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Monday, April 15, 2019

Searching Land Lottiers to Find Old Home Place

Searching Land Lotteries to Find the Old Home Place

Capitol Avenue, Atlanta, 1900sMy grandmother lived in McPherson, a village spun off for temporary housing for those who built train tracks throughout Georgia. My grandfather had the local merchandise store and my grandmother would board the train and go to Atlanta. Ironically, her stop was Terminal Station. I wonder if she realized that as the being the actual land which was once owned by Archibald Holland in 1824, having drawn all of Atlanta in the land lottery. Memoirs of Georgia published in 1895 consists of interviews with Georgia residents. A son of Archibald Holland gave his account of having been born on Capitol Avenue in Atlanta. This information, combined with a plat of the land drawn in the lottery, located the site of the old home place for me. Later on, I was surprised to discover that during the early part of the 20th century the Atlanta Constitution published a photo of the old house which was reported to have been the oldest house in Atlanta which was temporarily used about 1845 as the residence of a local official. A good reason to search the Georgia Land Lotteries and newspapers,eh?



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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinPeople write some interesting stuff in their wills! Before we had the Internet, a convenient method of discovering the heirs was to read "abstracts" of wills, estates, deeds and marriages which were published in book. This tremendous undertaking by the authors of genealogy was insurmountable in brilliance. It saved the researcher a great deal of time. But now that we have access Internet to full documents on Georgia Pioneers. Reading the entire document is a boon to genealogists for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the heirs are mentioned with the details of their specific inheritance, and relationship to the deceased. Second, some of our previous assumptions taken from the abstracts can be clarified. Third, we can discover new information. And fourth, all the details are included, some of which the abstracter did not include because it was not clearly discernible on the old microfilm equipment. _____________________________________________________________________________ 

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Monday, April 8, 2019

The Children Need a Back-Bone #genealogy

The Children Need a Back-Bone

bonesThere is a great deal of stress upon the parents of today, especially dealing with a disruptive society who takes its complaints to the streets. Perhaps it is time our children learned who they are and quit demonstrating in the streets. A little understanding concerning their own ancestors could help to give the kids a back-bone. Actually, we owe our ancestors a hearty thank-you for the great? sacrifice which was made that we might have a better life, be a free Nation. Tracing one Revolutionary War Soldier in the family could unfold a world of character. I have a story of an ancestor who was persuaded to take up a land grant in the Allegheny Mountains during the early 1700s, only to have friends and relatives scalped and daughters taken as slaves. When fifty years of age, all of his neighbors between 16 and 50 joined the militia and went into battle against Cornstalk, Chief of the Shawnee Indians. After a long and wounding battle, the chief finally signed a treaty. Yet, the Indians continued to plague the settlements of white settlers up until the time of the Revolutionary War. Then, my aged ancestor left his hoome in the West and went to North Carolina to enlist in the Continental Army. He fought the battles of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and finally Yorktown, Virginia until the end of the war. For his service, he was given over 1000 acres of land in Georgia. A enormously emotional and herioc story arose from this find and I wanted my children to feel the impact of so grand a scale of sacrifice. Therefore, I researched his exciting battles alongside his commander, Colonel Ludwell Lee who was called by General Greene to prevent the British from taking Augusta, Georgia. The armies which Lee assembled fought the famous Colonel Banastre Tarleton, named as the "butcher" because that British Colonel slaughtered a South Carolina regiment while under a flag of surrender. This sensation caused an uproar in the ranks of the rebels who were determined to win a battle against the merciless and difficult-to-defeat Tarleton, which they did accomplish. It was bravery and sacrifice which forged this country into a free country. And we carry that same brave independence and yearning for freedom as those who fought before us. Thus, who, with the blood of such greatness in their veins, with their signs and burnt flags, can dare to riot in the streets of America and demand that this treasure be ripped away from the fabric of our Constitution? 



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Monday, April 1, 2019

Discover the Past in a Special Way

Discover the Past in a Special Way

At some point in just about everyone's life, they wish that they had listened to their parents or grandparents. In later life, the yearning to know more about ourselves and those who came before us seems to accelerate. Everyone has uniquely interesting ancestors who played special roles in our history. Their stories are worth passing down to the children. As one who has traced many of my own families back to William the Conqueror, there are wonders to behold! The pedigree chart doubles in names with each passing generation and our eyes are opened to realize that we are connected to some of the most prominent players in historical events.





