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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Covington, Georgia ... a treasure trove ....

Ante-bellum home in Covington, Georgia
Covington is a treasure trove of old Georgia town which survived the War Between the States. As the news that General Sherman was en route to Atlanta, people buried their family silver and money in their gardens and other places.  Even if Sherman did not come directly through a town, his scouts paroled the area stealing live stock and anything which might be useful to the army. Atlantans boarded trains going south to Jonesboro or anywhere to escape the Yankees.  There are many tales of where people hid the treasure.  There was a story in my family that when John Chambliss hid his gold, he revealed the hiding place before the family left the area.  Later, during the 1880's a family member returned and dug up quart jars of silver coins.  No gold! Oh well, it made a good tale.  Just as people tried to protect themselves against impending and losing everything, they made records of their lifestyles and activities. These records were recorded in the local court house.  Sherman did not go through Covington and burn (like he did Atlanta), so those precious records survived.  Covington was a major town during pre-war days where the surrounding countryside of farmers and merchants conducted business.  Thus, it is an important place to search for old records made by your ancestors.  Listed below are some names of persons who made wills in the county.

Newton County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Newton County Marriage Index 1822 to 1835
  • Newton County Marriage Index 1835 to 1843
  • Newton County Marriage Index 1843 to 1848
  • Newton County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
  • Digital Images of Newton County Will Book A 1820-1851.
    Bailey, Azariah;Baker, Jordan;Bennett, Alexander;Berry, W. P.; Branan, Jonathan;Brooks, George;Brown, Martha;Buchanon, Elizabeth G.; Buchanon, Margaret;Burge, Weler;Burges, John;Burks, William;Childress, Thomas;Christian, Reuben;Churchill, Samuel;Cockrell, Thomas;Coleman, Elizabeth;Cook, Judith;Cureton, Thomas T.;Dean, John;Doss, Elizabeth; Duke, John;Duncan, John A.;Edmond, William;Fielder, Sarah A.;Fincher, John;Fretwell, Richard;Garner, Thomas W.;Gary, Hartwell;Gober, William S.;Graves, Solomon;Hail, Thomas Sr.;Hamilton, John;Hamilton, Rebecca; Hammock, Nancy;Hanson, Elizabeth;Hanson, Thomas;Harmon, Jacob; Harper, Henry A.;Harris, David;Heath, William;Hodge, James;Hodges, James;Hollingsworth, Joseph;Johnson, Henrietta;Johnson, Martha; Johnson, Nathan;Jones, Elijah;Jones, Joel;Jones, John;Kennon, Colin; Keys, Charles;Lane, George W.;Lane, Joseph;Lane, William;Laws, Joseph; Lawson, Micajah;Leak, George W.;Livington, Joseph;Lowe, Robert; Mappin, Martha;Mathews, Robert;Matthews, Jeremiah;McDonald, James; Middlebrooks, John;Moss, John;Nolan, William;Patrick, William;Payne, Lottey;Perry, Josiah;Phillips, James;Rees, Jane;Rosebury, James; Rosebury, Martha;Sanders, Charles H.;Scott, Daniel;Segall, Richard; Shell, Elizabeth;Shepherd, Ann;Ship, John;Sigles?, John;Snider, John T.;Stanton, Batt Short;Steele, Robert A.;Stewart, Samuel;Stovall, David;Summers, A.;Taylor, Josiah H.;Trimble, Moses;Tucker, Hezekiah; Wallace, William;Wallis, Thomas;Wallis, William;Webb, James;Wellborn, David;Willingham, Charles H.;Wilson, Henry;Wilsher, John;Wood, William; Worrill, Solomon;Wright, Susannah;Wyatt, Thomas B.;Zachry, James
  • Digital Images of Newton County Will Book A, 1810-1851, continued
    Bailey, Azariah | Baker, Jordan | Bass, Elizabeth | Bennett, Alexander | Berry, William | Branan, Jonanthan | Brooks, George | Brown, Martha | Buchannon, Margaret | Chappin, Martha | Childress, Thomas | Christian, Reuben | Churchwell, Samuel | Coleman, Elizabeth | Cook, Judith | Cowen, John | Duke, John | Duncan, John |Fincher, John | Fretwell, Richard | Garner, Thomas | Hamilton, Rebecca | Hammock, Nancy | Hanson, Elizabeth | Harmon, Joel | Harper, Henry | Heath, William | Hoague, James | Hollingsworth, Joseph | Johnston, Martha |Johnson, Henrietta | Johnson, Nathan | Jones, Joel | Jones, John |Keyes, Charles | Lane, George | Lane, Robert | Lane, William | Livingston, Joseph | McDonald, James | Mathers, Robert | Nolen, William | Patrick, William | Payne, Lettey | Perry, Josiah | Rees, Jane | Roseberry, Martha | Roseburg, James | Sanders, C. H. | Sawyers, John | Scott, Daniel | Segall, Richard | Segler, John |Shell, Elizabeth | Ship, John |Steele, Robert | Stephens, Ann |Stewart, Samuel | Summers, Alan | Tucker, Hezekiel | Wallace, William | Wallis, William | Willis, Thomas | Worrill, Solomon | Worrill, William | Wright, Susannah |
  • Digital Images of Newton Will Book B 1851-1870.
