Below are some documents that I found that were recorded and are at the Clerk of Court office in the Fannin County Courthouse.  Some are too large to scan in, so I typed them.


Robert had joined the service and was going to be shipped overseas.  This document signs over all of his property to his mother in case he dies in war.  The second page is his last will and testiment under the same circumstances.








Fannin County Oaths to the United States, 1865

(Part II)

contributed by Robert S. Davis, Jr. Contributing Editor

Even before the Civil War ended southerners were taking oaths before federal officials to be restored as citizens to the United States.  The National Archives in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of thousands of these oaths of others for Georgians are arranged by county in Record Group 1-1-107 at the Georgia Department of Archives and history.  Georgians who for various reasons had to first petition the prsident for amnesty before they could take such oaths are listed in Ancestoring VIII, a publication of the Augusta Genealogical Society.

     Reproduced below is a list of Fannin county residents who took oaths to be restored to United States citizenship between August 26 and November 9, 1865.  The original list is in the Telamon Cuyler Collection, Hargrett Library, University of Georgia Libraries and is used here with permission.  Information reproduced below is a follows:  signature (x means that they signed by mark)-age--color of hair-color of eyes-complexion-height.  A similar list for Town County was published by Jerry A. Taylor in the North Georgia Journal nol. 6-7(1986): 39.

     This is the second and final part of this list, the first of which appeared on pages 32 through 37 of the Winter 1989 Quarterly.



Fannin County

We do solemnly swear, or affirm, in the presence of Almighty God, that we will henceforth faithfully SUPPOR, PROTECT, AND DEFENT the Constitution of the United States and the union of the States thereunder, and that we will, in like manner, ABIDE BY AND FAITHFULLY SUPPORT ALL LAWS AND PROCLAMATIONS which have been made during the existing rebellion with reference to the emancipation of slaves - SO HELP US GOD.

 Copy of document below:

Johnson is listed as AGE-46, HAIR-dark, EYES-black, COMPLEXION-fair, HEIGHT-6'


Also listed in this same document on another page (not shown) is:

Henry C. Wilson (Johnson's son): Age-32, Hair-light, Eyes-blue, Compexion-fiar, Height-5'8"

Joseph H. Wilson / Daniel W. Wilson

Georgia - Fannin County

To L.G. Cutcher Ordinary of said County the Petition of Joseph H. Willson showeth that Daniel W. Willson lot of said county died in December 1892 leaving a will and nominated petitioner as his Executor; that the will was admitted to probate in common form soon thereafter and Petitioner qualified as Executor that from his great infirmity he is not qualified and able to discharge the duties as such Executor and carry out the trust.  He shows that it would be to the interest of the state that he be allowed to resign his trust.  He therefore asked that he be allowed to resign said Executorship.  That the widow Mrs. Nebraska D. Willson the widow and the following named children who are minors are the beneficiaries of said estate to wit; William Willson, Johnson Willson, Mary Willson, Florence Willson, Beatrice Willson and Walter W. Willson, that he is readyful to account for his actings and doing as Executor and to account for all of said Estate coming into his hand.  He shows that the widow Mrs. Nebraska D. Willson and D.W. Garrett are proper persons to take charge of said estate either of them could and would discharge the trust as administrator with the will annexed.  He therefore asked to be allowed to resign and one of them be appointed in just Stead.

Joseph H. Willson

Fannin County of Ordinary. June Term 1893

Joseph H. Willson the Executor of the Estate of Daniel W. Willson having filed his application to be allowed to resign his Executorship, on the grounds of ill health and infirmities and his inability therefrom to discharge the duties as such and suggests either the widow of deceased Nebraska D. Willson or D.W. Garrett of said County as ????  persons to take the administration with the will annexed on said Estate and that it is to the interest of said Estate that he be allowed to resign said trust and that he is ready to account for everything in his hands.

