Wills and Estates

Under each item below are listed both complete and summarized (or abstracted) wills and other estate records (including those who died intestate, but whose estate records have been gathered together by an interested researcher). The date after the name indicates the date the will was written or the first date of probate, not to be confused with the date of that person’s death.

References to an executor or executrix mean that the deceased left a will. The terms “administrator” or “administratrix” generally mean that the deceased died intestate, without making a will. However, if the deceased left a will but did not name an executor, or if the named executor refused to serve, then the court would name an administrator “with the will annexed.”

Special thanks to former Jackson County GAGenWeb Coordinator Pattie Causey, who was responsible for transcribing the indexes and some of the record abstracts. We believe, but are not certain, that she was also responsible for transcribing many of the full-text wills.  Unless otherwise stated, all items on this page were submitted by Pattie Causey.

Wills in Minutes of the Court of Ordinary, 1797-1814

HENDON, ISCHAM, page 59[There is another transcription of this will on page 35 which has different words capitalized and some different spellings, not names.]In the name of god Amen this 15th Day of May 1799 –
I Ischam Hendon of the County of Jackson and State of Georgia being Sick of Body but of perfect mind and memory & Calling to mind the mortality of man that it is once appointed for him once to Die do make and Ordain this as my last Will and Testament and first of all Recommend my Soul to God Who gave it and as touching Such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I Dispose of in manner following Viz
Item I Lend? the Whole of my Estate Real & personal after my just Debts are paid unto my loveing wife Patiance during Life or Widowhood for the use of Raising & Educating my Children & at her death or marriage my Will and desire is that the Remainder of the Estate Real & personal be Sold at the discration of my Executor & Executrix & an Equal divide to be made of the proffits arising therefrom between my Wife Patiance and all my Surviving Children Namely Betsy James Aaron Norris Ischam Nancy and Elijah Hendon Lastly I hereby appoint my Loving Wife Patience and my brother Elijah Hendon my whole & Sole Executrix & Executor of this my Last Will & Testament Revoking all former Wills by me maid Signed Sealed published declared & pronounced the day above Written in presents of
Nathaniel Dear
John Malone
Wm Vickers

(on right side) Ischam (his mark) Hendon (seal)

STONE, WILLIAM
In the name of God Amen I William Stone of the County of Jackson being in a State of weakness & diseass? of body but of perfect mind & memory knowing the Certainty of death sooner or later? & being desirous to Settle my Concerns? on Earth in the best manner that I can, I do make this my last Will & Testament in the manner & form following first I resign? & Commit my Soul to God hoping to Obtain mercy through Jesus Christ & I Commit my body to the earth to be ? in a deasant manner at the discretion of my Executers – And as to Such Worldly property as it hath pleased God to bless me with I dispose of it in the following manner –
first it is my will & desire ? my daughter ?arley Shaw ? have three Cows & Calves & one Saddle & Bridle which is to be counted for as part of her Share and of the Remaining part of my property when it Comes to be Equally divided –
2nd It is my will & desire that my beloved Wife Nancy Stone Should keep in percessions the Land of and plantation where ? I now live with all the Remaining part of my property both in ? & ? of every king for the Support of her Self & the Children now with her during her life or Widow hood – and if my widow Should marrie again then it is my Will that She Should have one third part of all my property or have ? If She Should ? marrie then ? her death it is my Will that all the property that remains till that time be Sold & Equaly divided amongst my Children & it is also my Will that all my Just debts be paid also it is my Will that my property be not appraised –
Lastly I make & Constitute Nancy my beloved Wife & Jacob Bankston the Executors of this my Last Will & Testament hereby disalowing all former Wills I Certiye & declare this to be my Last Will & Testament –
William (his marke) Stone
Signed & declared in presents of
James Perrey

Personly appeared before this Court of Ordinary Sherwood Hoge and of the Subscribers Witne? ? to the within Will & being duly Sworn Saith that he Saw the with in ? William Stone Sign Seal ? & declare the within ? testament & at the time of his So doing he was of Sound mind & memory to the best of his Knowledge & beleaf & that he Saw James Perrey Subscribe his name as a witness to the with Will
Sworn to in Open Court this 23rd? of June 1800
Sherwood (his marke) Hodge (another illegible signature)
Clerke of the Cort of Ordinary

PARK, ROBERT

State of Georgia
Jackson County
In the name of God Amen
I Robert Park of the County & State aforesaid being weak in body but of sound mind & memory (blessed be God) Do this twenty eighth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & two, do make & publish this my last Will & Testament in the manner following, that is to say, I give to my beloved Wife Mary Park One bay Mare & two Cows, of her choice and of the Stock, & also one bed & its furniture to be taken at her own Choice, & her maintenance off the Land her lifetime, & to my son James Park one dollar, & to Patrick Park one dollar & to Samuel Park one dollar & to Elizabeth Park one dollar & to John Park one dollar & to Garrett Park one dollar & to my two youngest Sons Ezekial & Robert Park I devise my Land Equally between them both if it can be divided so between them both, if not it is my will that the Land shall be sold & the money divided after my Wife’s death, & to my Son Robert Park I leave my Grey Mare & Colt & to Nancy Park my Grand Child one three !
year Old Heifer & all the rest of my moovable property is to be sold & my debts discharged & I make Constitute & Ordain Garret W. Park & Joseph Ratchford my Executors to have the whole management of my estate. In Witness wherof I the said Robert Park have hereunto set my hand & Seal the day & year first above written Signed Sealed, published & declared by the said testator as & for his last will & testament and in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence & in the presence of each other have Subscribed our names thereto
Robert Park
Ephraim Lindsay
James Park

Personally came before me one Ephraim Lindsay of the subscribing Witnesses to the Within Will & made Oath that he saw Robert Park ? sign the Same, & that he also saw James Park Subscribe his name as Witness to the Same with himself
Eph’m. Lindsay
Sworn to in open Court
this 25th day of October 1802
Edw. Adams Clk. CO
Recorded the 27th Oct 1802
Edw. Adams CCO

PENDERGRASS, JOHN

Georgia, Jackson County
In the name of God, Amen. I John Pendergrass of the county and State aforesaid, being in health sound and disposing mind and memory, and desiring to prepare in health for the contingency of death, now make this my Last will and testament, hereby revoking all others made by me.
Item the first. It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid without delay, by my Executors hereafter named.
Item 2nd. I give bequeath and devise to my son Levi Pendergrass, a Negro man named Tilman and his wife Jenny and their two children to wit – John and Henry forever in feesimple which is to be in full of his share of my Estate, boath Real & Personal.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my five grand children, the children of Isaac Coleman to wit: – Thomas H. Coleman, Levi L. Coleman, John F. Coleman, Sarah Coleman and Salina J. Gilleland, a Negro woman named Jane and her child named Asbury and the increase of said Negros; Said Negros and their increase to be equally divided between my said five grand children as aforesaid.
Item 4th. I give and bequeath to the sole and separate use of my grand daughter Sarah Coleman a Negro girl named Laura, for and during her natural life free from the control, contracts and liabilities of any future husband of said Sarah Coleman, and after her death, it is my will and wish that said Negro Laura and her increase if any, shall equally divided between the children of my said grand daughter Sarah, and if she should die without children or the representative of children, then the said Negro and increase is to revert to the brothers and Sisters of said Sarah.
Item. the 5th. I give and bequeath to the sole and separate use of my grand Daughter Salena J. Gilleland wife of W.J. Gilleland a Negro girl named Julia for and during her natural life, free from the control, contracts and liabilities of the present and any future husband of said Salena J. Gilleland, and after her death it is my will and wish, that said Negro Julia and her increase if any shall be equally divided between the children of my said grand Daughter Salena J. Gilleland, and if she should die without children or the representative of children then the said Negro and increase is to revert to the brothers and Sisters of said Salena J. Gilleland.
Item 6th. I give and bequeath and devise to my two grand sons Appling H. Pendergrass and John F. Coleman, the tract of land Whereon I now reside, lying in said county on Oconee River joining lands of Wm. Fen, Stewart McElhannon and the Edwin Pendergrass tract, containing two hundred acres more or less, forever in fee simple to be equally divided between the said Appling H. & John F. share and share alike.
Item the 7th. I give and bequeath to my grand son Appling H. Pendergrass a Negro boy named Marim, and one bed and furniture forever in fee simple.
Item 8th. I give and bequeath to my grand son John F. Coleman a Negro girl named Eliza, and one bed and furniture forever in fee simple. Also a Sorrel Mare colt called Jenny – Lind.
Item 9th I give and bequeath to my grand son John J. Pendergrass the sum of five Hundred dollars in cash.
Item 10th. I give and bequeath to my grand Daughter Elizabeth B. Pendergrass, the sum of five hundred Dollars in cash.
Item 11th. I give, bequeath and devise to my two grand sons Archilas H. Pendergrass & John J. Pendergrass sons of Edwin Pendergrass the tract of land whereon Edwin Pendergrass resided at his death, and adjoining the lands of James R. McCleskey & my home tract containing one hundred acres more or less forever in fee simple, said tract of land to be equally divided between the said Archilas H. & John J. Penergrass share and share alike.
Item 12th. I give and bequeath to my two grand Daughters, children of my son Edwin Pendergrass Naomi J. Pendergass & Elizabeth C. Pendergrass, to each of them the sum of five hundred dollars in cash.
Item. 13th. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Francis C. Pendergrass, daughter of my son Simon, the sum of three hundred dollars in cash. Also one bed and furniture.
Item 14th. Whereas on the 25th of January 1855 convey to Hugh M. Hodge in trust for my daughter Salina Hodge one Negro woman named Harriett and her two children Margary and Amanda for and during her natural life, and them to her children & on failure of children them to be disposed of by my will I therefore will & direct that in the event of the death of my said daughter Salina Hodge in that issue or children then it is my will and devise that said Negro woman Harriett & her two children Margury and Armanda & their increase shall go to & be vested in heirs at Law to be equally divided between them.
Item 15th. I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary H. Holiday, the sum of seven hundred dollars in cash forever in fee simple.
Item 16th It is my will and desire that my grand son Appling H. Pendergrass & John F. Coleman shall take care of & support my old servant Tony, during his life, and I hereby make his support a charge on their lands, devised in the 6th Item of this will.
Item 17th. It is my will and desire that my Executors shall divide the sum of one hundred dollars amongst my Negros as follows to wit: To Tilman Fifteen dollars, Jenny fifteen to Sampson fifteen dollars, to Mary fifteen dollars, to Jane fifteen dollars, to Marion fifteen dollars, to Hester & Tony five dollars.
Item 18th. It is my will and desire that all the ballance of my property not herein-before specifically divided boath real and personal shall be sold by my Executors hereafter named, on such terms as they shall think best and I hereby Authorise said Executors to sell the whole or any part of said property at private sale, if in their opinion Executors it shall be for the Interest of my estate or conducive to the contentment and happiness of my slaves.
Item 19th It is my will and desire that the balance of the money arising from the sale of the property specified in the 18th Item of this will shall, after paying off the monied legacies as aforesaid be equally divided amongst all the Legatees named & specified in this will, except my son Levi Pendergrass and Daughter Mary H. Holiday (and except also the Negros’ Legatees) who are to have no share in the residue of said fund as aforesaid.
Item 20th. In conclusion of the whole, I think I have in my judgement done the best I could have done, and if any of my Legatees become dissatisfied and commence any legal proceedings to set asid this will then I disinherit such Legatees, and give the legacy of such one to the others of my Legatees.
Item 21st. I hereby nominate and appoint my friends N.H. Pendergrass & P.F. Hinton my Executors to carry out & execute this will.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 25th day of January 1859.
John Pendergrass (seal)

