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Online Images of Burke County Wills 1803 to 1858

  • Allen, Frances (Fanney)
  • Anderson, Augustus H.
  • Antony, William H. D.
  • Archer, Serena
  • Attaway, Elijah
  • Bearrow, Aaron
  • Boyd, Benjamin
  • Brack, Benjamin
  • Brinson, Lucy
  • Brinson, Shepard
  • Chance, Henry
  • Churchill, Mary
  • Evans, Sophia
  • Evans, William J.
  • Gilstrap, Benjamin
  • Green, Jesse P.
  • Hampton, James
  • Inman, Sophia
  • Jones, Abraham
  • Jones, Henry P.
  • Jones, James W.
  • Jones, John M.
  • Jones, Seaborn A.
  • Lane, Thomas
  • Landing, John
  • Lasseter, William
  • Lipsey, Barbara
  • McElmurry, James
  • McNatt, Elizabeth
  • Merritt, George W.
  • Moore, William
  • Murphree, William
  • Murphree, Wright
  • Nasworthy, William
  • Osborne, Robert
  • Owens, John
  • Penrow, William
  • Perkins, B. L.
  • Perkins, David
  • Red, Maria
  • Rogers, William
  • Sapp, Everet
  • Sapp, Mary T.
  • Saxon, William
  • Scarborough, Amelia
  • Shepard, Guthrey
  • Skinner, William W.
  • Tomlin, Zilpha
  • Wallace, William
  • Walker, Francis J.
  • Walton, Thomas
  • Ward, Francis
  • White,Daniel
  • Whitehead, John
  • Williams, William


  • 1855-1869
  • Index to 1869-1871

Miscellaneous Wills and Estates

  • Allen, Elisha A. Estate
  • Demero, Raymond
  • Hill, Milley, estate
  • Jones, Abraham (LWT)
  • Lovett, Ann (LWT)(1862)
  • Scott, William, estate

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Testators
  • Annual Returns 1858 to 1868

Tax Digests

  • 1788 Burke County Entry Takers Returns
  • 1788 Presentments to Grand Jury
  • 1798 Burke County Tax Digest, First District
  • 1798 Burke County Slaveholders, First and Second Districts
  • 1798 Slaves in Burke County

Church Records

  • Minutes of Bark Camp Baptist Church (Members) 1823 to 1858

Special Notes

  • Burke Notes by Jeannette Holland Austin.

Traced Genealogies: Burke County Families

  • Bonnell
  • Boykin
  • Burke
  • Cowart
  • Irwin
  • Scarborough
  • Spencer

How Tax Records Help the Genealogist

By Jeannette Holland Austin

The tax digests in any given county in the State of Georgia provides essential data to the researcher as it lists all of the parcels of land which the person owned and in what counties. In Georgia, one can easily define the acquisition of properties from lotteries and the approximate date simply by noting the amount of acreage in the tax record. For example, the 1805 and 1807 land lotteries offered 202-1/2 acres in Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties; and 490 acres in Wayne County (1805). During 1820: Appling (490), Early (250); Gwinnett (250); Habersham (250) (490); Hall (250); Irwin (490); Rabun (490)(250) and Walton (250). The 1827 Land Lottery gave 202-1/2 acres in Carroll, Coweta, Lee, Muscogee and Troup. The 1832 lottery consisted of 202-1/2 acres in Cass (now Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding and Union Counties. These are all Indian lands belonging to the Creeks and Cherokees. There was also a lottery encompassing North Georgia lands formerly owned by the Cherokees where people drew for 40-acre gold lots and one can assume the occupation was "gold miner". The best route to information is to first search the lottery records, then the tax digests in specific counties.

