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Our Flag is Still There

Star Spangled Banner During the 1960s the children of mischief were burning our flags and stomping on them in the streets. Once again, mobs are exclaiming that they have the right of protest. And they do it by seizing television time that they did not pay for, where there is a full audience, such as an NFL event. In other words, while being paid to play a sport, they seize "our right, our time, our paid ticket" to express their opinion. This is America, folks, not Cuba or Russia. All should remember when George Washington and his troops crossed an icy Delaware river and fought an impossible battle. In fact, all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, spent their fortunes to secure this country. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the National Anthem of the United States of America. The lyrics come from the poem called Defence of Fort Henry, written on September 14, 1814, by an amateur poet, Francis Scott Key. Key had just witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor (Battle of Baltimore) during the War of 1812. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. It was declared the National Anthem by a congressional resolution dated March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. S301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

The Star Spangle Banner by Francis Scott Key from a manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society Collection

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Radium Springs, a Georgia Natural Wonder

Radium Springs Radium Springs, located on the outskirts of Georgia, is a natural springs in Georgia and contains traces of radium.

Map of Dougherty County

Patriots of the Past

American Flag Contrary to some of the trash being written today about our patriots, our ancestors were seeking religious liberties and freedom from persecution. They were brave, gallant people who were inspired of God, and who suffered much to immigrate to America. Further, actual records exist such as the Journal of Christopher Columbus. Today, he is depicted as a scum-bag who raped natives in the isles. Yet, his Journal (now translated into English) reveals that Columbus, a devout Catholic, felt inspired of God to find the new continent. The defamers did not stop there. They trashed almost all of the founders of this country including Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence. A simple reading of the founding documents reveals a powerful belief in God and freedom for all. Their beliefs were so strong that they put their own wealth into the war, only to be bankrupt at the end. Because we did not walk in their shoes nor fight their battles, we must not defame those who came before us. They were family.

Good Stories waiting to be Shared

waiting Sharing a good family story usually makes the children laugh. But they also crave to know more about the older generations, those who have already passed on. An old photograph of grandma and her life as a girl, tales of war battles fought by their kin, and how the first generation got to America, are examples of stories that can be shared. Everyone longs to know their own beginnings, who their people were and where they came from. The genealogist or family historian has the answers. Hopefully, the old stories will be repeated again and again inside the family hub.

Find your Ancestors before 1790

Doughtery County Wills and Estates

Magnolia Plantation Dougherty County was created in 1853 from Baker County.

Doughtery County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Images of Dougherty County Wills 1854 to 1866

Testators: Alexander, John; Bateman, John;Brinson, Adam; Brinson, Mary;Brinson, Matthew;Brisbane, Robert;Collier, George; Dickenson, R. D.;Ely, Sarah;Faircloth, Reddin;Forehand, Sarah; Freeman, Thomas;Gilbert, John;Harris, Addison;Johnson, Thomas; Mallory, Mary;McCollum, Thomas;McWhitehead, Richard;oore, Edward; Pace, Davis;Robinson, John;Ryals, Martha;Scarborough, John;Solomon, James;Stevens, Seth;Sunday, Robert;Tarver, Paul; Tarver, William;Vason, Rebecca

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Book Vol. 1, 1854 to 1925

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?