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If Only I Could Tell My Grandmother the Rest of the Story
Writing personal journals and histories help to conserve family traditions. I recall sitting at the knee
of my grandmother asking questions about the relatives. The stories all seemed so mundane, yet as I
recollect it now, she was imparting a treasure of wisdom and pride onto me. How I wish my grandmother were
around now, so that I could update her on my discoveries. In those days, the stories were those passed down
to her how during the Civil War the old planter who sent all his sons to war, hid from the yankees when they
came around to take the farm animals and other valuables. In those days, families lost everything and
because agriculture virtually ceased, communities lost the ability to survive.
Through the eyes of my grandmother, her grandparents left the old
plantation and came to Atlanta, just to get work. None of the sons returned from the war as well the
husband of one daughter. I searched the records extensively to locate what battle killed him, and where
he was during his last muster. After the war, this daughter married a fellow from Kentucky who
tried to manage a plantation and store without farm laborers. The freed slaves were entitled to be paid, yet
refused to work. So, the plantation fell into disrepair with my grandmother visiting it during the summer
as a child. When I came along, the only evidence of a house was a pile of bricks in a field.
Eventually, the daughter's husband died in the Soldier's Home in Kentucky, while the others
suffered whooping cough, consumption, measles and other killing diseases of that era. But I have other stories...
those of the great
Revolutionary War where America earned its independence from Great Britain. And before that, the immigration
stories and struggles of the Old World. And the cause and effects of marriages into royalty and noble
families, and how many times the first colonists crossed the ocean to return to England for a wife to replace
the first two who had died or were massacred by Indians. There are so many things that I would like to share.
But most of all I wish that my grandmother had kept a personal journal
concerning family members and local events; of individual struggle and accomplishment; nicknames; the color of
eyes and shades of hair and much more.
Wealthiest Planter in Muscogee County
Reverend Charles F. Fisher was one of the wealthiest planters in Muscogee County. His stately plantation was located on the Chattahoochee River 17-1/2 miles from Columbus, Georgia. Unfortunately, it was burned down by order of the local authorities during an epidemic of smallpox. The first record of his owning the land was in 1838. Fisher first came to Washington County where he was listed on the 1820 Census.
Muscogee County Families
The Lessons of Life Should Not be Ignored
We are taught many subjects as we walk the path through life. Some are disheartening, sad and traumatic. Then there are those which deliver more wisdom to our poorly distressed souls.
Sometimes it seems as though we are "all alone" in our adventure; however, many others have suffered trials. Although their experiences may have been different than ours, our ancestors also walked that lonely path, seeking answers. Today, as we imagine the road upon which they walked, we think of such experiences as "history." Yet, the wars they fought, the vessels which brought them to America, their struggles to survive, and religious beliefs were all a force which we, too, deal with in our time span. In other words, we are all dealt a hand to play. There are ample stories of the past waiting to be discovered. Little children love to hear family stories because it helps to assure them of their own existence. My ancestor hid in a tree when the yankee patrol came around to seize the domestic animals and other valuables. How do I think that he felt when the patrol stopped under the tree in which he was hiding and he heard the ticking of his gold pocket watch hanging from its fob? I think that his heart pounded fiercely and that he was frightened of being discovered and removed to a prison camp. We can put ourselves in "their" shows for a moment and comprehend the struggle. Perhaps this information will ease our fearful nature, and prompt us to remember that the past is riddled with hardships, much of which was chosen to bring about a better life; freedom! We ourselves did not fight the battle for freedom from Great Britain, but those who did, paid the price. Let us not forget them, and pass along the stories on to our children! So they will remember.
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Muscogee County Wills 1875-1882 (digital images)
Muscogee County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Muscogee County was created on December 11, 1826 on over 2,000 miles of Indian territory located between the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. This is one of the land lottery counties usually drawn by those residing in the eastern counties in Georgia. Research is indicated in the deed records in the counties where your ancestor resided before drawing in this lottery, as well as in Muscogee County deeds. Research is also indicated in Troup, Haralson, Harris, Talbot Counties and Russell County, Alabama.
