Another Soldier of the Revolution Gone!
"Departed his life on the 23rd ult. at his residence in Washington County, Major Nicholas Curry in the 67th year of his age. He entered the Revolutionary War as a private and left it with the rank of Captain of Dragoons after a hard service of five years." Source: The Southern Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, March 12, 1827.
After Aaron Burr Killed Alexander Hamilton He Spent the Night in the Warthen Jail
After serving as a Continental Army officer during the Revolutionary War, Aaron Burr was a successful lawyer and politician. He was elected twice to the New York State Assembly and appointed as State Attorney General; later as Senator. His job as President of the Senate afforded him the duties of vice president and he was present at the first impeachment trial in the Senate of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase. However, during the last year of his term as vice president, Burr killed his political rival Alexander Hamilton in a famous duel. Burr was never tried for the illegal duel and all charges against him were eventually dropped, but the death of Hamilton ended his political career. So Burr left Washington and traveled West seeking new opportunities. But his activities eventually led to his arrest on charges of treason in 1807. Although the subsequent trial resulted in acquittal, Burr was left with large debts and few friends and went to Europe where he remained until 1812 when he returned to the United States to practice law in New York City. He spent the rest of his life in relative obscurity.
The Warthen Jail in Warthen, Georgia was built for detaining Vice Presient Aaron Burr while he was enroute to trial for treason. (According to the marker).
After the American Revolution, a goodly number of veterans drew bounty grants in Washington County. However, due to the fact that the descriptions of the acreage is so vague and the fact that the records burned, it is difficult to ascertain who actually took up the land grants. However, when Aaron Burr was in Warthen, it was apparently a remote agricultural community. Actually,
Richard Warthen, a successful planter having a large plantation, put the town on the map and listed a family of twelve children on the 1850 census.
John Jordan migrated from Greenville County, Virginia to Washington County, Georgia. Buried on the old plantation near Sandersville. From the intersection of Hwy 15 and Business Hwy 24 (Church Street) go north on Hwy 15 for 1.7 miles to Hwy 24 Bypass (Fall Line Freeway, Hwy 88). Continue on Hwy 15 north for 0.4 mile to a driveway on the right at approximately milepost 17 and house number 850. Go 0.1 mile on driveway. The cemetery is in the woods on the right side of the existing stucco house and driveway. His was married to Winnifred Jordan, his cousin, and served in the North Carolina Troops during the Revolutionary War under the regiment of Samuel Elbert.
Colonel Francis Tennille
The Tennilles were among those French Huguenots from Picardy, France who came to America during the early 1700s. Colonel Francis Tennille Jr served as a First Lieutenant in the Second Georgia Continental Battalion during the American Revolutionary War for which he received land grants in Washington County.
Washington County Probate Records
Washington County was formed in 1784. The earliest land grants to Revolutionary War soldiers were made in Washington County, however, the plats and deeds did not survive. The early records of Washington County were destroyed, but there are some estate records beginning ca 1851. No wills. The indexes provided below reflect the existing estate books.
Washington County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Washington County Probate Records
Digital Images of Wills 1852 to 1903
- Washington County Estates (Misc).
- Washington County Letters of Administration, Testamentary, Guardianship, Book A, partial transcription (1829-1876).
