If Only I Could Tell My Grandmother the Rest of the Story
Writing personal journals and histories help to conserve family traditions. I recall sitting at the knee
of my grandmother asking questions about the relatives. The stories all seemed so mundane, yet as I
recollect it now, she was imparting a treasure of wisdom and pride onto me. How I wish my grandmother were
around now, so that I could update her on my discoveries. In those days, the stories were those passed down
to her how during the Civil War the old planter who sent all his sons to war, hid from the yankees when they
came around to take the farm animals and other valuables. In those days, families lost everything and
because agriculture virtually ceased, communities lost the ability to survive.
Through the eyes of my grandmother, her grandparents left the old
plantation and came to Atlanta, just to get work. None of the sons returned from the war as well the
husband of one daughter. I searched the records extensively to locate what battle killed him, and where
he was during his last muster. After the war, this daughter married a fellow from Kentucky who
tried to manage a plantation and store without farm laborers. The freed slaves were entitled to be paid, yet
refused to work. So, the plantation fell into disrepair with my grandmother visiting it during the summer
as a child. When I came along, the only evidence of a house was a pile of bricks in a field.
Eventually, the daughter's husband died in the Soldier's Home in Kentucky, while the others
suffered whooping cough, consumption, measles and other killing diseases of that era. But I have other stories...
those of the great
Revolutionary War where America earned its independence from Great Britain. And before that, the immigration
stories and struggles of the Old World. And the cause and effects of marriages into royalty and noble
families, and how many times the first colonists crossed the ocean to return to England for a wife to replace
the first two who had died or were massacred by Indians. There are so many things that I would like to share.
But most of all I wish that my grandmother had kept a personal journal
concerning family members and local events; of individual struggle and accomplishment; nicknames; the color of
eyes and shades of hair and much more.
Wealthiest Planter in Muscogee County
Reverend Charles F. Fisher was one of the wealthiest planters in Muscogee County. His stately plantation was located on the Chattahoochee River 17-1/2 miles from Columbus, Georgia. Unfortunately, it was burned down by order of the local authorities during an epidemic of smallpox. The first record of his owning the land was in 1838. Fisher first came to Washington County where he was listed on the 1820 Census.
Muscogee County Wills 1875-1882 (digital images)
Muscogee County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Muscogee County was created on December 11, 1826 on over 2,000 miles of Indian territory located between the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. This is one of the land lottery counties usually drawn by those residing in the eastern counties in Georgia. Research is indicated in the deed records in the counties where your ancestor resided before drawing in this lottery, as well as in Muscogee County deeds. Research is also indicated in Troup, Haralson, Harris, Talbot Counties and Russell County, Alabama.
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Images of Wills and Estates 1862 to 1875
- Abstracts 1838-1862 (abstracts)
