Thursday, October 6, 2016

Peter Gruber of Austria to Georgia #history #genealogy

Peter Gruber

TaxenbachThe Catholic archbishop of Austria ordered all protestants out of the country in 1722. They had two weeks to pack up and leave. Several hundred Austrians roamed about Europe searching for homes. When General James Oglethorpe learned of the persecution, he welcomed these people into Georgia. However, by then, the numbers of homeless was diminished as they situated themselves around Europe, with only about 100 people remaining to emigrate. Maria Kraher emigrated to Georgia from Austria with her first husband, Hans Mosshammer. After he died, she was married to Peter Gruber in Ebenezer, Georgia, and after his death, married a third husband, Charles Floerl. Peter Gruber was born in Taxenbach, Berchtesgaden, Germany. Later on, the name was changed to Groover, especially as descendants moved into Bulloch County.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

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Monday, August 29, 2016

William Few of Augusta #georgiapioneers #genealogy

Jeannette Holland AustinWilliam Few
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William Few, a resident of Maryland, came to Columbia County Georgia where he received bounty land grants in 1769 and 1781. While still in Maryland William Few and a brother associated themselves with the "Regulators", a group of frontiersmen who opposed the royal governor. As a result, the brother was hanged and the Few family farm was destroyed. Few Sr. was forced to move once again, this time to Georgia. William Jr. remained behind, helping to settle the affairs of his father, until 1776 when he joined his family near Wrightsboro, Georgia. About this time, he won admittance to the bar, based on earlier informal study, and set up practice in Augusta. William Few
William Few Jr. (1748-1828)

When the War for Independence began, Few embraced the Whig cause and beame a lieutenant-colonel in the dragoons. During 1776, he was elected to the Georgia provincial congress of 1776; and twice served in the assembly during 1777 and 1779. He also served in the Continental Congress (1780 to 1788) and was reelected to the Georgia Assembly. He served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention and later became one of the first U. S. Senators from Georgia. When Few died in 1828 he was first buried in the yard of the local Reformed Dutch Church, later reinterred in the churchyard of St. Paul Church in Augusta.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Tale of Thomas Ramsey

Jeannette Holland AustinEnduring to the End: The Story of the Escapades of Thomas Ramsey During the Revolutionary War
By Jeannette Holland Austin

The study of the pension record of Thomas Ramsey brings to question the number of miles he walked and the sufferings and hardships of the patriots during the Revolutionary War. Of course, all such pensions of worthy of reading, because these were our brave ancestors who sacrificed everything to provide a free America. Somewhere in those pensions are the true facts of our individual ancestors who made history. Forget about the history books written years afterwards by persons who were not participants and which only provide but a thin outline of sketchy facts.

Thomas Ramsey of Henry County first volunteered in 1775 militia in South Carolina, now Abbeville District under the command of Capt. James McCall. His unit marched to Ninety Six under Colonel Andrew Williamson and remained about two weeks when Colonel Robert Cunningham, afterwards General in the British service, came to attack. The troops quickly threw up a breastwork which they manned for two days before a cessation of war was agreed upon for twenty five days (November 1775). Afterwards, Capt. McCall was taken prisoner and Lieutenant Calhoun killed by the Indians. The command of the company devolved upon Ramsey who was in command during May of 1780 when Charleston was taken by the British army. As expressed in his pension, he had a choice. Either join the British, run away from the State or "lie out." He chose the latter and continued to hide until General Greene came through the back country a year later. He left his hiding place to to join Greene. He went with the company of Robert Cawther and beseiged Ninety-Six for five weeks until the British finally evacuated. Then, when General Greene marched to the east of Santee, private Ramsey followed General Pickens to Eutaw Springs where they were joined by the State Troops under Generals Marion and Sumpter where the battle occurred. The day before the Battle of Eutaw Springs commenced, two rifle companies were raised to protect the Horse (company) of Colonel Washington. Meanwhile, Colonel Pickens commanded Ramsey to be stationed on the right wing to the left of the enemy while his company remained in the battle until near dark, then retreat under a general order. However, General Pickens sent for Ramsey who accompaned him to General Greene where he was appointed the commander of sixty men to eye the movements of the enemy. Ramsey took his stand near the camp of the enemy where he remained burying the dead of both armies.

Battle of Kettle Creek
Battle of Kettle Creek February 14, 1779.

At the time of the battle of Kettle Creek, Thomas Ramsey, along with Charles Collins, D. Kate and George Barber were acting as spies to ascertain the number of Tories then under arms and were marching to Savannah. Ramsey stationed himself on the declivity of a hill on one side and George Barber on the declivity of the other side. The Tories were expected to pass on the top of the hill, which they did, except that they had about forty stragglers who had fallen behind. But Ramsey thought that they had all passed and returned to the trail. The stragglers passed within fifteen paces of Ramsey unobserved. To save himself, Ramsey stepped aside and hollowed out to them.

"Boys, what are you doing here? Colonel Boyd left me behind to tell you the rebels are close behind."

