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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Upson Co. GA images of Wills, Genealogy


Upson County Records



Upson County Court HouseUpson County Court House. Upson County was created from parts of Pike and Crawford counties in 1824. It was named after Stephen Upson, lawyer, legislator. County Seat: Thomaston, Georgia.

Upson County Records Available to Members ofGeorgia Pioneers 

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Upson County Will Book B, 1876-1915).
Digital Images of Upson County Wills and Estates, Book A, 1825-1850
  • Baldwin, Joseph.
  • Barker, John.
  • Bass, Larkin.
  • Blalock, James.
  • Bunkley, Machrine.
  • Clark, Julius.
  • Cobb, Catharine.
  • Collier, Isaac.
  • Colquitt, John.
  • Couper, James.
  • Duke, Stephen.
  • Ellerbee, William Thomas.
  • Gadsden, Quincy.
  • Gardner, Sterling.
  • Garland, Henry, Sr.
  • Gibson, James.
  • Goode, John.
  • Gresham, John.
  • Gwyn, James.
  • Haldox, Rachel.
  • Hampton, Joseph.
  • Hardy, Sutton.
  • Harrell, Barbary.
  • Head, William.
  • Hightower, John.
  • Holloway, Edward.
  • Holloway, Frances.
  • Holloway, Patrick.
  • Holloway, Peter.
  • Howell, Burwell.
  • Howell, Casper.
  • Ivy, Lydia.
  • Jackson, Isaac.
  • Johnson, Moses.
  • Kelly, Michael, applies for citizenship.
  • Kendall, Henry.
  • Leverett, Thomas.
  • Mann, Nancy.
  • Manning, Susanna.
  • Martin, Anne.
  • McCoy, Henry.
  • McKindly, Joseph.
  • McKindley, Robert.
  • Miller, William.
  • Milling, Thomas.
  • Parker, Samuel.
  • Powell, George.
  • Pulham, Nelson.
  • Raines, John.
  • Respass, Richard.
  • Selman, William.
  • Smith, Carlton.
  • Snipes, William.
  • Steagall, Ivy F.
  • Traylor, John.
  • Turner, John.
  • Verdin, William.
  • Walker, James.
  • Waynman, Deborah.
  • Womble, Enoch.
Church Records
  • New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, Yatesville, 1824 members.
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  7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Madison Co. GA Marriages, images of old Wills and Estates

Madison County Wills and Estates



 Madison County Court HouseDanielsvillePictured is the>Madison County Court House and Danielsville, Georgia. Madison County was originally inhabited by the Creek and Cherokee Indians. but by the year of 1773 most of this land was ceded by the Cherokees to the Colonial Governor of Georgia, thus opening the area to frontier settlement. The earliest permanent settlement was in the Paoli area, settled mainly by pioneers from Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. 

Early Settlers: William Anderson, William David, Thomas House, John Palmer, William Simmons, Jacob Strickland, Pleasant Bone, Ezekiel Williams, Tolbert Strickland, William Evans, Jacob Moon and William Adair who removed to Paulding County. 

