The Night Jefferson Davis Spent under an Oak TreeThere is a historical marker in front of the Wilcox County Library across the street from the Wilcox County Courthouse in Abbeville, Georgia. The marker text reads as : " Late on May 8, 1865, Jefferson Davis, with his family and a small escort, camped in Abbeville, unaware that hostile pursuit was close behind. His pursuers, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry [Federal], Lt. Col. Henry Harnden, arrived next morning, shortly after his departure. Stopping only to feed and water, Harnden's men were moving out in pursuit when the 4th Michigan Cavalry [Federal], Lt. Col. B. D. Pritchard, arrived. Harnden confided to Pritchard both Mr. Davis' proximity and probable route; then, after declining an offer of help, he rode on to overtake his command. Pritchard, bound down-river to intercept other Confederate officials, rode on some 12 miles: then, abandoning his own mission, he made a forced march and, after finding the Davis camp late that night by posing as the escort, he surrounded it quietly and waited for dawn. Harnden had camped a few miles away. Unaware of Pritchard's presence, he moved up just before dawn to surround the camp. His advance was fired upon and, in the fight that followed, two Michigan soldiers were killed before a prisoner taken by Harnden's men revealed the Identity of the "enemy". During this unfortunate collision, Pritchard closed in and captured Mr. Davis and his party, thereafter claiming for the 4th Michigan the fruits of the 1st Wisconsin's labors."
The Key to Finding your Ancestors in the Collections of TodayThings have certainly changed since the days of searching through dusty libraries and reading unindexed books and microfilm! But with the launching of the internet and establishing genealogical records thereon, the task has just begun! What with burned county records all over America and immigration records yet to be translated and published, there is so much more to be discovered. While searching my ancestors in the field, I discovered that county clerks frequently took those big ledger books home with them to work on. Sometimes, a person produced a ledger to the court house found stored in the attic. (I request the Mormon church to visit the person and microfilm it). This explains how ledger books find their way to antique s. There are shops. There are other avenues of discovery, viz: church records. One has to visit the neighborhood where families resided, old churches and graveyards to ascertain what survived and who has possession of the old baptisms,marriages and mortuary records. State Archives also receive church records from donors and place them on microfilm? But you have to search for it in the floor catalog. During the 1930s the DAR collected old bible records and donated their books to the Archives. Regional libraries contain their own special collections. Meanwhile, internet collections also vary. Essentially, Ancestry has digitized those records available at the National Archives; which includes census, revolutionary war and immigration records. You can also visit the National Archives online and have access to their digitized records available to the public. No matter whose collection one researches, there remains more information to be discovered. It behooves one to join more than one genealogy website. Especially if those websites continue to add more information. After all, there remains a great deal to be added to the internet collections. The records of Pioneer Families contains mostly images of old wills, estates, marriages, some 10,000 traced families, cemeteries, and my own vast collection of obituaries, notes and books in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Virginia, all growing collections.
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Wilcox County Wills, Estates, Marriages, Military Records
Wilcox County was created in 1857 from Dooly, Irwin and Pulaski Counties.
Wilcox County Records available to members of Georgia Pioneers
- Wilcox County Marriages from newspapers 1885-1886
- Oaths of Allegiance given in Wilcox County
Indexes to Probate Records
- Index to Wilcox County Wills 1858-1957
Online Images of Wilcox County WillsTestators: Barnes, John ;Brown, Fred ;Covington, Silas ;Davis, H. L. ;Foster, Stephen ;Faircloth, Fred ;Finleyson, J. ;Fitzgerald, David ;Fitzgerald, James ;Fuller, Elinor ;Holt, James ;Johnson, James and Mary ;Keen, Henry ;Lacy, James ;McCall, Samuel ;Pope, Henry ;Reid, George ;Simons, Lewis ;Tomberland, Wright ;Tomberland, Wright (2)
Traced Genealogies of Wilcox County Families
See how easy it is to view Wills, Estates, Inventories, Returns, Sales online
Remember the Day?Remember...
- When no one locked their doors?
- We sat on the front porch counting different makes of cars? In those days models like the Cadillac coupe de ville were more glamorous.
- Everyone had a front porch and we were invited to sip lemonade and chit chat?
- When we acquainted ourselves with neighbors by walking the streets?