The Life of the Black SheepOne hundred and fifty years ago and before, if you did not pay your bills or were immoral, you were ostracized from decent society. 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 excommunication 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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Talbot County Families
Pye Smith Woodall Young
Every Smidget of Information will Eventually Compute
The genealogy detective writes down every smidget 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 better understanding of what was transpirting, 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 kin ships 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, were specific to the length of time during which the soldier served. Another interesting detail, because now one can examine the name of the General or Colonel who signed the certificate awarding the bounty and follow that commanders 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.
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Talbot County Wills, Estates, Marriages
Talbot County was created from Muscogee County on Dec. 14, 1827 by an Act of the General Assembly;vin 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.
Talbot County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers
- 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.
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