Liberty County Genealogy Records Available to Members
- Map of Liberty County.
- Midway Cemetery, a List of all burials
- Deaths from State of Georgia 1919-1925
- Images of Liberty County 1870 Residents, Physical Descriptions of Persons
Indexes to Probate Records
- Estate Index 1784-1791 (Digital Image).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames A (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames B (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames C (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames D (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames E (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames F (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames G (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames H (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames J(Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames K (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames L (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames M (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames N (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames O (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames P (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames Q (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames R (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames S (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames T (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames V (Digital Images).
- Estates 1784-1791, Surnames W (Digital Images).
- Index to Wills and Appraisements,Book A, 1789-1823.
- Index to Wills and Appraisements, Bk B, 1824-1850.
- Index to Liberty Wills and Appraisements, Bk C, 1863-1873.
- Index to Wills 1863-1942.
- Abstracts of Wills 1772-1887
Digital Images of Wills 1779 to 1823, Book ATestators: Austin, Henry
Austin, Sarah Ann Bacon, Martha Bacon, Thomas Baker, Artemas Baker, Benjamin Baker, Elijah Baker, John Ichabod Baker, Nathaniel Baker, Susanna Baker, Thomas, Jr. Baker, William Ball, Edward Bennet, Elizabeth Bell, William F. Bennett, Hugh Bennett, Rebecca Bon, Richard Brown, Francis Brown, Mary Burnby, Samuel Burnley, Thomas Butler, Shadrach Cantey, James Carter, Hepworth Carter, James Carter, Martha Christopher, Spencer Cochran, James Cole, James A. Cooper, Richard Crews, Isham Cubbedge, Ann Cuthbert, Alexander Cuthbert, Isaac Douse, Gideon Dunham, Margaret Elliott, Daniel Robert Feaster, Catharine Fickling, Elizabeth Fleming, William Foster, John Fraser, John E. Fraser, Mary Ann Fraser, Simon Fraser, William Girardeau, Ann Girardeau, John Bohun Girardeau, Rebecca Girardeau, Sarah Goulding, Thomas Graham, James Graham, William Graves, John Greene, Samuel T. Harrell, Isaac Hastings, Archibald Hastings, Catherine Hay, M. Hext, John Hinson, Clayborn Jeffries, Nancy Jones, Samuel Jones, Susannah H. King, Thomas Ladson, Margaret Lambert, John Lambright, John Lambright, Margaret Lanchester, Thomas Law, Mary E. Lawson, John, Sr. Lewis, Elijah Lewis, Joseph Lines, Samuel Lockerman, Persiana Lowe, John Mallard, Lazarus Mallard, Sarah Mansell, Josiah Martin, Alexander Martin, Martin Maxwell, Sarah McCollough, Hugh McCollough, James McLair, Lewis Munroe, Elizabeth Myers, Daniel Norman, Ann Osgood, John Osgood, Josiah Peacock, John Porter, A. Powell, Elizabeth Powell, James Quarterman, Joseph Quarterman, Rebecca Quarterman, Richard Quarterman, Thomas Robarts, ThomasSallett, Robert Salters, Samuel Sapelo, Elias Sandifer, William Case Schmidt, Egideas Henry Shave, Richard Shepard, Edward Shepard, Mary Shepard, Thomas Simpson, James Singleton, Thomas Smith, James Spalding, John Spears, John Spencer, Rebecca Spencer, Samuel Stevens, Joseph Stevens, Thomas Stone, Elizabeth Sumner, Edward Walker, Charles Walker, Joel Way, Ann Way, Susannah Way, William Webb, John Wilkins, Hampden Winn, Joseph Winn, Sarah Wood, John Wood, Joseph Woodward, William
Digital Images of Estates 1823 to 1829Testators: Bacon, Thomas F.
