Our Ancestors Prepared the Way for Better TimesSomewhere out there is a parcel of land upon which your ancestors once built a house as well as the surrounding community. The ground may be parched and worn out from years of tilling the soil. And there may be an old sunken well on the place. Perhaps a crumbling barn and a tractor displaying its age in a reddish-orange coat of rust. If you are observing relics such as this, it is a splendid view of the hardships and labor required to bring America into better circumstances. Because it was those old wrinkled hands which prepared the way. After 1900, the next fifty years delivered new and better tractors, telephones, automobiles and the television. Then, during the 1960s, when we sent a man to the moon, new technology seemed to chase us into the 21st century. Let us take note. The quilt of accomplishment is woven by every generation. One day, the work which is being accomplished today will pass into the hands of future generations. Think about it.
Front Porch Genealogy SolutionsSometimes it seems like there is little hope of finding records of the ancestors. The process is like unto an intricate puzzle of small pieces which do not seem to fit anywhere. Everyone has scraps of genealogical data on their surnames. But how do we find something more specific, something which will connect to our information? The answers lie in discovering the people in the neighborhood where your ancestor resided during a certain time period. They all connect, you know, whether as friends or relatives. The American past can be subdivided into eras and locations which is occupied by a specific group of people. The task is to assemble each family in family group sheets, regardless of whether they are in your direct line. If they have the same surname, a good practice is to consider them relatives and the only way to establish this is with family group sheets. Then, the marriages on these sheets help to establish relationships. It is a cousin thing. The sheets provide a place to enter the little scraps of paper. Eventually, we understand more about the relationships, which helps to eliminate certain people. Image sitting upon a front porch in a rural area. It is spring and the land is being plowed for planting. A neighbor has come to assist. On Sunday, this same neighbor is at church with his wife and children. Who do you suppose your children will marry? The answer is someone in this setting. That is why the names of witnesses to documents, such as deeds, marriages and old wills is so important. As the community grows and documents are recorded at the local court house, the neighborhood is being documented.
White Hall Plantation
The White Hall Plantation at West Point, Georgia was built ca 1857. It is also known as the Kendrick-Poer-Crawford-Graham House, and is located off of US Hwy 29.
The Secrets of Finding AncestorsClues. One must find clues. A clue can be the name of a neighbor who witnessed a deed or those who purchased items from the Estate Sale. Since no one is going to spell it out for us, we have the wonderful task of learning the truth for ourselves. And we do it by examining census records, county records (will, estates, marriages, deeds, tax digests, etc.). Our task is to proceed by tracing the steps of those who went before us. Finding the old home place, family cemeteries, church yards, land grants, lotteries, bible records, obituaries. One of the most tedious tasks is to read local newspapers which published personal items, such as marriages, deaths, accidents, and tidbits such as who visited whom in the county. Yes, it is all there.
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Harris County Genealogy Resources, Wills, Estates, Marriages, MapsHarris County was created from Muscogee and Troup Counties in 1827 and was named for Savannah lawyer and mayor, Charles Harris. County is Hamilton, Georgia. Early Settlers: Zilpha Baker, John Alexander, James Cotton, Eli Davis, Osborn Ely, William Glaze, William W. Hunt, William Ingram, Thomas Jones, John M. Jordan, Barnett Knight, Branch, Ligen, Isaac Middlebrooks, Abel Nilson, John Pattillo, Jackson Rush, Jeremiah Reeves, William Stringer, Sr., Churcwell Tarvin, Philip Wilder and Benjamin Walker.
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Images of Wills and Estates
- Wills, Bk 1, 1833-1849 (abstracts)
Online Images of Harris County Wills, Book 2, 1850-1875Testators: Adams, Anna; Alexander, John; Baker, Merrill;Baker, Zilpha;Bankston, Elizabeth; Barnes, John; Beall, Elias; Berry, Jesse; Blackman, William; Blanchard, Thomas; Boddie,R. V. R.; Boggs, Elizabeth; Brown, Robert; Champion, Philemon; Christian, William; Copeland, Pinkney; Copeland, William B.; Copeland, William Sr.; Cotton, James J.; Cotton, Smith; Cox, Asa; Crews, Reuben; Crook, Osborn; Davenport, John; David, J. W.; Davidson, John; Davis, Eli; Davis, James; Davis, Judith; Davis, Mary Ann; Doris, Joseph; Dowdell, James; Emory, Samuel; Glaze, William; Gassaway, Eliza; Gassaway, James; Goodman, Elizabeth; Gorham, Willis; Granberry, George;Gunn, Jesse;Hamilton, John; Harden, Moses; Harper, Elizabeth; Harris, John; Hendry, Robert; Hevis, Samuel; Hill, Jasper; Hill, Vincent; Hines, Elias; Hopkins, William; Horn, Hugh; Hougton, William; Hudspeth, William; Huey, Alexander; Hunley, Ambrose; Hunley, William; Hunt, William W.; Hurling, Andrew; Hutchins, David; Ingram, William; Johnson, Sanky; Jones, Randall; Jones, Thomas; Jordan, John M.; Key, Henry; Kimbrough, Jesse; Kimbrough, Jesse T.; King, Thomas; Kinsey, Joseph W.; Knight, Barnett; Laney, David; Ligon, Branch; Little, Jacob; Livingston, John; Lloyd, Charles; Martin, William; Marshall, S. F.; Matthews, Henry; Mays, Sarah; McCarter, John; McCartan, Cormick; McGee, John; McLeroy, Thomas; Middlebrooks, Isaac; Miller, Martha; Mitchell, Elizabeth; Moss, Gabriel; Murrah, Thomas; Myhand, Alvin; Neely, Osborn;Nelson, Abel;Nelson, Abel (2); Pace, Clement; Parr, William; Passmore, John; Pate, Mary; Patillo, John; Pearce, Leroy; Pearce, Syntha; Pearce, Thomas; Perry, William M.; Philips, Wilder; Phillips, Sarah; Pitts, Samuel; Pollard, William; Pratt, Leonard; Ragan, Sarah; Redding, A. W.; Rees, William J.; Reeves, Jeremiah; Rickman, Benjamin; Rivers, William; Roberts, Killis; Robinson, Henry J.; Robinson, Milus; Ross, Mary; Rush, Jackson; Rutledge, William; Slaton, Littleberry; Slaughter, Monroe; Smith, Reddick; Stribling, Anthony; Stringer, Williamson; Tarvin, Churchill; Taylor, Christopher; Thomlinson, Mary; Trammell, Pulaski; Truett, Samuel; Vance, Levin; Walker, Benjamin; Walker, Thacker; West, Irvin; West, Walter; White, John; Whitehead, James; Whitehead, William; Wilkinson, Alexander M.; Williams, Benjamin; Williams, George W.; Williams, Thomas A.; Woodard, Littleberry; Wright, Martha and Zachry, Daniel.
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Wills, Book 2, 1850-1875.
- Index to Wills, Book 3, 1873-1932.
- Index to Miscellaneous Estates Book B, 1837-1844
- Harris County Marriages, index 1828-1860
- Harris County Marriages, index 1859-1872
- Hurling, Andrew
- Horn, Hugh (1871) estate
- Map of Third District of Harris County.
Traced Genealogies of Harris County Families