The Rusty Tractor in the YardAs the terrain continues to change on this earth, its impact is visible in local neighbors, towns and cities. Yet as buildings and town homes are demolished to make way for the new generation, the countryside lies dismally deserted waiting for families to return to the old farm house and gin up the tractor. The land which once bore crops and herded animals is plaintively unnourished and rises with wind storms to fly afield. The impression is that the labors of its residents sank into poverty and dispair. Why didn't someone protect the old tractor from rusting in the yard? In the day of my grandmother people moved to the cities to acquire work. The War Between the States had left its treacherous scar upon the South. The troops of General Sherman had pilfered and ravaged everything of value, from farm animals and crops to precious heirlooms. Carpet baggers (Northerners) crawled the land like lice, scooping up properties for the price of back taxes. Aging parents could hire former slaves to work the place, but there was no money. As depicted in the scenery, agriculture went the way of the wind!
The Blackshear TrailBlackshear Trail is a historic trail cut through woods by General David Blackshear during the War of 1812. Today, that road is located in now Crisp County, Georgia by a State Historical Marker just west of Cordele, Georgia. The trail was used by General Andrew Jackson in traveling from Fort Hawkins (now Macon) through Hartford (now Hawkinsville) and on to Fort Early in 1818. The trail was used by General Jackson to fight the Seminole tribe and Creek Indians in a battled called "Skin Cypress Pond".; During 1817 and 1818 there were frequent atrocities committed upon women and children alike by the Seminole Indians that it stirred up the whole nation and a war was declared against the Indians in Florida who invaded Georgia territory to steal, pillage and murder white settlers. This was when Florida was under the dominion of Spain, and since the landing of Oglethorpe these Indians had entertained great animosity against the people of Georgia. During and after the Revolutionary War, black slaves ran away from their masters and went into Florida to join a tribe of Creek Indians known as "Red Sticks." The "Red Sticks" refused to recognize the treat of Fort Jackson where the Creeks ceded a large portion of their territory to the United States. Thus, the "Red Sticks" took in a great many run-away Negroes from Georgia and South Carolina, who also joined the Seminole Indians in their frequent marauding expeditions against the southern frontier of Georgia.
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Dooly County Wills, Estates, MarriagesDooly County was created in 1821 by an Act of the General Assembly and was named for the famous Colonel John Dooly (1740-1780), who was killed at the Battle of Kettle Creek in 1780. The song Tom Dooly was written for him and lingers in Georgia's memoryHang down your head Tom Dooly, hang down your head and dieThe Georgia Land Lottery of 1821 distributed lands of the Creeks located between the Ocmulgee and Flint rivers at the signing of the Treaty of Indian Springs. Later, portions of Dooly County were used to create the following counties: Worth (1853), Wilcox (1857), Crisp (1905), and Turner (1905). Early Settlers: Levin Adams, Joseph Bridges, Ezekiel Butler, Brinkley Brown, William F. Bealle, Irwin Bullock, W. B. Cone, Wesley Calhoun, Robert Depree, Noah Daniel, Caleb Fullington, John Godwin, Jack Herring, Elbert Hodges, John Hammond, William P. Jordan, Donald Jones, William King, James Lester, Hugh McLain, Henry Mashburn, Henry Oliver, Moses Pipkins, Hardy Royal, Mathew Sheppard, John Truluck and Gideon Watson.
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Images of Wills 1847 to 1867Names of Testators: Adams, John Q.;Adams, Leven; Adams, William;Bealle, James;Bealle, William;Bothwell, Davis; Bridges, Joseph;Bridges, William;Brown, Brinkley;Buckelew, James;Bullock, Irwin;Butler, Matthew;Cato, Benjamin;Collins, Henry;Culpepper, Joel;Daniel, Isaac;Daniel, Noah;Fenn, Elizabeth;Fenn, Henry;Gammage, James;Hammond, John;Harvard, Stephen;Higdon, Charles;Hodges, Elbert;Johnson, Solomon; Jones, Donald;Lasseter, Shemuel;Lester, James;Lewis, James; Lock, Joseph;Mayo, Harmon;Olliff, Benjamin;Pipkins, Moses; Powers, John H.;Rea, Elizabeth;Rowell, Oliver;Royal, Hardy; Royal, John C.;Royal, John;Rutland, Blake; Sheppard, Mathew; Smith, John; Staley, Elizabeth Ann; Stephens, Richard;Thompson, E. W.; Truluck, John; Ward, David; Webb, Benjamin; Wood, John; Wright, Henry; Youbanks, Jane
Abstracts of Wills 1849 to 1931.
Indexes to Probate Records
- Annual Returns, Vouchers, Bk 2, 1855 to 1859.
- Annual Returns, Vouchers, Bk I, 1847 to 1854.
- Wills, Bk A, 1847 to 1901.
- Marriages 1847 to 1852.
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