LEAVES FROM OUR TREE:
Pioneer Settlers in Early Dawson, Forsyth
and Gwinnett Counties, Georgia
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The following pages tell some of the stories of several
of the earliest families to settle in the area known today as Dawson,
Forsyth and GwinnettCounties, Georgia, including the Anderson, Blackwell,
Bradford, Brand, Goss, Gravitt Harbin, Hinson, Honea, Jacobs, Jenkins,
Kirkland, Smith, Tidwell, Turner, Wood and related families. These families
traveled by horseback, ox cart and wagon train and came from northern
states suich as Connecticutt, Vermont and others, as well as from Virginia,North
Carolina and South Carolina seeking a better life. Most of them lived
in their wagons or make-do shelters until land could be cleared and homes
Each family played a part in taming and civilizing a wilderness
only recently ceded by the Indians. These sturdy pioneers set up their
new homes in an area where "conditions were primitive and justice
was rude but swift. For ten years after the end of the Revolution, most
counties had neither courthouses nor jails. Trials were held in some private
residence or under a tree." (Coulter, E. Merton. Georgia: a Short
History. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1947,.
Over the years and through the generations, members of
these families migrated together in family groups from place to place,
and married one another frequently. Quite often two or three siblings
from one family married two or three siblings from another family. Most
people married someone who lived within a five-mile radius of their homes.
We compiled the lineages of these descendants to the best
of our ability and present them here. Many hours of work by many contributing
family members have been put into the research and documentation of these
family members. We all have attempted to make the following data as complete
and accurate as possible, but we know that gaps and errors do exist. As
with any genealogical research, this is a work in progress. Additions
and corrections are welcomed. To protect privacy, we have omitted personal
data on persons still living.
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Table of Contents
of Early Dawson, Forsyth and Gwinnett Counties, Georgia
DAWSON COUNTY was created by a legislative Act on December 3, 1857, primarily out of
Lumpkin County and small parts of Gilmer, Pickens and Forsyth counties.
The land that eventually became Dawson County was divided into lots and
parceled out to lucky drawers in the 1832 Gold Land Lottery. Two types
of lots were created: regular 160-acre lots and 40-acre gold lots. Because
the land was rich in gold, all but 17 of the parcels were gold lots. Dawsonville,
the county seat, was incorporated on Dec 10, 1859. Farming and mining
were the primary sources of income for Dawson County families until the
Boll Weevil and increasing costs of mining made those endeavors unprofitable.
FORSYTH COUNTY was formed from Cherokee County by a law enacted Dec. 3, 1832. Prior to
Dec. 21, 1830 it was part of Cherokee Nation East, as was Dawson County.
The land in Forsyth County also was given away in the 1832 Land Lottery,
but unlike Dawson County, all the lots in Forsyth County were 40-acre
gold lots (1/4 mile by 1/4 mile. The land was obtained from the Cherokee
Indians by treaty. Although the land was distributed, all the Cherokees
did not leave (some never did) and the new property owners either sold
to those occupying it or dispossessed them of it. Many of the land lottery
winners sold their land sight unseen. Others were levied on and the property
sold to pay judgments against them. Many of the first families to arrive
are shown on the 1834 State Census certified Apr 1, 1834. (Parrish, Donna,
compiler, Webmaster. "Forsyth
County, Georgia History," Forsyth County Ga History and Records. [Online:
hosted by RootsWeb.])
GWINNETT COUNTY was created in 1818, with it's eastern boundary being the Apalachee River.
Four days after the formation of Gwinnett from Indian lands, the western
portion of Jackson was added, extending the Gwinnett/Walton line from
the Apalachee to Jug Tavern (Winder). With the creation of Barrow County
in 1914 the line went back to the Apalachee.
