A Trip to Nowhere is SomewhereToday, rural communities appear to be sinking into oblivion, especially as old houses and barns are torn down to made ready for modernization. Every time one of these homes perishes, the past seems to disappear. After all, plows no longer do their job with horses and old farm equipment rusts inside of delapidated barns and sheds. It is a past which no one wants any more, one of dusty roads and dilapidated communities. An less glamorous society too slow for us today. And this is exactly how too many people think of old records. Yet, the old records describe societies which built communities, and then those communities built towns and cities. The first several will books in Savannah consists of wills having at least 50 pages each! These documents inventory an incredible life-style of agriculture and commerce. How they built brick chimneys and sidewalks and beautiful homes which hosted friends and relatives and which are the envy of visitors today. Georgia was religious colony and slaves were not permitted until after the charter was surrendered to King George (1752). Thus, agriculture and industry was constructed by immigrants from a wilderness into thriving communities using white indentured servants. The cost was borne by the immigrant landowners. There were lazy people who did little work, however, most of had run away to Charleston by 1743. By the time of the American Revolution, a great society had been carved in Savannah. Imports from England were costly and usually involved tariffs and restrictions. In other words, it cost more to build a home in America than in England. Lead windows, plank boards, bricks and even nails were costly commodities. Those who had sacrificed so much to build a life in this wilderness, were ready to protect their hard-work from punishing tariffs and trade restrictions. It was a question of freedom.
The Old Chastain Plantation in Atlanta
On a beautiful spring day one cannot help but wonder about the loveliness of the old colonial gardens. There are still some remnants of them in the structure of the old yards. In Virginia, the plantations still boast English ivy on the exterior buildings surrounded by English boxwoods. But in Georgia, the colorful pink blossoms of almond trees and azalea bushes is the norm. In June, the giant magnolia trees rise to prominence with the scent of their white blossoms. Oddly enough, the site pictured here is Chastain Park in Atlanta, once the site of the Chastain plantation. The large oaks and magnolias dominating the woody terrain, slanting hills and lakes are a glimpse into the past. . . the way things used to be.
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Old Milton County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Legal Advertising (now Fulton County)
Old Milton County no longer exists. It is located in North Fulton County which was created in 1853. In 1857 Milton County (now now Fulton County) included parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Cobb Counties. Milton was named for John Milton, Georgia's first Secretary of State and was located North of the Chattahochee River (now Fulton County). Fulton was named for Robert Fulton, the famous inventor who experimented with a submarine boat in 1801 in France and built the Clermont, a steamboat which sailed up the Hudson River in 1807. During the Revolutionary War, Milton traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, and New Bern, North Carolina before moving to Maryland with the official records of the state while Georgia was occupied by the English. Campbell and Milton County merged with Fulton on January 1, 1932. At this time Roswell was ceded from Cobb County. Research in Fulton and Campbell Counties should be done with Milton, as they were once altogether. Early Settlers: Morgan Fields, Robert Martin, John Nix, Hiram Taylor and Dabner Yancey.
Milton County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Wills 1865-1882 (abstracts)
Images of Wills, 1865 to 1882Testators: Bennett, D. W.;Binion, Job;Brown, Francis;Chamblee, Elisha;Crosby, Gardner;Dildy, Levi;Fields, Morgan;Hook, Jacob; Johnston, John G.;Land, Nancy;Lee, James;Martin, Robert;Maxwell, Jeremiah;Nesbit, W. H.;Newton, N. G.;Nix, John;Reavis, John; Rogers, William;Scales, Jesse;Taylor, Hiram;Yancy, Dabney
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Book A 1865-1882.
- Will Book B 1879-1928.
- Legal Advertising 1868-1873.