Madison County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

Marriages
  • Index to Madison County Marriages 1812 to 1889
  • Madison County Marriages from Newspapers (1885-1886).
Wills
  • Wills 1812-1841 (abstracts).
  • Digital Images of Wills 1842 to 1855
    Testators: Allen, Gray;Black, Thomas;Bolton, Leonard;Bridges, Ben;Carithers, Mary;Carithers, William;Collum, Samuel;David, Berry;Dawes, William;Embry, John;Everhart, George;Graves, Samuel;Griffith, James;Hart, Archibald;Human, Susanna;Johnson, Jane;Long, James;Jordan, Thomas;Long, James;McLeroy, James; Meaders, Berry; Moon, Archilaus;Moon, Archilaus (2); Moon, Pleasant;Moon, William F.;Nash, William;Sanders, James; Scarborough;Spratlin, Francina;Strickland, Solomon;Strickland, Tolbert;Tait, Robert;Thompson, James;Thompson, William; Towns, James;Vaughan, William;Ware, Elisha;Whitehead, Henry; Williams, Birdy;Williams, John Sr.
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Annual Returns, Book A, 1816-1826.
  • Annual Returns, Book B, 1826-1830.
  • Annual Returns, Book C, 1830-1834.
  • Annual Returns, Book D, 1834-1837.
  • Annual Returns, Book E, 1837-1841.
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Book B, 1813-1829.
  • Inventories, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Book D, 1841-1857.
  • Administrators and Guardians 1818-1888
  • Administrators and Guardians 1818-1888
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Evans, Thomas, Estate (1841).
  • Ware, Edward, LWT, 1838 (image).
  • Williams, Elijah, LWT, transcription (1879.
Plats
  • Plats 1813 to 1832 (images)

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Berrien Co. GA Wills and Estates - GeorgiaPioneers.com

Berrien County Wills and Estates



Berrien County Berrien County Pictured is Georgia and surrounding countryside. Berrien County was created in 1856 from Coffee, Irwin, and Lowndes counties. The county was named for US Senator, John McPherson Berrien, who also served as Andrew Jackson's Attorney General. The old Coffee Road was one of the State's earliest post roads and was used as early as 1823 to transport crops into Florida. Earliest Settlers: Amos Bullard, Wilie Clements, Henry Hutchinson, James Goodman, Dr. William Harrell, John Lee, Thomas Mobley, John McDermits, and Thomas Ray.

Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Will Book A (1855-1909) - Digital Images
Testators: Boyt, William;Brinn, J. W.;Brown, John;Carroll, Jessie;Clyatt, Martin;Connell, James;Connell, John;Connell, John E.; Cudney, George;Everet, Phoebe;Garrett, Frances;Giddens, William;Griner, Daniel;Hall, John;Harrell, William;Henderson, Susan;Hester, Jane;Hutchinson, Henry;Kenny, Mary;Lamb, William;Lovitt, Joshua;Lovitt, W. B.;McDermit, John;McMillan, John;Mobley, Thomas;Myers, Susanna;Nicholson, J. L.;Peeples, Lewis;Powell, Mary;Powel, T. W.;Ray, John;Ray, Thomas;Shaw, Jeremiah;Sinach, William;Sirmons, Charlotte;Sutton, John;Tucker, Richard;Tygart, William;Watson, Moses; Williams, E. J.;Williams, James;Williams, Sampson
Will Book B (1909-1956)
Testators: Berrien County Will Book B, 1910 to 1856: Albritton, Edwin; Albritton, M. E.; Alexander, Jean and Marian; Brown, John; Brown, Sarulue; Buckholts, Peter; Buie, W. D.; Burkhalter, Mattie; Bussey, Eugene; Coombs, Richard; Darsey, J. D.; Duane, Millard; Futch, Malissa; Gaskins, Bart; Gaskins, Bates; Gaskins, Fannie; Gaskins, Mattie; Gaskins, Marcus; Gaskins, Wycliffe; Gray, Annie; Guthrie, Hariet Ann; Hand, J. M.; Harrell, Daniel; Harrell (Joint Will); Harris, H.; Heath, William; Hendley, J. A.; Knowles, Steve; Major, D. S.; Moore, James; Murry, John; Paulk, John; Parrish, A. J;. Rabun, C. G.; Ray, J. S.; Register, William; Rowan, James; Shockley, E. T.; Robinson, David; Sirmans, Benjamin; Sirmans, T. H.; Smith, Mary Jane; Watson, W. H.
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Book A (1855-1909)
  • Estates, Inventories, Appraisements (1862-1896)
  • Will Book B (1910-1956)
  • Estates, Inventories, Appraisements (1862-1896)
  • Widows and Divisions of Estates (1862-1912)
  • Bills of Sale (1863-1896)
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers (1882-1901)
  • Homestead Records (1873-1897)
Marriages
  • Marriages 1856-1900
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  7. GaGraduates.com (Graduates database from ca 1830 to 1925)
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

