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William Few, a resident of Maryland, came to Columbia County Georgia where he received bounty land grants in 1769 and 1781. While still in Maryland William Few and a brother associated themselves with the "Regulators", a group of frontiersmen who opposed the royal governor. As a result, the brother was hanged and the Few family farm was destroyed. Few Sr. was forced to move once again, this time to Georgia. William Jr. remained behind, helping to settle the affairs of his father, until 1776 when he joined his family near Wrightsboro, Georgia. About this time, he won admittance to the bar, based on earlier informal study, and set up practice in Augusta. When the War for Independence began, Few embraced the Whig cause and beame a lieutenant-colonel in the dragoons. During 1776, he was elected to the Georgia provincial congress of 1776; and twice served in the assembly during 1777 and 1779. He also served in the Continental Congress (1780 to 1788) and was reelected to the Georgia Assembly. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and later became one of the first U. S. Senators from Georgia. When Few died in 1828 he was first buried in the yard of the local Reformed Dutch Church, later reinterred in the churchyard of St. Paul Church in Augusta.
Columbia County Wills and EstatesColumbia County was created in 1777 and is the site of Augusta, Georgia where the earliest Indian trading posts thrived during Colonial days, trading pelts with whites from Savannah to Augusta. After the American Revolution, a group of Quakers settled in Columbia County in that portion which later became McDuffie County. Researchers should research Richmond and Columbia Counties together, because land boundaries and the overlapping of family plantations, etc. The Estate Accounts represent where heirs were paid, etc. Inventories and Sales also reflect purchases from the estate by family members. Letters of Administration prove a person's death irregardless of whether a will or other estate records was found. A good rule of thumb is that the heirs usually filed within several days of death of the decedent.
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Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills 1790 to 1804 (abstracts).
- Wills 1803 to 1821 (abstracts).
- Wills 1822 to 1842 (abstracts).
- Wills 1843 to1888 (abstracts).
- Wills (1803 to 1821)
- Will Book X (1839 to 1859).
- Letters of Administration 1788 to 1825.
- Distribution of Estates (1809 to 1827).
- Inventories, Sales, etc., Book G (1804 to 1810).
- Inventories, Sales, etc. (1821 to 1829).
- Inventories, Sales, etc., Book X (1829 to 1839).
- Inventories, Sales, etc., Book EE (1839 to 1850).
- Accounts of Estates, Book L (1813 to 1821).
- Accounts of Estates, Book M (1820 to 1826).
- Accounts of Estates, Book CC (1824-1833).
- Deeds, Book A (1791-1794).
- Deeds 1801-1803.
- Deeds, Book E (1816).
Images of Miscellaneous Documents
- 1787 to 1863
- Marriage Contracts found in Deeds and Other Documents.
- Cartlidge. Sales of Perishable Property of the Estate of Thomas Cartlidge, deceased, Book EE (1839to 50).
- Cole. Inventory of the Estate of Isaac Cole, deceased, Book G (1804-1810).
- Darsey. Inventory of Estate of George Darsey, deceased, page 285. Inventory Book EE (1839-1850).
- Dooly. Appraisement of the Estate of Thomas Dooly, deceased, Book EE (1839-50).
- Going. Return of the Estate of William Going, deceased, Book EE (1839-50).
- Gray. Inventory of the Estate of Nancy Gray, deceased, Book EE (1839-50).
- Lamkin. Last Will and Testament of James Lamkin dated 1791, Loose Wills.
- Lamkin. Last Will and Testament of James Lamkin dated 1844, Loose Wills.
- Lamkin. Inventory of Property of the Estate of James Lamkin, deceased., Book EE (1839-50).
- Lamkin. Samuel Lamkin deed to Elizabeth Norment, 1808. Book P., page 13.
- Norment. Inventory of Estate of William C. Norment dated 1805. Book G (1804-1810)..
- Norment. 1795 Deed of William Norment to John Lamkin, pp. 454-5, Book A.
- Peek. John Peek Sr. deed to John Peek, Jr., Book O, pp. 318-319.
- Sims, Mann, LWT (1873), digital image of original document.
- Sutherland, John, LWT (1820), digital image.
- Tankersley. Appraisement of Personal Property of the Estate of William Tankersley, deceased, Book EE (1839-50).
- Whitcomb. Deed of Notley Whitcomb to Allen Warren 10/13/1802. Book E (1816), pp. 333-334.
- Youngblood. Letters of Administration to George Youngblood, Estate of Abraham Youngblood, deceased (1788-98).
- Youngblood. Deed to George Youngblood and wife, Nancy to Jesse Offutt 12-17-1801. Book E (1816), pp. 183-4.
- Youngblood. Deed of John Youngblood and wife, Anne to Anderson Crawford 2/5/1801. Book E (1816).
- Youngblood. Deed to John Youngblood and wife, Anne to Abraham Youngblood 4/4/1803. Book E (1816), pp. 419-420.
- Origins of Original Settlers
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