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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Railroads Affect the Search for Ancestors - Lee Co. GA Wills, Estates - #genealogy #georgiapioneers

Jeannette Holland AustinHow Railroads Affect the Search for Ancestors
By Jeannette Holland Austin

The construction of the railroad throughout the State of Georgia was a historical event, especially as it tied the economy to remote areas and helped to develop new towns and communities. The Leesburg Depot is an old train depot in Leesburg, being part of the old Central of Georgia Railway which commenced operations during 1833. Afterwards, the railroad changed its name to the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia. It joined the Macon and Western Railroad (at Macon) to run to Savannah, thus establishing links from Chattanooga to seaports on the Atlantic Ocean. The route of the railroads gets interesting when it is learned that an ancestor worked for the railroad and stayed in shed houses along the tracks. Tracking this activity helps to explain family situations, such as marriages and absentees from home along the way.

Map of Central of Georgia Railroad Lines

Lee County Wills and Estates


Lee County Lee County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 11, 1826 and included the territory acquired from the Creek Indians lying between the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers, immediately above the old line of Early County and known as the first section, shall form one county to be called Lee. Originally, Lee County comprised the subsequently created counties of Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell and Webster, parts of Schley, Chattahoochee, Macon, Clay, and Marion. The 1827 land lottery distributed lands in Lee County, but recipients are to be found in any of the above counties because Lee was so large a territory.

The first settlers to Lee County goes to the heart of lands offered in the land lotteries after the evacuation of the Lower Creek Indians. Although many families drew this land, not all of them chose to venture into South Georgia and build a homestead.

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Lee County Wills
  • Wills 1854-1858 (abstracts).
Images of Lee County Wills 1854 to 1891

Testators: Adams, William; Avera, Thomas; Anderson, Jane; Barnes, William Williamson; Batts, John; Batts, Julia; Bothwell, William; Butts or Batts, Ann ;Chapman, Fannie ;Cocke, J. P.; Duncan, A. B. ;Fletcher, Indiana, Mrs. ;Forrester, Elizabeth ; Gardner, Nancy; Gray, Sarah; Green, Ellen; Green, Mary ;Hayslip, Jonas; Heisler, Elbert ;Hondlett, Warren ;Hooks, Hardy ;Howard, Sarah; Johnson, Enoch ;Johnson, Thomas ;Jordan, Joseph; Ladd, Robert; Laramore, James ;Larimore, M. E., Mrs. ;Liggins, E. W. ;Lindsey, Fannie ;Lindsey, Vashti ;McAfee, William ;McKenzie, Henry ;McKenzie, Henry (2) ;Mercer, Joel ;Mercer, John ;Miller, Julia ;Norton, John Wesley; O'Driscol, Dennis ; Page, Solomon ;Ramsey, Benjamin ;Richardson, William ;Sadler, William; Sanders, M. D. ;Sikes, Darling ;Smith, John B. Smith, Mathew; Sneed, Dudley; Tison, Eason; Tison, Moses; Walters, Jack; Wells, William; Whitaker, Hudson ;Williams, Charles ;Woolbright, Ardilla, Mrs.; Woolbright, John ; Young, John

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Vol A, 1854-1955.
  • Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales 1852 to 1859.
  • Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales 1858 to 1863.

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