Thursday, October 17, 2019

Swords and Sabres #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Swords and Sabres

sabreThe sabre used by the cavalry during the American Revolutionary War usually had a brass hilt or a plain cherry grip. A sabre is a heavy cavalry sword with a curved blade and a single cutting edge. However, officers also carried small sabre swords which were light, straight, and slender.  . . . more . . .



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Monday, October 14, 2019

County Records Offer the Genealogist the Most Hope #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

County Records Offer the Genealogist the Most Hope!

Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinAfter the census records are researched, the next stop is the county records. where your ancestors resided. It is all there, from the time that they purchased a home or land and recorded the deed, until the probate of the last will and testament and the tax digest revealed them delinquent for on taxes! One of the most interesting stories lies in the reading of the will and estate papers because it reveals the life and times of the decedent. If the court house burned, the next search is the court houses of surrounding counties. That is because families had transactions in other counties as well as relatives. All of the tidbits about each relative helps to form the puzzle. Note: Some of the earliest settlers in Dorchester County came from Dorchester, Massachusetts. 
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Names of SC Ancestors - - - > Barnwell County #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Barnwell County Wills, Marriages, Maps

Barnwell, South CarolinaBarnwell County was originally part of Orangeburg District, and in 1785 it was named Winton County. It was given its current name in 1800 when it was named for John Barnwell (1748-1800), a Revolutionary War Leader. Barnwell County has decreased in size over the years as new counties were created within its boundaries (Aiken in 1871, Bamberg in 1897 and Allendale in 1919). The South Carolina Railroad, which connected Charleston to Hamburg on the Savannah River, was built through this area, creating the towns of Blackville and Williston in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Early settlers to Orangeburg District: Robert McCampbell, Gabriel Moffitt, W. H. Lacy, Nathaniel Perry, and others. 

Barnwell County Probate Records Available to members of South Carolina Pioneers
  • Index to Barnwell County Wills (1787-1826)
  • Index to Barnville County Wills (1787-1856)
  • Barnwell County Marriages
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1778-1810
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1811-1820
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1821-1840
  • Barnwell County Wills (abstracted) 1841-1856
  • 1825 Map of Barnwell District

Transcripts of Miscellaneous Wills and Estates (1787-1798)

Testators: Abney, Nathaniel; Adams, William; Alexander, Raine ; Ashley, Nathaniel; Bassett, William; Bates, Andrew; Blitchendon, John; Bowie, James; Boyit, William; Brown, Tarlton, Estate, 1845; Browne, Charles; Bryant, John; Burnley, John; Bush, John; Cannon, Reddin; Carrel, Thomas; Chase, Peleg; Chitty, John; Colding, Ann; Collins, James; Cooper, Nicholas; Crossle, William; Davis, James; Dillard, Barbara; Duglas, John; Dyckes, Isaac; Edward, David; Evoritt, William; Filput, Thomas; Fitts, John; Foster,Benjamin;Genkins,Elizabeth; Hankinson, Robert; Hargroves, 
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Georgia Ancestors - - - > Jasper County

Jasper County Wills, Estates, Annual Returns, Vouchers, Marriages

Monticello, GeorgiaBaldwin, Butts, Putnam and Morgan County records should also be researched by genealogists. The earliest settlers were: Seymour Byrom, Moses Duff, William Deal, Radford Ellis, Robert Estes, Ira Foreman, John Freeman, Stewart Owens, James Patrick, John Parks, William Vardeman and Joseph White. Jasper was first Old Randolph County. Jasper County was created in 1807 from Baldwin County and called Randolph County. The present-day Randolph County was created on December 20, 1828. Part of Jasper was given to Morgan in 1815 and part to Newton in 1821. The name was changed December 10, 1812 to Jasper County and named in honor of William Jasper, an officer in Colonel William Moultrie's Second South Carolina Infantry, 1775. The county seat is Monticello.

Jasper County Records Available to members of Georgia Pioneers

Note: Most of the Jasper County wills and estates are not indexed. Except for this publication, you would have to go page-by-page to know if your ancestors were there:

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Wills, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Annual Returns, 1813-1820.
  • Wills 1815-1820.
  • Wills, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Annual Returns, 1797-1819.