Testators: Allen, Mary A. ;Banks, John ;Barshall, Michael ; Bates, Mary ;Benning, Malinda; Bethune, Cherry; Biehler, Peter ;Biggers, L. M. ;Billing, S. A. ;Bozeman, Margaret ;Butt, James E. ;
Camak, Thomas ;Chambers, James M. ;Champion, Elias ;Chapman, Charles ;Chapman, James A. ;Clark, Mary ;Clarke, Joseph ;Cleghorn, Charles ;
Coart, Elizabeth ;Comer, James ;Cook, Elisha ;Davie, Anna ;Davis, Fannie A. ;Dillard, Francis W. ;Dolan, Bernard ;Echols, Rowen A. ;Ellington, Annie Euphresia ;Ellis, Marshall ;Emery, Mary ;Fischacher, Heinrich ;
Fontaine, Benjamin B. ;Fontaine, John ;Foster, Nancy ;Fox, Lavinia ;
Freeman, Mary Ann ;Gager, Love ;Garrard, William ;Griffin, Daniel ;
Griswold, William H. ;Haiman, Lewis ;Hall, Henry ;Hardaway, Mary
Hicks, Ann; Hill, Joseph ;Hirsch, Fleiman ;Howard, John H. ;Hudson, David ;Huff, Daniel ;Hughes, Delila ;Johnson, John ;Johnson, John T. ;
Jones, Andrew P. ;Jones, James H. ;Jones, Mary ;Kimbrough, Sarah ;
Kinsley, John ;Leverett, Nancy J. ;Lokey, Mary ;McAlister, William J.;
McCardle, Felix ;McCarty, James ;McCrary, T. G. ;McGovern, John ;
McMahan, Patrick ;Meacham, Julia ;Miller, James ;Miller, Joseph F. ;
Moffitt, Henry ;Morris, Patsy ;Nagle, Susan ;Nelson, Anna ;Norris, George W. ;Nuckolls, Nathaniel ;Pace, Clement ;Peck, Ira ;Perry, Michael W. ; Phelps, Sarah ;Pickard, Silas ;Porter, Elizabeth ;Ragland, Thomas ;
Ramsey, Priscilla ;Redd, James K. ;Robison, Alexander ;Rogers, Daniel ;
Rounds, Susan ;Rumph, James ;Salisbury, Lucinda ;Semmes, Paul J. ;
Shaw, Banks ;Shivers, Chaney ;Sloan, Thomas ;Smith, Brady Mitchell ;
Smith, Edward ;Stanford, Thomas J. ;Strupper, John B. ;Thomas, Grigsby;
Thomas, Owen ;Threlkeid, Ann ;Tinsley, Sophia ;Tucker, Hannah ;
Turrentiine, Harriet ;Versilette, Charlotte ;Ware, James H. ;Warnock, Samuel ;Williams, Mary A.;Williams, Thomas L. ;Wimberly, James ;
Winter, John G. ;Woodruff, Michael
Testators :Allen, Laney ;Alston, Philip ;Andrews, Lucinda ;Baker, Ida ;
Banks, Sarah (Mrs.) ;Bardwell, Sarah ;Bass, Robert ;Beihler, Margaret ;
Binford, Reuben ;Boyd, Alvin ;Bozeman, James H. ;Brittain, Joseph ;
Brooks, Clementina ;Burrus, Charles ;Chapman, Susan A.;
Cheney, John L. ;Clapp, Julius ;Coffield, William ;Cotton, Martha Ann ;
Curry, James ;Curry, Patrick W. ;Denson, Joseph ;Dexter, Charles ;
Dolan, Bridget ;Dortch, Walter ;Edward, H. W. ;Edwards, Ellen ;
Edwards, Peter; Flewellen, Rena ;Flournoy, Martha ;Gawley, David ;
Golden, George ;Heard, Elizabeth ;Huff, Adela ;Huff, John A.;
Kivlin, James ;Lewis, Mary A. ;Lindsey, Sherwood ;Lynch, Asa ;
Lynch, William D. ;McGouch, George ;McLaughlin, Stephen ;Munro, R. W. B. ;Oladowski, Hipolite ;Parramore, William; Peyton, H. M. ;Philips, Susan ;Pinkard, Griffin ;Pirrie, Samuel ;Rhodes, Thomas ;Salisbury, William L. ;
Slade, Thomas ;Taliaferro, C. B. ;Taylor, Moses ;Threewits, Thomas ;
Thweatt, Peterson ;Torrene, Matilda ;Urguhart, Mary Jane ;Venable, George ;Wacasser, Francis ;Webster, Joseph ;White, George ;Willet, Isaiah ;
Williams, Atlanta ;Woodruff, Abigail ;Wright, Arminious
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Bk A, 1838-1863
- Will Bk B, 1862-1875
- Will Bk C, 1875-1891
- Will Bk D, 1891-1903
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, Vouchers, Bk A, 1839-1843
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, Vouchers, Bk B, 1843-1848
- Annual Returns, Bk A, 1839-1843
- Annual Returns, Bk D, 1852-1854
- Books A and B, 1838-1844.
- Hudson, Martha, LWT (Digital Image).
- Parramore, William E., LWT, (1881).
- Scarborough, Jesse, LWT (Digital Image).
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