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Germans Settled Bryan County

They kept good records, many of which are available on the Georgia Pioneers website.

Bryan County Records available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Names of Families in Bryan County Wills and Letters of Testamentary (1870-1891)

Names of Testators: Arnold, Richard; Banks, Simeon; Brailsford, William;Butler, James;Butler, Jefferson; Davis, John;DeSaussure, Wilmot;Duggan, Hershall;Duggar, Nathaniel; Geiger, David;Grovensteen, Shadrach; Guger, D. H.;Harris, London; Hart, Marshall;Heery, Isaac;Mann, Margret;Pate, W. J.;Phillips, Burrell; Schafer, John; Shuman, Elijah; Shuman, John;Simes, Martha; Smith, Eleanor; Smith, Joshua; Vashee, Isaac

General Index to Bryan County Wills and Estates(1866-1939)
Index to Bryan County Wills (1891-1933)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book A (1870-1891)
Index to Bryan County Wills, Book B (1891-1933)
Bryan County Marriages 1868-1889


  • Topo Map of Bryan County and Savvannah


  • 1868-1889

Map of Bryan County

Scooping out Ancestors Teaches History Not Found in Schools

By Jeannette Holland Austin

door If you really want to find your ancestors, a diligent and dedicated study is indicated. Not only do we need to search census and county records, but we need to know the history of the age during which they lived. There are all sorts of clues out there. For instance, City Directories offer street addresses, the names of family members and occupations. However, a visit to the old home place will open up a new world of information for the genealogist. Names of neighbors are gleaned from those directories and perhaps some childhood memories. But better still, there was a history of the times. What was it? Perhaps the First World War. If so, grandparents, uncles and sons would have enlisted and those records are available at the National Archives. Civil War pensions for the State of Georgia are available on this (Georgia Pioneers) website as well as some pensions of Revolutionary War Soldiers. Even the most remote neighborhoods had a church. These old buildings and adjoining cemeteries should be explored. Write down the names of neighbors listed in deeds and included as witnesses in probate records. One needs to have an understanding of those who shared the old days. Also, the identify of all families having the same surname, which is easily kept on family group sheets. In other words, in order to prevent researching the wrong lineage, the researcher needs to "know the neighborhood". It is a quest of time worthy of sharing with less interested family members. "Less interested" because until you insert the history, they will not grasp the sacrifices which brought the family to America, nor will they realize the powerful gifts of their blood heritage, and the brave road which the ancestors constructed to freedom. Our freedom. Students in 1895-8th Grade-were Smarter than Students Today Old Georgia Schools and their Masters

The Meaning of a Gentleman

colonial couple Hundreds of years after the age of ladies and gentlemen, where proper manners and integrity were at the forefront of social and business actions, the word "gentleman" is still understood to mean a polite person of good manners and decorum. However, the practice of doing business with a handshake, because the family was known to be honest sorts, or the loaning of goods and materials necessary to maintain plantations (or farms) was a promissory note. Such notes are readily found in the estates of gentlemen, and, upon death, the obligations were honored to the heirs.. A close examination of old wills, inventories, sales and annual returns describes an time of hard labor and industry, yet a more gentle era where trustworthiness was essential to its core. Plantations begat communities and communities begat industry and invention. While truth and good manners enabled American progress, it also assured stability in the home.

Fort McAllister during Confederate War

Fort McAllister Fort McAllister is a historic Georgia State Park located near Keller and Richmond Hill in the southern portion of Bryan County, along the south bank of the Ogeechee River. This site was once Fort McAllister used by the Confederates during the War Between the States. Earthworks of Fort McAllister which was attacked seven times by the Union Army, however, did fall until it was taken by General Sherman in 1864 during his March to the Sea. Spencer Repeating Rifle What Northerners Thought of Southerners in 1864 He was so Near to Me ... Where to Find the Forgotten Heroes in your Family Search for the Confederate Supply Train The Evacuation of Atlanta Battle of the Pen Lots of Paulding County Boys Fought for the Confederacy Returning from War to Clinton, Georgia The Battle of Chickamauga as Told by a Union Soldier The Night Jefferson Spent under an Oak Tree

Bryan County

Bryan County Court House
Online Images of Wills and Estates

Bryan County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Bryan CountyBryan County was formed in 1793 from Chatham County. Unfortunately, all of the early records were lost. Some families from Effingham County settled in Bryan County, especially after they qualified for land.

Early Settlers: Richard Arnold, Simon Banks, William Blitch, William Brailsford, John A. Davis, W. G. DeSaussaire, Nathaniel Duggar, David Geiger, Shadrack Grevensteen, London Harris, W. J. Pate, John Schafer, Elijah Shuman, Joshua Smith and Amosa S. Wescott.

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