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
papers, many of them mere scraps. All genealogical and
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.
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.
Quitman, Ga., Nov. 1, 1933