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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cherokees Return to Silver Mines - Forsyth Co. GA Wills and Estates - #genealogy - #georgiapioneers

Jeannette Holland AustinCherokees Return to the Silver Mines
By Jeannette Holland Austin

About 1914 a wagon trail of Indians appeared in several of the North Georgia Counties. They were there to collect hidden silver valuables from old silver mines. This would be the children and grandchildren of those who were driven west to Oklahoma about 1833. They had maps! The mines were scattered throughout Forsyth, Paulding, Lumpkin and White Counties. Other popular locations where the Cherokees buried silver was in creek beds and along ditches. Arrow heads are still found after all this time.

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Forsyth County Wills and Estates

Vanns Tavern Forsyth County was formed in 1832 and given away in the 1832 Cherokee Land Lottery. It was formerly occupied by Cherokee Indians, most of whom were removed west as a result of the Act of 1832. Before leaving, the silver and gold mines were hidden, but marked on maps. During the early 1920's a caravan of wagons of Cherokees from Oklahoma were seen loading their minerals into wagons. Gold deposits were found in the county during the Georgia gold rush. A visit to this county discovered that the surving will book beginning in 1856 was virtually not readable. Many pages were blank due to the fact that the ink had faded. I filmed the blank pages, then used the photo enhancer to bring them up. Although most of the pages are readable, one must examine each word separately. Otherwise, no one would know whose wills are in this book. The early settling families were: Braselton, Bruton, Porter, Julian, Jackson, Hutchins, Merritt, Mills, Harding, Sanford, Cochran, Wills, Strickland, McGinnis,Westbrook, Creamer, Whitmire, Owens, Kellogg, Wofford, Ezzard, Bell, Garrett, Williams, Gilstrap, Patterson Sewell, Pilgrim, Lindsey, Mangum, Hansard,Vaughn and others.

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Testators: * Allen, Beverly * Baily, John * Barnett, Casander * Bell,George W. * Billis, Phillip * Blake, John M. * Braselton, Mary * Brown, Robert * Burrass, Phillip * Burton, Young J. * Camp, John * Cawly, Frances M. * Chastain, James W. * Cochran, Nevel * Cox, Phillip * Creamer, Matthew * Dollar, James * Echols, Charles B. * Edwards, Andrew * Ezzard, John T. * Garrett, Daniel * Garrett, Jacob * Hendrix, William * Holbrook, Hannah * Hope, Ellison * Hutchens, Alman G. * Jackson, Charles * Jackson, James * Julian, George H. * Kellogg, George * Lummus, Andrew J. * Martin, Peter H. * Mayfield, Balus * McAfee, Alexander * McCormick, Hector D. * McGinnis, Sarah * Merritt, William G. * Mills, William E. * Monroe, Dugald * Monroe, Jesse * Morehead, Majer * Morgan, C. C. * Orr, Samuel * Owen, Sumpter * Owens, Wiley * Page, William * Pool, Young P. * Rump, John * Sample, Jesse * Sanford, George * Sewell, Joshua C. * Sims, Thomas * Strickland, John * Townly, John R. * Wallis, William * Westbrook, Samuel * Whitman, Christopher * Whitmire, Christopher * Williams, William * Wills, James H. * Wofford, John * Woodliff, Josiah * Yott, John * Youngblood, James W.

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  • Estates 1844-1848
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