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I am a direct descendant of Joseph Rufus Williams, the son of William and Sarah A. (Scott) Williams who lived in Murray County around 1856.

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The county seat is Chatsworth, Georgia.
In December, 1832 the Georgia General Assembly designated the extreme northwestern corner of the state as Murray County. Formerly part of Cherokee County, the area was named for a distinguished Georgia statesman from Lincoln County, Mr. Thomas W. Murray, a former speaker of the Georgia House.  Within a short time the legislature found the county was too large to administer properly as the population grew, for the county then included what is now Dade, Walker, Catoosa, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon and parts of Bartow and Chatooga Counties, so further division became necessary. Within two decades, Murray County came to be 342 square miles (886 km²) of land with Spring Place as its county seat.

The area was in the heart of the Cherokee Nation at the time the boundary lines were drawn through the territory.  Not until after the Cherokees were removed in 1838-39 did white settlers enter the county in large numbers.  Spring Place had been established in 1801 as a Moravian mission to the Cherokee and had been a post office since 1810 - the second oldest in North Georgia

A county-wide referendum was held in 1912, which resulted in Chatsworth being named as the seat of local government, where it remains to present day.


Oran, a post-hamlet of Murray county, is four miles northeast of Spring Place. Dalton is the most convenient railroad station.
[Source: Georgia Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Vol 2, Publ 1906. Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz]
Templegrove, a post-hamlet in the northern part of Murray county, is about twelve miles east of Cohutta, which is the nearest railroad town.
Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
Sumach, a post-village of Murray county, is on a branch of the Oostanaula river, about ten miles north of Springplace. The nearest railroad station is Varnell's ten miles west.
Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
Springplace, once a missionary station amongst the Cherokees, and now the county seat of Murray county, was incorporated by act of the legislature in 1885. When the projected railroad from Dalton, Ga., to Murphy, N. C., is built, it ought to give to Spring­ place the impetus that has built up so many towns in Georgia. Its location is attractive, being in the midst of charming scenery, with the Cohutta mountains in full view, and within ten miles of the Cohutta Springs, whose waters are said to possess' great medicinal values. It has a handsome court house, good schools and churches, a money order postoffice with rural free delivery and stores well stocked for the country trade. The population of Springplace according to the census of 1900 was 213. There was some skirmishing here on Feb. 27, 1864, as Thomas was advancing against the Confederate position at Dallas. Other skirmishes occurred near the same place during the first week of the following April.
Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz
Whip, a post-hamlet of Murray county, is in the valley of the Connesauga river, near the North Carolina line. The nearest railroad station is Redclay.
Source: GEORGIA: Comprising Sketches of Counties, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Vol 3 - Edited by Ex-Governor Allen D. Candler and General Clement A. Evans, State Historical Association, 1906 - Transcribed by Kristen Bisanz

c. 1936 image of Courthouse
Vann House & James Vann
Eton Cisco  (unincorporated)
Tenga Crandall Spring Place (historical township)
Ramhurst (unincorporated)
Mt. Zion Church
Carters (unincorporated) Ball Ground (unincorporated)
Sumac (unincorporated) Bloodtown (unincorporated) Fashion (unincorporated)
Holly Creek Center Valley Cohutta Springs
Conasauga Fancy Hill Rock Creek
Upper Kings Bridge Woodlawn Adair


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Adjacent Counties
Polk County, Tennessee  (northeast)
Fannin County  (east-northeast)
Gilmer County  (east)
Gordon County  (south)
Whitfield County  (west)
Bradley County, Tennessee  (northwest)

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