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Friday, December 8, 2017

Lincoln Co. GA Genealogy Records #georgiapioneers #georgiagenealogy

Lincoln County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps, Land Warrants


Lake Thurmond

Lincoln and Wilkes Counties go together as places to search for ancestors. The boundaries of old Wilkes County should be examined to determine if any of that land fell into Lincoln County, paying attention to the creeks mentioned in the deeds of both counties. Lincoln County was created from Wilkes County on February 20, 1796 by an Act of the General Assembly and was named for General Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810) of Revolutionary War fame. Lincoln was in charge of the Continental Army's Southern Department and later became President George Washington's first Secretary of War. 

Maps were scanned in such a manner as to provide details for locating creeks, branches, rivers, lakes, churches, schools and cemeteries. This will enable you to better locate the old homeplace using the description from old non-specific deeds. Also, a convenience in locating both private and public cemeteries in the area. Lincoln and Wilkes County records should be searched together. 

Lincoln County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

Will Abstracts
  • Wills 1796-1807.
  • Wills 1800-1806.
  • Wills 1807-1832.
Images of Lincoln County Wills 1796 to 1800 

Testators: Ayers, William; Bussey, Hezekiah; Cameron, Alexander; Clark, Elijah; Edger, Hugh; Glaze, Thomas; Graves, James; Gron, Jared; Hammock, Samuel ;Harris, James ;Hester, James ;Hunter, Job ;Jeter, Oliver ;Johnston, Alexander; Jones, William ;Leverett, Robert; Loftin, Daniel;Matthews, Moses ;McCord, John ;McKinney, Travis ;Owens, Thomas ;Ratliff, Robert; Spinks, John ;Spires, Zachariah ;Steel, John ;Stovall, John ;Sudduth, John ;Walker, John ;Wallace, William ;Ware, Henry ;Warren, Lott ;Webb, Leonard ; West, Andrew ;West, Henry 

Images of Lincoln County Wills 1800 to 1832

Testators: Ansley, William; Ashley, Stephen; Aycock, Richard; Ayner (or Aynes), William; Bennett, Jacob; Bentley, Balsam; Bohannon, Duncan; Bostie, Wade; Branch, Thomas; Bussey, Thoma;s Clark, Elijah; Clarke, Edward; Covington, William; Curry, Thomas; Dooly, John Mitchell; Dowsing, William Sr. ; Evans, William ;Flourance, Jenny; Flourance, John; Frazer, Samuel; Gartrell, Francis ;Gillum, Peter ;Grey, James; Grinage, Joshua; Groce, Sheppard; Hardy, Jesse Sr.; Hardy, Sarah; Harrington, Drury; Haws, Bennett; Haws, Spencer; Haws, Isaac ;Hemphill, Thomas ;Hughes, Fielding; Huguley, George; Jones, Henry; Jones, William ;Landers, Elizabeth ;Langston, Sarah; Loftin, Elijah; Lyon, Edmund ;Lyon, Thomas ;McKinney, Travers;Moncrief, Austin; Moseley, William ;Moss, Charity; Nolan, William Sr. ;Owens, Thomas ;Paradose, William; Phipps, Joseph; Price, John; Reynolds, William; Roberts, Arthur ;Russell, Clarion; Russell, James; Samuel, Edmund; Scale, Robert; Sharp, John; Sims, Leonard; Spinks, John; Spires, Martha; Spires, William Q. ;Statham, William ;Stewart, Sarah; Stinson, Alexander; Stokes, Lucretia ;Stokes, Richard Henry ;Stokes, William Sr.; Stovall, Lewis; Suddith, Elijah ;Trammell, Thomas Sr.; Turman, John ;Walker, Lankford ;Wallace, Thomas; Walton, John H. ;Walton, Newell Sr.; West, Andrew ;Willson, Sarah ;Withers, Samuel ;Wright, John ;Wright, Susan ;Wright, William; Zellars, Jacob; Zellner, George ;Zellner, George Sr. 

