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Is There a "Poison Pill" in Genealogy?
By Jeannette Holland Austin

poison pill Remember how Ted Cruz inserted a poison pill in the amnesty bill propounded by Chuck Schumer and Marco Rubio? The Bill was ready to present when Cruz (and other republicans) attached a phrase which totally removed citizenship from recipients of amnesty. There is no way that the democrats would accept such an amendment, because their primary reason for amnesty was to gain hispanic voters into the Democratic Party. Therefore, the so-called poison pill killed the Bill! The party is taking another route. At this writing, California is floating a Bill to grant "all illegals" the right to vote. They did a "work-around." Cruz Amendment There are lots of time thst genealogists need to do a "work-around." Take Taliaferro County, Georgia, for example, where court house records were lost. The first surviving book of wills begins during 1875. Yet, Taliaferro County played its necessary role on the pages of Georgia history. Its formation began in 1825 when a flux of settlers came from Wilkes, Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe and Warren Counties. That means that the search has to include those counties in every sense of the word. Every record, viz: deeds, marriages, plats, pensions, wills, estates, tax digests and defaulters, church and cemetery records, and so on, beg to be studied in behalf of the working families. Next comes a compilation of family group sheets for each family surname, whether or not related because, in the long run, later comparisons will help clarify relationships and migrations. So what attention should be given to the surviving Taliaferro records? It is encumbent upon the researcher to also examine those records, because these people are the children and grandchildren of the original settlers. Their documents reveal precious information, such as the location of the old homeplace, family cemeteries, church logs and marriages. Please also compile family group sheets for the more recent generations. In other words, a clear understanding of relationships is desperately needed. Now that you have a bunch of names from records after 1875, you can locate the heirs of these people and learn more from family historians. Yet, another type of poison pill is certain to be included in the mix. And that is the inaccurate family stories and other information coming from relatives. As time goes by, one is usually able to uncover the actual facts concerning the relatives. For instance, the name of the first husband of Aunt Mary or the size of the family homestead (from county records). Most researchers are able to put together a fairly accurate version of the family stories to assist. All in all, it is the poison pills which constitutes the substance of the entire research endeavor, or detective work.

Map of Twiggs County

Traced Genealogies:
Twiggs County Families

Adams Fisher Tarver Twiggs

Memories of Past Victories Belong to Those Who Find their Ancestors

banastretarleton 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

Find the Old Family Homeplace

Twiggs County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps

Twiggs County Court House

Twiggs County was created in 1809 from Wilkinson County and was named for General John Twiggs, a prominent leader in the Revolutionary War and the Indian Wars. Parts of the county was added to Bibb County in 1833, 1842, 1849, 1851, 1875, 1876 and 1877. Neighbouring counties are: Wilkinson, Bleckly, Houston,Bibb and Jones. The Ocmulgee river borders the county on the west. The county seat was first in Marion, named after General Francis Marion but in 1868 it was moved to Jeffersonville 6 miles east of Marion. The first settlers were named in White's Historical Collections of Georgia as follows: Arthur Fort, Ezekial Wimberly, William Perry, Henry Wall, William Crocker, General Tarver, Ira Peck, John Fulton, John Everitt, D. Williams, Joel Denson, S. Jones, Willis Hodgins, Milton Wilder, Josiah Murphy, Davis Lowery, C. Johnson, C. A. Thorpe, John Davis, C. W. Melton, B. Ray, S. Harrell, T. Harrington, H. Sullivan, Others were General Ezekial Wimberly, Colonel James W. Fannin, Thaddeus Oliver, General Hartwell H. Tarver, Robert L. Perryman, Robert A. Everett, Stephen F. Miller, Governor James M. Smith, Judge A.T. MacIntyre, Dr. James E. Dickey, General Philip Cook, Honorable Dudley N. Hughes, J. A. Barclay, S. J. Bond, Wesley Binn, Victoria Bryant, Daniel Bullard, John Cribb, Joshua Chance, George Chapman Sr., John H. Denson. The court house of Twiggs County was destroyed by fire February 7, 1901, thus destroying the early wills and other records. County seat: Jeffersonville.

The court house of Twiggs County was destroyed by fire February 7, 1901, thus destroying the early wills and other records.

Twiggs County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers Maps
  • Map of Marion, founded 1810. Twiggs County
  • Index to Marriages 1894-1989
Indexes to Probate Records
  • Will Bk I, 1875-1956
  • Divisions of Estates, 1898-1954
  • Inventories and Appraisements, 1892-1926
  • Annual Returns, 1894-1911
  • Estate Records 1898-1954
  • Inventories, Appraisements, 1892-1926
  • 12-Months Support, 1917-1924
Images of Twiggs County Wills (all of them) 1872-1904

Testators: Asbill, Elisha (1849); Barclay, J. A.; Cribb, John;Dawson, Elizabeth; Everett, Elizabeth;Faulk, William;Hughes, Hayden; Lowe, John;Moss, Anderson;Perry, Martha;Phillips, H. H.; Sims, Nancy;Solomon, Sarah;Solomon (bond);Solomon, W. L.


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