Muscogee County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- Abstracts 1838-1862 (abstracts)
Images of Wills and Estates 1862 to 1875
Testators: Allen, Mary A. ;Banks, John ;Barshall, Michael ; Bates, Mary ;Benning, Malinda; Bethune, Cherry; Biehler, Peter ;Biggers, L. M. ;Billing, S. A. ;Bozeman, Margaret ;Butt, James E. ;
Camak, Thomas ;Chambers, James M. ;Champion, Elias ;Chapman, Charles ;Chapman, James A. ;Clark, Mary ;Clarke, Joseph ;Cleghorn, Charles ;
Coart, Elizabeth ;Comer, James ;Cook, Elisha ;Davie, Anna ;Davis, Fannie A. ;Dillard, Francis W. ;Dolan, Bernard ;Echols, Rowen A. ;Ellington, Annie Euphresia ;Ellis, Marshall ;Emery, Mary ;Fischacher, Heinrich ;
Fontaine, Benjamin B. ;Fontaine, John ;Foster, Nancy ;Fox, Lavinia ;
Freeman, Mary Ann ;Gager, Love ;Garrard, William ;Griffin, Daniel ;
Griswold, William H. ;Haiman, Lewis ;Hall, Henry ;Hardaway, Mary
Hicks, Ann; Hill, Joseph ;Hirsch, Fleiman ;Howard, John H. ;Hudson, David ;Huff, Daniel ;Hughes, Delila ;Johnson, John ;Johnson, John T. ;
Jones, Andrew P. ;Jones, James H. ;Jones, Mary ;Kimbrough, Sarah ;
Kinsley, John ;Leverett, Nancy J. ;Lokey, Mary ;McAlister, William J.;
McCardle, Felix ;McCarty, James ;McCrary, T. G. ;McGovern, John ;
McMahan, Patrick ;Meacham, Julia ;Miller, James ;Miller, Joseph F. ;
Moffitt, Henry ;Morris, Patsy ;Nagle, Susan ;Nelson, Anna ;Norris, George W. ;Nuckolls, Nathaniel ;Pace, Clement ;Peck, Ira ;Perry, Michael W. ; Phelps, Sarah ;Pickard, Silas ;Porter, Elizabeth ;Ragland, Thomas ;
Ramsey, Priscilla ;Redd, James K. ;Robison, Alexander ;Rogers, Daniel ;
Rounds, Susan ;Rumph, James ;Salisbury, Lucinda ;Semmes, Paul J. ;
Shaw, Banks ;Shivers, Chaney ;Sloan, Thomas ;Smith, Brady Mitchell ;
Smith, Edward ;Stanford, Thomas J. ;Strupper, John B. ;Thomas, Grigsby;
Thomas, Owen ;Threlkeid, Ann ;Tinsley, Sophia ;Tucker, Hannah ;
Turrentiine, Harriet ;Versilette, Charlotte ;Ware, James H. ;Warnock, Samuel ;Williams, Mary A.;Williams, Thomas L. ;Wimberly, James ;
Winter, John G. ;Woodruff, Michael
Testators :Allen, Laney ;Alston, Philip ;Andrews, Lucinda ;Baker, Ida ;
Banks, Sarah (Mrs.) ;Bardwell, Sarah ;Bass, Robert ;Beihler, Margaret ;
Binford, Reuben ;Boyd, Alvin ;Bozeman, James H. ;Brittain, Joseph ;
Brooks, Clementina ;Burrus, Charles ;Chapman, Susan A.;
Cheney, John L. ;Clapp, Julius ;Coffield, William ;Cotton, Martha Ann ;
Curry, James ;Curry, Patrick W. ;Denson, Joseph ;Dexter, Charles ;
Dolan, Bridget ;Dortch, Walter ;Edward, H. W. ;Edwards, Ellen ;
Edwards, Peter; Flewellen, Rena ;Flournoy, Martha ;Gawley, David ;
Golden, George ;Heard, Elizabeth ;Huff, Adela ;Huff, John A.;
Kivlin, James ;Lewis, Mary A. ;Lindsey, Sherwood ;Lynch, Asa ;
Lynch, William D. ;McGouch, George ;McLaughlin, Stephen ;Munro, R. W. B. ;Oladowski, Hipolite ;Parramore, William; Peyton, H. M. ;Philips, Susan ;Pinkard, Griffin ;Pirrie, Samuel ;Rhodes, Thomas ;Salisbury, William L. ;
Slade, Thomas ;Taliaferro, C. B. ;Taylor, Moses ;Threewits, Thomas ;
Thweatt, Peterson ;Torrene, Matilda ;Urguhart, Mary Jane ;Venable, George ;Wacasser, Francis ;Webster, Joseph ;White, George ;Willet, Isaiah ;
Williams, Atlanta ;Woodruff, Abigail ;Wright, Arminious
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Bk A, 1838-1863
- Will Bk B, 1862-1875
- Will Bk C, 1875-1891
- Will Bk D, 1891-1903
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, Vouchers, Bk A, 1839-1843
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Sales, Vouchers, Bk B, 1843-1848
- Annual Returns, Bk A, 1839-1843
- Annual Returns, Bk D, 1852-1854
- Books A and B, 1838-1844.
- Hudson, Martha, LWT (Digital Image).
- Parramore, William E., LWT, (1881).
- Scarborough, Jesse, LWT (Digital Image).
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