Step back in time find out what it was like to live in Marietta, Georgia in 1849. This information about the City of Marietta and Cobb County was published 12 years before the Civil War. When this was written, the population of Cobb County was more than 4 times larger than the population of Atlanta, and just two years prior to the publication of this book, Atlanta was known as the City of Marthasville.

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Excerpts from:
of the
State of Georgia
Published by George White in 1849


BOUNDARIES. – This county is bounded north by Cherokee and Cass, east by Forsyth and De Kalb, south by Campbell and a small portion of De Kalb, and west by Paulding.

Laid out from Cherokee, and organized in 1832.

The Chattahoochee is the main stream. The creeks are Sweet Water, Powder Spring, Pumpkin Vine, Nickajack, Olleys, Noses, Proctors, Allatoona, Vickery, Rotten Wood, Noonday, Reubs, Wylleo, Soap, and Mud.

Marietta, Powder Springs, Acworth, Golgotha (the area west of Kennesaw Mountain and north of Lost Mountain), High Bridge (unknown where this was), Lebanon (the area just northeast of Roswell), Mill Grove (now the Mableton area), and Roswell.

The population is increasing. The census of 1845 gave to Cobb 10,518 inhabitants, of which 1,474 were slaves. Amount of State tax for 1848, 82,691 61. Sends two representatives to the Legislature.

Marietta is the seat of justice, and-one among the most pleasant towns in Cherokee Georgia. It is situated on the highest-point between the Atlantic ocean and Tennessee river, being 1132 feet above the level of the former. It was incorporated and made the county seat in 1814. Distance from Milledgeville 113 miles northwest, from Augusta 190 miles, from Atlanta 20 by the railroad, from Dalton 80, from Cumming 35, from Canton 22, The first house was built by James Anderson, Esq.

There are four churches—Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist; several schools, hotels, stores, &c. Population, 1,500. Does considerable business, being the market for Cobb, Cherokee, part of Lumpkin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Paulding, and Carroll counties.

The town is rapidly improving. Since the 1st of May, 1848, more than 60 houses have been built. Many persons from the low country of Georgia and South Carolina have recently re-moved here. The climate arid water will compare with any in the world. Provisions are cheap. Marietta, from the advantages it possesses in point of situation, accessibility, climate, and water, is destined to be one among the most attractive places in our State.

Acworth is a small village on the Western and Atlantic Railroad, twelve miles. N. W. of Marietta, in the midst of a thickly settled country. Population about 50.

Powder Springs, twelve miles S. W. of Marietta, on the road to Villa Rica, in Carroll, has two churches, Methodist and Baptist, and one school. Population 200.

Roswell, a pretty village, so called from Roswell King, Esq., situated 13 miles from Marietta and one mile from the Chattahoochee. Settled by persons chiefly from the seaboard of Georgia and South Carolina, and is the seat of an extensive cotton factory, it has one store, one church, one male and female academy, &c.

The surface of the country is broken. The lands’upon the Chattahoochee are rich, and will produce 800 pounds of cotton per acre, 8 barrels of corn, and from 20 to 30 bushels of wheat.

The creek bottoms are also fertile, and well adapted to cotton, wheat, and corn.

The uplands are of a mulatto and gray colour, will produce 600 pounds of cotton per acre, 5 barrels of corn, and about 15 bushels of wheat.

Best Chattahoochee lands are worth $20 per acre ; creek bottoms, $8 ; uplands, from $1 to $8 per acre.

Corn 5 barrels, wheat 6 bushels, rye 5 bushels, cotton 500 pounds.

Marietta, Macon, and Augusta.

Roswell factory, at Roswell, on Vickery’s creek, incorporated in 1840. Capital $80,000.

Operatives, nearly all whites
Bales of cotton used per day
Yards of shirting made per day
Bundles of yarn made per week
Hours of work per day

The water-power fine. Wages of operatives dependent upon their industry. The temperance principle strictly enforced. Provision made for the instruction of thè children. Goods manufactured have a high character, and are sent to Tennessee, Alabama, and to various parts of Georgia.

