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  • Deceased before 1821

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will:[22 november 1820]Oglethorpe Co., GA(source: 1800 Oglethorpe County Census - 1 REPO - 2 CALN - Census)

event:Land Lottery[1821](source: 1821 Land Lottery - 1 REPO - 2 CALN - Official Document - APPLING BRYANS 100/14)

WhitsellElizabeth (Wid) Appling Bryans 100/14 Dooly
WhitsellGeorge (Orps) Oglethorpe 226th 197/8 Henry
WhitsellGeorge Oglethorpe 226th Dist. 193/14 Dooly

census:[1790]Franklin County, GA(source: Reconstructed 1790 Census of Georgia - Substitute for Georgia's Lost 1790 Census - pg 90)

reference: 201
2 CONC Will of George Whitsell, Senr. of Oglethorpe Co., GA being weak of body.

To daughter POLLEY SIMMONS "during her natural life" negro boy Aquilla, negro boy James Mithell, and $30 cash "if that sum should be left after the payment of all my just debts and legacies contained in this will."

To daughter MARTHA WHITSELL negro man Asa, negro girl Syntha, a featherbed and furniture, a sorrel horse Ball, saddle and bridle worth $25, "one good Cotton wheel and cards, one cow, and my Side board and dressing Table."

To daughter SALLEY EDWARDS negro girl Sarah, negro man Stephen.

To son JAMES WHITSELL negro woman Betty and her child Caroline, negro boy Sam, a feather bed and furniture, one cow and "that half my tract of land whereon I now live...but should he die without lawful Issue I desire that his part of my land may be equally divided between GEORGE WHITSELL and JOHN WHITSELL and the other part of his legacy is to be sold in the family, and to be equally divided between POLLEY SIMMONS, MARTHA WHITSELL, GEORGE WHITSELL and SALLEY EDWARDS."

To son GEORGE WHITSELL half the tract of land "contained in the Servey whereon my Improvements are which I purchased of Mathew Clendennin having respect to quantity as well as quality to be equally divided between JAMES WHITSELL and GEORGE WHITSELL," also one negro girl Ally, negro by Asborn, a feather bed and furniture, and one cow.

To daughter CLARRESY UPSHAW a negro woman Hannah and her child Washington, a black colt Rock, and $30 cash. To son JOHN WHITSELL " my tract of land in Madison County" 200 acres joining John Ross's survey on waters of Blacks Creek, a negro man Camp, a feather bed and furniture, a black colt Ranter, negro boy William, and one cow. "My will and desire is that his negro man Camp should be hired out and the money arising from his hire to be appropriated to giving my son good english education at the discretion of my executors."

If there is any residue in the estate, the $226 may be "applied in building a good hewned log house on the northeast end of the tract Hofland whereon I now live for my son GEORGE WHITSELL."

Friend WILLIAM M. STOKES and son GEORGE WHITSELL named executors. Signed11-22-1820 GEORGE WHITSELL Witnessed by HENRY FARMER THOMAS J. STAMPS BENJAMIN TRIBLE
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In Wilkes County Georgia Tax records of 1785, the Tax Digest Corrections changes the last name spelling listed as "Whitsell also Whitsill". Records also found for Monday 23 August 1790 Jurors Drawn - Wilkes Co. listing George Whitsell. Found newspaper listing referring to account of "John Weitzell 19 May1780, see accounts Telamon Cuyler Collection. BAXTER, SUSANNAH dec'd. Inv. Dec. 11, 1789, apprs Geo. Whitsell and Wm. Gibson who made affidavit before J. George, J. P. Greene Co.

Oglethorpe Co, GA 1796 Tax List lists George Whitsall
Jackson County, GA Early Court Records pg. 229
Dec 17,1798 - Josiah N. Kennedy and wife Sarah, of Warren County, to George Whitsell of Oglethorpe County, 287 1/2 acres, a part of original grant to John Henson. Test: William M. Stokes, J.P.

On the 1799 Tax List of Oglethorpe Co, GA Capt Cornelius Mc Carty's District- Beaverdam GM 226 lists George Whitesell.

