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McDuffie County Wills, Estates, Church Records, Maps, 1870 Residents

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McDuffie County is the home of the first Quaker settlement in Georgia, called Wrightsboro. However, this region originally fell into Richmond and Columbia Counties and those records should also be researched for quaker ancestors. McDuffie County was created from Columbia and Warren counties on Oct. 18, 1870 and was named for George McDuffie (1790-1851), the former South Carolina Governor, Congressman, and U.S. Senator. Thomson is the county seat and the location of the old Quaker Village known as Wrightsboro (formerly Columbia County, now McDuffie). The "Friends" came from North Carolina in 1770 and settled along Germany Creek. Early Settlers: Judge E. S. Harrison, Dr. William Andrew Martin, Charles Washington Matthews, Dr. William Marion Pitts and Colonel John Allen Wilkerson.

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Indexes to Probate Records Miscellaneous Maps Church Records Digital Images of McDuffie County Wills (1872-1885)
Testators: Ansley, Elam; Bacon, Nicholas C.; Barton, Willoughby; Bolton, Benjamin F.; Cason, John F.;Collins, Louisa;Davis, Elisha;Dozier, James F.;Faucett, Anderson;Gerald, Mary;Goins, Nancy;Hamilton, Thomas;Hampton, Henry;Hampton, Preston;Holzendorf, George H.;Ivie, James A.;Johnson, Amos;Lazenby, John M.;May, John;McGehee, Samuel; McKinney, Henry;McLean, William;Neal, James;Odum, Margaret;Paschall, Short;Printup, Jacob;Watson, Thomas;West. Eliza.
McDuffie County Wills (abstracts) 1886 to 1930

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Wrightsboro Church
Wrightsboro Meeting House, Thomson, Georgia ca 1810
Hickory Hill Plantation
Hickory Hill Plantation (on the National Register)
Alexandria Home
Alexandria, built ca 1805.



Do you Know the Occupation of your Ancestor?
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Jeannette Holland Austin
Know the occupation of your ancestor is very importing in locating him during different time lines. For example, if your ancestor was a railroad worker, then you would need to acquire a map of the railroad which served the area and study its history of laying tracks. One this information is learned, you can just about discern where he was at any given time. Here are a few suggestions as to how to find occupations, viz: census records beginning in 1850, military draft records, city directories, Memoirs of Georgia for biographical sketches of families, Encyclopedia of Georgia, Men of Mark, etc. City Directories are particularly useful because the occupation, street address and family members are listed. An examination of the addresses in the neighborhood help fill in the gaps of the local stores, neighbors and occupations.


Map of McDuffie County


Marker of Wrightsboro, Georgia

Thomson, Georgia

downtown Thomson, Georgia

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