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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DeKalb Co. GA Genealogy, Images of Wills

DeKalb County Records



DeKalb County Court HouseStone Mountain Grist MillPictured is the DeKalb County Court House, Decatur, Georgia and the Stone Mountain Grist Mill. DeKalb County was created in 1822 after the Muskogee (Creeks) Indians ceded the lands by treaty and was taken from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette Counties. It was named for Baron Johann DeKalb, a German hero of the American Revolution. In 1853 Fulton County was created from the northern portion of DeKalb County. Many of the settlers to DeKalb County were in search of new lands and were farmers. When researching DeKalb County, Henry (the parent County) and Fulton Counties should also be researched. Unfortunately, the estate records do not begin until 1840. If you have an ancestor who resided within the boundaries of the present-day Atlanta, those records will be found in DeKalb County. Remember, the journey from Atlanta to present-day Decatur to file a deed, will, or other record was quite a trip.

DeKalb County Probate Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

Marriages
  • DeKalb County County Marriages 1885-1886 from newspapers
Maps
  • Map of DeKalb County County
DeKalb County Wills DeKalb County Probate Records by Jeannette Holland AustinDeKalb County Probate Records by Jeannette Holland Austin comprizes the content of these records. 

  • DeKalb County Wills & Estates 1841-1869
  • DeKalb County Wills & Estates 1870-1889
  • DeKalb County Wills & Estates 1890-1919
  • DeKalb County Appr. & Returns 1852-1858

Indexes to Probate Records
  • Index to Deed Book L 1846-1852
  • Index to Deed Book M 1850-1853
  • Index to Deed Book N 1852-1854
  • Index to Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales, 1842-1852
  • Index to Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales, 1852-1859
  • Index to Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales, 1858-1863
  • Index to Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales, 1863-1868
  • Index to Annual Returns, Appraisements, Inventories, Sales, 1868-1884
Miscellaneous Wills and Estates
  • Adair, Thomas O., estate
  • Adair, William, deed dated 1849
  • Adams, W. D., estate
  • Akin, Martha, estate
  • Allen, William, estate
  • Anderson, William C., estate
  • Argoe, Robert, estate
  • Armstrong, John, estate
  • Collier, John, Annual Return of Estate
  • Evans, John, deed dated 1850
  • Holland, Edmund W. (deeds) 1851, 1852
  • Jordan, Solomon, deed dated 1851
  • Leitch, Arthur, Estate
  • Perkinson, Dempsey, LWT (1876)
  • Plaster, Benjamin, Sr.
  • Smith, David, LWT (1853)
  • Spain, William S., Inventory and Appraisement of Estate.
  • Sprayberry, Benjamin, LWT (1848).
  • Sprayberry, Brice, LWT (1876).
  • Sprayberry, W. H. E., LWT (1911).
  • Waits, Sarah, LWT (1869)
Church Records
  • Utoy Baptist Church, Ft. McPherson, Georgia (members)
Cemeteries
  • Index to Burials in the Decatur Cemetery




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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Decatur Co. GA Genealogy, Ancestors, Images of Wills


Decatur County Wills and Estates



Brinson, GeorgiaDecatur County, GeorgiaDecatur County, GeorgiaPictured is Brinson, Georgia and scenes from Decatur County. Decatur County was created from Early County in 1823 by an Act of the General Assembly It was named after U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. In 1920, Seminole County was created entirely from Decatur County. Also, portions of Decatur County were used to help create Thomas County (1825) and Grady County (1905). South Georgia counties adjacent to Decatur, as well as counties in Florida should also be researched. Early Settlers: Samuel Braswell, W. H. Barbour, B. F. Byrd, Absalom Brown, John Birch, Robert H. Butler, J. J. Chason, A. B. Campbell, John Cameron, Alfred Chester, Jesse Collins, Hardy Crawford, J. L. Durham, John Dollar, William Donalson, R. F. Evans, H. S. Farish, Jesse Glover, Peter Gray, William Hutchinson, R. H. Harrell, D. P. Hines, Jacob Zeigler, and others. 

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Images of Decatur County Wills, Book A, 1828 to 1838 
Testators: Buie, Malcom ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, John ;Donelson, John ;Everett, William ;Fain, Thomas; Faircloth, Cader ;Gaines, George ;Harrell, Mary ;Harris, Sterling ;Kemp, Daniel ;McCreless, John ;Powell, William ;Rawls, John ;Rogers, John and Wright, William
Wills 1828 to 1838 (abstracts). 

