Cherokee County Georgia Wills, Estates, Divorces, Legal Advertising

Cherokee County was created from the 1832 Georgia Land Lottery and drew residents from all over the State, especially the North Georgia Counties. Many families passed through this county to go on to settle in Cobb and Paulding Counties. The earliest settlers were: James Anderson, Edmund Bagby, Daniel M. Bird, William H. Bell, Samuel Cook, John Cox, Alfred Coulter, John Corbin, Samuel Cobb, William Carmichael, William Dinsmore, John Delaney, John Donald, William Ellison, John Epperson, James Fielder, James Flower, Andrew Green, John Garrison, Littleberry Holcombe, A. S. Hansell, Thomas Hutcherson, Thomas S. Johnson, Wilkinson Jamison, William Kinsey, Alfred Law, Ambrose Manning, John McCoy, Newton Perkins, Richard Ragsdale, Charles Scott, Robert Trout, Elijah Underwood, and Nicholas Waddell.

Online Images of Wills, Estates, Bk B, 1848 to 1866 Online Images of Wills, Estates, Bk C, 1866 to 1921

Online Images of Wills, Administrator's Bonds, Guardianships, Book A, 1848 to 1854

Testators: Adams, Israel;Alfred orphans;Anderson, Eli;Bagley, Thomas;Bagley orphans; Barrons, James;Bates, Stephen;Beasly, Henry;Bell, William; Boring orphans; Bozeman, William; Brewster guardianship; Brooke, John ; Burton, Edward; Callahon, William; Cantrell orphans; Cockburn, William; Cook, Elizabeth; Cook, Jeremiah; Cook, John; Corbin, John; Cox, John; Drummond orphans; Drummond, Matthew; Fitzsimmons guardianship; Foster, Philemon; Fowler orphans; Gath, Jabez; Gipson orphans; Green, Jesse (1873); Griffin orphans; Hammond, William; Holland, Archibald; Honea, William; Hughs orphans; Hunt, Thomas; Hunt, Timothy; Johnson orphans; Johnston orphans; Jones, Marilda; Keith, Jasper; Latham, John; Lathrum, Mary; Loveless, Barton; Manning, Benjamin; Manning, Mary; Manning, Reuben; Mansell, John; Maroney, John; Means orphans; McCafee, John; McCleskey guardian; McCollum, George; McConnell, John, Jr.; McCutchen, David; McWhorter, Isaac; Moore orphan; Neal, Richard; Paden, Moses; Pugh, Anna ; Ragsdale, Cullen; Ragsdale, Ira; Ragsdale, Richard; Ragsdale orphans ; Rainey orphans; Rainey, John; Rusk, James; Saterfield, Curtis; Scott, Mary; Seago guardianship; Stephens, Daniel; Stewart, James; Stover, John; Terrell, Thomas; Tillman, Martha; Trout, Robert; Watson orphans; Wells, Green.

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Book B 1848 to 1866.
  • Will Book C 1866 to 1921.
  • Inventories, Appraisers, Vouchers, Sales, Annal Returns, 1848 to 1852
  • Inventories, Appraisers, Vouchers, Sales, Annual Returns, 1848 to 1852.
  • Legal Advertising 1868 to 1873.

Images of Actual Marriage Records

  • 1841 to 1849
  • 1849 to 1858
  • 1854 to 1870

Traced Genealogies of Cherokee County Families:

Brown; Carmichael


  • Green, Jesse (Last Will and Testament Image) (1873).
  • Cherokee County Divorces from newspapers 1885-1886.
  • Cherokee County Legal Advertising 1868 to 1873

Images of Tax Digest

  • 1849, all Districts

Military Records

  • Georgia Militia Rolls
  • Civil War Pensions in Cherokee County

Researching the Creeks and Cherokees

Although many people feel they are descended from an Indian tribe, proving it is next to impossible. The Five Civilized Tribes, however, kept records dating from ca 1818 on what they call Indian Rolls. In 1833 their Rolls went with them out West. Essentially, the Indian Nations retained their heritage in the most positive way. One cannot simply claim to be a Cherokee, for example, without tracing themselves to an ancestor on the Roll. This was attempted in 1903 when the Dawes Commission attempted to deed Oklahoma land to anyone who could prove as much as 1/32nd Indian. The proof was finding an ancestor on the Rolls. Thus, although over 32,000 claimed lineage, few were able to prove it. This is why the vocal claims of political Elizabeth Warren were rejected by the Cherokees and more than once. more articles… Records of Creeks and Cherokees in Georgia

Cherokee Descendants

Have you ever been told that you descend from a Cherokee princess? This is a common tale that swings around the genealogy world with a great driving force. However, a search of various Indian Rolls is much more instructive. If the name of an ancestor does not appear on one of those Rolls, forget it! Furthermore, the Dawes Rolls of 1903 collected over 32,000 applications of those who thought that they were at least 1/32nd of Indian descent. This is because the land in the State of Oklahoma was being deeded to descendants of those Natives who were at least 1/32nd kin. The reading of those applicants mostly clarifies one truth: and that is, that very few of the applicants in 1903 proved kinship.

The Expansion of Local Libraries and Genealogy

If you think that the Internet is replacing attendance at local libraries, think again. Instead, renovation and expansions are the themes of the day. Among those under current renovation are the Historical Society of Georgia in Savannah, Fulton County Library in Sandy Springs, and Cobb Regional Library. For complete Georgia records, the Washington Memorial Library in Macon is a sure bet. Another aspect happening is the wide attendance to book sales sponsored by Friends of the Library all over Georgia.