In the 1800 Oglethorpe County Census - Captain McCarty's District -Beaverdam GM 226
George Whitsell is listed as head of family. Also listed is 2 males under the age of 10 (our George and probably James), one male 26-45 (himself), 3 females under the age of ten, and 1 slave. Evidently his first wife had already passed on by 1800. In 1801 records show George marrying Elizabeth Meadows in Oglethorpe County. Unsure of George's first wife and what children to attach to which relationship.

In Revolutionary Soldiers, Widows & Orphans Drawing Land Lots dated February 3, 1804 George Whitsil is listed as drawing 2 lots. He had a total of 7 children at the time of his will.
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Deanna wrote: 9/6/2002:

Posted it on USGEN web for Oglethorpe Co., GA.: Rumor has it that this George father was one of the Hessian soldiers from Germany that was hired by the King of England to come to America and fight the colonists. He came over with 2 of his brothers at the time. All 3 of them, after being here sided with the colonists and deserted the fight, scattering across the country and changing the spelling of their names in order not to be found out. On some records you will find it spelled Wetzel. George may have also been spelled Jeorg originally. I've looked at some of the Hessian lists but haven't been able to link anything up definitely yet. There have been several Jeorg Wetzels on the list. It seems as if one of the boys settled in Pennsylvania area but I have a feeling it was one of the brothers, Phillip I think. Haven't had much time lately to research any more. You're right about the linear chain, but John Phillip Whitsell was born Jan 23, 1855 in Hopkins County, KY and not 1885. Check out the info below and let me know what else you need. I have a list of family for all of these guys too if you need it.
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Research Notes: Posted by: Jeanette Hefner Headrick Date: August 26, 2001 at 12:12:44

In Reply to: ALL WHITSELL DESCENDANTS by effie

Hi, Effie. Would like to join the party! My 2-greats grandfather John Hefner (b.1816) of NW Georgia married a Susannah Whitzel (b.1806). I think her father is George Whitsell (b.1775) who married Elizabeth Meadows (b. 1779 in NC) in Athens, Georgia - Oglethorpe County in 1801. Susan's brother's name was Benjamin b.1829. I'm sure there are more children, but this is all I have - would like to have more on the Whitsell family. The John Hefner family pretty much stayed in Cass and Walker Counties, Georgia. I am told that they originated from North Carolina, but we have a lot of people double checking. Thanks for asking. Look forward to an update
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Re: Reynolds/Oglethorpe Co/1790's-1800
Author: Norma L. Gaskey Date: 14 Aug 2001 3:26 PM GMT:

I do know that George, James' brother, immigrated to KY around 1830 Anthis is the line I am descended from. James was already in KY at that time. They settled in Hopkins Co. and George had large land holdings in the area, which later became Webster Co. around Slaughters. I don't have much on the GA period or where they originally came from, except that father George in GA seems to have been granted land after the Revolution and his will mentions slaves given to various of his children.

Re: Reynolds/Oglethorpe Co/1790's-1800
Author: Norma L. Gaskey Date: 14 Aug 2001 3:20 PM GMT:

This information is great. Thanks so much. And yes, I would appreciate any additional info that you have. I don't have anything that you don't already seem to have. I did go to Dixon, KY last week to root around the property records and found where the heirs of George sold all the property in and around Slaughters after his death. His holdings we requite extensive. You are right about early Census records. I know that George of GA did get land grants, presumably for fighting in the Revolution.

From: "Deanna"
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 19:16:19 -0500
Larry,

Went to the Corpus library today and did a little research. Here's what I found:

We know George Whitsell was married in 1801 to Elizabeth Meadows in Oglethorpe Co, Ga.
Oglethorpe County was formed in 1793. Prior to that it was known as Wilkes County from 1777 - 1790. (Larry Whitsell found that in "Georgia Wills," complied by Ted O. Brooke, Pilgrim Press, 1976, Wilkes County was created Feb 5, 1777, from the cession of Cherokee land and Creek land, both ceeded June 1, 1777. Oglethorpe county was created Dec 19, 1793.) From 1773 to a bought 1800 it was principally settled by people migrating from Virginia and the Carolinas. So the question remains, where did George come from and when.