To Trace your Roots, Follow the Trail

SW Ulster and North Connacht, Ireland
The trail of the Scotch-Irish to America begins in Ulster, Ireland (Derry, Antrim, Tyrone, Armagh, Down and Donegal). Because the Scotch-Irish are the American descendants of Presbyterian and other Protestant dissenters from Ulster, this term is only used in North America. The largest numbers migrated into Pennsylvania. To discover genealogies and histories about these people, one must trace the footsteps of the settlers. During the early 18th century a rather large influx of immigrants came and settled in Bucks and Berk Counties, Pennsylvania.  From there, they moved down into the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia (Shenandoah and Augusta Counties) and throughout the Appalachian region, into western Pennsylania, Ohio, Indiana and the Midwest. . By the mid-1800s the Scotch-Irish were moving into Chester County, South Carolina and finally into the northern counties of Georgia, particularly Jackson County.  This is the trail which the genealogist should follow, tracing the county records, particularly old wills and deeds.  The earliest Irish records did not survive,  however, there are many American records which stand to be traced. Ultimately, the Scotch-Irish penetrated every facit of the American plain.  A clue to lineage is freckles and reddish hair tones. Chester Co. SC Records  and Georgia Records

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Images of Liberty Co. GA Wills and Estates

Freedom's CoveHinesville, Georgia

Liberty County Wills and Estates ... the history



Liberty County Land Liberty County Land Liberty County land Liberty County Land Pictured is the Liberty County Court House, Hinesville, Georgia, Freedoms Cove and scenes of Liberty County Land. Liberty County, located in the southeastern portion of the state on the Georgia coast, was one of the seven Georgia counties created from the original colonial parishes on February 5, 1777. The Guale Indians inhabited that area from prehistoric times, and in the eighteenth century the tribe became a part of the Muskogee or Creek Confederation. The Spanish placed a mission on St. Catherines Island in the late sixteenth century among the Guale Indians. After General Oglethorpe left St. Simons Island, some of the settlers to Frederica removed into Liberty County, settling on large tracts of land grants. In 1752 after the Charter was surrendered, land was opened up to large parties and congregations for settlement. A group of Puritans from Dorchester, South Carolina (originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts) took up large land grants and developed communities such as Midway and Sunbury, a thriving Colonial port. In 1777, Liberty County was officially created.

