September 3, 2009
A friend of mine asked me to look into the Tilly family of Rabun County, Georgia a few weeks ago. While doing so, I ran across the last will and testament of Lazarus Tilly, which was written November 30, 1839 and proven in court during the March Term, 1841, in Rabun County.1 In his will, Lazarus named his wife, Sarah, and children Alfred Tilly, Elizabeth Millender, Polly Calwell, Margaret Owens, Lewis Tilly, John Tilly, and Nancy Holcombe.
In and of itself the will does not seem strange, but further research into contemporary court records illuminates an oddity: two of the named children were deceased at the time Lazarus wrote his will.
June 28, 2009
Some of my favorite blog articles, web sites, and other genealogy and history goodies from around the Internet for the past week.
Connect Your Tennessee Ancestors to Origins in North Carolina from Arlene Eakle’s Tennessee Genealogy Blog. This article, from one of the Southeastern US’s most prominent genealogists, is an excellent overview of Dr. A. Bruce Pruitt’s extensive work on Tennessee and North Carolina land warrants.
John Chipman of Pittsylvania Co., VA (part 2) from acme nuklear blimp. I was particularly interested in this because of a name that caught my eye near the bottom of the article: one Thos. Dillard witnessed this document. My interest in the Dillard family is two-fold. First, my brother-in-law is a Dillard from nearby Dillard, GA. Secondly, the Dillards were among that group who emigrated from Buncombe Co., NC through Haywood and Macon Counties to Rabun Co., GA and settled in the Little Tennessee River Valley of that county.
It is through the previous blog that I found the next link, the Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England, which is exactly what it sounds like, a database of Anglo-Saxons living in England from the “late sixth to the early eleventh century”. Even though I’ll never actually use that database, I found the idea of it incredibly interesting.