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Early Records of Georgia

Volume II, Wilkes County

abstracted and compiled by Grace Gillam Davidson,

published in 1933 at Macon, GA

 Submitted by Christina Palmer

Thank you to Donna & CJ Crawford & Jennifer Reddish for your transcription assistance.



     To an appreciative public, it is a source of gratification to present Vol. II,

Early Records of Georgia, a continuation of Wilkes county, so vitally con-

nected with the history of Georgia, and probably the most far-reaching and

important in genealogical source material.

     No Claim is made that these two volumes could possibly cover the records

of this old and populous county for the period designated. They are a mere

working foundation for more extensive research by those whose ancestors

were early settlers of Wilkes, the parent county of all of Elbert, Lincoln, and

Oglethorpe, and part of Warren, Greene and Talliaferro counties. Nor is

Vol. II a sequel to Vol. I. For a complete survey of the given period one is

dependent upon the other.

     Probably the most valuable and interesting data contained in Vol. II are

the original papers, stored in attic and cellar of the old and new court houses

since being returned for record, very little of which was transcribed into the

county books. Their abstracting required the handling of thousands of

papers, many of them mere scraps. All genealogical and historical facts

therein are here compiled in convenient form.

     The somewhat wide patronage accorded Vol. I leads us to hope Vol. II

will be a graciously received. The leading public libraries and universities

all over the United States have been eager purchasers.

     Again the compiler makes grateful acknowledgment to Judge Richard

O. Barksdale, Judge of Court Ordinary; to Hon. Frank E. Callaway,

Clerk of Superior Court; to Mrs. Sarah Quinn Smith for her unselfish and

arduous labor in sorting the original papers; and to friend and husband,

John Lee Davidson for his untiring efforts in helping compile this volume.

                                                                           THE COMPILER.

Quitman, Ga., Nov. 1, 1933


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