Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
Pioneers and Peanuts
The risks of venturing across untamed territories could be daunting. Especially, if it was in South Georgia among the Creeks. The division of Irwin County was the result of Treaties made with local Indians, but before those lands were opened for settlement, white people were not welcome. Yet, there were trading posts around Augusta and middle Georgia near Fort Hawkins and the Indian Agency. The territories of Appling, Irwin, and Early counties were ceded in 1814 and 1818. Irwin was created by an Act of the Legislature in 1818 and later on the five adjacent counties were taken from Irwin. It was offered in the land lottery in units of 490 acres. During 1820 each lot was priced at $18, but by 1831 the price had been reduced to $5 per lot. Its sandy, loamy soil produces peanut crops for which it is known today. In other words, peanuts are no small item in Ocilla.
Irwin County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages
Irwin County was on Dec. 15, 1818 from Creek lands acquired in 1814 by the Treaty of Fort Jackson. Therefore, genealogists should acquire a little history and determine the trail. Generally, the places to search are Irwin, Early and Appling. The 1821 Land Lottery attracted settlers to draw 490 acres.
Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Will Book No. 1, 1821-1864
- Annual Returns, Appraisements, Sales, Minutes, 1822-1855
- Annual Returns, Appraisements, Sales, Minutes, 1863-1875
Images of Wills Book 1, 1821-1864
- Marriages 1827 to 1872
- Irwin County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.