The Crop News Led the DayAn 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 a comprehensive learning in math, English and penmanship, all fundamental skills basic to farming. More so than we have today. Even through the early 1900s, a third grade education was adequate to obtain any type of employment.
A Generation which Lived within its MeansThe 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 which only received basic repairs. It was just an old house with one bath room, 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 everyday to go to work, or walked. All children walked to school. Not until the 1940s did people adapt 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.
Great Stories in your Lineage 241 Years AgoInstead 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 most 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 genealogist discover a 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? Most Americans have Patriot Ancestors in their Background The Battle of Long Swamp Your Fought Many Battles and you are only Sixteen Years Old The Star Spangled Banner The Failed Expedition of Benedict Arnold Patriots of the Past Every Revolutionary War Pension has a Story Give ":No Quarter" Means "Kill" The Revolutionary War and Native Americans Irishman Came a Long Way to be in the Revolutionary War Battle of Rocky Comfort Creek Sons of Liberty in McIntosh County When Events are Measured by Time Shot, Hanged, Frozen
Family History TripsThere 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. Church yards 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?
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.
The Special Existence of our AncestorsIf 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 which only a particular era of time could assemble. The horses, mules, tractors and haystacks were familiar scenes of a past which 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 remains 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 which 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, following 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 war time, 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 PastSomewhere 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 which 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 the old home place might turn up broken tombstones buried in pine needles, or tincans buried in the dirt containing items of interest.
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Images of Franklin County Wills and EstatesFranklin 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 court house 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 hugh 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, 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 was Traveller's Rest. When Carnesville was established in 1811 and became the county seat, another court house was built there in 1826, adjacent to the old one. This building was torn down to make way for a new court house in 1906. 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.
Franklin County Records Available to Members of Georgia PioneersIndexes 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 and Estates, Book B, 1814 to 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 and Estates, Book C, 1824 to 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
- Origins of Early Franklin County Settlers.
Deed of Jacob Strickland
Deed of Isaac Strickland
Traced Genealogies of Franklin County Families