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Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Thomas County Wills, Annual Returns, Inventories, Book A (1826-1836)
  • Index to Thomas County Wills, Annual Returns, Inventories, Book B (1837-1845)
  • Index to Thomas County Final Settlements, Book A (1855-1862)
  • Index to Thomas County Final Settlements, Book B (1863-1875)
  • Record of Thomas County Wills Filed Between 1826-1860


  • Thomas County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886


  • Map of Thomas County

Images of Thomas County Wills (1826-1836), Book A

Testators: Blackshear, Edward; Bryan, John; Bryan, Joseph; Crawford, Silas; McIntire, Archibald; Mitchel, Thomas; Sweetman, William

Images of Thomas County Wills, Book B, (1837-1845)

Testators: Anderson, Joseph (1849); Atkinson, Henry;Brinson, Jason; Bryson, Thomas;Colwell, John;Denson, Elizabeth; Hall, Ignatius;Hall, Kindred;Hays, George;Hurst, Thomas;Jones, John; LeRoy, Theophilis (1849) estate;Lovett, James;McKinnon, Murdock;McKinnon, Peter;Roddenberry, Martha, Estate (1897);Roddenbury, Robert (1849) estate;Roddenberry, Martha, Estate (1906), typed copy; Slater, Kerfee;Thomas, Richard

Traced Genealogies:
Thomas County Families

Brandon Bruce

Map of Thomas County

Memories of Past Victories Belong to Those Who Find their Ancestors

banastretarleton Genealogists have some pretty unique experiences. There are times when I can almost see the past in its full regalia, the battlefield, and redcoats led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton nicknamed "the butcher" because he cut down an American regiment under a bag of surrender. And I can imagine what it must have been like to arise early in the morning and dress for war, serving only three months at a time because the crops also had to be planted and harvested. Life had to go on in the New World apart from our English cousins. We fought those with whom we'd shared our daily chores, and, in the end, won because ours was a cause against tyranny and the old ways. We won our freedom. Those persons fighting the battle were my ancestors. I share their DNA and personal traits. And, churning within me is that same desire to preserve and protect my inalienable rights and freedoms. After all, we are so much a part "of them". So now here comes "the butcher" dressed in his fancy English uniform and brags about his conquests. Although I was not there, I feel a certain antagonism for his arrogant cruelties and gloat because Lord Cornwallis was too ashamed to present his own sword of surrender. My ancestors were not the famous guys, such as General George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but they were there, getting the job done. That makes the great victories of the war, my accomplishments because I am part of that genetical makeup that made the whole thing happen. So, how does one discover the battles in which the ancestors served? There are several answers. First, examine the application for a pension and note his description of his battles. Next, is to find his bounty land. The Colonel under whom he served would have signed a certificate awarding specific parcels of land in certain counties. The name of that Colonel is important, because he led the ancestors into battle. In other words, if you follow the battles of say, Colonel Lee, you will have a better knowledge of when and where your ancestor served and the history surrounding his battles. Such details help to complete the scene of an exciting drama. Now, your ancestor's participation in the war becomes more important to you. The sacrifice of the patriots caused them to lose so much afterwards. They had to begin again. And they did so by accepting land grants for their service and starting a new life somewhere else. In other words, it was the patriots who began constructing America into the great country that it is today. In order that the reseach not be for ought, children need to hear the stories of past days from the lips of family members, and genealogists can share the personal details like no one else! That is how the past becomes real. Jeannette Holland Austin

Thomas County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps

Thomas County Court House

Thomas County was created from Decatur and Irwin Counties by an Act of the General Assembly on December 23, 1825. It was named for General Jett Thomas, a hero of the War of 1812. Portions of Thomas County later were used to form Colquitt County (1856), Brooks County (1858), and Grady County (1905). The county seat is Thomasville.

Moving to Mars

modules Not too many years ago the scientific verdict was that Mars was inhabitable. Now, the architect of Tesler, a gentleman called Elon Musk is planning to colonize it, first by sending robots to build modules on the surface and construct living quarters in the underground caverns. Food will be hydrophonically grown on the surface. Musk contemplates getting one million people to Mars. In September of this year, SpaceX was revealed, an Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) designed to carry at least 100 people to the Red Planet per flight. The brilliance of this spaceship is that it's reuseability will assist humanity in establishing a permanent, self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet within the next 50 to 100 years. Now, the dream of one enterprising explorer could come true. How often have we heard that dreams can come true and that the impossible is possible? Researching the ancestors has always been a lifelong task involving tedious detective work and multiple records. Yet, with the invention of the internet, we now have easier access to facilitating existing, even hidden information. Georgia Pioneers was added to the new internet during the 1990s. Since this, 1.5 tetabyes of old documents such as wills, estates, marriages, obituaries, cemeteries (and much, much more) has been added. We recently combined Georgia Pioneers with the other pioneer websites and now offer genealogical records in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. It is all under one roof

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