[witness info. below – witnesses W.S. Thompson
Jackson Bell
J.H. Randolph] [probate February 4, 1868]JARRETT, NATHANIEL M., pages 43 – 44

 

Georgia
Jackson County
In the name of god Amen I Nathaniel M. Jarrett of said State and County knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of Death deem it right and proper that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me. I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
First. I ? and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life my soul I trust shall return to you who gave it.
Secondly. I deam? and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor hereinafter named & appointed.
Thirdly – I give bequeath & devise to my beloved Mother Frances Jarrett all my property boath real and personal of every discription whatever for and during her natural life and at her death I direct that the same be equally divided share and share alike between my Two Brothers Dihnas L. Jarrett & James A. Jarrett and my four sisters Eliza J. Williamson, Martha K.? Potts Frances A. Williamson and Sarah E. Silman and should either of my said brothers or sisters depart this life prior to the decease of my said mother Frances Jarrett leaving a child or children then and in that event said child or children are to receive the share or portion herein bequeathed to its or their Father or mother.
Fourthly – I hereby constitute and appoint my friend John N. Williamson Executor of this my last will and testament this the 8th June 1861
N.M. Jarrett (seal)

[witnesses John D. Long, J.G.M. Lester, W.S. Thompson – witness info. below will] [probate 13 Jan 1862- probate info. below will]RAGSDAL, WILLIAM S.

 

I William S. Ragsdal knowing that I am going into the service of my country and as life is uncertain & death Sure deem it right both as respects myself & family to make a disposition of the property that a kind providence has blessed me with Therefore I make this my last Will and testament.
Item 1st) I want my body buried in a christian like manner Suited to my circumstances in life
Item 2nd) I Want all my just debts paid by my Executor hereinafter named as soon as convenient.
Item 3rd) I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary A. Ragsdal one fifth part of my Estate during her Widdow Hood and when my said wife Mary A. Shall marry again it shall go to my child Adaline & be vested in her.
Item the 4th) I give and bequeath unto my child Adeline the other four fifths of my Estate and to remain in the hands of my Execuotors as guardians till She schall mary or come of age.
Item the 5th) It is my will that all my property both real and personal be sold to the highest bidder at the place where I now reside on a ? of Twelve months Except one gold Watch which I want my Executor to keep till my child Adeline is capable of Warring it.
Item the 6th) If my child Adeline should die before She comes of age or Marrys I want all my Estate to go to my brothers & Sisters and be equally divided between them.
Item 7th) I appoint my trusty friends A.A. Bennett & L.H. Shankle Executors to this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I here unto set my hand and affixed my Seal this the 10th day of May 1862
William S. Ragsdal (seal)
S.M. Shankle
Jessy? Lord
W.T. Butten

[probate 7 September 1863]
Index, Will Book A, 1803-1860

Items in bold appear in the Book A abstracts on this page. [Note:  This index is not complete.]

A
Adair, William M. 269
Adams, John 62
Adams, Thos. R.G. 176
Alexander, Harper 56
Allen, William 10
Allison, James 76
Angel, Anny 43
Anthony, Mary 309
Avery, Philip 26

B
Bagby, George 15
Bailey, William 143
Barker, Lewis 82
Barnett, Samuel 80
Barr, James 253
Baugh, Josiah H. 96
Bayle, Peter 53
Beard, Jean 22
Beavers, James 119
Beavers, Robert 4
Beavers, William 248
Bennett, Micajah 103
Bennett, William 136
Berry, John 6
Blalock, J.L. 406
Booth, James 325
Borders, Isaac 408
Borders, Michael 14
Borders, Stephen L. 227
Boring, Isaac 150
Boshan, Matthew 98
Bowen, Owen J. 118
Bowen, Thomas C. 356
Bradford, George 44
Braziel, Elizabeth 135
Braziel, Frederick 117
Brazleton, Jacob 196
Brooks, Middleton 337
Brown, Lemuel 323
Burson, Isaac 130

C
Carmichael, John 95
Carrell, James 49
Carter, John Martin [left out of index] Cash, John 271
Cash, Patrick 158
Castleberry, William 51
Chandler, Tabitha 242
Chandler, Sterling 420
Chrisler, Absalom 358
Clarke, Johnston 7
Cohran?, James 225
Cohran?, Mary 255
Coleman, John 68
Collins, Zachariah 100
Cowan, Elijah 46
Craft, Hannah 394
Craft, Polly 436
Crawford, John M. 172
Culpepper, Joseph 60
Cunningham, Andrew 188
Cunningham, Ansel 245
Cunningham, Elizabeth 197
Cunningham, J.T. 312
Cunningham, Mary 352
Curdon, Martha 48
Cuseton?, William 32

D
Dalton?, John 367
Dammon, Charles 127
Davis, Joseph 349
Davis, Pelina 415
Deal, William 13
Dean, Shadrich 69
Dickson, David 23
Dougherty, Charles 320

E
Elmore, James 57
Embry, Boly 205

F
Fern?, Leonidas 181
Finley, Mary 204?
Flagg, Chandler 155
Flournoy, Eliza 390
Fowler, Nathan 66
Freeman, Jonathan 333

G
Gathwright, W.M. 422
Gideon, James 65
Gilbert, John 160
Glenn, James 219
Goodman, John T. 270
Gowan, James M. 269
Green, John 17

H
Haggard, Samuel 37
Hargrove, James 400
Harris, Frederick 294
Harris, Jesse 125
Harris, Joseph 233
Harrison, Coleman 418
Harrison, John 296
Harrison, Joseph 147
Harrison?, Thomas 41
Harrison, Tilman 346
Harter?, Alexander 56_?
Hayden, William 19
Hayden, George 20
Hays, George 266
Heard, Elizabeth 246
Heard, Richard 72
Heard, William 107
Henderson, A.H. 379
Henderson, David 79
Henderson, James D. 366
Henderson, John G. 232
Henderson, Josiah 120
Henderson, Samuel 145
Henderson, Samuel R. 194
Hendrix, Finnel 326
Hickman, William 64
Hiner, Lewis 132
Hobson, N. 28
Hodge, James 414
Holliday, Robert M. 330
Holmes, Davie? 340
Horton, Prosser 88
Howard, Hardy 431
Howard, Sarah 222
Hughy, J.A. 396
Humphreys, Joseph 33

J
Jarrett, Martha 405
Johnson, Sanford W. 421
Johnson, Thomas 373
Johnson, Thomas 81
Jones, Jane 262
Jones, Russell 152
Justice, David 178
Justus, John 140

K
Kerbow, Soloman 301
Key, Tandy 229
King, John 244
King, John 255
Kolb, Jonathan 42
Knox, Samuel 211

L
Lambert, John 91
Landrum, Joseph 319
Langford, William 292
Langston, Samuel 109
Lay, Elijah 354
Lay, William N. 281
Legg, Nat 131
Lott, William 265
Lowery, Levi 286
Lowery, Martha 351

