Original Settlers of Walker County
Contributed and transcribed by: Frances Cooley
Source: History of Walker County, Georgia
One of the most
difficult as well as the most interesting parts of collecting data for the county history has been that of securing
the names of the first settlers in the county. In some sections it was comparatively easy, as well as, I hope,
practically correct; while in other parts it was difficult to find any old people who could give the names of the
pioneer citizens of their section, with any degree of certainty. In some instances I have secured the names of
first settlers from old records, as, for instance, the James R. Jones and the Blackwell registers, mentioned elsewhere.
The author has tried to get names of those who settled in the county during the first fifteen or eighteen years
of its history, that is, up to about the year 1848 or 1850.
Some of these pioneers settled here as early as 1830, or maybe earlier, but the majority came during the later
thirties and in the forties.
Numerous others, who came later than 1850, might have been recorded as original settlers, in that they entered
and settled land never before occupied, building a home and clearing virgin land and establishing an original homestead
thereon. However, I tried to draw the line about 1850.
It has been impossible to determine from where most of the early settlers originated.
Many of the first settlers in the Armuchees—probably a majority—hailed originally from South Carolina, some from
Some of them came direct from those states, while others had spent one or more years in some of the counties of
eastern or middle Georgia before coming to this county.
Probably a majority of the early settlers in the Cove, and in the Rock Spring section and the region further north
came from Tennessee.
General speaking, the first settlers in the southern and eastern parts of the county came originally from the Carolinas,
while those in the western and northern parts came from Tennessee. Many of them, however, came from other Georgia
counties or from other states.
Practically all the early settlers were farmers and were in search of some of the fine virgin lands lying among
the valleys of this section.
The Cherokee country had been surveyed by order of the Legislature in 1831. After the survey these lands
were disposed of by lottery. According to this plan any soldier of the Revolution, or of any of the Indian wars,
or their widows or orphans were entitled to draw.
The following list of original settlers has been compiled after careful inquiry in every section of the county.
This list is not correct in every particular. No doubt numerous names have been left out, and it is probable that
some few are included that should not be. They have been arranged according to militia districts and it is
likely that some errors are to be found in this grouping. The list follows:
Benjamin Hunt, Sr.
Dr. Adam Clements
John A. Tate
Wm. Hammontree, Sr.
A. C. Ward
W. M. Underwood
Jacob Goodson, Sr.
L. D. Vandiver
John B. Suttle
Ira L. Bennett
E. A. Evans
Hugh A. Smith
George W. Reed
Major Moses Crow
James F. Coulter
"Wolf" A. J. McDaniel
H. B. Colquit
James H. Clarkson
A. J. McDaniel
E. P. Thompson
James H. owery
H. G. Fuller
George Glenn, Sr.
R. H. Dyer, Sr.
S. D. Dyer
Thomas F. Gordon
W. D. West
Robert Lindsay Wallin
D. D. Singleterry
Jacob R. Brooks
Stephen B. Phillips
Dr. Robert Burton Dickerson
Dr. Albert Clendennon
John R. Wardlaw
J. C. Culberson
James H. Culberson
R. M. Aycock
W. A. Moore
Dr. James Barry
B. F. Davis
A. B. Culberson
Thomas N. Nash
Dr. Green Gordon
Wm. H. Johnson
Hugh Boudinot Johnson
Judge W. M. Black
John B. Wheeler
John B. Pike
Joshua T. Dickey
M. C. Butler
Judge John Wicker
Billy Mitchel, Sr.
Robert Richard Shields
Major J. M. Shields
James R. Jones
J. T. Deck
Hiram T. Gill
John M. Lawrence
J. T. Renfro
A. E-. Rogers
Sr., Thomas Adams
A. H. Johnson
James Willis Dunn
Peter S. Anderson
Thomas G. McFarland,
John Buie McFarland,
A. B. S. D. Wilson, Sr.,
Wilson and Duck Creek
John C. Lumpkin
John Williams, Sr.
Amzi G. Dickson
Milum P. Roger.
Following the close of the Civil war and for some
25 or 30 years, or till about the year 1890, there was an almost continuous exodus of citizens of the county emigrating
During the seventies and eighties, especially, very
many people of the county left each fall seeking new homes beyond the Mississippi river. The county paper
during the fall and winter months was filled, so to speak, with notices of sales, both of lands and personal property,
and of families leaving for the west.
Texas, Arkansas and Missouri were the states to which
most of them went. Many of those who went during that time bought lands and settled in that section and prospered;
many others became dissatisfied and after a year or two returned to old Walker County and decided to remain at
In this way numerous of the original settlers
of the county, and their descendants, disappeared entirely from its history.
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