Images of Decatur County Wills 1838 to 1865
Testators: Amoss, Mary ;Ashley, Jesse ;Ballard, Rufus ;Barbour, Wiley ;Bell, Augustus ;Benton, William ;Blount, Phillip ;Braswell, Samuel ;Brock, Martha ;Butler, Robert ;Campbell, Archibald ;Campbell, Daniel ;Cassels, William; Chambers, William ;Chisolm, Robert ;Cleburn, Temperance ;Cloud, Reuben ;Collins, Jesse ;Cooper, Samuel ;Crawford, Bennet ;Cunningham, Albert ;Daffin, John ;Devaughn, Sarah ;Davidon, Robert H. M. ;Donalson, Rachel ;Donalson, William ;Douglass, Alexander ;Douglas, Harriet ;Douglass, John A. ;Douglass, Sanders ;Ellis, Edwin ;Evans, John W. ;Ferguson, Isaac ;Freeman, Hannah ;Freeman, Jacob; Gainey, Reddick ;Gardner, Sarah ;Gray, Peter ;Griffin, Lee ;Griffin, Susan ;Hamilton, Robert ;Harrell, John Sr. ;Harrell, Mary ;Hines, Anne;Howell, Samuel ;Hutchinson, John ;Hutto, Martin ;Ingram, Hugh ;Johnson, Deliam ;Johnson, Jesse ;Johnson, Jesse (2) ;Johnson, Joshua;Jones, John; Kelly, William Wade ;Lonen, Squire ;Long, Shadrack ;Loper, William ;Lovett, David ;Malone, John ;McElveen, John ;McElvy, William; McGriff, Sarah ;Meeks, Bennet ;Michaux, Joseph ;Mitchell, Greene ;Montgomery, Sarah ;Montgomery, William ; Murphy, Butts ;Newberry, John ;Nicholson, Duncan ;Nicholson, Malcom ;Owens, William ;Parks, Virgil; Paulk, Micajah; Powell, Jethro ;Pullin, Elias ;Pumphrey, Redin ;Regan, Roberson ;Rhodes, William ;Rogers, Benjamin ;Ruckley, Anthony ;Ruckley, William S. ;Russell, Louiza;Scott, Rhoda; Slade, Jeremiah ;Smallwood, F. ;Smart, Edmund ;Smith, Archibald ;Strickland, Reuben ;Sweet, G. ;Thomas, Hezekiah ;Thomas, Nancy ;Truluck, Joseph ;Waller, R. A. ;Whiddon, William ;Whiddon, William (2) ;Whitaker, John ;White, John ;White, Martin;Wilson, James;Wooten, Eliza ;Wooten, Shadrack and Wooten, William
Index to Probate Records
  • Will Book A, 1828 to 1838
  • Will Book B, 1839 to 1873
  • Will Book C, 1873 to 1913
  • Appraisements and Sales. Book A, 1828 to 1833
  • Vouchers, Sales, Annual Returns, 1839 to 1837
  • Journal and Sales (estates) 1834 to 1848
  • Annual Returns, Book D, 1835 to 1850
  • Minute Bks A & B (includes Wills).
Marriages
  • Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1824 to 1841
  • Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1837 to 1869
  • Index to Marriage Licenses (grooms) 1868 to 1896
  • Marriages from newspapers 1885 to 1886.



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Monday, August 18, 2014

Dawson Co. GA Genealogy, Wills, Estates

Dawson County Wills and Estates



Dawson County Court HouseJasper, GeorgiaDawson, GeorgiaPictured is the Dawson County Court House, Jasper, Georgia, and scenes from Dawson County. Dawson County was created in 1857 from Lumpkin County. Later a portion was taken from Gilmer County. County seat is Dawsonville. (In 1850, Calhoun was called Dawsonville before it was renamed.) The County was named for Judge William C. Dawson. Researchers should also search Lumpkin County. 

Dawson County Records Available to Members of Georgia Pioneers 

Marriages
  • Index to Dawson County Marriages 1858 to 1883
Wills
  • Dawson County Wills 1857-1862 (abstracts).
Indexes to Dawson County Probate Records
  • Index to Dawson County Annual Returns, Books D & E, 1835-1854.
  • Index to Dawson County Wills, Guardians, Administrators, Bonds, Book B, 1857-1896.
Church Records
  • Minutes of New Hope Baptist Church 1843 to 1860
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