Re: The Georgia Road
Thanks very much for the great replies! This is a big
help for me. I'm just startled that info on this
isn't up somewhere on the internet. (Maybe it is, but
I've just missed it!)
- In a message dated 7/1/2007 10:17:07 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
Old Federal Road Cherokee Lands.
The Federal Road through the Cherokee nation is shown as passing northwest
to southeast through the modern day Georgia counties of Walker, Catoosa,
Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Pickens, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Jackson, into Clarke
county where it intersected the Pickens Trail (NE to SW) and became the Middle
Cherokee Path. The Middle Cherokee Path continued in a southeasterly
direction through modern day Oglethorpe, Wilkens, Lincoln, Columbia, and Richmond
counties to Augusta. The Pickens Trail ran in a southwesterly direction from the
Upper Cherokee Path in Franklin county near South Carolina to the Lower
Cherokee Road where modern day Greene, Morgan, and Putnam counties meet. Source:
"The Atlas of Georgia", The Institute of Community and Area Development and
Department of Geography, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602,1986 _ISBN
(http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Booksources&isbn=0911847030) , pg. 68 and county overlay.
"_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Road_%28Cherokee_lands%29_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Road_(Cherokee_lands)) "
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- When I saw this discussion almost a month ago about the Georgia Road,
a distant bell chimed in my head, and today while looking up
information about the Newman family and the movement of early
settlers into Coosa County, I ran up on this excerpt from the journal
of Henry Newman about this road and migration.
In the journal of Henry S. Matthews, he describes his family's move
from Meriwether County, Georgia to Tallapoosa County in 1856.
They presented quite a caravan of wagons with livestock being driven
along with them. The children rode the wagons for a while and then
gleefully got down and scampered along with the wagon train. At night
they pulled the wagons into a grove (close to church if possible),
cooked the meals on the ground in cast iron pots, and slept in the
wagons. They crossed the Chattahoochee at Abbotsville Georgia, at the
ford north of West Point, Georgia. That crossed the Tallapoosa on the
ferry near today's Bibbee's Ferry, and continued to near Youngville
in Tallapoosa County, in what is known today as Sunny Level community.
Among the people in this wagon train were Dr. John Matthews, who
settled in Hanover, and Charles A Matthews, who later brought his
family to Hanover. The same or general route as described here was
used by many families. We think it became known as the Georgia Road.