M
Martin, John 1
Martin, John 146
Martin, W.D. 359
Mathews, William 377
Mays, Benjamin 105
McCarty, John 216
McDowell, Margaret 106
McDowell, Michael 99
McElhanan, John 189
McGehee, Nathan 1
McKinney, Charles 173
McKinney, Charles 183
McLesky, James R. 433
McLester, Joseph 328
McLester, W.M. 434
Miller, John 122
Milsaps, Thomas 124
Minish, Isaac 318
Minish, John 395
Minnish, Elizabeth 430
Moon, Robert 102
Moore, William 113
Morgan, William 25
Morris, Henry C. 311
Morris, John 36
Morrison, Alexander 239

N
Nash, James 203
Nash, Margaret 362
Neil, Thomas 90
Newton, William 13
Niblack, Thomas 258
Nicholson, Ann 241
Nixon, Travis 179

O
Oliver, Elizabeth 363
Orr, James 61
Orr, John 121

P
Park, Hannah 221
Park, William 334
Patton, Samuel Y. 126
Pendergrass, Elivan? 374
Petty, Adah 254
Pettyjohn, Jacob 34
Pharr, Francis 142
Philips, Thomas 185
Pickens, John 141
Pool, Samuel 128
Potts, Henry 306
Potts, William 209

R
Randolph, W.L. 427
Ratchford, Joseph 174
Ratchford, Robert 282
Ray, William 417
Reynolds, William 133
Rider, Benjamin 372
Roberson, Aley 201
Roberson, John 199
Rogers, James 403
Rogers, John 333

Rogers, John 353
Rogers, Rhoda 186
Ryan, Obedience 223
Ryan, Phil 257
Ryon, Phil 93

S
Scisson, John 75
Scott, Joseph 70
Sexon, Soloman 298
Shankle, Eli 344
Shankle, James W. 284
Sharp, Nathan 299
Sharp, Noah C. 407
Shaw, William 156
Shields, Joseph 74
Shotwell, N. 391
Smith, James 47
Smith, James 235
Smith, Mary 278
Snow, Henry 38
Stapler, Robert 274
Stapler, Ruth 195
Stapler, Thomas 114
Staton, Uriah 393
Stewart, Mary 375
Stockton, Benjamin 316
Stonaham, Henry 58
Storey, Thomas 78
Stovall, John 260
Street, Samuel 218
Strickland, Elizabeth 322

T
Tait, James 213
Thompson, Sherod 270
Thornton, Mark 307
Thurmond, Harrison 276
Thurmond, James 29
Thurmond, William 425
Titsworth, Isaac 249
Trout, Nathaniel 30
Trout, Sarah 208

V
Venable, Robert 155

W
Wafford, Absalom 180
Walker, Elizabeth 279
Walker, Henry 12
Wallace, Levi 108
Wallace, Rachael 171
Wallins, Michael 111
Watkins, J.C. 429
Watson, Obediah 94
Weatherford, Charles 52
Wheeler, James 357
White, Jesse 321
Whitworth, Jacob 40
Willborne, James 410
Williamson, Micajah 139
Williamson, William 191
Willingham, Harriet 234
Wilson, George 137
Wilson, Lucy 159
Wilson, Michael 370
Wilson, Samuel 84
Wilson, Thomas M. 119
Wilt, Middleton 412
Winters, J. 134
Winters, Richard 112
Winters, W.M. 332
Witt, Thomas 365
Wood, William M. 399
Wood, Wilton B. 398
Worsham, Lad? 303
Wright, John 9

Will Book A, 1803-1860

John Martin Carter, Book A

Left out of index, but on page 1 – mentions wife Elizabeth, will dated 6 Jan 1802, probate 7 Feby 1803

 

Nathan McGehee, Book A, p. 1

Mentions sons Jesse, Robert, Osburn, Solomon, Nathan, Miel?, daughter Patsey

 

Robert Beavers, Book A, p. 4

Will dated 12 Jan 1805, probate 28 Jan 1805

Mentions wife Jane, eldest daughter Esther Hunt, son Joseph, daughter Rachael Brooks, daughter Polly Freeman, and other children Reuben, Patsey, Elizabeth, Salley, Charity, John and Silas.

Also mentions Sarah Watson (no relationship stated)

Executor — son, Reuben Beavers

Witnesses — Ezekiel Strickland, Solomon Strickland, William Headen(?)

 

John Berry, Book A, p. 6

Will dated 6 Jan 1802, probate 28 Jany 1805

Mentions wife Martha, five children: Joshua, Robert, William, Mary, Elizabeth.

 

Johnston Clarke, Book A, p. 7

Will dated 3 Sep 1805, probate 3 March 1806

Mentions wife Sarah, son James, half plantation to wife, other half to son James, daughter Hannah Henderson, daughter Patsey, sister Anne Freeman if alive, children Jane, Hannah, Patsey.

 

John Wright, Book A, p. 9

Probate 5 May 1806

Mentions wife Ayle?, daughter Aletha York, children Salley, Hannah, Reese, Cornelius, Patsey, Cassey

 

William Allen, Book A, page 10

Will dated 25 Aug 1806, probate 6 Oct 1806

Mentions wife Elizabeth, four sons William, Robert, Beverly, Thomas

 

Henry Walker, Book A, p. 12

Will dated 2 Aug 1806, probate 6 Jan 1807

Mentions wife Christan, daughter Jane Paulson?, son Elethen?, children Jonathan Walker, Elizabeth Hewett, sons John, William, daughter Martha Ship

Legatees after wife’s death Jonathan Walker, Elizabeth Hewett, Jane Paulin?, John Walker, Martha Ship, William Walker, Elethen Walker, also mentions son-in-law William Ship

 

William Deal, Book A, p. 13

Will dated 23 July 1802, probate 23 April 1804

Mentions wife Jemima

 

William Newton, Book A, p. 13

Will dated 15? Oct 1802, probate 23 April 1804

Mentions mother Mary Newton, aunt ? Eakin, one of witnesses is George Eakin

 

MICHAEL BORDERS, Book A, page 14

In the name of God Amen I Michael Borders being in perfect mind & memory though very sick do make this my last Will and testament in manner & form following

Item my will is first that all my property I shall hereafter mention first be valued by men who may be chosen for that purpose and then the property to be divided amongst my heirs which I shall hereafter mention by the valuation or price set thereon by appraisers if the Legatees can agree in such division but they the said Legatees cannot agree in taking the property at the appraisement as aforesaid then my Will is that all the property hereafter to be mentioned be sold at public Sale & the money which arise threfrom be equally between my daughter Esther Graham, Isaac Borders, John Borders, Rachael Hixon Stephen Borders Phebe Borders & Ruth Borders after first giving my wife Mary Borders her portion which is to be equal to two of the other Legatees Also my will is that before the division is made as before mentioned after the value of my property being ascertained that my daughter Margaret Click shall have four dollars to be paid her by my executors hereafter to be mentioned out of the said appraisement as her Legacy The property which is to be divided in manner & form as before mentioned is as follows (viz) Three hundred twenty three acres of land together with all the improvements thereon Also five negroes names Bob Joe Devis? Ephraim & Moses Also nine head of horses also all my Stock of cattle sheep hogs & geese together with all my household furniture & using tools of all kinds that I possess Also one Waggon & geer & one Still also all my money together with all the debts that is due me

Item I give & bequeath all the above mentioned properties as before mentioned to my heirs as I have named and do make this my last will & testament I Also appoint & ordain my wife Mary Borders & John Borders as my executors to this my last will & testament to act & divide as I have therein directed & to have full power to collect all my debts & settle all the Legacies herein mentioned This my last Will & testament Signed with my hand and Sealed with my seal this 7th day of September 1804

Micail Border (seal)

Signed in presence of

James Rogers

Thos Johnson

The word agree was interlined before assigned

[probate below will -6th Jany 1807]

 

George Bagby, Book A, p. 15

Will dated 21 Feb 1806, probate 7 July 1807

Mentions wife Miriam, sons John, Joseph, Thomas, Abner, Henry, William & George Washington Bagby, daughters Dicey Wood, Sally Wood, Racael Spears, youngest daughter Betsey Jefferis? Bagby

JOHN GREEN, Book A, page 17

In the name of God Amen, I John Green of Jackson county & State of Georgia being sick in body but of perfect mind & memory & calling to mind the mortality of my body do make & ordain this & no other to be my last will & testament in manner & form following (viz) 1st I recommend my Soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it me & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors & and as touching such worldly estate Wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give dispose & bequeath the same as follows (viz)

1st It is my desire that my lawful Debts be paid

2nd I will to dearly beloved wife Jane Green the plantation whereon She is going to live with a negro girl named Lucy & one feather bed & furniture during her life or Widowhood & also one bay horse a cow & calf together with such plantation tools as may be necessary to carry on a farm which said property at her death or marriage shall belong to my son William Green & provided the before mentioned negro girl Luci given to my wife & then William shall bring forth children the first child shall belong to my daughter Margarett the to my daughter Matilda & the third to my daughter Sarah & the said negro with the rest of her ofsprings shall be Williams with one roan horse or his value when he becomes of age

3rd I will to daughter Margarett one horse & saddle worth seventy five Dollars one cow & calf & one bed & furniture

4th I will to my son John Green when he becomes of age one negro boy named David & one sorrel colt

5th I will to my daughter Matilda Green one horse & saddle worth seventy five Dollars one cow & calf one bed & furniture

6th I will to my daughter Sarah Green one horse & saddle worth seventy five Dollars one cow & calf one bed and furniture