Elden, James Hughes, Elizabeth Lambright, James Ross, Fannie Winn, Peter
Digital Images of Wills and Estates 1789 to 1823Testators:Austin, Isaiah Bacon, Martha, Baker, Artemus, Baker, John, Baker, Nathaniel, Baker, Susanna, Baker, Thomas, Baker, William, Ball, Edward, Bennet, Rebecca, Bennett, Elizabeth, Bennett, Hugh, Box, Richard, Brown, Francis, Bunnley, Samuel, Cantey, James, Carter, James, Cole, James, Cooper, Richard , Crews, Isham, Cuthbert, Daniel, Dollar, John, Dowse, Gideon, Dunham, Margaret ,Fickling, Elizabeth, Foster, John, Girardeau, John, Graves, John, Hastings, Archibald, Hext, John, Jeffries, Nancy, King, Thomas, Lambert, John, Lanchaster, Thomas , Law, Mary, Lawson, John ,Lewis, Elijah , Limbough, John,Lines, Samuel, Lockerman, Persiana, Mallard, Elizabeth, Maxwell, Isaiah, Mill, John, Minson, Clayton, Myers, Daniel, Newman, Ann, Osgood, John, Osgood, Josiah, Planter, William, Porter, A., Powell, Elizabeth, Quarterman, Joseph, Quarterman, Rebecca , Quarterman, Thomas, Quarterman, William, Robart, John, Sallers, Samuel , Sallett, Robert , Schmidt, Henry, Shepard, Mary , Shepard, Thomas , Simpson, Jerome, Singleton, Thomas , Spears, John , Stevens, Joseph, Stevens, Thomas, Summer, Edward , Summer, Thomas , Van Youesck, Wendell , Walker, Charles , Walker, Joel , Way, Ann , Winn, Isaiah , Winn, Joseph ,Wood, John, Wood, Joseph ,Woodward, William
Ships Lost at SeaFor 169 years vessels crossed the Atlantic into the American colonies. The adventure cost numerous lives and property and vessels went down in storms and were caught on sand bars. Some vessels bound for Virginia, for example, found it necessary to unload their cargo in the ports of New England. When General Oglethorpe engaged the first vessel to the Colony of Georgia, the captain refused to go any further south than Port Royal. Hence, its passengers had to travel by foot into Georgia. Only today through the use of sonar equipment are we realizing that thousands of vessels sank in the shipping lanes traveling their routes from Europe and the West Indies to the American ports. An examination of the deed records of Sunbury, Georgia in Liberty County reveals contracts between ship captains and colonists. The content usually specifies that if the goods do not arrive by a date certain, or if the cargo is spoilt, the captain will not be paid. There is a good reason because the seas were fraught with storms, hurricanes , and sandbars. As one studies these deeds, it is quite obvious that deliveries were not always made in a timely fashion which prompted the captain to bring an official complaint. Ultimately, the resort town of Sunbury was destroyed by a hurricane about 1800. A visit to the site is laughable. It is privately owned today and one cannot help but wonder how this remotely situated site between Charleston and Savannah housed more than 400 homes and a thriving economy. Yet the records reflect that it did. The loss of thousands of vessels during the colonial years means that the ships manifest and passenger lists also sank. This means that the collection of Immigration records at the National Archives is but a small percentage of a truer picture and it serves to emphasize the need to examine more closely "
all surviving" county records from the earliest times. All of Charleston, South Carolina's records are intact, including affidavits and deeds pertaining to the affairs of the colonists. Although it is difficult to read 17th and 18th-century documents, it is quite necessary, if ever we are to get to comprehend the whole picture and trace further back on the ancestors. The growing collection of Pioneer Families affords the genealogist images of actual documents, such as wills, estates, marriages, deeds, etc. A subscription is offered under 8 Genealogy Websites,
Digital Images of Unbound Wills and Estates 1824 to 1833. Note: This will book has no index and this is the first indexed record, Testators:
- Anderson, William, estate
- Austin, Henry, estate
- Austin, Joseph
- Axson, Sam, et al
- Bacon, Francis F., estate
- Bacon, Joseph
- Bacon, Thomas F.
- Bacon, Thomas W.
- Baker, Richard Jr.
- Baker, Thomas Jr., estate
- Baker, William, estate
- Bennett, Matthew, estate
- Bradford, Ann, estate
- Bradford, John
- Butler, Henry N.
