Many of my ancestors lived in and around Millen, Jenkins County, Georgia. Jenkins County was formed in 1905 from Burke, Emanuel and Screven counties. So, my research is two-fold: the names and the locales.
Information posted on this board indicates that Millen was once called 'Brinsonville'. I recently discovered information that shows Brinsonville was part of Emanuel County and, later, part of Screven County.
[A historical map of the area shows that the location of Brinsonville was in the immediate area of what is now known as Jenkins County, Georgia. A census record showing that Brinsonville was once part of Emanuel County is located at http://www.rootsweb.com/~gaemanue/1870/e1870ndx1.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~gaemanue/1870/e1870ndx1.htm ]
The surname Brinson is a key part of my research in this family line at the moment. I have several questions. Who formed Brinsonville? Did that person own slaves? What became of those slaves? Were there other ethnic groups living in the area as free persons?Were Native Americans and or Negroes part of the ethnic groups that inhabited Brinsonville?Etc, etc., etc.
[Maggie Brinson Kelsey, my maternal great grandmother, was born about 1870, after slavery ended. However, her ancestors may have been Brinson slaves. I have been told that, upon emancipation, slaves of the owner [name unknown] were given the choice of adopting the surname Brinson or Kelsey, and that some chose Kelsey while others chose Brinson].
I have found information on a William Brinson who was supposedly a large slave owner, but cannot verify if he owned property in the area, or if he played a part in the founding of Brinsonville. Other information I have gathered on the name shows a William Brinson [born 1808 in Burke County, Georgia] acquired land in Florida in 1843. I don't know if these are the same persons.
If anyone has any information about these subjects, I would appreciate your sharing it with me. Thank you.