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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

If Only I Could Tell My Grandmother the Rest of the Story #georgiapioneers #georgiagenealogy

If Only I Could Tell My Grandmother the Rest of the Story

Mary Brent EvansWriting personal journals and histories help to conserve family traditions. I recall sitting at the knee of my grandmother asking questions about the relatives. The stories all seemed so mundane, yet as I recollect it now, she was imparting a treasure of wisdom and pride onto me. How I wish my grandmother were around now, so that I could update her on my discoveries. In those days, the stories were those passed down to her how during the Civil War the old planter who sent all his sons to war, hid from the yankees when they came around to take the farm animals and other valuables. In those days, families lost everything and because agriculture virtually ceased, communities lost the ability to survive. Through the eyes of my grandmother, her grandparents left the old plantation and came to Atlanta, just to get work. None of the sons returned from the war as well the husband of one daughter. I searched the records extensively to locate what battle killed him, and where he was during his last muster. After the war, this daughter married a fellow from Kentucky who tried to manage a plantation and store without farm laborers. The freed slaves were entitled to be paid, yet refused to work. So, the plantation fell into disrepair with my grandmother visiting it during the summer as a child. When I came along, the only evidence of a house was a pile of bricks in a field. Eventually, the daughter's husband died in the Soldier's Home in Kentucky, while the others suffered whooping cough, consumption, measles and other killing diseases of that era. But I have other stories... those of the great Revolutionary War where America earned its independence from Great Britain. And before that, the immigration stories and struggles of the Old World. And the cause and effects of marriages into royalty and noble families, and how many times the first colonists crossed the ocean to return to England for a wife to replace the first two who had died or were massacred by Indians. There are so many things that I would like to share. But most of all I wish that my grandmother had kept a personal journal concerning family members and local events; of individual struggle and accomplishment; nicknames; the color of eyes and shades of hair and much more. 
Muscogee County GA Genealogies and Histories

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fayette Co. Kentucky Sons of the Military #kentuckypioneers #KYgenealogy

Fayette County Sons of the Military

Map of Indian TribesWilliam Russell, born in 1758, the son of General William and Tabitha Russell of Culpeper County, Virginia. In 1774 he joined one of the expeditions of Daniel Boone into Powell Valley against the Shawnee Indians. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, he served as an aide to Colonel William Campbell and fought at Kings Mountain, Whitsell Mills and Guilford Court House. After the war, he removed to Fayette County, Kentucky and settled on land which his father had received for military service. He participated in several expeditions under Generals James Wilkinson, Charles Scott and Anthony Wayne during 1791 and 1794 along the Wabash and Maumee Rivers in the Northwest Territory. Russell served in the Virginia Legislature and House until about 1823. In 1808, President James Madison appointed Russell as Colonel of the 7th Infantry Regiment in the regular army and fought in the Battle of Tippecanoe against the Shawnee. In 1812 he was appointed to the supreme command of the Army of the Northw3est, commanding the frontiers of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Afterwards, retired to his farm in Fayette County. Source: Kentucky Encyclopedia by John E. Kleber.  Fayette County KY Genealogies and Histories

Monday, March 27, 2017

Genealogy Fact-Finders are Closer to the Truth #georgiapioneers

Genealogy Fact-Finders are Closer to the Truth 

factsFamily histories get very confusing when the work of other genealogists is accepted, carte blanche. Collecting information is a wonderful hobby, but we must remember to check and double-check information in order to satisfy ourselves that we are on the right tract. It is a good idea to use the work of other genealogist as a "guide-line" rather than as fact. The county records where that person was known to have resided should be thoroughly examined. A family group sheet should be prepared on every person with that surname in the county (with the sources) in order to better understand whose children belong to whom and whether or not they were cousins, etc. This is the only means of preventing accepting persons in other families who are not directly related, but who have the same name. What I am saying here is that probably most of those families in the same county are your cousins, whether it is first cousin, or 23rd cousin removed. And, the naming of children provides clues as to further relationships. As the old saying goes, the further back in time that we trace, it seems that we are related to "everyone!"  Mitchell County GA Genealogies and Histories