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Friday, March 29, 2019

Bryan Co. GA Genealogy #georgiapioneerscom

Bryan County Wills, Estates, Marriages


Bryan CountyBryan County was formed in 1793 from Chatham County. The early records were lost. Early Settlers: Richard Arnold, Simon Banks, William Blitch, William Brailsford, John A. Davis, W. G. DeSaussaire, Nathaniel Duggar, David Geiger, Shadrack Grevensteen, London Harris, W. J. Pate, John Schafer, Elijah Shuman, Joshua Smith and Amosa S. Wescott.

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Names of Testators: Arnold, Richard; Banks, Simeon; Brailsford, William;Butler, James;Butler, Jefferson; Davis, John;DeSaussure, Wilmot;Duggan, Hershall;Duggar, Nathaniel; Geiger, David;Grovensteen, Shadrach; Guger, D. H.;Harris, London; Hart, Marshall;Heery, Isaac;Mann, Margret;Pate, W. J.;Phillips, Burrell; Schafer, John; Shuman, Elijah; Shuman, John;Simes, Martha; Smith, Eleanor; Smith, Joshua; Vashee, Isaac 

General Index to Bryan County Wills and Estates(1866-1939)
Index to Bryan County Wills (1891-1933)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book A (1870-1891)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book B (1891-1933)
Bryan County Marriages 1868-1889 



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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Threat of Castillo San Marcos

The Threat of Castillo San Marcos

Castillo de San MarcosThe Spanish held Northern Florida beginning in 1565. On September 8th, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed on the shore of what is now called Matanzas Bay and began the founding of the Presidio of San Agustin. Later the settlement was called St. Augustine, Florida. The castle or fort was constructed on the site of an ancient Native American village, and near the place where Ponce de Leon landed in 1513 in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. General James Edward Oglethorpe held a siege against the fort in 1742, however, cannon balls were unable to penetrate the well-secured stone fortress and a fleet of ships promised by Governor Johnson of South Carolina designed block the harbor became stuck on a sandbar. Meanwhile, the regiments of Oglethorpe suffered from yellow fever and dysentery, and Oglethorpe himself had to be transported on a litter back to Ft. Frederica. The Spanish waited two years before they retaliated.



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Monday, March 18, 2019

Battle of Bloody Marsh

Battle of Bloody Marsh

Battle of Bloody MarshBattle of Bloody Marsh When an English trader by the name of Jenkins violated a trade agreement with Spain, and the ear of Jenkins cut off as an example, a war was declared. General James Edward Oglethorpe was promoted to the office of General and given the assignment to fight the Spanish in Northern Florida. The war is known to historians as the "Battle of Jenkins Ear". On July 7, 1742, several Spanish vessels landed on St. Simon's Island and commenced walking towards Ft. Frederica expecting to fight European-style in an open field. Meanwhile, the highlanders hid in the woods and attacked guerrilla-style in an open marsh. This battle is known as the Battle of Bloody Marsh. Although the English were significantly out numbered, the confusing guerrilla tactics of the Scottish Highlanders, resulted in an important English victory. The Spanish galleons left Georgia and sailed for Cuba. Although General Oglethorpe won the land war with Spain, he had been in the colony for fifteen years and by the time that he returned England the victory went ignored by his contemporaries. 



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Friday, March 15, 2019

Images of Brooks Co. GA Wills, Estates #gagenealogy #georgiapioneerscom

Brooks County Wills, Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Confederate Pensions

Brooks CountyBrooks County was created in December of 1858 from Lowndes and Thomas Counties. The first court session was held in the home of Thomas Folsom in Quitman. Later in 1859, work began on a court house, however was not finished until 1864. One of the earliest settlers was John Groover, a descendant of Peter Gruber, Saltzburger to Georgia with Oglethorpe, who settler in Ebenezer, Georgia (Effingham County) and whose descendants went to Bulloch and Brooks Counties. Other early settlers were: Levin Arrington, Benjamin Bentley, William Colter, William Dinson, John Edmonson, William G. Hunter, Robert Peacock, Daniel McRae and Leary Stanley.

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  • Wills, Book I, 1860 to 1899
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, 1859 to 1863
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, 1863 to 1865
  • Will Book I, 1860 to 1899
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, Book D, 1869 to 1872

Online Images of Last Wills and Testaments 1860 to 1871

  • Bentley, Benjamin
  • Copeland, L. J.
  • Coulter, William
  • Denson, William
  • Dixon, Pleasant
  • Edmonson, John
  • Edwards, Samuel
  • Gorno, Joel
  • Groover, Charles
  • Groover, John (Estate) 1857-1860
  • Groover, Joshua
  • Hunter, William
  • King, Nancy
  • McCardle, James
  • McLeod, Norman
  • McMullen, John
  • McRae, Daniel
  • Mullen, James
  • Mullen, James
  • Oliff, Elizabeth  . . . more . . .



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