Morgan County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Index to Morgan County Marriages 1821 to 1834
- Index to Morgan County Marriages 1833 to 1854
- Index to Morgan County Marriages 1821 to 1834
- Index to Morgan County Marriages 1854 to 1879
Morgan County Wills
Morgan County Will Book A, 1808-1815 (Digital Images of the following sills).
- Morgan Co. Will Bk A, 1808-1815 (abstracts)
- Morgan Co. Will Bk B, 1815-1830 (abstracts).
- Index to Morgan County Will Book A, 1808-1815.
- Index to Morgan County Will Book B, 1815-1830.
- Index to Morgan County Will Book C, 1831-1866.
- Index to Morgan County Will Book D, 1858-1899.
- Index to Morgan County Estate Miscellaneous Records, 1808-1814.
- Allen, James.
- Atkins, George Lee.
- Bailey, William.
- Banckston, Daniel.
- Bryant, Patrick.
- Buchanan, Joseph.
- Carleton, Henry.
- Davis, John.
- Davis, Thomas.
- Fielder, James.
- Hamilton, Robert.
- Hanson, Edmund.
- Jones, John.
- McMurray, William.
- Mitchell, William.
- Patillo, David.
- Snellings, Peter.
- Stroud, John.
- Whatley, Elizabeth.
- Wootan, Jeremiah.
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
- Dickson. M. Sr., LWT (1888).
- Malcom, Gannaway, LWT transcript (1838).
- Malcom, James Jr., LWT transcript (1834).
- Malcom, James Sr., LWT transcript (1829).
- McCoy, Ewell, LWT transcript (1847).
- Coy, John, LWT, transcript (1831).
- Smith, Charles, LWT (image) (1822).
- Walker, Edmond, LWT (image) (1878).
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Will Book A, 1808-1815
- Index to Will Book B, 1815-1830
- Index to Will Book C, 1831-1866
- Index to Will Book D, 1858-1899
- Index to Miscellaneous Records 1808-1814
- Index to Annual Returns, Inventories, Receipts, Vouchers 1830 to 1858
- Index to Miscellaneous Estates 1868 to 1882
- 1821-1834 (index)
- 1833-1854 (index)
- 1854-1879 (index)
- Confederate Survivors Assocation 1890-1917
Morgan County Families
Allen Allison Atkinson Avret Burney Carlisle Carmichael Chaffin Clower Fitzpatrick King Morgan Moseley Prince
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The idea that genealogy should be free is absurb. As one who has traced families for over fifty years, I have to tell you that acquiring information is not free. The expense of the acquisition of microfilm, microfilm equipment, photo copies, software programs, internet costs, travel and research gobbles up savings, vacations and family time.
In years past, after a full work somewhere else every day, I would spent all of my extra time gathering information. The results were rewarding, because many issues of the family histories were resolved, however, my filing cabinets were packed full of old wills, estates and the like. I tried to solve the problem by publishing as many books as possible to preserve the data. Publishing is also costly. There is no profit in it for the genealogists and there is no way of recovering the cost of acquiring all of the data. That is why genealogists expound that research is a "labor of love" (added by me -- and a lot of money!).
When the internet came along, I found another method of publishing the data, but again, at a great cost. Nothing is free in this world. No one came along and donated a bunch of money to help me put this project on the internet.
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Dogs Played a Major Role in the Settlement of Middle GeorgiaIt was the poor and industrious people of Virginia and North Carolina who settled middle Georgia. Lands were easily procured but for the cost of a survey and they first built log cabins for their homes and outbuildings. Those who first ventured beyond the Ogeechee River sought good spring water and elevation so as to afford an opportunity to take on the Creeks and Cherokees who would shoot arrows into the little stockade forts erected around those springs. Usually several families united in building and taking up residence inside the forts. As soon as this protection was completed, the work of clearing away the surrounding forest was commenced and the land prepared for cultivation. Sentinels were stationed at certain points in the neighborhood to keep a careful watch. Every community employed its hunters and scouts sent out to discover signs of the presence of the Indians. Because this duty was so perilous, sometimes the scout did not return. When seed-time came, corn, a small patch of cotton and another of flax were planted, and cultivation continued under the same surveillance. Man's best companion, the dog, was trained to search for prowling Indians and every morning before plowing a new spot, the dogs were sent out first. If the report was no Indians, the cultivation began. Occasionally an emigrant brought with him a slave or two: these emigrants were considered to be wealthy and and invariably became the leading men in the communities. Those from Virginia were more frequently possessed of more slaves and properties than those from the Carolina, and those who came from an older country, a bit more refined and ambitious, sought the best lands for grain and tobacco. The settlement of the North Carolinian stressed good spring-water and pine-knots for his fire, and he worked with the assiduity and perseverance of a beaver to build his house and open his fields. The common necessity borne to them all created a rather pure democracy.
John TekleJohn Tekle served in the Morgan County Militia 1808 to 1812. He served in the War of 1812 and the Seminole War of 1818 for which he received 80 acres in Randolph County, Alabama.