Liberty County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Maps
  • Map of Liberty County.
Cemeteries
  • Midway Cemetery, a List of all burials.
Residents
  • Digital Images of Liberty County 1870 Residents, Physical Descriptions of Persons
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Liberty County Estate Index 1784-1791 (Digital Image).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames A (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames B (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames C (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames D (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames E (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames F (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames G (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames H (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames J(Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames K (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames L (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames M (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames N (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames O (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames P (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames Q (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames R (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames S (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames T (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames V (Digital Images).
  • Liberty County Estates 1784-1791, Surnames W (Digital Images).
  • Index to Liberty County Wills and Appraisements,Book A, 1789-1823.
  • Index to Liberty County Wills and Appraisements, Bk B, 1824-1850.
  • Index to Liberty Wills and Appraisements, Bk C, 1863-1873.
  • Index to Liberty County Wills 1863-1942.
  • Liberty County Abstracts of Wills 1772-1887
Digital Images of Liberty County Wills 1779 to 1823, Book A
Testators: Austin, Henry;Austin, Sarah Ann;Bacon, Martha;Bacon, Thomas; Baker, Artemas;Baker, Benjamin;Baker, Elijah;Baker, John Ichabod; Baker, Nathaniel;Baker, Susanna;Baker, Thomas, Jr.; Baker, William; Ball, Edward;Bennet, Elizabeth;Bell, William F.;Bennett, Hugh; Bennett, Rebecca;Bon, Richard;Brown, Francis;Brown, Mary;Burnby, Samuel;Burnley, Thomas;Butler, Shadrach;Cantey, James;Carter, Hepworth; Carter, James;Carter, Martha;Christopher, Spencer;Cochran, James; Cole, James A.;Cooper, Richard;Crews, Isham;Cubbedge, Ann;Cuthbert, Alexander;Cuthbert, Isaac;Douse, Gideon;Dunham, Margaret;Elliott, Daniel Robert;Feaster, Catharine;Fickling, Elizabeth;Fleming, William; Foster, John;Fraser, John E.;Fraser, Mary Ann;Fraser, Simon;Fraser, William;Girardeau, Ann;Girardeau, John Bohun;Girardeau, Rebecca; Girardeau, Sarah;Goulding, Thomas;Graham, James;Graham, William; Graves, John;Greene, Samuel T.;Harrell, Isaac;Hastings, Archibald; Hastings, Catherine;Hay, M.;Hext, John;Hinson, Clayborn;Jeffries, Nancy;Jones, Samuel;Jones, Susannah H.;King, Thomas;Ladson, Margaret; Lambert, John;Lambright, John;Lambright, Margaret;Lanchester, Thomas; Law, Mary E.;Lawson, John, Sr.;Lewis, Elijah;Lewis, Joseph;Lines, Samuel;Lockerman, Persiana;Lowe, John;Mallard, Lazarus;Mallard, Sarah; Mansell, Josiah;Martin, Alexander;Martin, Martin;Maxwell, Sarah; McCollough, Hugh;McCollough, James;McLair, Lewis;Munroe, Elizabeth; Myers, Daniel;Norman, Ann;Osgood, John;Osgood, Josiah;Peacock, John; Porter, A.;Powell, Elizabeth;Powell, James;Quarterman, Joseph;Quarterman, Rebecca;Quarterman, Richard;Quarterman, Thomas; Robarts, ThomasSallett, Robert;Salters, Samuel;Sapelo, Elias; Sandifer, William Case;Schmidt, Egideas Henry;Shave, Richard; Shepard, Edward;Shepard, Mary;Shepard, Thomas;Simpson, James; Singleton, Thomas;Smith, James;Spalding, John; Spears, John; Spencer, Rebecca;Spencer, Samuel;Stevens, Joseph;Stevens, Thomas; Stone, Elizabeth;Sumner, Edward;Walker, Charles;Walker, Joel; Way, Ann;Way, Susannah;Way, William;Webb, John;Wilkins, Hampden; Winn, Joseph;Winn, Sarah;Wood, John;Wood, Joseph;Woodward, William
Digital Images of Liberty County Estates 1823 to 1829
Testators: Bacon, Thomas F.
* Elden, James
* Hughes, Elizabeth
* Lambright, James
* Ross, Fannie
* Winn, Peter
Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1789 to 1823