- Butler, Shem, orphans of
- Campbell, John
- Carter, Phebe
- DeLoach, Hardy
- Dregnors, John M.
- Elders, James, estate
- Elliott, John, estate
- Footman, Richard
- Foster, William
- Fraser, Donald
- Goulding, Palmer, estate
- Gowen, John W.
- Hargroves, Joseph
- Holmes, James, estate
- Hughes, Elizabeth
- Laing, Robert
- Law, Benjamin
- Law, Joseph
- Lewis, Drusilla
- Lewis orphans et al
- Lewis, Samuel
- Limbright, James
- Mall, William T.
- Mallard, Amarintha, orphan et al
- Maxwell, James A., estate
- McConnell, Robert C.
- Mell, Benjamin, Sr.
- Mills, Mary Ann
- Mills, Mary Jane, estate
- Norman, Joseph
- Norman, William, estate
- Osgood, William
- Ross, Francis, estate
- Screven, John Odinsells
- Smith, John W., estate
- Smith, William Jr. (bond), guardian of John Madison Smith, orphan of John W. Smith, deceased
- Stacy, James
- Stacy, James, et al
- Stewart, Daniel (General)
- Stewart, Sarah
- Stewart orphans
- Taliaferro, Lydia
- Tanner, William
- Walthour, Andrew, estate
- Walthour, Elizabeth
- Ward, William
- Way, John
- Webb, Thomas J., estate
- Wilkins, Mary
- Wilson, Josiah
- Wilson guardians
- Wilson orphans
- Winn, Peter
Unbound Wills and Estates 1834 to 1856. Note: This will book has no index and this is the first indexed record, Testators: Andrews, Micajah, Ashmore, John, Austin, Mary, Bacon, Augustus O., Bacon, Thomas , Baker, Edmund, Baker, Elijah, Bacon, Jonathan, Broughton, John C., Butler, Henry, Currie, John, Hart, C. T., Hendley, Sarah , Hendry, Ann , Hendry, Robert , Hines, Lewis, Howard, Christian , Jones, Joseph , Jones, Mary , Jones, Samuel, Ladson, Mary Ann, Lanford, Joshua, Lanford, Susannah, Law, Joseph, Law, Sanuel S. , Lee, Elizabeth, Lines, Dorcas, Mallard, Elizabeth Quarterman, Martin, John, Martin, Lanetta , Maxwell, Audley, Maybank, Andrew, McGowen, Joseph, McDonald, Randle, orphan , McGowen, Sarah, Mell, Elizabeth , Mell, John S. , Mell, John S., estate, Miller, James B. , Miller, John, Moody, James Sr. , Morgan, Levender , Nelmes, Elizabeth, Osgood, Rebecca, Parker, Solomon, Powers, Anne , Quarterman, Elizabeth, Quarterman, John L. , Quarterman, Robert, Quarterman, Sarah, Russell, Mary, Screven, Charles O., Smith, William Jr., guardian of John Madison Smith, Stevens, Mary , Way, Moses W. , Wilkins, Paul Hamilton , Wilson, Josiah, estate , Winn, Ann , Woods, orphans
Miscellaneous Wills, deeds and estates (transcripts and digital images)Edward Ball, John Goulding, Thomas King, General Washington Smith deeds to Henry Strum, White, William Smith deed to Brown, Dunwoody, William Smith deed to William Dyess Jr., Baxter Smith deed to Matthews.
