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Monday, February 11, 2019

Good Reasons to Examine Old Documents #genealogy

Good Reasons to Personally Examine Old Documents

Genealogy Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin

Genealogy Books by Jeannette Holland AustinPeople write some interesting stuff in their wills! Before we had the Internet, a convenient method of discovering the heirs was to read "abstracts" of wills, estates, deeds and marriages which were published in book. This tremendous undertaking by the authors of genealogy was insurmountable in brilliance. It saved the researcher a great deal of time. But now that we have access Internet to full documents on Georgia Pioneers. Reading the entire document is a boon to genealogists for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the heirs are mentioned with the details of their specific inheritance, and relationship to the deceased. Second, some of our previous assumptions taken from the abstracts can be clarified. Third, we can discover new information. And fourth, all the details are included, some of which the abstracter did not include because it was not clearly discernible on the old microfilm equipment. _____________________________________________________________________________ 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Granville Co. SC Wills and Estates #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Granville County Wills and Estates

GranvilleOld Granville County, South Carolina was located south of Colleton County and went to the Georgia border. The Proprietary county name was Carteret, which name was changed in 1708 to Granville County. The county was abolished in 1769. 

Wills, Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • LWT of Edward Kirkland, LWT dated 1/7/1770
  • Land Grant of Edward Kirkland dated 4/5/1765
  • LWT of Robert Thorpe (1741)
  • . . . more . . .
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Chesterfield County SC Genealogy #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Chesterfield County Wills and Estates

Cheraw, South Carolina

Chesterfield County was formed in 1785 and was part of the Cheraw District until 1800 when it was named for the English statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773). The county seat is the town of Chesterfield, but the oldest town in the county is Cheraw, settled around 1748. The old Cheraw District attracted settlers to the Great Pee Dee River to establish farm communities. Welsh settlers from Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as the Scotch-Irish and English settled this region of the country. 

Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Miscellaneous Digital Images of Wills and Estates

  • Coit, Mary
  • Davis, C. W.
  • Massey, James
  • Smith, Duncan
  • Smith, James
  • Chesterfield Co. Jury List of 1779



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Monday, January 28, 2019

Granville Co. SC Genealogy Record #southcarolinapioneersnet #scgenealogy

Granville County Wills and Estates

GranvilleOld Granville County, South Carolina was located south of Colleton County and went to the Georgia border. The Proprietary county name was Carteret, which name was changed in 1708 to Granville County. The county was abolished in 1769. 

Wills, Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

  • LWT of Edward Kirkland, LWT dated 1/7/1770
  • Land Grant of Edward Kirkland dated 4/5/1765
  • LWT of Robert Thorpe (1741)



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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Town of Ninety Six #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

The Town of Ninety-Six

stockadeA trading post was established during 1730 named Ninety Six. It was named for the estimated ninety-six miles separating the site from the Cherokee trading post at Keowee at the end of the Cherokee Path. A town developed around this region in 1769 and was a Loyalist stronghold. The location is at the southeast of Ninety Six on Route 248. At the time, the fort was the strongest inland fort in South Carolina. The first battle of the American Revolution was fought here in 1775 and represented the longest siege of the Continental Army. During the summer of 1780, Major Patrick Ferguson mustered a force of some 4,000 Loyalists and built a stockade fence around Ninety Six. Loyalist Colonel John Harris Cruger was the commanding officer when General Nathanael Greene led 1,000 Patriots against the Loyalist stronghold for 28-days. Afterwards, the British abandoned this old fort of the back country. However, a good many little towns such as this developed around the skirmishes by the militia in South Carolina during the war when the British controlled Charleston and its port and the primary objective was to prevent the British from also seizing Augusta.  . . . more . . .



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Friday, January 18, 2019

Lancaster Co. SC Genealogy #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Lancaster County Wills and Estates

LancasterLancaster County was formed in 1785. It was originally part of the Camden District, and was named after Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. In 1791 part of it was removed to form Kershaw County. 

cotch-Irish settlers from Pennsylvania began settling the area during the mid 1700s. It was called the Waxhaw settlement and was the birthplace of President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845). During the Revolutionary War, British Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton from this neck of the woods earned the nickname of Bloody Tarleton when he massacred American troops in this vicinity on the 29th day of May 1780. 

