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  • Index to Calhoun County Marriages 1880 to 1909

Calhoun County Wills

  • Abstracts of Wills 1855-1910

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Estate Vouchers 1869 to 1885
  • Index to Estate Vouchers 1879 to 1884
  • Index to Estate Vouchers 1893 to 1894

Military Records

  • Confederate Pensions for Calhoun County

Annual Returns Help Tell the Story

By Jeannette Holland Austin

Books by Jeannette Holland Austin Even if a person dies intestate (without a last will and testament), the heirs can still be found. This is done by examining the annual returns for every year until the estate is closed. The first thing which happens is that an administrator is appointed who makes an inventory of the estate, has a sale to sell off the items and subsequently files a return every year thereafter to the probate county in the county which the person died. This return lists all disbursements ranging from funeral expenses to distributions to the heirs which may occur at any time over the period the estate is active. The heirs provide receipts, called vouchers. Examine the expenditures closely. Then try to ascertain the identity of the payees. One easy method is a study of the census records for that county. Some of the heirs are husbands of daughters, so check out these names in the marriage records.

The Spencer Repeating Rifle Used by Confederate Soldiers

Spencer Repeating Rifle The Spencer Repeating Rifle was a breech-loading, magazine-fed, manually cocked, standard issue weapon during the Civil War. About 200,000 of these guns were issued. There were at least four Confederate regiments who served from Calhoun County in the Georgia Infantry, viz: 12th Regiment,Company D, 25th Regiment, Company L, "Calhoun Repeaters" 42nd Regiment, 51st Regiment, and Company E. The pensions of those who served from Calhoun County are included to members of Georgia Pioneers. more articles . . .

Fort McAllister during the Civil War

What Northerners Thought of Southerners in 1864

Understanding the 1820 Land Lottery

1820 Land Lottery Georgians drew in the land lottery because it was an opportunity to possess free land. After the Revolutionary War, tobacco crops had depleted the soil, families found themselves seeking new opportunities in Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia. According to custom, the old family seat was occupied by the eldest son, thus necessitating the younger sons to seek more abundant and richer soil elsewhere. Also, as the Indians began to be removed from Georgia, this became a popular destination. Actually, the Lottery of 1820 created free land in Southwest Georgia including Calhoun County and was available to all citizens, especially veterans of the Revolutionary War. If a Revolutionary soldier had already drawn a lucky lot as a citizen in 1805 or 1807, he was allowed another draw in the lottery of 1820. If the soldier had not taken an extra draw, he was allowed two in this lottery. The survey continued until the first Monday in May 1827 when the lottery ended. Therefore, if behooves the genealogist to search for the plat with its original boundaries, then follow-up through the deed records. As people settled the region, their names became boundaries (listed in the deed description) as well as creeks, rivers, pine land, barren land, etc. It is always a good practice to acquire a local county map from the tax assessment office at the court house. Use the legend to locate old roads, churches, railroads, etc. Land Lotteries The Path into Georgia during the Land Lotteries The Georgia Land Lottery

The Land of Calhoun

Creek Indian
Calhoun County was a result of the first land lottery of 1820, This popular lottery was available to all ordinary citizens and especially to veteran Revolutionary soldiers. Because of his service, despite the act that he may have already drawn a lucky lot as an ordinary citizen in 1805 or 1807, he was allowed another draw in the lottery of 1820. If the soldier had not taken an extra draw, they were allowed two more in this lottery. The division of lands used for this lottery were surveyed and completed until the first Monday in May 1827. Meanwhile, the Creeks continued to raid and impose themselves upon those who had settled there. The Lower Creeks finally relinquished their title to the lands in Georgia and later, in 1832, the last of the Cherokees were driven out of Georgia.

Names of Families in Calhoun County, Georgia Wills, Estates, Marriages

Ellijay, Georgia

Calhoun County was created in 1854 by an Act of the General Assembly. It was taken from Baker and Early Counties. The county name came from the South Carolina Senator, John C. Calhoun (1782-1850), a strong supporter of States' Rights.

When so many Families Left the Plantation

Some ideas where to search for the ancestors. After the War Between the States, farmers were unable to employ workers. The reason is that they lost everything during the war. The crops were burned or consumed by the Union Army dragging its force of soldiers and huge following of slaves through Georgia. They stripped the land of cattle, hogs, chickens and vegetation. The march through Atlanta and to the Sea devastated the economy of the State for many years to come. When it was over, there was no money to purchase seed or to hire workers. So they removed to towns and cities where people gathered to search for work. Confederate Soldiers did not receive pensions until about 1903 and destitute soldiers eventually ended up in the old Confederates Home in Atlanta. more articles . . .

Eudora Plantations

Old Fairfield Plantation

Ockstead and Bathurst Plantations

Fitzgerald Plantation. How Quickly the Past is Swept Away

White Hall Plantation

The Plantation Journal of Seaborn Hawks

Jarrell Plantation

Davis Smith Plantation

Meadow Garden, Home of George Walton

Berckman Plantation in Augusta

He was so Near to Me ...

Where to Find the Forgotten Heroes in your Family

Search for the Confederate Supply Train

The Evacuation of Atlanta

Battle of the Pen

Lots of Paulding County Boys Fought for the Confederacy

Returning from War to Clinton, Georgia

The Battle of Chickamauga as Told by a Union Soldier

The Night Jefferson Spent under an Oak Tree