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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.