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Will Book B, 1796-1808.
  • Index to Annual Returns, Vouchers, Sales, 1827-1847
  • Index to Will Book E, 1833-1877.
Land Warrants
  • Images of warrants 1796 to 1847
Marriages
  • Marriages 1806 to 1850.
Maps
  • Map of Lincoln County
Miscellaneous Records
  • Elliott, Thomas (will)

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Lowndes Co. GA Genealogy Records and Histories #georgiapioneers #gagenealogy

Lowndes County Wills, Estates, Marriages


Lowndes County

The first court house was a log structure built in Franklinville in 1828. When Lowndesville was named county seat in 1833, the wooden courthouse was moved from Franklinville. The next year, a new courthouse was built in Lowndesville, which in 1837 was renamed Troupville. A new court house was built in Lowndes in 1842 which burned in 1858. After that, the county seat was removed to Valdosta and another court house was built, which burned in 1869. 

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Marriages
  • Index to Lowndes County Marriages 1870-1892
  • Index to Lowndes County Marriages 1879-1890
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Lowndes County Will Book A, 1871-1915.
  • Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1870-1893
  • Index to Inventories and Appraisements 1893-1914
Digital Images of Lowndes County Wills 1871-1901 

Testators: Ashby, D. Burroughs | Ashley, Juliett M. | Back, William Melhuish | Barfield, Frederick | Barfield, Lafayette, General | Barnes, John D. | Basher, James A. | Bass, Bass, Mary Ann | Blanton, Edmond | Brinson, Sarah E. | Campbell, Maggie E., Mrs. | Coon, Isaac S., Dr. | Creech, T. P. | Drawdy, Levi | Fox, Thomas | Fry, W. E. | Harp, Warren J. | Jones, Allen | Jones, Mitchell | Lane, Benjamin | Lane, A. H. | Marshall, Matthew | Matthews, Jane (Mrs.) | McLeod, Daniel | McLeod, Archibald | Moore, Allen | Moore, Henry E. | Morgan, Mary Ann | Morris, George W. | Pembleton, Esther | Ray, W. A. | Sims, William A. | Slash, Underhill | Slaten, C. E. A. (Mrs.) | Smith, Owen | Stapler, John R. | Strickland, Charles | Swilly, Franklin | Waldhauer, Israel T. | Waldhauer, John C. | Wayman, Charlotte | Williams, Elizabeth A. | Young, Remer | Young, Roxey A. (Mrs.) 

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Lorenzo Dow Smith of Lumpkin Co. GA #georgiapioneers #gagenealogy

Lorenzo Dow Smith 

An old book written in 1849 by Charles Lanham contains an interesting letter from Lorenzo Dow Smith while in the Alleghany Mountains. "I was born in Vermont; I came into this Southern country twenty-four years ago as a clock peddler, where I drove a good business. I used to spend my summers among the mountains of the Cherokee country, partly for the purpose of keeping away from the fever, and partly with a view of living over again the days of my boyhood, which were spent among the Green Mountains. I made some money, and when the gold fever commenced I took it and went to speculating in gold lots, though I spent many years without finding lots of gold. I associated with bear hunters, and explored every corner and stream of this great mountain land, away to the north, and have seen more glorious scenery than any other live man. I am forty years old, unmarried, love good liquor, and go in for having fun. About four years ago, it came into my thinking mug that there must be plenty of gold in the bed of Coosa creek, which runs into Coosa river. I traded for a lot there, and went to work. I found a deposit, gave up work, and went to leasing small sections, which are now worked by a good many men, and give me a decent living. I have had all sorts of luck in my day; good luck and bad luck. When I am prosperous I always hope to be more prosperous still, and when I have bad luck, I always wish for worse luck; if it will only come. I never allow myself to be disappointed. The longer I live the more anxious am I to do some good to my fellow men. I havee passed the blossom of my life, and I do not expect to live many years longer; I have not lived as I ought to have lived, but I hope it will be well with me when I come to take my final sleep. But enough. I am going out to my mine on a visit tomorrow, and if you all go with me, I will show you some real Vermont trout, and mountain peaks which would shame the camel hump of old Yankee land." Source: Letters of the Alleghany Mountains by Charles Lanman (1849).

