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Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina
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- Index to Marriages 1886 to 1906
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills (1894-1930) Book I.
Inventories and Appraisements (1894-1920)
Online Images of Wills (1894-1900)
Testators: Ashley, Martha; Adams, Kinion; Awtry, Marshall; Brittain, J. H.; Carnes, Sarah; Cline, L. D.; Copeland, Minnie; Daniel, J. H.;
Daniel, John; Edwards, Mordecai; Faver, Sanders; Foster, Elizabeth; Glenn, George; Hightower, John; Jackson, Josiah; Johnson, Ruth;
Miller, John; Person, Mike; Pulliam, Joseph; Purgason, John; Ridley, Alis; Simms, William; Tompkins, Nicholas; Whitaker, J. J.; Wood, P. H.
This Generation Needs a Back-Bone
There is a great deal of stress upon the parents of today, especially dealing with a disruptive society who takes its complaints to the streets. Perhaps it is time our children learned who they are and
quit demonstrating in the sstreets. A little understanding concerning their own ancestors could help to give the kids a back-bone. Actually, we owe our ancestors a hearty thank-you for the great? sacrifice which was
made that we might have a better life, be a free Nation. Tracing
one Revolutionary War Soldier in the family could unfold a world of character. I have a story of an
ancestor who was persuaded to take up a land grant in the Allegheny Mountains during the early 1700s, only to have friends and relatives scalped and daughters taken as slaves. When fifty years of age, all of his neighbors between 16 and 50 joined the militia and went into battle against Cornstalk, Chief of the Shawnee Indians. After a long and wounding battle, the chief finally signed a treaty. Yet, the Indians continued to plague the settlements of white settlers up until the time of the Revolutionary War.
Then, my aged ancestor left his hoome in the West and went to North Carolina to enlist in
the Continental Army. He fought the battles of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and finally Yorktown, Virginia until the end of the war. For his service, he was given over 1000 acres of land in Georgia. A enormously emotional and herioc story arose from this find and I wanted my children to feel the impact of so grand a scale of sacrifice. Therefore, I researched his exciting battles alongside his commander, Colonel Ludwell Lee who was called by General Greene to prevent the British from taking Augusta, Georgia.
The armies which Lee assembled fought the famous Colonel Banastre Tarleton, named as the "butcher" because that British Colonel slaughtered a South Carolina regiment while under a flag of surrender.
This sensation caused an uproar in the ranks of the rebels who were determined to win a battle against
the merciless and difficult-to-defeat Tarleton, which they did accomplish. It was bravery and sacrifice
which forged this country into a free country. And we carry that same brave independence and yearning for
freedom as those who fought before us. Thus, who, with the blood of such greatness in their veins, with their signs and burnt flags, can dare to riot in the streets of
America and demand that this treasure be ripped away from the fabric of our Constitution?
Our Disappearing Reality
Since July 20, 1960 when the US landed on the Moon, technology has beget advances such as the Internet and the massive sharing of genealogies . Although the Moon project was discontinued in the years which followed, it was due more to lack of funding than anything else. American political figures discontinued funding and seemed to fall into a deep unimaginative sleep. As genealogists, we should look ahead and prepare for any upturns or downturns in future events by preserving our own pedigree charts and family histories. Remember when the Family Bible preserved vital information such as births, deaths, marriages? That day is past. All things change. The music which we saved on vinyl records, LPs and CDs, are becoming lost to us. Sure, you may have some relics, but the up and coming generation is easily streaming music and using their voices to command Alexa to deliver music, turn on the lamps in our living rooms, order packages from Amazon, etc. And on it goes. The care which our ancestors took in preserving data did not escape destruction in court house fires, nor the War of 1812 wherein many census records and other data was destroyed by the British.
Today, we may retain information in the cloud, Internet and on our personal computer. Perhaps we think this is our permanent copy. But let us dip back in time a bit, and create some paper copies. Perhaps put them inside a safety deposit box at the bank? Remember. What we know today could be our disappearing reality, the same as all generations who lived before us experienced change. If we have the technology to change the way of doing things, even colonize the Moon and Mars. It will happen.
Did your Ancestors Migrate to Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana?
If they did, they probably went first to reside in one of the West Georgia counties. That is because the Treaties with the Indians were still being implemented during 1834. First they crossed the Alabama border and made homes around Chambers County. The drive westward was fraught with trial and error as mule train companies plodded along.
Names of Families in Heard County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Genealogists should search in Heard, Haralson, Meriwether and Troup Counties, Georgia as families moved westward, afterwards leaving Georgia and going into Chambers County, Alabama (and adjoining counties) and Mississippi. Heard County was created in 1830 from the counties of Carroll, Coweta, and Troup. The court house burned in 1893, destroying all of the records.
The Trail of Georgians into Alabama
Researchers of Heard, Carroll, Coweta and Troup Counties in Georgia need to consider the trail of emigrants which led from North Carolina and North Georgia into Alabama and Mississippi. Unfortunately, the records burned in Heard and genealogists have very little to work with. That is why the research should include its surrounding counties. Generally, speaking, as families traveled together, a popular trail from Georgia led into Chambers and Limestone Counties, Alabama. Before the 1840 Alabama Census, much of the State was a territory.