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Looking 4 Dempsey Justice, m: Elon Pickard -- [or: Justis] -- NEW LEAD!
Posted by: Cathy Ann Abernathy (ID *****8820) Date: January 17, 2008 at 16:44:39
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Justis/Justice, Pickard, and Parks Families: Georgia - Alabama - Poss: VA, PA, and MA also.

This is possible tip for Justis researchers -- seeking Justice/Justis males who lived in GA (later may have moved to AL) during the early-to-mid-1800's.

My ancestor is Dempsey Justice (buried in Baldwin County, GA) Married: Elon Pickard. Served in the Revolutionary War, and died in GA. He has been a tough person to learn about his parentage -- no one seems to have found ANY traces of him having siblings or other kin....OR so it seemed until I recently found a possible 'tip'.

Dempsey Justice (or: Justis) has long been a mystery as to his heritage -- just who were his siblings, who were his parents; did they migrate to GA from the Colonies, or directly from Europe/England?

In my random 'digs' online I think I may have found a clue. On page of notes included with a Parks' family website I found several brief lines. Just a very a small 'bit' of data about the Justice family while they were living in Georgia.

It was the early 1800's, so I don't expect there were too many white settlers -- let alone settlers who shared the same last name, who were not related.

Here's a 'clip' I found about several male Justice on the TAX ROLL in GA: (ranges from 1800 to 1810)

1800 Geo Franklin Co 1804 GA,Hancock - Dempsey Justice, John Justice
1805 Ga Ogle Tax, Abrahm Meador, Jacob Meador
1805 GA, green Tax Daniel Meadow, Edwin Meadow, Isham Meadow, James Meadow, Joel Meadow, John Meadow, Jonas Meadow, William Meadows
1805 GA,Franklin - Barna Meadows, John Meadows
1810GA Franklin Co
1810 GA Ogle tax - Bird Parks, Welocme PArks
1810 GA Jackson Co.- John, David Justice, Dempsey Justice, John Justice, William Justice
It was located on a page who have genealogy connection to the Parks family (presumably who also lived in the GA region during that time). These Justice males had to be adults, that owned property; in order to be on TAX ROLLS, right?

I could be wrong, but I have (from this lead) followed up on several different Justice lines -- through internet databases -- that have a migration path which leads backwards to PA, MA and/or VA.

So, if someone who lives, and/or has access to Tax records from early 1800's in GA could do a little "leg work" we might be able to learn if "Dempsey" Justice was known by his middle, and not first/given/christian name. We might alos help other Justice/Justis researcher with their mystery men/women.

Either way, these other Justice males are very distant kin to me through collateral lines, which trace back to Scotland and England.

I do hope we can eventually piece this puzzle together.

OH! One other item. My grandfather, Herbert Russell Justice was a member of the Masonic Order in Coosa (or Shelby) County in Alabama -- for many years; before becoming a member of a Primitive Baptist Church (which frowned on belong to 'secret' societies). He had in possession a Masonic Sword -- which a male first cousin of mine, inherited...

In order to become a member, Masons must prove that they had at one (male) ancestor who was a member of good standing -- if not a father, then a grandfather. Also, Masons are known for their superb record keeping -- some documents dating back to the Colonial era (1770's).

It isn't much of a lead, but then it is a very big 'haystack' of data that we've been searching through.

Please, contact if you can add or correct this theory.

-- Cathy Ann Abernathy

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