Good Stories waiting to be SharedSharing a good family story usually makes the children laugh. But they also crave to know more about the older generations, those who have already passed on. An old photograph of grandma and her life as a girl, tales of war battles fought by their kin, and how the first generation got to America, are examples of stories that can be shared. Everyone longs to know their own beginnings, who their people were and where they came from. The genealogist or family historian has the answers. Hopefully, the old stories will be repeated again and again inside the family hub.
A Hope Chest and Choose the Proper HusbandWhile young girls collected tea napkins, linens and other precious items as their dowry, parents perused the neighborhood for suitable husbands. It was considered shameful to divorce, and since the man was responsible for the care of his wife and all debts, it was important to selected what was known as a proper husband. He must be moral, responsible and dependable. My grandmother tells the story of how she favored a certain young man. However, the boy was rather sickly, and her parents worried that he would not live long enough to care for her. Ironically, as it happens, she married another fellow (my grandfather). Grandfather had only a third-grade education which was considerated adequate for any type of employment in those days. He worked at the Fulton Cotton Mill along with his neighbors whose families had removed from the farm to the city after the Civil War to get work. A good man earning a penance and faithful to his job, he attended the repairs around the house. The feared early death occurred when he was in his early forties, when he fell from the roof while repairing it. In those days there was no social security retirement income. My grandmother lived 35 years after that, couched in a little house, renting out rooms, and saving pennies.
Finding our Roots Provides Meaning to Our ExistenceIn the course of time, everyone seems to have a need to understand more about themselves. Like those who walked before us in time, we also have questions. Suddenly we realize that we did not make the decision to break off from Great Britain nor fight in a great war for freedom from kings and tyranny. And yet we glance about the world today and behold generations of young folks who do not know the history of America! How is anyone to realize that they bear the DNA of ancestors who made America free and that it is our duty to teach our children their identify in the scheme of things. Had I known that one of my ancestors bore the hardships and massacres of Jamestown, perhaps I would not have whined so much during my youth and worn a greater mantle of respect. Every generation has its troubles. Yet, it is the investigation into the past, through other eras of time and the people of our blood who chose to follow a greater charge which awakens the spirit of mankind. After researching our roots, we can gently remind our children of those times and plant in them the seeds of responsibility.
Dade County Wills and Estates
Dade County was created on Dec. 25, 1837 entirely from Walker County. Earliest settlers: Alvin Adkins, James R. Allison, S. E. Bromley, William J. Cagle, John M. Cantrell, William C. Cureton, J. A. Dozier, Thomas F. Smith, Ben F. Parker, Henry Arline, John and William Harrell. The earliest surviving will book was 1903 to 1948, so researchers need to use the other estate books, such as inventories and appraisements.
Dade County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Inventories, Appraisements, Returns and Sales of Estates 1853 to 1877.
- Will Bk A, 1903 to 1948.
- Wills, Minutes, Estates, Book B, 1884 to 1904.
Online Images of Wills and Estates 1884 to 1886Testators: Allison, Hugh;Allison, James;Allison, L. W.;Cheek, A. J.;Cole, William; Cross, Alfred;Davis orphans;Hook, L. H., Mrs.;Killian,Parthena;Killian, W. H.;Morrison orphan;Nunnally, T. J.;Pace, J. G.;Patterson, Jonathan;Smith, J. C.;Sutton, Henry;Tatum, John;Townsend, Johnson