Since the back story uncovered by my modern characters as they restore a log cabin in the third book of my Restoration trilogy dates to 1790, my research delved into the history of the early settlers and Creek Indians of Middle Georgia. Many Georgia settlers were Scots-Irish not so welcome in staid New England communities who traveled down the Great Wagon Route and Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap. By 1730, Carolina offered “head right” grants, and ships began to sail there instead of Pennsylvania. The 1773 Treaty of Augusta unofficially opened lands east of the Oconee River to settlement. In 1783, Georgia leaders notified 100 Creek Indian towns of a meeting that only two Creek chiefs attended in defiance of Supreme Chief Alexander McGillivray, who had demoted them. They signed away Creek and Cherokee lands west of the Oconee. McGillivray denied both the subsequent Galphinton and Shoulderbone treaties and by 1786 prepared for war.
|Map of Frontier GA Forts|
|Burning of Greensborough, photo by Jimmy Emerson|