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At the end of the 1700's and during the Early 1800's, Georgia was primarily colonized along the eastern border with South Carolina along the Savannah River basin.  Settlers had moved out from Savannah and South Carolina and there were only a limited number of Georgia Counties.

The Creek and Cherokee owned much of the land of present day Georgia as they had for thousands of years.  Our Southwest Georgia Farm in Randolph County Georgia still produces a treasure trove of Indian artifacts after every hard rain.

As you can see from the maps to the left, Georgia began to subdivide Counties within existing area in 1800.  Washington County was subdivided into Montgomery and Jefferson Counties.

Seven times between 1805 and 1832 Georgia used a lottery system to distribute the land taken from the Cherokee or Creek Indians. These lotteries were unique to the state; no other state used a lottery system to distribute land. Lot size varied widely, even in the individual lotteries. The largest lots distributed were 490 acres in the 1805 and the 1820 land lottery. The smallest lots were the 40-acre gold lots distributed during the Gold Lottery of 1832.  75% of the current land mass of Georgia was distributed to private owners through this lottery system.

During this period (prior to 1840) there are very few census records of Helton's (sometimes spelled Hilton) in Georgia.  While a complete indexing of census records for many Counties has not been completed,  Helton's began to show up in Georgia Census Records in Habersham County and Washington County in 1820.  Since there are so few Helton's listed, the number of Helton family lines is very limited and the possibility of these lines being related increases in probability.

 Abraham Helton (over 45 years old) and James Hilton (Age 26-45) both showed up in 1820 Census records for Habersham County (Northeast Georgia-found along the North Carolina/South Carolina border). During this same 1820 census for Washington County, James Hilton (Age 45-50) and Abraham Hilton (Age 16-26) have been identified.  The ages of the Habersham and Washington County Hilton's are flipped, which could be significant.  We will know if the name similarities are significant until DNA Testing of these family lines is performed.

 Old family naming patterns suggest these two groups of Hilton's could be related since the names and ages are flipped and identical. Since the Habersham 1820 Census only gives us an "over 45" age for Abraham, and Abraham cannot be found on another census to fine tune the age, we do not know whether he was much older than 45 or near the age of 45.  We assume (from records) that he had a daughter and son that were under the age of 10 living in the household, as well as a daughter that was 26-45 (born 1775-1796) and a wife that was over 45.  If Abraham was approximately 50, he could be the brother of James Helton (Washington County).  If the oldest daughter was on the higher end of the 26-45 age range, Abraham could be James Helton's father and this would explain why James Helton's (Washington County) oldest son was named Abraham (Old naming pattern). However, it was highly unusual for Abraham to have an unmarried daughter at home who was over 26 during this period.  Since daughters were married off quickly to relieve the burden (that sounds sexist, but Women's Lib had not begun to take hold in Georgia in 1820), it is possible that the two daughters (under 10) belonged to the oldest daughter--there was a War in 1812 and the daughter (who could have been born in 1775) was also a sister of James Helton's (Washington County-born 1770-1775)

Habersham County was created in 1818, two years before the 1820 census, so there will be no Census Records available for Habersham, prior to the 1820 Census.  Since all available (indexed) Georgia census records have been checked through 1850 for all Counties, it may be necessary to check South Carolina records for a listing of Helton's (Hilton's).  It was very odd that no Hilton's (Helton's) showed up in any index for Savannah.  This could indicate that early Georgia Helton's moved from South Carolina or North Carolina.

Other Helton's in 1820-1850 Georgia Census'

There were a few other Helton's who popped up in Census data for 1820 in Georgia.  These could be different Helton Lines or descendants of existing lines. they are as follows.  You can find access to this information by following this link and going to the appropriate county, Census year, and page # text file cited below. Until Helton DNA Testing has been performed, these are just names in a Census index.

Maps URL: http://www.cviog.uga.edu/Projects/gainfo/histmaps.htm

http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/ga_cm.html

Census URL's: http://www.usgwcensus.org/states.htm

http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/georgia/


Clarke County, GA 1820 Census

Helton         Sterling              117      pg107.txt  


Habersham County GA 1820 Census

Helton        James           121   9    pg113.txt    

Hilton        Abraham         122   10   pg113.txt  

 

47 | James           Helton          |  1  1  1  1  1  0 |  1  0  1  0  0 |  0 |  1  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0 | H435 |

1 Male Age 0-10

1 male Age 10-16

1 male Age 16-18 (duplicate o 16-26?)

