Lois: If letters of administration were filed then that means that there was no will but instead someone, in this case C. H. Lewis, was named administrator to handle the disposition of her estate. The Mr. Lewis mentioned in your post #653 could have been related or just a friend or someone appointed by the court. You don't know until you get the actual documents and they might not really say for sure what, if any, relationship existed. Insofar as a reseacher is concerned, I really can't suggest anyone but perhaps if you contact the Calhoun-Gordon County Library they can help. Their phone is 706-624-1456. Lois, there is a wealth of information re: early records but you'll not find most of it on the Internet. Georgia State Archives' "Georgia's Virtual Vault" tells you exactly what county records survive and are available on microfilm. You can rent many of these films for a nominal fee through your local Family History Center. I'm giving you a link to the vault, just scroll down (on the left) to "County Record Microfilm Index" and click it. You can then search whatever county you desire and you'll get an image of the book listing all of the records. You might also want to look at the "General Name File" - just click it and enter the surname Gassaway or Gazaway and you should get some hits. One in particular might interest you: "Genealogical History of the Gassaway Family", author Willian K. Rutherford and others, published 1981, 423 pgs. It might or might not relate to your line but perhaps it's worth investigating. Here is a link:
Personally, if I were in your shoes, I would first scout out the best genealogical library in my area and see what they have in regards to Georgia and South Carolina records. I don't know in what part of the country you live so I can't suggest anything. I have done quite a bit of Georgia research via a top notch genealogical library so I know that there is a ton of information.
You might have already gone down this path, but if not, go to the 1840 census of Cass County (now Bartow). You'll find a William Gassaway enumerated [M704; roll 38; pg. 03]. Of course only the HH is named but if you compare the 1850 census to it, you'll notice that all the children in 1850 census are accounted for in 1840. There is an extra male age 5-10, extra male age 15-20 and extra female age 10-15 in the 1840 census. Of course, these individuals could have been married by 1850 or died or perhaps they weren't children of the couple but others who happened to be there at the time of the enumeration but that is a bit of a stretch. The age of the adult female does fit with "Bersheba" [sic?] in the 1850 census. Bear in mind, I'm NOT claiming that this is the family group, there just isn't enough info to say for sure, but it does give you a clue that the family MIGHT have originally settled in Cass County so that would be a good place to concentrate. The 1850 census does indicate that the family likely left So. Carolina circa 1830 to settle in Georgia. Since Bethsheba had a child (Berry) in 1839, I assume that Mr. Gassaway died sometime in the 1838-1849 period. I would look for an estate file for him - if one can be found then it might answer a lot of questions.
Anyway, just some suggestions, hopefully something in all this might help you. One final observation: always give the four essentials: who, what when and where. Frankly, you leave a lot out of your posts so it is difficult for someone to really help without knowing more. For example, you don't even say whether you know Bethsheba's maiden name, nor have you mentioned the childrens' names nor have you said what Bethsheba's relationship is to you? Before hiring a researcher you'll surely want to have everthing you know down on paper and as coherent and complete as possible or else you will spend a lot of money unneccessarily. Just constructive criticism....Rick
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