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Where to Find the Forgotten Heros in your Family

Picketts Charge From grammar school on, we learn of famous characters who fought or wars, framed our Constitution, and so on. During the Civil War there were many brave soldiers who fought some pretty tough battles. Take Confederate General Pickens, whose troops charged a Gettysburg hill only to be cut down in cold blood. The charge was ordered by the Confederate General Robert E. Lee against the Union position of Major General. George G. Meade situated on Cemetery Ridge. It was July 3, 1863, on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Actually, Lt. General James Longstreet predicted its doom. The farthest point reached by the attack has been referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy. The decision to cross that field was a tactical error; the field which they crossed was full of potholes and there was no visual except for the yankee troops who saw them coming! The genealogist can find his ancestors among the confederates in the pension records, who, if he lived until 1903, began receiving a tiny pension. After the war, wounded confederate soldiers resided in virtual poverty. The Reconstruction Era was frought with carpet baggers who seized properties for unpaid taxes and the improbability of rebuilding the farm. Old newspapers carried accounts of annual reunions, speeches and photos of old gentlemen wearing confederate uniforms. The meetings and speeches encouraged a rebuilding of Southern homes and business. As one continues to scope through the newspapers, the photos reveal an aging lot of white hair and long beards. No one goes to war, then returns to things the way they were, a lovely home or community. It took generations to rebuild the South and the suffering was apparent. My own ancestors eventually left the old farm and moved into the city to find employment. Historians fail to mention those persons who lose a war. Instead, they write of glorious battles and clever tactics. General Sherman burned Atlanta and nearly every town in his path en route to the sea. The minions of the Union Army stretched for miles across the countryside. It had a slave following, one too large for the soldiers to feed. Some bad things happened in Georgia. The yankee patrols stole farm animals and foodstuffs from local farms to help feed their growing army. And then burned down family homes. While the yankee patrols were leaving wives and children without food or hope, upon reaching Sandersville, they drowned a number of slaves in nearby streams. Afterwards, Sherman received a hero's welcome. What I am saying here, is that while historians write glowing accounts of such characters as Sherman, there were many other brave men whose accounts went unrecorded, except in the pension records. What about that history? Georgia Pioneers has the Georgia Civil War Pensions Fort McAllister during the Civil War Spencer Repeating Rifle What Northerners Thought of Southerners in 1864 He was so Near to Me ... 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

Examine Military Records to Learn More About the Ancestors

musterrolls If you are expecting to find famous people in your lineage, think again. Those accounts belong to the history books. The really great stories of history have gone untold. They are found by individual researchers who examine every piece of evidence and assemble interesting accounts. Military records are a good source, because one can trace the tracks of their own ancestors by examining muster rolls, pensions and battles of the officers under whom they served. For example, to learn about the participation of the ancestor, and his battles by researching the commanders and their battles. If one follows General Richard Lee during the revolutionary war, for example, they learn that near the end, this General was send to the Carolinas to prevent Lord Cornwallis from getting his troops to North Carolina. Georgia and South Carolina Militia companies which had been taunting the British to keep them from seizing charleston, came out of the woods and joined him. Thereafter, some important battles ensured, including the Battle of King's Mountain, which was tantamount to defeating Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. Attention should be given to skirmishes and guerrilla tactics used to push back the British. As the genealogist learns the finite details of battle, he understands the motives of his ancestors and appreciates their sacrifice. Georgia Pioneers has the Georgia Civil War Pensions

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Douglasville first owned the name of "Skint Chestnut" being named after a large chestnut tree used as an Indian marker. The Creeks and Cherokees occupied this territory and ceremonial mounds are located throughout Douglas County including artifacts, pottery, tools, and weapons. As white settlers traversed across the county, the government drew a boundary line about one mile east of Douglasville, between the Indians tribes on the north (Cherokees) and south (Creeks). During the 1830s the Indians were forced to cede all their lands east of the Mississippi River to the federal government.
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Some of the Oldest Faded Documents are Readable over the Internet

