Dade County was created on Dec. 25, 1837 entirely from Walker County. Earliest settlers: Alvin Adkins, James R. Allison, S. E. Bromley, William J. Cagle, John M. Cantrell, William C. Cureton, J. A. Dozier, Thomas F. Smith, Ben F. Parker, Henry Arline, John and William Harrell. The earliest surviving will book was 1903 to 1948, so researchers need to use the other estate books, such as inventories and appraisements.
Dade County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
Images of Wills and Estates 1884 to 1886
- Inventories, Appraisements, Returns and Sales of Estates 1853 to 1877.
- Will Bk A, 1903 to 1948.
- Wills, Minutes, Estates, Book B, 1884 to 1904.Testators: Allison, Hugh;Allison, James;Allison, L. W.;Cheek, A. J.;Cole, William; Cross, Alfred;Davis orphans;Hook, L. H., Mrs.;Killian,Parthena;Killian, W. H.;Morrison orphan;Nunnally, T. J.;Pace, J. G.;Patterson, Jonathan;Smith, J. C.;Sutton, Henry;Tatum, John;Townsend, Johnson
Finding our Roots Provides Meaning to Our Existence
By Jeannette Holland Austin
In the course of time, everyone seems to have a need to understand more about themselves. Like those who walked before us in time, we also have questions. Suddenly we realize that we did not make the decision to break off from Great Britain nor fight in a great war for freedom from kings and tyranny. And yet we glance about the world today and behold generations of young folks who do not know the history of America! How is anyone to realize that they bear the DNA of ancestors who made America free and that it is our duty to teach our children their identify in the scheme of things. Had I known that one of my ancestors bore the hardships and massacres of Jamestown, perhaps I would not have whined so much during my youth and worn a greater mantle of respect. Every generation has its troubles. Yet, it is the investigation into the past, through other eras of time and the people of our blood who chose to follow a greater charge which awakens the spirit of mankind. After researching our roots, we can gently remind our children of those times and plant in them the seeds of responsibility.
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