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Friday, June 22, 2018

Names of Virginia Ancestors --- Buckingham County

Buckingham County Genealogy, Wills and Estates


Buckingham County VirginiaBuckingham County appears to have been named after the Duke of Buckingham in Buckinghamshire, England and was established on May 1, 1761 from the southeastern portion of Albemarle County. In 1778 a small triangular area bordering the James River was given to Cumberland County. In 1845, another part was taken from Buckingham to form the northern portion of Appomattox County. A final adjustment of the Appomattox-Buckingham county line was made in 1860 and Buckingham's borders then became fixed in their current form. Thomas Jefferson was the architect of the court house which was destroyed by fire in 1869. Most of the records were lost. The wills which are listed here survived and were digitized for the convenience of the genealogist. 

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Miscellaneous
  • Harris, Francis, LWT, transcript | Jones, Edward (abstract from burned records)| Maddox, William, LWT, transcript | Moon, Guardians (abstract from burned records) | Watkins, Elizabeth (abstract of estate) | Watkins, Joel (abstract of estate)| Watkins, John (abstract of estate)| Watkins, Silas (abstract of estate)
Images of Wills 1869 to 1903
  • Abraham, Sallie | Agee, Aron | Agee, Mary | Agee, Susan | Agee, Thomas Mosley | Aldridge, Mark | Allen, John | Amos, Nat | Appling, Lucy | Austin, S. E. | Austin, Thomas | Ayres, R. H. | Ayres, Thomas E. | Baber, Edward | Baber, Virginia | Bagby, Fleming | Bagby, James | Bailey, V. R. | Ball, Virginia | Banton, Charles M. | Banton, Lewis | Bell, Ned | Boatwright, Nancy | Boatwright, William P. | Bocock, N. T. | Bondurant, Thomas M. | Booker, George | Booker, Sarah D. | Bolling, Lewes | Bradley, John | Bransford, Robert | Brown, John W. | Brown, Joseph | Brown, Matthew W. | Bryant, Henry | Cabell, Clifford | Cabell, Frederick | Cabell, William | Carroll, Maria | Chambers, George | Chambers, Mary M. | Chappell, William H. | Chenault, Martha | Christian, Charles L. | Claiborne, Field Archer | Clark, Sterling | Clay, Junius | Cottrell, Charles | Cox, Matthew | Crow, Susan W. | Crute, J. V. | Davidson, Baker W. | Davidson, Permelia | Davidson, Thomas J. | Davis, Lucine | Davis, Phineas A. | Davison, Martha | Demerant, Maria | Dixon, William | Dowdy, N. R. | Driscoll, Sarah Ann | Dunn, William A. | Edwards, John W. | Eldridge, Eliza | Ellis, Richard S. Jr. | Fariss, Thomas | Farley, Sarah | Ferguson, James | Fisher, John | Fitzgerald, James | Flood, James Monroe | Fones, Adocia | Fones, George W. | Fontaine, Margaret | Fontaine, Walter | Forbes, Thomas | Fuqua, Joseph | Gaines, William R. | Gannaway, Mary | Gardner, John B. | Garrett, James | Garrett, John | Garrett, Mildred | Garrott, Charles | Gentry, John | Gillispie, Robert | Gillispie, Sarah | Gilliam, Albert | Gilliam Isham | Gilliam, John C. | Gilliam, John R. | Gilliam, Richard A. | Gills, Archibald | Gills, William | Gipson, Miles | Gipson, T. L. | Goolsby, Susan | Gregory, John | Grigg, James H. | Guerrant, William | Guthrey, Martha | Hall, James | Hammontree, Alexander | Hammontree, Judith | Hanes, Elijah | Hanes, Mary | Harris, Dabney | Harris, James | Harris, Nancy | Harris, Sarah | Hill, Martha A. | Hill, Robert W. | Hill Robert W., his Bear Garden Farm (plat) | Holman, William | Horsley, Mary | Housewright, Elizabeth | Hubard, Bolling | Hubard, Robert | Huddlesstone, Samuel | Huddleston, William | Hudgins, R. B. | Hurt, Louisa | Irving, Delia | Johnson, Robert H. | Jones, A. B. | Jones, Charles | Jones, Elizabeth W. | Jones, Martha | Jones, Paulus | Jones, Peter R. | Jones, Powhatan | Jones, William B. | Kidd, Samuel | Kyle, George W. | Lawford, Thomas Wright | Leitch, Martha | Leitch, William | Lesueur, Daniel | Lesueur, Elizabeth | Leseueur, Martha | Lesueur, Peyton | Mason, Henry | Mason, Virginia | Mayo, Leana | Maxey, William | Clelland, Mary | Meador, James | Meredith, Pleasant | Miles, William | Miller, Catherine | Molley, Jane | Moon, John S. | Moore, Robert A. | Moore, Robert | Morley, Rebecca | Morgan, John | Morris, Nathaniel | Morris, Sophia | Moseley, Arthur | Moseley, Lavinia | Moseley, Marcia | Moseley, Peter | Moseley, Sally | Moseley, William | Moss, Francis Coleman | Moss, Stephen | Murphy, James | Neighbours, Abraham | Neister, Gillis | Newman, Pattie | Nicholas, Elizabeth | Nicholas, John S. | Nicholas, Nancy | Nicholas, William H. | Nicholas, William Thompson | Nixon, Wilmuth | Nuckols, Charles G. | Nuckols, R. C. | O'Briant, Polly | O'Bryant, Francis | Parrack, David | Parrack, Thomas | Patterson, John | Pearce, Martha | Penow, Charles | Perkins, K. M. | Perkins, Price | Perkins, Thomas H. | Perkins, William | Perrow, Charles Sr. | Phelps, Elizabeth | Pierce, Elizabeth | Poor, Abraham | Pritchard, Humphrey | Pryor, Elizabeth | Putney, Ellis | Putney, W. A. | Ragland, David | Reynolds, Frances | Roberts, John J. | Roberts, William H. | Robertson, Mary | Robertson, Rachel | Routon, Eliza | Sagory, Charles | Sanders, Goodrich | Saunders, C. S. | Saunders, Elizabeth | Scruggs, Thomas | Scruggs, William | Seay, Henry | Shaw, William R. | Shepherd, George | Sheppard, John | Smith, Eliza J. | Smith, Joshua | Snoddy, James | Snoddy, Mary | Spencer, John | Sprouse, Elizabeth | Staton, J. N. | Stearns, Franklin | Stinson, Joseph | Stout, Benjamin | Talley, Bella Nicholas | Talley, John Winne | Tappicott, John | Tappicott, Thomas | Taylor, Adocia | Taylor, James | Thomas, John | Thornhill, Sarah | Tindall, John W. | Trent, Alexander | Vin, Martha | Wilkinson, Francis | Wilkinson, Lucy | Williams, John | Woodall, Agnes | Woodall, Mildred | Woodfin, Mary | Wright, F. A. | Wright, James A.

