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Looking for Ancestors? Here is a comment about G. L. Barker from The Southern States Magazine, March 1894

James Longstreet Sometimes to find ancestors the researcher must seek rare and interesting resources. There are genealogical and historical magazines out there. " G. N. Barker, a resident of Longstreet, Georgia in 1889, occupied in stock raising, etc., I may be able to point out a few advantages and differences relative to these parts. What will strike the farmer most on arriving in this section is the total absence of grass meadows or any visible facilities for the pasturing of stock, but curiously enough, an abundance of fairly nutritious hay may be cut during summer, of sufficient nutritive value with the assistance of a little grain for stock. The corn crop is light per acre to one used to the West; oats, however, yield well when well cultivated, and are off the ground in May, the same ground making also a good hay crop the same year. Bermuda grass makes an inexhaustible supply of pasture for all stock, except three winter months when green rye, barley or oats will take its place. Italian rye grass I have found grows luxuriantly during winter and spring, and it makes more milk than almost any herb. Red top grass also succeeds well. During summer there is an abundance of forage crops for all classes of stock, and of good nutritious quality. Stock is healthy here, provided it is kept clean and not overfed with too highly fattening foodstuffs. My health has vastly improved in this climate and I have recovered from the exposures of the Northwest. The land here is poor and run down, but good cultivation and moderate manuring soon restore a fertility that is astonishing to anyone seeing only what is done without fertilizer. The greatest drawbacks in this section are the total inability of the laborer, merchant and business man to comprehend or encourage anything but cotton. All kinds of fruits flourish with good care bestowed upon them." Source:The Southern States, March 1894, An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Devoted to the South

The Migratory Trail into Hall County

The migratory trail of those persons in Hall County was down from Virginia through Abbeville and Anderson Counties, South Carolina. They were those who drew in the lotteries for the land surrendered by the Cherokee Indians in the Treaties of 1817 and 1819. The first settlers were Scots-Irish, English and German, as well as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians. How to Find the Parents of Immigrants Origins of Some Early Settlers to Effingham County James Alexander Reid, Brave Irishman of Kenmore The Origins of Most Americans Hugh Hall, Irish Immigrant How the Ancestors Settled Alabama 1799 Pilgrimage to Shoal Creek Church The Trail of Georgians into Alabama Families who Settled Midway Norwegians in Georgia Puritans to Midway The Children or Pride (book) Settlers from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia The First White Settler to Macon County McIntosh County was Settled by Highlanders Scotch-Irish Settlers Gave us Linen Georgians who went to Alabama John Hardman The Movement West from Eastern Georgia

They Traveled Far in Search of a Home

The Loggins family were among those who went West into Augusta and Orange Counties, Virginia. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, John Loggins Sr. enlisted in the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Line. He was forty-four years of age. Afterwards, he removed to Halifax County, Virginia, then on to Union County and Pendleton District, South Carolina. His son, John, also served in the war and made his residence in Hall County. Daniel Bonnell was Executed for Robbery Tales of Woe "Light Horse" Harry Lee died at Dungeness The Case of Hog Smith The Romance of John Wesley Thomas Jones of Wales Capt. John Collins of Acworth William Few Peter Gruber and Neighs Forced out of Austria There were Two Margaret Hollands Dr. N. G. Long He Came Over in a Barrel The Heartbreak of George A. Benson of Lawrenceville The Old Woman and Toccoa Falls The Enduring Escapades of Thomas Ramsey Major James Hicks Jeremiah Lamar The Flemings of Sunbury Lorenzo Dow Smith Wilson Conner The Sad Tale of Every Cemetery Swedish Soprano If Only I Could Tell My Grandmother the Rest of the Story Grannie Stories told over Chicken Every Sunday Anthony Bonnell Old Dan Tucker

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Pacolet Cotton Mills, Gainesville, 1801

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Wholesale and Retail Stores of John A. Smith Mfg. Co., Gainesville 1901
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1901 Gainesville Stores
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1889 Camp Bros Stables, Gainesville
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1889 Hudson-House, Gainesville
1889 Moore & March Building
1889 Moore & March Building
1889 Walker Carriage Works, Gainesville
1889 Moore & March Building
1889 Bailey Stores, Gainesville
1889 Bailey Stores, Gainesville

Hall County Wills, Estates, Church Records

1889 Gainesville Court House
1889 Gainesville Court House
Genealogists should research the Cobb, Cherokee, Floyd, Hall and Forsyth County records for ancestors in this section of Georgia, as many families travelled together, intermarried, etc. Hall County was created in 1818 from lands ceded by the Cherokee Indians on July 8, 1817 in the Treaty of the Cherokee Agency. Additional Cherokee lands were ceded to Georgia on Feb. 27, 1819 in the Treaty of Washington which included the western portions of Habersham and Hall counties. In 1820 a land lottery was held for lucky drawyers, which granted 250 acres of land. It was named for Lyman Hall (of Connecticut), one of Georgia's three signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Hall County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • Hall County Wills 1837-1867 (abstracts)
  • Index to Hall County Miscellaneous Estates, Wills, AInventories, Appraisements, Annual Returns, Vouchers, Book A, 1819-1838
  • Index to Hall County Wills, Book A, 1837-1867
  • Index to Hall County Wills, Book R, 1868-1890
  • Hall County Marriages 1819-1850.
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Chastain, William (estate image).
  • Chastain, William (inventory image).
  • Chastain, William (administration image).
  • Lockhart, Vincent, Agreement Between Heirs (1893)(image).
  • McConnell, John Sr., LWT, transcription (1821).
  • Thacker, William (estate image).
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Military Records

  • Revolutionary War Soldiers from Hall County
  • Revolutionary War Soldiers Eligible to Draw in Land Lottery
  • 1836 Muster of Gainesville Dragoons
  • 27th Regiment, C. S. A. Muster Roll
  • Hall County Muster Roll, C. S. A.
  • 1897 Civil War Reunion
  • Hall County Pensions 1918-1921
  • Hall County Roll of Invalid Soldiers Pensions 1914-1920

Church Records

  • Minutes of the Hopewell Church, Gainesville

Early Settlers

  • Sketches published in The Daily Times, Gainesville
  • Residents of Cave Springs
  • Settlers of the Nacoochee Valley
  • Physicians in Hall County

Online Images of Newspapers (select issues)

  • The Baptist Sun
  • The Flowery Branch

Traced Genealogies of Hall County Families

  • Bird
  • Hall
  • Loggins
  • McCleskey
  • Mullins
  • Orr
  • Sinyard
  • Trout
  • Whelchel
  • Wilson
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