1 male Age 16-26

1 Female Age 0-10

1 Female Age 16-18

 

James would have been head of the household at 26 y.o. maximum but he would have had a child at 10-16 years old if the age is accurate.


44 | Abraham         Hilton          |  0  2  0  0  0  1 |  1  0  0  1  1 |  0 |  1  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0 | H435

2 Males Age 10-16

1 Male over 45 (Abraham was born in 1743-he would have been 77 years old)

1 Female 0-10

1 Female 16-26

1 Female over 45 (Katie Owl)

 

Abraham Helton won land at Spring Place (Near Chatsworth, GA-Dalton GA)  in the 1832 Georgia Gold Lottery and moved with his wife Katie Owl to Lumpkin County GA where they died in 1843.  Katie was full-blooded Cherokee.

 

Abraham B: 1743 D: 1843 wife Katie Owl Helton
Children
James 1794 wife unk
John 1791 wife Dicie
Harmon?1787 wife Sarah
Sarah 1789 husband Bark Chicken (changed name to Calvin Helton)


 

Habersham County GA 1830 Census

Helton         Jacob         18       010A      pg006a.txt               
Helton         James         16       009A      pg006a.txt               
Helton         James C.      16       009A      pg006a.txt

 

I have our line showing ?Jacob Helton of? Fields Military District, Habersham County,? son of John Helton? son of Abraham Helton winning the 1832 Gold Lottery in Spring Place near Dalton lottery 3-9-53 (L Griffin)


1820 Washington Co, GA Index (excerpt)

Richard HiLTON

31001011010010000000000000000000

James HiLTON                  

21000111110010000000000000000000

Abraham HiLTON                

00010020100010000000000000000000

See 1820 Census for Detail


1830 Randolph Co GA Census

James HELTON                  

001110010000-001000010000

Abraham HELTON                

100001000000-211001000000

See 1830 Randolph County, GA Census for Detail


Jones County GA 1820 Census

Helton         Elisha               112   2    7    pg111.txt   Town of Clinton; Capt. Rosser's Dist.


 



Walton County GA 1820 Census

Helton        John              216/217   2    14   pg214.txt    

Walton County GA 1820 Census

Helton        John              216/217   2    14   pg214.txt    

14 | John            Helton          |  0  0  0  3  1  1 |  0  1  2  0  0 |  0 |  3  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 |

3 male 16-26

1 male 26-45

1 male over 45

1 female 10-16

2 female 16-26

 Walton County GA 1830 Census

170  9    Hilton          Thomas              pg0165.txt
154  2    Hilton          Abraham             pg0143.txt
163  18   Helton          Ezekiel             pg0155.txt


 

Carroll County GA 1830 Census

Helton              Amos             24   438   220   pg214.txt   Unstated 

 

We have discovered that there were indeed two Hilton or Helton families out of NC. Our Peter Hilton was in the Rev. War. b. 1752 and most certainly Native American. He joined the Rev. War in Surrey CO. NC and then was found in Burke CO. 1800-1820. McMinn CO. TN in 1830. Filed for Rev. War Pension in 1837 McMinn co and then married and moved to Carroll CO GA. Some say he was 105 when he died.
 


Coweta County GA 1830 Census

Helton           Peter           19   750   376   pg367.txt   Unstated   


Gwinnett County GA 1830 Census

23 | Elmsley         Hilton          |  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 |  1  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0  0  0 |   6 |  0  0  0  0  0 |  0  0  0  0 | H435

 

Gwinnett County GA 1850 Census

39  1148 1148 Helton        Thomas         56   M    W    Farmer  GA     X
 40  1148 1148 Helton        Rebecca        55   F    W  GA                            X
 41  1148 1148 Helton        John           24   M    W    Shoe Maker               GA
 42  1148 1148 Helton        Richard        17   M    W    Farmer                   GA

1   1148 1148 Helton        Robert         14   M    W                             GA
 2   1148 1148 Helton        Elijah         12   M    W                             GA


Murray County GA 1840 Census

Helton         Gehiel            26   5    258   pg254.txt   District 872 Georgia Militia  


Appling County, GA 1850 Census

 

Helton       Elizabeth L.     31     1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       James Q.         10     1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       Martha           6      1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       Mary A.          4      1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       Sarah M.         6/12   2        2A        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       Selia            9      1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M.

Helton       Selia            42     9        5B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M. 
Helton       William N.       38     1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M. 
Helton       William S.       8      1        1B        pg01b.txt  456 District G. M. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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