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Families on the Frontiers of the Old South

William H. Owsley

Male Bef 1775 - Bef 1830  (~ 55 years)


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  • Name William H. Owsley 
    Born bef. 1775  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1790  Greene County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Greene was created on 3 Feb 1786 from Washington County. It is probable that this location eventually became Hancock County when it was created on 17 Dec 1793. 
    Residence 1796  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Probate 10 Apr 1797  Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newdigate Owsley's will wass produced in court for probate. William is the first child beneficiary. 
    Newday Owsley Last Will and Testament
    Newday Owsley Last Will and Testament
    Beneficiaries: Mary Ann (wife); Penny Connell; Robert; Anna; Sarah and Chloe Owsley (children). Slaves: Bob, Gellay, Nan, Cynthia, Priscilla; and Bett. Witnesses: Will Dent; Zacharias Middleton; and Samuel Dent.
    Residence 1817  Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    William appears on the county tax roll for Captain Otho Beall's District. Murder Creek is identified as the water course. His son-in-law David Baldwin is the listing which follows. (Baldwin endorsed Pleasant Owsley's Jones County guardianship petition for the children of Lucy Owsley.) 
    Residence 1820  Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    Captain Eli Buckner's District.  
    • The children of William Owsley are conjectured based on temporal and geographical proximity. Owsley was in Putnam County, Georgia by 1814. An index for the 1820 U.S. census for Putnam County then reports the Owsley (or Ousley) households as follows:

      -Jesse C.;
      -John; and
      -William.

      These are contiguous listings in Capt. Eli Buckner's District. (By birth years, Jesse and John the probable sons of William.) Other contemporaneous Owsley records for Putnam County include:

      -the 1813 marriage of Sally Owsley to Henry Smith;
      -an 1817 tax listing for David Baldwin (married to Elizabeth Owsley in 1804 in Greene County);
      -the 1820 marriage of Delphia Owlsey to Thomas Ferrill; and
      -an 1824 tax listing for Jesse C. Owsley (Captain John M Clark's District).

      The Baldwins were in Jones County by 1830. In 1831, Baldwin endorsed the petition of Pleasant Owsley to act as guardian of his siblings, all illegitimate children of Lucy Owsley.
      [6]
    Died bef. 1830  Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Probable location. The last appearance in the record for William Owsley is a deed of sale and a listing in the tax rolls, both in Putnam County for 1820. He does not appear in the 1830 U.S. census.
    Person ID I0086  Dickinson
    Last Modified 9 May 2017 

    Father Newday Owsley,   b. ca. 1738, Fairfax County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1797, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Mary Ann,   b. ca. 1741, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F0503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rebecca Clark,   b. bef. 1775 
    Children 
    +1. Lucy Owsley,   b. ca. 1780, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca. 1870, Muscogee County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years)  [Birth]
     2. Sarah Owsley  [Birth]
    +3. Elizabeth Owsley,   b. ca. 1790, Greene County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. bef. 1870, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [Birth]
     4. Jesse Clark Owsley,   b. ca. 1794, Hancock County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +5. John M. Owsley,   b. ca. 1800, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1870, Macon County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)  [Birth]
     6. Delphia Owsley,   b. ca. 1800, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +7. William B. Owsley,   b. ca. 1803, Greene County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca. 1880, Columbia County, Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)  [Birth]
     8. Rebecca Owsley,   b. 1805, Putnam County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1878, Pleasant Hill, Talbot, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F0504  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Greene was created on 3 Feb 1786 from Washington County. It is probable that this location eventually became Hancock County when it was created on 17 Dec 1793. - 1790 - Greene County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1796 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - Newdigate Owsley's will wass produced in court for probate. William is the first child beneficiary. - 10 Apr 1797 - Hancock County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - William appears on the county tax roll for Captain Otho Beall's District. Murder Creek is identified as the water course. His son-in-law David Baldwin is the listing which follows. (Baldwin endorsed Pleasant Owsley's Jones County guardianship petition for the children of Lucy Owsley.) - 1817 - Putnam County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Captain Eli Buckner's District. - 1820 - Putnam County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - bef. 1830 - Putnam County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336402] 1820 United States Federal Census, (Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.), Census Place: Capt Eli Buckners District, Putnam, Georgia; Page: 101; NARA Roll: M33_9; Image: 170.
      Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820

      Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2 (1809-1820)
      Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 15: 2 (1805-1810)
      Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 18: 1 (1802-1804)
      Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1 (-1775)

      Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 2
      Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
      Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1

      Slaves - Males - Under 14: 3
      Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25: 3
      Slaves - Males - 26 thru 44: 1

      Slaves - Females - Under 14: 1
      Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 1
      Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
      Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 8

      Free White Persons - Under 16: 7
      Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
      Total Free White Persons: 9
      Total Slaves: 10
      Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 19

    2. [S29] Telamon Cuyler Collection, Manuscript #1170, (Hargrett Library, University of Georgia), Box 42, Folder 5; Page Number: 12; Family No: 13., Call Number: Box 40A, Folder 43; Page Number: 1; Family Number: 137.
      Name on memorial, 1789-93 [no date], to Gov. Telfair from citizens in Lower or 2nd Battalion in Greene Co. complaining of appointments by a board of officers.

    3. [S84] Georgia Research: A Handbook for Genealogists, Historians, Archivists, Lawyers, Librarians and Other Researchers, Second Edition, Robert S. Davis and Ted O. Brooks, (Atlanta, Georgia: Georgia Genealogical Society, 2012), 201, 205.

    4. [S85] Georgia Tax Index, 1789-1799, Alice Jeffery, (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1998).

    5. [S036369] Georgia Tax Digest, 1789-1799, (Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives), Putnam County (1817), no original pagination, author's p. 133.

    6. [S73] Georgia USGenWeb Archives Project, (The USGenWeb Archives Project), http://www.usgwarchives.net/ga/gafiles.htm., http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/putnam/census/1820/index/harr-rey.txt.
      Abstracted by Lorraine H. Robinson from public records.

    7. [S036369] Georgia Tax Digest, 1789-1799, (Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives), Putnam County (1820), no pagination, author's p. 29.