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Remember. Each Generation Loses Something

Remember. Each Generation Loses Something

lost and found itemsWe might be losing our writing skills. Especially in this era of punching buttons, automatic payments and deposits, machines in stores which quickly register our consent, and so on. Already, there is the mere touch of our thumb print on the iphone doubling as identification. We are slowly but surely moving into the digital age of touch permission. Although we have some awareness of the changes which occur during each generation, we do not realize how much is being lost, or has been lost to the ages. When I used to visit court houses to acquire records (they were not microfilmed), there were still certain original documents scattered around in filing cabinets. But these records soon disappeared into storage, or faded away into mildew or age. Yet, finding the actual original documents written by our ancestors is virtually impossible today. Instead, we have to rely upon the handwritten copy entered by the clerk in the records. And there are errors. In Kentucky, I have encountered many wills and estates which spell the testator two different ways in the same document. The name at the beginning is different from the name designated at the end! As in most old documents, the spelling and writing style is always an issue. One must become familiar with colonial letters in order to make the proper interpretation. "S", "F" and "P" are frequently transcribed incorrectly. Remember the "double S?" It looks like a "P". Names like Ross get interpreted as Rop. The days of penmanship in the schools is ended. Remember when we sat for hours on end perfecting our letters? Penmanship was an art form during colonial days. Anyone who has admired the grace, charm and elegance of the letters would be pleased to frame it! Nonetheless, we can become more familiar with old records by incorporating some of those beautiful letters into our own penmanship. Once you acquire the gist of the flow, it is easier to understand.

