Newton County records should be researched along with Rockdale County, Georgia in order to identify various family relationships contained in the lineage. In 1813 Creeks still resided in this area when Governor Thorpe negotiated a treaty and the last of the Creek residents were removed from Georgia in 1833 on theTrail of Tears. Newton County was created by the Georgia General Assembly on December 24, 1821. It was named for Revolutionary War hero Sergeant John Newton and was formed from parts of Henry, Jasper, and Walton Counties. The first white settlers located in Eastern Newton County in a town then-named Winton. Settlers went further west to establish Newtonsboro. The name was later changed to Covington after General Leonard Covington, a hero in the war of 1812. In 1853 Covington was incorporated as a City. The Creek Indians roamed the land until 1813 when Governor Thorp negotiated a treaty in which the Creeks gave up their claim to the land A decade later the last of the Creek Indians were banished to Oklahoma over the "Trail of Tears." The first white settlers located in Eastern Newton County in a town then-named Winton. "The Brick Store" was built in 1822 and still stands today. Lack of adequate water caused the settlers to move further west and establish Newtonsboro. The name was later changed to Covington after General Leonard Covington, a hero in the war of 1812. In 1853 Covington was incorporated as a City. General Sherman took many treasures from Southerners and Georgians. His army marched a path of death, fire and destruction from Atlanta to Savannah. Covington residents hid their valuables in the lovely gardens of their antebellum homes. Further Research is indicated in adjoining Rockdale and DeKalb Counties.
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Images of Will Book A 1820-1851
- Index 1822 to 1835
- Index 1835 to 1843
- Index 1843 to 1848
- Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
Bailey, Azariah;Baker, Jordan;Bennett, Alexander;Berry, W. P.; Branan, Jonathan;Brooks, George;Brown, Martha;Buchanon, Elizabeth G.; Buchanon, Margaret;Burge, Weler;Burges, John;Burks, William;Childress, Thomas;Christian, Reuben;Churchill, Samuel;Cockrell, Thomas;Coleman, Elizabeth;Cook, Judith;Cureton, Thomas T.;Dean, John;Doss, Elizabeth; Duke, John;Duncan, John A.;Edmond, William;Fielder, Sarah A.;Fincher, John;Fretwell, Richard;Garner, Thomas W.;Gary, Hartwell;Gober, William S.;Graves, Solomon;Hail, Thomas Sr.;Hamilton, John;Hamilton, Rebecca; Hammock, Nancy;Hanson, Elizabeth;Hanson, Thomas;Harmon, Jacob; Harper, Henry A.;Harris, David;Heath, William;Hodge, James;Hodges, James;Hollingsworth, Joseph;Johnson, Henrietta;Johnson, Martha; Johnson, Nathan;Jones, Elijah;Jones, Joel;Jones, John;Kennon, Colin; Keys, Charles;Lane, George W.;Lane, Joseph;Lane, William;Laws, Joseph; Lawson, Micajah;Leak, George W.;Livington, Joseph;Lowe, Robert; Mappin, Martha;Mathews, Robert;Matthews, Jeremiah;McDonald, James; Middlebrooks, John;Moss, John;Nolan, William;Patrick, William;Payne, Lottey;Perry, Josiah;Phillips, James;Rees, Jane;Rosebury, James; Rosebury, Martha;Sanders, Charles H.;Scott, Daniel;Segall, Richard; Shell, Elizabeth;Shepherd, Ann;Ship, John;Sigles?, John;Snider, John T.;Stanton, Batt Short;Steele, Robert A.;Stewart, Samuel;Stovall, David;Summers, A.;Taylor, Josiah H.;Trimble, Moses;Tucker, Hezekiah; Wallace, William;Wallis, Thomas;Wallis, William;Webb, James;Wellborn, David;Willingham, Charles H.;Wilson, Henry;Wilsher, John;Wood, William; Worrill, Solomon;Wright, Susannah;Wyatt, Thomas B.;Zachry, James
Images of Will Book A, 1810-1851, continued