Colonial Handwriting As more and more data reaches the internet for genealogists, we should be in a position to resolve some of our brick walls. Anyone could have your answers. There are still undiscovered records. Some possibilities are church records, those record books taken home by county clerks to finish their work because this was common, and church records. In my days of roaming around Georgia searching for relatives, I have seen the most amazing things passed down through the generations, including priceless european histories and genealogies of the Royal families. Sometimes such items end up in archives and public libraries, but which one? Answers come when one makes it a habit to peruse catalogs and files. And interviewing relatives should not be pushed into the background. Speaking to relatives is a grand friendship which produces unexpected information. Ideally, one should belong to all of the online websites. Because this is impractical, the advance knowledge of the content of websites are virtually important to the researcher. For this reason, my websites lists all available data to the possible subscriber before hand. Click on "databases" But it gets better, if you click on "counties" there is a complete list of all of the names of testators (of wills and estates). Although there are some books indexes of wills and estates, they are not always complete. While digitizing wills for the States of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, I discovered items not indexed. The reason is probably because of old colonial-style writing, faded ink, torn pages and wear and tear over the ages. By the time the court house books were microfilmed during the 1950s, they were already in a state of decay. However, the improved technology of today for imaging, microfilming and internet visibility, there is a better chance of actually reading some of the faded pages. With a little bit of study, one can usually interpret the worst documents. That is why I microfilm all possible visuals. The old colonial handwriting is best interpreted by a print-out of the document. Then a close study using a colonial handwriting-guide. First, resolve what the surname looks like in colonial handwriting. Then, other standard language. The beginning of old Wills begin with "In the Name of God, Amen" With that information, one can work out the letters. Eventually, one understands the characters and solves the puzzle. Do you hear what I am saying? Some of the oldest, most tattered records can be read today with reasonable effort. One does not have to join, in order to view the names in county wills and estates for the following States: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Note: } Although you do not have to join to see the names of testators in each county, Members have access to all genealogy databases for those States. JOIN HERE

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Douglas County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Paupers

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The Creek and Cherokee Nations occupied the land separated by No man's land by a ten mile wide stretch on top of Tallapoosa Ridge. The first white man's trading post was established in 1835 by W. G. Black from North Carolina. Douglas County County was created in1870 during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, and was first named for Fredrick Douglas Countys, the African-American abolitionist. When the General Assembly was re-established, reconstruction ended the name was changed to honor Stephen A. Douglas, the Illinois Senator who opposed Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency. The first known settlers in the County came in 1848, three brothers from South Carolina - Abe, Reuben and Young Vansant; J. M. Abercrombie, C. B. Baggett, Alexander Cochran, S. N. Dorsett, T. M. Entretine, W. H. Johnston, A. T. Tucker and others. When researching this county,one should also search Carroll and Paulding Counties.

Genealogy Resources Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • County Wills 1870-1916, Bk B & C
  • Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1871-1885
  • Index to Douglas County County Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1871-1885
  • Index to Douglas County Letters of Administration and Guardianship 1882-1934
  • Index to Wills, Bk A, 1870-1932
  • Index to Annual Returns, Bk A, 1871-1897
  • Index to Annual Returns, Bk B, 1886-1899
  • Index to Inventories and Appraisements, Book A, 1871-1887
  • Index to Inventories and Appraisements, Book B, 1886-1933
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
  • Paupers (1871-1890)