    Testators: Adams, John J. and James M.;Aiken, John W.;Almand, Graves B.; Ansley, Thomas;Atkisson, Jesse N.;Avery, Samuel;Bagby, Thomas J.; Bailey, Claiborn N.;Baker, John J. Belcher, Archibald;Berry, Andrew J.; Berry, Charles M.;Blake, William;Brooks, Augustus G.;Brown, WIlliam;Brownfield, Robert;Bryan, Jasper;Burge, Margaret L.; Burge, Thomas;Bush, Abraham;Bush, Harvey;Butler, Rhesa G.; Camp, S. G.;Campbell, William H.;Cheek, Thomas S.;Christian, James D.; Christian, Reubin W.;Colley, Joel;Colley, Mary;Conyers, William D.; Cook, Eliza Jane;Cunningham, George;Curtis, Thomas J.;Davis, William; Davis, William M.;Downs, Henry;Downs, Shelby;Edwards, Bennett; Ellington, Joel;Elliott, Thomas;Epps, James;Fielder, Obadiah M.; Flemister, C. A. J.;Floyd, David;Gaither, Brice T.;Gardner, Nancy; Gilbert, Instant H.;Glass, Penelope;Glass, Sanford W.;Goode, Nicholas; Granade, Timothy;Graves, Iverson L.;Graves, John W.;Graves, William; Griffin, Thomas N.;Hardin, Mary W.;Haygood, John;Hays, George; Henderson, Elizabeth;Henderson, Isaac;Hodge, Andrew;Hodge, David; Hodge, Wiley B.;Hopkins, Edith;Howell, Susannah;Humphries, Sterling; Hurst, John;Hurst, William R.;Huson, Stephen;Hyer, Thomas;Johnson, James D.;Johnson, Samuel;Johnson, Silas M.;Johnston, Hugh;Kennon, Elizabeth;Knight, James M.;Laws, Robert;Lee, Nathan;Leftwich, Joel W.; Lewis, A. R.;Lin, Charles M.;Lucas, Charles;Luckie, Jane;Luckie, William D.;Lundsford, Henry;Lyon, Thomas A.;Mann, William H.;Marbut, Joshua;Marks, Robert;Marks, Samuel;Mann, Robert;McClung, William R.; McDonald, Neal;Melton, Esther A.;Melton, Isaac;Mercer, Levi; Middlebrook, Isaac S.;Moore, Micajah;More, William;Morgan, Bennett; Moseley, Joseph C.;Neely, Thomas;Nix, Samuel Sr.;Nolen, Stephen; Parker, Isaac N.;Penn, James B.Pharr, Permelia A.;Plunket, Charles W.; Polk, Charles;Rakestraw, Robert;Rawson, Dorothy N.;Read, James;Richardson, Samuel;Richards, William B.;Roberts, Bartholomew; Robinson, W. C.;Sanders, Sarah Ann;Shumate, Rebecca;Sigman, Benjamin F.;Sigman, Elvira;Simms, Richard L.;Sims, William;Smith, John; Smith, Margaret;Smith, W. F. C.;Starr, Samuel;Starr, Silas; Starr, S. H. S.;Stewart, John R.;Strong, Charles;Tailor, Henry; Thomas,Edward Storza Sr.;Thomas, Mary;Thompson, John P.;Thompson, John; Thompson, Samuel H.;Tucker, William H.;Turner, Green;Turner, Richard; Usher, Robert O.;Walker, Mary O.;Wear, John;Webb, James;Whedbee, Eliza A.;White, Robert;Whitehead, Samuel;Wigley, James;Williams, Richard; Williams, Richard E.;Williamson, John N.;Wilson, Caroline L. D.;Woolley, Hansford D.;Wright, William;Zachry, Zadock S.
  • Digital Images of Newton County Will Book C 1871-1896.
