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The Easier Road to Genealogy

scenic road An easier method of tracing ancestors is available should one study the history of the times. Sure, there are the standard history books. However, those books provided in schools, libraries and elsewhere do not begin to describe the history of any given era. Because it is the people themselves who make history. A few characters who fought in the Revolutionary War or made laws, does not begin to describe the real history! The key is to find the old neighborhood. In other words, where the families resided, neighbors and friends who witnessed their deeds, married their daughters, and labored on farms, developing a better way of life. One can learn the names of ancestors, but what did those people accomplish and who were they? County records provide interesting answers but to glean the details one must examine every possible record!

There were Two Margaret Hollands

spinsterThere were two Margaret Hollands in my lineage; one born in 1790 and the other one born in 1792 (according to census records). Because of the homes of certain family members, it occurred to me that this might be the same person. In fact, I was convinced of it until I went year-by-year in each census record and continued to see two separate entries. Actually, one was a widow and the other a spinster sister in the neighborhood. Now the problem was proving that the spinster residing alone in the same neighborhood was the sister of another family member near-age. As I continued the effort, I discovered tidbits of other information which helped to prove the relationship. The county records contained names of witnesses to deeds who were also purchasers from estate sales. In other words, the introduction of one fact usually establishes the need to clarify another situation. Such clues become invaluable over time.

The Alexander Cleveland House in Ruckersville

Alexander Cleveland HouseAlexander-Cleveland House is located near Ruckersville, Georgia. An old home from the early days. Many such dilapidated homes as this one are depicted in the Georgia countryside landscape. It it is worth the time and effort to take in hand an old county map and (using the legend) try and locate the old homeplace as well as cemeteries hidden in the grass.

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Map of Elbert County


Elberton, Georgia


Finding the Way Home

broken tombstonesSomewhere there is a road to the old home place. It may be covered over with dirt or cement, but it exists. The past is not completely hidden. We learn that in archaeological digs. As erosion, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storms, lava and fire help sweep away former times, we forget. As communities and villages disappear into towns and cities, the world turns. Somehow we think that we are the substance of all civilization. Yet the surface has not been touched so far as discovery is concerned. There still remains the written records which genealogists crave to help explain and complete their own history. Despite the loss of important documents, clues remain. At this moment, genealogists are beginning to share their information over the internet. A recent discovery of my own was that someone had shared a photograph of my great-grandfather over the internet. For years, I searched for this soldier who died during the Civil War. Seems that he was a surgeon who served in an Alabama regiment. Imagine the joy which I experienced in seeing this photograph! Did you realize that people hid important documents behind wooden walls, under floorboards and in wells? An afternoon in the woods near the the old home place might turn up broken tombtones buried in pine needles, or tincans buried in the dirt containing items of interest.

Complicated Kinships

For years I searched to locate parents of an certain ancestor. However, not until I read all of last wills and testaments and estate records did I realize that I had in my hand the will of a man who died before the birth of his son. And that the wife remarried and when she gave birth, gave the child the surname of her first husband as his first name. Harrison Acworth. I was previously perplexed by this name, as it did not fit the other Acworth children. Yet, the generation was correct. So now, instead of Harrison being the father of my ancestor, he was the half-brother! Thus, identifying the mother even though I did not locate the Acworth (second) marriage, clarified the situation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, after the death of a spouse, a remarriage was eminent. In fact, no sooner than a widow buried her husband, than suitors commenced calling. That is because times of the importance of maintaining the family home and raising the children. Many marriages went unrecorded at the court house because it was not required. That is why the details existing in the community must be seriously dwelt upon by the researcher.

Dr. N. G. Long

Dr. N. G. Long served as a State Senator of Elbert County. The Georgia branch of his family descend from Samuel Long, a native of Pennsylvania who left there while he was young to settle in Virginia. Dr. Long was a grandson of Thomas Long who fought in the War of 1812.

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Elbert County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Elberton, Georgia Elbert County, Georgia was created in 1790, and named for General Samuel Elbert [1740 to 1788], the famous Revolutionary War General who commanded his troops in Georgia and South Carolina. It was General Elbert who distributed county lands by land grants to his troops. The parent county from which Elbert County was organized is Wilkes. The county is bordered on the east by the Savannah River, and on the west by the Broad River. Earliest Settlers: William Wycock, Joseph Aken, James Adams, William T. Anderson, Garmon Burton, Edmond Brewer, William Blake, Nelson Barnett, James Cook, Benjamin Cook,Zachariah Colly, Christopher Clark, Samuel Crockett, M. P. Deadwyler, Solomon Dunnin, John Dudley, William Dixon, Dr. L. P. Eberhart, Stephen Ellington, Charles Easton, James Easter, L. A. Frost, Mathew Fulghum, Moses Fincher,John Filson, John Giles, Richard Gatewood, George A. Gaines, Nehemiah Howard, John Hubbard, Cuthbird Hudson, George Turman,and others. The County seat is Elberton. Many residents of Elbert County came from South Carolina across the Savannah River.