Nickajack factory, on Nickajack creek.

At Lebanon, the Roswell factory have an extensive merchant mill, capable of making from 1 to 300 barrels of flour per day. An extensive tannery, the property of Colonel Dunwoody, is located at this place. The leather made here is pronounced equal to any in the United States.

Grist-mills 21, saw-mills 21, besides several merchant mills on Soap creek. Seven miles east of Marietta is an extensive distillery, at, which are made 120 gallons of whiskey per day.

Kenesaw Mountain, 2.5 miles from Marietta, is 1828 feet above the level of the ocean; so called from an Indian chief who was accidentally shot by a white man, whilst on a hunting excursion. The view from the top of the mountain is beautiful. Lost Mountain, Brushy Mountain, and Sweat Mountain, are considerable elevations.

The Powder springs have acquired some celebrity, and will, in the course of time, attract the notice of persons seeking health and recreation. They are highly impregnated with sulphur and magnesia, and are efficacious in the cure of diseases, particularly those of a cutaneous character and dyspepsia.

Gold has been found on Proctor’s creek, in the northern part of the county. At Allatoona, on Powder Spring creek, on Sweet Water creek, near Kenesaw mountain, and in Marietta. Granite is abundant. Silver, iron, lead, copper, talc, soap-stone, plumbago, quartz, &c.

The roads are as good as the nature of the country will allow. The principal road crosses the Chattahoochee at the Standing Peach-tree, passes through Marietta and Allatoona to Cassville. Another main road passes through Sand Town in Campbell county to Allatoona, and is known as the Alabama road. Another road much travelled, is the one which crosses the Chattahoochee river at McAfee’s bridge, and passes near Roswell to Vann’s valley, and North Alabama.

The religious sects are Baptists, Missionary and Anti-Missionary, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, and a few Universalists. There are about 20 churches in the county, and probably as many ministers.

There are many respectable schools in various sections of the county, particularly at Marietta and Roswell.

Considering the recent settlement of the county, the people generally may be said to be orderly and temperate. On public occasions irregularities are often committed, but upon the whole the population of Cobb will compare favourably with many of the older counties of the State. The tone of morals is improving every day.

These chiefly consist in hunting, dancing and visiting. Parties occasionally go to the Powder Springs, and the Kenesaw mountain. Soirées are quite common in Marietta.

The climate, though variable, is as healthy as any portion of the United States. Exposure to the cold and rain is hardly ever attended by serious consequences. No case of consumption has ever occurred in the county. The summer diseases are bowel complaints, &c. The winter diseases are pleurisy and pneumonia.

Mr. Fleming is now living, over 94 years of age. Mr. J. Collins, a revolutionary soldier, over 88. Mrs. Henry is over 80. Mrs. Dougherty is 85. Mr. Smith is 80. Mr. Edwards died a few months ago, aged 90.

Among the early settlers were the following:
Mr. James Anderson, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Massey, William Crane, William Morris, Tho. Whitehead, J. D. Mullins, James Mohon,. W. P. Maloney, James Powere, Edward Mays, Bradley Smith, and J. Collins:

Sweet Water Town, once inhabited by Cherokees, is on Sweet Water creek, 14-miles north of Marietta. Kenesaw Town, on Noonday creek, five miles northwest of Marietta. Buffalo Fish Town, 16 miles southwest of Marietta.

On Mud creek there are the remains of an ancient fortification, and on the Chattahoochee several small mounds.

John Cobb emigrated from Virginia in 17—, and settled in Columbia county, where his son Thomas W. Cobb was born, in honour of whom this county was named. For some time he went to school to Dr. Waddel near Applington, and made considerable proficiency in the languages. He afterwards studied law in the office of the Hon. Wm. H. Crawford, and settled in Lexington. In a short period he attained to a degree of eminence in his profession which probably has been seldom surpassed by any lawyer in Georgia. He was elected to Congress in 1816, and in 1823, and in 1824 was elected senator, which office he resigned in 1828, and became a judge of the Superior Court for the Ocmulgee circuit. He died in 1830 at Greenesborough, where he had removed from Lexington. Mr. Cobb was deeply versed in the knowledge of the law, eloquent and argumentative. In his intercourse with men, he was sprightly and entertaining. He held religion in -the highest veneration, and his house was open to the ministers of the gospel.
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Bonus: A couple more scanned images from the book regarding nearby Atlanta and Stone Mountain.


