Friday, October 3, 2014

Why you Must Search GA & SC records for Ancestors

Where South Carolinians resided before the American Revolutionary War

The border towns (and counties) between Georgia and South Carolina played significant roles in history.  The genealogist researches records on both sides of the border to be certain that he has all of his relatives.  Before the Revolution, the development of some pretty important towns were in progress, such as Anderson, Abbeville and Edgefield; also Augusta and Savannah. From the earliest colonial days, there were Indian trading posts in Augusta and Edgefield which created an economy throughout the area.  I fact (before Lake Altoona was taken from the local rivers and streams), all that one had to do was to cross over into South Carolina.  Also, there were ferries which crossed the Savannah River into Edgefield.  The bounty grants to veterans of the Revolutionary War drew people from the Carolinas and Virginia into eastern Georgia and the geographic location and land lotteries caused Abbeville families to divide and settle in Georgia.  For example, Samuel Ramsey was born Edgefield, South Carolina in 1762, but was a resident of Augusta, Georgia at the time that he enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.   At the end of the war, he removed to Anderson.  His revolutionary war pension provides these sort of details.  So, if you wanted to trace his genealogy, you would search Columbia and Richmond Counties, Georgia; Abbeville, Edgefield and Anderson district, South Carolina.  A search of all county court house records is indicated, including wills, estates, inventories, appraisements, guardianships, deeds, minute books, marriages, and so on. I notice that there are two Ramsey wills in Edgefield County, both of which are probably close relatives of Samuel.  But one has to read all of the details to find out for certain.

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