Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
The Life of the Black Sheep
One hundred and fifty years ago and before, if you did not pay your bills or were immoral, you were ostracized from decent society. Business was done on the word of the person borrowing money or favors. If you read the old annual returns of estates, there were plenty of promissory notes written. Farmers and planters borrowed money in advance of producing crops. But there was one thing certain. When the estate was probated, all of the monies were collected. That is because people kept their promises, paid off the notes. They did not have to employ attorneys or collection agencies. Thus, a man's word was truly his "bond." In context, the word of a lady or gentleman could be trusted. The black sheep in the family could not survive in these surroundings. No one would loan him money nor trust him socially. So, he had to leave the homeplace. It was essential to possess a good reputation because a person's behavior could make or break the family. Religion was also strict. Records were kept on the church books of misbehavior. Encyclopedia of Quakers is a prime example of such records. Also, notes concerning excommunication are found in the Minutes of all religious organizations. Old newspapers also noted when persons left "the be of Mr. Smith" and the warning that others were not to support that person, or take them in. This generation may think these ideas were restrictive. However, I find that the penalties assessed against everyone because certain people cannot be trusted, is restrictive. Personally, I would love to enjoy a society where trusting others is simple, and borrowing money is based upon reputation and integrity.
Talbot County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Talbot County was created from Muscogee County on Dec. 14, 1827 by an Act of the General Assembly;vin 1852, part of Talbot County was used to form Taylor County. Also research Muscogee County. Early Settlers: William Johnston, Appleton Justice, Joseph Osgood, Daniel McNeil, Berry Mitchell, William Adams, James Holcomb, William Shipp, William Sears, Henry Snellings, Abraham Rush, Stephen Reeves, Charles S. Pace, Penelope Peddy, Sandfair Whitehurst, Seabon Webster, Samuel Wilson, Allen Walker, John Towns, George Taylor, William Teals.
Talbot County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Talbot County Wills 1830-1856 (abstracts).
- Will Bk A 1828-1856.
- Probate Records, Vols. A&B, 1828 to 1848
- Probate Records, 1848 to 1853
- Probate Records, 1853 to 1859
- Probate Records, 1859 to 1867
- Clements, Thomas, LWT (Digital Image).
- Dixon, Ann, LWT (Digital Image).
- Talbot County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.
- Map of Talbot County.
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