Andrew Yearwood (1775 - 1860)

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Birthplace: Albemarle Parish, Surrey , Virginia
Death: Died in Habersham, Georgia, United States
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About Andrew Yearwood


Andrew Yearwood was the only Yearwood in Georgia according to the 1820 census, and is believed to be the grandfather of most Yearwoods who trace their history to Georgia.

Andrew received two draws in the 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia. Each draw for Andrew and his sons was in the Gold Districts of the newly created counties. In the early 1840s, Andrew and his son Perry had acquired a tract of land in Habersham County that had upon it a gristmill formerly owned by James M. C. Thompson. Bird was the first to acquire a portion of #134 in the 13th District. He subsequently sold this tract to Andrew in 1842. Habersham County deeds show that in 1845, Andrew sold his portion of Lot #134, at the headwaters of Panther Creek, to James Kelley, while retaining 50% of the mineral and mining rights of the property. No one knows if they struck gold, but obviously both parties to this transaction believed there was gold present at this site.

Andrew remained on the North Fork of Toccoa Creek for the remainder of his life, and many of his children lived near him with their families. His residence, as well as that of his sons Archibald, Tillman and Bird, is shown in the 1850 Tax Digest and Population Census of Habersham County as clustered around the Old Toccoa Church. From Andrew's original purchase of 200 acres in 1805, the family lands had grown to 1,365 acres by 1850. According to the 1850 Tax Digest, none of the Yearwoods owned any slaves, which suggests their farming operations were limited and carried forth by the many family members that lived nearby. Each of the tracts lay between the Old Toccoa Church and the Yearwood Valley surrounding Camp Mikell Road.

  • Burial: Unknown, Old Toccoa Baptist Church
  • Census 1: 1800, Pendleton SC
  • Census 2: 1791, Augusta Chronicle
  • Census 3: 1850, Habersham County, Ga
  • Fact 1: See Note Page
  • Jury 1: 1820, The first court of Habersham1
  • Jury 2: 17 Sep 1818, Clarksville first juror in Judge Dooley's court
  • Land Lottery: 1832, Gold Lottery2
  • Military service: 1812, Georgia Militia in the War of 1812
  • Property 1: 1811, 200 acres for $200 from William Smith
  • Property 2: Bet. 1824 - 1828, North Fork of Tocca Creek3
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Andrew Yearwood's Timeline

May 9, 1775
Surrey , Virginia
Age 25
Pendleton, South Carolina
Age 27
Habersham, Georgia, United States
January, 1860
Age 84
Habersham, Georgia, United States
Age 84
Old Toccoa Baptist Church