M. to McLarty deed
  • Watson, J. P. to James Watson deed
  • Watson, William to James C. Lane deed


  • Paulding County Marriages 1832-1906
  • Paulding County Divorces 1885-1886


  • Map of Paulding County, District 3
  • Map of Paulding County, District 18
  • Map of Paulding County, District 19
  • Map of Paulding County
  • Map of Pumpkinvine Creek area showing locations of family homes


  • Narroway Church Book


  • Narroway Church Cemetery


  • Spanish American War
  • World War I

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