7th It is my will that one tract of land lying in Wayne County first District No 383 Shall be sold & the sum received for it be equally divided among my wife & children & all Debts as shall be due to me as shall be collected shall constitute to pay my Debts & support the family And I do hereby constitute & appoint Jane Green & Robert Bickers and Thomas Wilson my sole executors of this my last will and testament in Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 23rd day April 1807

John Green (sealed)

Test

Jno. Wilson

John J. Mobley

Jas. Willson

[probate below will – 2 Nov 1807]

 

JEAN BEARD, Book A, page 22

Georgia, Jackson County

In the name of God Amen

I Janett Beard of the county of Jackson & state of Georgia being in a low State of health but of sound mind & memory do make and ordain this my last will & testament as follows after my death my (word soul? probably left out) to God who gave it & my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my children

2? It my will out my worldly estate that debts paid

3rdly That daughter Elizabeth shall have twenty five dollars out of my estate 4thly I will & bequeath to my daughter Jean my bed bedstead & furniture &? my two wheels & Loom & also to have & equal Share with her two younger brothers of all my worldly estate, only one bed & bedstead & furniture I will & bequeath to be divided between my two sons George and Thomas & all the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between these two boys and Jean when my executors thinks it most proper after paying my two elder sons William & Alexander five Shillings each one I do assign this as my last will & testament given under my hand & Seal this 23rd day of March 1806

Jean Beard (seal)

William Beard

Alexander Beard

Executors

Test

Claborn Castleberry

Mary Beard

James Barr

[probate]Georgia

Jackson County

Personally came before me Clabourn Castleberry & James Barr & being duly sworn saith that they were present & did see Jane Beard assign the within Will & heard her acknowledge the same as her act & deed & that Mary Beard was a subscribing witness with these deponents to the same

Claborne Castleberry

James Barr

sworn to in open court

this 5th Sept 1808

Edw Adams Clk

 

WILLIAM MORGAN, Book A, pp. 25-26

[page 25]

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I William Morgan of the State & county aforesaid being in sound mind & memory but in a low State of health & believing the time of my departure is at hand in discharge of my duty to my family I do make & ordain this my last Will & testament as follows

Item I give in manner & form following

Item I give & bequeath to my wife Pricilla Morgan one negro woman named Feriby & her increase during her natural life & ther to be divided equally amongst my children also I leave all my horses cattle hogs, sheep & geese together with my beds & household furniture

& working tools of all kinds a machine & still except such as shall be Judged necessary to be sold for the payment of my Debts. To my wife Priscilla to her use & the use of my children as she remain[?]in Widowhood & then to be equally divided amongst my children

Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Patsey Shepherd one negro girl named Minty which she has in possession

Item I give to my son Blake Morgan one negro boy named Adam

Item I give & bequeath to my son William Morgan Ned

Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Joice Morgan one negro boy named Peter

Item I give & bequeath to my son Jesse Morgan one negro boy Ihhan[?]by name

Item I give & bequeath to my three youngest daughters Priscilla[?]Morgan Esther Morgan & Mahala Morgan two negro girls named Dilce, & Vina, with all their increase to be equally divided between them the said Priscilla, Esther, & Mahala when the said Priscilla   shall be of lawful age

Item My will is that all my land shall be sold at the descretion of my executors & that my daughter Joice have sixty dollars the money arising from the sale of said land also that my son Jesse have twenty dollars out of the said money, the balance of the money for said land I leave to the descretion of my executors to purchase a tract of land for the support of my family or divide it with all my children

I hereby nominate and appoint Samuel Hay & my wife Priscilla Morgan whole, & soles[?] executors to this my last

[page 26]

will & testament in witness whereof I hereunto set my

hand & seal this 26th day of April 1809 signed sealed

& delivered in presence of         his

James Rogers               William x Morgan {seal}

Ephraim Patrick                   mark

David Tuttle

Georgia

Jackson County

Personally came before me James

Rogers & David Tuttle & made oath that

they did see William Morgan sign the within Will

& that they also saw Ephraim Patrick sign the same as

a Witness Sworn to in open court this 1st day of May

  1. James Rogers

Edwd. Adams clk                     David Tuttle

p. 314, Inventories, Appraisements, Returns and Sales, 1800 – 1832, Jackson Co., GA

1811 A return on the Estate of Wm. Morgan Deceased by
Samuel Hay

Amount of money Received                         $84.4*
                                                 ======
Amount of money paid out                        $159.6*

1816
April 5th Paid Blake Morgan one cow Half & Bed
No 1

Dec 12th
1814      Paid Blake Morgan one negro boy Adam by
No 2      Name

March 1st
1816
No 3      Paid Note due Ephraim Patrick $27.00

1815
Jany 9th  Paid John Newton who married Joice Morgan
No 4      one negro boy named Peter

1815
Jany 12th Paid Do in part of Joice Morgan one bedsted &
No 5      furniture

1816      Paid John Newton Eighteen dollars sixty one cents
Feby 17   for the tuition of Priscilla & Esther Morgan

1814 & 1815 Paid tax nine dollars & Eighty eight cents
No 7 & 8

May 1st 1815 Paid two dollars sixty two cents for tuition
No 9         Joicy Morgan

No 10  Decr 1816 Paid Thomas Stapler Eighteen dollars & fifty cents
                 for tuition money for Jesse & Joice Morgan

No 11
6th Decr  Paid John Newton in right of his wife who was
          one of the legatees of Wm. Morgan decd $60.12 1/*

No 12  Paid E Adams for letters of Guardianship $2.00

Submitted by Dawn Watson

 

NATHANIEL TROUT, Book A, page 30

Georgia, Jackson County

I Nathaniel Trout being of very low & imperfect health of body but of sound mind & memory & calling to mind that is appointed by divine providence for all men once to die do make constitute & ordain this my last Will & testament Revoking & disannulling all other wills heretofore made by me – I bequeath my soul to almighty God, who first gave it & my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried at the discretion of my executors & all my worldly goods which it has being? pleased God to bless me with I do give & dispose of in the manner & form following, viz

Item 1st It is my will that all my Just debts Should be paid out of such of my estate as can be the best spared and the balance of my estate both real & personal to be kept together untill twelve years from & after this date hereof then for it to be equally divided both real & personal between my beloved Wife Salley Trout, & my six beloved children viz, Elizabeth H., Tilman, William Herbert, Jeremiah, Jackson, & Louisa, by sale or otherwise as may best conduce to their common interest under the superintendence of my executors

Item 2nd It is my will & I do hereby constitute & appoint my beloved wife Salley Trout James Tilman & Dixon Tilman my whole & sole executors to this my last will & testament – In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand & affix my seal the 3rd day of November 1809

Nat Trout (Seal)

Witness

  1. Tillman

John Espey

Miles Gathright

[probate witnesses below will – Miles Gathright 21 March 1810 & William Tilman & John Espey 7th May 1810]

 

JONATHAN KOLB, Book A, page 42

In the name of God, Amen, the seventeenth of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & eleven. I Jonathan Kolbe of Jackson County & State of Georgia being under an disposition of body but of sound memory & senses & disposing mind & memory thanks be to God, for all his mercies & calling to remembrance the transitoriness of this life & that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will & testament in manner & form following

(Viz) I will that all my Just debts and funeral charges be paid by my executors hereafter named

Item, I will to my beloved wife Susannah Kolb shall have her living of the land & primises whereon I now reside during her life or widowhood with her part of all the rest of my estate, including her bed & its furniture With her wearing clothes And als? I bequeath a horn saddle & bridle, the horse by the name of Dick & her third part of the rest of my estate excepting my land which She has to have her living of as above discribed, is to devolve to the rest of my heirs after her decease.

Item, To my first child Harris Kolb I will a horse bridle & saddle the horse named Jack

Item, The rest of my children which is Nancey, Sophia, Rebeccah, Harmon, James, Maryann, Jonathan Richard I. & Susannah, all Shear & Shear alike with that part of the property that is to be sold all but the land that is to be equally divided between the five sons above mentioned Harris Kolb is included with the five sons above mentioned I do appoint James Cash & Susannah Kolb whole & sole executors of this my last Will & testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made, prior, to the date of this In witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day and date above written

Jonathan Kolb (seal)

Signed sealed in presence of as my ? Will & testament

Ephraim Lindsey

Patrick Cash

[probate 2nd March 1812]

 

ANNY ANGEL, Book A, page 43

Georgia, Jackson County

I Anny Angel of the county & state aforesaid being low & weak in body but of sound & disposing mind & memory & wishing to dispose of such worldly property as I have do make & ordain my last will & testament in manner & form following, to wit, First, I give & bequeath to my five grand daughters Cynthia Lee Johns, Talitha Pierce Johns, Harriett Christian Johns, Louisainia Johns, & Martha Gibson Johns, daughters of Bartlett Johns, all my estate both real & personal that I am now possessed of (to wit), one tract of land of one hundred & thirty two acres which I purchased of Sarah Cowan in said county of Jackson, also all my Stock of horses, cattle, hogs & sheep & all my beds & furniture household & kitchen furniture of every kind or description whatever unto my aforesaid five grand daughters their heirs & assigns forever each to have her proportion of said estate, when the youngest of them Shall become of lawful age, to be equally divided among them I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my son in law Bartlett Johns my executor of this my last Will and testament, In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 18th day of March 1812

Ann (her mark) Angel

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of

Test Horatio Webb

Bartlett C. Johns

Pheby (her mark) Johns”

 

