I am trying to find the ancestor's of Reuben Bishop, b. ca. 1792 in Georgia. He married
Nancy Wooten in Alabama 1818 and returned to Dekalb Cty, GA before 1830. I have had several
leads on his parentage, but nothing concrete. I have searched many records in Georgia and
have decided to post what I know about Bishop's that may probably be related to Reuben, in
the hopes that someone recognizes them. I would like the gedcoms, with sources for anyone
who is listed here and in following posts. I am going by name and am not saying that each
fact is for the same person, only that they all have the same name.
Oct. 15 1773 Stephen brings his wife and four children to Georgia. (my note, probably from SC)
There are 2 sons and 2 daughters from 8 years old to 3 wks old. He is granted land between Rocky
Comfort and Ogechee, 2 mi. above the "Trading Road". On April 14, 1775, he resigned the land
as being valued too high and requested 150A on the so. side of Rocky Creek, about 2 mi. below
"The Path". Journal of Augusta Land Court, also Hist. of Wilkes Cty. V.I
May 1-Aug 31, 1782 Stephen served in Lt. Cpt. John Hell's Co., Col. Elijah, Clarke's Reg. at
Ft. Martin. Misc. Records 1775-1784 Wilkes Cty.
A survey of Stephen Bishop's land 6 Jun 1784. 287.5 A in Washington Cty. To the north and south
the areas are vacant and it is bounded on the east by Beaverdam Creek and on the west by James
Bishop. Warrant 1364 p. 34
James Bishop holds 287.5 A of land bounded by Stephen Bishop, 10 Jun 1784. Also bounded
by Beaverdam Creek. Warrant 1278 p.233
29 Dec. 1785 Stephen & Hannah Bishop of Wilkes Cty. sell land in Greene Cty. to George Bagby.
The land was originally granted to Stephen on 1 Dec. 1784.
1785 Capt. Bishop's District: Stephen Bishop owes 1 Poll for 400 A. in Wilkes Cty and 2
tracts of 287.5 A ea. in Washington Cty. William Bishop and James Bishop are also listed
in this poll tax. History of Wilkes Cty. V.II
Wilkes County Tax Records 1785-1805 Capt. Bishop's District:
Stephen Bishop is listed from 1785 to 1803
James Bishop 1785-1792 and William Bishop only in 1785.
3 Feb. 1786 Greene Cty. is formed from the north part of Washington Cty.
In Greene Cty., an indenture dated 4 Jun 1787: Stephen & wife Hannah of Wilkes Cty. grants to
Reuben Jones land that had been granted to Stephen on 12 Oct. 1785. History of Greene Cty.
Greene Cty., indenture 6 Sep. 1787, Stephen Bishop of Wilkes Cty., to Henry Tripp: 400A on the
so. side of Brantly Creek, witnessed by Joshua Bishop.
1788 Stephen, James and William Bishop are granted headrights in Greene Cty. Stephen's headright
is at the Ogechee River. History of Greene Cty.
Around this time in Wilkes Cty. Stephen & James Bishop are appointed appraisers of Folio 36.
pg. 43, History of Wilkes County
Aug 27, 1793, Stephen Bishop buys land in Greene Cty. from Obediah & Jane Richardson.
Hancock Cty. index to Deeds pg. 26
1793 Hancock County created from Greene & Washington Cty.
1794 Tax List Hancock Cty. Stephen "Bushup" Ranes dist. Also on this list are
James Bushup, Joshua Bushup and William Bushup.
22 Dec 1795, Stephen, his wife, Hannah, and James and his wife, Pheby of the Cty. of Hancock
sell land to ___Johnson of Warren Cty. Hancock Cty Index to Deeds
1796 Tax List Hancock Cty. Stephen Bishop, Ranes Dist. James Bishop & William Bishop also
appear on this same list.
16 Jul 1798 Joshua Bishop sold land on Beaverdam to Daniel Nolly (Hancock Cty.) Land described
as being net to Stephen Bishop's land and using "Stephen Bishop's Corner" as a marker.
22 Aug 1800 Stephen Bishop sells land in Hancock Cty. at Beaverdam to Joseph Bryan.
Hancock Cty Deeds
04 Dec 1805 Stephen Bishop is mentioned in a land transaction wherein John Bishop, son and lawful
heir of James relinquishes property rights. I cannot tell what the relationship to Stephen is, but
this paper also mentions Joseph B. Chambers, son in law (of James) and John Anderson son in law of
James. Hancock Cty. Deeds
1812 Tax List Hancock Cty. Stephen Bishop. Also John Bishop, James Bishop & William Bishop.
15 Feb 1821 Greene Cty. the will of Stephen Bishop mentions his dau. Lydia, son Asa, dau. Ruth Newton,
dau. Sally Biggs, dau. Fanny Bishop, granddau. June Fielder and the children of James Bishop
(Wilson, Patty, Tempy, Brice & Benel) Asa Bishop executor.
There is no mention of James relationship to Stephen.
1830 Census Stephen Bishop in Jackson Cty.
25 Jan 1832 Stephen Bishop marries Nancy Hudson in Jackson Cty.
There are multiple references to Stephen Bishop in the Autauga Cty. Ala. Orphan's Court Records
from 1840 thru 1844. I believe at least one reference is to a will in which Edmond, Hiram,
John, Lucy, Martha, Reuben and Stephen are all listed as Heirs. The time period is Feb-Apr. 1844.
This would be book 5 pages 299-318.
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