Most Americans have Patriot Ancestors in their Background and Do Not Realize it

Betsy Ross Flag Today, with so many young people demonstrating in the streets, I could just bet you that they do not realize that their DNA carries a strong blood line of those ancestors who fought for freedom in this country. A little bit of investigation could disclose some astounding facts from the pen of the patriot applying for the pension. Here is an example: A British soldier stood over the brave body of a Scotsman as he lay wounded on the battle ground. Only a few years earlier his family had emigrated to North Carolina. One day, while Hugh McDonald and his father worked in the fields, they saw an American patrol approaching the house. The father, not wanting to be taken into service, ran into the woods. But young Hugh was persuaded to join the rebels as a drummer boy. Perhaps as the British soldier raised his sword over young Hugh, he thought of these things. As it happens, the soldier changed his mind and let Hugh escape. Those who protest on college campuses and demonstrate through vulgar language, threats and violence need (more than anything) to learn more about themselves, and the struggles of their ancestors to make America free!

The Key to Finding your Ancestors in the Collections of Today

keyThings have certainly changed since the days of searching through dusty libraries and reading unindexed books and microfilm! But with the launching of the internet and establishing genealogical records thereon, the task has just begun! What with burned county records all over America and immigration records yet to be translated and published, there is so much more to be discovered. While searching my ancestors in the field, I discovered that county clerks frequently took those big ledger books home with them to work on. Sometimes, a person produced a ledger to the court house found stored in the attic. (I request the Mormon church to visit the person and microfilm it). This explains how ledger books find their way to antique s. There are shops. There are other avenues of discovery, viz: church records. One has to visit the neighborhood where families resided, old churches and graveyards to ascertain what survived and who has possession of the old baptisms, marriages and mortuary records. State Archives also receive church records from donors and place them on microfilm. But one needs to search for it in the floor catalog. During the 1930s the DAR collected old bible records and donated their books to the Archives. Regional libraries contain their own special collections. Meanwhile, internet collections also vary. Essentially, Ancestry has digitized those records available at the National Archives; which includes census, revolutionary war and immigration records. You can also visit the National Archives online and have access to their digitized records available to the public. No matter whose collection one researches, there remains more information to be discovered. It behooves one to join more than one genealogy website. Especially if those websites continue to add more information. After all, there remains a great deal to be added to the internet collections. The records of Pioneer Families contains mostly images of old wills, estates, marriages, some 10,000 traced families, cemeteries, and my own vast collection of obituaries, notes and books in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia, all growing collections.

Burke County Wills,Estates, Tax Digests

Waynesville, Georgia

The land which formed Burke County was ceded to the English by the Creek Treaties of 1733, 1735 and 1736. By an Act of March 15, 1758 the parish of St. George was established. The county was named for Edmund Burke, a member of the British Parliament who championed the rights of the American colonies. Between 1793 and 1905, the legislature took land from Burke County to help form the new counties of Screven (1793), Jefferson (1796), and Jenkins (1905), and to add area to Richmond County (1841). The county seat of Waynesboro was established in 1794, named after the Revolutionary War hero General. The first will book did not survive. Will Book A, as is included herein, began in 1855; however, the earliest will found in that batch was dated in 1803. Essentially, 1855 and later is more specific to the probate date than to the date in which the wills were signed.

Daniel Bonnell was Executed for Robbery October 18 1784

Hanging Daniel Bonnell was listed as a son of Anthony, Sr. in McCalls Roster of the Revolution, p. 732. Also, Revolutionary War Records of Georgia by Candler, Vol. III: "The State vs. Danie1 Bonnell, the younger. Oct. 12, 1784. A report of the Summary of the Trial. Verdict and Sentence in this case being made and the same duly considered by Council, unanimously advise that the executive authority due interpose, but on the contrary leave the law to its course, which is accordingly resolved and determined upon by the board." The Georgia Gazette dtd 10/21/1784 carried the news that Daniel Bonnell was executed for robbery on Oct. 18,1784. Previous to that, however, Danie1 Ronne1l held public office, having been appointed magistrate for St. Matthews Parish in 1776, Effingham County. Tales of Woe "Light Horse" Harry Lee died at Dungeness

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