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The Name of the Game was "Land"

+AntrimWe wonder why we cannot find marriage records. The main reason is that people were constantly moving about. It is surprising how they do not follow a set pattern. Families reside in unexpected places, viz: Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama, for example. The rhyme or reason is often times baffling, especially after we locate the family seat of the parents and grandparents. The name of the game was finding fertile land because, after all, the ancestors belonged to an agricultural society. To learn where the ancestors were at any given time, usually means tracing the families through several counties and states.

Old Tombstones in Jackson County

Researchers of Jackson County should also include the parent county of Franklin County; it attracted so many Revolutionary War Soldiers. Cemetery research is an essential part of genealogy and many old graves are present. One of the interesting facets of searching old tombstones is how the review of death occasions fits the history of a community. For example, young children who all died about the same time suggests a childhood disease such as measles, whooping cough, etc. The location of a small monument near the mother without a date suggests a childbirth death. The sentiment written upon the tombstones add flavor to that age and reveals tender stories. The book Jackson County Cemeteries by Jeannette Holland Austin is included in the cemetery databases and available to members of Georgia Pioneers

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Starting Again

Covered Wagon Frequently, the ancestors seemed to be starting over, beginning anew. This happened more than once during their life time. In like manner, we sometimes have to restart the same research, over and over again. But the task is always the same and that is to locate them during specified periods of time, i.e., the date they entered a county, and the date that they left. Then we have to find the greener grass which they found, and begin again. This exercise is what makes genealogy so interesting!

Our Ancestors Lived with the Bugs

Bearded Iris The modern world has elected to kill bugs and varmints with insecticide, anything and everything which inflicts itself upon the growing of vegetables, fruits and flowers. Did we create a perfect situation, or open a pandora box of poisons? Remember, doing away with DNT and other poisons ? Interestingly, this generation has to relearn the old way of planting certain vegetabless amongst certain flowers, and so on. Seems that digging in the dirt is a healthy attachment to good germs, perhaps even those which we purchase in bottles of probiotics! Too, they planted the land from East to West as they gathered seeds and pioneered across America. And families relate these special events to their children as they note which trees or plants were transported from the old country.

Good Preservation of Records in Jackson County ...

New Jackson County Georgia Court House I was most pleased some years back when I visited the new Jackson County, Georgia Court House. From the date of the county formation, the records are in tact and in good condition. Impressive is the display of plat books which reveal detailed locations and designs of property owners dating from the earliest settlers. Jackson was taken from Franklin County and many of the first settlers are found in both locations. This is good to know because many grants were granted to Revolutionary War veterans in Franklin County.

Search Public Libraries for more Genealogical Data

Macon Memorial Library A surprising amount of genealogy records rest in local libraries, genealogy books, microfilm and other materials. Remember, as these facilities are a subject of donations and budgetary receipts, their holdings vary. But this is good. For one. people have put onto microfilm their diaries, family histories, bibles, cemetery and church records, as a starter. The LDS church has thousands of microfiche of donated genealogies. What I am saying is that there is a lot of miscellanous genealogy out there which is not on anyone's website. At the Georgia State Archives, the loose genealogies are contained in folders. The Georgian Room of the Cobb County Library houses collections of loose-leaf quarterlies for a number of States. By far, the Washington Memorial Library has the largest microfilm collection for most States. Just a starter for ideas. Researchers are still hanging out at the library!

What is Next after Census Records?

Census records provide but a small amount of information about the family, beginning about 1790 through 1840. The names and ages of all family members are not listed until 1850 forward. That means that the average researcher's visit to the past in census records is only about 167 years. Next, is search court house records, many of which survived back to the origin of the county. In Virginia and South Carolina this is early 1600. In Georgia it is 1771. All of Chatham County records survived in Georgia and all of Charleston, South Carolina. Henrico and Essex Counties represent some of the earliest surviving records in Virginia. Between 1600 and 1850, there is a lot of researching ahead! County records are the answer. The researcher should examine old wills, estates, marriages, tax digests, deeds and any and everything in which his ancestor may have been involved. The Inferior Court records reveal tidbits of information concerning those persons who worked on the roads, personal squabbles, etc. The Probate Court contains marriages, wills, and estates and are quite revealing. The Circuit Courts and Court of Common Pleas also contain a wide variety of information. The next stop is usually the parish records in England which are written in Latin and the old Colonial Script.

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Jackson County

The earliest settlement in this area commenced ca 1784 with a small group of Revolutionary War veterans who settled on Franklin County's ceded lands. Jackson County was created in 1801 from portions of Franklin County. It was named after James Jackson, Revolutionary War hero, US Senator and the Governor who had to deal with the fraud involved in the Yazoo Land Act. The county originally covered 1800 square miles however from 1801 until 1914 portions were taken from Jackson to form parts of the present counties of Clarke, Oconee, Madison, Gwinnett, Hall, Walton, Banks, and Barrow. Many Revolutionary War Soldiers from South Carolina settled in Franklin County, and Franklin and Jackson should be searched together.

