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The Rusty Tractor in the Yard

old tractorAs the terrain continues to change on this earth, its impact is visible in local neighbors, towns and cities. Yet as buildings and town homes are demolished to make way for the new generation, the countryside lies dismally deserted waiting for families to return to the old farm house and gin up the tractor. The land which once bore crops and herded animals is plaintively unnourished and rises with wind storms to fly afield. The impression is that the labors of its residents sank into poverty and dispair. Why didn't someone protect the old tractor from rusting in the yard? In the day of my grandmother people moved to the cities to acquire work. The War Between the States had left its treacherous scar upon the South. The troops of General Sherman had pilfered and ravaged everything of value, from farm animals and crops to precious heirlooms. Carpet baggers (Northerners) crawled the land like lice, scooping up properties for the price of back taxes. Aging parents could hire former slaves to work the place, but there was no money. As depicted in the scenery, agriculture went the way of the wind!

The Blackshear Trail

Blackshear Trail Blackshear Trail is a historic trail cut through woods by General David Blackshear during the War of 1812. Today, that road is located in now Crisp County, Georgia by a State Historical Marker just west of Cordele, Georgia. The trail was used by General Andrew Jackson in traveling from Fort Hawkins (now Macon) through Hartford (now Hawkinsville) and on to Fort Early in 1818. The trail was used by General Jackson to fight the Seminole tribe and Creek Indians in a battled called "Skin Cypress Pond".; During 1817 and 1818 there were frequent atrocities committed upon women and children alike by the Seminole Indians that it stirred up the whole nation and a war was declared against the Indians in Florida who invaded Georgia territory to steal, pillage and murder white settlers. This was when Florida was under the dominion of Spain, and since the landing of Oglethorpe these Indians had entertained great animosity against the people of Georgia. During and after the Revolutionary War, black slaves ran away from their masters and went into Florida to join a tribe of Creek Indians known as "Red Sticks." The "Red Sticks" refused to recognize the treat of Fort Jackson where the Creeks ceded a large portion of their territory to the United States. Thus, the "Red Sticks" took in a great many run-away Negroes from Georgia and South Carolina, who also joined the Seminole Indians in their frequent marauding expeditions against the southern frontier of Georgia.

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The Difference between Truth and Error

scratching head Sometimes we get carried away in our quest to find the ancestors. Although the information coming from relatives is usually flawed, we can use the data as clues to discerning the real facts. Hopefully, the world of fake sites will not find its way into genealogy. And, DNA results from various companies may not deter us from examining actual written records of each era. The moment in which data (marriages, wills, etc.) is recorded is far more accurate than twenty, thirty years or a hundred years later when someone takes a guess at it. What I am saying is that we should look more to the era in which the event occurred, rather than a book or documentary written later. This goes for genealogy and history. You may have noticed that history is being re-written in the most defamatory manner. Tracing the ancestors unfolds events pertinent to the lives and times of those who lived it. That is why civil war pensions and revolutionary war pensions are so revealing. You want to know more about the battles? The experiences of soldiers were written on the applications, in their own hand-writing. Also, they frequently copied their bible record into the application. There are so many reason that we should read the actual documents. Old wills and estates provide even more personal data, including the details of home-life. It is fun to learn the names of the next generation; however, gratifying to learn of the contributions of families to American freedom.

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Dooly County
Dooly County

Dooly County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Byronville Dooly County was created in 1821 by an Act of the General Assembly and was named for the famous Colonel John Dooly (1740-1780), who was killed at the Battle of Kettle Creek in 1780. The song Tom Dooly was written for him and lingers in Georgia's memory Hang down your head Tom Dooly, hang down your head and die The Georgia Land Lottery of 1821 distributed lands of the Creeks located between the Ocmulgee and Flint rivers at the signing of the Treaty of Indian Springs. Later, portions of Dooly County were used to create the following counties: Worth (1853), Wilcox (1857), Crisp (1905), and Turner (1905). Early Settlers: Levin Adams, Joseph Bridges, Ezekiel Butler, Brinkley Brown, William F. Bealle, Irwin Bullock, W. B. Cone, Wesley Calhoun, Robert Depree, Noah Daniel, Caleb Fullington, John Godwin, Jack Herring, Elbert Hodges, John Hammond, William P. Jordan, Donald Jones, William King, James Lester, Hugh McLain, Henry Mashburn, Henry Oliver, Moses Pipkins, Hardy Royal, Mathew Sheppard, John Truluck and Gideon Watson.

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Images of Wills 1847 to 1867

Names of Testators: Adams, John Q.;Adams, Leven; Adams, William;Bealle, James;Bealle, William;Bothwell, Davis; Bridges, Joseph;Bridges, William;Brown, Brinkley;Buckelew, James;Bullock, Irwin;Butler, Matthew;Cato, Benjamin;Collins, Henry;Culpepper, Joel;Daniel, Isaac;Daniel, Noah;Fenn, Elizabeth;Fenn, Henry;Gammage, James;Hammond, John;Harvard, Stephen;Higdon, Charles;Hodges, Elbert;Johnson, Solomon; Jones, Donald;Lasseter, Shemuel;Lester, James;Lewis, James; Lock, Joseph;Mayo, Harmon;Olliff, Benjamin;Pipkins, Moses; Powers, John H.;Rea, Elizabeth;Rowell, Oliver;Royal, Hardy; Royal, John C.;Royal, John;Rutland, Blake; Sheppard, Mathew; Smith, John; Staley, Elizabeth Ann; Stephens, Richard;Thompson, E. W.; Truluck, John; Ward, David; Webb, Benjamin; Wood, John; Wright, Henry; Youbanks, Jane

Abstracts of Wills 1849 to 1931.

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Annual Returns, Vouchers, Bk 2, 1855 to 1859.
  • Annual Returns, Vouchers, Bk I, 1847 to 1854.
  • Wills, Bk A, 1847 to 1901.


  • Marriages 1847 to 1852.

Traced Genealogies of Dooly County Families

  • Moore
  • Thomas

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Remember the Day?

  • When no one locked their doors?
  • We sat on the front porch counting different makes of cars? In those days models like the Cadillac coupe de ville were more glamorous.
  • Everyone had a front porch and we were invited to sip lemonade and chit chat?
  • When we acquainted ourselves with neighbors by walking the streets?
  • Saturday morning cartoons and newsreels?
  • Driveways were too narrow for anything but the Model-Ts?
  • Streets were made of cobblestone and bricks?
  • Trolleys and street car lines were draped across overhead power lines?
  • We dressed in front of coal furnaces?
  • Winter sleeping meant a stack of quilts?
  • It was too hot to sleep in summers?
  • You punched a button to turn on a single overhead light bulb?
  • Turning out lights after leaving a room to conserve electricity?
  • The ice trucks which delivered a chunk of ice to the old icebox?