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Gold Mining in Dahlonega Georgia #georgiapioneers #georgiagenealogy

Dahlonega Gold-Mining


Dahlonega Gold MineIf you see the word "miner" on the 1850 census as the occupation, what you have is a relative who was sniffing out the trail of gold discoveries in Georgia. Do not be surprised to notice that this adventurer moved about in the mountains of North Georgia. In Lumpkin County, the rush began in 1829 and spread rapidly throughout the region. In fact the word spread so quickly that newspapers caught wind of it. Of the uncounted gold mines which are found in this region, the most fruitful at the present times lies about twenty-five miles from here, in a northerly direction, and is the property of Mr. Lorenzo Dow Smith. And the success which has ever attended Lorenzo is worth recording. 

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Templeton Reid, Coinmaker #georgiapioneers #georgiagenealogy



Templeton Reid, an Early Coinmaker in Georgia

Templeton Reid CoinThe Reid family were from Scotland and arrived in Georgia by way of Northern Ireland and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania about 1745. A few years later, they moved southward to Rowan County, North Crolina. The father of Templeton was Alexander Reid who had four brothers who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Afterwards they all qualified for bounty lands in Georgia. So it was that five Reid families moved into Greene County between 1786 and 1792. Alexander Reid owned and operated a ferry over the Oconee Rive and a grist mill near the crossing of the Eatonton-Greensboro Road. After the death of Alexander, Templeton removed to Columbus where he advertised in The Enquirer as being the best gun maker in the United States. Thereafter, he minted gold coins in Dahlonega. 
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Friday, November 3, 2017

Lumpkin Co. GA Genealogy Records and Histories #georgiapioneers


Lumpkin County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Church Records



Dahlonega, Georgia

Early settlers went into Dahlonega and the Blue Ridge Mountains to search for gold! This was the driving force which built this little town and caused it to thrive for years to come. Lumpkin County was created in 1832 and named in honor of Wilson Lumpkin who served in both state houses, as Governor, in the U. S. House of Representatives and Senate. Before that time, the Cherokees and Creeks inhabited this land, having many gold and silver mines in the territory. The Creeks and Cherokees fought a battle in Slaughter's Gap on Blood Mountain near Union County which lasted for days. The result was that the Creeks had to retreat south of the Etowah River. Long before the Georgia Gold Rush which was most in Lumpkin County, precious metals were found in the mountains near present-day Dahlonega. During the 1730's Spanish miners visited the area on a number of occasions before being expelled white English settlers who cut off their supply route from Florida. Actually gold was discovered in Lumpkin County before 1830 although mining of gold in White County was already under way. 

Lumpkin County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

Marriages
  • Lumpkin County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
Church Records
  • Minutes of Wahoo Baptist Church, Book 1, 1833 to 1873
  • Membership Roll of Wahoo Baptist Church
Wills
  • Lumpkin County Wills 1833-1852 (abstracts).
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Lumpkin County Wills, Book A, 1845-1923
  • Index to Lumpkin County Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1847-1856
  • Index to Lumpkin County Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1847-1873
  • Index to Lumpkin County Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1855-1890
  • Index to Lumpkin County Annual Returns, Inventories, Vouchers 1859-1893
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Worth Co. GA Genealogy Records #georgiapioneers

Worth County Genealogy, Wills, Estates


Worth County

Worth County was created from in 1853 from Dooly and Irwin counties and was named for Major General William J. Worth of New York. In 1905, portions of Worth County were used to create Tift and Turner Counties. 

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Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Volume A (1865-1905).
  • Annual Returns and Vouchers (1879-1888).
Images of Wills (1863-1885)
Testators: Martha Cox, Mary Ann Cox, Joseph Gleaton, Frances Magee, Daniel Reynolds, George Sumner, William Sumner, Seaborn Hunt, Nancy O'Neal, Julia Lee. 

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