Jackson County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • Jackson County Deed Book A (abstracted).
  • Jackson County Wills 1802-1860 (abstracts)

Images of Jackson County Wills 1802 to 1860

Testator's Names: Adair, William M.; Adams, John; Adams, Thomas R. G.; Allen, William; Allison, James; Angel, Ann; Anthony, Mary; Bagby, George; Bailey, William; Barker, Lewis; Barnet, Samuel; Barr, James;Barron, Thomas; Baugh, Josiah; Beard, Janet; Beavers, James;Beavers, William;Bennet, Micajah;Bennett, William;Blalock, Josiah L.; Booth, James;Borders, Isaac; Borders, Michael;Borders, Stephen; Boring, Isaac; Bostain, Matthew; Bowen, Owen J.;Boyle, Peter; Bradford, George; Braselton, Jacob, Sr.; Brazeal, Elizabeth;Brazeal, Frederick; Brooks, Middleton; Burson, Isaac; Carmichael, John; Brown, Lemuel;Carrel, James; Cash, John; Cash, Patrick;c Castleberry, William; Carter, John Martin; Chandler, Sterling; Chandler, Tabitha; Clark, Johnston; Cochran, James; Cochran, Mary; Coleman, John; Collins, Zachariah; Cowen, Elijah; Craft, Hannah; Craft, Polly; Crawford, John M.; Crisler, Absalom; Culpepper, Joseph; Cunningham, Ansel; Cunningham, Andrew; Cunningham, Elizabeth; Cunningham, Joseph T.; Cunningham, Mary; Cureton, Martha; Cureton, William; Dalton, John D.; Damron, Charles; David, Pittman; Davis, Joseph; Day, William; Deal, William; Dean, Shadrack; Dickson, David; Dixon, Solomon; Dougherty, Charles; Elmore, James; Embry, Boley; Few, Leonidas; Finley, Mary; Flagg, Chandler; Fowler, Nathan; Furman, Jonathan; Gathright, William; Gideon, James Jr.; Gilbert, John; Goodman, John T.; Green, James; Haggard, Samuel; Hancock, John; Hanson, Thomas; Hargroves, James; Harper, Alexander; Harris, Jesse; Harris, Joseph; Harrison, Coleman; Harrison, Joseph; Hays, Benjamin; Hays, George; Headen, George; Headen, William Sr.; Heard, Elizabeth; Heard, Richard; Heard, William; Henderson, David; Henderson, James; Henderson, John; Henderson, Josiah; Henderson, Samuel; Henderson, Samuel; Hendrix, Fennel; Hickman, William; Hines, Lewis; Hobson, Nicholas; Hodge, James; Holliday, Robert; Holmes, David; Horton, Prosser; Howard, Hardy; Howard, Sarah; Hughey, Joseph; Humphries, Joseph; Jarrett, Martha; Johnson, Thomas; Johnson, Thomas; Jones, Jane; Jones, Russel; Justus, John; Kerbow, Solomon; Key, Tandy; King, John; King, John; Knox, Samuel; Landrum, Joseph; Langford, William; Langston, Samuel; Lay, Elijah; Legg, Nathaniel; Lowry, Levi; Lowry, Martha; Martin, John; Martin, William D.; Matthews, William; McCarty, John; McCleskey, James; McDowell, Margaret; McDowell, Michael; McElhannon, John; McGehee, Nathan; McKinney, Charles; McKinney, Charles; McLester, Joseph; Miller, John; Minish, Elizabeth; Minish, Isaac; Minish, John; Moon, Robert; Moore, William Sr.; Morgan, Alexander; Morgan, William; Morris, Henry C.; Morris, John; Nash, James; Nash, Margaret; Neil, Thomas; Nicholson, Ann; Nixon, Travis; Olliver, Elijah Orr, James; Park, Hannah; Patton, Samuel G.; Pendergross, Edwin; Pettyjohn, Jacob; Petty, Adah; Pharr, Frances; Philips, Thomas; Pickins, John; Pool, Samuel; Potts, Henry; Potts, William; Randolph, Wood; Ratchford, Joseph; Reynolds, William; Redmon, Benjamin; Roberson, Aley; Robinson, John; Rogers, James; Rogers, John; Rogers, John; Ryan, Obedience; Scisson, John; Scott, Joseph; Scott, William; Shankle, James; Sharp, Nathan; Sharp, Noah; Shaw, William; Shields, Joseph; Shotwell, Nathaniel; Slaton, Uriah; Smith, James; Smith, James; Smith, Mary; Snow, Henry; Stapler, Ruth; Stapler, Thomas; Stewart, Mary; Stockton, Benjamin; Stoneham, Henry;Story, Thomas;Stovall, John;Street, Samuel;Strickland, Elizabeth;Tait, James; Thornton, Dozier;Thornton, Mark; Thurmond, Harrison;Thurmond, James;Thurmond, William;Titsworth, Isaac;Trent, Nathaniel;Trout, Sarah;Walker, Elizabeth;Walker, Henry;Wallace, Rachel;Wallis, Levi;Walters, John;Wallace, achel;Watson, Obediah; Weatherford, Charles; Welborn, James;Wheeler, James;White, Jesse; Whittingham, Daniel; Whitworth, Jacob;Williamson, Micajah;Williamson, William; Wills, Thomas; Wilson, Samuel; Wilson, Thomas; Winters, John; Winters, Richard;Witt, Middleton; Wofford, Absalom; Wood, Milton; Wright, John.

Index to Probate Records

  • Wills and Appraisements 1796-1814
  • Wills and Appraisements 1860-1888
  • Inferior Court Minutes
  • Marriages from Court House 1806 to 1861
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
  • Origins of Early Settlers
  • Land Warrants 1798 to 1805 (images of)
  • Map of Jackson County.

Traced Genealogies:
Jackson County Families

  • Benton
  • Blackwell
  • Gunter
  • Hillhouse
  • Key
  • Pentecost
  • Randolph
  • Ross
  • Storey
  • Thompson
  • Traylor
  • Trout
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