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Everyone Finds Something Different

Everyone Finds Something Different



I have made it a habit to peruse local libraries and historical societies, especially while on vacation because this is where one finds interesting genealogy collections. The Historical Society of St. Augustine (open to the public) contains rare collections of old marriages and church records; also transcripts of individual genealogies. One usually needs assistance in such places because of cataloging and storing arrangements. But if you linger longer enough, a surprising amount of genealogy will unfold before your eyes. The Washington Memorial Library of Macon has a vast microfilm collection of wills and estates from many States. Forget about ordering microfilm from the Library of Virginia, because that collection is in Macon, Georgia. Also, the Cobb County Regional Library in Marietta, Georgia has an expansive collection of genealogy books for every State. The point is that very little information is online, or digitized. We still need to poke around.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Names of SC Ancestors --- > Greenville County

Greenville County Probate Records

Greenville, SC

Greenville County originally belonged to the Cherokee Indians, until 1777 when they ceded their lands to the state and English and Scotch-Irish settlers began settling. Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of the larger Washington District. The county seat was originally named Pleasantburg, but in 1831 the name was changed to Greenville. Early settlers: Arnold Russell, William Henry Lyttleton, Frederick Winter, Jesse Saxon, John Robinson, Evan Thomas, George Salmon, Wiat Anderson, John Holland, General Nathaniel Greene (1742-1786) and others. 

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Images of Greenville County Wills 1787 to 1818

Arnold, Benjamin, LWT | Ayres, John | Barrett, Reubin (1812) | Benson, Elizabeth | Benson, Prue, LWT | Bots, Moon, LWT | Bradley, Abraham, LWT | Chastain, Abraham, estate (1845) | Chandler, Joel, LWT | Collins, John, LWT | Cooley, Jacob | Cox, John, LWT | Crain, Judith, LWT | Crayton, Thomas, LWT | Darrach, Hugh, LWT | Dill, John, LWT (1807) | Dill, Stephen, LWT (1839) | Duncan, Sally, LWT | Dunn, Benjamin | Dyer, Samuel, LWT | Edwards, John, LWT | Edwards, Sally | Fisher, Nicholas, LWT | Ford, Mary, LWT | Ford, John, LWT | Forest, Jeremiah, LWT | Forrester, James, LWT | Foster, John, LWT | Gaston, William | Goodlett, David, LWT | Goodlett, Hiram, LWT | Goodlett, Robert | Grace, Joel | Hackson, William | Hanes, Henry | Harrison, John, LWT | Hawkins, Eaton | Hawkins, Joshua, LWT | Hethcoth, Isaac | Howard, Edward, LWT | Howard, John, LWT | Hunt,  more

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The Struggle of Tracing the Ancestors is Interesting to Other Researchers

The Struggle of Tracing the Ancestors is Interesting to Other Researchers
Typical wagon which crossed the plains

Everyone has a story to tell.  The object is to share it with relatives, friends, and just about everybody.  Tracing is a real adventure, but the results are wonderfully uplifting, especially with a happy ending.  Sometimes it is just plain amazing how families define themselves and resolve problems.  Then there is the story of the impossible chase of an ancestor who managed to avoid census records and never records deeds or marriages at the county court house.   Nevertheless, each experience yields certain results, and the it is interesting to learn more about the methods employed in accomplishments!

