How Tax Records Help the Genealogist
The tax digests in any given county in the State of Georgia provides essential data to the researcher as it lists all of the parcels of land which the person owned and in what counties. In Georgia, one can easily define the acquisition of properties from lotteries and the approximate date simply by noting the amount of acreage in the tax record. For example, the 1805 and 1807 land lotteries offered 202-1/2 acres in Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties; and 490 acres in Wayne County (1805). During 1820: Appling (490), Early (250); Gwinnett (250); Habersham (250) (490); Hall (250); Irwin (490); Rabun (490)(250) and Walton (250). The 1827 Land Lottery gave 202-1/2 acres in Carroll, Coweta, Lee, Muscogee and Troup. The 1832 lottery consisted of 202-1/2 acres in Cass (now Bartow), Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding and Union Counties. These are all Indian lands belonging to the Creeks and Cherokees. There was also a lottery encompassing North Georgia lands formerly owned by the Cherokees where people drew for 40-acre gold lots and one can assume the occupation was that of a "gold miner". The best route to information is to first search the lottery records, then the tax digests in specific counties. In many instances, the names of waterways and creeks are provided, also the type of timber on the land, and the name of the adjoining landowner (if there was one). The digests were not indexed and are listed by districts. It is a good idea to search through the time period during which the families resided in that county. In the back of each book is a section of "Defaulters". That is important in discerning whether the family had moved on, or died. A good rule of thumb is that any person listed as a defaulter who was 60+ years of age, probably died in that county. A thorough study of the tax digests becomes essential especially if no other books survived for that county. This is where the tracts of land of each person having the same surname should be compared from one year to the next. For example, John Smith was listed for a number of years. Then, there was an administrator beside his name. (This is the approximate date of his death). Then, following through the years, another persons with the same surname has that exact acreage added to his accounting. This would be an heir, probably the oldest son. A good practice is to make copies of the digest for later comparisons between probable heirs, neighbors and friends. John Smith may appear many times, but how do you know if he is the same John Smith? The answer is to always take notes of the neighbors. Everyone listed in the same district are friends and relatives. It is the community as well as the history of the times!
The Dr. James L. Lovvorn House was built about 1895, and is situated upon a corner lot at 113 East College Street in Bowdon, Georgia near the intersections of GA 100 and GA 166. Dr. Lovvorn was a graduate of Bowdon College; the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and from the University of Georgia Medical Department in 1886. He purchased the lot of land from John Shelnutt in 1888 for the purpose of building a Queen Anne-style home with gas lights and a fireplace in every room. His medical office was located on the first floor.
Carroll County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Tax Digests, Deeds
Carroll County was established by an act of the Georgia legislature on June 9, 1825. It was named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence. The original Carroll County was a very large triangular area extending from Alabama on the west to the Chattahoochee River on the east and south. The northern boundary of the county was the Cherokee Nation. Eventually parts of five other counties, viz: Campbell, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, and Troup were taken from the original Carroll County. Carroll County was the famous Creek Indian lands signed away in the Treaty of Indian Springs in 1825 which got chief William McIntosh murdered. The home of Chief McIntosh was located in present-day Carroll County along the Chattahoochee River. Much of the personal land of McIntosh, known since 1825 as the McIntosh Reserve, is today a county park. The county seat was originally located at Old Carrollton, in the eastern part of the county near the community of Sand Hill. In 1829 the current site was selected, and the name Troupsville was suggested by the inhabitants. Researchers should consider the bordering Alabama counties when doing research.
Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Images of Carroll County Will Book A (1852-1900)
- 1822 to 1860
- 1885 to 1886 (from newspapers)
Testators:Adams, Absalom ;Adams, William ;Alford, Jeptha ;Allen, Larkin A. ;Allen, Larkin P. ;Amory, George Washington ;Anthony, Nancy ;Ashley, Mary A. F. ;Autrey, Jacob ;Awtery, W. H. ;Bailey, William ;Barnes, Jetnro H. ;Barr, Josiah K. ;Barrow, James ;Barrow, Thomas J. ;Baskins, James ;Baskins, Thomas W. ;Bartlett, H. B. ;Baxter, Eliza ;Beam, Annis ;Beck, John ;Bennett, Shadrack ;Benson, Eli ;Blackman, James ;Bloodworth, David M. ;Bloodworth, W. L. ;Bonner, John ;Bonner, Thomas Sr. ;Bonner, Zaddock ;Boon, William R. ;Bridges, James ;Brock, William T. ;Brooks, V. J.? ;Brooks, William ;Brooks, William J. ;Brown, Samuel ;Bryant, John ;Bryce, James ;Burson, G. W. ;Burke, Eugenia ;Burks, William ;Burnett, Absalom ;Burson, G. W. ;Buyers, John ;Camp, F. M. ;Camp, Wesley ;Carnes, Thomas ;Carr, A. S.? ;Carr, John T. ;Carr, J. T. ;Carson, J. W. ;Chambers, William P. ;Chance, George W. ;Chance, Warren ;Chandler, Thomas ;Chapman, Deborah S. ;Cheaves, Sarah, widow ;Cobb, Mary ;Cobb, William W. ;Cochran, Eli ;Cook, B. H. ;Cook, James ;Cook, Shem ;Cook, Thomas ;Copeland, William ;Cox, Mary ;Crockett, Robert ;Curry, Eliza ;Dimmicks, William ;Dobbs, Silas ;Dorris, John ;Dougherty, Dennis ;Driskell, George ;Driskell, William ;Driver, John ;Duke, Thomas ;Dumony, John ;Dyer, John ;Edge, M. L. ;Embry, Abel B. ;>Entrekin, Samuel ;Entrekin, Samuel ;Entrekin, William ;Faver, B. M. ;Foster, William J. ;Fowler, Elbert ;Garr, R. W. ;Garrison, William ;Gentry, Elisha ;Gilley, Matilda ;Golden, Allison ;Golden, Caleb ;Goodson, Mary ;Goss, R. W. ;Grice, Larry ;Griffin, Charles W. ;Griffin, J. V. ;Griffin, Thomas W. ;Hamilton, John ;Hammock, Susan ;Hamrick, James M. ;Hamrick, J. D. ;Hanes, Sherrod H. ;Hart, Samuel ;Hatley, John ;Helmer, John ;Hicks, Green ;Hoge,Martha ;Holoway, Solomon ;Holland, Jerusha ;Hutchison, Arthur ;Jackson, Ephraim ;Johnson, Aaron ;Johnson, Aaron ;Johnson, J. F. ;Johnson, Susan J. ;Johnson, William ;Johnston, William F. ;Jones, Daniel ;Jones, Elizabeth ;Jones, Orran ;Jones, Thomas ;Jordan, M. V. ;Juhan, D. B. ;Juhan, James Johnson ;Juhan, Jessie ;Keese, John Hamilton ;Kenidy, Thomas ;Kinney, Elizabeth ;King, James? ;King, Searcy ;Kingsberry, Sanford ;Kinney, Elizabeth ;Laney, Solomon M. ;Long, John ;Long, Theoliphus ;Louderman, Henry ;Lyle, Kerby ;Mabry, Branch M. ;Mabry, Charles ;Malone, Jeremiah ;Manderville, Appleton ;Marlow, Wiley ;Martin, E. B. ;Martin, Emanuel ;Martin, Henry C. ;Martin, Nathan ;Matthews, Abel ;McAllister, James B. ;McClure, Samuel ;McCollister, Andrew ;McCurdy, Robert T. ;McGarity, John ;McKee, Mary A. ;McKee, Richard Wood ;McKenzie, J. P. ;McMullen, Andrew ;McPherson, Frances, Mrs. ;McPherson, H. L. ;McWhorter, Leroy ;Meek, Nancy ;Meese, Jesse ;Merrill, Henry F. ;Mitchell, John B. ;Mitchell, N. ;Moor, William W. ;Moore, Jesse W. ;Moore, Lucy Clark ;Moore, Robert ;Morgan, John D. ;Morgan, William ;Morris, Joseph ;Mostellor, Jonathan ;Neal, Stephen H. ;Norman, W. J. ;O'Neal, William ;Owensby, S. J. F. ;Pinson, Eli ;Pitts, Hilliard W. ;Polson, Jonathan ;Pool, T. J. ;Pope, James F. ;Potts, Sarah ;Price, C. C. ;Price, Richard C. ;Reed, Matthew ;Reese, J. C. ;Reeves, James ;Reeves, Mary ;Roberts, James M. ;Roberts, Julia M. ;Robinson, Andrew J. ;Roop, Martin ;Rowe, Allen ;Ruffin, Richard ;Russell, Harris ;Scoggins, James ;Scoggins, John H. ;Scudder, William ;Sharp, Hiram Sr. ;Sharp, Hiram ;Smith, B. M. ;Smith, John ;Smith, Nathaniel ;Smith, Sarah S. ;Smith, Wesley ;Sprewell, John F. ;Sprewell, W. J. M. ;Staples, John ;Stephenson, James M. ;Stewart, James ;Stewart, John W. ;Stewart, William ;Stillwell, Safronia Caroline ;Stogner, John ;Tanner, William ;Taylor, James ;Taylor, William N. ;Thomason, F. M. ;Thurmon, Richard ;Thurman, William ;Timmons, William ;Turner, Hiram ;Turner, Horace ;Turner, William ;Upshaw, Atkin ;Upshaw, George M. ;Upshaw, George W. ;Urquhart, William ;Veazey, Caleb ;Waddell, Alfred ;Walker, Joseph ;Walker, Larkin ;ward, John L. ;Ward, William ;Warren, Jesse ;Warren, J. V. ;Warren, Thomas J. ;White, A. F. ;Williams, Joel ;Williams, Solomon F. ;Wilson, Moses ;Wood, Jordan ;Wood, Richard ;Wood, Thomas ;Wood, William ;Woodall, Jesse ;Woodley, James B. ;Woods, Joel ;Woody, John ;Wooley, James ;Word, Thomas A. ;Wyatt, John J.
Annual Returns, Estates, Wills. Book B, 1841 to 1853.This important book went unindexed until now! The names were not included in the General Estate Index! However, all of the images were recently scanned and are now available to members of Georgia Pioneers.
Bailey, Robert S.;
Carter, Solomon S.;
Freeman, E. F.
Fruman, Edridge (orphans):
Hainey, William (minors);
Hunt, George W.;
Mabry, Sarah Ann;
Magors or Majors, Wright W.;
Maley, Thomas (orphans):
Maley or Mabry (orphans):
Smith, James C.;
Smith, William F.;
Williams, Henry J.;
Win, H. H.;
Miscellaneous Deeds and Tax Digests
Indexes to Probate Records and Deeds
- Holland, Edmund W.
- Watson, Asa
- Watson, Benjamin
- Watson, Burton
- Watson, James
- Watson, J. B.
- Watson, John
- Watson, John P.
- Watson, J. P.
- Watson, R. A.
- Watson, Tyre
Index to Deed Book 1843 to 1847
Index to Deed Book 1858 to 1863
Index to Deed Book L, 1867-1869 (includes images of indentures)
Index to Deed Books 1884 to 1887 (includes images of indentures)
- General Index to Annual Returns and Vouchers 1831 to 1885 (did not include Book B, 1841 to 1853)
- Index to Inventories, Appraisements and Returns 1854-1857
- Index to Book A, 1852 to 1896
- Index to Will Book B, 1896 to 1922
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