Inferior Court Records are Important to Finding Ancestors
The records kept at court houses are invaluable to discovering the ancestors. That is because the records include written evidence into the affairs of families. Written, signed and witnessed. That is why a thorough examination of all of those books is so important. Old wills and estates include the names of neighbors, friends and relatives. Those are the neighbors, signing and witnessing. Deeds, Marriages, Wills, Inventories, Sales, Annual Returns, Tax Digests, etc. should be examined. Inferior Court Minutes is an interesting book which contains records of those called to work on roads, descriptions of places, local politics, neighbors, etc. There is a certain feel of the past when reading the entire record concerning everyone in the neighborhood. An examination of local graveyards provides even more data, and if we look closely, there are clues as to whom the daughters married.
History Explains EverythingThe detective work of the genealogist is never complete. The reason is that there are so many questions concerning where they resided, origins, and the reason that they were on the move. The answers are embedded in history. A perusal of a local church cemetery provides such answers on tombstone inscriptions, as chlorea, dystentary and other diseases which swept across the communities of early settlers. Other sources are military records, such as the local militia frequently called out to fight Indians. Or, was it the Revolutionary War when people left home for three-month spans to fight the enemy and afterwards took up land elsewhere? There were primitive forts throughout Georgia all during the period in which white settlers were taking up bounty grants. Several forts had the name of Fort Defiance. An exhaustive search discovers that one during the War of 1812 was located near the Jasper-Jones County Line. Consider Colonel Benjamin Hawkins and his published account as the Indian Agent south of Macon. There were several "camps" and "forts"s; in regions where the population needed protection. Another Fort Defiance, during the same war, was situated at Sunbury when Naval forces protected this harbor. These forts, as well as others, are mentioned in the name catalog at the Georgia State Archives which denote military references to where people were serving. However, just writing down these remarks is not enough. One needs to do some research on finding these places because it provides more of a historical insight into the lives of our ancestors who came to America during critical times. And there is a story behind it.
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Polk County Wills, Estates, MarriagesPolk was created in 1851 from Paulding and Floyd Counties. Early settlers: David Heslip, Robert Hutchings, Edmund Bray, Vincent Ossert, George West, John Jones.
Polk County Wills and Estates available to members of Georgia Pioneers
- 1854 to 1880
- 1878 to 1884
- From Newspapers 1885-1886
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Bk A, 1848-1936, includes Wills, Letters of Administrations, Letters of Guardianship
- Annual Returns and Vouchers (1860-1893)
Digital Images of Polk County Wills (1848 to 1911)Ammons, Jesse | Atkins, Joel | Ayres, John | Ayres, Moses | Bobo, Letty | Bray, Edmund | Brewster, Hugh | Brooks, Alexander | Brooks, Chivers | Brown, Leannah | Burge, Adolphus | Butts, Joel | Camp, Hosea | Cantrell, R. C. | Carden, Charles | Carnes, John | Carter, Ezekiel | Carter, Rawley | Chisolm, Thomas | Davitte, John | Dawson, John | Devaney, Mary | Davis, Eli | Davis, Israel | Dempsey, James | Drummond, Henry | Drummond, William | Everitt, Alexander | Fambro, Urban | Forister, Sarah | Gibson, Springer | Golding, J. B. | Greenwood, John | Griffin, David | Heslip,David | Heston, John | Hogg, William | Hopper, Jonathan | Hutchings, Robert | Ingraham, Thomas | James, James | Jenkins, William | Johnson, Allen | Jones, John | Lowe, Andrew | Lumpkin, Annis | Marlin, Martin | Mason, Sarah | McGrady, Silas | McIntire, D. W. | Mize, James | Morgan, G. W. | Morgan, Joseph | Morgan, Joseph Adolphus | Morrison, David | Moseley, Benjamin | Ossert, Vincent | Owen, William | Parham, John | Peek, William | Phillips, Henry | Prior, Asa | Sockwell, Thomas | Swanson,James | Terrell, Joel | Thompson, Ephraim | Trotter, Mary | Walthall, Susan | Watts, H. H. | Webster, Reubin | West, George | West, James | Whatley, Wilson | Whitehead,James | Willingham,James | Wilson, Samuel | Wood, John | Wright, William | Wynn, Robert | Young, Augustus | Young, Robert
- Simerville to Guess (deed)
- Summerville to Jones (deed)
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