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The "Time Machine" Adventure
Did you ever feel that you would like a "time machine" to step back into the past? Well, you can have this psychologically. And that is by tracing your own heritage, especially with American emigrants because so little has changed in the terrain. As a matter of fact, we probably step upon the same earth, travel the same trails and view the same rolling hills and seashores. Perhaps, a little excavation into the soil will reveal some of their trash. The secret is to begin at the old home place, if you can find it. In this wonderful age, technical advances are making genealogy more of a virtual reality. Digital maps reveal hidden archaeology such as hidden shapes and landscapes at Stonehenge while minimal maps reveal stunning images of the landscape which define old cornfields and cotton crops, forests, roads and trails as a starter. Why even the standard county map legends point us to cemeteries, churches and dirt roads. Inside these "time machine" vehicles, we can find the community where our families once resided with a visual of the footings of old buildings and houses. Actually, the site of the church and the old portion of its cemetery is the compass to more. It is a matter of imagination. The old deeds provide measurements and further description of what the old places looked like as well as the names of neighbors. Old wills, estates, vouchers, receipts and inventories are replete with details of family members and neighbors. For example, who purchased the kitchen furniture? The "time machine" works best with all of the information which you can discover in county records as well as census, church, bibles, cemeteries, and the like. Now, a little research into local history and the problems of the day provide the emotional aspects of community life.
The Durden-Brinson-Bewer House dates during the 1850s and is a historic landmark in Emanuel County. Jacob Durden served as a soldier in the American Revolutionary War as a refugee soldier from Georgia. A descendant, H. Kelmer Durden represented the family in 1966 when I visited him at the Emanuel County Court House. The family comes from Norman stock and the immigrant to America was Stephen Durden who settled in Nansemond County, Virginia. Many generations have resided near Swainsboro, Georgia ever since.
Georgia History Unfolds in Old Wills
Emanuel County Wills, Estates, MarriagesEmanuel County was created in 1812 from Bulloch and Montgomery counties. The county was named for Georgia Governor David Emanuel (1744-1810) Subsequently, portions of Emanuel County were used to create the following counties: Johnson (1858), Jenkins and Toombs (1905), Candler (1914), and Treutlen (1918). The first commissioners in 1812 were: Edward Lane, Francis Pugh, Needham Cox, Eli Whitdon, and Uriah Anderson and in 1813 Jesse Mezzle and Archibald Culberth. The Emanuel County Courthouse has been destroyed by fire five times -- in 1841, 1855, 1857, 1919, and 1938. The county records included here are the earliest surviving.
Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Images of Will Book A, 1825 to 1857
- Index to Emanuel County Marriages 1817 to 1860
Testators: Atkinson, Alexander W.| Barwick, Nathan | Beacham, Lewis | Beasley, Right M.| Bell, Daniel | Bell, John, minors of | Bennett, Benjamin | Bird, William | Bonell, Anthony | Boyd, Eliza | Boyet, Arthur | Boyt, James | Brady minors | Braswell, Kindred | Beasley, Right M. | Brown, Jesse | Brown, Jesse W. | Brown, Mary | Bullock, Rufus B., Gov. (bond of) | Clifton, John | Coleman, Jonathan | Coleman Perry | Cornevah, William | Crooker, Lemuel | Culbreath, Daniel | Daughtry, James | Dekle minors | Douglas minors | Edenfield, Jesse (Gift Deed) | Edenfield minors | Edenfield, Robert | Faircloth, Charles | Fountain, William (Gift Deed) | Gillis, August | Gillis, Murdock | Green, Daniel, minors | Griffith, William L.