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. 

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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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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

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


Chester County Wills & Estates
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downtown ChesterChester County and its county seat, the town of Chester, were named for Chester County, Pennsylvania. The county was formed in 1785 as part of the larger Camden District but was later transferred to Pinckney District (1791-1800); it became a separate district in 1800. Scotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania and Virginia moved into this upstate region beginning about 1755. During the Revolutionary War, American forces under General Thomas Sumter were defeated here at the battle of Fishing Creek in August 1780; the Americans were victorious at Fishdam Ford in November of the same year. The Landsford Canal was built in 1823 to allow boats and barges to bypass rapids on the Catawba River; this canal is now open as a state park. In later years the availability of hydroelectric power encouraged the establishment of textile mills in the area. South Carolina governor, United States senator, and judge Donald S. Russell (1906-1998) lived in Chester as a boy. 

Early settlers: Price, Akin, Hamilton, Love, Boyd, Featherstone, Griffin, Love, Cherry, Harbison, Dugan, Bell, OBrient, Grisholm, Head, Roden, Hatfield, McLonen, Jordan, Owens, McDaniel, McCannon, McDonald, Harper and Cabean, William Bell. 

Chester County Records Available for Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Chester County Will Book A (1779-1797)
Chester County Will Book B (1792-1802

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Book C (1803-1805)
  • Book (1789-1819)
  • Book A (1789-1817)
  • Book E (1810-1814)
  • Will Book F (1817)
  • Will Book F-2 (1815-1817)
  • Will Book G (1817-1822)
  • Will Book H (1820-1825)
  • Will Book I (1824-1826)
  • Will Book J (1826-1828)
  • Will Book K (1829-1831)
  • Will Book L (1832-1833)
  • Will Book P (1838-1839)
  • Will Book 3 (1833-1853)
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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

Darlington County

Summerford FarmsDarlington County was formed in 1785 and the county seat is situated in Darlington. It was originally part of the Cheraw District, and later (1888) part of it was given for Florence County and again in (1902) to Lee County. Traditionally, Welsh, Scotch-Irish, and Englishmen farmed this land and ultimately planted cotton. Some early settlers were : David Rogerson Williams (1776-1830), Governor and scientific experimenter, James Lide Coker (1837-1918), Moses Scott, Absalom Gallaway and David R. Coker (1870-1938).

Darlington County Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 1 (1785-1797)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 2 (1798-1812)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 3 (1813)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 4 (1814-1840)
  • Index to Darlington County Will Book 10 (1838-1853)

Darlington County Will Book 1 (1785-1797); Digital Images of Transcripts

Gallaway, Absalom James, William | Scott, Moses | Webb, Jolly
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Monday, September 9, 2019

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

Kershaw County Probate Records

Wateree RiverCamdenKershaw County was originally part of Camden District, and was formed in 1791 from Claremont, Lancaster, Fairfield and Richland Counties. It was named for Joseph Kershaw (1727-1791). The county seat is Camden. Camden was first settled in about 1732 by the English who'd settled first in Charleston. Camden was occupied by the Revolutionary War from June of 1780 to May of 1781. Battle of Camden, South Carolina during the Revolutionary War.

Kershaw County South Carolina Wills and Estate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Maps

  • Map of Plantations in Lower Kershaw County

Indexes to probate Records

  • Will Book A (1770-1826)
  • Will Book N1 (1776-1833)
  • Unrecorded Wills (1789-1816)
  • Will Book A1 (1781-1820)
  • Will Book C
  • Will Book D (1803)

Transcripts of Kershaw County Will Book AI (1781 to 1820)

Testators: James Archer, Ebenezer Bagwell, Humphrey Barnett, Samuel Boykin, William Clemmons, William Collins, Thomas Dixon, Charles Ghent, Joseph Kershaw, Daniel Kirkland, Derret Long, William Norris, Lemuel Perry, Sterling Pettaway, James Pickett, John Platt, John Williams, Drury Wyche and William Wyly.  . . . more . . .



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

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


Edgefield County Wills, Estates, Deeds

1890 EdgefieldThe county was formed in 1785 as part of Ninety Six District; parts of Edgefield later went to form Aiken (1871), Saluda (1895), Greenwood (1897), and McCormick (1916) counties. The county seat is the town of Edgefield. The northern part of the Ninety Six was previously inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The southern part adjoined the Savannah River and was used as hunting grounds by the Creeks, Savannahs and other tribes. Edgefield country was trafficked by white men who created a lucrative trade with the Indians for their buffalo and beaver skins and who exported as many as two hundred and fifty thousand skins a year from the state. It was not until 1748 that permanent settlements were made along the Savannah River. Families trickled in from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Holland and France as well as from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Others, forbidden to deal in slavery, fled from Georgia to make their plantations along the Savannah River. The first Scotch families settled on the Saluda side of Edgefield south of Chappells Ferry. The site was located near a hill where large chestnut trees grew. Later, the Baptist Church of Chestnut Hill was later organized and built. They called the settlement Scotland. Among the first Scots was Joseph Culbreath, born near Plymouth Scotland in 1747, who was brought to Edgefield by his father, Edward Culbreath in 1756. The father died a year later, leaving his sons, Joseph, John, Daniel and Edward. The sons all lived to be over the ages of 70. The family of Harry Hazel came with the Culbreaths to the new country. In 1770 a ferry was established over the Saluda River on the land of Robert Cunningham and another one over the Savannah River, opposite to Augusta in Georgia. Edgefield was the site of several Revolutionary War skirmishes and was defended by those who had settled from North Carolina and Virginia. One such family was that of William Abney who had settled about a mile or so from Scotland in 1772. Nathaniel Abney served as a captain of a militia company under Major Andrew Williamson at Ninety Six. Opposing the patriots was the Stewart family whose homestead was located on Tosty Creek on the Saluda. 

