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  • Will Book A Transcribed (1793-1807).
  • Will Book A Transcribed (1793-1807).
  • Will Book A Abstracted (1793-1807).

    Indexes to Oglethorpe County Probate Records

  • Will Book B Transcribed (1807-1826).
  • Will Book B Transcribed (1807-1826).
  • Will Bk C (1826-1834).
  • Will Bk D (1833-1866).
  • Will Bk E (1863-1886).
  • Annual Returns (1798-1814)
  • Annual Returns (1815-1830)
  • Annual Returns and Estates (1815-1831)
  • Annual Returns (1822-1828)
  • Annual Returns (1828-1837)
  • Annual Returns (1830-1832)


  • Marriages from Newspapers (1885-1886)

    Miscellaneous Wills & Estates

    • David Barnett (1835)
    • William Lumpkin (1847)
    • Alexander McEwen (1827)
    • A. D. Matthews (1897)
    • Berry Matthews (1845)
    • John P. Matthews
    • William Matthews (1804)
    • William Matthews (1878)

    • Origins of Early Settlers Traced Genealogies:
      Oglethorpe County Families

    Bowling Collier Crowley Finch
    Freeman Gilmer Gilmore Goolsby
    Greenwood Hardeman Harvie Hatchett
    Hodge Lankford Lester McElroy
    Olive Phillips Richardson Stubblefield
    Traylor Warnock Wise

    Philomath, Georgia

    Philomath Presbyterian ChurchAfter the Revolutionary War as veterans took up land grants in Oglethorpe County, large cotton plantations emerged and helped to build a community. The Philomath Presbyterian Church was established ca 1829, its name having been suggested by Alexander Stephens who noted that the residents were supportive of the Reid Academy and had a high regard for education. Hence, "Philopmath", meaning "love of knowledge."
  • John Hardman

    There were two brothers of Welsh decent who came from Augusta County, Virginia. One, went to Tennessee. However, John Hardman settled in Lexington, Georgia where he took up a land grant for military services. He died there about 1796. His son, John Hardman, was one of the first clerks of the Superior Court and married a daughter of the Atlanta real estate philanthropist, Vines Collier.

    Thutmose I, the Pharaoh of the Exodus?

    Thutmose I It is always interesting to acquire family stories and details from relatives, however, it is wise to double-check the facts. The reason is that time periods are often confused. Examine the plight of the archaeologist who employ modern methods to determine age. Yet, there are always mistakes. Take the search for physical evidence that Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt during the reign of Ramsees II. Most scholars insisted that this was during the reign of Ramsees II who ruled from 1290 to 1224 B. C. (19th dynasty). Yet there is nothing to prove this theory. There are, however, mass graves indicating that some sort of plague struck the land along the Nile (the seven bad years during the time of Joseph) as well as peasant cities in Goshen which helps to centralize the patrioh Joseph in this time period. Such evidence (there is more) suggests that Moses did not remove the Jews around 1300 B.C., rather some 200 years earlier and that Thutmose I or Amenhotep II was the pharaoh of the exodus. Thus, placing the exodus 200 years before it occurred would find no physical evidence. We tend to make the same mistakes while remembering family. I use a rule of thumb of 33.3 years per generation and consider the average age to marry (for particular eras), average life span, etc., then assign an "ca" in front of possible dates of births/deaths. It is a rough guide-line but helps to keep me in the same generation. Then, I prepare a family group sheet for each family, while keenly observing duplicate or similar names. The information from relatives is useful in many different ways. I write down their exact words. Then, later on, when I have a fact or two, reconsider the possibilities in that source of information.

    Names of Families in Oglethorpe County Wills and Estates

    Oglethorpe CountyOglethorpe County was created on December 19, 1793 from Wilkes County and was named for General James Edward Oglethorpe the founder of the Georgia colony in 1733. The Creeks and Cherokees occupied this territory prior to that time. In 1794 a portion of Greene County was added to Oglethorpe, and the Oglethorpe/Greene county border shifted several times in 1799. In 1811, Madison County was created taking land from Oglethorpe. In 1813, Oglethorpe acquired land from Clarke County. Taliaferro County took land from Oglethorpe in 1831, and Oglethorpe received land from Madison County in 1842. The first permanent settlements in what is now Oglethorpe County were along the Broad River and was settled by Virginia planters in the 1780s and along Long Creek near the town of Lexington.

    Are you the one with "all the Family Stories?"

    1960s service station Seems like in every family there is someone who has tons of family stories to tell, if only the grandchildren will listen! In the past when I traveled about researching the ancestors, there was always a "town history." Someone would always say ""Go to Miss Brown. She knows about everybody!" Too, I recall stopping at service stations, asking where people were buried. This worked so well, that I found just about all my ancestors. These great irreplaceable resources seems to have disappeared. Heard this? "Oh, I wish I could remember all the stories grandmother told." Where are the stories? Tracing is tedious work, however the labor is not for nought because we can can tell a story to our children which will live in their hearts forever. Maybe there is no longer a town crier of family stories, however, but today there is a powerful resource in the internet. Perhaps we can remember to share using this medium. As a genealogist, I post some of my best stories and discoveries on the county pages of all of the pioneer websites.