Until a courthouse could be erected, it was decided that
all courts and elections would be held at the house of Elisha Winn, who
lived one mile east of the Apalachee River. In December, 1819 the Inferior
Court was given the authority to erect a temporary courthouse. Until the
Indian land was distributed by lottery, no permanent site could be selected
for the courthouse. After the lottery, Lot 146 was purchased from John
Breedlove of Hancock County by Inferior Court justice, Elisha Winn. The
lot consisted of 250 acres, and the five justices inspected the entire
property before deciding on the location of the future county seat. William
Towers was employed to survey the property and lay out the four streets
bordering the courthouse square. The lots surrounding the square were
sold at public auction, and Gwinnett citizens began buying lots for homes
and businesses which were erected of logs. The first jail was built by
John Cupp on the lot immediately south of the courthouse square. It was
a two story log house which burned in 1830. The permanent courthouse was
constructed by Major Grace in 1823-24 in the town of Lawrenceville.
The Families of Dawson County, Georgia
Family of Joseph M. Anderson & Rebecca Blackwell
Family of David Densmore, Sr., & Sarah Hays
of John Dilbeck & Susanna --?--
Family of Robert Farriba & Celia Emily Wood
Family of William Ivington Farriba & Nancy Ann Green
of Abel Honea & Nancy Ann Farriba
of John Barton Goss & Clarissa Farriba
Family of James Farriba & Nancy Angeline Anderson
Family of Joseph Anderson Farriba & Clarinda V. Hammontree
Family of James Ensley Farriba & Martha Luanner Turner
Family of Robert William Hunnicutt & Martha Luanner Turner
Family of Robert Rufus Hunnicutt & Alta Mae Pratt
Family of Sevier J. Farriba & Malissa Catherine Woodall
Family of William Willis Dilbeck & Debbie Ann Farriba
Family of Rev, Thomas Goss, Jr., & Martha Putnam
Family of John Grogan, Sr., & Mourning --?--
Family of Nathaniel Harbin & Sarah Parks
Family of John "Little John" Turner & Annie Irene Goss
Family of Nathaniel Washington Turner & Maranda Emily Jenkins
Family of John Aquiller Turner & Lovenia Texas Farriba
The Families of Forsyth County, Georgia
Family of Obediah Gravitt & Milly --?--
Family of Hiram Lee Hinson & Nancy Angeline Gravitt
Family of David Cicero Hinson & Elizabeth Adeline "Betsy" Davis
Family of Julius Hansel Roberts & Roxy Angeline Hinson
Family of Frederic Benjamin Hinson & Luna Maud Farriba
Families of Gwinnett County, Georgia
Documenting the Bradford Families of Gwinnett County Georgia— Special Reports
Part 1: Richard Bradford—from Wilkes County to Gwinnett County, Georgia:
Genealogy or Mythology?
Part 2: The Parents and Siblings of Rev. Joshua Bradford
Part 3: Identifying the Descendants of John Lemon Bradford & Unknown NEW 2019
Part 4: Identifying the Descendants of David Bradford & Mary b. in Ireland Coming Soon
Family of Charles Darnell Bradford, RS, & Mary Lemon of Fairfield Dist., SC
Charles Darnell Bradford, Revolutionary War Soldier
Family of John Lemon Bradford & Unknown
Family of Isaac Bradford & Cynthia Amelia Bradford (daughter of Rev. Joshua below)
Family of Adam Hawthorne, Sr, & Elizabeth "Betsy" Bradford
Family of Charles Bradford, Sr. & Sarah Kirkland
Family of Charles Bradford, Jr., & Sary Kirkland
Family of Rev. Joshua Bradford & Mary F. Kirkland
Family of William Kirkland & Mary Bradford
Family of Matthew Pettigrew & Constance Kirkland
Family of Daniel Bradford Kirkland & Mary Hannah Calhoun
Family of David Bradford & Mary LNU
Family of William K. Bradford (AKA Son 6) & Martha Harris
Family of Robert Bradford and Mary LNU of Chester District, SC
Family of Robert Bradford and Margarett Hawthorne (daughter of Adam Hawthorne, Sr. above)
Family of Robert H. Bradford and Nancy?
"First Families of Gwinnett," a program of the Gwinnett County, GA. Historical Society (GHS)
Bradford Y-DNA Project
Family of William Brand, RS and Sarah Bryant
Family of Louis Burel and Sarah Margaret Jenkins
Family of Thomas Jacobs and Mary Cody
and graphics created by Diane Carrington Bradford
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