Franklin County Georgia Genealogy Records Available to Members
Genealogy Tip: Many of the first land grants were issued to veterans of the Revolutionary War. Jackson County also reflects a number of veterans in its records. Always search Franklin and Jackson Counties together!
Indexes to Franklin County Probate Records
- Index to Franklin County Wills, Appraisements, Inventories (partial) 1786-1813.
- Index to Franklin County Wills 1848-1865.
- Index to Franklin County Wills, Inventories, Guardians 1814-1829.
- Index to Franklin County Inferior Court Petitions 1799-1805
Online Images of Franklin County Wills, Appraisements, Inventories 1786-1813Names of Testators: Barrett, Ninean | Baugh, David | Baugh, David | Berry, Andrew | Berry, Andrew | Berry, A. | Berry, Armsted | Bobo, Lewis | Bowen, Jonathan | Bratcher, Amos | Brewer, Ann | Brown, Augustus | Brown, Hugh | Burk, John | Bush, Daniel | Carlton, Jacob | Carlton, Jacob | Chandler, Shadrick | Christian, Elijah | Christian, Elijah | Christian, John | Christian, John | Christian, John | Christian, Rufus | Christian, William | Clark, David | Clayton, Charles | Cleveland, J. | Cleveland, John | Cleveland, John | Cleveland, John | Conn, John | Connally, John | Cooper, Cornelius | Davis, Richard | Davis, Richard | Dorsey, Basil | Dyer, Martin | Edwards, Isaac | Forrister, Owen | Forrister, Owen | Garrison, Christopher | Gilbert, John | Gilbert, John | Gilbert, Mary | Gilbert, Mary | Glenn, Joseph | Gordon, Joseph | Gorham, John | Gorham, John | Gorham, John | Haggins, Cormack | Haley, Isaiah | Hall, Matthew | Hardin, William | Harrington, Richard | Hays, James | Hendricks, Isaac | Hendricks, Isaac | Hendricks, Jacob | Henly, Edmund | Holbrook, John | Holbrook, John | Hollingsworth, Samuel | Hollingsworth, Samuel | Hollingsworth orphans | Hooper, Obadian | Hooper, Obadiah | Howell, Matthew | Howell, Matthew | Howell, Matthew | Hudson, Joachim | Hudson, Joseph | Isom, William | Isom, William | Jenkins, Thomas | Johnson, Joseph | Jones, Arthur | Jones, Arthur | Liner, Adam | Little, James | Lockheart, James | Lowrey, John | Lowrey, John | Lyner, Henry | Martin, Charles C. | McKee orphans | McKie, John | McKie, John | McKie, John | McKie, John | Mercer, Robert | Molder, Daniel | Morgain, John | Morton, Charles | Morton, Charles, his will | Murphy, John | Nail, Joseph | Nail, Joseph | Neal, Joseph | Partain, James | Payne, Champness | Payne, Charles | Payne, Cleveland | Payne, Cleveland | Payne, John | Payne, John | Payne, Mary | Payne, Thomas | Perryman, David | Person, Samuel E. | Prewett, Joseph or Japeth | Prewett, Phillip | Prickett, George | Reaves, Benjamin | Rice, Edward | Roberts, Elizabeth | Robertson, William | Robertson, William | Shipley, John | Sparks, James | Stephens, William | Stevenson, William | Stevenson, William | Stevenson orphans | Strickland, Jacob | Strong, Elijah | Taylor, Charles | Taylor, Richard | Thomas, Philip | Thomas, Philip | Thompson, Peter | Thompson, Peter | Thompson, William | Thrasher, Benjamin | Thrasher, Robert | Vaughan, Benjamin | Vaughan, Benjamin | Walters, Robert | Walton, Jesse | Walton, Mary | Walton, Mary, her will | Walton, Mary | Ware, John | Watkins, William | Watkins, William | Watkins, William | Wheeler, William | Whitaker, Isaac | Whitaker, Isaac | Whitaker, Samuel | Whitaker, Samuel | Williamson, Anday | Williamson, Peter | Williamson, Peter | Williamson, Sally | Williamson, William | Williamson, William | Willis, Joseph | Wilson, Mary | Winningham, Samuel | Wofford, James | Woodward, Thomas | Workman, Jonathan | Workman, Jonathan | Wright, Obadiah | Wright, Obadiah | Wright, Obadiah
