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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Finding the Back Woods #georgiapioneerscom #gaancestors

Finding the Back Woods

As many of the old planting fields, battle grounds and old farms are grown over in weeds and brush, remnants of the past lay in wooded regions of the country.  Sure, there are monuments placed by the DAR over certain old graves, and historical markers of old mansions placed by historical organizations, but the proof of the past for everyone is hidden in the records. And we can use deed records and county maps to locate the old home place.  A visit to the back woods is truly an adventure into the past lives of our ancestors!  Do we imagine warming ourselves in front of a fireplace?  Or, sleeping in a cold house under quilts and blankets? What about hitching up the plow to the old mare?  If we search carefully, there are indentations in the soil and evidence of former activity.  Old graves may lie in the thick of the woods and  perhaps a slate tombstone is buried just below the surface of the soil.  It is time for the  autumn leaves to spark the landscape with grand colors and drop yet another layer of leaves into the soil.  Why not give it a search?

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"Thanks to everyone who has sent their brick wall for me to work on thus far. I am enjoying the challenge! There are so many interesting factors in this work, from the ports of immigration and the various settlements in America to families of more recent times. If you have not yet taken advantage, please do so now. JOIN now for free brick wall help Then send me your information. Members, please MEMBERS CLICK HERE to view the results of this work as you may share the same families!" Jeannette Holland Austin

Why it is Important to Find Family Bibles #georgiapioneerscom #gaancestors

Why it is Important to Find Family Bibles

The old family Bible seems to be a thing of the past.  Yet, I have seen them in antique shops and on microfilm in State Archives.  It is the perfect record for the genealogist because it provides accurate names, births, deaths, burials, and often clippings of obituaries.

For this reason it is always a good idea to peruse the shelves at the Archives, public libraries, and anywhere and everywhere that you venture.  Do not forget to ask the baby boomers as that generation has not quite passed and probably has an old bible or two.  Also <a href="https://genealogy-books.com">Genealogy-Books </a> and <a href="https://georgiapioneers.com">Georgia Pioneers</a> have a fairly decent online collection available to members.

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"Thanks to everyone who has sent their brick wall for me to work on thus far. I am enjoying the challenge! There are so many interesting factors in this work, from the ports of immigration and the various settlements in America to families of more recent times. If you have not yet taken advantage, please do so now. JOIN now for free brick wall help Then send me your information. Members, please MEMBERS CLICK HERE to view the results of this work as you may share the same families!" Jeannette Holland Austin

Results of Free Research to Members of 8 Genealogy Websites --- > Hampton of NC and GA



Genealogy Research Results by Jeannette Holland Austin

Task:  Hampton

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Roster of Revolutionary War Soldiers of Georgia and Other States, Vol. II by McCall. This source of information is from the N. S. D. A. R., #160063 and states that Andrew Hampton was born in England. 

Granville County Court Minutes 1746 to 1820 This is the LWT of Mary Minor, deceased, proved by Samuel rust who had been named executur but refused to qualify, so George Stroud qualified. The Minutes of Court only note when documents are filed, and are not included. I found no record of it having been filed in the probate court. I am inclined to think that this is the Mary, wiffe of John Minor. If it is, the 1830 death date copied by everyone on the internet is not accurate. 

Hampton, Andrew, Legal Records 1807 to 1857 Laurens County Superior Court Records 1807-1832 and 1833-1857 which reflect the activities of the Hampton families. Andrew Hampton makes deed gifts to his sons, and sells lands to family members; marries Mary Fullwood; his estate is divided, etc. 

LWT of Andrew Hampton dated 1839, Book A, Laurens County 
Note: Andrew Hampton was married to Mary Fulwood with whom he signed a premarriage contract. His LWT named surviving heirs:

2 daughters, Rachel and Mary 
4 sons: Benjamin W., James D., John M. and Andrew Y. Grandchildren: 

Richard and James Thomas, children of Rachel and David Thomas. 

Warren Whitehead, son Elizabeth Hampton and William Whitehead 

Daniel Roberts, son of Frederick Roberts and Laney Hampton. 

Charles Roach

Rufus Darsey. Note: Benjamin Darsey sold Andrew Hampton land in Laurens County. 

Richard and James Thomas, children of David Thomas and Rachel Hampton. 

Rufus M. Darsey. LWT of Benjamin J. Darsey,wife Leodisy. Named his daughter Polly Hampton who had his grandchild, Benjamin Wade Hampton. 

William Whitehead. LWT dated 1821 of William Whitehead who married Elizabeth Hampton and had Warren Whitehead. 

