Welcome family and fellow researchers

My most closely related surnames, going from closest generation to more distant ones (through my 3rd great grandparents): Rich, Gilreath, Harrell, Bumgarner, Powell, Womack, Hendren, McNiel, Pierce, Clay, Jones, Stone, Hincher, Nichols, Parlier, Fenn, Wall, Jones (another line), Bird, Roe, Hatchett, Thompson, Wallis, Shin, Cook, Combs, Nichols, Carroll, Vannoy, Minton.

Most of my ancestors either lived in Decatur County, GA, since the county was formed in 1823, or Wilkes County, NC, since the county was formed in 1777. Most branches of my ancestors go all the way back to before the Revolutionary War, though a few remain stubbornly elusive to trace and verify.

Specifically, I'm researching the following

Decatur County, Georgia: Rich, Harrell, Powell, Clay, Fenn

Early County, Georgia: Rich, Fenn, Jones

Emanuel/Montgomery County, Georgia: Rich, Fenn

Hancock County, Georgia: Bird, Jones, Coffield

Terrell/Lee County, Georgia: Wall, Clay, Powell

Bulloch County, Georgia: Jones, Mikell

Wilkinson County, Georgia: Clay, Jones, Hardin, Taliaferro Wilkes County, North Carolina: Gilreath, Hendren, Bumgarner, McNiel, Parlier, Hincher, Nichols, Wallis, Shin, Cook, Combs, Nichols, Carroll, Vannoy, Minton

Sussex County, New Jersey: Nestor, Berrigan

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania: Oliver, Gregory

Orange County, New York: Reilly, Cady, Connolly, McKinley

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