Saturday, March 25, 2017

History Explains Everything! #genealogy #georgiapioneers

History Explains Everything

detectiveThe detective work of the genealogist is never complete. The reason is that there are so many questions concerning where they resided, origins, and the reason that they were on the move. The answers are embedded in history. A perusal of a local church cemetery provides such answers on tombstone inscriptions, as chlorea, dystentary and other diseases which swept across the communities of early settlers. Other sources are military records, such as the local militia frequently called out to fight Indians. Or, was it the Revolutionary War when people left home for three-month spans to fight the enemy and afterwards took up land elsewhere? There were primitive forts throughout Georgia all during the period in which white settlers were taking up bounty grants. Several forts had the name of Fort Defiance. An exhaustive search discovers that one during the War of 1812 was located near the Jasper-Jones County Line. Consider Colonel Benjamin Hawkins and his published account as the Indian Agent south of Macon. There were several "camps" and "forts"s; in regions where the population needed protection. Another Fort Defiance, during the same war, was situated at Sunbury when Naval forces protected this harbor. These forts, as well as others, are mentioned in the name catalog at the Georgia State Archives which denote military references to where people were serving. However, just writing down these remarks is not enough. One needs to do some research on finding these places because it provides more of a historical insight into the lives of our ancestors who came to America during critical times. And there is a story behind it.  Polk County GA Genealogies and Histories

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