Images of Wills, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Annual Returns, Book C, 1797 to 1819

Testators: Appling, Otho ; Bryers, Laurence ; Buis, John ; Butler, Thomas; Chapman, Edmond ; Doggett, John ; Ellis, Radford ; Hadley, Thomas ; Heard, Thomas ; Hill, William ; Hills, Theophilus ; Huff, Thomas ; Jackson, John ; Jones, Hugh ; Lasseter, Charles; Loyd,Thomas ; Mapp, Jeremiah ; McMichel, William ; Messer, Joseph ; Moses, John ; Mullins, Timothy ; Nall, Nathan ; Paschal, Samuel ; Pinson, James ; Ramsey, Alexander; Ray, Solomon ; Shuffield, Barnaby ; Weathersby, Owen ; White, Samuel ; Wise,Patton

Images of Wills, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Annual Returns, Book 9, 1828 to 1829

Testators, estates: Cornwell, Elijah; Deadwilder, Eve; Grimmett, Sarah; Harris, James, minor; Higginbotham, Jacob; Holland, Lewis C., guardian of wife, Lavisa; McDaniel, Yancey; McMurray, John; Meriwether, Thomas; Purifoy, Arrington

Images of Wills, Appraisements, Bills of Sale, Annual Returns, Book 1, 1813 to 1817

Testators: Fitzpatrick, William ; Ivie, Lott ; Laws, Martin ; Mayo, Nancy ; McAfee, Green ; 
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Images Help Genealogists Read Records Online

Images Help Genealogists Read Records Online 

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

microfilmDid you know that it is far easier to read images of all documents on your computer than from microfilm? This is because the microfilm reader is using its limited technological capacity. Many of these old readers have seen their day! However, when a record is digitized for the computer, all of the latest imaging software is operative. For example, Adobe has improved over the years. The reader may now zoom in or out by using the plus or minor signs at the bottom of the screen. So much better than the old days of using a magnifying glass. Even faded and aged images are better interpreted on the computer. The Georgia State Archives where you can read old county documents yet remains open to the public only two days per week. A very stressed situation, I must say. But good news! Georgia Pioneers has digitized hundreds of thousands of the old wills and they are available here -- Index to Georgia Counties



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Monday, September 16, 2019

Names of Kentucky Ancestors - - - > Bullitt County #kygenealogy #kentuckypioneerscom

Bullitt County Wills, Estates, Deeds

Bullitt's LickBullitt County was founded in 1796 and the county seat is Shepherdsville. It was named after the nephew of Thomas Bullitt, Governor Alexander Scott Bullitt, who served as the first Lieutenant Governor. The land was taken from Jefferson and Nelson counties through an act approved on December 13, 1796 by the Kentucky General Assembly. In 1811, the northwestern area of the county expanded to include land given by Jefferson County and in 1824 an eastern area of the county was given to help form Spencer County.

Bullitt County Wills and Estates available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1796 to 1823
  • Wills, Estates, Inventories 1823 to 1838
Images of Bullitt County wills, Estates, Inventories, Book A, 1796 to 1823

Testators:Allender, Thomas | Allison, Enoch | Allison, Richard | Anderson, Josiah |Ash, Jacob |Baird, David | Bane, Thomas | Baugh, Richard | Bayne, Henry | Beats, John | Beckwith, Daniel |Beckwith, John | Botches, Thomas | Brashea, Marsham |Brasheans, Mary | Bredwell, George | Brown, Benjamin | Brown, HughBrown, James | Brown, John | Buckner, Marsham |Buscoe, Samuel | Carpenter, Joel |Carpenter, Margaret . . . more . . .



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Names of NC Ancestors - - - > Person County #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneerscom

Person County Wills, Estates, Inventories, Administrations, Tax Digests

Oakland Plantation
Person County was first part of Edgecombe County in 1746. Later it was part of Granville, Orange and Caswell Counties. Person County was named after Brigadier General Thomas Person, a Revolutionary War patriot, who was later a trustee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The county was settled primarily during the 17th century by persons from Scotland, Ireland, England, France (Huguenots) and persons of German origin. Another famous person, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Moore, Deputy Quartermaster General of the Hillsborough district, also served during the Revolutionary War as the commander of the Person County troops during the Battle of Camden; later taken prisoner and put onboard the prison ship Torbay. His home known as Mt. Tirzah was built ca 1778 and remains upon its original site.

