Henry County Wills and Estates
When tracing ancestors in Henry County, it is important to remember that this was the parent county for DeKalb and Fulton Counties. Therefore, those persons who drew in the 1821 Land Lottery may have gotten land as far North as Atlanta. The important thing to check for is the District and Land Lot Number as this will help narrow it down. Suffice it to say that in the days of Marthasville, people probably neglected to travel to McDonough to file their deeds, wills and other records. It is therefore prudent to also examine DeKalb, Rockdale and Fulton Counties for additional clues.
Henry County was created in 1821 from Dooly, Houston, Monroe and Fayette Counties. It once comprised the City of Atlanta, then Marthasville, which is now known as Underground Atlanta,
thus an inspection of the early land grants issued during the 1820's for Henry County also include today's Fulton County. Henry County's first superior court met on June 10, 1822 at the house of William Ruff.
The first courthouse was built in 1823 on the town square of McDonough, but it burned soon thereafter. About 1831, a new brick courthouse was built in the public square, which served until the current three-story
brick courthouse was built in 1897. The new courthouse was built across the street facing the public square, which became a park with a tall Confederate monument erected in the center. The courthouse was restored and renovated in 1980-81. In 2000, construction began on a new annex adjacent to the current courthouse.
Henry County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Images of Original Wills and Bonds 1822 to 1834
Testators: Arnold, orphans; Baily, orphans; Barber, Margaret; Barber, William; Barnes, Willis, bond; Barr, John, LWT; Beard, Robert, LWT; Belch, orphans; Bentley, Jesse, LWT; Bishop, Ephraim, LWT; Bledsoe, orphans; Bowden, Jesse, LWT; Bussey, orphans; Chapman, Britton; Cleveland, Andrew (estate); Collier, orphan; Crawford, William, LWT; Crayton, Thomas; Credille, orphans; Crumley, Anthony; Curd, Richard; Davis, Abner; Elliott, Elizabeth, bond; Fletcher, James, bond; Foster, John; Fowler, Solomon, bond; Freeman, Abraham; Garner, Elizabeth Watts ; Garner, John; Garner, William, bond; Glenn, Thomas; Gollman, John; Gray, Samuel; Hand, Joseph, LWT; Harlin, orphans; Harp, William; Hay, orphans; Hearn, Elisha, bond; Heflin, Wiley, LWT; Hendrick, Hugh; Hudman, John (estate); Johnson, Isaac; Key, Joseph; Key, Joseph, bond ; Lander, orphan; Lenney, William; Lewis, Peter; Madocks, Jacob, bond; Madox, Benjamin; Mangum, Wiley; Martin, John, bond; McBride, Andrew, LWT; McKey, John, bond; McClendon, Thomas; McCutchen, William; Meacham, James, bond; Meek, Elizabeth; Messer, orphan; Moss, Daniel, bond; Oxford, Anna; Oxford, Edward; Phillips, Aventon, bond; Phillips, Isham; Ragland, William, LWT; Ray, John, LWT ; Richardson, David; Rose, William, bond; Rowan, Robert; Russell, James; Sansing, Charles; Selfridge, Robert; Smith, Burton, bond; Smith, George, LWT; Smith, Joseph, bond; Smith, Parks, LWT; Starkes, orphans; Stegall, Samuel, LWT (1848); Terrell, John; Tindell, Jonathan; Travis, Jesse, LWT; Valentine, orphan; Vinings, orphan; Watson, James; Weems, John, bond; White, Anderson; White, orphans; Whitsell, John; Wilburn, Margaret; Willis, Elizabeth, bond; Willis, Martin, bond; Wyatt, William, bond; Wyatt, orphan; Yendel, Robert, bond
Images of Wills and Bonds (1834-1869)
Testators: Babb, Abner Barnett, George Baxter, Reuben Bayne, Charles Beard, Robert Beck, William Bennett, Emily Bentley, Jesse Berry, James Bishop, Ephraim Bishop, Phillip Black, Silvey Bonner, Smith Bowden, Jesse Boynton, Elijah Brannon, Littleberry Brown, Andrew Brown, Sabra Brown, William Brumfield, Charlotte Calloway, William Cardin, James Carnes, Eli Carter, Amelia Cash, John Chapman, Button Childs, John Cleavland, Jacob Clements, David Cloud, Ezekiel Coker, Ezekiel Colvin, John Cook, Samuel Cothren, Jesse Cothren, Jesse Craig, Fred Crockett, John Crumbley, Ferdinand Dailey, John Dailey, Rachel Danill, James Davis, Abner Dodson, Joshua Dorsey, John Driver, Amy Duffey, John Evans, Pleasant Fargason, Johnson, David Freeman, Noah Fryer, James Fulleton, Thomas Gallman, Henry Gardner, Thomas Garrett, Mariah George, David, Sr. Gilbert, James Green, William Griffin, William Hail, Francis Hammond, Samuel Hand, Joseph Hanson, Samuel Hardy, Carrie Harper, Rhoderick Hartsfield, Godfrey Hearne, Osborne Heflin, Wiley Sr. Henderson, Richard Hennesey, John Hudman, John Ingram, John Jackson, John Jackson, Nathan Johnson, Elisha Johnson, Stephen Kimbell, Benjamin Kimbell, Christopher Kimbell, David Knight, Charles Knowles, James Latta, Anna Lavender, William Lee, Solomon Legar, Ann Lemon, Alexander; Lewis, George Lights, Joseph Little, Dorothy Little, Zabud Lovejoy, John Lowe, Edmond Lyle, John Martin, Thomas McBride, Andrew McCants, David McClendon, Samuel McCord, William McCutchen, Elisha McKee, Mary McNair,Samuel McRight, James Merritt, Henry Miller, Charles Sr. Milner, A. Mitchell, William Moore, Isaac Moore, John Moore, Samuel Moore, Willis Moseley, Benjamin Moseley, Silas Nolen, James Owens, John Owens, John Owensby, Thomas Pair, Thomas Pattillo, James Pendley, John Phillips, Arrington Phillips, Hiram Pool, James Pool, Temperance Presley, John Prickett, Jesse Primrose, Lucy Ragland, Sarah Ragland, William Rape, Allen Rape, Margaret Ray, Elizabeth Ray, John Sr. Richardson, Jordan Roan, Leonard Roane, Leonard Robinson, Archibald Roper, Jeremiah Rowan, Robert Sr. Ruff, Daniel Russell, James Sims, George Smith, Gary Smith, Parks Spruice, John Steel, Robert Stegall, Samuel Stephens, Joshua Stilwell, Elijah Strickland, Huldah Strickland, Solomon Stroud, William Tanner, Joseph Tauggle, William Travis, Jesse Turner, Benjamin Turnipseed David Varner, John Vincon, Elisha Wade, John Ward, Allbrittainward Watson, James Waugh, Alexander Weems, Samuel Wesley, Pittman Wiggins, Christopher Willard, Royal Wilson, Joshua Wolf, Peter Yarbrough, Thomas Young, George
Indexes to Probate Records
- Contracts found in Deeds and Other Documents
- 1822 to 1850
- Wills and Bonds, 1822 to 1834
- Wills, Book A, 1834 to 1869
- Henry County Wills, Book B, 1869 to 1896