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 Camden County, Georgia

Camden, one of the original eight counties, was formed in 1777 from St. Andrews Parish, and is one of the most interesting of all the counties visited. Jeffersonton, the original county seat, was burned soon after the Civil War, and the rescued records were somewhat damaged. The old frame Court House at St. Marys is valuable chiefly as a relic, and the lack of space in it must be largely responsible for the unkempt condition of the remnants.
A concrete vault was being built just outside of the Clerk's office, and probably by now the precious old books and papers are at least safe from fire. In the office of the Ordinary are a lot of loose leaves of land plats, or grants, that are very old, dilapidated and interesting, as well as a recently bound book, entitled "Camden County Field Notes, 1796 -1816," containing a book plate of the DeRenne Library. This book has been recently returned to Camden county, and, it is to be hoped, if other missing county records are in private hands, they will be turned over to the counties. In this book there are some very early deeds, one in 1763, being made by the Governor of South Carolina for land on the Altamaha River. Several old books of Minutes of the Inferior Court are in bad condition and should be reclaimed.

The oldest book of wills is Book "A," 1791 to 1827, about 350 pages, which is not indexed and nearly falling to pieces. This book also has, scattered through it, a number of marriage licences. Book "B" of wills was burned with the Court House at Jeffersonton.

In the Clerk's office some of the oldest deed books, beginning 1788, have lately been rebound, and there is a rather dilapidated General Index to the deed books up to "H." Later deeds are in good condition and well indexed.

Besides the old court records at St Marys, the Minutes of the old Presbyterian Church, beginning 1807, and the register of baptisms beginning 1842, are still preserved and cared for by the widow of a former minister of the church. The old cemetery, too, full of beautiful oaks that shade many moss-grown tombs of finest marble, shows that people from all parts of the country, including Revolutionary soldiers and sailors, were buried there.

Wills and Administrations in Book "A," 1791 to 1827.   (No Index.)
Allen Keegan
Henry Wright
Ephraim Davis
Capt. William Roddy
Thomas, Richardson
William Gorman, Jr.
John Howe
John Camble
Robert Brown
James Vincent
James Macomb
Thomas Morris
Thomas Stafford
Mr. Kuhn
James Nickles Wright
John Hay
Thomas Wright
Bela Bullin
William Hubbard
James Akin
William Dallas
R. Gascoigne
Anirninta Dilworth
John Arnold M. A.
Alexander Elliott
Irby Ragland
Joseph Judson
Alexander Graham
Louise LeFevre
Wilson Williams
Bryan Ward
Phineas Millar
Evan E. Much
William Gorman
Francis Mussaults
John Eaton
John Kitchell
Ann Graham (Wid)
Samuel Crozier
Asa Lathrop
Peyton Skipwith
John Lafurgue
Langley Bryant
Elihu Hibbard
Lebbins Rogers
Richard Procter
Isaac Wheeler
William McClure
Catherine Miller
William Stanton
Elizabeth Shearman
Timothy Hollingsworth
John Bailey
Daniel Sharp Delany
Jacob Mickler
Robert Rudolph
James McGreggor
Dr. John Ross
John C Nightingale
Robert Stafford
Nathan Atkinson
James Bixby
John Argeritte
William Johnston
Thomas King
Daniel Nunes
Alexander Ogden
James Shaw
Jane Taylor
Martha Dolony
Geniveve B. Richards
James Smith
Jno. Ripley Madison
John Hagan
James C. Dilworth
John Bailey, Sr.
Basil Pelletier
Micajah Crew
Joseph S. Hodges
Isham Spalding
Hester Christopher
George Morrison
Harmon Courter
Thomas Collier
Sarah McFarlane
William H. Williams
Allen Thomas
Brittain Bunkley
Joseph Desclaux
Levin Gunby
Jane Williams
Edward Shearman
Catherine Howell
John Parker
Francis Starling
William McNish
Cornelius Raine
John Wood
William Niblack
Joseph Thomas

Source: Joseph Habersham Historical Collections

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