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
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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