Genealogy Records available to members of North Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Wills and Estates

  • 1792 to 1797
  • 1801 to 1805

Tax Returns by District

1794
  • Lawson District
  • St. James District
  • St. Lawrence District
1801
  • Capt. St. Lawrence
  • Capt. St. Luke
  • James District
1802
  • Capt. Gabriel Gunn
  • Capt. Lawson
  • Nash District
1803
  • Capt. Daniels
  • Capt. Elijah Daniels
  • Capt. Day
  • Capt. Gunn
  • Capt. Lawson
  • Capt. Witherson
1804
  • Capt. Atkinson
  • Capt. Henry Day
  • Capt. Daniels
  • Capt. Jones
  • Capt. William Lee
  • Capt. Long
  • Capt. Malery
  • Capt. Sargent
1805
  • Capt. Sargent
  • Capt. Morrow
  • Capt. Street
1806
  • Capt. Atkinson
  • Capt. Day
  • Capt. Hubbard
  • Capt. Malone
  • Capt. Paine
  • Capt. Sargent
  • Capt. Street

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1792 to 1797

Atkinson, John | Barnett, Hugh | Black, Thomas | Cochran, James | Cole, Thomas | Coleman, Elizabeth | Coleman,Elizabeth, estate sale | Cooper, Elizabeth | Davey, Gabriel | Davy, Jamesl | Douglass, Benjamin | Douglass, John | Duncan, Mary, Estate Sale | Duncan, William | Glenn, William | Hall, John | Hamlet, James | Jameson, William | Lawrence, Phillip | Lewis, Edmund | McNeil, John | Moore, Stephen | Morgan, Phillip | O.Neal, John | Paine, John | Parks, JOseph | Rutherford, William | Southard, George | Talbert, John | Taylor, Charles | Thomas, Thomas | Van Hook, Daniel | Walker, Lyles | Warren, Mary | Williams, Thomas

Images of Person County Wills and Estates 1797 to 1801

Atkinson, Edward Bateman, John | Black, George | Black, John | Burton, Charles | Chambers, William | Clayton, Daniel | Cooper, John | Davy, Jamesl | Dickins, Robert | Dickins, William | Dunwoody, John | Dunwoody, Rachel Eubanks, George | Gatsby, William | Green, Henry | Harralson, William | Harrison, Sarah | Hatcher, Benjamin | Holloway, John | Jones, Richard | Lewis, Jamesl | McNeil, John | McNeil, Sarah | McNeil, William | Miller, Jeremiah Moore, Stephen | Person, Benjamin | Pulliam, Jamesl | Rogers, John | Sanders, Adam | Smith, Samuel | Stone, Hezekiah | Taylor, . . . more . . .



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The Irish Forebearers of George Washington #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet


The Irish Fore bearers of George Washington, viz: Ball, Washington, De Wessyngtons

A large number of Irish were in the Continental Congress or prominent as leaders in every station of life. George Washington was possibly descended on the side of his father from a Washington who had lived in Ireland, and the side of his mother, the Balls, who came from the neighborhood of Dublin. Country Families of the United Kingdom by Walford shows that in the modern age the only families with any property bearing the name of Ball, are to be found in Ireland. The family came to Ireland in the 14th century as Flemish emigrants. It is also claimed that the De Wessyngtons were Flemish who settled about the same time in both England and Ireland. But the head of the English family died some years before the planting of Jamestown, Virginia. The members of the Irish branch have all been traced and some of them to this country. One, a son of Henry Washington, a person of some prominence, disappeared from Ireland during the troubles and probably escaped to Bermuda, where many vessels first stopped on their way to the American colonies.


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Friday, September 13, 2019

An American Colonist Testifies in England #vagenealogy #virginiapioneersnet

An American Colonist Goes Loyalist and Testifies in England

Joseph GallowayJoseph Galloway, a native of Maryland, but long a resident of Pennsylvania before the Revolution, was an early and active sympathizer in the American cause until the Declaration of Independence, when he became a Loyalist. During a visit to England he was examined before an investigating committee of the House of Commons in June of 1779, and his testimony has been frequently published. When asked as to the composition of the Rebel army, his answer was "The names and places of their nativity being taken down I can answer the question with precision; there were scarcely one fourth natives of America; about one half Irish; the other fourth were English and Scotch." Thus, a fourth part was composed of some English, very few Scotch, and more Germans, or Dutch from Pennsylvania and the valley of Virginia, who formed the brigade under the command of Muhlenberg, and the Eighth Virginia regiment. The testimony of Galloway referred to his experience while superintendent of the police in Philadelphia during the British occupancy. "Do you know anything of the army of the Rebels in general, how that is composed; of what country people?" His answer was, "I judge of that by the deserters that came over." It has been estimated that about one fourth of all the American officers were Irish by birth or descent and a large number of Irish were in the Continental Congress or prominent as leaders in every station of life. It is also believed that General George Washington was descended on both sides from Irish fore bearers. 