Achord, John; Adams, Benjamin ;Adams, Elizabeth ;Anderson, William ;Archer, William ;Armstrong, Eliza Ann ;Armstrong, Eunice ;Armstrong, Jane; Armstrong, William ;Avant, H. H. ;Avant, James Ransom ;Baily, John ;Baker, Mary ;Barksdale, Elizabeth ;Barksdale, William ;Bland, Elisha ;Bland, Micajah ;Bland, Simeon ;Boatwright, John ;Braddy, John ;Brantley, Green; Brantley, Spencer ;Brantley, Zachariah ;Britt, Henry ;Brooks, James ;Brown, Emanuel; Brown, Handley ;Brown, Matilda ;Brown, Sarah ;Brown, Thomas ;Bryant, Jason ;Buck, William ;Bucks, William ;Bullard, Lewis ;Burns, D. S. ;Canter, William ;Carter, Isabella ;Chambers, Bricy ;Chester, Burrell ;Clay, William ;Coleman, Isham ;Cook, Lydia ;Covington, John; Cox, Henry ;Cox, Miles ;Crafton, Samuel ;Croom, Jesse ;Cumming, Robert ;Daniel, Joseph ;Davis, Dioclission ;Davis, Elizabeth ;Davis, William ;Downs, Mary ;Duggan, Archilaus; Duggan, Archilus; Duggan, Asa ;Duggan, John; Duggan, John M. ;Duggan, Martha ;Duggan, Thomas Green; Dukes, Nancy Caroline ;Durden, Lewis ;Durden, Mathew ;Durloo, Hattie; Eastwood, Sophira ;Eclemer, Philip ;Ennetts, Elizabeth ;Evans, Jasper ;Fish, William ;Fisher, Metcalf; Fluker, Robert ;Fowler, Elbert ;Francis, Nancy ;Fulgham, Elizabeth; Fulgham, James ;Fulgham, Matthew ;Fulgham, William ;Gilmers, John; Gladden, Jonathan; Gladin, Solomon ;Gordon, Richard ;Green, Martha ;Greenway, Alfred ;Haines, M. J., Mrs. ;Haines, Nathan ;Hall, Annie ;Hall, Lewis ;Hall, Rabun ;Hall, William Bennett ;Happ, Pincas; Hardwick, T. S., Mrs. ;Hardwick, William ;Harris, Churchwell ;Harris, Richard; Harrison, Green B.; Harrison, John; Harrison, Joseph ;Hart, S. W. ;Hartley, Jonas ;Hartley, Mary Jane ;Hataway, Baton;Hawkins, Henry; Haynes, William ;Heath, Henry ;Higgins, George ;Hill, Ophelia ;Hines, Augusta ;Hines, Churchill ;Hines, Leonidas ;Hollifield, Horatio ;Holmes, James;Holmes, John; Holmes, Jordan ;Hook, Edward ;Hooks, Green ;Hooks, Hopewell ;Horton, Harrel ;Howard, Lemuel ;Hunt, Silas ;Hunt, William ;Inman, Mary ;Jackson, Allen ;Jackson, Irwin ;Jackson, Martha; Jackson, Sarah ;Jenkins, Uriah; Jernigan, Lewis ;Johnson, William; Joiner, Malachi ;Joiner, Malachi, Jr.; Jones, Edmund ;Jones, H. R.; M rs. ;Jones, Sarah;Jordan, Cornelius ;Jordan, Ephraim ;Jordan, William ;Kelley, Seaborn ;Killingsworth, Jane ;Lang, Nancy ;Larson, Alexander ;Leverett, John; Long, John; Lord, Solomon ;Massey, Abel ;Matthews, Martha ;Mayo, Howell ;Mayo, William ;McConky, Andrew ;Meadows, James ;Meeks, Bennett ;Miller, Charles ;Mills, Daniel ;Mills, Elizabeth; Mills, Francis ;Mills, Stephen; Mitchell, Henry ;Moor, Cason ;Moor, Mathew ;Morgan, William; Mouldin, James ;Moye, Sarah ;Moye, Thomas ;Murphey, William ;Newsom, H. K. ;Newsom, Solomon ;Newsome, Joeday ;O'Reilly, Christopher ;Orr, Mary ;Osborn, Sallie ;Page, James ;Palmer, Daniel ;Parks, George S. ;Pate, Redding ;Peacock, Anna ;Philips, Susasnah ;Pilcher, Lewis ;Pool, Middleton ;Posey, Henry; Pratt, Nathan ;Price, L. B. Jr.; Price, Moor ;Pugesly, John; Pugesly, Tabitha ;Rawlins, Ezekiel ;Rice, Harriett ;Roberson, John; Robertson, Agness ;Robison, Elizabeth ;Robison, Martha ;Robison, Moses ;Robison, Samuel ;Rogers, Oscar ;Roughton, Enoch ;Roughton, H. C. ;Roughton, Zachariah ;Saffold, Isham ;Salter, Thomas ;Sellers, Anna ;Sessions, Andrew ;Sessions, Benjamin ;Shehee, Elephair ;Sheppard, Charles ;Sheppard, Charles (2) ;Sheppard, David ;Sherling, James ;Shirling, James ;Smith, Alexander ;Smith, Benjamin ;Smith, Isaac ;Smith, James F. ;Smith, John E. ;Smith, Lavina ;Smith, Louisa ;Smith, Nancy ;Smith, Peter ;Smith, William O. ;Smith, William ;Sparks, Morgan ;Strange, Gideon ;Strange, Martha ;Summerlin, Mary ;Sumner, Jane ;Tanner, Franklin ;Tanner, Joseph ;Tanner, Thomas ;Tanner, Thomas ;Tanner, William ;Tarbutton, Augustus ;Taylor, Henry ;Taylor, James E. ;Taylor, Kinchen ;Taylor, Milly ;Taylor, William ;Taylor, William (2) ;Thornton, A. R. ;Tribble, Martha ;Turlington, Thomas ;Underwood, Reuben ;Vinson, David ;Walker, James Freeman ;Walker, John H. ;Walker, William ;Walters, Richard ;Warthen, Richard ;Warthen, Sarah ;Warthen, Thomas ;Watkins, Mitchell ;Webb, John; Webster, William ;Wehling, Jacob; West, Elbert ;Whitaker, George ;Whitfield, Rebecca ;Whitfield, Robert ;Wicker, Margaret ;Wicker, Thomas ;Wicker, Thomas A. ;Williams, John; Witt, Michael ;Wommack, Mary ;Wood, Henry ;Wright, John ;Yates, James ;Yates, Mary ;Youngblood, J. T.; Youngblood, Wineyford;
Indexes to Probate Records
- Divisions of Estates, Letters of Administration, Guardianship, Book A (1829-1876).
- Inventories, Vol. A, 1846-1862.
- Letters of Guardianship and Apprenticeships, Vol. A, 1829-1876.
- Annual Returns, Book B, 1843-1852.
- Annual Returns, Book C, 1851-1855.
- Annual Returns, Book E, 1856-1858.
- Annual Returns, Book F, 1858-1866.
- Annual Returns, Book G, 1866-1878.
- Annual Returns, Book H, 1878-1890.
- Washington County Marriages from newspapers 1828-1885.
- Origins of Early Settlers to Washington County.
- Map of Washington County.
- Washington Notes by Jeannette Holland Austin.
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