- Loose Marriages 1785-1789
- Loose Marriages 1790-1799
- Loose Marriages 1800-1809
- Loose Marriages 1810-1813
- Loose Marriages 1814-1816
- 1863 Georgia Militia, includes names, where born, age
- Confederate Indigent Soldiers, Widows, Rolls and Claims 1909-1915
- Confederate Pensions
Genealogy Research includes Mariners and VesselsOnce we pose the question "
why" we are on the right track. Imagine a dangerous and tumultuous voyage across the Atlantic. Do you have fear of getting lost? Or. being sunk in a storm? When one considers the vast number of lost vessels discovered at the bottom of the sea dating back several hundred years, it is easy to understand that our ancestors indeed took a risk. Yet, although vessels were required to keep a manifest of their passengers and cargo, they were not turned over to the port master in a timely manner. Months could have passed after the actual voyage. Although the National Archives has a collection of ship manifests, it is incomplete for many reasons. Another point of interest is that when mariners set out to deliver supplies, they signed a contract concerning possible loss. I found several contracts for cargo to be delivered to Sunbury, Georgia during colonial days. They were in the deed records. Oftentimes, the cargo was spoiled. This is because of delays in the passage. Had I not read the colonial deeds, I would have never known that Sunbury was an active port city and resort town for New Englanders before the American Revolutionary War. This popular resort town was destroyed, however, in the hurricane of 1800.
The Lost Town of Sunbury
Norwegians to GeorgiaThe Norwegians have a unique immigration path into the United States from Norway. Generally, they arrived in Canada before crossing into Minnesota. That is not to say that families did not move about independently to areas where there were no Norwegians. Such was the case of a Norwegian sailor by the name of Captain Iverson, who settled in Liberty County some time about the close of the 18th century. Alfred Iverson 1798-1813), a U. S. Senator from Georgia, descends. The senator was removed to Columbus, Georgia where he studied law and was buried in the Linwood Cemetery.
The Lost Town of SunburyDeep in the entrails of Liberty County lies the old town of Sunbury. After General Oglethorpe left Georgia, one of his officers Colonel Mark Carr who was granted lots of acreages, donated over 500 acres of land to a town in 1757. Carr maintained a substantial plantation and was a prominent force towards wealth and prosperity. Before the Revolutionary War, Sunbury thrived as a popular seaport town which attracted residents of New England who built homes for their winter residence and supported as many as five wharves along the Medway River. Around 1800 the town was struck by a hurricane and afterward, fevers. During the War of 1812, the port was occupied by American soldiers to protect Georgia against an attack by the British. Thereafter, the area seemed to have vanished. When I visited the region in 1966, only a portion of the arch into the port was still standing. The property was privately owned and being used as a farm. The pier and cottages were gone. The old cemetery was sunken into the dirt and tombstones were difficult to read. The Colonial Deed Records of Georgia reveal a thriving port whereby goods were received and shipped, contracts made with merchant ships detailing cargoes provide information as to its residents. In 1758 the town plat showed 496 lots arranged around three large squares.
The Flemings of SunburyElizabeth and Helen Fleming, the young daughters of the late David Fleming of Sunbury, Georgia, who formerly resided in Edinburgh, Scotland, chose Dr. John Irvine of Sunbury and John Wallace, a Savannah merchant, as guardians. They were entitled to the estate, along with their sisters, Jean and Beatrix Fleming as the nearest of kin to the proceeds of the estate of their deceased uncle, Lieutenant Boswell, late of Edinburgh, as well as to that of their father. This information came from the Chatham County Deeds and these connections would have remained unknown had those deeds not been read.
Names of Families in Liberty County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Cemeteries, MapsMany colonials who settled in Savannah also owned large rice plantations in Liberty County. Also, after General Oglethorpe removed the regiment to England in 1744, residents of Frederica began moving into Liberty. Liberty County, located in the southeastern portion of the state on the Georgia coast, was one of the seven Georgia counties created from the original colonial parishes on February 5, 1777. The Guale Indians inhabited that area from prehistoric times, and in the eighteenth century, the tribe became a part of the Muskogee or Creek Confederation. The Spanish placed a mission on St. Catherines Island in the late sixteenth century among the Guale Indians. After General Oglethorpe left St. Simons Island, some of the settlers to Frederica were removed into Liberty County, settling on large tracts of land grants. In 1752 after the Charter was surrendered, the land was opened up to large parties and congregations for settlement. A group of Puritans from Dorchester, South Carolina (originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts) took up large land grants and developed communities such as Midway and Sunbury, a thriving Colonial port. In 1777, Liberty County was officially created.