Elbert County Genealogy Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Abstracts

  • Wills, Bk A, 1791-1795
  • Wills, Bk B, 1796-1801
  • Wills, Bk C, 1796-1801
  • Wills, Bk D, 1805
  • Wills, Bk EF, 1804-1809
  • Wills, Bk G, 1809-1812
  • Wills, Bk K, 1812-1816
  • Wills, Bk L, 1816-1826
  • Wills, Bk M, 1822-1823

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Bk 1835-1860
  • Misc. Wills, Inventories, Letters of Administration, Bk 1791-1806

Online Images of Elbert County Wills 1836 to 1860

Testators: Adams, James;Adams, Nicholas;Adams, Thomas;Adams, William; Alexander, George;Alexander, John B.;Alexander, Peter; Alexander, William;Alexander, William (2);Allen, Beverly; Allen, Singleton;Banks, James;Banks, James Jr.;Banks, Thomas A.; Blackwell, Joseph;Blackwell, Ralph;Bond, Daniel;Bond, Nathan; Booth, Gabriel;Bower, William;Brawner, Henry;Brawner, James; Brawner, Jemima;Brawner, Joseph;Brown, Benjamin;Brown, Elbert;Brown, James N.;Burch, Elizabeth;Burden, Clarey;Burton, Nicholas;Burton, Thomas;Carleton, Stephen;Carpenter, James; Carter, James;Cash, Moses;ason, Edward;Clark, David;Clark, James;Clark, Larkin;Colbert, Thomas;Cook, Beverly;Cook, George; Cook, Smith;Davis, John;Deadwyler, Lucinda;Deadwyler, Susan; Denney, Robert;Dickey, Polly;Dillard, James;Dye, Jane; Eavenson, Mary;Eaves, Rhody;Edwards, Felix;Faulkner, William; Fleming, Sarah;Fortson, Easton;Gaars, William;Gaines, William;Gapping, John;Ginn, Isaac;Goss, Horatio;Gray, John; Hall, Simon;Hansard, John;Haynes, Letty;Helms, Nathaniel; Higginbotham, Sarah;Hopper, Rolly;Hughes, Alexander; Huline, John;Hunt, Elijah;Hunt, Moses;Hunt, Nancy M.;Johnston, James;Jones, Emily;Jones, Solomon;Kelly, Barney;Kelly, William; Key, William Bibb;Lunsford, William;Mantz, William;Maxwell, Thomas;McCurry, Angus;McElroy, Henry;Merit, John;Mewbourne, Archibald;Middleton, Betsey;Middleton, James;Moore, Calvin; Moss, William;Nash, Alice;Nelms, Alice;Nelms, Jordan; Nunnalee, James;Oglesby, William;Oliver, James;Ozley, Jesse; Ozley, Larkin;Ozley, Zachariah;Parham, Isham;Parks, Abraham; Patterson, James;Patterson, William;Pledger, Thomas;Powell, William R.;Pulliam, William;Rice, Ann;Rice, Leonard;Rich, James; Rich, Sarah;Rich, William;Rich, William (2);Ridgway, James; Roebuck, William;Rowzee, Winslow;Rucker, Barden; Rucker, Joseph (estate); Scales, George;Shiflet, Picket;Skelton, John;Skelton, John (2);Smith, Drury;Smith, George C.;Smith, John;Smith, Margaret;Stiefel, James;Stinchcomb, Mary; Tate, Enos;Tate, Mary;Tate, Permelia; Teasley, Benager;Teasley, James;Terrell, William;Terry, Joseph;Thompson, Elizabeth;Thornton, Benjamin;Thornton, Daniel; Thornton, Daniel (2);Thornton, Reuben;Tyner, Harris; Upshaw, Leroy;Vasser, Samuel;Vawter, Richard;Vernon, Robert; Walton, Nancy;Wanslow, Thomas;Ward, William;White, Henry; Wilhite, Calvin;Wilhight, Philemon;Wilkins, Clement; Worrill, Eleanor;Wyche, George

Marriages

  • Marriages for 1817
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886

Miscellaneous Wills & Estates



Faulkner, John, LWT (1817) (Image)
Faulkner, John, Annual Return (Image)
Johnston, Philip (1818) (Image)
Heard, Elizabeth, orphan of Stephen Heard, deceased (1818) (Image)
Higginbotham, Benjamin, LWT (1791) (Image)
Pendleton, William, Estate (1851) (Image)
Ragland, Evan, Estate (1817) (Image)

Traced Genealogies of Elbert County Families

  • Akin
  • Banks
  • Bond
  • Cleveland
  • Colley
  • Gunter
  • Hillhouse
  • Jones
  • Long
  • McDonald
  • Nunnalee
  • Oliver
  • Porch
  • Rogers
  • Shiflet
  • Stokes
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