Early settlers: Peter Finson, Francis W. Pickens, Benjamin Tilman, General Martin Witherspoon Cary, Allen Bailey, Nathan Melton, William Daniel, William Tobler, Spencer Hawes, George Miller, Jeremiah Lamar, Robert Gardner, David Pitts, Arthur Watson, Nathaniel Abney, Jesse Griffin, George Bender, Michael Burkhalter, Thomas Spraggins, Mathew Devore, Allen Burton, George Kyser, Nathaniel Bacon, Wright Nicholson, Joseph McGinnis, John Oliphant, John Blalock, Benjamin Buzbie, Robert Jennings, Jessy Rountree, Amos Richardson, Hezekiah Gentry, Benjamin Hightower, Thomas turk, Stephen Garrett and others.

Edgefield county Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • Edgefield County Wills, Bks A, B and C, 1775-1835 (abstracts)
  • Index to Edgefield County Will Book D, 1836-1853
  • 1817 Map of Edgefield County

Miscellaneous Edgefield County Wills, Deeds, etc. (Images and Transcripts)

  • Adams, John (LWT) 1823
  • Adams, John Deed to William McDaniel (1816)
  • Adams, John Deed to Joel McLemore (1819)
  • Adams, John Deed to Henry Anderson
  • Adams, John Deed to John Hinson(1824)
  • Ballentine, Hugh, 1809 Promise
  • Bolger, Elizabeth
  • Bush, Isaac
  • Cary, William
  • Ferguson, William
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7 States of Genealogy Records

Georgia Pioneers (8 Genealogy Websites) has wills, estates, traced families etc in AL, GA, KY, NC, SC, TN and VA.  In particular, our Virginia collection contnues to grow, representing the oldest surviving county wills and estates, from 1600s to about 1800.



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

Ancestor Databases: Horry County Wills and Estates

Horry County Court HouseHorry County was incorporated in 1801 and was taken from the Pee Dee region of the State. It was named after Peter Horry, who was born in South Carolina ca 1743, Revolutionary War Hero who was elected captain, later elected to the Provincial Congress of South Carolina to serve the 1st and 2nd Regiments. In 1790, he was assigned to the South Carolina Militia under Brigadier General Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion. The county itself was completely surrounded by water, which forced the inhabitants to survive virtually without any assistance from the "outside world". This caused the county residents to become an extremely independent populace, and they named their county "The Independent Republic of Horry&uot;.

Horry County Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • Horry County Administrator's Bond 1803-1818
  • Index to Horry County Wills
  • Index to Horry County Will Book A (1799-1818)
  • Index to Horry County Will Book B (1819-1821)
  • Index to Horry County Will Book C (1841-1857)
Horry County Wills (transcripts), 1799-1818

Testators: Robert Anderson, Joseph Atwater, William Bryan, Michael Clardy, Robert Daniels, Samuel Dawsey, James Elks, John Foley, Samuel Foxworth, B. W. Gause, John Grainger Sr., Samuel Grainger, Thomas Grainger, John Hardy, Robert Jordan, William Jordan Sr., Thomas King, Daniel Kirkland, Daniel Lewis, Rachel Lewis, William Lewis, William Henry Lewis, Thomas Livingston, Robert Lowremore, David McKelduff, Daniel McQueen, Peter Nicholson,  . . . more . . .



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Annual Returns are Part of Every Estate #kentuckypioneers #genealogy

Annual Returns are Part of Every Estate

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Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinEven if a person dies intestate, you can still find the heirs. This is done by examining the annual returns for every year until the estate is closed. The first thing which happens is that an administrator is appointed who makes an inventory of the estate, has a sale to sell off the items and subsequently files a return every year thereafter to the probate county in the county which the person died. This return lists all disbursements ranging from funeral expenses to distributions to the heirs which may occur at any time over the period the estate is active. The heirs then give receipts, called vouchers. Examine the expenditures closely. Try to ascertain the identity of the payees. One easy method is a study of the census records for that county. Some of the heirs are husbands of daughters, so check out these names in the marriage records. . . . more . . .