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Names of NC Ancestors --- Carteret County

Carteret County Wills and Estates

Court HouseCarteret County was named for Sir George Carteret, English Lord Proprietor, or possible his heir, John Carteret, the 2nd Earl of Granville. County Seat: Beaufort, North Carolina. The county seat is Beaufort.

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Indexes to Wills

  • 1741 to 1799
  • 1741 to 1839
  • 1760 to 1880
  • 1829-1866
  • 1860-1868
  • 1898-1916

Carteret County Wills

  • Abstracts of Carteret County Wills dating from 1726 to 1770

Images of Wills 1760 to 1880

Testators: Always, Keziah; Arthur, Jacob; Arthur, Seth; Backhouse, John; Bagwell, Robert; Baker, William; Barrenton, Nathan; Bartell, John; Bell, Abigail; Bell, Abner; Bell, Caleb; Bell, David; Bell, George; Bell, James; Bell, Joseph; Bell, Malachi; Bell, Nathan; Bell, Solomon; Bell, Susan; Berkley, Aylworth; Berry, James; Biggott, John; Black, Martin; Bordeau, Benjamin; Bordeau, William; Brees, Henry; Brees, Ross; Brees, William; Brion, Nathan; Brooks, Lydia; Brown, John; Bryant, Nicholas; Buck, Francis; Canaday, Richard; Canaday, Thomas; Chadwick, James; Chapman, Joshua; Chadwick, Samuel; Church, Constance; Cooke, Esther; Davis, Joseph; Davis, Nathan; Davis, Susanne; Davis, Whittington; Davis, William; Dickinson, James; Dickinson, John; Dill, Edward; Dixon, James; Dixon, John; Dudley, Christopher; Dudley, Elizabeth; Dudley, Elizah; Dunfy, Peter; Easton, John; Eavey, Richard; Ellis, Freeman; English, Thomas; Fisher, Charity; Fuller, Belcher; Fuller, Edward; Fuller, Nathan; Gabriel, Benjamin; Garner, Frances; Garner, John; Gaskill, Joseph; Gaskill, William; Gillian, Thomas; Gilliden, Alexander; Goodwin, Lucreshia; Goodwin, Oliver; Goodwin, Thomas; Goulding, Thomas; Green, Elisha; Green, Francis; Green, Henry; Green, Samuel; Hall, Daniel; Harker, James; Harpe, John; Heady, Daniel; Hellen, Jonathan; Herbert, Hillary; Hibbs, John; Hill, Edward; Hill, Elizabeth; Hill, Isaac; Hill, Jonathan; Hill, William; Huff, Robert; Hunter, Ezekiel; Hunter, Lebbeus; Hunter, Stephen; Jackson, Francis; Lewis, Thomas; Lewis, William; Longest, Joshua; Lupton, Christopher; Marshall, John; Maulben, Samuel; May, Han   more

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Kentucky's Patiotism during 1812 to 1815

Kentucky's Patiotism during 1812 to 1815 

The River Raisin in Raisonville, MichiganWhen America declared War on Great Britain on June 18, 1812, a call for volunteers was issued to aid the regular army. Kentucky was given a quota of 5,500 men. Yet when 1,500 men were required to join General Hull in his expedition into the Northwest, 2,000 answered the call. However, after crossing the Ohio River, they learned that Hull had cowardly surrendered his army and the whole of Michigan territory to the British, although his army numbered nearly double the enemy. But this did not deter the Kentuckian. During January of the succeeding year, Colonel Lewis with his 700 to 1000 Kentuckians, marched against a combined force of British and Indians to Frenchtown on the river Raisin and drove them from the village. Three days later, General Winchester was told that a large force of the enemy was en route to attack the victors. As the night was bitter cold, the precaution of stationing pickets was neglected, and they were attacked by 2,000 British and Indians under General Proctor the next morning. The Kentucky riflemen stood their ground, fighting even as ammunition was low, and when summoned to surrender they said that they preferred death and only laid down their arms after being promised that their wounded would be safely guarded and treated humanely. But the British had already proven during the Revolutionary War to be brutal, so the promise was not kept, and the drunken Indians burned and tomahawked the helpless men and officers. Thus, afterwards the rallying cry of the Kentuckians was " Remember the river Raisin: Raisin and Revenge." They got their revence at Fort Stephenson when 160 men under Colonel Croghan of Kentucky repulsed Proctor and his 4,000 troops. When General Isaac Shelby went at the head of the Kentuckians, all were confident that he would lead them to victory. It is said that after the victory of Commodore Perry at Lake Erie, he wrote, "We have met the enemy and they are ours,"  Names of Floyd Co. KY Ancestors