I found George Whitsell - also Whitsel, Witsel, listed on 1790 census for Wilkes Co, GA Y-3 (Which eventually was placed into Oglethorpe county in 1793 - Captina Matthews District, #101. In 1790 he was shown to have land in two counties: 287 1/2 acres of second quality oak and hickory land and 200 acres of third quality oak and hickory land in Franklin County and 275 acres of third quality oak and hickory land in Wilkes County. He also had no slaves at this time (if you remember, slaves were mentioned in his will).

1785 Wilkes Co., GA Early Tax Lists lists George Whitsell.

I could not find him listed in records 1773-1774. So I am assuming that he arrived some time between 1774 and 1785.

Also in 1798 he was listed in Oglethorpe Co Deed Books A-E 1794 - 1809 which read as follows:

p/ 458 Ga: 7 Feb 1798, Mathew Clindining to Robert Simpson, both of Oglethorpe Co, for on Clouds Creek Waters in said Co. was granted to George Johnson by Gov. Samuel Ebert, 5 Oct 1785, beg. black oak, S55E ch. to white oak N55W 50 ch., to chestnut N35E 45 ch. to beg. 200 acres adj. NE by George Whitsell and Gilespie, all other sides vacant, (signed) Mathew Clindining. Wit: A. Bell, J.P.

Now what makes this important is that I found that James Gilespie, who it mentions with George Whitsell, was from North Carolina. If they settled there together, George may have come from North Carolina.....but I have no clue which county. I did some searching but couldn't find a George. It gets really confusing because of the change in the lines of the states during that time. There was a notation "See account of John Weitzell 19 May 1780 in accounts, Telemon Cuyler Collection. I had them check at the library and only one library has a copy of that collection and that is the University of GA. If John was George's father, there are a couple of John Whitsell's listed in the DAR, one being born in PA in 1752 and the other, John Sr. being born in 1733 in Switzerland! That would sure blow a hole in the whole German theory eh! Of course there are tons if we can just get the link back that far. I have a list of Hessian troops in the Revolutionary War showing George Wetzel, George Wentzel, Georg Whitsels, Hans George Wetzel, Johan Georg Wetzel, etc. etc. etc. We just need to find the link.
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From:"Deanna"
To:"Larry Whitsell"
Subject:Genealogy research
Date:Thu, 24 Jun 2004 19:16:19 -0500

Larry,

Went to the Corpus library today and did a little research. Here's what I found:

We know George Whitsell was married in 1801 to Elizabeth Meadows in Oglethorpe Co, Ga. Oglethorpe County was formed in 1793. Prior to that it was known as Wilkes County from 1777 - 1790. From 1773 to a bought 1800 it was principally settled by people migrating from Virginia and the Carolinas. So the question remains, where did George come from and when.

I found George Whitsell - also Whitsel, Witsel, listed on 1790 census for Wilkes Co, GA Y-3 (Which eventually was placed into Oglethorpe county in 1793 - Captain Matthews District, #101. In 1790 he was shown to have land in two counties: 287 1/2 acres of second quality oak and hickory land and 200 acres of third quality oak and hickory land in Franklin County and 275 acres of third quality oak and hickory land in Wilkes County. He also had no slaves at this time (if you remember, slaves were mentioned in his will).

1785 Wilkes Co., GA Early Tax Lists lists George Whitsell.

I could not find him listed in records 1773-1774. So I am assuming that he arrived some time between 1774 and 1785.

Also in 1798 he was listed in Oglethorpe Co Deed Books A-E 1794 - 1809 which read as follows:

p/ 458 Ga: 7 Feb 1798, Mathew Clindining to Robert Simpson, both of Oglethorpe Co, for $300 on Clouds Creek Waters in said Co. was granted to George Johnson by Gov. Samuel Ebert, 5 Oct 1785, beg. black oak, S55E ch. to white oak N55W 50 ch., to chestnut N35E 45 ch. to beg. 200 acres adj. NE by George Whitsell and Gilespie, all other sides vacant, (signed) Mathew Clindining. Wit: A. Bell, J.P.