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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Names of NC Ancestors - - - > Johnston County #ncgenealogy #northcarolinapioneers

Johnston County Wills and Estates

Johnston CountyJohnston county was formed in 1746 from Craven County; named for Gabriel Johnston, Governor of North Carolina from 1734 to 1752. During the year of 1752 parts of Johnston County, Bladen County, and Granville County were combined to form Orange County. In 1758 the eastern part of Johnston County became Dobbs County and in 1770 parts of Johnston County, Cumberland County, and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. Finally, in 1855 parts of Johnston County, Edgecombe County, Nash County, and Wayne County were combined to form Wilson County.

Genealogy Records available to Members

  • Miscellaneous Johnston County Wills and Estates
  • McElroy, Archibald, LWT, transcript (1760)
  • Price, Edward ]: Last Will and Testament (1789)
  • Whitenton, Richard] - Last Will and Testament (1819)
  • Indexes to Probate Records
  • Abstracts of Wills 1707 to 1760
  • Miscellaneous Records at North Carolina States Archives 1764 to 1930

Images of Johnston County Wills 1760 to 1859

Names of Testators: Adams, Hardy ] Adams, Howell ] Adams, Jesse ] Allen, Absabeth ] Allen, John ] Altman, Nanny ] Altman, Nathan ] Atkinson, Carry ] Atkinson, Ephraim ] Atkinson, John Sr. | Atkinson, Thomas ] Austin, Anison ] Austin, John Sr. ] Avera, John ] Avera, Mary ] Ann ] Avera, Mathew ] Avera, Thomas ] Avera, William ] Avery (or Avera) Alexander ] Bagby, John ] Bailey, David ] ] Bailey, Hardy ] Bailey, Henry ] Bailey, Isom ] Bailey, Jesse ] Bailey, Levi ] Baker, Elijah ] Ballance, William ] Ballard, Caleb ] Ballinger, John ] Barber, Burrel ] Barber, Wilsey ] Barefoot, Noah Sr. ] Barnes, Elizabeth ] Barnes, Henry ] Barrow, Thomas ] Batten, Abraham ] Batten, Hardy ] Batten, John ] Bayley, William ] Beddingfield, John ] Bell, Mary ] Blackman, Barzilla ] Blackman, Druzilla ] Blackman, John ] Blackman, Joseph ] Blackman, Mary ] Blackman, Moore ] Bledsoe, Isaac ] Bosworth, Dr. Stewart ] Boyett, George ] Boyett, Joseph ] Boykin, Solomon ] Brady, John ] Brannon, Leroy ] Brannon, Thomas ] Brewer, Jacob Parker ] Bridges, Benjamin ] Bridges, Eldeldred ] Bridges, William ] Britt, Jesse ] Broadstreet, Nancy ] Brooks, Jacob ] Brown, Jesse ] Brown, John ] Brown, Martha ] Brown, William ] Bryan, Bythan ] Bryan, Lewis ] Bryan, Loverd ] Bryan, Needham ] Bryan, Samuel ] Bryan, William ] Bryant, William ] Burch, Robert Butts, Henry ] Byrd, Richard] Byrd, Sutton Sr. Capps, Mathew ] Carr, Samuel ] Carrell, John ] Carrell, William ] Carroll, Sarah ] Carter, John ] Carter, Mathew ] Coats, William Sr. ] Cockrell, Samuel ] Cockrell, Stephen ] Cole, Willis ] Colley, Gregory ] Cotton, Jesse ] Creench, Joshua ] Crumpler, Edmon ] Culley, John ] Daughtry, Jacob ] Daughtery, John ] Davis, Arthur ] Davis, Dixon Sr. ] Davis, James ] Dean, William ] Dee, Emanuel ] DeLoach, Samuel ] Dixson, John Sr. ] Dodd, Elizabeth ] Dodd, John ] Dodd, Pherebe Dodd, Reubin Dodd, William ] Sr. ] Duck, Jacob ] Dudley, John ] Durham, James ] Durham, William ] Earp, Alsey ] Earp, Edward ] Earp, Sherrod ] Earp, Welby ] Eason, John ] Eason, Sanders ] Eason, Sally ] Eatman, Thomas ] Edwards, Micajah Sr.] Edwards, William ] Eldridge, William Sr. ] Ellington, Jesse ] Ellington, Martha ] Ellis, John ] Evans, Joshua ] Evens, John ] Fail, Needham ] Farmer, Asa ] Farmer, James ] Farmer, John ] Felks, Lemuel ] Fish, William ] Fivash, Millender ] Flowers, Jacob ] Folsom, Edith ] Frellick, Mary ] Garner, Elizabeth ] Garner, Moses ] Garner, Mary ] Gay, William ] Henry Gay, Willis George, David ] ] Gerald, Isaac ] Gerald, John ] Gerald, John Sr. ] Giles, Nathaniel ] Godwin, Edmund ] Godwin, James ] Godwin, Samuel ] Godwin, Thomas ]    . . . more . . .



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