Bailey, Azariah | Baker, Jordan | Bass, Elizabeth | Bennett, Alexander | Berry, William | Branan, Jonanthan | Brooks, George | Brown, Martha | Buchannon, Margaret | Chappin, Martha | Childress, Thomas | Christian, Reuben | Churchwell, Samuel | Coleman, Elizabeth | Cook, Judith | Cowen, John | Duke, John | Duncan, John |Fincher, John | Fretwell, Richard | Garner, Thomas | Hamilton, Rebecca | Hammock, Nancy | Hanson, Elizabeth | Harmon, Joel | Harper, Henry | Heath, William | Hoague, James | Hollingsworth, Joseph | Johnston, Martha |Johnson, Henrietta | Johnson, Nathan | Jones, Joel | Jones, John |Keyes, Charles | Lane, George | Lane, Robert | Lane, William | Livingston, Joseph | McDonald, James | Mathers, Robert | Nolen, William | Patrick, William | Payne, Lettey | Perry, Josiah | Rees, Jane | Roseberry, Martha | Roseburg, James | Sanders, C. H. | Sawyers, John | Scott, Daniel | Segall, Richard | Segler, John |Shell, Elizabeth | Ship, John |Steele, Robert | Stephens, Ann |Stewart, Samuel | Summers, Alan | Tucker, Hezekiel | Wallace, William | Wallis, William | Willis, Thomas | Worrill, Solomon | Worrill, William | Wright, Susannah
Images of Will Book B 1851-1870
Testators: Adams, John J. and James M.;Aiken, John W.;Almand, Graves B.; Ansley, Thomas;Atkisson, Jesse N.;Avery, Samuel;Bagby, Thomas J.; Bailey, Claiborn N.;Baker, John J. Belcher, Archibald;Berry, Andrew J.; Berry, Charles M.;Blake, William;Brooks, Augustus G.;Brown, WIlliam;Brownfield, Robert;Bryan, Jasper;Burge, Margaret L.; Burge, Thomas;Bush, Abraham;Bush, Harvey;Butler, Rhesa G.; Camp, S. G.;Campbell, William H.;Cheek, Thomas S.;Christian, James D.; Christian, Reubin W.;Colley, Joel;Colley, Mary;Conyers, William D.; Cook, Eliza Jane;Cunningham, George;Curtis, Thomas J.;Davis, William; Davis, William M.;Downs, Henry;Downs, Shelby;Edwards, Bennett; Ellington, Joel;Elliott, Thomas;Epps, James;Fielder, Obadiah M.; Flemister, C. A. J.;Floyd, David;Gaither, Brice T.;Gardner, Nancy; Gilbert, Instant H.;Glass, Penelope;Glass, Sanford W.;Goode, Nicholas; Granade, Timothy;Graves, Iverson L.;Graves, John W.;Graves, William; Griffin, Thomas N.;Hardin, Mary W.;Haygood, John;Hays, George; Henderson, Elizabeth;Henderson, Isaac;Hodge, Andrew;Hodge, David; Hodge, Wiley B.;Hopkins, Edith;Howell, Susannah;Humphries, Sterling; Hurst, John;Hurst, William R.;Huson, Stephen;Hyer, Thomas;Johnson, James D.;Johnson, Samuel;Johnson, Silas M.;Johnston, Hugh;Kennon, Elizabeth;Knight, James M.;Laws, Robert;Lee, Nathan;Leftwich, Joel W.; Lewis, A. R.;Lin, Charles M.;Lucas, Charles;Luckie, Jane;Luckie, William D.;Lundsford, Henry;Lyon, Thomas A.;Mann, William H.;Marbut, Joshua;Marks, Robert;Marks, Samuel;Mann, Robert;McClung, William R.; McDonald, Neal;Melton, Esther A.;Melton, Isaac;Mercer, Levi; Middlebrook, Isaac S.;Moore, Micajah;More, William;Morgan, Bennett; Moseley, Joseph C.;Neely, Thomas;Nix, Samuel Sr.;Nolen, Stephen; Parker, Isaac N.;Penn, James B.Pharr, Permelia A.;Plunket, Charles W.; Polk, Charles;Rakestraw, Robert;Rawson, Dorothy N.;Read, James;Richardson, Samuel;Richards, William B.;Roberts, Bartholomew; Robinson, W. C.;Sanders, Sarah Ann;Shumate, Rebecca;Sigman, Benjamin F.;Sigman, Elvira;Simms, Richard L.;Sims, William;Smith, John; Smith, Margaret;Smith, W. F. C.;Starr, Samuel;Starr, Silas; Starr, S. H. S.;Stewart, John R.;Strong, Charles;Tailor, Henry; Thomas,Edward Storza Sr.;Thomas, Mary;Thompson, John P.;Thompson, John; Thompson, Samuel H.;Tucker, William H.;Turner, Green;Turner, Richard; Usher, Robert O.;Walker, Mary O.;Wear, John;Webb, James;Whedbee, Eliza A.;White, Robert;Whitehead, Samuel;Wigley, James;Williams, Richard; Williams, Richard E.;Williamson, John N.;Wilson, Caroline L. D.;Woolley, Hansford D.;Wright, William;Zachry, Zadock S.