  • Now what makes this important is that I found that James Gilespie who it mentions with George Whitsell, was from North Carolina. If they settled there together, George may have come from North Carolina.....but I have no clue which county. I did some searching but couldn't find a George. It gets really confusing because of the change in the lines of the states during that time. There was a notation "See account of John Weitzell 19 May 1780 in accounts, Telemon Cuyler Collection. I had them check at the library and only one library has a copy of that collection and that is the University of GA. If John was George's father, there are a couple of John Whitsell's listed in the DAR, one being born in PA in 1752 and the other, John Sr. being born in 1733 in Switzerland! That would sure blow a hole in the whole German theory eh! Of course there are tons if we can just get the link back that far. I have a list of Hessian troops in the Revolutionary War showing George Wetzel, George Wentzel, Georg Whitsels, Hans George Wetzel, Johan Georg Wetzel, etc. etc. etc. We just need to find the link.

    So, that's been my day. I did find a few marriages on the children of William Edwards, but that's not crucial. Let me know if you find anythin

    Deanna
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    Source: Contributed for use USGenWeb Archives by Katie A. Vickers.
    Franklin county was created by a Legislative Act on February 23. 1784, from lands of Cherokee and Creek Indians. The land was given by Bounty Grants to veterans of the Revolutionary War. What was later to become Clark County was part of Franklin County at the time. This is a reconstructed 1790 census so it is incomplete.)

-- GEDCOM (INDI) --1 PROP2 DATE 3 JUN 18092 PLAC Oglethorpe County on Clouds Creek2 SOUR Oglethorpe County, GA Deed Book F - Pg. 63 Ga. 19 June 1809 - Jack Lumpkin, Tax Collector of Oglethorpe Co., to George Whitsell of same county, Tract in said county on Clouds Creek waters, 200 acres, adj. George Matthews, Richard Wright, Weston Williams, LEWIS LESTER & Samuel Weaver which is in arrears for taxes for 1805-1808. Three freeholders have gone on the land and determined the quality & quantity of it & it was advertised in a public gazette. No person came forward to pay the taxes. 3 June 1809, sold at public outcry at Courthouse & George Whitsell was the highest bidder for $46 in fee simple.
Wit: Jack Lumpkin Collector
Alexander LESTER
Samuel Whitehead
S. A. Hopkins, J. P.
Recorded 3 Jan. 1810Note Oglethorpe County GA Deeds

Misc. Oglethorpe County Deeds
Oglethorpe County GA Deeds
Contributed by Joe Lineberger, Director Huxford Genealogical Society
http://www.huxford.com

Oglethorpe County, GA Deed Book F, Pg. 63 Ga. 19 June 1809, Jack Lumpkin, Tax Collector of Oglethorpe Co., to George Whitsell of same county, Tract in said county on Clouds Creek waters, 200 acres, adj. George Matthews, Richard Wright, Weston Williams, LEWIS LESTER & Samuel Weaver which is in arrears for taxes for 1805-1808. Three freeholders have gone on the land and determined the quality & quantity of it & it was advertised in a public gazette. No person came forward to pay the taxes. 3 June 1809, sold at public outcry at Courthouse & George Whitsell was the highest bidder for $46 in fee simple.
Wit: Jack Lumpkin Collector
Alexander LESTER
Samuel Whitehead
S. A. Hopkins, J. P.
Recorded 3 Jan. 1810.
1 PROP2 DATE 17892 PLAC Franklin County, GA2 SOUR Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866 - 276 - Title Whitsell, George
Last NameWhitsell
First NameGeorge
County Franklin
Number of Acres200
WatercourseBroad River
Year 1789
Volume Y
Page 276
Record ID55991
Cite as Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index, 1735-1866
Author Abbe, Mary H.
Publisher R. J. Taylor, Jr., Foundation and The Georgia Archives.
Collection Georgia Colonial and Headright Plat Index
Rights Contact the Georgia Archives for permission to publish.

Family Note

Marriage with Elizabeth Crowley:

reference: 1801

Marriage with Elizabeth Meadows:

reference: 1752

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