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General Indexes to Probate Records

  • Estates, A-G.
  • Estates, H-L.
  • Estates, M-Q.
  • Estates, R-Z.
  • Will Book C, 1786-1806

Images of Wilkes County Wills

  • Pre-1800 (Bonds)
  • Bk C, 1786-1806
  • 1792-1801
  • 1806-1808
  • 1810-1816
  • 1818-1819
  • 1837-1877

Images of Wilkes County Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, 1836 to 1839

295 pages are viewable online of some of the oldest records in Wilkes County. Each page is scanned and easily visible on your computer.

Indexes to Deeds

  • 1785-1821

Loose Marriages

  • 1806-1834
  • 1819-1836

Indexes to Marriages

  • 1790-1832
  • 1832-1856
  • 1856-1867
  • 1867-1871

Marriages

  • Marriage Bonds 1792-1800
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886

Maps

  • Map of Wilkes County, 1955.
  • Original Wilkes County.
  • Map of Wilkes County Settlers.

Miscellaneous

  • Origins of Early Settlers to Wilkes County
  • Members of Sardis Church Members in 1805.

Images of Miscellaneous Wills & Estates

  • Anthony, Joseph, Estate (1815) of.
  • Arnold, Moses, Estate (1810) of.
  • Favor, Henry, guardianship of.
  • Favor, John, Sr., Estate (1833) (Image).
  • Favor, John, Estate (1850) (Image).
  • Favor, John, Inventory (1818).
  • Favor, John, Estate (1818) (Image).
  • Favor, Matthew, Bond for Estate of John Favor Sr., 1829 (Image).
  • Favor, Sanders, Guardians of (1819).
  • Keith, George W., Annual Return for the minor children of William A. Keith, deceased, 1850 (Image).
  • Marks, John, estate (image) (1800).
  • McLane, John, LWT, Bk 1792-1801, pp. 115-117.
  • McLane, Mariney, LWT, Bk 1792-1801, pp. 240.

Images of (select issues) Newspapers

  • The Washington Gazette
  • The Southern Courant

Tax Digests

  • 1789 Tax Defaulters

    Traced Genealogies:
    Wilkes County Families

    Allison Anthony Aycock Banks
    Billingslea Bird Bond Butler
    Callaway Catchings Chaffin Coats
    Cole Collier Cowan Crutchfield
    Darracott Early Edge Fullilove
    Gordon Grant Gunnells Hammack
    Harper Hillhouse Holliday Jackson
    Leverett Luckett Malone Mercer
    Miller Mills Milner Morgan
    McClendon McRee Phillips Richardson
    Russell Semmes Springer Summerall
    Tatom Toombs Walton Welborne
    Williamson Wingfield Wootton Zimmerman


    Fitzpatrick Hotel
    The Fitzpatrick Hotel
  • Settlers from the Blue Ridge Mountains into Georgia

    Blue Ridge Mountains There was a group of settlers from the old State of Franklin who came to Georgia during the late 18th century. They were from the mountains of North Carolina in Burke and other counties which later became Tennessee. The reason is unknown, unless it was due to troublesome Indians throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. They mostly came to Washington, Georgia (Wilkes County) and settled there. Most of those families who settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains before 1800 had traveled the well-worn Wagon Road out of Pennsylvania westward. They were Germans and Scotch-Irish immigrants.

    Newspaper Editors Included Information About Confederate Soldiers

    L. R. Miller, one of the Confederate soldiers of Sandersville, won 21 battles. He was wounded twice, one through the body and one in the right foot. Source: The Washington Gazette. July 27, 1887.

    1,000 Watermelons Make a Car Load

    watermelons According to a Georgia newspaper, it takes 1,000 medium-sized watermelons to make a full car load. Meaning truck load?

    First Woman Editor in Georgia

    ink quill Reverend James Hillhouse was descended from Abraham Hillhouse of Free Hall, County Derry in Ireland. One of the sons of Abraham emigrated to England in 1719 or 1720 and removed to Norwich, Connecticut. James served as a Representative of the U. S. Treasury and David Hillhouse was the owner and editor of an early Georgia newspaper and helped to lay out the town of Macon when he was an Army Major. His daughter, Sarah, married Felix Gilbert and she was the first woman editor of Georgia who printed in her shop the Early Laws of Georgia by Order of the Legislature.

    Ole Dan Tucker

    Some people believe that the old folk song "Ole Dan Ducker" sung by minstrels, was a tale after the adventures of Daniel Tucker of Virginia who came to Wilkes County at an early date. His brother, George Tucker, also removed to Wilkes County, before finally settling in Alabama. They were both Revolutionary War Soldiers.

    Names of Families in Wilkes County Ancestor Databases: Wills, Estates, Newspapers, Marriages, Maps

    Robert Toombs Museum

    Wilkes County was created in 1777 from ceded lands of Cherokee and Creek Indians. People who resided in Wilkes County are also found in Warren and Oglethorpe Counties. Between 1790 and 1854, the legislature took land from Wilkes County to form Elbert County (1790), Oglethorpe County (1793), and Lincoln County (1796), and to help form Warren County (1793) and Taliaferro County (1825). The county seat is Washington, Georgia. Lincoln County should always be researched along with Wilkes. Many of the first settlers came from Virginia and North Carolina to take up the ceded lands (from the Indians) during the late 1700's. Early Settlers: John Heard, William Rasberry, James Gray, David Montgomery, John Marks, Bernard Zimmerman, George Bailey, William Mathis, Solomon Ellis and others.

    Where to Search after Finding the Ancestors in Census Records

    puzzle A through examination of census records from 1790 to (currently) 1940 is just the beginning of the hunt for ancestors. One needs contact family members, ask for family bibles, go to cemeteries, acquire county maps, etc. But the gut of genealogy is found in county records, from ca 1500 in Europe to the present in America. One must exhaust the county records everywhere that the ancestors resided. It is a tedious but informative and rewarding task. One can read the work of others, books, etc., but the most accurate answers are derived from deeds, tax digests, estates, wills, annual returns, estate inventories and sales, receipts, marriage records, and maps from the tax accessor's office. Too, one must also research the parent county and surrounding counties, as well as follow the (location of land grants) and lotteries. People were on the move. Nevertheless, factual information is in the county records Remember that!