Testators:Austin, Isaiah Bacon, Martha, Baker, Artemus, Baker, John, Baker, Nathaniel, Baker, Susanna, Baker, Thomas, Baker, William, Ball, Edward, Bennet, Rebecca, Bennett, Elizabeth, Bennett, Hugh, Box, Richard, Brown, Francis, Bunnley, Samuel, Cantey, James, Carter, James, Cole, James, Cooper, Richard , Crews, Isham, Cuthbert, Daniel, Dollar, John, Dowse, Gideon, Dunham, Margaret ,Fickling, Elizabeth, Foster, John, Girardeau, John, Graves, John, Hastings, Archibald, Hext, John, Jeffries, Nancy, King, Thomas, Lambert, John, Lanchaster, Thomas , Law, Mary, Lawson, John ,Lewis, Elijah , Limbough, John,Lines, Samuel, Lockerman, Persiana, Mallard, Elizabeth, Maxwell, Isaiah, Mill, John, Minson, Clayton, Myers, Daniel, Newman, Ann, Osgood, John, Osgood, Josiah, Planter, William, Porter, A., Powell, Elizabeth, Quarterman, Joseph, Quarterman, Rebecca , Quarterman, Thomas, Quarterman, William, Robart, John, Sallers, Samuel , Sallett, Robert , Schmidt, Henry, Shepard, Mary , Shepard, Thomas , Simpson, Jerome, Singleton, Thomas , Spears, John , Stevens, Joseph, Stevens, Thomas, Summer, Edward , Summer, Thomas , Van Youesck, Wendell , Walker, Charles , Walker, Joel , Way, Ann , Winn, Isaiah , Winn, Joseph ,Wood, John, Wood, Joseph ,Woodward, William
Digital Images of Liberty County Unbound Wills and Estates 1824 to 1833. Note: This will book has no index and this is the first indexed record
Testators:Anderson, William, estate; Austin, Henry, estate; Austin, Joseph; Axson, Sam, et al ;Bacon, Francis F., estate ; Bacon, Joseph ; Bacon, Thomas F. ; Bacon, Thomas W.; Baker, Richard Jr. ; Baker, Thomas Jr., estate ; Baker, William, estate; Bennett, Matthew, estate; Bradford, Ann, estate ; Bradford, John ; Butler, Henry N.; Butler, Shem, orphans of ; Campbell, John ; Carter, Phebe; DeLoach, Hardy ; Dregnors, John M. ; Elders, James, estate ; Elliott, John, estate ; Footman, Richard ; Foster, William; Fraser, Donald; Goulding, Palmer, estate ; Gowen, John W. ; Hargroves, Joseph ; Holmes, James, estate; Hughes, Elizabeth ; Laing, Robert ; Law, Benjamin ; Law, Joseph ; Lewis, Drusilla; Lewis orphans et al ; Lewis, Samuel; Limbright, James; Mall, William T. ; Mallard, Amarintha, orphan et al ; Maxwell, James A., estate ; McConnell, Robert C. ; Mell, Benjamin, Sr. ; Mills, Mary Ann ; Mills, Mary Jane, estate; Norman, Joseph; Norman, William, estate ; Osgood, William; Ross, Francis, estate ; Screven, John Odinsells ; Smith, John W., estate ; Smith, William Jr. (bond), guardian of John Madison Smith, orphan of John W. Smith, deceased ; Stacy, James ; Stacy, James, et al ; Stewart, Daniel (General) ; Stewart, Sarah ; Stewart orphans ; Taliaferro, Lydia ; Tanner, William ; Walthour, Andrew, estate; Walthour, Elizabeth ; Ward, William ; Way, John ; Webb, Thomas J., estate ; Wilkins, Mary ; Wilson, Josiah ; Wilson guardians ; Wilson orphans ; Winn, Peter ;
Liberty County Unbound Wills and Estates 1834 to 1856. Note: This will book has no index and this is the first indexed record
Testators: Andrews, Micajah, Ashmore, John, Austin, Mary, Bacon, Augustus O., Bacon, Thomas , Baker, Edmund, Baker, Elijah, Bacon, Jonathan, Broughton, John C., Butler, Henry, Currie, John, Hart, C. T., Hendley, Sarah , Hendry, Ann , Hendry, Robert , Hines, Lewis, Howard, Christian , Jones, Joseph , Jones, Mary , Jones, Samuel, Ladson, Mary Ann, Lanford, Joshua, Lanford, Susannah, Law, Joseph, Law, Sanuel S. , Lee, Elizabeth, Lines, Dorcas, Mallard, Elizabeth Quarterman, Martin, John, Martin, Lanetta , Maxwell, Audley, Maybank, Andrew, McGowen, Joseph, McDonald, Randle, orphan , McGowen, Sarah, Mell, Elizabeth , Mell, John S. , Mell, John S., estate, Miller, James B. , Miller, John, Moody, James Sr. , Morgan, Levender , Nelmes, Elizabeth, Osgood, Rebecca, Parker, Solomon, Powers, Anne , Quarterman, Elizabeth, Quarterman, John L. , Quarterman, Robert, Quarterman, Sarah, Russell, Mary, Screven, Charles O., Smith, William Jr., guardian of John Madison Smith, Stevens, Mary , Way, Moses W. , Wilkins, Paul Hamilton , Wilson, Josiah, estate , Winn, Ann , Woods, orphans
Miscellaneous Wills, deeds and estates (transcripts and digital images)
Edward Ball, John Goulding, Thomas King, General Washington Smith deeds to Henry Strum, White, William Smith deed to Brown, Dunwoody, William Smith deed to William Dyess Jr., Baxter Smith deed to Matthews.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Trail of the Puritans

