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Brooks County Georgia Genealogy Records Available Online to Members

Wills and Estates available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Images of Last Wills and Testaments 1860 to 1871

  • Bentley, Benjamin
  • Copeland, L. J.
  • Coulter, William
  • Denson, William
  • Dixon, Pleasant
  • Edmonson, John
  • Edwards, Samuel
  • Gorno, Joel
  • Groover, Charles
  • Groover, John (Estate) 1857-1860
  • Groover, Joshua
  • Hunter, William
  • King, Nancy
  • McCardle, James
  • McLeod, Norman
  • McMullen, John
  • McRae, Daniel
  • Mullen, James
  • Mullen, James
  • Oliff, Elizabeth
  • Patrick, William
  • Patterson, Frances
  • Peacock, Robert
  • Ramsey, Owen
  • Redding, Elkanah
  • Rizer, Charles
  • Rogers, Thomas
  • Slaughter, Thomas
  • Speight, William
  • Stanley, Mary
  • Strickland,Abraham
  • Thigpen, Sarah
  • Yates, Morgan
  • Young, Mathew
  • Wade, Thomas
  • Walker, James
  • Walker, Joseph
  • Walker, Sarah
  • Williams, John
  • Williams, Thomas
  • Wilson, Jeremiah

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Wills, Book I, 1860 to 1899
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, 1859 to 1863
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, 1863 to 1865
  • Will Book I, 1860 to 1899
  • Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Vouchers, Book D, 1869 to 1872

Marriage Records

  • 1859-1872 (images of originals)
  • 1872-1882 (index only)

Military

  • Civil War - Confederate Pensions of Soldiers and Widows
  • WW I - 1918 Veterans

Answers from Old Records

William Hall The family history is told in courthouse records. The places to search range from deeds to tax digests (including default taxpayers), land lotteries, marriages, licenses, maps, estates of every sort including the last wills and testaments, pension affidavits of civil war, and the first and second world wars, revolutionary war, lists of indigent persons, orphans, the poor house and on and on. Let no leaf go turned upward. Georgia Pioneers is helping the researcher by adding many county records online. Check it out!
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Some of the Oldest Faded Documents are Readable over the Internet

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As more data reaches the internet for genealogists, we should be in a position to resolve some of our brick walls. However, there are still undiscovered records such as church journals. In my days of roaming around Georgia searching for relatives, I have seen the most amazing things passed down through the generations, including priceless European histories and genealogies of the Royal families. Sometimes such items end up in archives and public libraries, but mostly they disappear. Interviewing relatives is helpful, to gain more background information. Speaking to relatives is a grand friendship that produces unexpected information. Ideally, one should belong to all of the online websites. Because this is impractical, it is always a good idea to review each website and decide on the best one for your needs. For this reason, Georgia Pioneers lists all available data to the possible subscriber beforehand. Click on "databases" But it gets better - if you click on "counties" there is a complete list of all of the names of testators (of wills and estates). Although there are some books indexes of wills and estates, they are not always complete. While digitizing wills for the States of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, I discovered items not indexed as well as old colonial-style writing, faded ink, torn pages, and wear and tear over the ages. By the time the courthouse books were microfilmed in Georgia during the 1950s, they were already in a state of decay. However, with the improved technology of today for imaging, microfilming and internet visibility, there is a better chance of actually reading some of the faded pages. With a little bit of study, one can usually interpret the worst documents. That is why I microfilm all possible visuals. The old colonial handwriting is best interpreted by a print-out of the document. Then a close study using a colonial handwriting guide. First, resolve what the surname looks like in colonial handwriting. Then, another standard language. The beginning of old Wills begin with " In the Name of God, Amen" With that information, one can work out the letters. Eventually, one understands the characters and solves the puzzle. Do you hear what I am saying? Some of the oldest, most tattered records can be read today with reasonable effort.

When Local Militia Protected Communities

Militia Companies Before America was a centralized government, county militia companies were formed to protect its citizens. As new land was settled, there was an inherent need to protect people against the various Indian tribes. In fact, rampant hostilities existed up until the time of the Revolutionary War. As settlements moved from East to West, the mountains were occupied by a number of waring Indians who regularly scalped white men and took their women as slaves. Hence, every male 21 years and upwards was expected to join the militia, and they did so willingly. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, the militia companies joined the fight of the rebels, especially while the British occupied Charleston, Savannah, and Augusta. While these guys were not part of the Continental Army, they worked with the Continentals under General Greene in and about Georgia and South Carolina in helping to distract the British occupation.

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Brooks County Wills, Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Confederate Pensions

Brooks County Brooks County was created in December of 1858 from Lowndes and Thomas Counties. The first court session was held in the home of Thomas Folsom in Quitman. Later in 1859, work began on a courthouse, however, was not finished until 1864. One of the earliest settlers was John Groover, a descendant of Peter Gruber, Salzburger to Georgia with Oglethorpe, who settler in Ebenezer, Georgia (Effingham County) and whose descendants went to Bulloch and Brooks Counties. Other early settlers were: Levin Arrington, Benjamin Bentley, William Colter, William Dinson, John Edmonson, William G. Hunter, Robert Peacock, Daniel McRae, and Leary Stanley.

Fall and Winter Discover Old Graves and Homesites

By Jeannette Holland Austin

Grooverville Methodist Church Grooverville was settled by the descendants of Peter Gruber who came to Ebenezer, Georgia along with a group of Saltzburgers who were given two weeks to leave Austria by the Catholic archbishop. The name got anglicized to Groover as family members moved to Brooks County. Fall and Winter are good times to go "grave-hunting" That is because much of the woodsy undergrowth has peeled back and made room for other visuals, such as sunken tombstones. Out in the country, there are many old untended graveyards. They can be discovered behind dilapidated churches and old farmhouses. Once a church is found, then one realizes that the site was once the center of a community of people. Census records provide the names of districts or towns. Therefore, taking the county map in hand (acquire a map listing districts and land lots at tax accessors office) and the census, one can zero in on the approximate location of the old farm or house of the ancestor. If interested in finding old relics, remember that people used to bury items in outhouses and wells. They also buried items of value under floorboards and behind walls. Does that make an old fallen-down house more interesting to you?

Eudora Plantation

Eudora Plantation

The Eudora Plantation 3.5 miles South of Quitman, Georgia was built ca 1835 and renovated about 1968. It was known as the old Jones place. It was posted on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.