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Names of SC Ancestors - - - Charleston County #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet


Charleston County Wills, Estates, Guardianships, Deeds, Affidavits 1670 to 1868

Charleston and Charleston County represent the earliest productive economy in South Carolina. English settlers arrived in the colony as early as 1670 and established a town at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River. Then Charles Town, named in honor of King Charles II of England, was built a few miles away between the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charles Town (renamed Charleston in 1783) was the political, social, and economic center of the South throughout the colonial period, becoming the antebellum capitol of the state capital until 1790. Charleston District was formed in 1769, but portions were later split off to form Colleton (1800) and Berkeley (1882) counties. Charleston County of today includes the old parishes of St. Philip, St. Michael, Christ Church, St. Andrew, St. John Colleton, and part of St. James Santee. It was the English and French Huguenot settlers and their African slaves who established the prosperous rice and cotton plantations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In fact, some of the first Georgia colonials ran away to Charleston so that they could establish agricultural plantations using slave labor. In essence, Charleston represented civilization to the colonials. In June of 1776, Charleston found itself embroiled in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War and handily defeated the attacking British fleet. A palmetto log fort (later named Fort Moultrie) on the island of Sullivan Island cannonaded British causing them to retreat. During the War Between the States when federals were fired on at Fort Sumter by Confederate forces in April 1861, this act signalled the start of the war. 

Early settlers: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, General Andrew Pickens, Colonel Robert Anderson, Captain Robert Maxwell, John Bowen, Major John Ford, John Hallum, William Johnson, John Lewis Gervais, Ralph Atmar, George Bampfield, Lewis Newhouse, John James Himely, Edward Trescott, James Bentham, Moses Tomlin, William Moultrie, George Ringland, Jacob Drayton and others. 

Charleston SC

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Charleston County Wills, Estates, Records Available for Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Images of Wills, Deeds, Appraisals, Inventories 1729 to 1731

Akins, John | Allen, Richard | Allison, William | Arnold, John to Griffith Rice | Axtell, Daniel to Daniel Axtell Jr. | Ballough, John | Barker, Sarah | Bass, John | Bellinger, William to Mary Donovan | Betteson, John | Betteson, William | Bird, John | Bonneau, Anthony | Brewer, Charles | Brown, Charles | Browne, James | Burnham, Charles | Butler, Christopher | Butler, James | Canty, William, Captain | Canty, William | Carter, Benjamin and wife to William Moore (deed) |Clinch, Alexander | Collins, William | Colwell, John | Cornish, Henry | Cowen, John | Crawford, Samuel | Crichton, George | Cutfield, Richard | Cutfield, Thomas | Danford, Joseph | Dolley, David | Donavan, Daniel | Donnelly, Edward to John Carlow (deed) | Dopson, Joseph | Dormond, Hugh to Thomas Wouvour (deed) | Douglas, George bound to Matthew Beard |Durham, David (deed) to his widow |Eddings, Abraham | Ellery, Thomas | Fushier, Francis | Goodbee, Joseph | Hales, John | Hales, William to Edward Scott(deed)| Hales, William to Edward Scull and Thomas Loveless (deed)| Hancock, Charles | Harbin, Richard to Robert Taylor (deed) | Hepworth, Thomas | Hutchinson, John | Johnson, George to Daniel Green (deed) | Johnson, Governor, Lucas Stoutenburg and Joseph Massey (document) | Johnston, Humphrey | Johnston, William | Jones, Philip | Lambert, John | Lanier, Daniel | LaRoche, Daniel and Thomas (deed) | Laurens, John to Lewis Gourdin (deed) | Lorey, Thomas | Lukewrier, Elizabeth | Lyon, Ebenezer | MacDonald, David | MacDowell, Archibald | Macdowell, Mary | Macpherson, James | MacPherson, Mary | Macintosh, Daniel | Manigault, Peter | McDonald, David | Mikell, Ephraim Sr. | Mills, John | Mills, Richard | Morris, John | Mortimer, John | Newborough, Matthew | Nicholls, Henry | Nichols, Mary | Oade, Nathaniel | Osgood, Thomas Sr. | Paddy, Mathew | Parsons, Martha | Perryman, Benjamin | Price, Thomas | Ramsey, Benjamin | Rowe, Richard | Saltus, Mary to Michael Browler (deed) | Sanders, Abraham | Saunders, Samuel | Scott, Edward | Skine, Alexander | Smith, Thomas Jr. | Spoode, William | Stevens, John | Sulivan, John | Taveroon, Stephen | Tilly, James | Townsend, Joseph | Valley, Thomas | Varino, Jeremiah | Veal, Edward | Verdell, Anthony | Wallace, Elizabeth | Warnock, Andrew  ...more...


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