Probate Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Indexes to Probate Records

  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book A (1787 to 1794)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book B (1788 to 1799)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Books C and E (1789 to 1834)
  • Index to Lancaster Deed Book D (1797 to 1799)

Miscellaneous

  • Draffen, Margaret, LWT
  • Foster, Henry Estate, 1799



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Friday, January 11, 2019

Newberry Co. SC Probate Records #scgenealogy #southcarolinapioneersnet

Newberry County Probate Records

Bush River Quaker Cemetery

In 1783 an ordinance was passed to divide the districts of Charleston, Georgetown, Cheraw, Camden, Ninety-Six, Orangeburg and Beaufort into counties not more than forty miles square. When the County Court Act was written in 1785, a court was held (in every county) once every three months and the first court was held at the house of Colonel Robert Rutherford on September 5th. The Justices present were Robert Rutherford, Robert Gillam, George Ruff, Levi Casey, John Lindsey, Philemon Waters and Levi Manning. William Malone was appointed clerk serving until 1794 with his deputies, viz: Thomas Brooks Rutherford, Major Frederick Nance and William Satterwhite. It was not until 1787 that another location for holding court was designated, being on the north side of the Bush River. William Caldwell and Joseph Wright were appointed to run a line agreed upon by the Justices to fix the public buildings by, which survey was produced at the house of John Coate. The county seat is the town of Newberry. 

Newberry County Wills and Estates Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers

Images of Abstracts of Deeds

  • Deed Book A, 1776 to 1791 (Index)
  • Deed Book B, 1792 to 1794 (Index)
  • Deed Book C, 1794 to 1797 (Index)
  • Deed Book D, 1797 to 1798 (Index)
  • Deed Book E, 1798 to 1800 (Index)
  • Deed Book F, 1800 to 1803 (Index)
  • Deed Book G, 1803 to 1804 (No Index)
  • Deed Book H, 1804 to 1805 (No Index)

Indexes to Probate Records

  • General Index to Wills 1776-1858
  • Will Bk L, some abstracts
  • Will Book A (1776 to 1814)
  • Wills and Estates 1776-1850
  • Wills and Inventories 1787-1796
  • Wills and Inventories 1800-1803
  • Wills and Inventories 1803-1810
  • Wills and Inventories 1809-1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1816-1818
  • Inventories and Sales, Book B
  • Will Book E (1805 to 1826)
  • Will Book F (1823 to 1860)
  • Will Book 4 (1840 to 1858)

Abstracts and Typed Transcripts, Wills, Inventories, Estates

  • Wills and Inventories 1776 to 1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1800 to 1814
  • Wills and Inventories 1809 to 1814
  • Book A, 1776=1796
  • Book B, 1796-1800
  • Book C, 1800-1803
  • Book D, 1803-1810
  • Book E, 1809-1814
  • Book F, 1815-1818

Miscellaneous

  • Marriage Contract between John Folks and Eve Margrete Dickert
  • Charles Littleton gives Release to Wadlington

Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1774 to 1790)

Testators: Ballentine infants, guardian appointed; Richard Bonds, James Chandler, Cornelius Cox, Jacob Crommer, Rebecca Crommer, George Dawkins, Daniel Dewalt, Peter Dewalt, Michael Dickert Sr., Enos Elliman, Laurens Feagle, James Ford, Peter Galloway, John Gary, William Gilliam, John Glen, Thomas Grasty, Thomas Green, Nathaniel Harris, James Hodges, Henry Kesler, Charles King, Stephen Lewis, John Lindsey, Robert Man, James Murphey, John Newman, William O;Neall, Jacob Oxner Sr., Isaac Parmer, Benjamin Pearson, Samuel Pearson, Jacob Setsler, John Suber, William Taylor, Elizabeth Turner, William Turner, John Vaun, John Adam Wicker, Mathias Wickert.

Transcripts of Newberry County Wills (1840 to 1848)




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