It is ordered Nebraska D. Willson the widow and each of the minor children to wit William Willson, Johnson willson, Mary Willson, Florence Willson, Beatrice Willson and Walter W. Willson be each served with a copy of these proceedings in person and show cause on the first Monday in July next why said Order allowing the resignation should not be allowed and that D. W. Garrett in the even the widow fails to accept the trust shows cause why he as county administrator why he should be appointed administrator with the will annexed. 

L. G. Cutcher,


This is a copy of the original:

MORE DOCUMENTS - D.W. Wilson / Joseph H. Wilson


William Franklin Adm.

Deed to Johnson Willson

No's 218, 215, - 8 - 1

State of Georgia Fannin County

Whereas the Ordinary's Court of the County of Fannin when sitting for ordinary purposes on the first day of July the year Eighteen hundred and Sixty one upon the application of William Franklin, Administrator of John J. Heaton deceased, did pass an order for the sale of the real estate of said deceased hereinafter described (legal notice of such application having been first given in one of the public Gazettes of this State for four months previous to the granting of the order aforesaid) and where as the said William Franklin, Administrator on the Estate of John J. Heaton deceased as aforesaid (having first given sixty day notice of the same sale and of the time and place thereof in one of the public Gazettes of said state to with the Gassville Standard and at the Court House in the County of Fannin did on the third day of November in the Eighteen hundred and sixty one at the place of public sales in the county of Fannin aforesaid expose to sale at public outcry under and by virtue of the order aforesaid the premises herinafter mentioned and whereas the said premises were then and there knocked off to Johnson willson who was the highest bidder for the same at and for the sum of Eighty Dollars.     Now this Indenture made the twentieth day of January in the year Eighteen hundred and sixty two and in the Eighty Sixth year of Independence of the United States of America between the said William Franklin, Administrator on the Estate of John J. Heaton, of the County of Fannin and State aforesaid Administrator as aforesaid of the one part and Johnson Wilson of the County of Fannin and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said William Franklin, Administrator as aforesaid for and in consideration of the Sum of Eighty Dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery hath granted, bargained sold aliened conveyed and confirmed and by these presents doth grant bargain sell alien convey and assigns the undivided half of Lot of Land number two hundred and eighteen (218) situate lying and being in the Eighth District of the first section containing Eighty Acres more or less and also seven and a half acres of Number 215 in the same District.             To have and to hold the said bargained premises with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereof whatsoever to the said premises being belonging or in any wise appertaining with the remainders rents issues and profits thereof to the only proper use benefits and behoof of the said Johnson Wilson his heirs execution administrators  and assigns in fee simple and the said William Franklin, Admnistrator aforesaid his heirs executors and administrators the said bargained premises unto the said Wilson his persons claiming by from or under the said John J. Heaton deceased against no other persons whatsoever shall and will forever warrant and defend by virtue of these presents.

In  Witness whereof the said William Franklin, Administrator as aforesaid hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year last above written.   Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of

W.C. Fain

J.C. Logan J.I.C

Wm. Franklin, Admr

Wm. Franklin C.S.C

Registered this May 9th, 1862


W.D. Wilson (William Daniel, son of Johnson) and minor children consent to the United States and J.H. Wilson (Joseph H., son of Johnson) No. 225-8-2

State of Georgia Fannin County

We the under signed heirs at law of the estate of D.W. Wilson deceased to wit: Nebraska D. Wilson for her self and Nebraska D. Wilson as Guardian for William H. Wilson, Johnson Wilson, Mary M. Wilson, Florance Wilson, Walter N. Wilson and Beatrice Wilson, minor children of said D.W. Wilson deceased in whom by the death of said D.W. Wilson became vested the title to the realty on which is situated registered distillery No. 369 in the District of Georgia said realty being described as follows: Plat of land No (225) in the 8th District and 2nd section of Fannin County Georgia.  Beginning at a hickory tree 25 yards from the north east corner of the distillery building thence south east 40 yards to a whilte oak stump thence south west 50 yards to a post oak tree thence north west 40 yards to a black oak stump thence norteast 50 yards to the beginning point do hereby give our consent, that the distillery and premises may be used by Joseph H. Wilson.  Execution of D.W. Wilson deceased for distilling purposes subject to the provisions of law and that this consent is to relate back and be of full effect and virtue after the first day of May, 1893, the same as if this consent had been executed on that day.  And we do hereby expressly stipulate that the law of the United States for taxes and penalties shall have priority and that in case of the forfeiture of the distillery premises or any part thereof the title of the same shall vest in the United States discharged from all claims in our behalf.

