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Talbot County Georgia Genealogy Records Available to Members
  • Talbot County Wills 1830-1856 (abstracts)

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Will Bk A 1828-1856.
  • Probate Records, Vols. A&B, 1828 to 1848
  • Probate Records, 1848 to 1853
  • Probate Records, 1853 to 1859
  • Probate Records, 1859 to 1867


  • Clements, Thomas, LWT (Digital Image).
  • Dixon, Ann, LWT (Digital Image).


  • Talbot County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886.


  • Map of Talbot County.

Traced Genealogies:
Talbot County Families

Pye Smith Woodall Young

Map of Talbot County

The Life of the Black Sheep

BlacksheepOne hundred and fifty years ago and before, if you did not pay your bills or were immoral, you were ostracized from decent society. The business was done on the word of the person borrowing money or favors. If you read the old annual returns of estates, there were plenty of promissory notes written. Farmers and planters borrowed money in advance of producing crops. But there was one thing certain. When the estate was probated, all of the monies were collected. That is because people kept their promises, paid off the notes. They did not have to employ attorneys or collection agencies. Thus, a man's word was truly his " bond." In context, the word of a lady or gentleman could be trusted. The black sheep in the family could not survive in these surroundings. No one would loan him money nor trust him socially. So, he had to leave the homeplace. It was essential to possess a good reputation because a person's behavior could make or break the family. Religion was also strict. Records were kept on the church books of misbehavior. Encyclopedia of Quakers is a prime example of such records. Also, notes concerning ex-communication are found in the Minutes of all religious organizations. Old newspapers also noted when persons left " the be of Mr. Smith" and the warning that others were not to support that person, or take them in. This generation may think these ideas were restrictive. However, I find that the penalties assessed against everyone because certain people cannot be trusted is restrictive. Personally, I would love to enjoy a society where trusting others is simple, and borrowing money is based upon reputation and integrity.

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Names of Families in Talbot County Wills, Estates, Marriages

Maxwell House

Talbot County was created from Muscogee County on Dec. 14, 1827, by an Act of the General Assembly; in 1852, part of Talbot County was used to form Taylor County. Also research Muscogee County. Early Settlers: William Johnston, Appleton Justice, Joseph Osgood, Daniel McNeil, Berry Mitchell, William Adams, James Holcomb, William Shipp, William Sears, Henry Snellings, Abraham Rush, Stephen Reeves, Charles S. Pace, Penelope Peddy, Sandfair Whitehurst, Seabon Webster, Samuel Wilson, Allen Walker, John Towns, George Taylor, William Teals.

Every Smidget of Genealogical Information will Eventually Compute

bits and pieces The genealogy detective writes down every smidgen of information, no matter how insignificant it appears at the time. Specifically, all names on deed records, estates, marriages, immigration records, and so forth. Once in the American colonies, people moved around searching for fertile soil. They could apply for land patents and grants, and this is always an excellent source. Did you remember to match the acreage of the patent, grant, or bounty land with that in the tax records where your ancestor resided? The tax records seem unimportant, however, this is true reporting of assets owned and usually listed the amount of acreage as well as its location. From year to year, the acreage could be different, as the owner passed his land to his children. For a better understanding of what was transporting, look for odd amounts of land owned by everyone with the same surname, and do a mathematical chart on who owned what from one year to the next. If John Doe declared 404 acres of land, and later only 200 acres was reported, then another Doe person might show 204 acres. That would be a relative, probably a son. Moreover, such details help to establish kinships and a better knowledge of the family. Old plats are helpful because they ascertain land districts, sections, and lots as well as the lay of the land in conjunction with local streams, rivers, and the names of neighbors. Details might seem minor at the time, but they help solidify the lineage as the work progresses. The amount of acreage included in bounties, such as revolutionary war pensions, was specific to the length of time during which the soldier served. Another interesting detail is, that no one can examine the name of the General or Colonel who signed the certificate awarding the bounty and follow that commander's war activities. In other words, now you have the details of the battles where your ancestor fought. It is the details of genealogical discoveries which piece together a unique history, true to the facts and more accurate even than what one reads in the history books.