Georgia Genealogy



Explore YOUR GENEALOGY and GEORGIA'S REAL PAST, extracted from Georgia newspapers and other sources. These are excellent research books and make great reading. Contained in these books are newspaper abstracts that can help trace your lineage or give simple pleasure by transporting you to a bygone day. Civil War News - Heroes and Villains - Slave Trading - Lynchings - Deaths -Marriages - Legal Notices - Fraternal Lists - Jury Lists - Elections - all of which are indexed by name. Newspaper clippings books: . All books are hard cover, 8 1/2 X 11 inches and color matched by county.



In Frankford, Sussex County, New Jersey, on the 14th ultimo, Matthew Williams, at the advanced age of 124 years. He was born in Wales (Europe) in January, 1690--was a soldier during the reign of Queen Ann, and was at the taking of Minorca from the Spaniards and in almost all the most memorial battles in the last century, to the taking of Quebec under Wolfe; after which he settled in this county; but losing his wife, by whom he had two sons, he at the late revolution in America joined the service in which he continued until the close of the war, since which he has lived in this country until his death.


On the morning of the 24th ultimo, Mr. Wright Hilly, of Warren County, in this State, unfortunately put an end to the existence of his wife. His business required that he should go early that morning to a neighbor's house, and he concluded to take his gun with him. He took her and sat down by the fire to put a new flint in the lock--his wife was sitting the opposite side of the fire, and a negro fellow was standing nearly between them, putting wood on the fire. Mr. Hill turned round to get a piece of leather to put on the flint, and at the unlucky moment the gun fired, and the ball barely missed the negro and struck his wife in the right side; she died instantly without speaking. Whether a spark of fire where the negro was putting on wood, or snuff from the candle occasioned the gun to fire, it is impossible to tell. The position of Mr. Hill's body, turned as it inadvertently was, placed the muzzle of the gun in the direction he little expected--that is, pointing to his wife. She was the daughter of Col. Robourd, of Abercrombie District, Georgia, and has left three small children, a disconsolate husband and numerous acquaintances, to mourn her loss, and ever to lament the deplorable accident which brought her to her end.


At his residence in Jackson County, on Tuesday last, Mr. Henry Stoneham, in the 52d year of his age. His complaint was a lingering dropsy, and attended with great pain and debility which he bore with considerable patience and fortitude.

Mr. Stoneham was the soldier and the patriot. In our revolutionary struggle he bravely fought the battles of his country, and retained till his last hour the most ardent zeal for her prosperity.

In his dealings with his fellow men, he was honest and upright. He has left a wife and 15 children to deplore his loss.

Tuesday, May 5 1863

We regret to learn from the Macon telegraph that Brig. Gen. Edward D. Tracy has been killed in a late battle in Mississippi.

A horrible murder was committed in that portion of Warren County known as the "neck" on Saturday, 15th inst., by Mr. Ed. Clark, upon the body of his wife. We have been unable to see any one from the locality where the deed was committed, and are therefore unable to give full particulars. Rumor states, however, that he struck her a blow with a large iron spoke on the back of her head, cutting a three inch gash. He then piled the chairs and table over her lifeless body, and setting fire to them took one of his children in his arms and made his escape. The fire burned through the floor and the body of the unfortunate woman fell to the ground and was pierced through by the falling of a part-burned sill, the ragged end of the sill tore the liver, heart and entrails out of the lifeless body. We also learn that the youngest of the children, which the fiend left in the burning building with its mother was badly burned.CThe Georgia Clipper.

Notice is hereby given that the church wardens and vestry of Christ-Church Parish assessed the estates, real and personal at 3d. per head for all slaves, 3d. for every 100 acres of land, 6d. for every 100l. at interest and stock in trade and 1-8th of the general tax paid on the value of lots in Savannah, to discharge the necessary expenses of the said parish. All persons concerned are desired to pay their respective assessments on or before the first Tuesday in June next to David Montaigut and Philip Delegal, Esquires or Mr. George Baillie, merchant, at Savannah, who are appointed to receive the same or executions will be issued against them without further notice. (Signed) James Read, Charles Watson, Church wardens.


All persons are warned against making contracts with my wife, Margaret Waters, as she left my bed and board, and I am determined not to be responsible for her debts.

5 negro slaves...levied on as the property of L. B. Skaggs, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of John Matlock; G. W. Pearce, security.

One bay mare...levied on as the property of George Sizemore, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of Alexander Smith;

50 acres of land...lot No. 265/6 dist...levied on as the property of John Barnett, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of John Waits. (Signed) Thomas Worthy, Sheriff.

Friday, June 8, 1866


The remains of this gallant gentleman, who fell in defense of our city in April, 1865, says the Columbus Sun, have been disinterred, and will be forwarded today to his former home, Savannah, for burial, in charge of L. G. Bowers, whose guest he was at the time he was killed.

The Savannah News & Herald of the 4th instant, says: The remains of Col. C. A. L. Lamar reached this city yesterday morning, and were interred yesterday in Laurel Grove Cemetery.


Mr. B. Bentley, one of our oldest and most respected citizens, died at his residence, in this city, on the morning of the 6th instant, after a painful illness of ten days. His funeral services took place yesterday, at the Baptist Church.


At his residence in Nashville, Ga., May 28th, 1866, D. P. McDonald, aged 43 years, leaving a wife and five children.

Mr. McDonald was born in Moore County, N. C., August 9th, 1823. He was a member of the Baptist Church for many years past; represented Berrien County in 1857 and 1858 in the State Legislature; served as Clerk of the Superior Court till 1863; when he was elected to the State Senate; which position he held till the close of the war.


Georgia, Clinch County: Will be sold before the Court House door in said county on the first Tuesday in July, next, between the legal hours of sale, all the property belong to the estate of Miles J. Guest, late of said county, deceased. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of said estate. (Signed) Guilford Lastinger, Hulda Guest, Adms.


Georgia, Lowndes County: Sheriff Sales--On the first Tuesday in July next, will be sold at the courthouse in the town of Valdosta, Lowndes County, within the usual hours of sale, the following property, to wit:

42 pair of shoes...etc...levied on as the property of C. A. Barnes, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of D. R. & J. B. Creech.

(Signed) R. W. Dampier, Sheriff.



In Forsyth, on the 14th instant, Mr. Butler King, to Louisa M., second daughter of William F. Jackson.

In Augusta, on the 22d instant, Mr. Henry Davis to Miss Mary Reoe.

In Morgan County, on the 23d instant, Mr. Merriot W. Warren, merchant of Augusta, to Mrs. Olivia T. Tarver, of the former place.

In Columbus, of the 15th instant, H. W. Hilliard to Miss Mary Bedell.


In Monroe County, on the 8th instant, Mrs. Eliza Smith, consort of George Smith, of Macon, and daughter of John Evans, of Monroe County, aged 19 years.

At the house of Gen. David Blackshear, on the evening of the 2d July, Col. Joseph Blackshear, of Laurens County, Ga., in the 55th year of his age.


Georgia, Newton County: Sheriff Sales--On the first Tuesday in September next, will be sold at the courthouse in the town of Covington, Newton County, within the usual hours of sale, the following property, to wit:

100 acres of land...levied on as the property of John Clack, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of John White vs said Clack, John A. Rowel and Cader Hamilton; also

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