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.

LOCAL HISTORY BOOKSHistory Research books

We now have over 140 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

 

HISTORY RESEARCH

RESEARCHING HISTORIC POST OFFICES

U.S. Post Office Department records are now available online at the National Archives. These records are a boon to historians, because even the small post offices in this rural area 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; plus hand-drawn maps noting neighboring post offices, waterways, and other local landmarks.

Although Johns Creek does not have even one post office today, in the past there were many including Warsaw, Sheltonville, Ocee, Skelton, Mazeppa, Newtown, Alton, McClure, and others

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 Benjamin Franklin Findley farm in 1895.

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.

Finding Post Office 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.


Examples of the records for a Post Office in the Johns Creek area

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