Online Images of Franklin County Wills, Estates, Book B, 1814-1824Names of Testators: Anthony, John;Arendal, Nathaniel; Ayres, Asa ;Ayres, John ;Bagley, Henry ;Bagwell, Winkfield;Baker, Benjamin ;Barnett, Isaac ;Baugh, John ;Beeson, Isaac ;Bellamy, Richard ;Blackwell, William ;Brown, Augustin ;Bryan, John ; Bryan, Sarah ;Chalmers, John Sr. ;Chatham, Epps ;Chatham, Stephen ;Christian, Drewry ;Christian, John ;Connally, Charles ;Connally, Dempsey ;Davis, Thomas Sr. ;Garrison, Christopher ;Gilbert, James ;Gilbert, John ;Haney, Thomas ;Harris, Allen ;Hollingsworth, Jacob ;Hooper, William ;Hunt, Daniel ;Jones, Dudley ;King, Benjamin ;King, James ;King, Thomas ;Laughridge, Robert ;Little, James ;Lowry, James Sr. ;Manley, Daniel ;Manley, Isaac;McCracken, William ;Meridith, David ;Miller, John ;Morgain, Elizabeth;Morgan, John ;Neal, Major ;Neal, Robert ;Osborne, Nelson ;Patrick, William ;Payne, Thomas ;Payne, William ; Pierce, Shearwood ;Prickett, George ;Ramsey, James ;Reynolds, William ;Rice, Charles ;Roland, Robert ;Row, Charles ;Rucker, George ;Sanders, Moses ;Scott, Archibald ;Sewell, Samuel ; Sims, Martin ;Stewart, Robert ;Swift, Flower ;Tate, Ann ; Tate, William ;Thompson, Jesse ;Thurmond, Fountain ;Thurmond, James ;Turk, John ;Vaughn, George ;Walton, Jesse ;Ward, Bryant ; Westbrook, Stephen ;White, William ;Williamson, Alexander ; Williamson, Thomas ;Williamson, William ;Woods, Richard
Online images of Franklin County Wills,Estates, Book C, 1824- 1849Testators:Akins, Thomas ;Allen, John ;Anthony, David ;Avery, Henry ;Ayres, Moses ;Bellamy, John ;Brawner, Jesse ;Bradly, Asa ; Brown, John R. ;Burge, John ;Burgess, Elias ;Burton, John ;Bush, William ;Carpenter, Joshua ;Carrol, Edward ;Caudell, David ; Chandler, Lewis ;Clarkson, John ;Clements, Lucy ;Cockburn, George;Cook, Archibald ;Covington, Thomas ;Davis, Thomas ; Ford, William ;Glover, William ;Gooddy, George ;Gray, Isaac ; Harbour, Esaias ;Harrison, Benjamin ;Hays, Jonathan ;Hemphill, Robert ;Herring, Zacheus ;Hise, Josiah ;Hollbrooks, Jesse ; Holmes, Thomas ;Hooper, Matthew ;Jackson, James ;Jolly, William ; Jones, Russell ;Jones, William ;Key, John ;Leach, Burdel; Maldin, Richard ;Martin, James Sr. ;Mays, John ;Mays, Thomas ; McEnter, Joseph; McKee, Samuel ;Miller, James ;Mitchell, James ; Mitchell, Roland ;Mitchell, William ;Morris, John ;Neal, William ;Nicholls, Julius ;Orr, Elizabeth ;Parks, Henry ;Parks, Sarah ; Payne, Ann ;Payne, Elizabeth ;Payne, John ;Phillips, Samuel ; Philips, Stephen ;Prewett, Samuel ;Pruitt, Hezekiah ;Pulliam, John ;Pulliam, William ;Ralston, Lewis ;Ramsey, Ely ;Ramsey, Rachel ;Ramsey, William; Reid, John L. ;Robertson, Jane ;Sanders, Moses Sr. ;Sartain, Joel ;Slaton, Benjamin ;Sloan, David ; Stone, James ;Stovall, George Sr. ;Strange, John Sr. ;Strickland, Jacob Sr. ;Talor, John ;Thomas, William ;Thornton, Dozier ; Toney, Charles Sr. ;Truman, Richard ;Vaughn, Jaires ;Walters, Robert ;White, Mary ;Wilkinson, Elisha ;Wilkinson, Lucy ;Wilkinson, William ;Williams, Nathan ;York, William.
