The 1802 Act of Cession and the
Yazoo Land Fraud,
created a portion of land in present day North Carolina's
Transylvania County near Brevard North Carolina in the Upper River
(French Broad River Valley) and a small section of Henderson, North
In 1791 Buncombe County, N. C. was formed from Burke and Rutherford
In 1808 Haywood County (NC) was formed from Buncombe (NC)
In 1828 Macon County (NC) was formed from Haywood County (NC).
---1828-1851--- Macon County (NC) included present day Hogback & part of Eastatoe
Transylvania County (NC).
---In 1838 Henderson County (NC) was formed from Buncombe (NC).
---In 1851 Jackson County (NC) was formed from Haywood (NC) and Macon
---In 1861 Transylvania County (NC) was formed from Jackson (NC) and
Northeast Georgia families established it as Walton County, Georgia
although the land was not "officially" claimed by NC, SC, or
Georgia. In 1803 the elected officials, John Nicholson and
John Akin [Aiken] served as Representatives to the Georgia
Legislature in Milledgeville. John Akins, Sr. later settled in
Union County, Georgia where he died there in 1863.
The major engagement was fought at McGaha
Branch about one mile south of present day Brevard near the Wilson
Bridge on U.S. Highway 276. The North Carolina Militia killed an
unknown number of the Georgians and took about twenty-five
prisoners. A second stand was made by the survivors of McGaha Branch
at Selica Hill some three miles southwest of Brevard. The Georgians
were either shot or taken prisoner. The fate of the prisoners is
still uncertain. Sporadic snipping continued for some weeks but the
main engagements were over. North Carolina had laid their claim to
the land, but at great costs to Georgians who were killed or taken
prisoner. Georgia as recent as 1971, was still prioritizing on
pronouncing its options.
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