JAMES SMITH, Book A, p. 47

wife — Ann Smith

daughters — Polly, Nancy, Anna

sons — William, Samuel

others — Nicholas Jarratt, his son James Jarratt

executors — John Smith, James Smith, Silas Smith

witnesses — William Ellington, Wm. Hancock, James Glenn

date made not given

probated 1 Mar 1812

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

WILLIAM CASTLEBERRY, Book A, page 51

Georgia Jackson County, November 15th 1812

In the name of God Amen, I William Castleberry being weak in body but in my perfect senses & understanding do make this my last will & testament

Item 1st I give & bequeath to my loving wife Lucretia Castleberry all my estate real & personal without any reserve whatsoever to have & to hold during her life of Widowhood but if she marries she shall inherit none of the aforesaid estate but shall be equally divided between my five youngest children But if she & her husband should she marry will appraise the property & pay unto those children their proportionable parts in money they may keep the property but if not the executors of this my last will & testament shall take the property to be applied to the most useful purpose of those children required in witness whereof I set my hand & seal this fifteenth of November in the year of our lord eighteen hundred & twelve, signed sealed & acknowledged in presence of

Test

Odian Castleberry

Elijah Robey

Mark Castleberry

[on right side]William (his mark) Castleberry (Seal)

Lucretia Castleberry (her Mark) (Seal)

[probate witnesses – Odian Castleberry 12 May 1813 and Elijah Robey 5 July 1813]

 

 

NATHAN FOWLER, Book A, page 66

Georgia

Jackson County

I Nathan Fowler of the State & county aforesaid being old & infirm in body but of sound & disposing mind & memory & wishing to dispose of what little property the lord has been pleased to bless me with do make & ordain this my last Will & testament in manner & form following (to wit)

First I have provided & given to my two oldest children to wit, Talitha & Zephaniah their full proportion of my estate, but upon further consideration I give each of them one dollar more. Secondly I give & bequeath to my beloved son Hillery fifty acres of land beginning at the upper corner on the river & running up the road including his own plantation. Thirdly I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Eleshba Rowland fifty acres of land beginning at the road adjoining Rowland own line thence to the upper corner Joining Pearce thence out for quantity with also my two horses & all my cattle of every discreption (the oxen excepted) Fourthly I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Elephalett Jones children the remainder of my tract of land including my plantation with all the working tools thereto belonging & also my sorrel mare & colt. Fifthly I give & bequeath to my beloved daughter Abisha Beauchamp my negro fellow called Abram after paying all my just debts. Sixthly I hereby appoint Isaac Cowen my executor to this my last will & testament hereby revoking all will or wills by me heretofore made – In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 14th day of September 1815 Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us

Isaac Cowen

Medey White

? C. Green

W? (his mark) Pearce

[on right side]Nathan Fowler (seal)[probate witnesses below will – Wiley Pierce 7 July 1817 & Medey White, Wm M. Green 4 August 1817]

 

JOSEPH SHIELDS, Book A, p. 74

wife — Peggy Shields

son — James Shields

daughter — Jane Thurmond

sons-in-law — Thomas Thurmond, Matthew Wiley

grandson — John Ragains

witnesses — John Boring, Levy Lowry, B. Mayo

executors — son, James Shields; Elijah Oliver

made 15 Mar 1818

probated 4 May 1818

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

 

THOMAS JOHNSON, Book A, p. 81

wife — Mary Johnson

sons — Daniel, Stephen, William, George

daughter(?) — Sally Trapp

mentions “six children” but doesn’t name them

witnesses — Polley Ratchford, Edw. Adams, Charles Smith

executors — Hugh Montgomery, Joseph Davis, Edward Adams

made 13 Sep 1821

probated 17 Nov 1821

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

ZACHARIAH COLLINS, Book A, page 100

I Zachariah Collins of the County of Jackson & State of Georgia do make declare & publish this my last Will & testament in manner & form following to be carried into full effect by my executor hereinafter named (to wit) First My will is that all my Just debts be paid – Secondly I give unto my loving wife Sarah during her natural life the tract of land whereon I now live together with all my remaining Estate reserving to each of my children who may be unmarried at the time of my decease a comfortable support & home upon the same, so long as they may remain in that State and further after the death of said wife I give unto my son Abraham Collins the aforesaid tract of land together with the remaining part of my estate upon his paying to each of my other children the following sums of money herein after stated (to wit) to my son James Collins the sum of fifty dollars, to Eady Wallice wife of Thompson Wallice one hundred dollars, to John Collins the sum of one hundred dollars, to Rhoda Wright wife of Ellis Wright the sum of one hundred & seventy dollars to Sarah Collins one hundred & seventy dollars, to Henry Collins one hundred dollars, to Elizabeth Collins the sum of one hundred & seventy dollars, to Priscilla Collins the sum of one hundred & seventy dollars to be paid in seven biannual enstalments beginning with the first herein before named, so on untill the said several sums are paid still reserving to my unmarried daughters a comfortable support & home upon said tract of land I further give unto my daughter Sarah Collins one feather bed & furniture To my daughter Elizabeth one feather bed & furniture, To my daughter Priscilla one feather bed & furniture further my will is that I be a fortunate drawer in the present contemplated State land lottery that it may be equally divided amongst all my children herein before named except my son Abraham who is not to have any interest therein. I do hereby appoint my son Abraham Executor of this my last will & testament Signed sealed & acknowledged published & declared in presence of

Russel Jones

G.D. Lester

Sophia Jones

[on right side]Zachariah (his mark) Collins (LS)

I Zachariah Collins do hereby revoke & make void so much of this my last will as entitles my son James Collins to any part of my estate either real or personal in as much as I have already given him an equal proportion of the same & I further deduct from the legacy herein before left to my daughter Rhoda Wright one hundred dollars

[probate 1 March 1824]

 

ROBERT MOON, Book A, page 102

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God, Amen

I Robert Moon of said county being sick tho of good mind & memory calling to mind the certainty of death & the uncertainty of life do think proper to make this my last will & testament revoking all other wills heretofore by me made this only to be my last will (Viz)

1st After my burial expences are paid & all my Just debts it is then my will that all the remaining part of my property shall remain together for the support & education of all my children to be under the care & guardianship of my executors herein after to be named untill the youngest child shall become of lawful age. Then it is my will that an equal division shall take place amongst my children & the negro girl now living at James Millicans on a loan return home & remain together with rest of my property untill a division shall take place as above mentioned.

2nd I nominate constitute & appoint my three sons William Moon; Robert Moon & Archabald Moon, my executors to carry this my last will into effect in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal 14th day of March 1824

Robert (his mark) Moon (seal)

Signed Sealed & acknowledged in presence of us

  1. Moon

Jos. J. Scott

W.D. Martin J.J.C.

[probate – witnesses Boler Moon & Joseph J.? Scott – 3 May 1824]

 

JAMES BEAVERS, Book A, p. 119

daughters — Martha Beavers, Jane Bishop, Mary Beavers

mentions land and money in Kentucky

witnesses — Charity Shields, Mary Freeman, James Shields

date made 9 Dec 1826

probated 19 Jun 1827

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

Thomas Milsaps, Book A, page 124

Submitted by Carol Bailey Burnham

Georgia, Jackson County, In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Milsaps of the State & County aforesaid, being in sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament. First I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a decent Christian burial. Secondly I appoint constitute and ordain my son Fuller Milsaps and my son Ezekiel Milsaps as executors to this my last will and testament. As to my worldly goods I give and bequeath in the following manner:

First I give to my son Ezekiel the land and plantation whereon I now live and one hundred acres adjoining Jacob Milsaps on Barbers Creek and one Lot in the third district Houston No. 187. I further give to my son Ezekiel Milsaps my negro fellow Jim, together with all my stock of horses, cattle and other live stock whatsoever together with all my household and kitchen furniture. All the balance of my property is to be equally divided amongst all my children. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this 5th day of Mar 1825.

Witt: Green Steed                   Signed: Thomas X Milsaps

Lewis X Franklin

Fanny X Steed

Georgia, Jackson County. Proved in open court by oath of Green Steed and Fanny Steed two of the witnesses to said will the 2nd of Mar 1829.

Signed: Edward Adams, Clerk

 

JOHN JUSTUS, Book A, page 140

Georgia

Jackson County

I John Justus of the county & State aforesaid being old & infirm of body but of sound and disposing mind & wishing to dispose of what worldly property it has pleased God to bless me with do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner & form following hereby revoking all former will or wills by me heretofore made

First It is my will that all my just debts be punctually & honourably paid

2nd I give to my son David Justus my negro man Sam

3rd I give to my son Henry Justus my negro boy Ned

4th I give to my son Stephen Justus my negro woman called by Lid & I also give to my grand daughter Elvira Justus the oldest daughter of my son Stephen Justus my negro girl Zenia

5th I give to my son Allen Justus my negro girl called little Lid

6th I give to my daughter Keziah McCutchen my negro woman called Hannah?

7th I give to my daughter Patsey McCutchen my negro woman called Amy & her boy child called Isaiah

8th I give to my daughter Dolley Blalock my negro woman called old Liddy & my negro girl Betsey

9th I give to my grand children the heirs of my son William Justus deceased to wit James Johnson Justus, Betsey Gilliun Justus & Thirsa Justus the sum of one hundred dollars each to be raised from estate

10th I give to my son in law Aaron Combs one dollar

11th The residue of my estate not herein specially willed away both Land & other property, is to be by my executor hereafter to be appointed to be disposed of in the best possible manner he may think proper & after paying my debts & the money specially willed away & incidental expences paid to be divided in two equal parts, the one part or half to be given to my son Henry Justus & the other part or half to my daughter Keziah McCutchen

Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint Henry Justus executor to this my last will & testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this ninth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & twenty nine?