Online Images of Franklin County Wills 1899-1911Miscellaneous Records
- Bounty Grant of Felix Ragan
- Origins of Early Franklin County Settlers.
- Deed of Jacob Strickland
- Deed of Isaac Strickland
- Index to Deeds 1785-1792 (incomplete index)
- Superior Court 1789-1853
- Misc. Papers 1797-1837
- Misc. Papers 1804-1860
- Misc. Papers 1841-1856
Forsyth County Drawers in Land Lotteries
- License Book 1805-1826
- License Book 1827-1835
- License Book 1834-1850
Traced Genealogies of Franklin County Families
The Special Existence of our AncestorsGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
If you are researching your ancestors to any extent, you are writing a book! A splendid image of the past appears as the pieces of the puzzle come together, and before you realize it, there is everything to know concerning their lifestyles. It is truly wonderful to experience the historical and personal aspects that only a particular era of time could assemble. The horses, mules, tractors, and haystacks were familiar scenes of a past that accelerated mankind into the modern age. Yes, we are fortunate to have those same genes!
An Army of Genealogists is Gathering DataThis is truly the age of enthusiastic genealogical research. For the first time ever, locating data is at our fingertips, on the computer, and in libraries and archives. Individual collectors are everywhere, all attempting to find elusive ancestors. There are brick walls, yet the struggle continues. It comprises a lifetime of work. Yet there remain the universal means of properly sharing the family tree with its accompanying resources and references. Without the references, there is a question of accuracy and conflicting information emerges. So far, I have not seen a universal family tree program that lists the resources and accurately connects lineages.
Find the Local Section in Old NewspapersAlmost every old newspaper contains one or more sections for local citizens. These sections are scattered throughout, even in the want ads, and difficult to notice. It contains items of personal interest concerning the locals. Trips they took, who is visiting, birthdays of old people, and so on. The front page is the foreign news, followed by state business, and political news. The obituaries and marriages could be anywhere. The titles go - Memoriams, Burials, Obituaries, not to mention accidents and disasters which contain variable headings. During wartime, casualties were listed and include the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, War Between the States, and Spanish-American War. Also, casualties from battling with the Indians. When people left a county, letters were left at the post office. Yes, these are also printed. The result is that one needs to read the entire newspaper from front to back, just like people used to do.
A Reason to do Personal Research in Franklin County ...Since land grants were issued in Franklin County to Revolutionary War Soldiers, this north Georgia county is a good starting point. The spillover of early settlers was to Jackson County. The deed records are pertinent to learning places of origin as well as the details of family members. Don't forget to visit the Franklin County Historical Society in Carnesville where some of its oldest records are housed!
So Many Ways into the PastGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
Somewhere there is a road to the old home place. It may be covered over with dirt or cement, but it exists. The past is not completely hidden. We learn that in archaeological digs. As erosion, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, lava, and fire help sweep away former times, we forget. As communities and villages disappear into towns and cities, the world turns. Somehow we think that we are the substance of all civilization. Yet the surface has not been touched so far as discovery is concerned. There still remains the written records that genealogists crave to help explain and complete their own history. Despite the loss of important documents, clues remain. At this moment, genealogists are beginning to share their information over the Internet. A recent discovery of my own was that someone had shared a photograph of my great-grandfather over the Internet. For years, I searched for this soldier who died during the Civil War. Seems that he was a surgeon who served in an Alabama regiment. Imagine the joy which I experienced in seeing this photograph! Did you realize that people hid important documents behind wooden walls, under floorboards and in wells? An afternoon in the woods near the old home place might turn up broken tombstones buried in pine needles, or tin cans buried in the dirt containing items of interest.
The Crop News Led the DayGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
An important read in old newspapers was the crop news. It was more important than the political news or foreign affairs. Every farmer read it because that served as a guideline for which crops to plant, harvest, and sell. He had to observe which plants were performing well or poorly in the markets. Math was fundamentally taught in one-room field schools which concluded one's education in the 8th grade. The curriculum consisted of reading, spelling, penmanship, math, and orthography. In fact, by the time a student reached the third grade, he had comprehensive learning in maths, English, and penmanship, all fundamental skills basic to farming. More so than we have today. Even though the early 1900s, a third-grade education was adequate to obtain any type of employment.