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Did you Know that County Will Books Contain Interesting Information about your Families? #georgiapioneers #genealogy

Did you Know that County Will Books Contain Interesting Information about your Families? 

barnThere are yet many old homesteads and barns which dot the American countryside and serve as reminders of past days and times. This agricultural scene may appear rather primitive, yet it was the bread basket of the American dream and the foundation upon which industry and invention was borne. All county will books contain some pretty interesting information about our families. Did you know that detailed estate records usually follow the last and testament? These details provide such information as inventories, sales of the properties and receipts of heirs. This is where you learn about farm activities which helped to build American communities. All of the domestic animals, plows, pitch forks, barns, etc. should be of great interest to the researcher. Why? Because it describes the chores of the ancestor and his hard work to achieve a living during the worst of times. Also, the battles which he fought for freedom. Then, a visit to the old homestead makes good sense and creates a feeling of pride and appreciation. Peach Co. GA Genealogies and Histories

Saturday, March 25, 2017

History Explains Everything! #genealogy #georgiapioneers

History Explains Everything

detectiveThe detective work of the genealogist is never complete. The reason is that there are so many questions concerning where they resided, origins, and the reason that they were on the move. The answers are embedded in history. A perusal of a local church cemetery provides such answers on tombstone inscriptions, as chlorea, dystentary and other diseases which swept across the communities of early settlers. Other sources are military records, such as the local militia frequently called out to fight Indians. Or, was it the Revolutionary War when people left home for three-month spans to fight the enemy and afterwards took up land elsewhere? There were primitive forts throughout Georgia all during the period in which white settlers were taking up bounty grants. Several forts had the name of Fort Defiance. An exhaustive search discovers that one during the War of 1812 was located near the Jasper-Jones County Line. Consider Colonel Benjamin Hawkins and his published account as the Indian Agent south of Macon. There were several "camps" and "forts"s; in regions where the population needed protection. Another Fort Defiance, during the same war, was situated at Sunbury when Naval forces protected this harbor. These forts, as well as others, are mentioned in the name catalog at the Georgia State Archives which denote military references to where people were serving. However, just writing down these remarks is not enough. One needs to do some research on finding these places because it provides more of a historical insight into the lives of our ancestors who came to America during critical times. And there is a story behind it.  Polk County GA Genealogies and Histories

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fayette Co. KY Genealogy and History #kentuckypioneers

Fayette County Wills, Estates, Deeds, Marriages, Paymaster Records

LexingtonFayette County was one of the original three counties created from the former Kentucky County, Virginia by the Virginia Act in 1780, along with Jefferson and Lincoln counties. Together they separated from Virginia in 1792 to become the state of Kentucky. Originally, Fayette County included land which makes up 37 present-day counties and portions of 7 others. It was reduced to its present boundaries in 1799. The county is named after Marquis de LaFayette who came to America to join the rebelling English colonies in the American Revolutionary War. On January 1, 1974, Fayette County merged its government with that of its county seat of Lexington, creating a consolidated city-county governed by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 

Fayette County Kentucky Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers 

Paymaster Records from the War of 1812
  • 42nd Regiment Militia of 1811
  • 42nd Regiment Militia of 1813
  • Recorded in Book 1, 1795 to 1801
  • Recorded in Bond Box, 1803 to 1850
  • Miscellaneous 1820 to 1841
Indexes of Probate Records
  • Wills and Estates 1793 to 1808
  • Wills and Estates 1809 to 1813
Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book A, 1793 to 1808