| Hall, Juniper | Hendly, James | Higdon, Robert (receipt) | Hooks, John | Hutchison, Aaron | Jenkins, Charles C. | Johnson, Benjamin W. | Johnston, William | Jones, William | Kemp, John A. | Ken, William C. | Kirby, Moses to Margaret (Gift Deed) | Knight, Rufus | Kurt, Thomas | Lain, Abraham L. to Benjamin Lain (Gift Deed) | Lane, Edward | Miner, Phillip H. | Moore, James | Morgan, Christopher C.| Nasworthy, George W. | Neel, Judith | Newton, Phillip| Nun, Joshua | Nunez minors | Oglesby minors | Owens, Littleton | Phillips, Ryal Bud Phillips, Sherrod | Rea, Spencer | Rountree, Delilah (Gift Deed) | Rountree, James | Rountree, Nancy| Rowell, William | Rowland, Jules, minor| Sawyers, minors | Sherard, Benjamin| Sherod, minors | Sumner, Joseph | Sutton, Jordan | Tapley, William| Thigpin, Travis | Thompson, Robert\ Tison, Stephen | Turner, Absalom| Walen, James | Wallace minors| Ward, Sarah, widow of Elia|s Warren, James | Webb minors | Wiggins, John | Williams, Hester| Williams, James | Williamson, John| Wolf, John | Wrenn, Susannah to daughter, Sarah Paulett Monroe (Gift Deed)
Images of Wills 1857-1907
Testators: Allen, Morning| Anderson, John H. |Atkinson, Alexander| Banady, J. W|. Barwick, Council (colored)| Barwick, George| Barwick, Lott (Indenture)| Barwick, Nathan| Barwick, Rountree| Beasley, Albert| Bell, Eady F. |Bishop, James| Bishop, William C.| Brinson, Benjamin| Brown, Gideon H.| Brown, James| Brown, Mike| Brown, Queen Elizabeth| Burnett, Ishmay| Carmichael, Mattie M.| Clifton, George| Coleman, Amelia| Coleman, David |Coleman, Elisha| Coleman, Jeremiah| Cowart, Ada| Cowart, Jonas J.| Cross, Augustus A. (Indenture) |Danford, James A.| Brown, James| Deal, William A.| Dickenson, Stephen| Dickey, Joseph W.| Durden, Lotte| Durden, William| Edenfield, Eli J.| Edenfield, James H.| Ellison, James H.| Forehand, William J|. Gains, Jeremiah| Garbutt, George| Gillis, Catharine| Hall, William (Indenture) |Hargrove, Vincent B.| Harrington, James H.| Hendley, Edel| Hendly, Wade| Henly, Thomas F.| Hooks, Jonathan| Hutchison, Aron| Hutchison, Moses| Jones, S. S.| Jordan, William| Kent, Daniel| Kersey, Thomas| Key, Wiley| Lamb, L. J.| Lane, Benjamin L.| Lewis, Zachariah |McLemon, Ira F.| McLemore, John L.| McLeod, Duncan| McLeod, J. W|. Moseley, Clement C.| Odom, Archibald| Oglesby, John W.| Oglesby, Seaborn| Overstreet, John| Parish, Isiah Mitchell| Phillips, Wilder| Phillips, William| Rabb, Ella W.| Rountree, George S.| Rountree, John R. |Sherod, Benjamin| Sherrod, Benjamin| Smith, Jacob L.| Smith, White V.| Stephens, James B. |Stephens, William| Stoud, John| Sumner, Jethro| Sumner, Mary D.| Sumner, Richard |Sumner, Richard |Thigpen, Malancton |Ward, Fereby| Watson, Rachel |Youmans, Nathaniel E. |Youman, Solomon |Youngblood, Spencer
Annual Returns, Book A, 1836 to 1866
Names of Estates: Barnes, Juliann |Beasley, Right | Bird, Lewis (estate) | Brice, William | Bronson, Alexander | Cowart, Abraham | Deal, Simon | Drew guardians | Dunsford, Etheldred | Dunsford orphans | Gay, Mathew | Green, Daniel | Griffin, Casandria | Griffin, James | Griffin, John | Griffin, Mary | Griffin, Reuben | Hall, James | Hurdly, William | Hutchinson, John | Hutchinson, Joshua | Jenkins, John | Jenkins, Mary | Jenkins, Samson | Johnson, John | Johnson, Mary | Johnson, Roan | Johnson, Seaborn | Johnson, Susanna | Martin, Thomas | Neal, Mitchell | Nunn, James Orkey, Warren Rey | Pullen, Henry | Reubin, Mary | Rey, William | Roberts, Nathan | Sconn orphans | Searcy, Ludusky | Sherrad, Benjamin | Smith Amanda | Stroud, James | Stroud, Thomas | Thomson, Hugh | Walea, James | Wiggins, Elihu | Wiggins, Jesse | Williams, Hester | Williams, Thomas
Indexes to Probate Records
- Wills, Administrations, Guardians, Bonds, Book A 1815-1868.
- Minute Book 1841 to 1857
Misc. Wills and Estates
Roberts, Nathan, LWT (1828), image of original
Sison, Stephen, LWT.
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