Online Images of Will Books B & C 1870-1916

Names of Testators: - Abercrombie, William, Allen, George, Angle, Thomas, Arnold, Mary Annelia, Arnold, Willie, Banks, E. M., Blair, Columbus, Blanchard, Mary A., Blanchard, Thomas, Blanchard, T. J., Bomar, Margaret, Bowen, C. P., Bowen, Melissa, Breed, Nathan, Brown, John, Burnett, J. H., Camp, Wilson, Campbell, A. L., Capps, J. H., Carnes, Peter, Carnes, Sophie, Cochran, Edward, Colclough, Arden, Colclough, J. T., Connally, Thomas, Daniell, George, Daniel, H. J., Daniel, Jeremiah, Daniel, M. M., Dempsey, John Allen, Dingler, John F.,Dorris, Frank, Dorris, Martha Elizabeth, Dorris, William, Eargle, John, Enterkin, John, Ergle, V. F., Estes, Reuben, Farmer, J. W., Farmer, Lucinda, Foster, J. S. and L. F., Fountain, J. W., Gaines, Nannie, Gattis, W. W., Geer, Stella, George, John, Hagan, W. S., Hamby, Newton, Harding, H. L., Mrs., Harding, J. W., Hatchett, Josiah, Helman, T. H., Henderson, W. W., Henley, Tallulah, Hensler, Miles, Hindman, W. W., Hodge, Patterson, Hollis, Josie, House, Wiley T., Howell, William, Hunt, Thomas G., Irwin, F. M., James, C. W., Miss, James, Elizabeth, Johnson, Eulalie Gleason G., Johnston, Richard, Jones, E. F., Kennedy, William, Kilgore, William, Kirby, Charles, Land, Jefferson Howard, Lane, George W., Lane, Jefferson Howard, Lassiter, W. J., Leathers, Peter, Loyd, William, Lumpkin, C. C., Mrs., Malone, Burrell, Massey, R. W., McEwen, Alexander D., McKoy, James, McKoy, Mary, McLarty, Alfred, McLarty, D. H., McWhorter, E. B., Miller, Francis, Morris, Mollie, Morrison, F. B., Mozeley, Glenn, Newborn, Mary, Patterson, Hodge, Peace, Daniel, Peave, H. V., Peels, Annie Marcella, Pharr, T. E., Plaster, E. F., Poole, William, Pounds, Daniel, Pray, Ephraim, Prewett, William, Rainwater, J. H., Rakestraw, John, Read, Helen B., Rice, Leah, Rickerson, Williamson, Roberts, A. C., Rudd, A. C., Rutherford, J. W., Sayer, J. A., Scogin, Wylie, Selman, J. L., Sheffield, Rithia Caroline, Smith, Brad, Smith, I. W., Smith, James G., Smith, Moses, Spencer, John,Stamps, B. H., Spencer, John, Stewart, Francis Marion, Stovall, E. T., Strickland, J. T., Swofford, J. W., Tate, James, Thomas, Mallard, Thompson, Lenora, Turner, Samuel, Upshaw, Isaac D., Vansant, Noah, Vansant, Yong, Walden, W. W., Watkins, Henry, Watkins, Reece, Watson, James, Watson, J. P., Webb, J. A.,Welborn, Cordial, White, L. J., White, Richard, Welborn, Cordial, Willoughby, Thomas, Wingo, Nancy, Wood, W. A., Woodley, George M.

Online Images of Wills and Letters of Guardianship 1871-1885

Testators: - Anderson, James B.,Anderson, J. W.,Adair, John T.,Baggett, Stephen,Barnett, William B.,Blanchard, G. F.,Bobo, John, T. A., Breed, Nathan,Bullard, Micajah's orphans,Caldwell, Morgan, Camp, Stephen D.,Casey, Etta J., minor,Conns?, Thomas, orphans of, Daniel, Joseph M.,Edge, John V.,Entrican, John,Entrican, T. A., Farmer, Joseph R.,Freeman, F. M,.Gresham, H. S. and H. W., orphans, Henderson, James H.,Henderson, J. M.,Herring, William J., Higgins minors,Hill, W. P.,Hogan, W. L.,Hough, James M.,Hutchans, Anna, James, Charles J.,James, John,James, Stephen,James, W. M.,James' minors,Johnston, James W.,Lamb, Catherine,Leatherwood, M. E., Liles, Joseph,Loyd, William W.,Maxwell, Mary Ann,McEwen, J. T., McGuire, W. D.,McLarty, Kiser,McLarty, Kiser Orphans,McLarty Orphans, Moore, Jesse F.,Morgan, Eli S.,Mosley, J. S.,Nally, J. B.,Neal, Robert L.,Neal, Robert,Pharr, John W.,Phillips, G. R. and H. C., minors, Reaves, J. M., minor,Rutherford, William,Rutherford, John W.'s Orphans, Scoggins, Wilie,Smith, William B.,Strickland, J. C.,Summerlin, Joseph, Tart, Kiser M.,Umphrey, J. Z., Orphans of,Vandant, Robin,Watkins, A. C.,Wheat, Braswell,White, Wade,Whitty?, E. B.,Wilkerson, F. M.,Winn, F. M.,Winn, G. A.,Winn, Mahala,Winn, William,Youngblood, J. T., minor, Youngblood Orphans

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Remember the Day?

Remember...
  • When no one locked their doors?
  • We sat on the front porch counting different makes of cars? In those days models like the Cadillac coupe de ville were more glamorous.
  • Everyone had a front porch and we were invited to sip lemonade and chit chat?
  • When we acquainted ourselves with neighbors by walking the streets?
  • Saturday morning cartoons and newsreels?
  • Driveways were too narrow for anything but the Model-Ts?
  • Streets were made of cobblestone and bricks?
  • Trolleys and street car lines were draped across overhead power lines?
  • We dressed in front of coal furnaces?
  • Winter sleeping meant a stack of quilts?
  • It was too hot to sleep in summers?
  • You punched a button to turn on a single overhead light bulb?
  • Turning out lights after leaving a room to conserve electricity?