Colonial Cemetery, Midway, Georgia
When the Charter was surrendered by the Trustees of the Georgia Colony, the king offered land grants to encourage settlement.  Beginning about 1752, the records reflect a flush of grants in Liberty County.  Would you be surprised to learn that most of these were granted to people from Dorchester, Massachusetts?  A rather large group of some one hundred people were puritans originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts who had removed into Dorchester, South Carolina.  This migration which first had it roots in England, settled in Massachusetts, then South Carolina.  From there, they came to Midway, Georgia, in Liberty County and built a whole community.  The graveyard across from the church tells the story.  The church still stands today as a memorial to those settlers.  To taste the flavor of those times, it is something that you need to experience for yourself.  While this hamlet was being settled, others took up land grants in Liberty County where they built local plantations.The burials of persons in the Colonial Cemetery at Midway, Georgia are listed on Georgia Pioneers as well as other pertinent colonial data (such as births, baptisms, names of immigrants, etc.). Now that you know the trail, further research into South Carolina and Massachusetts is indicated.  All that we need to do is to search for the historical background. That leads us to other places.  Much of the story is told in the old last wills and testaments of your ancestors, their relatives and friends.  That is why it is so important to study these old wills!
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Sunbury Resort


coastal of old Sunbury, Georgia
You might be surprised to learn that people from the New England States, such as Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island spent their winters at the Sunbury resort in Liberty County, Georgia. They built a little town on those shores and a wharf for their sailing vessels.  the site of Sunbury was first owned by Captain Mark Carr who was with General Oglethorpe on some of his excursions. He acquired two 500-acre tracts for his service and built a port.  Some of the first transactions in the colonial deeds reflect a steady flow of merchant ships into Sunbury. Typically, a captain would sign a contract to deliver certain goods to the Sunbury destination, in good condition.  However, there were delays in shipping as well as natural disasters which caused failures to deliver.  We learn about them from reading the deeds. However, it was Capt. Carr who developed this area to its prominence. According to the Colonial Records of Georgia by Candler and Colonial Wills, Carr was actively engaged in building up the colony.  Many of the old residents of Sunbury as well as Capt. Carr were buried in the Colonial Cemetery.  The area suffered several natural disasters.  In 1800, a hurricane swept through the land and destroyed the little hamlet of homes. Before that, yellow fever visited Liberty County several times resulting in a number of deaths.  Today, nothing remains but the cemetery.  During the 1960s, I was able to visit the land and view a portion of the old wharf , however, it was privately owned asand operated as a farm. The message here is that if you wish to learn the story of your ancestors, you must delve into the records.  For Liberty County, one should research the colonial deeds and old wills, Liberty County Wills and Estates, as well as those in Chatham County.  People in Liberty County also owned land in Chatham County.  Lists of immigrants, births, deaths, are found under Colonial on Georgia Pioneers  Also, the old Wills and Estates for Chatham and Liberty Counties.
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