Decatur County Georgia Genealogy Records Available Online to Members
Images of Decatur County Wills, Book A, 1828 to 1838Testators: Buie, Malcom ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, John ;Donelson, John ;Everett, William ;Fain, Thomas; Faircloth, Cader ;Gaines, George ;Harrell, Mary ;Harris, Sterling ;Kemp, Daniel ;McCreless, John ;Powell, William ;Rawls, John ;Rogers, John and Wright, William.
Wills 1828 to 1838 (abstracts)
Images of Decatur County Wills 1838 to 1865Testators: Amoss, Mary ;Ashley, Jesse ;Ballard, Rufus ;Barbour, Wiley ;Bell, Augustus ;Benton, William ;Blount, Phillip ;Braswell, Samuel ;Brock, Martha ;Butler, Robert ;Campbell, Archibald ;Campbell, Daniel ;Cassels, William; Chambers, William ;Chisolm, Robert ;Cleburn, Temperance ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, Jesse ;Cooper, Samuel ;Crawford, Bennet ;Cunningham, Albert ;Daffin, John ;Devaughn, Sarah ;Davidon, Robert H. M. ;Donalson, Rachel ;Donalson, William ;Douglass, Alexander ;Douglas, Harriet ;Douglass, John A. ;Douglass, Sanders ;Ellis, Edwin ;Evans, John W. ;Ferguson, Isaac ;Freeman, Hannah ;Freeman, Jacob; Gainey, Reddick ;Gardner, Sarah ;Gray, Peter ;Griffin, Lee ;Griffin, Susan ;Hamilton, Robert ;Harrell, John Sr. ;Harrell, Mary ;Hines, Anne;Howell, Samuel ;Hutchinson, John ;Hutto, Martin ;Ingram, Hugh ;Johnson, Deliam ;Johnson, Jesse ;Johnson, Jesse (2) ;Johnson, Joshua;Jones, John; Kelly, William Wade ;Lonen, Squire ;Long, Shadrack ;Loper, William ;Lovett, David ;Malone, John ;McElveen, John ;McElvy, William; McGriff, Sarah ;Meeks, Bennet ;Michaux, Joseph ;Mitchell, Greene ;Montgomery, Sarah ;Montgomery, William ; Murphy, Butts ;Newberry, John ;Nicholson, Duncan ;Nicholson, Malcom ;Owens, William ;Parks, Virgil; Paulk, Micajah; Powell, Jethro ;Pullin, Elias ;Pumphrey, Redin ;Regan, Roberson ;Rhodes, William ;Rogers, Benjamin ;Ruckley, Anthony ;Ruckley, William S. ;Russell, Louiza;Scott, Rhoda; Slade, Jeremiah ;Smallwood, F. ;Smart, Edmund ;Smith, Archibald ;Strickland, Reuben ;Sweet, G. ;Thomas, Hezekiah ;Thomas, Nancy ;Truluck, Joseph ;Waller, R. A. ;Whiddon, William ;Whiddon, William (2) ;Whitaker, John ;White, John ;White, Martin;Wilson, James;Wooten, Eliza ;Wooten, Shadrack and Wooten, William
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Book A, 1828 to 1838
- Will Book B, 1839 to 1873
- Will Book C, 1873 to 1913
- Appraisements and Sales. Book A, 1828 to 1833
- Appraisals, Sales,Inventories, Distributions, Book C 1852-1866
- Appraisals, Sales,Inventories, Distributions, Book D 1849-1863
- Appraisals, Sales,Inventories, Distributions, Book E 1877-1892
- Vouchers, Sales, Annual Returns, 1839 to 1837
- Journal and Sales (estates) 1834 to 1848
- Annual Returns, Book D, 1835 to 1850
- Minute Bks A & B (includes Wills).
- Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1824 to 1841
- Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1837 to 1869
- Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1868 to 1896
- Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886.