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Names of Kentucky Ancestors --- > Fleming County

Fleming County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Distributions, Inventories, Guardianships

Map of Fleming County

Fleming County was founded in 1798 and named after Colonel John Fleming, an Indian fighter and early settler to Kentucky. The land was taken from Mason County. The county seat is Flemingsburg and the first court house was constructed with logs.

Indexes to Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Distributions

  • Book A, 1798 to 1815
  • Book B, 1816 to 1822
  • Book C, 1823 to 1829
  • Book D, 1829 to 1834

Images of Fleming County Wills and Estates, Book A, 1798 to 1816

Alexander, William* Armstrong, Robert* Axley, Ely Baker, Charlies* Barnes, Joshua* Barnes, Samuel* Bateman, Thomas* Bazle, William* Beard, Philip* Bell, Benjamin D.* Bell, M.* Benham, Amariah* Bennington, William* Bevins, Sally* Brevard, Adam* Brevard, William* Bridges, Dillen* Bright, Edward* Brown, D. G.* Brown, James* Brown, Manly* Brown, John* Brown, M.* Burke, William* Burrington, William* Butler, Thomas* Carter, James* Carter, Thomas* Chapman, Nathan Chapman, William* Clare, Andrew* Clarke, Thomas* Cobyn, Benjamin* Collins, James* Collins, John* Constant, John* Cornwall, Thomas* Cothran, Robert* Cotteman, John* Curry, Susanna* Dale, James* Davis, John* Dawkins, Thomas* Denard, Margaret* Dickson, James* Donevan, Philip* Dudley, William* Dudley, Will* Dunbar, Alexander* Dunbar, James* Duncan, William* Elijah, Moses* Emmers, James* Evans, Esbert* Evans, Isaac* Evans, Robert* Faris, William* Farrow, Thornton Ferguson, John* Ferguson, Joseph* Finney, Thomas* Fix, Stephen* Floyd, Thomas* Fuller, George* Fulton, orphans* Furlow, Robert* Furr, Edwin Gallagher, John* Goddard, John* Gooding, Abraham* Gooding, John* Gore, Andrew* Gordon, James* Gray, David* Gray, Isaac* Green, John Bishop* Green, Richard* Gully, Thomas* Hambuck, William* Hamm, Joseph* Hannock, John* Harper, William* Harvey, William* Hillecoes, Jacob* Hillison, George* Hinton more
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Monday, June 18, 2018

1918 Columbia Six

1918 Columbia Six


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Where Quakers Lived in Georgia

Quakers into Georgia

Wrightsboro ChurchMost of quakers who settled in Wrightsboro came from Virginia and North Carolina. As families moved about, they went from one Meeting House to another. Some just seemed to follow their families into new territory. Such was the case of Richard Austin of Pittsylvania County, Virginia who joined his friends in Wrightsboro about 1770. This was during the year during which the quakers were formulating in Georgia. For those researching quakers, it is necessary to peruse all of the volumes the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy by Hinshaw because this great work includes those who went from Meeting House to Meeting House and State to State and it is a record their births, deaths and baptisms. The to boundary changes, the records of Wrightsboro are found in Richmond, Columbia and McDuffie Counties. Today, that area is known as Thomson, Georgia. If you follow the deed descriptions with particular attention to the creeks and rivers as well the names of the adjoining landowners, it is easy to discern the neighborhood.  More on Quakers

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