Schley County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
- Will Bk A 1858-1905
- Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Dismissions, Book A, 1858-1869
- County Annual Returns, Inventories, Appraisements, Vouchers, Dismissions, Book B, 1869-1885
- Veteran Records, World War I
- Schley County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
Images of Wills 1858 to 1865Testators: Herbert Battle; Burton Congleton; Cullen Cottle; James Harris; John Heath; Dewi Jones; Sophia Jones; John Lightner; Eason Miller; John Milner; Allen Muncy; Joseph Rowland; Randal Stewart; James Tooke; William Wimbish; Sara Worrill; Patrick Worsham; Septimus Wylick.
Names of Families in Schley County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Veterans RecordsSchley County was created in 1857 from Marion and Sumter Counties and was named for Georgia congressman, William Schley (1786-1858). Early settlers: Samuel Caskey, Burton Congleton, W. W. Cheney, Augustus Askew,, W. W. Tidwell, James King Harris, Henry Scarborough. County Seat: Ellaville.
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