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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The History of the Okefenokee Swamp - Appling Co. Wills, Estates, Marriages - #genealogy #georgiapioneers

Okefenokee Swamp
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Traditionally, there were Timucuan Indian villages in the swamp and Spanish missions during the 17th century. When William Bartram traveled through Georgia, he told the story of princesses of the sun on an island in the center of the swamp. During the late 18th century, it was a Creek hunting ground. During 1836 the Second Seminole War in Florida began extending its borders into the Okefenokee. This action caused roads and forts to be constructed around the perimeter of the swamp for the Georgia Militia to patrol. As a result, this force torched a Seminole village on an island that they later renamed Floyds Island, after Charles Rinaldo Floyd. Thus, the Seminoles abandoned the swamp two years later but skirmishes continued to occur along the Georgia-Florida boundary as late as 1840. About 1805, a small settlement of white families occupied the the southeastern edge of the swamp. After the Land Lottery of 1820, settlers moved into the areas which were east, north, and west of the swamp and took up lottery lands during 1827. They raised hogs, chickens and cattle while cultivating small patches of corn. These settlements resided in log cabins, hunted, fished, and traded hides and pelts for salt, ammunition and trinkets and today, should you visit the swamp, some of these cabins remain. 

Okefenokee Swamp
Okefenokee Swamp is a popular area for tourists. 

Appling County Wills, Estates, Vouchers, Marriages


Sweetwater, Georgia

Appling County was created in 1818 by the Georgia State Legislature from land owned by the Creek Indians (1814 Treaty of Fort Jackson) and was named for Colonel Daniel Appling of Columbian County, a hero of the War of 1812. The original boundary extended from the Altamaha River to the St. Marys River. The genealogists should note the fact that Appling was the parent county of all or part of Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Telfair, Ware, and Wayne counties. The county seat is Holmesville.

The following images of wills and estates is available to members of Georgia Pioneers.

Images of Estates, Guardianships, Vouchers, etc. 1856-1879
Testators: Testators: Abbott, John S.; Bell, Sarah A., minor; Bell, Mary A., minor; Bennett,Martha; John S.; Boatright, C.; Burns, A.; Carnes, John; Carter, Daniel; Carter, George; Carter, Isaac; Carter, Jacob; Carter, James; Carter, Jesse; Carter, John, minor; Carter, Nancy; Carter, Rutha; Carter, Stephen; Carter, Wiley; Caswell, F. N., heirs of; Colby, Abraham; Comas; Crosby, Silas; Curtis, Paul; Deen, minors; Dodge, C. W.; Douglas, Alexander; Dunkin, John; Dyal, D. Washington; Eason, George; Ellis, John; Floyd, Lewis, minors of; Frawley, William T.; Graham, John; Graham, Mary; Hollers, Thomas; Holton, John G.; Hunter, N. H.; Johnson, Archibald; Johnson, Daniel; Johnson, Malcolm; Johnson (settlement); Ketterson, Phillip; Lee, Warren, minors of; McGans, Nicholas; McGaully, Henry; McGaully, James, heirs of; Mobley, Jesse; Mobley, Solomon; Nail, Rubin; Nettles, William; Nicholas, Jonathan; Nunez, Hugh; Paterson, William; Quirk, William; Reddick, Isham; Robinson, John; Robinson minors; Sellers, Drucilla, minor; Summerall, David; Surrency, Allen P.; Surrency, H. W.; Surrency, Wealthy; Taylor, Burrell; Taylor, Isaiah; Thomas, John; Thomas, Sarah; Tillman, James; Touchstone, William; Weatherly, Isaac; Williams, Lewis; Yawn, David;

Images of Wills 1877 to 1900
Testators: Aaron Brantley, Alexander Douglas, Amanda Weatherly, Brosilla Taylor, Daniel McEachin, Elizabeth Thomas, Elizabeth Turner, Ezekiel Cothren, Florence Virginia Day, HamptonQuinn, Harriett Carter, Instance Hall, Jesse Alderege, John Comas, John Holton, John J. Carter, John Moody, Samantha Prescott, Sarah Nelson, Sarah Sapp, Seaborn Hall, Theophilis Simmons, William Bennett, William Mims

Images of Estates, Guardianships, Vouchers, etc. 1856-1879
Names: Abbott, John S. ;Bell, Sarah A., minor ;Bell, Mary A., minor ;Bennett, Martha, John S. ;Boatright, C. ;Burns, A. ;Carter, George ;Carter, Isaac. ;Carter, Jacob ;Carter, James ;Carter, Jesse ;Carter, John ;Carter, Nancy ;Carter, Paul ;Carter, Rutha ;Carter, Stephen ;Carter, Wiley ;Caswell, F. N., heirs of ;Colby, Abraham ;Cook, Savannah ;Courson, minor ;Crosby, Silas ;Curtis, Paul ;Dean, M. M. ;Deen, minors ;Dodge, C. W. ;Douglas, Alexander ;Dunkin, John ;Dunn, H. C. ;Dyal, D. W. ;Eason, George ;Ellis, John ;Floyd minors ;Frawley, William T. ;Graham minors ;Hall, John S. ;Hall, Leary Ann ;Hearndon, James ;Holton, J. G. ;Johnson, Daniel ;Johnson, Malcolm ;Ketterson, Phillip ;Lee minors ;McGans, Nicholas ;McGaully, James, heirs of ;Milikin, Joseph ;Mims, Joseph ;Mincham ;Mobley, Solomon ;More, Samuel ;Nelson, George W., guardian ;Nettles, William ;Nicholas, Jonathan ;Nunez, Hugh ;Paterson, William ;Quirk, William ;Reddick, Isham ;Roberts, John, minor ;Robinson, Frank ;Robinson, George ;Robinson, John ;Robinson minors ;Sellers, Drucilla, minor ;Skidwood, Nancy ;Spence, Joshua ;Surrency, Allen P. ;Surrency, H. W. ;Taylor, Burrell ;Taylor, Isaiah ;Teeter, Charles ;Thomas, Sarah ;Tillman, James ;Tomberlin, Elizabeth Ann ;Touchstone, William ;Weatherly, Isaac ;Westfield, R. ;Williams, Lewis ;Williams, Noah ;Yawn, David

Images of Estates (Annual Returns) Book C, 1877 to 1880
Names: Abbott, J. H. ;Boatright, Caroline ;Carter, Nellie ;Carter, Paul ;Carter, Stephen ;Courson, minors ;Crosby, minors ;Deen, H. C. ;Graham, M. ;Hearndon, John ;Hollan, John R. ;Holton, John R. ;Johnson, Seaborn ;Robinson, F. M. ;Robinson, George W. ;Sellers, Lemuel ;Sullivan, minors ;Surrency, A. P. ;Tyer, William ;Waters, Dicey ;Williams, Lewis Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index of Appling County Miscellaneous Estates 1869 to 1879
  • Index of Appling County Annual Returns 1873 to 1878
  • Index of Appling County Annual Returns 1877 to 1888
  • Index of Appling County Wills 1877 to 1925
  • Index of Appling County Wills 1923 to 1937
Miscellaneous
  • Appling Homestead Applications 1856-1879 (Digital Images)
  • Appling County Exemptions (Digital Images)
Marriages
  • Marriages 1869 to 1879

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