#52 Ancestors Week 48 “Gratitude”
Dozens of plantations lined the Altamaha River throughout many counties. All my father’s maternal ancestors were from Brunswick Glynn County, GA. They resided on the sea islands most likely as enslaved people. I discovered my 4th Grandfather, Israel White’s name on the 1874-1800 Tax Digest, Glynn County Georgia. The register records him paying taxes: real estate and personal property – on 85-acre rice farm with Horse, Mules Cattle and stock of all kinds, Households and Kitchen Furniture. The whole value of the property was listed as $116.00. How did they acquire this land after the Civil War? I realize there are stories behind the dates and names.
Early History showed families in Pennick Glynn County owned their land (1) it was largely unsettled by Caucasian families. (2) Land was in the middle of swamps and heavy forests against a flooding river. (3) Basically, just undesirable land.
Israel White, wife Mary and seven children are enumerated on the 1870 US Census. The census showed that they were married during, slavery and the age of the first-born child age 8. Freedom did not come until February 1863. Therefore, if there would not be a marriage license in the court, probably in church records.
Even though, my Dad’s DNA testing resulted with matches with relatives in Glynn County; I was not able to connect these matches. There is only so much you can do-on line. In my hunt, I came across Amy Hedrick, Webmaster and historian website: Coastal Georgia Genealogy and History website. Her warmth and willingness to share history and Coastal Georgia genealogy was encouraging.
My express gratitude goes to Amy Hedrick’s for her kindness to work with me in finding and understand the county in which my ancestor Israel White lived. Her assistance propelled me forward, although it looked like this brick wall could not be chipped. Amy’s response to persons seeking ancestral history about the people along Coastal Georgia are both welcoming, and enriching. This information has given me such an appreciation for family and to continue the Journey. The path has led me to other genealogist researching and studying the genealogy of Costal Georgia, Stacey Cole website “they had names” Adolphus Armstrong and Terri Ward analyzers DNA matches in Glynn Co. It is my hope to visit Brunswick GA some day and connect with newfound family whether through documents or oral history. Thank you, Amy!