Adam Poole Vandiver

Adam Poole Vandiver

South Carolina, USA
Death 10 Jan 1876 (aged 88)
Tallulah Falls, Habersham County, Georgia, USA
Burial Shirley Grove, Habersham County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 143262573 View Source
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Born to Rev. George Vandiver and Mary Poole Vandiver in 1787. Adam Poole Vandiver and his father George were one of the first settlers in the Tallulah Falls, Ga area. Adam P. Vandiver was a fierce hunter and farmed his land as well. He is very well known for his pelt hunts, his tall-tales and hosting strangers as they wandered near his cabin in Tallulah Falls. Adam was also known by locals as "The Hunter of Tallulah" and has been mentioned in many books from Habersham County Historians and travelers.

It is reported that Adam had three wives and at least 30 children (some may have been step-children from wife #2 & #3). He earned the respect of the Cherokee Indians that lived in the area, obtained land from them and became good friends with Chief Gray Eagle, the last Chief of the Cherokee tribe in Tallulah. The first of his 3 wives was Chief Gray Eagle's sister, Gulle (The Dove) Whiting. Some research also notes her name as Martha Gulle Whiting.

Adam Poole Vandiver was a Private in the War of 1812 and played a major role in the Creek Indian War of 1813-1814.

The State of Ga, House of Representatives also honored his father, Rev. George Vandiver as well as Adam by dedicating bridges to their names. The "Adam Poole Vandiver Memorial Bridge" and the "Rev. George Vandiver Memorial Bridge" can be found on US 441 in Tallulah Falls, Ga. Information about Adam Vandiver can also be found in many of the displays in the Tallulah Falls State Park Visitors Center.


Head stone reads Adam Poole Vandiver, born August 24, 1787 and died January 10, 1876.
*Adam's grave was moved to the Rev. Pitts property (shown in the picture) in the Shirley Grove Community when the Vandiver Family Cemetery was covered by Tugalo Lake in Tallulah Falls, Ga when Ga Power made several dams on Tallulah River.

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Adam Vandiver's first wife was Gulle (The Dove) Whiting, Cherokee Indian and sister to Cheif Gray Eagle of Tallulah Falls, Ga. When the Vandiver family graves were moved, Gulle's grave was taken up into the Mtns by her Cherokee family.