John (his mark) Justus (sealed)

signed sealed & acknowledged in presence of

Edward Bradford

David Bradford

George Bradford

[probate below will – 3 Jan 1831]

 

JOHN MARTIN

, Book A, p. 146

Submitted by Kjfarris February 19, 2003

Will dated Apr. 16, 1830, probated Feb. 8, 1831, Recorded pp. 146-147

Georgia } I, John Martin, of the County & State aforesaid

Jackson County} being of somewhat afflicted in body but being

of sound mind & memory, and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, in manner & form following to wit.

First. I give my soul to God who gave it. and Secondly I give my body to be buried in Christian Burial order.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary Martin one hundred acres of Land, being a part of the tract or parcel of Land whereon I now live. taken off so as to include the dwelling House, and all out buildings, with all my cattle, hogs, Sheep & poultry, with one Grey mare, one chestnut Sorrel Mare and one Bright Sorrel Mare, with all my plantation Tools, Vehicles and implements as a home and support for my daughters Nancy and Ruthy, during their Virginity, and a home for my younger Sons till they arrive at the age of Twenty one years – To have and to hold during her natural life, and all to be disposed of at her discretion save the said one hundred acres of Land, which at her death shall become the property of my two sons Levi and Maliki.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my Son William Martin Twenty pounds of Goose Feathers. To my Daughter Betsy Hunter one Brindel Cow and Calf which she now has in possession. To my Son Elisha Martin, one young Spanish Horse and one Rifle Gun. To my son John Martin one brown Mare and one Rifle Gun.To my Son Elijah Martin one brown Filly and one Musket. To my son Levi one sorrel Colt and one Shot Gun. To my son Simeon one bay Mare Colt and one Shot Gun.

Fiftly, I do appoint constitute and ordain, my wife Mary Martin Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this day and year written. This April 16th, 1830.

Signed, Sealed & delivered in the presence of John ( X) Martin.

Wit. John J. McCullock

James Shields

Georgia} Personally appeared in open Court John J. and James Shields and after being Sworn

Jackson County} deposith and Saith, that they saw John Martin Sign the within will ad did so themselves as witnesses.

Sworn to and subscribed before me February 8th, 1831

James J. McCullock

James Shields.

William Cowan, Clk. C. O.

 

ISAAC BORING, Book A, page 150

Georgia

Jackson County

I Isaac Boring Sen of the County & State aforesaid, being of perfect sound mind & disposing memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of life, do hereby make my last will and Testament, revoking all other wills heretofore made by me;

Item 1st. I resign my Body to the Grave, and my Soul into the hands of a gracious God, in hope of a glorious resurrection and everlasting life.

Item 2nd. I desire that all my Just debts be discharged.

Item 3rd. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Phebe Boring, all the land partaining to the Tract whereon I now reside, including the plantation and appurtenances together with all my stock of Horses, Hogs, Cattle &c and also the following Negroes to wit. Moses, Jane, Esther, Lewis, Moriah, Reuben, Willis, Caroline, Clary, Mary, and Polly during the term of her natural life, with a discretion in her my said wife Phebe, and my Executors hereafter named, to sell any of the personal or real property above specified, or implied, at any time they may think proper, & best adapted to the interest of the Legatees.

Item 4th. At the decease of my wife, Phebe Boring, I give and bequeath to my children hereafter named, an equal dividend of all the property specified in the above and third item, or the proceeds thereof, to wit, John Boring, Elizabeth Lyle, Robert Boring, Phebe Johnson, Isaac Boring, Phebe Johnson having regard to the property already given, and for which receipts are taken.

Item 5th. I give and bequeath to my daughter Susannah Tait five dollars, to be paid to her by my Executor out of my money arising from the Sales of any of my property.

Item 6th. I give and bequeath to my Grand Children Asenath Adams, Sarah Adams, Elizabeth Adams, Joseph Adams, Penelope Adams, Delilah Tait, and Mary Tait, one Seventh part of my Estate, placing them in the same situation, and allowing them collectively the same share allowed to the rest of my children.

Item 7th. I give and bequeath to my Grand Children by my daughter Asenath Wafer, deceased, to wit, Thomas Wafer, James Jackson Wafer, one seventh part of my Estate. Viz one seventh to be equally divided between the two.

Item 8th. I give and bequeath to my Grand daughter Sarah Adams, named in the Sixth Item, in addition to that Legacy, one Feather Bed and furniture, one Cow and Calf –

Item 9th. I give and bequeath to my Grandson James Jackson Wafer one feather Bed and furniture, and one Horse Colt in addition to his Legacy aforesaid.

Item 10th. All the residue of my Estate, real or personal, to wit., two Tracts Land in the County of Lee, two Tracts in the County of Gwinnett, one in Jackson whereon David Thomas formerly and adjoining Waid Slaton, I give and bequeath to my Children & Grand Children under the same rule and proportion by which their several Legacies are herein before regulated. and that my Executor do proceed to sell and dispose of the said Lands, as soon as it may be thought by them to be most expedient and condusive to the Interest of the respective Legatees, and that distribution of the proceeds thereof may be made.

Item 11th. It is to be understood as the true intent and meaning of the foregoing Items making distribution of my property between my Children and Grand Children, that each respective Family of Grand Children, are to be entitled to no more than an Individual Child from whom they decended would be entitled, upon an equal division of the whole property. It is also to be understood: that by the word appurtenances, in the third Item, is intended to embrace Household and Kitchen furniture, working Tools, or whatever may be found upon the premises belonging to me.

Item 12th. It is my Will and desire that should both of my Grand Children, Thomas Wafer, and James Jackson Wafer, decease while in an Age of minority, and hierless, that all the property bequeathed to them shall revert to my other Children, and in the same proportion of their other Legacies.

I do hereby appoint Phebe Boring, John Boring, and Isaac Boring my lawful Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 14th day of September 1829. Sealed, Signed & delivered in the presence of

  1. Pentecost

Edmond Hunnicutt

Richard Pentecost

[on right side] Isaac Boring (Seal)[probate below will – 7 June 1831]

 

ABSALOM WAFFORD, Book A, page 180

Georgia

Jackson County

I Absalom Wafford of the County & State aforesaid being old and infirm of body but of sound mind & memory, and wishing to settle my worldly affairs do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner & form following that is to say

first. I will that all my just debts honestly & punctually paid.

Secondly. It is my will that all the estate after the payment of my debts as I have directed which I may have at the time of my death be divided among my children and Grand Children as follows:

that is to my Grand daughter, Eliza Wafford, one horse, & one cow, & one Bed & my household & Kitchen furniture –

Thirdly – To my daughter Hannah Wallace, one Bed –

Fourthly – To my Grand Son John Wafford, all my tools of every kind –

fifthly – all the property not named in the above will to go to the payment of my debts at the pleasure of my Executor –

and lastly – I do hereby nominate & appoint my Son-in-law John Wallace Executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof hereunto I set my hand and seal this eighteenth day October 1832 –

Absalom Wafford (seal)

Signed & sealed, & acknowledged in the presence of

John Clark

Mary (her mark) Wallace

 

CHARLES McKINNEY, Book A, page 183

Georgia

Jackson County

I Charles McKinney being far advanced in age, and being concious from the couse of nature that I cannot live very long, and being desirous to make my own division of my property, do make this my last will and Testament –

first – I will that all my property both real and personal be sold to the best advantage, and distributed as follows –

first – I give to my Daughter Rachel Webb fifty dollars and to Horatio Webb one hundred and fifty dollars – Willis Webb, one hundred and fifty dollars – To Polly Lyle, one hundred and fifty dollars – To Olley Hampton, one hundred and fifty dollars and to Willburn Webb, five dollars –

Second. I give to R.D. Johnson five dollars, and to each of his children by my daughter, Milda, fifty dollars –

third. I give to my daughter, Betsey Hearn five hundred dollars –

fourth. The balance of my estate to be equally divided between my son Wilson McKinney, Samuel McKinney, Sarah Hampton, and Betsey Hearn – provided nevertheless, that if my wife Elizabeth should live longer than me – I give her for her use, during her lifetime, a negro man Harry, and a negro Woman Peggy, together with the house and a sufficiency of land around it, to support her, her lifetime with other necessarys as she may need and after her death to be divided agreeable to the fourth division of this will – In testimony thereof I have set my hand and seal –

Codicil – I do hereby appoint James Hampton and James Hargrove my executors of this my last will and Testament –

Charles (his mark) McKinney

Test

James Montgomery

Thomas Barnes

John G. Heard

[probate – 3 March 1834]

 

RHODA ROGERS, Book A, p. 186

signed March 20, 1834 (probated 1834)

Sons: James Rogers, Theophilus Rogers

Daughters:Rhoda Rouden, Mary B. Potts

Granddaughter: Rhoda A. Kennedy

Negroes: Frank, Bob

 

PROSSER HORTON, Book A, page 188

In the name of God Amen I Prosser Horton of the State of Georgia & County of Jackson in perfect health & perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God, calling into mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last will and testament (that is to say) principally & first of all I give Recommend my Soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it & my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, & as touching such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form

First I give & bequeath unto Feraby Horton my daughter all that part of the land that I now live on that lies on the south west side of Walnut fork of Oconee river containing two hundred & thirty acres more or less and one horse bridle & saddle, one cow & calf, one feather bed & furniture to be left to her own choice

