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Burke County Probate Records

Waynesville, Georgia
The land which formed Burke County was ceded to the English by the Creek Treaties of 1733, 1735 and 1736. By an Act of March 15, 1758 the parish of St. George was established. The county was named for Edmund Burke, a member of the British Parliament who championed the rights of the American colonies. Between 1793 and 1905, the legislature took land from Burke County to help form the new counties of Screven (1793), Jefferson (1796), and Jenkins (1905), and to add area to Richmond County (1841). The county seat of Waynesboro was established in 1794, named after the Revolutionary War hero General. The first will book did not survive. Will Book A, as is included herein, began in 1855; however, the earliest will found in that batch was dated in 1803. Essentially, 1855 and later is more specific to the probate date than to the date in which the wills were signed.

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Images of Burke County Wills 1803 to 1858
  • Allen, Frances (Fanney)
  • Anderson, Augustus H.
  • Antony, William H. D.
  • Archer, Serena
  • Attaway, Elijah
  • Bearrow, Aaron
  • Boyd, Benjamin
  • Brack, Benjamin
  • Brinson, Lucy
  • Brinson, Shepard
  • Chance, Henry
  • Churchill, Mary
  • Evans, Sophia
  • Evans, William J.
  • Gilstrap, Benjamin
  • Green, Jesse P.
  • Hampton, James
  • Inman, Sophia
  • Jones, Abraham
  • Jones, Henry P.
  • Jones, James W.
  • Jones, John M.
  • Jones, Seaborn A.
  • Lane, Thomas
  • Landing, John
  • Lasseter, William
  • Lipsey, Barbara
  • McElmurry, James
  • McNatt, Elizabeth
  • Merritt, George W.
  • Moore, William
  • Murphree, William
  • Murphree, Wright
  • Nasworthy, William
  • Osborne, Robert
  • Owens, John
  • Penrow, William
  • Perkins, B. L.
  • Perkins, David
  • Red, Maria
  • Rogers, William
  • Sapp, Everet
  • Sapp, Mary T.
  • Saxon, William
  • Scarborough, Amelia
  • Shepard, Guthrey
  • Skinner, William W.
  • Tomlin, Zilpha
  • Wallace, William
  • Walker, Francis J.
  • Walton, Thomas
  • Ward, Francis
  • White,Daniel
  • Whitehead, John
  • Williams, William
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Jones, Abraham
  • Lovett, Ann (LWT)dated 1862
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Testators
  • Annual Returns 1858 to 1868
Tax Digests
  • 1798 Burke County Tax Digest, First District
  • 1798 Burke County Slaveholders, First and Second Districts
  • 1798 Slaves in Burke County
Special Notes
  • Burke Notes by Jeannette Holland Austin.
Where to Purchase Books by Jeannette Holland Austin

Georgia Bible Records by Jeannette Holland Austin
The Georgia Frontier, 3 volumes, by Jeannette Holland Austin
Georgia Intestate Records by Jeannette Holland Austin

The Georgians by Jeannette Holland Austin
Index to Georgia Wills by Jeannette Holland Austin
30,638 Burials in Georgia by Jeannette Holland Austin

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