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Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills 1857-1867.
- Wills 1863-1888.
- Wills 1885-1930.
- Letters of Administration, Guardianships, Wills 1891-1900.
- Administrators, bonds, guardians, 1869-1912.
- Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
Images Wills 1857-1867 Testators: Allen Gaines, Baley Dover, Daniel Duncan, David Ledford, Drury Wall, D. T. McKinsey, George Wilson, James Dillard, John Jordan, William McCurry and William Owens.
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If you really want to find your ancestors, you need to search county records. This is essential to establishing facts, such as dates and places of marriages, death dates (wills and estates in the probate court), place of residence (deeds and tax digests).
Searching all the old records is time-consuming and tedious, yet rewarding. Answers are found in the details of each record. One must examine every piece of paper! Although many records are online, one should periodically visit the State Archives to make certain that every possible record has been examined. Do not forget the special microfilm collections of bible records, churches, muster rolls, etc. All county records were not completely indexed, and if that is the case, then one must examine the record, page by page.
Ships Lost at Sea
For 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, that the captain will not be paid. There is good reason, because the seas were frought 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 offical 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 records are in tact, 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.
Names of Families Rabun County Wills and Estates
Rabun County was created in 1819 from Cherokee lands ceded by the Indians. Early Settlers were: Samuel Beck, James M. Smith, David Green, A. R. James, E. C. Hix and John Shork.
The Genealogy Vault Continues to Grow
Our collections of traced families and rare documents continues to grow. It mostly includes private collections of families in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
North Carolina Genealogies Recently added: Abraham Alexander; Alexander of Mecklenburg County; Archibald Henderson of Granville Co.; Ben Patton; Capt. Charles Alexander; Capt. Charles Polk (muster roll); Capt. James Houston, Muster Roll; Capt. Thomas Caldwell; Capt. William Alexander; Capt. William Sharpe; Colonel Alexander Gordon; Colonel James Johnston; Daniel Alexander; Dr. Charles Harris; Elijah Alexander; Ephraim Brevard; General George Graham; General Griffith Rutherford; General Michael McLeary; General William Davidson; General William Lenoir; General William R. Davie; Henry Hunter of Ireland, SC, NC; Hezekiah Balch; Hugh Lawson White; Jack Family; Jacob Forney Sr.; James Orr; John Phifer; JosephKerr, CrippleSpy; JudgeSamLowrie; Locke of Rowen Co.; Major Thomas Alexander; Polk Family; President James K. Polk; Richard Barry; Richard Davidson; Richmond Pearson; Robert Irwin; Robert Kerr; Samuel Wilson Sr.; Waightsville Avery, William Kennon and Zaccheus Wilson.