Second, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Horton one third part of the profits arising from the plantation whereon I now live lying on the north side of Walnut fork of the Oconee, during her widowhood & the other two thirds to be equally divided between my sons Fletcher & Prosser Horton during such widowhood & after the death or marriage of my wife Sarah I do give & bequeath the above described plantation & premises & all the land attached thereto to my sons Fletcher & Prosser Horton and all the rest of property after all my just debts are paid, and two hundred dollars to William Clement to be equally divided among my legatees except Sarah Glenn & her part of my property except what she already had is to be equally divided among the issues of her body & the two illigitimate children that is laid to my Son William Horton that is to say Jerome T. Flanigein & William M. Flanagein provided Washington Allen my son in law give a just & satisfactory account & return of all the money & property my Son William had at the time of his death in his possession without any trouble or expence he is to be considered as one of my heirs in the general provisions of this my will, & if not he is to be excluded from any further part of my property except what he has already had & my property to be equally divided amongst the rest of my heirs except as before excepted And I do hereby constitute & ordain James Hemphill & William Bell esqr. my executors to this my last will & testament And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannul all & every other former testaments wills Legacies, bequests & executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying & considering this & no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 29th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty, Signed sealed in presence of

Charles Dougharty

  1. Price

John Todd

John Young

[on right side] Prosser Horton (LS)[probate witnesses 29th, 30th & 31st March 1823]

 

JOHN MCELHANNON, SR., Book A, page 189

In the name of God, amen.

I, John McElhannon Sen., being of advanced age but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament. Viz.-

1st I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eleanor McElhannon a negro woman by the name of Alice during her natural life and so much of my household and kitchen furniture as she may think necessary for her own use during her life. Also fifty pounds of sugar and twenty pound of coffee and one barrel of flour per year to do with and use as she may think proper, not to be considered as a part of her support. But she is to live with any of my children that she thinks proper and they are to have the use of the negro woman when my wife does not want her, and they are to have a reasonable allowance out of my estate for her support, maintenance & burial expenses.

2nd I give and bequeath unto my grandson Francis McElhannon a negro girl by the name of Celia for his own proper use and if he dies without a legal heir she is to be equally divided among his brothers and sisters.

3rd I give unto my son Hugh one hundred dollars in cash.

4th I give unto my son Cooper thirty dollars in cash.

5th I request that my son James shall have one cow & calf, bed and furniture. My daughters Eleanor Bell, Elizabeth McMurtrey and my son John McElhannon have long since received what I intended for them and they are not to be considered as having any part of my estate in any way whatever. My wish and will is that my plantation shall be rented to the highest bidder by my executors during my wife’s lifetime, and the negroes Jude and Mary be hired in the same way to my children, but to no other person until my wife’s death. And then the land and all my negroes to be sold to the highest bidder by my executors and the proceeds thereof equally divided between my sons Christopher, Isaiah, Hezekiah, Francis, Hugh, Cooper, James, and Steward, and my daughters Unity Potts and Peggy Shields.

I also will that my stock of all kinds, my household and kitchen furniture and all other personal property, not otherwise disposed of, shall be sold after my decease by my executors to the best advantage and pay out of the proceeds all of my just debts and cash legatees and divide the balance equally between my aforesaid legatees.

I revoke all former wills by me made and appointed Hezekiah, Francis, and Hugh McElhannon my executors to this my last will and testament, this 15th day of May 1834.

Recorded 7 July 1834

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

NATHAN J. SHARP, Book A, p. 197

signed June 28, 1847 (probated 1848)

Wife: Jane Sharp

Sons: William T. Sharp, Edmond J. Sharp, Noah C. Sharp, Carlos M. Sharp, Russel H. Sharp, Jamie G. Sharp

Daughters: Mary E. Sharp, Abarilla P. Sharp

Brother: Lewis J. Sharp

Witnesses: Thomas Stapler, George W. Gray, William H. Stapler, Sarah S. Mchleroy

 

SARAH TROUT, Book A, page 208

Know all men by these presents that I Sarah Trout of the State of Georgia & County of Jackson for & in consideration of the natural love & affection which I have & bear to my Grand Daughter Arabella Shaw & also for dives other good causes & considerations me hereunto moving, have given granted & confirmed & by these presents do give grant & confirm unto the said Arabella Shaw two negroes (Viz) Charles a boy about two Years old & Caroline a girl about one Year of age, To have & to hold & enjoy all & Singular the said negroes aforesaid unto the said Arabella Shaw her executor administrators & assigns to the only proper use & behoof of the said Arabella Shaw her executors administrators and assigns forever and the said Sarah Trout for myself my executors & administrators & all & every other person & persons whatsoever Shall & will warrant & forever defend by these presents

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 9th day of March 1831

Sarah Trout (LS)

Signed Sealed & acknowledged in presence of

John Lindsey

Giles Mitchell

[proved 12 June? 1837]

 

JAMES TAIT, Book A, page 213

Georgia

Jackson County

I James Tait of the County and State aforesaid being infirm of body but of sound and disposing mind & memory and wishing to dispose of what property it has pleased God to bless me with do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following to wit

1st I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susannah Tait during her lifetime or widowhood the following property (viz. One negro man named Isaac and one negro woman named Milly three hundred acres of Land being part of the tract of land whereon I now live including the dwelling house and other buildings where I now live one road waggon and two horses (her choice) ten head of cattle and ten head of hogs (her choice) two feather beds and furniture with all the farming utensils this property to be kept together and the proceeds of it to be applied to the Support of my wife and raising and educating my three youngest children (viz) James Delila & Mary Tait – also all my house hold and kitchen furniture that I may leave at my decease not hereinafter bequeathed to other persons

2nd I Give and bequeath to my Son William Tait one negro man named Tom which said Tom has been put in possession of my said Son William heretofore also one tract of land lying in the County of Habersham and State aforesaid in the fifth district of said county & Lot No. 9 containing four hundred & ninety acres

3d I Give and bequeath to my grand Son James M. Garner one negro girl named Caroline and her increase also the tract of land whereon Green Garner now lives & which I purchased from George Shaw all these and no more

4th I Give and bequeath to my Son James Tait Two negroes (viz) Albert & Henry also the remaining part of the tract of land whereon I now live after taking off the three hundred acres herein before bequeathed to my wife Susannah Tait – also a Young Black Horse which he now claims and one feather bed and furniture and one Cow and calf

5th I Give and bequeath to my daughter Delila Tait two negroes (viz) Cuff & Lucy & her increase & a feather bed & furniture

6th I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Tait two negroes (viz) Nancy & Mary with their increase & one feather bed & furniture

7 I Give to my Step Son Joseph Adams one feather bed & furniture & one Cow & calf

8th It is my will that at the death or marriage of my wife Susannah Tait – the land herein before bequeathed to her during her life or widowhood Shall belong to my Son James Tait

9th It is further my will that all the property herein before bequeathed to my Grand Son James M. Garner Shall revert to and become the property of and subject to an equal division among my four children (vz) William James Delila & Mary Tait in case of his death without issue or legal heirs

10th all the residue of my estate I will to be Sold and equally divided among my four children (vz) William James Delila & Mary Tait also the property given to my wife except the land Shall at her death or marriage be Sold and Subject to an equal distribution among my four children above named

10th I hereby nominate and appoint my two friends James Sheilds & George Sheilds executors to this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former will or wills by me heretofore made In testimony whereof I hereunto Set my hand and affix my Seal this December 11th 1836

James (his mark) Tait (LS)

In presence of

John I.M. McCulleck

William Lyle

Isaac Boring

[probate 5? July 1837]

 

JAMES SMITH, Book A, p. 235

Submitter unknown

Will Dated August 23, 1839, Probated and Recorded November 4, 1839. PP 235-237.

In the name of God Amen, I JAMES SMITH…considering that I cannot live long in consequence of the present diseased state of my body…I make ordain & constitute my friend Ephraim Jackson together with my two sons viz ALFRED SMITH & JAMES M. SMITH my Executors.

I leave & Bequeath unto my three sons viz CHARLES SMITH, ALFRED SMITH AND JAMES M. SMITH, all my land whereon I now reside to be equally divided between them according to the value of the land without the buildings being taken into consideration but leaving CHARLES his part so as to include the dwelling house in which I now lie together with the gin house and all the other out buildings.

I give and bequeath unto my dau. DIANNA the following Negroes viz SYLVIA and her increase. RANDOL ANN and ROWLAND and two beds, two bedsteads and furniture, one cow and calf and one sorrel colt. I give and bequeath to my dau. MARTHA the following Negroes viz JUGG and her increase CORA MARY and FILLIS two beds two bedsteads and furniture one cow and calf and one brown colt.

I give and bequeath to my dau. ELIZABETH the following Negroes viz ELVIRA and her increase and JOHN one bed bedstead and furniture one cow and calf and one brown horse named Selim…to my son CHARLES one Negro follow name RANSOM one bed bedstead and furniture three cows and calves and all my stock of hogs (excepting a sufficiency for the support of my family for one year) together with the cotton gin and threshing machine blacksmith and bench tools.

I leave my old Negro woman JUDE to choose at her discretion which of my children she will live with and the one she may choose to live with to be bound to take car of her during her natural life. I leave & bequeath one hundred bushels of wheat and the present standing crop together with a sufficiency of my hogs for the support of my family for one year.

