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Fall and Winter Discover Old Graves and Homesites
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 anglecized to Groover as family members moved in 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 dilipadated churches and old farm houses. 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 out houses and wells. They also buried items of value under
floor boards and behind walls. Does that make an old fallen down house more interesting to you?
The Eudora Plantation 3.5 miles South of near 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.
Old Fairfield Plantation
Ockstead and Bathurst Plantations
When Families Left the Plantation
Fitzgerald Plantation. How Quickly the Past is Swept Away
White Hall Plantation
The Plantation Journal of Seaborn Hawks
Davis Smith Plantation
Meadow Garden, Home of George Walton
Berckman Plantation in Augusta
When Local Militia Protected Communities
Before America was a centralized government, county militia companies were formed to protect its citizens. As new land was settled, there an inherent need to protect people against the various Indian tribes. In fact, rampart 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. Then, during the War Between the States, militia once again took up its rifles to go to war. Prewar militia companies soon became regiments in the Union and Confederate Armies.
Clues into Military Names and Ranks: Clinch Militia of 1861
Protected by the Militia
The Militia Won the Backwoods During the Revolutionary War
Protected by the Militia
They Fought Guerrilla Warfare
Battle of Bloody Marsh
Capt. Andrew Danielly
Answers from Old Records
The family history is told in old records at the court house. The places to search range from deeds to house and lands, tax digests (including default tax payers), 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!
Some of the Oldest Faded Documents are Readable over the Internet
As more and more data reaches the internet for genealogists, we should be in a position to resolve some of our brick walls.
Anyone could have your answers. There are still undiscovered records. Some possibilities are church records, those record books taken home by county clerks to finish their work because this was common, and church records. 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 which one? Answers come when one makes it a habit to peruse catalogs and files. And interviewing relatives should not be pushed into the background. Speaking to relatives is a grand friendship which produces unexpected information.
Ideally, one should belong to all of the online websites. Because this is impractical, the advance knowledge of the content of websites are virtually important to
the researcher. For this reason, my websites
lists all available data to the possible subscriber before hand. 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. The reason is probably because of old colonial-style writing, faded ink, torn pages and wear and tear over the ages. By the time the court house books were microfilmed during the 1950s, they were already in a state of decay. However, 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, other 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. One does not have to join, in order to view the names in county wills and estates for the following States: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Note: } Although you do not have to join to see the names of testators in each county,
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Brooks County Wills, Annual Returns, Bills of Sale, Confederate Pensions
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 court house, however was not finished until 1864. One of the earliest settlers was John Groover, a descendant of Peter Gruber, Saltzburger 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.
Wills and Estates available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
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
Online 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
- Thigpen, Sarah
- Yates, Morgan
- Young, Mathew
- Wade, Thomas
- Walker, James
- Walker, Joseph
- Walker, Sarah
- Williams, John
- Williams, Thomas
- Wilson, Jeremiah
- Confederate Pensions of Soldiers and Widows
See how easy it is to view Wills, Estates, Inventories, Returns, Sales online