Jeannette Holland Austin Profile
Memories of Past Victories Belong to Those Who Find their Ancestors
Genealogists have some pretty unique experiences. There are times when I can almost see the past in its full regalia, the battlefield, and redcoats led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton nicknamed "the butcher" because he cut down an American regiment under a bag of surrender. And I can imagine what it must have been like to arise early in the morning and dress for war, serving only three months at a time because the crops also had to be planted and harvested. Life had to go on in the New World apart from our English cousins. We fought those with whom we'd shared our daily chores, and, in the end, won because ours was a cause against tyranny and the old ways. We won our freedom. Those persons fighting the battle were my ancestors. I share their DNA and personal traits. And, churning within me is that same desire to preserve and protect my inalienable rights and freedoms. After all, we are so much a part "of them". So now here comes "the butcher" dressed in his fancy English uniform and brags about his conquests. Although I was not there, I feel a certain antagonism for his arrogant cruelties and gloat because Lord Cornwallis was too ashamed to present his own sword of surrender. My ancestors were not the famous guys, such as General George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but they were there, getting the job done. That makes the great victories of the war, my accomplishments because I am part of that genetical makeup that made the whole thing happen. So, how does one discover the battles in which the ancestors served? There are several answers. First, examine the application for a pension and note his description of his battles. Next, is to find his bounty land. The Colonel under whom he served would have signed a certificate awarding specific parcels of land in certain counties. The name of that Colonel is important, because he led the ancestors into battle. In other words, if you follow the battles of say, Colonel Lee, you will have a better knowledge of when and where your ancestor served and the history surrounding his battles. Such details help to complete the scene of an exciting drama. Now, your ancestor's participation in the war becomes more important to you. The sacrifice of the patriots caused them to lose so much afterwards. They had to begin again. And they did so by accepting land grants for their service and starting a new life somewhere else. In other words, it was the patriots who began constructing America into the great country that it is today. In order that the reseach not be for ought, children need to hear the stories of past days from the lips of family members, and genealogists can share the personal details like no one else! That is how the past becomes real.
Jeannette Holland Austin
Towns County Genealogy Resources, Wills, Estates, Military Records
Towns County was created in 1856 from portions of Union and Rabun Counties. It was named after Governor George Washington Bonaparte Towns. County seat: Hiawassee, Georgia.
Towns County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Towns County Wills and Estates, Vol. F, 1856-1871
- Index to Towns County Estates, Vol. F, 1856-1871
- Index to Towns County Estates, Vol. D, 1869-1894
- Burch, Jarrett LWT (1856)
- Towns County List of Militia
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