Signed, sealed and delivered this 24th day of August, 1893 in the presence of T.M. Greenwood & D. C. Bryant } Nebraska D. wilson as guardian for William H. Wilson, Johnson wilson, Mary M. Wilson, Florence Wilson, Beatrice Wilson, Walter V. Wilson.

State of Georgia County of Fannin

On the 24th day of August 1893 before me personally appeared Nebraska D. Wilson for her self and guardien for William H. Wilson ,Johnson Wilson, Mary M. Wilson, Florence Wilson, Beatrice Wilson and Walter V. Wilson known to me as the persons who executed the forgoing consent and acknowledged severally that they executed the same.

                                                                                                L.G. Cutcher


Recorded Sept. 8th, 1893

J.H. Davis C.S.C









February 18, 1902

(The above document says):


THIS INDENTURE, Made this 18 day of Feb., in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Two, between H.G. Wilson, of the State of_______ and the County of _______, of the first part, and William Milholland of the state of ______, the County of ______, of the second part, WITNESSETH: That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred and Sixty dollars, in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, has granted, bargained, sold, and conveyed, and by these present does grant, bargain, sell, and convey, unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns, all that tract or parcel of land lyng and being in Ten acres more or less of lot of land No. 216-8 Dist. on the original south east and west ends above three hundred yards from the south west corner of said lot at a red oak tree then in a north east direction follwing the old ____ Road to the north east and west line then west with the original line to the north west corner of said lot then South with the orininal line to the South west corner of said lot then East with the original line to the beginning part.

To have and to hold the said bargained premises, together with all and singular the rights, members, and appurtenances thereof, to the same being, belongin, or in anywise appertaining to the only proper use, benefit, and behoof of him, the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, forever, in fee simple.  And the said party of the first part, for his heirs, executors, and administrators, will warrant and forever defend the right and title of the above described property unto the said party of the first part has hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal, the day and year first above written.

J.W. Allen, J.P.

J.N. Johnson

Recorded August 17, 1808

H.G. wilson (seal)

J.R. Kincaid, (Clerk)


(Read typed version under this document)

William Franklin assignee of Johnson Willson

U.S. District northern District of Ga.

In the Matter of Johnson Willson

of Fannin Co, Ga., A. Bankrupt

Deed of assignment

to assignee,

District of Georgia

Know all men by these presents that William Franklin of the town of Marganton,

in the Coutny of Fannin and State of Georgia, in said district has been duly

appointed Assigneee in said matter. Now therefore I, Albert G. Foster

Register in Bankruptcy, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 14th

section of an act of Congress entitled an act to establish a uniform system

of Bankruptcy throughout the United States approved March 2, 1867, do

hereby convey and assign to the said William Franklin, Assignee as

aforesaid all the Estate, Real and Personal of the said Johnson Willson,

Banrupt aforesaid including all the property of whatever kind of which

he is possessed, or in which he was interested, or entitled to have on

the eigth day of August A.D. 1878, with all his deeds, books and

papers relating thereto, excepting such property as is exempted from

the operation of the assignment by the provisions of said 14th section

of said Act. To have and to hold all the foregoing premises to the

said William Franklin and his heirs forever, in trust, nevertheless,

for the use and purposes, with the powers, and subject to the conditions

and limitations set forth n said Act, In witness whereof, I, the said

Register in Bankruptcy, havehereunto set my hand and caused the seal

of said Court to be affixed this 10 day of Octover A.D. 1875

Albert G. Foster

Register in Bankruptsy

Registered 4 Febr 1874

M. F. Powell, ___


Marriage License of John A. Fox and Nancy Mathis Fox