How to Learn the Occupation of your Ancestor
Know the occupation of your ancestor is very importing in locating him during different time lines. For example, if your ancestor was a railroad worker, then you would need to acquire a map of the railroad which served the area and study its history of laying tracks. One this information is learned, you can just about discern where he was at any given time. Here are a few suggestions as to how to find occupations, viz: census records beginning in 1850, military draft records, city directories, Memoirs of Georgia for biographical sketches of families, Encyclopedia of Georgia, Men of Mark, etc. City Directories are particularly useful because the occupation, street address and family members are listed. An examination of the addresses in the neighborhood help fill in the gaps of the local stores, neighbors and occupations.
McDuffie County Families
Quakers into Georgia
Most of quakers who settled in Wrightsboro came from Virginia and North Carolina. As families moved about, they went from one Meeting House to another. Some just seemed to follow their families into new territory. Such was the case of Richard Austin of Pittsylvania County, Virginia who joined his friends in Wrightsboro about 1770. This was during the year during which the quakers were formulating in Georgia. For those researching quakers, it is necessary to peruse all of the volumes the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy by Hinshaw because this great work includes those who went from Meeting House to Meeting House and State to State and it is a record their births, deaths and baptisms. The to boundary changes, the records of Wrightsboro are found in Richmond, Columbia and McDuffie Counties. Today, that area is known as Thomson, Georgia. If you follow the deed descriptions with particular attention to the creeks and rivers as well the names of the adjoining landowners, it is easy to discern the neighborhood.
Oldest Stone House in Georgia
The Register of Historical Places in Georgia puts the home built by Thomas Ansley as the oldest stone house in the State. New York and New Jersey had its Society of Friends organizations, and Ansley came down from Monmouth County passing through North Carolina to Wrightsboro where he finally settled with the other families settling the area during the early 18th century.
McDuffie County Wills, Estates, Church Records, Maps, 1870 Residents
McDuffie County is the home of the first Quaker settlement in Georgia, called Wrightsboro. However, this region originally fell into Richmond and Columbia Counties and those records should also be researched for quaker ancestors. McDuffie County was created from Columbia and Warren counties on Oct. 18, 1870 and was named for George McDuffie (1790-1851), the former South Carolina Governor, Congressman, and U.S. Senator. Thomson is the county seat and the location of the old Quaker Village known as Wrightsboro (formerly Columbia County, now McDuffie). The "Friends" came from North Carolina in 1770 and settled along Germany Creek. Early Settlers: Judge E. S. Harrison, Dr. William Andrew Martin, Charles Washington Matthews, Dr. William Marion Pitts and Colonel John Allen Wilkerson.
McDuffie County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to McDuffie County Will Book A
- Index to McDuffie County Inventories, Sales, Appraisements, Years' Support (1871-1927)<
- McDuffie County 1870 Residents
- Map of McDuffie County
Map of old Wrightsboro Township
Images of McDuffie County Wills (1872-1885)
- Quaker Church Records, Baptisms, Births, Marriages, Deaths from Wrightsboro Meeting House
Testators: Ansley, Elam; Bacon, Nicholas C.; Barton, Willoughby; Bolton, Benjamin F.; Cason, John F.;Collins, Louisa;Davis, Elisha;Dozier, James F.;Faucett, Anderson;Gerald, Mary;Goins, Nancy;Hamilton, Thomas;Hampton, Henry;Hampton, Preston;Holzendorf, George H.;Ivie, James A.;Johnson, Amos;Lazenby, John M.;May, John;McGehee, Samuel; McKinney, Henry;McLean, William;Neal, James; Odum, Margaret;Paschall, Short;Printup, Jacob;Watson, Thomas;West. Eliza.
McDuffie County Wills (abstracts) 1886 to 1930
Databases of Georgia's Largest Genealogy Website
Wrightsboro Meeting House, Thomson, Georgia ca 1810
Hickory Hill Plantation (on the National Register)
Alexandria, built ca 1805.
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