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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
  • Cantrell, James
  • 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

  • Paulding County Court House
  • Churches

    • Narroway Church Book


    • Narroway Church Cemetery


    • Spanish American War
    • World War I

    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
  • Every Sunday a Drive to the Country

    1870 halltree As a child packed into an old Buick automobile, I wondered what the attraction was in the country. It was something important because sure enough every Sunday my father drove us there. As far as I could tell, " the country" was narrow winding roads and red clay hills. Later, when I examined photographs of the old home place, I began to remember my grandparents. And the time that we children waited in the hall. I sat on the hard wooden seat of the hall tree, wondering what was taking so long. It was grandpa. He was sick from influenza. He ran the local merchandise store for the community of McPherson and a neighbor needing something from the store, persuaded grandpa to open up. Seems he took grandpa down to the store in a wheelbarrow and got his groceries. Grandpa was unable to shake the flu and later died. The death stirred up a conversation concerning grandma. They had just moved into the new house when she crawled into bed and was bitten by a wharf rat. In those days, people set traps to kill the large rats which plagued the community. Grandma was quite ill from the fever and died at the young age of thirty. She left three small boys, one being my father. Now that I look back on our Sunday drive to the country, I understand. When someone is gone, all that is left is the old place in the country.

    Old Georgia Schools and Their Masters

    Willow Springs School Plantation or field schools 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 published 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, and arithmetic. An examination of some old report cards in the mid-20th century reveals 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 colonial children completed the most rudimentary education, they were prepared to meet all the challenges of running their own farm or plantation, from architectural skills to a complex accounting system.

    The Several Marriages of Our Ancestors and How to Find The Brides

    Archibald Holland House, oldest in Atlanta Typically, the ancestor married several times, particularly if there were small children to be reared. Searching for those marriages would be a lot easier if they remained in the same area. But they were constantly on the go, visiting relatives or in search of fertile lands. The deeds and tax records are useful in determining when and from whom the land was purchased, sold, or divided between the heirs. Sometimes other members of the family later show up in the same location. When Archibald Holland left his farm in Atlanta (ca 1834) to find fertile land in Paulding County, I thought that was the end of my search. Yet, an old newspaper concerning the oldest house in Atlanta revealed a person by the name of Moses Holland occupying the house in 1840! A search in the tax digests confirmed his presence, and a later census record disclosed that Moses was from Abbeville, South Carolina. Since he was near the age of Archibald, the possibility of an unknown brother emerged! The search took me to Abbeville. A whole new facet of discovery revealed that a member of the colonial family from Virginia had settled in Abbeville and it followed this was where the father of Archibald had met his wife. Also, it brought meaning to the naming of Archibald's children.

    Some Diachronic Events are Places to Search for Answers. Especially Concerning your Emigrant Ancestor. What Events Occurred "before" Migration?

    jousting After one discovers the immigrant in his family on passenger lists and land records, the next step is to visit the records in the country of embarkation. It is not too complicated because church attendance was required and the parish recorded baptisms, christenings, marriages, and mortuary records. In London, for example, one should research all parish registers, regardless, in order to have a better understanding of the family seat. Each surname should be written down, with its data and carefully identified. In working with the names, each person is a suspect as being a family member. Cataloging this data is best done on a family group sheet; it will assist in sorting out the children of each generation and ascertaining what happened to them. Studying the history of the family seat will provide a keener reasoning and rationalization of that era. It is important to know the politics of the ruling monarchy, such as when Henry VIII converted the church to Anglican. The Catholic records prior to that era are probably located at the Vatican. Did you know that Pope Clemente XII resided in Avon, France and that he did not expose himself publically or hear complaints when Europe was suffering from the Black Plague? One of my ancestors, Sir Thomas de Hollande secretly married Joan Plantagenet, the Fair Maid of Kent, the granddaughter of King Edward I. Afterwards, Thomas, a Knight of the Royal Garter, was sent to fight in the war in France. When he returned, he discovered that King Edward had given Joan in marriage to the Earl of Salisbury. The Catholic Church ruled over such matters, so Thomas presented his petition to the pope. I found a brief notation of it during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377)in France. It was not heard by the Pope until several years later. This is because of the plague. Thomas won and returned to England where his wife was returned to him. These are the sort of things to consider and question for the purpose of seeking more clues. As a climactic to this event, Thomas and Joan had six children, and Thomas died on the battlefield of France. He could have been slain or died of the plague, as this was also common among the knights. The story continues with a rich history. Joan married again, this time to her first cousin, Edward III (the Black Prince) and by him had one son, Richard II. Richard II was unpopular and a weak ruler and the Holland step-brothers were his loyal defenders. The history of this family continues in the Chancery Records and Church Records for several hundred years. But let us not forget that a rather large population of the peasant class was imprisoned at Fleet's Prison. The prisons had wardens, and gatekeepers, and these appointments were recorded in local records. The Chancery Courts and other local records should turn up some names of prisoners.

    The past is gone, or is it?

    Names of Families in Paulding County Records - 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 was 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 of 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 in 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 home place using the description from old non-specific deeds. Also, a convenience in locating both private and public cemeteries in the area.


    Youngdeer There was an Indian family of Tidwell's who resided in Paulding County. When the Dawes Commission started accepting applications in the Court of Claims to appropriate Oklahoma lands to Indians who 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 presented to the Dawes Commission records in the U. S. Court of Claims between 1906 and 1910.

    Lots of Paulding County Boys Fought for the Confederacy

    George Washington Holland George Washington Holland of High Shoals Road enlisted in the war and was in the battles of General Crowe (Kings Schoolhouse), Malvern Hill, 2nd Manassas, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville, Bentonville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbour, The Crater, and Averasboro. Also, according to his pension, he served alongside his brother, Harris Holland, in the Army of Tennessee in August of 1863. The first day of the battle (April 10, 1865) was a fierce struggle wherein the Confederates failed to dislodge the Federals by dark. Wash Holland was captured and taken prisoner on the first day (April 10, 1865)of the Battle of Bentonville and the following day was received at Harts Island in the New York Harbor. In June he was released when he took the Oath of Allegiance, which meant that he agreed not to return to Confederate service. When Sherman reached Georgia, one of the hottest battles known as the Battle of New Hope Church engaged many soldiers from Paulding County.

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