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Returning from War to Clinton, Georgia after 28 years
By Jeannette Holland Austin

wagon "Last Thursday the few persons on the streets of Clinton saw an unusual procession passing through town. A covered wagon drawn by a large slick ox, and drien by a bronzed farmer of about 35 years, who walked by his side. Behind this turnout, briskly walked 8 boys and girls and in the wagon sat the pleasant faced mother and wife with her two or more little tow-headed youngsters. After this crowd had passed, it was learned that the man was William Kennedy, who with his large family was returning to Americus from Virginia. At the beginning of the war, he left Sumter County for the war. About the close, he was severely wounded and was carried to a farmhouse where he was tenderly nursed and brought back to health by the daughter of the house, whom he arried. Last April, having read a letter from his brother informiing him of his parents death and saying only himself and one sister remained, Mr. Kennedy was overcome by the intense desire to visit his old home, and disposing of his Virginia property, determined to"take the big road" for old Georgia and at last he nears his native heath." Source: The Jones Headlight, Gray's Station August 18, 1888. Follow the histories of Sumter County Families

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Sumter County Court HouseSumter County Court House. Sumter County was founded in 1832 from Lee County and was the site of 3 hospitals for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The famous confederate prison Andersonville was located here where many northern soldiers died as a result of cruel treatment. The surrounding town and plantations, suffering themselves, share food with the prisoners but history fails to give this account. County Seat: Americus. Early Settlers: Oliver Griffith, Samuel Bivins, Wright Brady, Lewis Bruner, John Cowart, Ebenezer Cottle, James Cato, William Dupree, John Fletcher.

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  • Sumter County Marriages 1833-1850
  • Sumter County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
  • Sumter County Wills 1831-1900 (abstracts).
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  • Index to Sumter County Will Bk OO, 1838 to 1855.
  • Index to Sumer County Annual Returns, Vouchers, Appraisements, 1850 to 1870
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Brinkley, Benjamin H., deceased. Bond for Temporary Letters of Administration (1854).
  • Powell, John, LWT (Digital Image)(1863).
  • Powell, William, LWT (Digital Image) (1863).

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