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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


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
Marriages
  • 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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