Sunday, October 20, 2013

GA PROBATE RECORDS - 1742-1975

Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1975

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This collection includes records of probate proceedings from Georgia counties. The records include estate files, inventories, wills, administrations, minutes, guardianships and other records related to probate.


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Monday, October 7, 2013

WARREN COUNTY, GEORGIA - REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOTS

Williams Creek Church - 1787
Warren County, Georgia
Bounty-land grants were made to soldiers who served in Col. Elijah Clark's Regiment after the American Revolution.  These men received the land grants in Wilkes Co., which later became Warren County, Georgia (50 miles west of Augusta, Ga.) that helped to establish Williams Creek Baptist Church.

Inside the old Williams Creek Baptist Church
which is still in use.

The building and burial ground of the original church were near the flowing stream and during heavy rains, the water of Williams Creek would overflow the banks and flood the cemetery and church building.  This building was built (possibly in the 1840s) on higher ground along with a new cemetery.  This is the reason that older graves are not found here. 

The original courthouse was built in 1809 - burned in 1853, rebuilt and again burned. This present day Warren Co. Courthouse was built in 1910. 
 American Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Warren County as of 1940. Several more men have been identified - including Joel Walker(1756-1800, who married Holly Berry Persons, sister to Jones Persons). 
Jones Persons is not on this plaque since he died in Upson/Monroe Co., Georgia.
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Below are the names of the men on the above plaque-
Samuel Alexander
      Elisha Allen
      Thomas Ansley
      James Acheson
      John Baker
      Henry Barksdale
      John Barksdale
      James Barrow
      Reuben Barrow
      Thadeus Beall
      James Beasley
      Richard Beasley
      Col. William Bird
      Jas. Bishop
      Capt. Henry Bonner
      James Brady
      Joseph Breed
      Joab Brooks
      John Brown
      Michael Burkhalter
      Henry Burnley
      Israel Burnley
      Thomas Bush 
      Samuel Camp
      John Carson
      James Carter
      Elphinston Cary
      William Cason
      Jacob Castleberry
      John Chapman
      Isaac Cook 
      Hezekiah Cocksey
      George Cooper
      James Cooper 
      Daniel Culpepper
      William Culpepper
      Cary Currie
      Jacob Darden
      Stephen Darden
      David Davis
      Nathan Davis
      James Dozier 
      James Draper
      Jeremiah Duckworth
      Gibson Flournoy
      Shadrach Flewellen
      Nathan Fowler 
      William Franklin
      Pryor Gardner
      Churchwell Gibson
      John Gibson 
      Peter Goodwin
      James Gray
      Aaron GrierNicholas Harbuck
      Thomas Hardin
      Henry Harp
      Zachariah Harrell
      Abraham Heath
      Joshua Hill
      Richard Hill
      Thomas Hill
      Capt. William Hill
      Ambrose Holladay
      Jacob Horne
      Mathew Hubert
      Ephriam Ivey
      Peeples Ivey
      John W. Jackson
      Arthur Jenkins
      Robert Jenkins
      William Johnson
      Abraham Johnson
      John Kelly
      William Kendall
      Thomas W. Kent 
      Archibald Lacy
      Blake Lasseter
      Richard Lee
      John Linn
      Jonathan Lockett
      David Lockett 
      Solomon Lockett
      Thomas Lockett, Sr.
      William Lowe
      Lieut. William Lucas
      John McCormick 
      Drury McCullers
      Reuben McGee
      John McLaughlin
      Joseph McMath
      John Mayes
      James May
      Lt. Col. Charles Medlock 
      Martin Mimms
      Abner Mitchell
      Samuel Moon 
      Mordecai Moore
      William Morrison
      Edward Murphy
      John Myrick, Sr.
      James Napier
      Capt. David Neal
      Samuel Neal
      Thomas Neal
      Capt. Thomas Neal 
      Benjamin Newsome      
      Solomon Newsome
      Wm. Nichols
      James Norris
      Benjamin Oliver
      Robert Palmer
      Johm Parish
      James Parker
      William Parker
      Joseph Peavy, Sr.
      Peter Perkins
      Henry Persons
      Josiah Persons
      William Pilcher
      Henry Pool
      Philip Pool
      Jesse Ricketson
      Elisha Roberts
      James Rogers
      Reuben Rogers
      James Roguemore
      William Rose
      Samuel Rutherford
      John Sallis
      Abram Sanders
      Jonas Shivers
      William Shurley, Sr.
      Seth Slocomb
      John C. Smith
      Nathaniel Smith
      Thomas Smith
      Joshua Stanford
      Alexander Stephens
      William Strother
      Charles Sturdibant
      Thomas Terry
      Alexander Thompson
      Moses Thompson
      John Torrance
      William Travis
      Capt. Joel Threewits
      John Trent
      Ezemia Verdon
      George Waggoner
      James Waggoner
      Benjamin Wheeler
      William White
      Richard Wiggins
      William Wilder
      David Wilson
      John Wilson
      Nathaniel Wootten
      John Wynne
      Robert Wynne
      James YoungErected by Burkhalter Chapter DAR 
      June 14, 1940 Mrs. J. A. Bray, Regent



A land deed.
I get goose-bumps being able to touch the 
signature of my American Revolutionary War Patriot - Jones Persons (1760-1850)! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

PERSONS FAMILY CEMETERY - UPSON CO. GEORGIA


Looking inside the Persons Family Cemetery -
summer 2011



Standing inside the Persons Family Cemetery-
summer 2011


After the clean up in April 2012


When digging your "roots," there comes a time that you have to go to the place of your family. We made two visits prior to this weekend to: locate the cemetery, check out the records at the local historical archives, clean up the cemetery, and now dig in the cemetery. Because of the research, I know who the cemetery was built for and names of the family members that were laid here.
Sadly, there is only one complete headstone left. The others have been broken, moved or taken.



Grady is a local historian who uses a long metal rod to find headstones that have fallen and are hidden under decades of leaves and dirt. He found Lovett Persons (1814-1862) flat stone this way.
Feb. 2013
Claude came out with his divining rods to help locate
the burial spot for Jones Persons (1760-1849).
I found a written notice which says that Lovett Persons (Jones' youngest son) paid to have this rocked wall built around his Father's grave.


We found a stone at this spot, but the stone was flat with no writing.The divining rods led us to several possible places, soft spots in the ground, but - no stone markers to let us know who was laid here.
summer 2011















The highlight for the day was finding the other half to this broken head stone. I thought it was for a child, but there were no records, family bible or census listing a name or family member.
James Persons - Nov. 13, 1855- Feb. 20, 1856
upper half - found Feb. 2013

The inscription on James headstone-
Child of Lovett & M.A. Persons
*****
Sleep, Loved one! In thy Lonely bed,
Beneath the green turf, damp and chill;
For "blessed are the dead."
Whisper sweet voices, soft and still.
Feb. 2013
We found all the missing slabs for 
Lovett's flat stone and pieced it together.
Now if someone visits the Persons Family Cemetery; they will find Malinda A. Lyon, Lovett and Sweet Baby James.
Feb. 2013
Thank you Danny, Claude and Grady for all your help on this very cold day!! Also, great appreciation goes out to the Thomaston Upson Co. Archives
(706-646-2437)
for the records that are available for anyone who has the desire and time to do your family research.
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