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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Old Stone Mountain Grist Mill

DeKalb County was created in 1822 after the Muskogee (Creeks) Indians ceded the lands by treaty and was taken from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette Counties. It was named for Baron Johann DeKalb, a German hero of the American Revolution. In 1853 Fulton County was created from the northern portion of DeKalb County. Many of the settlers to DeKalb County were in search of new lands and were farmers. When researching DeKalb County, Henry (the parent County) and Fulton Counties should also be researched. Unfortunately, the estate records do not begin until 1840. If you have an ancestor who resided within the boundaries of the present-day Atlanta, those records will be found in DeKalb County. Remember, the journey from Atlanta to present-day Decatur to file a deed, will, or other record was quite a trip.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta

Jeannette Holland Austin
Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery
By Jeannette Holland Austin

If you wish to discover the first families in Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery is the place to look. It was founded in 1850 and is the final resting place of those who built Atlanta. The beautiful tombs and vaults set in a garden atmosphere are but a memory of days long since past. The cemetery was closed to burials sometime before 1890, however, people who owned lots were buried there afterwards. Margaret Mitchell, the author of Gone with the Wind is such a person. The book History of Fulton County lists the early residents of Atlanta in their various political capacities. It is fun to recognize some of the names in this cemetery. In essence, if your family resided near downtown Atlanta in the old days, best do a walk-through.



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Both Legs Mashed off in Atlanta


Western & Atlantic Railroad
Both Legs Mashed Off!
By Jeannette Holland Austin

 
"About dark this evening, Sam Weller, the yard engineer of the Western and Atlantic railroad, ran over Dr. John S. Wilson, a real estate agent of this city, and mashed off his legs just below the knees. The accident occurred at the Whitehall street crossing, and Dr. Wilson was in the act of crossing the track when the engine struck him. Tonight his condition is regarded critical. Dr. Wilson came to Atlanta from Augusta many years ago and for some time was a member of the drug firm of Pemberton, Willson, Taylor & Co." Source: The Headlight, published Gray, Georgia, August 11, 1888.


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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta

Margaret Mitchell House on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Now demolished.  She was the author of the famous "Gone with the Wind" which premiered in Atlanta in 1936.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Dodson's Printers Supply Depot about 1900

Dodson's Printer Supply Depot in Atlanta as advertised in 1900 Atlanta
Constitution.


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A New Fulton County GA Court House Built about 1882

Fulton was created in 1853. In 1857 Milton County (now now Fulton County) included parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Cobb Counties. Milton was named for John Milton, Georgia's first Secretary of State and was located North of the Chattahoochee River (now Fulton County). Fulton was named for Robert Fulton, the famous inventor who experimented with a submarine boat in 1801 in France and built the Clermont, a steamboat which sailed up the Hudson River in 1807. During the Revolutionary War, Milton traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, and New Bern, North Carolina before moving to Maryland with the official records of the state while Georgia was occupied by the English. Campbell and Milton County merged with Fulton on January 1, 1932. At this time Roswell was ceded from Cobb County.

Early settlers: Laughlin Arendall, Stephen Aldredge, Washington Archer, Aaron Alexander, George H. Brown, Michael Bloomfield, William L. Baldwin, F. N. Chisholm, James Campbell, Meredith Collier, Frederick Deckner, Reuben Dunning, Jerry Freeman, James Franklin, William Gray, Solomon Hopkins, William Hill, Willis Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Thomas Kennedy, Benjamin King, Alexander Luckie, Aaron Merriam, Aaron Nunnally, Basil Overby, Poole, Ephraim, Joseph Robinson, Welcome Sparks, James Turner, William Underwood and Samuel Walker.

Also, see Campbell and Milton County Records, which counties were once part of Fulton. Fulton County records begin in 1854. Fulton County's First Rural Mail Delivery

Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Wills
  • Fulton County Wills 1854-1882 (abstracts)
Images of Fulton County Wills 1854 to 1866
Testators:Abbott, Albert; Bemelmaus, Henry; Braden, Joseph; Carter, Rhonda; Charpentier, Alexander; Clark, Jesse; Coleman, Frances; Collins, Merideth; Combs, Mary; Connally, Christopher; Dennis, Joseph H. ;Donehoo, James; Fair, Elizabeth; Franklin, James; Gideon, Francis; Haggard, Green; Hargraves, Mary Ann; Holbrook, John; Hopkins, Solomon ;Hoyt, John ;Hornsby, Sarah; Howard, Greenbury; Kennedy, Thomas; Loyd, James; Luckie, Alexander; Lynch, Michael ;Mason, Ann ;McMaster, John; McMurphy, William; Mead, Joseph Hays; Meadows, Margaret ;Morrison, J. E.; Neece, Andrew; O'Gilby, William; Orem, J. C.; Paradis, Elizabeth; Poole, Adam; Sheffry, Daniel; Smith, John; Solomon, Owen; Stone, Flora ;Suttles, Micajah; Underwood, Judge William ;Wilson, James; Winship, Caroline; Wright, Elizabeth

Births
  • Atlanta 1886-1889
  • Atlanta Births 1905-1910
Marriages
  • Fulton County Marriages from newspapers 1869-1906
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Book A, 1854-1882
  • Will Book B, 1882-1894
  • Annual Returns, Bk A, 1854-1861
  • Annual Returns, Bk B, 1861-1865
  • Annual Returns, Bk C, 1866-1888
  • Inventories and Appraisements, Book A, 1854-1866
  • Inventories and Appraisements, Book B, 1866-1883
  • Miscellaneous Estates 1870-1935
  • Indentures of Apprenticeship 1899-1913
Military Records
  • Rosters of Confederate Soldiers from Fulton County
City Directories
  • 1941 Atlanta City Directory (partial neighborhood)
Images of Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Kennedy, Thomas, LWT (1860)
  • Long, Lunsford, LWT (1883)
  • Rosser, Isaac, Estate (1864), image of original documents
Churches
  • Minutes and Memberships 1824-1833 (old DeKalb County)
  • First Baptist Church of Atlanta
  • Druid Hills Baptist Church of Atlanta
  • Trinity Methodist Church of Atlanta
Tax Digests
  • 1854 Tax Digest for Atlanta

Old Atlanta by Jeannette Holland Austin
Nancy Creek Church
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Audubon Birds

Audubon Birds drawn by John James Audubon.

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