Envision the Activites of Colonial Days to Help Find AncestorsIn colonial days, the mode of transportation was local rivers whose tributaries also flowed into other waters, as well as the sea. It is not too difficult to determine the first residents of an area and then compare those names to other regions. For example, the Gibbons and Bryans had estates and relatives in Savannah and in Liberty County which were frequently visited by water. Ferries located along the Savannah River between Edgecombe, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia accommodated other families such as the Butlers and Youngbloods. Vessels from Europe as well as the West Indies frequented the coasts. Families in New England visited the Georgia resort, Sunbury, and built cottages. Thus, this remote village in Liberty County became a fashionable sojourn for winter residents long before the onset of the Revolutionary War. Plats are excellent resources in determining where people resided. If you can discover the names of neighbors and friends, more avenues of interest enter the horizon. We cannot assume that the colonials were without means of socialization because they were active in contacting and writing letters to relatives and friends.
Families who Settled MidwayIn many instances, families and friends traveled together. Also, whole congregations of people moved from place to place, searching for religious freedom and fertile farming lands. Such was the instance of the Puritans who came from Dorchester, Massachusetts to Dorchester, South Carolina, and finally to Midway, Georgia during the mid-seventeen hundreds. The old neighborhood today is near Boston and consists of six square miles. It was founded in 1630 by Puritans from Dorchester, Dorset, England. Dorchester, South Carolina is situated on the Ashley River and was founded in February of 1696 by the followers of Rev. Joseph Lord from Massachusetts. The town was abandoned in 1751 when it was removed to Midway. Midway is located halfway between Savannah and Darien. The cemetery is a lovely setting of brick and wrought-iron ornamentation and pleasant to visit. A complete record of burials is available to members of Georgia Pioneers. The old church is huge in diameter, having a balcony for easy viewing of the pulpit. Families were provided enclosed pews, but that did not prevent the preacher from using his long prodding stick should a member nap during the sermon. The area was agriculturally productive and active socially, with friends coming from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to spend the winter at the resort town of Sunbury. Also, people in Liberty County attended this coastal resort during summer to protect against mosquitoes and malaria. Since this mid-region was primarily settled after King George assumed possession of the Georgia Colony in 1752 and during a time when slaves were first permitted into the colony, prosperity abounded in this section more so than anywhere else.
The Children of PrideThe history which is taught in school has little to do with the actual past. Southerners were always depicted as illiterate farmers because they grew the crops and shipped them to northern factories. However, there is overwhelming evidence that they were instead well-read, articulate ladies and gentlemen whose education far excels that of today. A " a person of letters" aptly describes the proper use of verbs, nouns, and pronouns, and the phraseology contained in old diaries and war letters reflects that quality families resided in remote places out in the country. The Children of Pride by Robert Manson Myers is a collection of letters written by the Jones families during the Civil War. The Jones resided on a plantation in South Georgia, in the isolated community of Midway, Georgia. Some 1200 letters were written, packed with vocabulary, style, and the beauteous cursive writing. Although in a back-woods setting, the Jones family carefully reflected upon their correspondence, taking time to " keep up with their letters" as the expression goes, meaning that writing letters helped to retain grammar, vocabulary, and educational skills.
Puritans to Midway, GeorgiaPuritans, Michael and Joanna Bacon, born ca 1670, migrated from England to Pennsylvania, then to Dorchester, South Carolina, and were the founders of the movement in Liberty County. Their minister had acquired large land grants for his congregation in Liberty County at Midway. The South Carolina Governor was a factor in encouraging Puritans to move into Georgia because he said that there was a great opportunity in the Colony and fertile lands. The first minister in Midway was Rev. Osgood and the old Puritan Church at Midway, Georgia still stands. Midway is halfway between Darien and Savannah. The cemetery is across the street from the church building and contains the graves of its original settlers who were emigrants from Dorchester, South Carolina. The Bacon lineage is traced and available to members of Georgia Pioneers (In the Library, click on " Colonial " Puritans were industrious persons as well as religious and built a thriving community in Midway after 1752 when the Trustees surrendered the Charter to King George. The homeplace was situated on the Midway River. A son, Thomas, petitioned for 500 acres of land on Little Mortar, stating that he had a wife and eleven slaves.
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