Testators: Adams, Alexander;Applegate, James;Barker, Nathaniel;Bartlett, Henry;Beard, Sarah; Beasley, Augustine; Bell, John; Boulware, William;Bradshaw, Jane' Bradshaw, John;Breckinridge, John; Bright, Nicholas;Bruce, George; Bryant, Morgan" Cade, Charles; Caldwell, John; Camper, Henry; Capell, Martin; Chinn, Milly; Clark, John; Clark, William; Clarke, John; Clugett, Ninion; Crawford, James; Crockett, Winder; Curry, Nicholas; Davis, Samuel; Denchman, Jacob; Ellis, William; Epperson, Richard; Epperson, Susannah; Erwin, James; Ferguson, Jonah; Fitzgerald, William; Franks, Elizabeth; Frye, William; Fullerton, William; Gardner, Alexander; George, January; George, Morris; Gillispie, David; Goodin, Martin; Grant, Rebecca; Grant, William; Graves, Thomas; Gwyn, Morris; Haley, William; Hammond, James; Harrison, Hugh; Harrison, Thomas; Hart, Thomas; Henderson, John; Herndon, Thomas; Higgins, Joel; Hill, James; Hillock, Henry; Holder, Sophia; Hollyman, William; Hufford, Ann; Hunter, George; Irvin, James; January, Peter; Jenkins, William; Johnson, John; Kelly, Katherine; Kersner, Casper; Laughlin, Peter; Lingerfelter, Bernard; Lowry, James; Lowry, Stephen; Lucas, Susannah; Luggett, James; Lyle, Robert; MacFarlane, George; Marshall, Henry; Mason, Edmond; Maxfield, George; McCann, Joseph; McConnell, Elizabeth; McCrosky, Samuel; McCullough, Patrick; McDaniel, Reuben; McMurtry, Joseph; McNair, John; Megowan, Robert; Metter, William; Miller, John; Miller, William; Mitchell, William; Moffett, Walter; Montgomery, James; Moon, Archibald; Moore, William; Morris, Daniel; Murphy, Nancy; Nance, John; Nance, Joseph; Neal, Charles; Noe, Randell; Nuttle, Elijah; Parker, James; Parker, Robert; Parrish, John; Parrish, William; Parish, Patsy; Payne, Edward; Payne, Sanford; Pool, Thomas; Prather, Jeremiah; Rankin, Jeremiah; Redman, Benjamin; Reyburk, Adam; Rice, Elizabeth; Robinson, David; Rogers, Bird; Scott, Andrew; Scott, Elizabeth; Scott, William; Sertz, John; Shaw, Nathaniel; Sidenor, Martin; Simpson, Samuel; Smith, Benjamin; Smith, Guy; Smith, James; Smith, Jane; Smith, Mary; Smith, William; Springer, Edward; Spurr, Richard; Steele, Andrew; Stevens, John; Stuart, William; Telford, Joseph; Todd, John; Todd, Levi; Todd, Mary; Turner, Catharine; Vance, John; Vanlindingham, James; Vanlendengham, Richard; Vivion, John; Vonphul, Catharine; Ward, William; Webb, Charles; Webb, John; Webster, John; Webster (estate); Whiteside, William; Whitley, William; Wilgins, John; Williams, John; Wilson, Nancy; Winn, Benjamin; Winn, George; Winn, Owen; Woods, Andrew; Young, George Sr.; Young, John; Young, William 

