Place:Carroll, Georgia, United States

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Carroll County is a county located in the State of Georgia, just east of the boundary with Alabama. As of the 2010 census, its population was about 110,527. Its county seat is the town of Carrollton.

Carroll County is included in the Atlanta Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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The land of Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll Counties was ceded by the Creek people in the Treaty of Indian Springs (1825). This land was the last remaining portion of the Creeks' territory in Georgia, and it was ceded by William McIntosh, the chief of the Lower Creeks or the "White Sticks". This cession resulted in his murder at McIntosh Reserve near the present Whitesburg by fellow Creeks from northern Alabama called the "Red Sticks" or Upper Creeks.

The boundaries of Carroll County were created by the Georgia General Assembly on June 9, but the county were not named until December 14, 1826. Carroll County was named for Charles Carroll of Baltimore, Maryland, at that time the last surviving signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, when the county was created in 1826. Carrollton, the county seat, was named similarly.

When the county was first organized the county seat was at Old Carrollton, Georgia but in 1830 it was moved to Carrollton, Georgia.

This county originally extended from the Chattahoochee River to the Alabama state line on the east and on the west, with its northern boundary just north of present day Interstate 20 with the Cherokee Nation. This land was carved up over time to become Carroll, Douglas, Heard Counties, and parts of Haralson and Troup Counties. The portion that became Douglas County was once Campbell County which no longer exists (divided between Douglas County and Fulton County).

Because of its small population of slaves, this county was known as the Free State of Carroll during the 1850s.

Even before the cession of the territory by the Cherokees, some white settlers lived in the northern part of the county in the area of Villa Rica.

Carroll County was the site of Georgia's first Gold Rush.

For a time Carroll County was the home of Horace King (architect). King helped build Moore's Bridge over the Chattahoochee River at Whitesburg. Moores Bridge was burned by Union Soldiers during the Civil War.

During the War between the States, the county provided the Bowdon Volunteers and the Carroll Boys, which were a part of Cobb's Legion.

On Aug. 21 1995, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 crashes in field near Carrollton, Georgia. Only 9 of 29 passengers and crew were killed in the crash site.

In Feb. 2008 several tornadoes hit Carroll County destroying several homes and damaging many more. Then on May 11, 2008 (Mother's Day) some of the same areas were hit by more tornadoes. The Mother's Day tornadoes destroyed and damaged many homes and businesses.

On Sept. 21 2009 portions of Carroll County were flooded after eight days of heavy rainfall, resulting in multiple fatalities. The flooding initially closed more than 60 highways and roads, and it destroyed a number of bridges. Early estimates of the damage totaled to 22.0 million dollars.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1826 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1827 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1919 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 3,419
1840 5,252
1850 9,357
1860 11,991
1870 11,782
1880 16,901
1890 22,301
1900 26,576
1910 30,855
1920 34,752
1930 34,272
1940 34,156
1950 34,112
1960 36,451
1970 45,404
1980 56,346
1990 71,422

Research Tips

External links

www.rootsweb.com/~gacarrol/


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