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Appling, Georgia Columbia 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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William Few
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
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. William Few
William Few Jr. (1748-1828)

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.


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