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Names of Families in Bryan County Wills and Letters of Testamentary (1870-1891)

Names of Testators: Arnold, Richard; Banks, Simeon; Brailsford, William;Butler, James;Butler, Jefferson; Davis, John;DeSaussure, Wilmot;Duggan, Hershall;Duggar, Nathaniel; Geiger, David;Grovensteen, Shadrach; Guger, D. H.;Harris, London; Hart, Marshall;Heery, Isaac;Mann, Margret;Pate, W. J.;Phillips, Burrell; Schafer, John; Shuman, Elijah; Shuman, John;Simes, Martha; Smith, Eleanor; Smith, Joshua; Vashee, Isaac

General Index to Bryan County Wills and Estates(1866-1939)
Index to Bryan County Wills (1891-1933)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book A (1870-1891)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book B (1891-1933)
Bryan County Marriages 1868-1889


  • Topo Map of Bryan County and Savannah


  • 1868-1889

Scooping out Ancestors Teaches History Not Found in Schools

By Jeannette Holland Austin

door If you really want to find your ancestors, a diligent and dedicated study is indicated in census and county records, bearing in mind the time-line. There are all sorts of clues out there. For instance, City Directories offer street addresses, names of family members and occupations. However, a visit to the old home place will open up a new world of information for the genealogist in searching old graveyards. Names of neighbors are gleaned from those directories and perhaps some childhood memories.

The Meaning of a Gentleman

colonial couple Hundreds of years after the age of ladies and gentlemen, where proper manners and integrity were at the forefront of social and business actions, the word "gentleman" is still understood to mean a polite person of good manners and decorum. However, the practice of doing business with a handshake, because the family was known to be honest sorts, or the loaning of goods and materials necessary to maintain plantations (or farms) was a promissory note. Such notes are readily found in the estates of gentlemen, and, upon death, the obligations were honored to the heirs.. A close examination of old wills, inventories, sales and annual returns describes an time of hard labor and industry, yet a more gentle era where trustworthiness was essential to its core. Plantations begat communities and communities begat industry and invention. While truth and good manners enabled American progress, it also assured stability in the home.

Fort McAllister during Confederate War

Fort McAllister Fort McAllister is a historic Georgia State Park located near Keller and Richmond Hill in the southern portion of Bryan County, along the south bank of the Ogeechee River. This site was once Fort McAllister used by the Confederates during the War Between the States. Earthworks of Fort McAllister which was attacked seven times by the Union Army, however, did fall until it was taken by General Sherman in 1864 during his March to the Sea.

Bryan County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Bryan CountyBryan County was formed in 1793 from Chatham County. Unfortunately, all of the early records were lost. Some families from Effingham County settled in Bryan County, especially after they qualified for land.

Early Settlers: Richard Arnold, Simon Banks, William Blitch, William Brailsford, John A. Davis, W. G. DeSaussaire, Nathaniel Duggar, David Geiger, Shadrack Grevensteen, London Harris, W. J. Pate, John Schafer, Elijah Shuman, Joshua Smith and Amosa S. Wescott.

Germans Settled in Bryan County and kept good records.

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