OTHER AREAS of RESEARCH

The historic post office records are just one topic of research and study by Johns Creek Historical Society members, but there is much more history we are collecting for our archives!
Some topics of history research:

Farm Families' Genealogy & Stories

Historic Crossroads & Communities

Ferries and Bridges

Roadways

Surveys and Maps of all kinds

Cherokee Nation

African-Americans

Land Ownership

Churches and Cemeteries

Schools

General Stores, Mills, and other businesses

Gold Mines

Impacts of wars, disease, weather, and economy

If you are also doing research, would like to get involved in research, or have documents, photos, artifacts, etc. that could help us piece together the history of this area, please contact us.

 

Do you have old documents, photos, items?

We are actively collecting items plus both physical and digital documents for a centralized Johns Creek history archives. If you have artifacts, photos, documents, books, recordings, or stories of life in the Johns Creek or neighboring areas during earlier times, please contact us at info@johnscreekhistory.org

We are accepting donations of records, but can also make digital copies, if you want to retain your originals.

See more about our planned history archives.

History Archives

From the Johns Creek Historical Society's Digital Archives

"History of Sheltonville
Shakerag Community"
This is a booklet published by the Sheltonville-Shakerag Community Club in 1962. Full of Shakerag reminisces as told by long-time residents - including the 1864 Civil War skirmish, discovery of gold, and more!

The 1962 booklet ends with a note of pride in Shakerag having 2 paved roads and hopes for future growth!

Download the booklet (PDF, 20Mb)

LOCAL HISTORY BOOKSHistory Research books

We now have over 120 books owned by members of the Johns Creek Historical Society and used in our research.

Pioneer History of Forsyth County 1832-1860, by Don L. Shadburn

Blood Kin: Pioneer Chronicles of Upper Georgia Centered in Forsyth County, by Don L. Shadburn

Cherokee Planters in Georgia 1832-1838, by Don L. Shadburn

The Cottonpatch Chronicles: Reflections on Cherokee History, People, Places, and Events in Forsyth County, Georgia, by Don L. Shadburn

Unhallowed Intrusion: A History of Cherokee Families in Forsyth County, Georgia, by Don L. Shadburn

Forsyth County History Stories, by Annette Bramblett

The Cotton Renter's Son, by G.L. Vaughan

Georgia's 1832 Gold Lottery, lottery winners compliled by Mary Bondurant Warren

Milton County, Georgia Cemeteries (Present-day Northern Fulton County), by Phillip B. Anglin

The Old South, by David Williams

Travels of William Bartram, by William Bartram

A Wilderness Still the Cradle of Nature, Frontier Georgia a Documentary History, edited by Edward J. Cashin

The Only Land They Knew (American Indians in the Old South), by J. Leitch Wright Jr.

The Old Beloved Path, Daily Life among the Indians of the Chattahoochee River Valley, by William W, Winn

 

ARCHIVES & RESEARCH
Creating a physical & digital archives to preserve Johns Creek history
RESEARCHING HISTORIC POST OFFICES

Today Johns Creek does not have even one post office within its borders, but that wasn't always the case. Since the early 1830s many post offices have served this area.

Warsaw, Sheltonville, Ocee, Skelton, Mazeppa,Alton, McClure, and others

Finding these documents online at the National Archives.

These Post Office records are available online at the National Archives website http://www.archives.gov. Search their catalog for Record Group 28, "Records of the Post Office Department". The "Post Office Reports of Site Locations 1837-1950" can be found in microfilm record M1126. It's organized by state, then county. Information about post offices in Johns Creek and nearby areas were found in rolls 110 (Forsyth and Fulton Co.) and 111 (Gwinnett Co.).

The National Archives "Records of the Post Office Department" also include historic logbooks of Postmaster Appointments, an informational booklet on historic post offices, and much more.

We know about all these P.O.'s, when they were established and when they disappeared, where they were located, and who were the postmasters through a treasure trove of records that were required by the United States Postal Service and are now available online through the National Archives.

See examples below of records for a post office on the Findley farm in 1895.

These records are a boon to historians, because even the smallest post offices in the most rural areas were recorded with a paper trail that includes lists and dates of postmaster appointments; postal routes with stops identified, distances between stops, and frequency of service; and site location reports submitted in the request to establish a post office. The site location reports include hand-drawn maps and information including distances and directions to nearest existing post offices, towns, transportation, waterways, and other landmarks.

We've been collecting these rich records for our Johns Creek history archives since 2018. The information contained in these records enable locating the historic post offices on present-day maps, help us create engaging programming, and add to our resources for family genealogy and local history research.

Below are examples of the details revealed by these United States Postal records.

1895 Selma (which became Alton) Post Office on the Findley Farm.
This hand-drawn map was attached to Benjamin J. Findley's 1895 application (included below) to establish a new Post Office called Selma to be located on his farm, south of McGinnis Ferry Rd and near today's Medlock Bridge Rd. The map also shows Johns Creek, the Chattahoochee River and existing post offices of Ocee, Warsaw, Sheltonville, Big Creek, Cumming, and Duluth.

Historic Post Offices of Johns Creek

Below is Benjamin J. Findley's 1895 application to establish a new Post Office called Selma to be located on his farm. The details offer exciting insight into this area in the 1890s with the population served plus distances and directions from existing post offices and waterways that enable mapping the post office on today's landscape.

Historic Post Offices of Johns Creek