Fred Roberts dated 1823. Named wife Laney and son Daniel Roberts. Note: The first LWT of Andrew Darsey does not name any grandchildren. 20 Jul 1805, Rutherford County Wills. Youngest child: Washington. Elizabeth Price. Nancy Bradley. Jonathan. Susanna. Andrew. John. Benjamin. Alice. Rachel. Mary, all living. Deceased were: Adam, Michal and Catherine. 

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Granville County NC Deeds:

Bk H, p. 4. Andrew Hampton to John Hampton. 8 May 1765. 

Book H, p. 82. Ezekiel Hampton to Ephraim Hampton for land and livestock. 15 August 1765. 

Book H p. 200. Ezekiel Hampton and wife, Jenny to William Jones. 20 Aug 1765. 

Book H., p. 279. Andrew Hampton of Georgia sold land in Granville County to George Boyer 5 Mar 1766. 

Book H., p. 323. Andrew Hampton to Ezeiel Hampton 1/18/1767. 

Book H, Ezekiel Hampton to Samuel Adams in which Jane releases her dower. 22 Feb 1773. 

Granville County Tax Digest

1769. Ezekiel Hampton,, white
1769. Ezekiel Hampton, Sr., 2 blacks. 

Granville County Deed Records

Deed Book 4. Page 289. 12 Sept 1789. John Minor of Granville County to Ben Herden of Orange County for #50, 240 acres on the waters of Crooked Creek. 

Note: This is the only deed found for Minor. 

Granville County Marriage Records

Mary Hampton to John Wilburn 8 Apr 1783. Witness: Lewis Wilburn. 

John Minor to Lucy Mallard. 6 Nov 1807. (John Jr.?)

John Minor to Masay Hobgood 9 Sept 1835. Witness: Lewis Wilburn. 

Note: The witness Lewis Wilburn on both of these marriages suggests that Mary Hampton was married first to William Wilburn. I searched in the original and published marriage records and did not find one for Mary Hampton to John Minor. To be certain that this was not a mistake, I found the LWT of Mary Wilburn and John Wilburn (sp. Wilbourne). As you can see, John married a Mary Hampton and was related to Nolan Hampton. LWT of John Wilbourne of Orange County NC 

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Mary, daughter of John Minor, was not named in the first LWT of Andrew Hampton, or the second one, which only named his living grandchildren. 

The LWT of Ezekiel Hampton is listed in the NC Wills as being filed in Yancey County. I do not have access to Yancey Wills or Granville County Wills after 1800. 

In earlier times, the DAR applications did not list the source information. Had this requirement been met, then errors would not be floating around today. Many people accept the data without checking actual county records, etc. It is not surprising that one person said that Andrew Hampton was born in England. That application went through without listing all of the children, marriages, etc. 

I searched through all Granville County records, viz: Minutes, Deeds, Wills, Estates and Marriages. Also searched Orange, Edgecombe, Buncombe and Yancey Counties. Also, Jefferson County, Georgia records where Andrew went to from Granville, and Laurens County. 

The wills, estate and deeds did not establish the desired connections like they might have. 

Recommended: That you write the Clerk of the Probate Court, Granville County, 101 Main St, Oxford, NC 27565 and ask for photocopies of the following wills:

LWT of Mary Minor, Will Book 8, page 176, dated 1818
LWT of John Minor, Sr., Will Book 15, p. 287, dated 1842. I do not have access to these records. These two wills might disclose the information that you desire. 

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Collection of Philadelphia Wills dating from 1600s at Cobb Library #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Collection of Philadelphia Wills dating from 1600s at Cobb Library 

Switzer Library 266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Now that the leaves are falling and we are moving into cooler weather, it is a good time to plan visits to the local regional library.  The reason is that every library has different genealogy collections.  Cobb County Switzer Library in Marietta has the best collection in North Georgia. It includes microfilm of census and miscellaneous county records for Georgia, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia and North Carolina. Also, a vast collection of old newspapers. In many respects it far surpasses the Internet collections.   As an example, they have a book collection of all the wills in Philadelphia, dating from 1600s!  Cobb County has an excellent budget for genealogy and the Scan Pro, the best microfilm reader on the market!  If you have any old microfilm, this is a good place to donate it.


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Where is that Land #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Where is that Land?