Poor HousesWhen visiting your local court house, it should be remembered that most counties kept a record of poor people and the cost thereof. A search through these old books usually yields a list of names. Other than that, there are other means. Here is a List of the Collection on Georgia Pioneers:
- Abram Widow's Home, Chatham County, 1860
- Douglas County Paupers 1871-1890
- Emanuel County Poor House, 1835 or 1853
- Savannah Poor House and Hospital, 1850 and 1860
- The Constitution (newspapers) 1885-1900
Discovering Lost RecordsGenealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
The county clerks kept records of every transaction in the county. That is why researching county records is so important to finding the ancestors or learning more about them. In this modern age, one does not always find old records at the courthouse. That is because they have been moved to a storage location. I have found that the employees are not necessarily aware of the existence of old wills, estates, marriages, and deeds, much less storage. Luckily, we have microfilmed records, more and more of which are going online. Did you notice that certain counties burned down and the records were lost? Unfortunately, this common experience affects all genealogists. However, I have discovered old courthouse ledgers in antique shops! How did they get there? Why they were found in an attic somewhere. It was sometimes common practice for the clerk to take his ledgers home to finish his work. How will we ever get to see these ledgers? The answer, for now, is the internet. This is the place where unexpected information is posted. Otherwise, while out on a field trip, it is a good idea to question neighbors and keep an eye out for a good find!
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Decatur County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Decatur County was created from Early County in 1823 by an Act of the General Assembly It was named after U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. In 1920, Seminole County was created entirely from Decatur County. Also, portions of Decatur County were used to help create Thomas County (1825) and Grady County (1905). South Georgia counties adjacent to Decatur, as well as counties in Florida should also be researched. Early Settlers: Samuel Braswell, W. H. Barbour, B. F. Byrd, Absalom Brown, John Birch, Robert H. Butler, J. J. Chason, A. B. Campbell, John Cameron, Alfred Chester, Jesse Collins, Hardy Crawford, J. L. Durham, John Dollar, William Donalson, R. F. Evans, H. S. Farish, Jesse Glover, Peter Gray, William Hutchinson, R. H. Harrell, D. P. Hines, Jacob Zeigler, and others.
Your Ancestors Left the Answer. Did you Find it?If you did not locate a will or estate which spelled everything out for you, then the next place to look is in county minute books. The reason is to search for personal notations of activities occurring in the community. Typically, the last will and testament itself was not copied into the minute book; however, frequent entries appear announcing that it was filed with the clerk. If there is a notation, that proves that one existed. Courthouses kept original wills in the record room, vault, or even the basement along with other documents. It is nice to have both the original and the copy which the clerk made in the will book. However, most originals were lost. We rely upon the clerk's copy (in his own handwriting, with misspelled words, etc.). Unfortunately, later on, a fire may have destroyed the clerk's records. One is inclined to think that triviality does not cook the "meat" of the genealogy, but it does insomuch as it is the finer details which fill in the gaps. We all have questions concerning dates, places, and why. Despite the fact of courthouse fires and such losses, there are other means of discovering facts from family traditions. Did you notice the odd first names of some children? These usually appeared after the first child was named and were the maiden names of the mother or grandmother. Traditionally, the first child was given the name of both grandparents of the couple. After that, the names of aunts and uncles were included. Oftentimes, certain names make us suspicious that a child belongs to a particular family. I have one family of five children where all of the boys were given family (surnames) names. After much frustration, I used those names to the families with those surnames (in the same county). The result was very interesting. One family name was a Revolutionary soldier who resided in Abbeville, S. C. simultaneously with my kin, later traveling to Georgia and settling in the same county as my ancestor. Another family name was given to a child (in this same family) who belonged to another family from Abbeville. And those families also came to Georgia. Some states such as South Carolina are practically devoid of marriage records. That is because there was no legislation requiring that marriages be put into public records. My conclusion was that two of my (likely) ancestors married into these families, and were probably the missing maiden names of the grandmothers. The point is that each family had its own family ties and stories. It is up to us to find them.