Images of Newton County Will Book C 1871-1896
Testators: Adams, William;Aken, John;Aiken, John;Aiken, Margaret;Anderson, Joseph S.;Anderson, Newton;Anderson, William F.;Ansley, Thomas;Austin, J. A.; Avery, Samuel;Baker, James;Baker, Jesse L.;Baker, Thomas I.;Barber, Josiah;Bates, Horace J.;Beebe, Eliza Hannah;Benson, W. A.;Berry, Isham; Bird, Margaret;Blanton, A. J.;Branham, Walter R.;Brooks, Balaam;Brown, Stephen A.;Buckhannon, Elizabeth;Burns, John G.;Camp, Martha; Chaplin, Elizabeth A.;Chapman, Elmore;Clark, William White;Conyers, Rebecca;Cook, David C.; Cook, James T.;Cook, William;Corley, James; Cowan, Alexander;Cowan, William; Cox, Cary;Cureton, Alfred M.; David, Eudocia;Davis, William G.;Dial, John;Downs, Henry;Floyd, John J.; Floyd, Mary;Franklin, John;Fulton, Francis;Gardner, Elizabeth;Garther, Henry;Gibson, William N.;Graves, Henry;Graves, Sarah;Gray, Sarah C.; Graves, Amanda;Griffin, John;Guice, Mary Ann;Hale, John;Hamby, Mary A.; Harp, Elizabeth;Harper, Henry;Harris, John;Harris, W. E.;Harvey, Hester;Harwell, Jackson;Hayes, John;Henderson, Ruth;Henderson, ictoria; Hewell, Martha;Hewell, Susannah;Hicks, Tinsey;Hill, Martha A.;Hodge, James;Hodgins, Alley;Hollis, Bartley M.;Horton, Martha Jane;Hough, Sylvester A.;Howard, Robert;Hunter, Nicholas P.;Hurst, John;Jackson, John;Jarmon, Lewis;Jones, John;Jones, M. A.;Kelly, R. S.;Kennon, Sarah J.;King, James;King, Samuel A.;Langley, William M.;Lazenby, William; Leak, Elizabeth;Lee, William;Livingston, Leonidas;Livingston, Robert B.;Lowery, William W. J.;Loyd, Green B.;Loyd, Washington;Luckie, Jane; McCracken, W. D.;McKee, Samuel;Melton, Alfred;Melton, Amanda;Mercer, Levi;Mercer, Nancy A.;Middlebrook, P.;Mims, Elizabeth;Mixon, Elijah; Mixon, S. B. (Mrs.);Moore, Micajah;Morgan, Henrietta;Morgan, Thomas; Morley, William;Nichols, Mary;Nolen, S.;Parker, D. M.;Parks, William J.;Parmer, D. P.;Penn, James;Perry, Henry B.;Polson, Mark;Powers, William;Reynolds, Amos P.;Reynolds, Permelius;Richards, Henry P.; Rivers, Carrie;Robinson, James H.;Scott, S. A., Mrs.;Scott, William W.; Shepherd, Thomas;Sigman, F. M.;Simms, Andrew Benjamin;Simms, J. P.; Skinner, John;Smith, A. J.;Smith, Hilliard J.;Smith, Jane M.;Sockwell, John;Stafford, J. H.;Stanton, Henry;Starr, Silas;Stewart, James;Stewart, J. S.;Thompson, A. J.;Thompson, Nathan;Thompson, Nancy; Thompson, Samuel;Thrasher, David;Travis, A. C. W.;Underwood, Robert B.; Usher, Frances A.;Vining, E. H.;Waldrop, Milton; Wallace, Z. P.; Watford, Henry;Weaver, Isham;Webb, Ann;Webb, John;Weisser, Jacob?; Wells, William;Wheeler, George W.;Willingham, Charles;Willingham, Wilkins;Wilson, William M.;Wood, Mary R.;Wright, Christopher; Wright, Moriah;Yarbrough, John W.;Zachry, Lewis
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Find a Treasure Trove in Covington
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Covington is a treasure trove of wealth. Most of the beautiful homes in this old Georgia town survived the War Between the States. That is because as the news that General Sherman was en route to Atlanta, people buried their family silver and money in their flower gardens and other places. Even if Sherman did not come directly through a town, his scouts paroled the area stealing live stock and anything which might be useful to the army. Atlantans boarded trains going south to Shanty Town near Jonesboro while others took the railroad out of Marietta.
There are many tales of places where people hid the treasure which still exist today. And there was the story in my family that when John Chambliss hid his gold, he revealed the hiding place to certain members of the family before the family left the area. Later, during the 1880s a family member remembered and returned and dig up quart jars of silver coins. No gold! Oh well, it made a good tale. Just as people tried to protect themselves against losses, they made records of their lifestyles and activities. These records were recorded in diaries and papers which we will probably never see, but also left unintended information in local court house as they preserved deeds to the old homeplaces, and detailed their wishes in wills and estates. Sherman did not torch Covington like he did Atlanta, so those precious records survived. During pre-war days the town was a major center of agricultural activities, a place where the surrounding countryside of farmers and merchants conducted business. Thus, it is also important to search for old records and acquire more details of the ancestors. Listed (above) are some names of persons who made wills in the county.
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