Golden GooseOld wills frequently designate certain acreage to each son. So, how does one locate the various bequeathed tracts? But don't stop there; find the various tracts in order to trace families! The golden goose lies in Tax Digests which were kept in county records during the lifetime of your ancestors. One simply follows the years, noting the amount of acreage and how that changes over time. If John Smith bequeathed 240 acres to a son named John Smith, after his death, that land would show up under another John Smith name (the son). And so on. Next, the deed records provide a number of surprises. This is where people made deed gifts to children whether or not they left a last will and testament. So, a person near death may have already distributed much of his estate to his children. This would explain why the children were not named and only an executor or executrix was directed to administer the last portion of the estate.

Southampton County VA Wills and Estates. See Names
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Reporter Faking it in Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence

Reporter Faking it

Hurricane Florence in North Carolina had videos of two different reporters who pretended to be besought by winds and rain while people strolled casually along.  Why did they choose to deceive?  What is the driving force behind this?  It is said that people who shoot and kill others are mentally ill.  It would be more accurate to say that it was the acceptance of falsehoods which angered them into accepting all of the elements of evil.

There is hope of recovery, but it must be employed by the afflicted.  And that is to quit listening to evil thoughts, media, politicians, academia, or whatever group is stirring the pot and instead read good books and listen to inspiring music. And seek the truth in all things.  Society does not owe these people money or retribution of any sort, nor can drugs, physicians or medicines cure it.  It is the task of the afflicted to change, and they owe it to themselves to do so.

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Baby Boomers Gave us the Internet and a Threshhold to Build Upon #alexandrgrahambell #georgiapioneerscom #gagenealogy

Baby Boomers Gave us the Internet and a Threshhold to Build Upon

Jekyll Island and First Phone Call
Millenials today do not realize that it was the baby boomers who invented the technology which made new discoveries possible.   Since the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell and afterwards, the television, technology spun forward at a rapid pace.  As one idea produced more possibilities, we sent a man to the moon. The only thing which held us back after the moon was the politicians!   Every generation has the millenial-types; that is, young people who think that they possess a unique wisdom. Wisdom is, that mankind continues to build upon the work of its ancestors.  Think about it.

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Names of Georgia Ancestors --- > Clinch County #georgiapioneerscom

Clinch County Wills and Estates

Homerville, Georgia

Clinch County was created on Feb. 14, 1850 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1849-50, p. 126). Georgia's 95th county was created from portions of Lowndes and Ware counties. Estate records do not begin until 1868.

Earliest settlers: Charles Cowart, Penelope Carter, Abraham Griffis, John Knight, Thomas Nettles, J. A. Osteen, Isham Pattison, David J. Sirmans, William E. Smith, John M. Williams.

Clinch County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers

Marriages

  • Index 1867 to 1874
  • Index to Licenses 1874 to 1889

Online Images of Wills 1888 to 1904

Testators:
Booth, Irwin
Crawford, C. C.
Fender, Martin
Herring, Charity
Jones, Fannie
Mattox, Franklin
Moore, William
Sirmans, Daniel
Smith, David
Smith, William
Stotesberry, Peter

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Will Book C 1868 to 1911.
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book A, 1895 to 1916
  • Index to Warrants of Appraisements, Book B, 1896 to 1960
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Friday, September 14, 2018

The Importance of Finding all Land Tracts #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

The Importance of Finding all Land Tracts

It is so easy to jump onto the wrong lineage! After all, names and dates can be rather confusing. That is why it is so important to locate the old family residence and the adjoining neighborhood. This is usually accomplished by researching deed records and tax digests. One follows the legal description, carefully noting the district and land lot number. Of course the first deeds did not contain a full description (as they do today), but usually listed the names of adjoining owners. The tax digests do the same thing, but also provide the number of acreage and counties involved. When people drew in the land lotteries, those tracts were also listed and should be regarded as clues of where to search next.

Southampton County VA Wills and Estates. See Names.
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Our Ancestors Prepared the Way for Better Times #virginiapioneersnet #vagenealogy

Our Ancestors Prepared the Way for Better Times

rusted tractorSomewhere out there is a parcel of land upon which your ancestors once built a house and his surrounding community. The ground may be parched and worn out from years of tilling the soil. And there may be an old sunken well on the place. Perhaps a crumbling barn and a tractor displaying its age in a reddish-orange coat of rust. If you are observing relics such as this, it is a splendid view of the hardships and labor required to bring America into better circumstances. Because it was those old wrinkled hands which prepared the way. After 1900, the next fifty years delivered new and better tractors, telephones, automobiles and the television. Then, during the 1960s, when we sent a man to the moon, new technology seemed to chase us into the 21st century. Let us take note. The quilt of accomplishment is woven by every generation. One day, the work which is being accomplished today will pass into the hands of future generations. Think about it.  Southampton County VA Wills and Estates. See Names.
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