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Genealogy is not Fake News

Oakland Cemetery The only news out there which is not fake is genealogy. I am not speaking of errors. There are plenty of errors in individual research. I refer specificially to the fact that actual documents are used as resources. For some 411 years, public records have been retained in counties, states and municipalities. Although some records burned or were lost along the way, the surviving , unaltered documents have been microfilmed and preserved. The Journal of Christopher Columbus (written in Spanish) did not get translated until recent years. Yet, this adventurer has been slandered in a number of ways during modern times, even accused of raping natives. Ironically, after reading it, one can only draw the conclusion of how truly religious this man was. He believed that God sent him on a mission! School history books and documents written after someone is dead is an opinion or supposition of "what was" during an era which the author was not alive. Thus, a story given years after the life of someone does not make it so. Suffice it to say that the genealogist takes more care in writing and publishing their family histories. Even so, it is always good detective work to recheck the author/s resources. This is because the researcher knows to go to actual documents for more accurate information. If he does not have a document posting the exact date of birth or death (for example), he employs the phrase "ca" (meaning "about"). Truth is so important here that if the data is not properly proven with each generation the genealogist finds himself on a confusing and impossible trail.

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What was the "Battle of the Pen?"

Civil War Magazine Another interesting source is the Civil War Magazine which published accounts of battles as written by various participatiing officers from both sides, the North and the South. As it turns out, the version provided by Southern officers won out, and this was the "Battle of the Pen."

How does your Past become Real?

banastretarleton Genealogists have some pretty unique experiences. There are times when I can almost see the past in its full regalia, the battlefield, and redcoats led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton nicknamed "the butcher" because he cut down an American regiment under a bag of surrender. And I can imagine what it must have been like to arise early in the morning and dress for war, serving only three months at a time because the crops also had to be planted and harvested. Life had to go on in the New World apart from our English cousins. We fought those with whom we'd shared our daily chores, and, in the end, won because ours was a cause against tyranny and the old ways. We won our freedom. Those persons fighting the battle were my ancestors. I share their DNA and personal traits. And, churning within me is that same desire to preserve and protect my inalienable rights and freedoms. After all, we are so much a part "of them". So now here comes "the butcher" dressed in his fancy English uniform and brags about his conquests. Although I was not there, I feel a certain antagonism for his arrogant cruelties and gloat because Lord Cornwallis was too ashamed to present his own sword of surrender. My ancestors were not the famous guys, such as General George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but they were there, getting the job done. That makes the great victories of the war, my accomplishments because I am part of that genetical makeup that made the whole thing happen. So, how does one discover the battles in which the ancestors served? There are several answers. First, examine the application for a pension and note his description of his battles. Next, is to find his bounty land. The Colonel under whom he served would have signed a certificate awarding specific parcels of land in certain counties. The name of that Colonel is important, because he led the ancestors into battle. In other words, if you follow the battles of say, Colonel Lee, you will have a better knowledge of when and where your ancestor served and the history surrounding his battles. Such details help to complete the scene of an exciting drama. Now, your ancestor's participation in the war becomes more important to you. The sacrifice of the patriots caused them to lose so much afterwards. They had to begin again. And they did so by accepting land grants for their service and starting a new life somewhere else. In other words, it was the patriots who began constructing America into the great country that it is today. In order that the reseach not be for ought, children need to hear the stories of past days from the lips of family members, and genealogists can share the personal details like no one else! That is how the past becomes real.
Jeannette Holland Austin


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Terrell County Genealogy, Wills, Estates, Marriages, Maps


Terrell County Court House

Terrell County was created in 1856 from Lee and Randolph Counties. Early settlers were: Richard Beal, R. C. Andrews, James Brown and C. E. Farrar.

Terrell County Databases Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Images of Will Book A 1857-1871

Testators: Barnett, Samuel; Brim, James; Cheny, Frederick; Christie, Benjamin ; Collins, Harvey; Coolidge, Albert; Cozart, Anthony; Enten, Elizabeth; Ethridge, Aaron; Gammage, Zachariah; Garlington, Christopher; Gay, Asberry; Jordan, Moses; Jordan, Randall; Kaigler, Amos; Kaigler, David ; Kelly, Charles; Kemp, Benjamin; Laine, Robert; Martin, Thomas; Martin, Willis; Mercer, Leonidas; Mercer, John T.; Musgrove, Harrison ; Ravens, David; Simpson, John; Speight, Cicero; Taylor, James; Todd, Alexander; Warnock, Elizabeth;Wynn, Thomas

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Terrell County Will Bk A, 1857-1913 (faded ink).

Marriages

  • Terrell County Marriages from Newspapers 1885-1886.

Maps

  • Terrell County Map

Traced Genealogies:
Terrell County Families

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