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Decatur County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Brinson, Georgia Decatur County was created from Early County in 1823 by an Act of the General Assembly It was named after U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. In 1920, Seminole County was created entirely from Decatur County. Also, portions of Decatur County were used to help create Thomas County (1825) and Grady County (1905). South Georgia counties adjacent to Decatur, as well as counties in Florida should also be researched. Early Settlers: Samuel Braswell, W. H. Barbour, B. F. Byrd, Absalom Brown, John Birch, Robert H. Butler, J. J. Chason, A. B. Campbell, John Cameron, Alfred Chester, Jesse Collins, Hardy Crawford, J. L. Durham, John Dollar, William Donalson, R. F. Evans, H. S. Farish, Jesse Glover, Peter Gray, William Hutchinson, R. H. Harrell, D. P. Hines, Jacob Zeigler, and others.

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Images of Decatur County Wills, Book A, 1828 to 1838
Testators: Buie, Malcom ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, John ;Donelson, John ;Everett, William ;Fain, Thomas; Faircloth, Cader ;Gaines, George ;Harrell, Mary ;Harris, Sterling ;Kemp, Daniel ;McCreless, John ;Powell, William ;Rawls, John ;Rogers, John and Wright, William
Wills 1828 to 1838 (abstracts).

Images of Decatur County Wills 1838 to 1865
Testators: Amoss, Mary ;Ashley, Jesse ;Ballard, Rufus ;Barbour, Wiley ;Bell, Augustus ;Benton, William ;Blount, Phillip ;Braswell, Samuel ;Brock, Martha ;Butler, Robert ;Campbell, Archibald ;Campbell, Daniel ;Cassels, William; Chambers, William ;Chisolm, Robert ;Cleburn, Temperance ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, Jesse ;Cooper, Samuel ;Crawford, Bennet ;Cunningham, Albert ;Daffin, John ;Devaughn, Sarah ;Davidon, Robert H. M. ;Donalson, Rachel ;Donalson, William ;Douglass, Alexander ;Douglas, Harriet ;Douglass, John A. ;Douglass, Sanders ;Ellis, Edwin ;Evans, John W. ;Ferguson, Isaac ;Freeman, Hannah ;Freeman, Jacob; Gainey, Reddick ;Gardner, Sarah ;Gray, Peter ;Griffin, Lee ;Griffin, Susan ;Hamilton, Robert ;Harrell, John Sr. ;Harrell, Mary ;Hines, Anne;Howell, Samuel ;Hutchinson, John ;Hutto, Martin ;Ingram, Hugh ;Johnson, Deliam ;Johnson, Jesse ;Johnson, Jesse (2) ;Johnson, Joshua;Jones, John; Kelly, William Wade ;Lonen, Squire ;Long, Shadrack ;Loper, William ;Lovett, David ;Malone, John ;McElveen, John ;McElvy, William; McGriff, Sarah ;Meeks, Bennet ;Michaux, Joseph ;Mitchell, Greene ;Montgomery, Sarah ;Montgomery, William ; Murphy, Butts ;Newberry, John ;Nicholson, Duncan ;Nicholson, Malcom ;Owens, William ;Parks, Virgil; Paulk, Micajah; Powell, Jethro ;Pullin, Elias ;Pumphrey, Redin ;Regan, Roberson ;Rhodes, William ;Rogers, Benjamin ;Ruckley, Anthony ;Ruckley, William S. ;Russell, Louiza;Scott, Rhoda; Slade, Jeremiah ;Smallwood, F. ;Smart, Edmund ;Smith, Archibald ;Strickland, Reuben ;Sweet, G. ;Thomas, Hezekiah ;Thomas, Nancy ;Truluck, Joseph ;Waller, R. A. ;Whiddon, William ;Whiddon, William (2) ;Whitaker, John ;White, John ;White, Martin;Wilson, James;Wooten, Eliza ;Wooten, Shadrack and Wooten, William
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" You Fought Many Battles and you are Only Sixteen Years old!"
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Joel Darcey was only fourteen years old when he was sent to the mill of Colonel John Twiggs in Burke County (now Jefferson)for the purpose of having some corn ground when suddenly he was taken by Tories and carried off to Savannah where he was put in prison and kept by the British until January or February of 1779.


British Prison Ship Jersey

Apparently, he and another man by the name of Moore escaped, lashing in the woods by day, traveling by night, until they came to Hudson Ferry on the Savannah River. By now both men were hungry and starving. Darcey saw a familiar face, man which he knew to be a man from Glynn County. This man told Captain Stephen Johnson the identify of Joel Darcey and had him sent across the river to be fed. Therefore Darcey proceeded to Augusta where he joined the command of Colonel John Twiggs. When summer arrived, Colonel Twiggs had word that the British had established a store on the Ogeechee branch about twenty miles from Savannah for the purpose of trading with the Indians and Tories. This store was guarded by a British sergeant and twelve men. Twiggs took Capt. David Imanuel, William Young, Joel Darvey and about thirty other men on horseback to the Ogeechee River and captured the twelve men. Then, retreated up river about four miles to the plantation of Mr. Butler where they took their prisoners. About 2 o'clock on the same day were attacked at the Butler plantation by Captain Muller and Lt. Swanton with thirty-nine men. Therefore, they returned to a post on Beach Island, about 120 miles from the store. Colonel Twiggs removed his family from Burke County to Virginia and Colonel Elijah Clarke took command on Tiger River, South Carolina during September of 1781 and proceeded to attack Colonel Brown in Augusta. After being in battle throughout the day, Darcey went to visit his mother for several house. She had removed from Burke County to Butler Creek which was about six miles from Augusta. She said to him, "My son, you have been in many battles, and you are sixteen years old this very day." Joel Darcey had a brother, Joseph Darcey, who was captured by the Tories on Brushy Creek and carried to Charleston, South Carolina where he died on a prison ship in 1780 or 1781. Another brother, James Darcey, a Lieutenant, was drafted into the war and was stationed in Savannah. After the war, Joel Darcey settled in Decatur County.

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