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  • Index to 1823-1834
  • Index to Marriages 1868-1889

Online Images of Wills 1822-1832

Testators: Broom, Thomas;Cole, Mark; Curry, Samuel; Gilley, John; Griffith, John; Holmes, Nathaniel; Jackson, Robert; Jackson, Samuel; Kelly, William; Liverman, Brown; McCulloh, Anthony; McCulloh, Leonard; Porter, Benjamin; Sheffield, Isham; Smith, Laden; Watson, Alexander

Online Images of Wills 1839-1895

Testators: Alexander, James; Alexander, Martin ;Averitt, Abner; Averitt, Ephaly ;Bailey, William ;Bird, James ;Bryan, Sylvanus ;Bryan, William ;Calhoun, James; Calhoun, William ;Chivers, Larkin ;Coley, Philip ;Collier, Benjamin ;Collier, John ;Cook, W. C. ;Crawford, Joel ;Deal, John ;Dill, Job ;Dixon, Jeremiah ;Douglass, Elisha ;Ford, William ;Freeman, James ;Gilbert, John ;Glenn, James ;Goocher, Milton ;Grier, Moses ;Griffin, William ;Grimsley, Joseph ;Grimsley, Lewis ;Grimsley, Sarah ;Grist, Martha ;Harrell, Jane ;Harris, Joshua ;Haynes, Thomas ;Hays, Mary ; Hightower, Joel ;Holmes, Richard ;Howell, Edward ;Hutchins, Anthony ;Hutchins, Henry ;Hutchins, Jefferson ;Johnson, Joshua ;Jones, Thomas ;Knight, William ;Lee, Clem; Lee, Zadock ;Lewis, Mathew ;Lundy, Mary ;Mercier, Elizabeth ;Mercier, George ;Odum, Charity ;Parramore, Susannah ;Perry, Elizabeth ;Perry, Joel; Pirkle, Richard ;Powell, Coleman ;Powell, Hiram ;Powers, Sarah ;Reese, Hillman ;Ritchie, James ;Robertson, James ;Sammons, William ;Sanders, Mark ;Shackelford, Harriet ;Shackelford, James ;Taylor, James Jones ;Temples, Frederick; Thompson, Robert; Wade, William ;Wilson, Solomon; Yeldell, Robert

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Early County Will Bk B, 1839-1895.
  • Index to Early County Will Bk 2, 1896-1941.

Miscellaneous Wills

  • Estate of Bealer, Alex W. (1919) (image).

Military Records

1863 Reconstructed Georgia Militia in Early County. This was taken during the heart of the Civil War, so lists names of soldiers, where born, and ages from 16 to 50+ years. It is quite helpful in locating the names of those listed (as children) on the 1820-1840 Georgia Census Records. A careful study of the Militia will assist the genealogist in unscrambling family groups from the census records, and more.

Confederate Pension Rolls

Pension Rolls assist the genealogist in learning family details, such as marriage dates, names of children, and where enlisted. The application and attached affidavits from friends and relatives relate to the details of service during the war. The pension rolls lists soldiers who were disabled and indigent, plus names of their surviving widows.
  • Disabled Soldiers 1890-1920
  • Indigent Soldiers Pension Roll 1890-1910; 1919
  • Indigent Widows Pension Roll


The Difference between Truth and Error

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

scratching head Sometimes we get carried away in our quest to find our ancestors. Although the information coming from relatives is usually flawed, we can use the data as clues to discern the real facts. Hopefully, the world of fake sites will not find its way into genealogy. And, DNA results from various companies may not deter us from examining actual written records of each era. The moment in which data (marriages, wills, etc.) is recorded is far more accurate than twenty, thirty years or a hundred years later when someone takes a guess at it. What I am saying is that we should look more to the era in which the event occurred, rather than a book or documentary written later. This goes for genealogy and history. You may have noticed that history is being re-written in the most defamatory manner. Tracing the ancestors unfolds events pertinent to the lives and times of those who lived it. That is why civil war pensions and revolutionary war pensions are so revealing. Do you want to know more about the battles? The experiences of soldiers were written on the applications, in their own handwriting. Also, they frequently copied their bible record into the application. There is so many reasons that we should read the actual documents. Old wills and estates provide even more personal data, including the details of home-life. It is fun to learn the names of the next generation; however, gratifying to learn of the contributions of families to American freedom.

When you Purchase a Home does the Deed Mention your Origin?

Donalson-HarrellYou bet it does! The first line goes like this " John Smith of Fulton County, Georgia." Put a red flag on this because it provides a key clue to discovering where the ancestors were from. As one moves from county to county, state to state, it gives this vital clue. Theoretically, you can trace the ancestors back many years simply by finding the documents where they purchased and sold the property. There are witnesses to the documents to consider as these were friends and relatives. Then there were " Gift Deeds" wherein the children were left acreage and other items where the father was dividing up his farms among his children before he died. Another important item to be searched for in the deed records is " Marriage Contracts."

Names of Families Early County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Blakely, Georgia

Early County was created in 1818 containing 3,750 square miles in Southwest Georgia. The original occupants of this land were the Creeks who were removed under the Treaty of Ft Jackson on August 9, 1814. This treaty settled all of the claims to the South Georgia land. It was named for Governor Peter Early, a native of Virginia; Congressional delegate, and Governor from 1813 to 1815. The first settlers came in 1817, settling on Harrod's Creek (now Old Factory Creek) on the Chattahoochee River. Earliest Settlers: L. B. Avirett, Thomas Avera, M. H. Alexander, Alexander W. Bealer, Woodson F. Davis, George Colley, Joseph Lane, L. D. Gay, A. J. Lewis, W. R. Puckett, Loren Russell, R. H. Sheffield, and L. C. Ward. The first court was not held until 1820. The county seat is Blakely.

Read the Old Wills to Find the Ancestors!

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

old Georgia Wills Researching County records is the single most important record for the genealogist. Think about his. Whenever you move into a new area, the first thing which you do is to make public records at the county courthouse. This is where the deed to your house is recorded, you pay taxes, the children acquire marriage licenses, and finally, you file your estate or last will and testament. The will is your final story. It is where you provide the names of children and their spouses, grandchildren, wives, and other relatives. Should one die intestate, then there is no will, but there is an estate! An administrator is appointed, inventory was taken, sale of estate items and an annual return is filed for every year during which the estate is open, providing pay-outs to the heirs. The old wills of all kinfolk should be examined because this is where to locate names of cousins, aunts, uncles, and even relatives in foreign countries.

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