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We are a Record-Keeping People

Mayan CodexPictured is the Dresden Codex from the 1880 Forstemann edition. The idea that the ancients did not keep records is nonsense. The pyramids, for example, contain family histories upon the walls. The Mayans in Central America kept records on public buildings, written in hyioglyphics, but mostly untranslated. When the Spanish conquistaodrs took the gold from South America, they destroyed the written records of the Peruvians. These books included pictographs and words. It has been said that the Peruvians were a more intelligent race than the Spaniards. Only 4 books survive in the world today. Yet, the earth beneath our feet continues to yield relics and information about civilizations that we never knew existed. That is why archaeologists dig into the earth, to find real evidence of the existence of a people. For the most part, people kept records throughout history. They simply did not survive. Consider our American court house fires, and lost records. Sometimes clerks took their work home, and these later showed up in an attic, or antique shop. Old diaries and letters were hidden under floors, and in walls. Our own trash contains a whirlwind of written information about ourselves. Old churches kept registers of baptisms, births, marriages and deaths. Yet, somehow those are lost in time. During the Civil War, while the yankees bore down on Atlanta, before escaping, Southerners buried their currency and valuables in the garden, thinking to return home later. Although only 150 years have passed, and the ground still holds the treasure. In biblical times, when coinage served as the only currency, this heavy medium was not carried about. Instead, family vaults were used to protect coinage and important documents. An old fort near Jerusalem was torched as Nebuchdanezer's soldiers came into Jerusalem. As a result, records which had been written on rocks, were fossilized. Tombstones fall and are buried in the ground while others are hidden in briars and weeds. It does not take too long for a neglected to cemetery to disappear. Topical maps and medal detectors are helpful in locating old homes, battlegrounds and such. Archaeologists know that the past is buried in the ground. Something to consider.

The Skirmish at Cow Creek

Cow Creek During August of 1836, the Creek Indians camped along Warrior Creek, Little River, Alapaha River and Cow Creek were fleeing into the Okefenokee Swamp. Their purpose was to join up with the Seminole Indians in Florida. On the 27th of August, the militia companies commanded by Colonel Henry Blair, Captain Lindsay and Captain Levi J. Knight, caught up with a band of Creeks at Cow Creek. At that time the creek was known as "Troublesome Ford" near Statenville. The skirmish lasted about ten or fifteen minutes, with the enemy being completely routed.

Map of Echols 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.

There is a Road to the Past



Echols County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Minutes of the Court

Alapha River

Echols County was created from Clinch and Lowndes Counties on Dec. 13, 1858 by an act of the General Assembly. Georgia's 132nd county was named for Brigadier-General Robert Echols (1798-1847), a Georgian who died during the Mexican War. Prior to the war, Echols had represented Walton County in the Georgia House of Representatives (1824-1829) and in the Georgia Senate (1830-1844), including six years as president of that body (1835-37, 1839, and 1841-42).

Earliest Settlers: Charles Bryan, L. H. Bohannon, Martin Carter, William Lott Copeland, W. H. Herrin, Sr., L. M. Henderson, E. W. Kinsey, C. C. Lightsey, Leslie Charles Messer, J. L. Newbern, J. P. Padgett, Thomas Pierce, H. B. B. Sharpe, Charles E. Stewart, Mathew Watson, G. H. Westberry, Wesley Zeigler.

Genealogy Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

  • Index to Echols County Wills (1875-1952).
  • Index to Echols County Minutes (1880-1906)
  • Index to Echols County Annual Returns and Vouchers 1898-1938
  • Index to Echols County Marriages 1898-1928

Online Images of (1875-1920)

Allred, Lottie
Bohanon, Benjamin
Carter, Elizabeth
Edwards, Rebecca
Lightsey, Samuel
Newbern, J. N.
Pierce, Thomas
Smith, Simeon
Swilley, William
Wester, Henry

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Remember the Day?

Remember...
  • 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?
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