  1. I was born in Marietta in 1933 of parents Frederick E.A. Schilling, Jr and Kate Barker Schilling. My real name is Frederick E. A. Schilling III. I am a graduate of Marietta High and Georgia Tech. My father owned with his brother Harold, Schillings Hardware Store where Schillings Restaurant is now located. I lived in Marietta until Dec 31, 1967 when I moved to Richland, Washington and in 1970 I moved to my present home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. My cousin, Madge, daughter of Walter Schilling postmaster of Marietta for many years, is in her 90’s and is the only Schilling presently in Marietta. I really enjoy your website which keeps me up to date on what’s going on back in the old hometown. I thought you would appreciate hearing from an old Mariettan who still misses Cobb County and appreciates your web site. Regards, Tony

    • My name is Stephen Johnson – born 1950. My parents are William W & Yvonne Schilling Johnson. My mother is the daughter of Clarence Leon Schilling & Yvonne Morillion

      My mother was born 10/17/22 & had a sister Suzanne Schilling Doughtie (decsd)

      Both my parent are alive

      I am a big fan of Marietta and its’ history. – frequently visiting the battlefields & Shillings restaurant
      The spelling was changed due to a dispute with Aunt Margaret ( Harold’s widow) not wanting to be associated with an establishment that served alcohol! So they out foxxed the ol girl. While they changed the spelling the old original tile in front of the store still has the Schilling name displayed.

      I remember going there as a kid & actually buying my 1st baseball glove from one of Clarence;s brothers

      I am married to Helen Gunn from Decatur. We have a daughter, Catherine age 26. Catherine is an RN at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs

      • My name is Christopher J Hayes – My Great Grandmother was Edna Maude Schilling 2/17/1891- 12/16/1973, she was married to Henry Clifton Lovelace, at St James Episcopal Church in Marietta. My Grandmother is their youngest daughter is Cecile Lovelace born in 1923 and currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She married James Alexander Denny and they had my mother Diane Cecile Denny in 1951.

        One of my mother’s favorite pictures and fondest memories is of her grandmother holding me when I was a newborn before she died that same year.

        I just finished a trip south visiting family on my dad’s side in Powder Springs My mom and I decided to go visit Marietta and the Schilling sites. We went to Schillings on the Square, the restaurant where the store used to be.
        We drove by The old Post office where Great uncle Walter was postmaster, I saw a picture of him standing in front, now a museum and closed while I was visiting. The picture is part of the Georgia Archives.
        We found the former Schilling residence on Washington Street and went to the St. James Cemetery on Polk, where most of the family is buried.
        It is nice that these places still exist and that is what makes Marietta a charming place, that has not forgotten its history.

        • Chris – nice to read your remarks. Your mom is my Aunt “Pete” and I only know you from photos!

    • My grandmother was Edna Shilling Lovelace and my mother was Louise Lovelace Hryhor. I have a framed photo of the house where my grandmother was born (I think) and grew up – in Marietta, near the square. I love seeing the restaurant on the square and knowing that was my great grandfather’s hardware store. Thanks for your writeup!

  2. Do you have any information around the peach whiskey distillery that was located on paper mill road, north of Sope creek? Thx

  3. Hello My name is Jamillah Harris, my family used to live in the area of Marrietta Cobb County Georgia in years 1836 & 1845 My 3rd Great Grandparents, Jacob & Hetty Holland they had 9 children and Sealy Holland is one of there daughters which is my 2nd Great Grandmother. Sealy Holland was married to John Bailey in Tattnal Georgia and one of there children is my Great Grandparent Ida bell Bailey which she became Ida bell Hall when she married my Great Grandfather Jophus Hall.


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