The first pastor was W. E. Perryclear. The lot for the church was donated in 1883 by Captain James Know. Source: The Atlanta Journal September 16, 1893. Ware County was formed in 1825 from Appling County and named after U. S. Senator, Nicholas Ware from Augusta. County Seat: Waycross, Georgia. The first will and estate books did not survive. Some early settlers were: W. W. Ansley, Mary Blackshear, P. W. Butler and Obadiah Barber.
Ware County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
Digital Images of Ware County Wills (1866-1897)
- Index to Ware County Wills, Volume A, 1879-1915.
- Index to Ware County Inventories and Appraisements, Book B, 1896-1946
Testators: Sarah Baker, Mary Blackshear, Manervia Everitt, Thomas Fletcher, Abraham Hargroves, Caroline Hewitt, Rosalie Hohenstein, Sarah Lanier, Lavenia Lee, Daniel Lott, William McDonald, A. P. Minshew, John Murry, William Phillips, Mary Shine, T. T. Thigpen and Thomas Wilson.
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Fort Gilmer was built in 1838 as a garrison to enforce the removal from this region of the last Cherokee Indians under terms of the Treaty of New Echota in 1835. This is where the Indians were dispatched and guarded until they were removed to the West. It served as the temporary headquarters of General Winfield Scott, under whose command the removal occurred.
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