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What Happened to the Original Wills Filed at the Court House? #georgiapioneers #georgiagenealogy


What Happened to Original Wills Filed at the Court House?

old Georgia WillOriginal documents were first copied by the Clerk in his own handwriting. This is what you get when you order a copy. The original was placed in a file cabinet or other place of storage. Over the years, these documents were shuffled around to make space for more recent papers. Eventually, old documents ended up in unheated and ventilated basements where dampness rotted it away. Why would one want the original? Well, once when I was tracing a famiy, I discovered that the clerk had omitted a line from the old will. I did not have the old will, but the omission became more and more obvious as all of the other clues came together and the puzzle was assembled. Then there are spelling issues. A glaring error is the spelling of the name of the decedent on the first line of a document as compared to the signature line. Just as the census taker misspelled names and had omissions, so did the clerk at the court house. Thus, one cannot assume that the ancestor ever used that spelling. However, a diligent genealogist figures it all out.
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Marriages
Index to Emanuel County Marriages 1817 to 1860
Images of Will Book A, 1825 to 1857
Testators: Atkinson, Alexander W.| Barwick, Nathan | Beacham, Lewis | Beasley, Right M.| Bell, Daniel | Bell, John, minors of | Bennett, Benjamin | Bird, William | Bonell, Anthony | Boyd, Eliza | Boyet, Arthur | Boyt, James | Brady minors | Braswell, Kindred | Beasley, Right M. | Brown, Jesse | Brown, Jesse W. | Brown, Mary | Bullock, Rufus B., Gov. (bond of) | Clifton, John | Coleman, Jonathan | Coleman Perry | Cornevah, William | Crooker, Lemuel | Culbreath, Daniel | Daughtry, James | Dekle minors | Douglas minors | Edenfield, Jesse (Gift Deed) | Edenfield minors | Edenfield, Robert | Faircloth, Charles | Fountain, William (Gift Deed) | Gillis, August | Gillis, Murdock | Green, Daniel, minors | Griffith, William L.| Hall, Juniper | Hendly, James | Higdon, Robert (receipt) | Hooks, John | Hutchison, Aaron | Jenkins, Charles C. | Johnson, Benjamin W. | Johnston, William | Jones, William | Kemp, John A. | Ken, William C. | Kirby, Moses to Margaret (Gift Deed) | Knight, Rufus | Kurt, Thomas | Lain, Abraham L. to Benjamin Lain (Gift Deed) | Lane, Edward | Miner, Phillip H. | Moore, James | Morgan, Christopher C.| Nasworthy, George W. | Neel, Judith | Newton, Phillip| Nun, Joshua | Nunez minors | Oglesby minors | Owens, Littleton | Phillips, Ryal Bud Phillips, Sherrod | Rea, Spencer | Rountree, Delilah (Gift Deed) | Rountree, James | Rountree, Nancy| Rowell, William | Rowland, Jules, minor| Sawyers, minors | Sherard, Benjamin| Sherod, minors | Sumner, Joseph | Sutton, Jordan | Tapley, William| Thigpin, Travis | Thompson, Robert\ Tison, Stephen | Turner, Absalom| Walen, James | Wallace minors| Ward, Sarah, widow of Elia|s Warren, James | Webb minors | Wiggins, John | Williams, Hester| Williams, James | Williamson, John| Wolf, John | Wrenn, Susannah to daughter, Sarah Paulett Monroe (Gift Deed)

Images of Wills 1857-1907
Testators: Allen, Morning| Anderson, John H. |Atkinson, Alexander| Banady, J. W|. Barwick, Council (colored)| Barwick, George| Barwick, Lott (Indenture)| Barwick, Nathan| Barwick, Rountree| Beasley, Albert| Bell, Eady F. |Bishop, James| Bishop, William C.| Brinson, Benjamin| Brown, Gideon H.| Brown, James| Brown, Mike| Brown, Queen Elizabeth| Burnett, Ishmay| Carmichael, Mattie M.| Clifton, George| Coleman, Amelia| Coleman, David |Coleman, Elisha| Coleman, Jeremiah| Cowart, Ada| Cowart, Jonas J.| Cross, Augustus A. (Indenture) |Danford, James A.| Brown, James| Deal, William A.| Dickenson, Stephen| Dickey, Joseph W.| Durden, Lotte| Durden, William| Edenfield, Eli J.| Edenfield, James H.| Ellison, James H.| Forehand, William J|. Gains, Jeremiah| Garbutt, George| Gillis, Catharine| Hall, William (Indenture) |Hargrove, Vincent B.| Harrington, James H.| Hendley, Edel| Hendly, Wade| Henly, Thomas F.| Hooks, Jonathan| Hutchison, Aron| Hutchison, Moses| Jones, S. S.| Jordan, William| Kent, Daniel| Kersey, Thomas| Key, Wiley| Lamb, L. J.| Lane, Benjamin L.| Lewis, Zachariah |McLemon, Ira F.| McLemore, John L.| McLeod, Duncan| McLeod, J. W|. Moseley, Clement C.| Odom, Archibald| Oglesby, John W.| Oglesby, Seaborn| Overstreet, John| Parish, Isiah Mitchell| Phillips, Wilder| Phillips, William| Rabb, Ella W.| Rountree, George S.| Rountree, John R. |Sherod, Benjamin| Sherrod, Benjamin| Smith, Jacob L.| Smith, White V.| Stephens, James B. |Stephens, William| Stoud, John| Sumner, Jethro| Sumner, Mary D.| Sumner, Richard |Sumner, Richard |Thigpen, Malancton |Ward, Fereby| Watson, Rachel |Youmans, Nathaniel E. |Youman, Solomon |Youngblood, Spencer

Annual Returns, Book A, 1836 to 1866
Names of Estates: Barnes, Juliann |Beasley, Right | Bird, Lewis (estate) | Brice, William | Bronson, Alexander | Cowart, Abraham | Deal, Simon | Drew guardians | Dunsford, Etheldred | Dunsford orphans | Gay, Mathew | Green, Daniel | Griffin, Casandria | Griffin, James | Griffin, John | Griffin, Mary | Griffin, Reuben | Hall, James | Hurdly, William | Hutchinson, John | Hutchinson, Joshua | Jenkins, John | Jenkins, Mary | Jenkins, Samson | Johnson, John | Johnson, Mary | Johnson, Roan | Johnson, Seaborn | Johnson, Susanna | Martin, Thomas | Neal, Mitchell | Nunn, James Orkey, Warren Rey | Pullen, Henry | Reubin, Mary | Rey, William | Roberts, Nathan | Sconn orphans | Searcy, Ludusky | Sherrad, Benjamin | Smith Amanda | Stroud, James | Stroud, Thomas | Thomson, Hugh | Walea, James | Wiggins, Elihu | Wiggins, Jesse | Williams, Hester | Williams, Thomas

Indexes to Probate Records
Wills, Administrations, Guardians, Bonds, Book A 1815-1868.
Minute Book 1841 to 1857

Misc. Wills and Estates

Roberts, Nathan, LWT (1828), image of original
Sison, Stephen, LWT.

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