Orig. pub. Atlanta 1932. Reprinted 1978, 1979, 1984, 1999. Print on Demand Edition 2014. ii, 530 pp., new index. Item #16
Lumpkin County, gold capital of North Georgia, was formed in 1932 from Cherokee, Habersham, and Hall counties. This book traces the early history of the area, covers the economic and social impact of the gold discovery, and then details the general history of the county up to 1932. A general account of the original inhabitants, the Cherokee Indians, is followed by a description of the "period of Intrusion," when Indians, the Federal Government, Georgia, and individual settlers competed with each other for land in the area. This conflict was ultimately resolved by a land lottery dividing the territory among white settlers and removing the Indians to western lands. Chapters deal with the earliest settlement in Auraria and the county seat, Dahlonega. The U.S. Branch Mint at Dahlonega is discussed. Lists include muster rolls of over 750 Civil War veterans and all World War I soldiers. The book closes with a chronological listing of approximately 3500 marriages in the county from 1863 to 1932. A name index was compiled for this reprint edition.