The history of mankind has always reflected a person's desire to be remembered. It is natural. As lands are acquired and homes built, there is an inherent need to bequeath goods and properties to the heirs of the body. The old English law of breathing the eldest son the family seat carried over into the colonies. The original thirteen colonies fashioned their homesteads and plantations after their English forebears. The eldest son inherited the home plantation. If other lands were owned, they were trickled down to younger sons. That explains those who did not remain in the area. Many sons had to search for fertile land elsewhere and took advantage of land grants by serving in the American Revolution, and later, drew in land lotteries, particularly after Indians were forced to vacate.
The great instrument of discovery is the last will and testament. Digital images of wills are available on www.georgiapioneers.com and www.virginiapioneers.net
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