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The Wiregrass Georgia Pioneer Surnames and Genealogies

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One of the main reasons I got involved with the Lost Colony Project is because there may be connections between the survivors of the Lost Colony (and the other Raleigh voyages to Roanoke Island and vicinity) and the Lumbee Tribe of Robeson Co., North Carolina and the Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. 

My genealogical research focus for the past 15 years has been for the Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. The Wiregrass Georgia Pioneers are considered those folks who migrated out of North and South Carolina in the late 1700s and early 1800s who were the initial settlers of the area known as Wiregrass Georgia (southeastern Georgia). Because northern Georgia was American Indian controlled until after the early years of the 19th century, the migrations out of North and South Carolina were primarily West to Kentucky and Tennessee or South to Wiregrass Georgia and Florida.

I have captured the known genealogies of the Wiregrass Georgia Pioneers in one large genealogy database. Most of these genealogies start in the early 1800s, but some of them have been researched back into North and South Carolina in the 18th century.

It's quite possible that some of the Lost Colony survivors were initially absorbed by one or more of the small friendly Indian tribes along the North Carolina coast. The remnants of some of these tribes were later absorbed by the Indians who were congregating in the Robeson Co., North Carolina area for protection from other unfriendly Indian tribes and to escape the encroachment of the European colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Robeson County Indians later became known as the Lumbee Tribe. Then as the land in southeastern Georgia opened up in the late 1700s for settlement some of the Lumbee descendants and other North and South Carolina residents migrated to what we know today as Wiregrass Georgia. The invention of the Cotton Gin in 1793 is probably greatly responsible for the migration south out of the Carolinas as these pioneers sought to seek their fortune via land and growing cotton.

There are many surnames in Wiregrass Georgia that match up with the surnames of interest for the Lost Colony Project. Some of the pioneers in Wiregrass Georgia could potentially be descendants of the Lost Colonists. If so, their genealogies and their living descendants would be important for the research and DNA testing required to determine if the Lost Colonists survived. In addition to my Wiregrass Georgia Database of 300,000 people, I have several hundred Wiregrass Georgia descendants with DNA test results.

A listing of Lost Colony surnames matched up with Wiregrass Georgia Pioneers for whom I have established genealogies is posted below.  These Wiregrass Georgia genealogies are NOT on line, so anyone interested in determining if there is a connection between their known line and a Wiregrass Georgia line needs to contact me. 

Much of the research for the Wiregrass Georgia Pioneers and the resources for Wiregrass Georgia research has been via the Huxford Genealogical Society and Library in Homerville, Georgia (in the heart of Wiregrass Georgia). The Web site for Huxford is: .

Let me know if you have any questions.

Rob Noles

Robert B. Noles
Huxford Genealogical Society & Library 









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