    Testators: Adams, William;Aken, John;Aiken, John;Aiken, Margaret;Anderson, Joseph S.;Anderson, Newton;Anderson, William F.;Ansley, Thomas;Austin, J. A.; Avery, Samuel;Baker, James;Baker, Jesse L.;Baker, Thomas I.;Barber, Josiah;Bates, Horace J.;Beebe, Eliza Hannah;Benson, W. A.;Berry, Isham; Bird, Margaret;Blanton, A. J.;Branham, Walter R.;Brooks, Balaam;Brown, Stephen A.;Buckhannon, Elizabeth;Burns, John G.;Camp, Martha; Chaplin, Elizabeth A.;Chapman, Elmore;Clark, William White;Conyers, Rebecca;Cook, David C.; Cook, James T.;Cook, William;Corley, James; Cowan, Alexander;Cowan, William; Cox, Cary;Cureton, Alfred M.; David, Eudocia;Davis, William G.;Dial, John;Downs, Henry;Floyd, John J.; Floyd, Mary;Franklin, John;Fulton, Francis;Gardner, Elizabeth;Garther, Henry;Gibson, William N.;Graves, Henry;Graves, Sarah;Gray, Sarah C.; Graves, Amanda;Griffin, John;Guice, Mary Ann;Hale, John;Hamby, Mary A.; Harp, Elizabeth;Harper, Henry;Harris, John;Harris, W. E.;Harvey, Hester;Harwell, Jackson;Hayes, John;Henderson, Ruth;Henderson, ictoria; Hewell, Martha;Hewell, Susannah;Hicks, Tinsey;Hill, Martha A.;Hodge, James;Hodgins, Alley;Hollis, Bartley M.;Horton, Martha Jane;Hough, Sylvester A.;Howard, Robert;Hunter, Nicholas P.;Hurst, John;Jackson, John;Jarmon, Lewis;Jones, John;Jones, M. A.;Kelly, R. S.;Kennon, Sarah J.;King, James;King, Samuel A.;Langley, William M.;Lazenby, William; Leak, Elizabeth;Lee, William;Livingston, Leonidas;Livingston, Robert B.;Lowery, William W. J.;Loyd, Green B.;Loyd, Washington;Luckie, Jane; McCracken, W. D.;McKee, Samuel;Melton, Alfred;Melton, Amanda;Mercer, Levi;Mercer, Nancy A.;Middlebrook, P.;Mims, Elizabeth;Mixon, Elijah; Mixon, S. B. (Mrs.);Moore, Micajah;Morgan, Henrietta;Morgan, Thomas; Morley, William;Nichols, Mary;Nolen, S.;Parker, D. M.;Parks, William J.;Parmer, D. P.;Penn, James;Perry, Henry B.;Polson, Mark;Powers, William;Reynolds, Amos P.;Reynolds, Permelius;Richards, Henry P.; Rivers, Carrie;Robinson, James H.;Scott, S. A., Mrs.;Scott, William W.; Shepherd, Thomas;Sigman, F. M.;Simms, Andrew Benjamin;Simms, J. P.; Skinner, John;Smith, A. J.;Smith, Hilliard J.;Smith, Jane M.;Sockwell, John;Stafford, J. H.;Stanton, Henry;Starr, Silas;Stewart, James;Stewart, J. S.;Thompson, A. J.;Thompson, Nathan;Thompson, Nancy; Thompson, Samuel;Thrasher, David;Travis, A. C. W.;Underwood, Robert B.; Usher, Frances A.;Vining, E. H.;Waldrop, Milton; Wallace, Z. P.; Watford, Henry;Weaver, Isham;Webb, Ann;Webb, John;Weisser, Jacob?; Wells, William;Wheeler, George W.;Willingham, Charles;Willingham, Wilkins;Wilson, William M.;Wood, Mary R.;Wright, Christopher; Wright, Moriah;Yarbrough, John W.;Zachry, Lewis
  • Newton County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
  • Newton County Births (1888-1904).

Indexes to Newton County Probate Records
  • Index to Newton County Annual Returns, Inventories, Receipts, Vouchers 1827 to 1837
  • Index to Newton County Annual Returns, Inventories, Receipts, Vouchers 1837 to 1845
  • Index to Newton County Annual Returns, Inventories, Receipts, Vouchers 1845 to 1850
  • Index to Newton County Wills 1823 to 1851
  • Index to Newton County Wills 1851 to 1871
  • Index to Newton County Wills 1870 to 1894
  • Index to Newton County Wills 1896 to 1936

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