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Georgians Who Fought in the War with Mexico
William J. Harper who spent his childhood in Walton County, served as a Private in the Mexican War under Captain John W. Cole, Col. G, Regiment of Louisiana Volunteers. Harper enlisted while he was residing in Monroe, Louisiana in New Orleans, the Quachita Parish during August of 1847. After the annexation of Texas by the United States and Mexico became a Repubic, war broke out in 1846. Only two years earlier, James K. Polk, the newly-elected president, made a proposition to the Mexican government to purchase the disputed lands between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande. When that offer was rejected, troops from the United States commanded by Major General Zachary Taylor were moved into the disputed territory of Coahuila. These troops were then attacked by Mexican troops, killing 12 American troops and taking 52 prisoners. Afterwards, the Mexican troops later laid siege to a United States fort along the Rio Grande River, a conflict which resulted in the loss of the northern territory in Mexico. The United States quickly occupied Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico and Alta California Territory, then invaded parts of Northeastern Mexico and Northwest Mexico. Meanwhile, Major General Winfield Scott captured the capital Mexico City and marched from the port of Veracruz. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war with the Mexican Cession of the territories of Alta California and Santa Fe de Nuevo Mexico to the United States while the United States agreed to pay $15 million to pay the physical damage of war and assumed the debt owed by the Mexican government to citizens of the United States. Mexico conceded the loss of Texas and the Rio Grande became a national border with the United States. At the onset of the War Between the States (1862), Harper volunteered at Carthage, Mississippi and knew service in Company B, 40th Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers.
How to Establish a More Accurate Birth Year
The census records bear a close examination, giving particular attention to the age ranges of the children. Some of the earliest census records are quite difficult to read, and although a transcribed copy from a book somewhere is easier, we still need to be alerted to possible errors. I do this by comparing the census to land lotteries. People who drew in the land lotteries had to be of age (21 years). If someone drew in the 1807 land lottery, his birth date would have been 1784 or older. The 1820 census might show a child born 1775 to 1792 (26 to 45). Thus, when comparing the two records, the land lottery entry establishes a closer date of 1784 or older.
The Key to Finding your Ancestors in the Collections of Today
Things have certainly changed since the days of searching through dusty
libraries and reading unindexed books and microfilm! But with the
launching of the internet and establishing genealogical records thereon,
the task has just begun! What with burned county records all over America and
immigration records yet to be translated and published, there is so much
more to be discovered. While searching my ancestors in the field, I
discovered that county clerks frequently took those big ledger books home with
them to work on. Sometimes, a person produced a ledger to the court house
found stored in the attic. (I request the Mormon church to visit
the person and microfilm it). This explains how ledger books find their way to
antiques. There are shops. There are other avenues of discovery, viz: church records.
One has to visit the neighborhood where families resided, old churches and
graveyards to ascertain what survived and who has possession of the old baptisms,
marriages and mortuary records.
State Archives also receive church records from donors and place them on
But you have to search for it in the floor catalog.
During the 1930s the DAR collected old bible records and donated their books
to the Archives. Regional
libraries contain their own special collections.
Meanwhile, internet collections also vary. Essentially,
Ancestry has digitized those records available at the National Archives; which
includes census, revolutionary war and immigration records. You can also visit
the National Archives online and have access to their digitized records available
to the public. No matter whose
collection one researches, there remains more information to be discovered. It
behooves one to join
more than one genealogy website. Especially if those websites continue to
add more information. After all, there remains a great deal to be added
to the internet collections.
The records of Pioneer Families contains mostly images of old wills,
estates, marriages, some 10,000 traced families, cemeteries, and
my own vast collection of obituaries, notes and books in
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama
and Virginia, all growing collections.
Walton County Wills, Estates, Marriages Walton County was formed in 1818 from some of the first Creek lands distributed. The county seat is Monroe. The early will books did not survive. However, some wills were included in the estate records as follows.
Walton County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Images of Walton County Wills and Estates 1819-1839
Testators: Acock, Jonathan;Baget, Allen;Blair, Andrew;Browning, William; Burgess, Elijah;Cobb, John;Flynt, William; Cobb, Jones,
Thomas;Martin, George;Matthews, Robert Moore, Richard;Parson, John;Scales, Thomas;Shepherd, Orlando; Spears, Joseph G.;Thornton,
Dred;Turman, George;Thurman, Martin; Twitty, Peter;Wayne, Thomas;Williams, Nathaniel.
- Walton County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886.
Miscellaneous Will & Estates
Discover when and where your relatives graduated from Georgia Schools.
- Camp, Abner, LWT, transcript.
- Malcom, David, division of estate, transcript (1835).
- Malcom, George W., LWT, transcript (1855).
- Malcom, John Sr., LWT, transcript (1862).
- Malcom, Margaret R., LWT, transcript (1859).
- Millsaps, Livinia, LWT, image (1851).
Walton County Families