"Attack at Rocky Face Ridge, GA"

Alonzo Chappell, 1864


Welcome to Whitfield County



Hi! I am the Whitfield County coordinator for The GAGenWeb Project. My name is Trish Elliott-Kashima and I hope to bring new information to our website. I do not live in Whitfield County, but have family that lived there. All comments and suggestions are very welcome.


Whitfield County was formed December 30,1851 from Murray County, Georgia. The Cherokee were here before the first white traders came into what later became Whitfield County. Many area Cherokee were taken with the Trail of Tears.  Once the county was formed from a portion of Murray County, Dalton (already a bustling town founded by Edward White) became the county seat.  The railroad helped the County grow.  The Civil War took its toll on Whitfield County, with Sherman coming in 1863.  And after the War, Reconstruction made even more hard times for the local residents as it did for most people in Georgia.  Things started to look up with the arrival of the textile mills, and later carpet mills.  Whitfield County is well known for its tufted bedspread industry started by Catherine Whitener.  

Whitfield County was named for Rev. George Whitefield (1714-1770), who was an early settler in Georgia. He was a founder of Bethesda House in Savannah, which is the oldest extant charity in North America, founded in 1739. He was also one of the founders of Methodism. The spelling of Whitfield County's name was changed to reflect the way it was pronounced.  


Rev. George Whitefield



May 24, 2015:


Will of Valentine Harland, 1853 has been added.


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Deeds and Land Records Early Banks and Money Family Group Sheets
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History of Whitfield County Lookup Volunteers Maps
Medical terms from the 1800s Military Ministers
Native American Newspapers
Oaths, 1867 Obituaries   Queries 
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State Mental Hospital Inmates from

Whitfield County, 1853-1870  

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Our State Coordinator is Linda Blum Barton

Our Assistant State Coordinator is Vivian Price Saffold

Regional Assistant is Christina Palmer


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This page was last updated on -05/24/2015

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Copyright 2002-2009 Robert Gale Fender

Thanks to Robert Gale Fender for his work on this site over the years.