A Generation which Lived within its MeansGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
The old-timers possessed a special uniqueness. The early 20th century continued the practice of their ancestors, that is, to live within their means. I recall my grandfather who resided in Atlanta in an old two-story home that only received basic repairs. It was just an old house with one bathroom, heated by furnaces and fireplaces, and no air conditioning. Just like the other houses in the city. His salary remained the same "for years". Few people owned automobiles and boarded the trolleys every day to go to work. All children walked to school. Not until the 1940s did people adopt a spendthrift attitude. During the 1950s the popular "mortgaging the home" led the way to finer things, updated homes, modern conveniences, more automobiles, and .... debt. Meanwhile, the old generation was debt-free, were regarded as poor. But never mind, because these oldies soon died off and cleared the way for the "big-time-people" who had to own the latest home or automobile, and then some. And here we are, unable to pay thirteen trillion dollars worth of US debt. Hmmm.
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Names of Families in Images of Franklin County Wills and EstatesMany soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War drew land grants in Franklin County. However, one must remember that Jackson County was taken from Franklin, and many of those grants became part of Jackson. Franklin County was created in 1784 and named for Benjamin Franklin. The original territory was ceded by the Cherokees in the Treaty of Long Swamp in 1782 and by the Creeks at the Treaty of Augusta in 1783. At that time it included all of Barrow and Jackson Counties and portions of Oconee, Clarke, Madison,Banks, Hart, Stephens, Gwinnett, Hall,and Habersham counties, as well as the northwestern corner of South Carolina (present-day Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties). Researchers should also research these South Carolina counties where many of the first residents of Franklin were located. The courthouse was constructed in 1788. This land was among the last land in Georgia to be distributed under the headright system. In 1789 the headright system passed from state to county government, and the state began to grant huge tracts of land to speculators. These policies ended with the Pine Barrens Scandal and the Yazoo Land Fraud. of 1795-1796. In 1803, the headright system was replaced by the 1803 land lottery. County business was conducted in the home of Warren Philpot in (Sweet) Gum Log on the Tugaloo. George Walton, the signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first chief justice. In 1788 a courthouse was approved by the state legislature but was not built until 1794. It was constructed on the old John Mullins' Ford on the Tugaloo River. Later, in 1806 a courthouse was completed in downtown Carnesville. Franklin Springs was a popular stop with early visitors and by 1800 a fledgling tourist industry of sorts began to develop, although the land was still remote. A popular tavern and resort were Traveller's Rest. When Carnesville was established in 1811 and became the county seat, another courthouse was there in 1826, adjacent to the old one. This building was torn down to make way for a new courthouse No wills or estates exist for this county at the Franklin County Court House prior to 1899. The early wills and deeds are probably located at the local historical society in Carnesville.
Great Stories were in your Lineage 241 Years AgoGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
Instead of thinking of the ancestors as names on a pedigree chart, think of them as those who prepared the way for better times. Many struggles preceded the Constitution of the US, and almost all of its founders were divested of their fortunes. Generals and other officers contributed arms, paid for supplies, and personally financed the war, never to be repaid. And the soldiers under their command left their homes to combat the occupation of British troops. There are some great stories to be found in Revolutionary War Pensions of the battle and sacrifice. Our schools have condensed the story of freedom down to a few words. Yet genealogists rich history of tradition, honor, and sacrifice. Americans today are blessed by those who gave everything for freedom. Should we not then honor our ancestors by learning more about their bravery and telling our children?
Measles during the Revolutionary WarEpidemic diseases were serious issues during the Revolutionary War, particularly in New England where the population experienced many outbreaks of diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, and whooping cough. William Aaron enlisted in the 10th Virginia Line from Amherst County, Virginia, and marched to headquarters at Bowbrook, New Jersey; thence over the mountain where he came down with measles and was sent to a hospital in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. However, upon rejoining his regiment in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he suffered a relapse and was put in the White Horse Hospital near Philadelphia. Despite the measles, Aaron completed three years of service in the war before making his home in Franklin County.
Family History TripsGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
There are lots of interesting places to take the children these days. Especially for genealogists who have traced their ancestors back in time to forgotten places. It is possible to find the actual site of the old home place with the help of deeds, plats, and county maps. The DAR has marked many old graves. Churchyards and cemeteries hold an abundance of history. Instead of visiting National Parks and the plantations of wealthy planters, why not take the children down an old country road and reveal some of the struggles of emigrants and early settlers who prepared the way for future generations?
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