The Tories dashed off on their horses and left Ramsey safe. Then Barber asked him, " How did you escape?". Ramsey responded that "hell was never made for him!"
The rebels proceeded to overtake the stragglers, loosing fourteen men but finding forty seven of the Tories killed. British Colonel Boyd was wounded an died that evening. After that battle, Ramsey continued defending the frontier until March of 1782 when joined the militia and marched a to Bacons Bridge, twenty one miles from Charleston. He went on several scouting expeditions including through the Cherokee Nation over Cumberland Gap into the Tennessee Valley and down the river beds of that country to Cherokee villages.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Anthony Bonnell of Burke and Screven Counties #georgiapioneers

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Anthony Bonnell
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Anthony Bonnell was born in 1741 and died in Screven County. He served as an Ensign in the 4th Regiment in 1774, promoted to Second Lieutenant of the First Company in 1778 during the Revolutionary War for which he received a land grant in Burke (now Screven) County. The Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger: "Died at his plantation in Screven Co. last Tues., Anthony Bonnell, in his 68th year." 4/27/1809.

Since the records of Burke County did not survive, it behooves the genealogist to research Screven County as some of the original land grants later fell into Screven.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Capt. Johnc Collins of Acworth, GA #georgiapioneers

Captain John Collins of Acworth
By Jeannette Holland Austin

Anyone who has visited the Mars Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Acworth, Georgia has seen the grave of Captain John Collins. Captain John Collins At the onset of the Revolutionary War, John Collins enlisted as a private in the Militia of Captain John McAfee, Regiment of Colonel Neal to defend the South Carolina frontiers against the Cherokee Indians. His company marched to Fort Independence on the Seneca River in South Carolina and were engaged in frequent skirmishes; thence to the middle settlement of the Cherokee Nation where they defeated the Indians. During October of 1778, Collins visited the home of his father in Camden District, South Carolina and enlisted as a substitute for Moses Kemp, taking the rank of private under Captain Thomas Barron. The company marched to Brier Creek to meet General Ashe where he was stationed for two months. Then, Daniel McIntire hired him to take his place in the North Carolina Militia for three months under Captain Benjamin Harden, Colonel Charles McDowell and Lieutenant Colonel Tinning. They marched to Charlotte, North Carolina, then to Savannah, Georgia where they joined General Lincoln, then to Brier Creek and Bacon Bridge on the Ashley River for three months. He was taken prisoner at the fall of Charleston on May 12th, and paroled in Lincoln County, North Carolina. After beiing home about two months, he was taken by a parcel of Tories and carried to where Colonel Ferguson was with British, charged with violating his parole, found guilty, and sentenced to hang. But by a providential occurrence, he effected his escape, seeking refuge in army, joined the battle of Guilford. He was at the defeat of Colonel Banastre Tarleton at Cowpens, and the defeat of Ferguson at Kings Mountain. Afterwards, he went to Henry County, Virginia where he substituted for William Jones for two months and serving as Lieutenant Adjutant marched to Petersburg, Virginia, but soon driven from there by British. He was at the Battle of Jamestown then enlisted in the South Carolina Militia and marched to the Orangeburg Court House, then Four Holes Bridger then Dorchester, and Bacons Bridge. Like most immigrants to Georgia, he was in several counties in Georgia before finally setting at the Mars Hill community in Acworth.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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Monday, May 30, 2016

William Franklin of Warren County, Georgia

Outerbanks, North Carolina
Anyone researching Georgia records understands how difficult it is to locate certain families. Especially those who migrated before the Revolutionary War.  Unless they were colonials who came with Oglethorpe,  without a pension from that war, it becomes a real chore to locate the origin of the family.  Rev. William Franklin established the Briar Creek Baptist Church in Washington, Georgia before the war.  He apparently came to Georgia with his son, George Thomas Franklin, born ca 1741 in Virginia.  Although there were land grants for Rev. Franklin, he was too old to have served in the Revolutionary War, and I have found no record whatsoever that either he nor George served.  Yet, genealogists claim that he served and enlisted in Botetourt County.  This reference came from the DAR eons of time ago and has no accuracy to it whatever, that I can see.  Yet, this one little statement has misled researchers. It is general knowledge that George Thomas Franklin was married to Vashti Mercer of the baptist Mercers from Currituck County, North Carolina.  Although no records exist in that county for the Franklin family, an in depth study of all Franklin names during the 1700s in Virginia has revealed an interesting fact.  In the late 17th century, one, Thomas Franklin, had a land patent in Currituck County.  This is Outerbanks, North Carolina, the Albemarle Sound, geographically close to Princess Anne County, Virginia.  In fact, I discovered a number of deeds of residents of Princess Anne County who also drew land in Currituck County.  Combined with family tradition that the Franklin's traveled with the Mercers from North Carolina into Georgia, as well as the era involved, it appears that Rev. Franklin was probably a son of the William Franklin who died intestate 1753 in Princess Anne County, Virginia. Another item of interest to researchers, is that while searching around Virginia Beach, they should also consider Lower Norfolk County and give especial consideration to the early deed records, which are rich with clues as to the old homesteads, etc. Virginia Pioneers

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Monday, February 29, 2016

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