Images of Wills, Inventories and Estates, Book B, 1809 to 1813 

Testators: Alexander, John; Allen, Benjamin; Applegate, James; Arthur, John; Ashby, Nathaniel; Atwood, Elizabeth; Bacon, William; Bartholomew, Joseph; Bass, Elizabeth; Baxter, German; Baynes, M. C.; Bell, John; Berryman, James; Bindtell, John; Blanton, Carter; Blanton, Richard; Blest, Anthony; Boyce, William; Brandon, John; Breckinridge, John; Brown, Henry; Brumbarger, Frederick; Buice, George; Bullock, James; Cade, Charles; Caldwell, George; Campbell, Charles; Campbell, Robert; Camper, Lettice; Carter, Job; Carter, John; Ceander, John; Chim, William; Clark, Thomas; Clark, William; Clarke, James; Clarke, James L.; Cockwell, John; Comer, Francis; Comer, James; Curry, Nicholas; Daingerfield, William; Daviess, Joseph Hamilton; Davis, Samuel; Delisle, John; Dickey, William; Donaldson, George; Downing, James; Easter, John; Edmiston, John, Capt.; Ellis, Hezekiah; Ellis, William; Elroad, Robert; Emmons, Elias; Estes, John; Fair, Edmund; Franks, Elizabeth; Franks, John; Frey, Joseph; Frye, Jacob; Gillespie, David; Gilliam, Starke; Goodloe, Thomas; Grant, Rebecca; Grimes, Phillip; Harden, Charles; Harper, Peter; Harrison, Hezekiah; Hart, N. G. S;. Hart, Thomas; Hayden, Jeremiah; Henderson, David; Higgins, Azariah; Hill, James; Hollyman, William; Holmes, Jonathan; Humphree, John; Hunt, Robert; Johnson, Mathew; Johnson, Nathan; Jones, H.; Kay, John; Kertly, Larkin; Lay, Abraham; Legrand, John; Legrand, Peter; Lewis, Thomas; Lingenfelder, Bernard; Low, Charles; Lowry, James; Mansell, George; Martin, orphans; Mason, Charles; Matthews, John; McCann, Abediance; McCann, Joseph; McCord, John; McCoy, Kenneth; McCullough, Patrick; McDaniel, John; McMurty, George; McMurtry, Joseph; McQuiney, Thomas; Meglone, Hugh; Nicholas, George; Nichols, George; Noe, Randall; Parker, Robert; Parrish, William; Payne, Daniel McCarty; Payne, Edward; Payne, Henry; Payne, Sanford; Payne, Silas; Pemberton, William; Perry, David; Pettit, Nathaniel; Pilcher, Joshua; Prather, Baruch; Price, Christiana; Price, Philemon; Randall, Nancy; Rice, Elizabeth; Robinson, David; Roffe, Rebecca; Roffe, William; Ross, William; Rose, James; Scott, Andrew; Smith, Benjamin and Mary; Smith, Benjamin; Smith, Dorcas; Smith, Elijah; Smith, Jane; Smith, Martin; Smith, Mary; Spencer, Daniel; Springle, John; Steele, Richard; Stone, John; Statham, Charles; Taylor, Asa; Taylor, Ignatius; Taylor, Phillip; Tegarden, George; Thompson, Hugh; Thompson, James; Tilford, Joseph; Todd, John; Todd, William; Tomlinson, Elijah; Tomlinson, William; Tracy, Anthony; Tundy, William; Turner, Catharine; Vance, Joseph; Vance, Robert; Vaughn, Lewis; Wallace, James; Wasson, James; Welsh, Benjamin; West, Elizabeth; Whiteside, William; Wingate, Camrod; Wood, Andrew; Young, George; Young, Richard Sr.; Young, orphans   Fayette Co. KY Genealogy and History

Thursday, March 23, 2017

German Explores Brought the Rifle, Wagon and Dulcimer into Kentucky #kentuckypioneers

It was German Explorers Brought the Rifle, Wagon and Dulcimer into Kentucky

Conesta WagonIsaac Hite (Hayd), after surveying in Kentucky and returned there with James Harrod to survey Harrodsburg the following year. One of the companions of Daniel Boone was the German Michael Stoner (Holsteiner), a Pennsylvania Dutchman. Matthias Harman (Hermann) was one of the numerous Harmans of eastern Kentucky and was included in the search party that looked for Jenny Wiley in 1789. Both the Kentucky rifle and the Conestoga wagon originated in the German settlement of Pennsylvania, the rifle being transformed from the German Jager rifle. Also, the Appalachian dulcimer is of German origin. Germans were among the eight men who laid out Lexington and in 1790 they comprised 14% of the population. In 1885 the state commissioned Heinrich Lembke to make a tour of German settlements in Kentucky and found that thirteen colonies had spread from Lyon County in the west to Laurel County in the east. Source: Kentucky Encyclopedia by John E. Kleber.  Fayette Co. KY Genealogies and Histories