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Ancient Clay Tablets Can Prove Owners of Property
The interest in genealogy becomes more real as old towns and cities are discovered by archaeologists. In this way, genealogy and archeology are becoming connected. Goodness knows, we need to find the old relics to help us with the search for lost ancestors. Just about everything can be explained if we can find a few facts, sites and relics. For example, did you know that the writing on clay tablets may be admitted into evidence in a law suit? It could very well affect the transfer of real property, and the place of discovery is sufficient to establish its authenticity. Here are some of the guidelines under Common Law. The document must be at least thirty years old, the equivalent of one generation. It must appear to be genuine and free from suspicion. For example, if the date of the document or the signatures of the parties to it appeared to have been altered, it was not considered genuine. At the time of discovery, the document must be situated in a likely location or in the possession of a person who would logically have had access to it, such as a deed found in the office of the county clerk or in the custody of the attorney for one of the parties to the writing. An ancient writing must also have related to the transfer of real property, for example, a will, a deed, or a mortgage. All of these requirements must be met.
You Need to Use Local Maps to Find the Ancestors
Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
The road to genealogy is tedious. However, where there is a will, there is a way! Old roads lead to country homes, churches and cemeteries. One should always be on the lookout for old maps because the names of towns and communities change. Also, borders. Once, I researched a family and came to a deadend in the census records. The one particular family was not listed in the county where he resided. Only to discover later that according to an old map, he resided in the adjacent county, one whose boundaries had changed! The map is a very big item for genealogist, because it helps the researcher to understand the movements of families, where they resided, and their neighbors. The elusive marriage record may be discovered in another county altogether, where other relatives resided. Much later, while reading old Revolutionary War Pensions, I discovered that my ancestor had relatives in Abbeville County and that after the war certain of these relatives had removed to Georgia. Not only that, but the marriages were fond in Abbeville, where they no doubt had other close relationships. Taking out the map, perusing the legend, visiting the old homeplace, reading deeds and other documents at the court house, enhance the understanding. If we know "why", we can find answers!
Use Deeds and Tax Digests to Help Locate Property
Tips by Jeannette Holland Austin
It is essential for the genealogist to search the deed records in the county where the ancestors resided. The reason is to learn what State and County they originated from beforehand and other pertinent details. The problem with old deeds, however, is the vagueness of the land description. That is because the earliest transactions were from land grants and were measured by chains, oak trees, pine forests and the like. There were no adjoining neighbors until the area began to be populated. Therefore, next we go to the Tax Digests and follow the trail annually, by each payment or declaration of tax. From one year to the next, more acreage could be added in other counties. Watch for names of adjoining neighbors, the amount of acreage, waterways and streams, and the like. The next thing to do is obtain a county map with a good legend of churches and cemeteries. You will be surprised what you find! Visit the area, speak with neighbors, use the map.
Follow the Migratory Trails of South Carolina Congregations
If you are searching for ancestors in SC during the 18th century, it is best to study the religious colonies of the times. The reason is that ministers from Germany, Scotland and Irish were responsible for bringing congregations. Because those particular ministers concentrated on certain European districts to gather their flock and transport to America, the information will open doors of where to search next.
Names of Families in Marion County Wills and Estates
Marion County was initially created in 1785 as the county of Liberty in old Georgetown District, one of the original judicial districts created in 1769. In 1798 when courthouse districts were created in South Carolina, the name Marion District was named after General Francis Marion who was born in St. John;'s Parish, near Georgetown, South Carolina. Early settlers: William; Britton, Joseph Burch, John; Burnett, Joshua Dennis, James; Crawford, Joseph Gregg, William; Griggs, James; Keen, Edwards Owens, Daniel Stone, Anthony Sweet, Jesse Wiggins.
Marion County Records Available to Members of South Carolina Pioneers
- Index to Marion County Will Book I (1796-1853).
Transcripts of Marion County Wills, 1796 to 1840Testators:
Barrow, Benjamin Post;
Bellune, James C.;
Carter, Stephen R.;
Davis, P. F.;
Dennis, Thomas Sr.;
Dew, Christopher Sr.;
Greaves, William Henry;
Gregg, William Sr.;
Harlee, Thomas Sr.;
Johnson, Andrew Farrell;
Johnson, Andrew F.;
Johnson, James C.;
Keith, Sara Ann;
Nappier, Robert Sr.;
Reaves, Joseph C.;
Shackelford, Stephen Jr.;
Stone, Austin Sr.;
Timmons, John Sr.;
Wilson, Robert W.;
Transcripts of Marion County Wills 1840 to 1855Testators:
Anderson,, Silas S.: Baker, John; Barnes, Elias; Bartell, Philip;
Cooper, Elizabeth S.;
Crawford, James S.;
Cribb, John C.;
Donnelly, Ann V.;
Gibson, John S.;
Henaghan, B. K.;
Jolly, Joseph A.;
Martin, Aaron Sr.;
McCall, Nathaniel S.;
McRae, John T.;
Rogers, William B.;
Scarborough, Richard J.;
Singletary, William M.;
Tart, Nathan J.;
Whittington, Nathaniel Sr.;