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Clues into Military Names, Ranks, Clinch County Militia of 1861

Georgia Rifles 1861 Family Legends are interesting, but they rarely provide accurate information. I have a friend who insisted that he was related to "General Robert E. Lee." However, the proper genealogical research into census and county records revealed that to be impossible. However, he did have a Lee ancestor born in North Carolina in 1787 by the name of "Jeneral" Lee. Firt names such as "Majer" and "Jeneral" were commonly used to name children in some regions of the country. However, these names had nothing to do with rank. Yet, the title of "Colonel" was frequently used, probably by residents who served in local militias and achieved some sort rank. A senior resident, for example, who may have earned the rank of Captain or Major in the Militia, might be respectfully addressed as "Colonel." Although the pecularity of names might present some issues to the researcher, it best serves as clues of generations past. State Archives catalog the names of persons who served in the militia and this source should be exhausted in order to clarify who held rank and where they served.

Way Down Upon the Suwanee River

Suwanee River In South Georgia, the Suwanee river rises in the Okefenokee Swamp, emerging at Fargo, Georgia, then runs southwest into Florida, dropping in elevation through limestone layers resulting in a rare Florida whitewater rapid. It then turns west near White Springs, Florida, receiving the waters of the Alapaha and Withlacoochee rivers, which together drain much of south-central Georgia.

Map of Clinch County


Clinch County Court House

Clinch County

Clinch County Wills and Estates


Homerville, Georgia

Clinch County was created on Feb. 14, 1850 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 126). Georgia's 95th county was created from portions of Lowndes and Ware counties. Estate records do not begin until 1868.

Earliest settlers: Charles Cowart, Penelope Carter, Abraham Griffis, John Knight, Thomas Nettles, J. A. Osteen, Isham Pattison, David J. Sirmans, William E. Smith, John M. Williams.

Clinch County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages
  • Index 1867 to 1874
  • Index to Licenses 1874 to 1889
Digital Images of Wills 1888 to 1904
Testators:
Booth, Irwin
Crawford, C. C.
Fender, Martin
Herring, Charity
Jones, Fannie
Mattox, Franklin
Moore, William
Sirmans, Daniel
Smith, David
Smith, William
Stotesberry, Peter
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Will Book C 1868 to 1911.
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book A, 1895 to 1916
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book B, 1896 to 1960

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