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detective The detective work of the genealogist is never complete. The reason is that there are so many questions concerning where they resided, origins, and the reason that they were on the move. The answers are embedded in history. A perusal of a local church cemetery provides such answers on tombstone inscriptions, as chlorea, dystentary and other diseases which swept across the communities of early settlers. Other sources are military records, such as the local militia frequently called out to fight Indians. Or, was it the Revolutionary War when people left home for three-month spans to fight the enemy and afterwards took up land elsewhere? There were primitive forts throughout Georgia all during the period in which white settlers were taking up bounty grants. Several forts had the name of Fort Defiance. An exhaustive search discovers that one during the War of 1812 was located near the Jasper-Jones County Line. Consider Colonel Benjamin Hawkins and his published account as the Indian Agent south of Macon. There were several "camps" and "forts"s; in regions where the population needed protection. Another Fort Defiance, during the same war, was situated at Sunbury when Naval forces protected this harbor. These forts, as well as others, are mentioned in the name catalog at the Georgia State Archives which denote military references to where people were serving. However, just writing down these remarks is not enough. One needs to do some research on finding these places because it provides more of a historical insight into the lives of our ancestors who came to America during critical times. And there is a story behind it.

Map of Polk County

Polk County

Traced Genealogies:
Polk County Families


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Polk County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Polk County Polk was created in 1851 from Paulding and Floyd Counties. Early settlers: David Heslip, Robert Hutchings, Edmund Bray, Vincent Ossert, George West, John Jones.

Polk County Wills and Estates available to members of Georgia Pioneers

  1. 1854 to 1880
  2. 1878 to 1884
  3. From Newspapers 1885-1886
Indexes to Probate Records
  1. Will Bk A, 1848-1936, includes Wills, Letters of Administrations, Letters of Guardianship
  2. Annual Returns and Vouchers (1860-1893)
Digital Images of Polk County Wills (1848 to 1911)
  1. Ammons, Jesse
  2. Atkins, Joel
  3. Ayres, John
  4. Ayres, Moses
  5. Bobo, Letty
  6. Bray, Edmund
  7. Brewster, Hugh
  8. Brooks, Alexander
  9. Brooks, Chivers
  10. Brown, Leannah
  11. Burge, Adolphus
  12. Butts, Joel
  13. Camp, Hosea
  14. Cantrell, R. C.
  15. Carden, Charles
  16. Carnes, John
  17. Carter, Ezekiel
  18. Carter, Rawley
  19. Chisolm, Thomas
  20. Davitte, John
  21. Dawson, John
  22. Devaney, Mary
  23. Davis, Eli
  24. Davis, Israel
  25. Dempsey, James
  26. Drummond, Henry
  27. Drummond, William
  28. Everitt, Alexander
  29. Fambro, Urban
  30. Forister, Sarah
  31. Gibson, Springer
  32. Golding, J. B.
  33. Greenwood, John
  34. Griffin, David
  35. Heslip,David
  36. Heston, John
  37. Hogg, William
  38. Hopper, Jonathan
  39. Hutchings, Robert
  40. Ingraham, Thomas
  41. James, James
  42. Jenkins, William
  43. Johnson, Allen
  44. Jones, John
  45. Lowe, Andrew
  46. Lumpkin, Annis
  47. Marlin, Martin
  48. Mason, Sarah
  49. McGrady, Silas
  50. McIntire, D. W.
  51. Mize, James
  52. Morgan, G. W.
  53. Morgan, Joseph
  54. Morgan, Joseph Adolphus
  55. Morrison, David
  56. Moseley, Benjamin
  57. Ossert, Vincent
  58. Owen, William
  59. Parham, John
  60. Peek, William
  61. Phillips, Henry
  62. Prior, Asa
  63. Sockwell, Thomas
  64. Swanson,James
  65. Terrell, Joel
  66. Thompson, Ephraim
  67. Trotter, Mary
  68. Walthall, Susan
  69. Watts, H. H.
  70. Webster, Reubin
  71. West, George
  72. West, James
  73. Whatley, Wilson
  74. Whitehead,James
  75. Willingham,James
  76. Wilson, Samuel
  77. Wood, John
  78. Wright, William
  79. Wynn, Robert
  80. Young, Augustus
  81. Young, Robert
  1. Simerville to Guess (deed)
  2. Summerville to Jones (deed)

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