I leave all the balance of my Estate consisting of whatever it may (excepting two lots of land drawn by me in originally Early County) to be sold a publik outcry at the discretion of my Executors by their giving 30 days notice…equally divided among all my lawful heirs after all my Just debts are paid.

Executor: Friend EPHRIAM JACKSON, & sons, ALFRED SMITH & JAMES M. SMITH

Witnesses: JOHN MORRE, THOMAS JOHNSON, M. A. BROOKES, JP

 

 

WILLIAM BEAVERS, Book A, p. 248

wife — Susannah Beavers

mentions children, but not by name

witnesses — Archibald Moon, Abner Wills, Robt(?) Moon

made 10 Aug 1840

probated 2 Nov 1840

[submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

JAMES BARR, Book A, page 253

Georgia

Jackson County

I James Barr being of Sound mind But old & Infirm & Consious that I can not Live many years make this my Last Will & Testament

first I give to my Wife Mary all my Property both Real & Personal During her Life then to be Divided as follows (to Wit)

To my son James Henson Barr the Plantation wheron I now live & a negro man Edom & one Cow The Ballance of my Property to be sold & Eaqully Divided between all my Children including James Henson Barr I hereby appoint Mary Barr James Henson Barr & Boley Wilson my Executors In Testamony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this ____ Day of _____ 1835 (blank spaces)

James Barr (seal)

In Presents of

James Montgomery

John Cuningham

Samuel Hay

We the jury find? in Favour of applicant & there was Proof of attestation by only two witnesses

Middleton Witt F.M.

and Decree that the administrators or objectors Pay the Cost of Suit

Middleton Witt F.M.

Georgia

Jackson County

Court of Ordianry March Term 1841

The Last Will & Testament of James Barr having been Duly Proven at this Regular Term in open Court upon the oaths John Cuningham & James Montgomery ordered that the same be admitted to Record?

 

MARY SMITH, Book A, p. 278

son — Gideon Smith

witnesses — William M. Gathright, Benajah(?) Thornton

made 5 Mar 1846

probated 6 July 1846

[submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

WILLIAM N. LAY, Book A, p. 281

signed August 25, 1846 (probated 1846)

Wife: Winny Lay

Sons: Marcus, John, Columbus

Daughters: Ann, Caroline, Mary

Child: the unborned one

Slaves: Billey, Philitia, Elijah, Martha, Emiline, Matilda, Andrew and Joseph

ISAAC MINISH, Book A, page 318

In the name of God amen I Isaac Minish being old & Infirm but of Sound Mind & Disposing Memory thanks be given to God Calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that it is appointed unto men to Die Do make this my last Will & Testament that is first & Chiefly I give & Recommend my soul to God who gave it & my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to Decent Christian burial nothing Doubting but that I shall Receve it again at the General Resurrection by the Mighty Power of God & as touching what Worldly substance it has pleased God to bless me with I give & Dispose of in the following manner

first I give & bequeath unto my beloved Wife Agness Minish During her natural life all the tract of land Whereon I now live with all the appertainances thereunto belonging With all the Stock of Every Kind & also all my house hold & kitchen Furniture With all & Every other species of Property of Every Kind Whatsoever and at her Death I give & bequeath the whole of the above named Property of Every Kind unto my Daughter Elizabeth Minish forever but Provided my Wife Agness Minish should be the longest Liver then she is to have the Right to Dispose of the Whole as She may see fit & Proper but Provided my Daughter Elizabeth Minish Should be the Longest Liver then she is to have the final Disposition of the Whole

Lastly I appoint James Hargrave my sole & Lawful Executor of this my Last Will & Testament In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal 22nd Day of November 1843

Isaac Minish (Seal)

In Presence of

Waid Anthony

Jas? W. Shankle

Thomas Lord

[probate 2 July 1849]

 

ELIZABETH STRICKLAND, Book A, page 322

Georgia

Jackson County

Know all men by these Presents that I Elizabeth Strickland being of Sound mind & Disposing memory Do make this my Last Will & Testament to wit.

Item 1st I give & bequeath to Caroline Story & her hus (the wife of James F. Story) the following negroes Viz. Dick Willis Rebecca & the Plantation Whereon I lived before my intermarriage With my Present husband said Property to be used & Enjoyed by said Caroline Story During Life & at her Death to be Equally Divided between her heirs.

Item 2nd I give & bequeath to my husband Hardy Strickland my negro Boy Henry together with all my Personal Property not bequeathed in the first item

Item In the Event that I should Die before the Close of the year I Desire my negroes to Remain on the Plantation untill the Crop is geathered

Item 4th It is my Desire that my Friend Caroline Story have my Wearing apparel

Item 5th I hereby appoint Giles Mitchell Executor of this my Last Will & Testament hereby Revoking all former Wills

In Witness Wharof I have hereto Set my hand & seal this 5th Day of March 1850

Elizabeth (her mark) Strickland (seal)

Signed Sealed & Acknowledged in Presence of

James Sisson

John J. Sisson

Shadrick (his mark) Hogan

[probate 6th May 1850]

 

JOHN ROGERS, Book A, p. 333

signed May 15, 1849 (probated 1851)

Eldest son: Jacob Rogers

Sons: Enoch Rogers, Thomas Rogers, James Rogers

Daughters: Temperence Pettyjohn (wife of James Pettyjohn), Sally Rudding, Nancy Polk, Permelia Rolling

Slaves: Elisa (25 years old) and her children, Henry (4 years old) and Mary (2 years old)

 

JOHN ROGERS, Book A, p. 353

signed December 4, 1852 (probated 1853)

Wife: Sarah

Sons: John Wellborn Rogers, James Thomas Rogers, Franklin Jackson Rogers, William S. Rogers

Daughters: Elizabeth C. Thornton, Sarah J. Potts

Negro girl Frances

William, Elizabeth, and Sarah referred to as “my three elder children”

 

ELIJAH LAY, Book A, p. 354

signed May 10, 1851 (probated 1853)
Wife: Martha Lay
Daughters: Laurina Wood, Mary C. McElhanon, Sary Ann McElhanon
Sons: Richardson Lay
Grandchildren: Heirs of son David Lay, dec’d, viz Samuel Lay, Mary E. Johnson, Larken R. Lay; minors of daughter Francis McHelhanon; minors of son William N. Lay; Hezekiah McElhanon to help minors of William N. Lay, dec’d.
Other/unknown: Elijah W. Lay, Martha L. Lay, William M. Lay, George B. Wood, Hugh McElhanon

JAMES WHEELER, BOOK A, page 357

Recorded May 29, 1849

Probated March 11, 1854

I, James Wheeler, of the county and state aforesaid being old and infirm convinced of my approaching end make this my last will and testament.

I leave to my son John Wheeler’s children that tract of land whereon said son now resides. I have heretofore given my son Daniel Wheeler the tract of land I now live on, and it is still my will that said Daniel shall have said tract of land as his full share of my estate. I give my daughter Charity Wheeler my bay mare and cow and calf, five of the first choice of hogs, one feather bed, bedstead, and furniture, all my kitchen furniture of all kinds together with all the cotton and half the corn and wheat that I may have at my death both in the field and gathered.

The balance of my property of all kinds I wish to be equally divided between all my children with the exception of my son Daniel Wheeler who has, as above stated, received his full and entire portion of my estate.

I constitute and appoint my son John Wheeler and my son Daniel Wheeler executors of this my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of May 1849.

James X Wheeler seal

(his mark)

Witnesses:

J.H. Cunningham

J.P. Williamson

James H. Barr

 

THOMAS JOHNSON, Book A, page 373

wife — mentioned, but name not given

son — Josiah Johnson

daughter — Jane Smith

made 21 April 1854

recorded 5 Mar 1855

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

WILLIAM MATHEWS, Book A, page 377

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I William Mathews of said State & County knowing that I cannot Live Long according to the course of Nature & being of Sound mind & memory Do make & constitute this my Last Will & Testament as follows

after all my just & Lawfull Debts are Paid

First I Appoint & Constitute my Son Walton Mathews & my Son in Law John Creighton & J.M. Benton my Executors

Item 1st I leave my old negro woman Phillis & my woman Katharine to chose to live with Either of my Children or grand children that have any Family both are to go together & the choice is to be a permanent one and whoever they may choose to live with shall be Bound to take care of them

Item 2nd I leave my negro woman Aggy? to choose to Live with Either of her old mistress or my Children or Either of our Grand Children that have a family as she may see Proper her Choice is also to be a Permanent one

Item 3rd I leave negro man Abram to my son Walton

Item 4th I leave my negro man Sollomon? to the Living male heirs of my Son Phineas (to wit) William & James

Item 5th I leave my negro man Milledge to grand Daughter Martha Mathews Daughter of my son Phineas Mathews Dec’d

Item 6th I leave my negro man Olliver to Benjamin Franklin Mathews son of Allen Mathews Dec’d the above named negro men are not to be sold & those who have wives are not to Removed so far as to make it Inconvenient for them to visit their wives once a week without their consent under the penalty of the fofeiture of the Right to said negroes

Item 7th I Leave the Tract of Land on which I now live my Dwelling house & all my out houses belonging thereto (threshing Machine & Runing Gin? Excepted) to John Creighton & his wife Elizabeth My Daughter also to my Daughter Elizabeth Creighton my Beaureau & Clock

Item 9th I leave one Bed & the furniture belonging to it to my grand Daughter Martha Daughter of my son Phineas Dec’d

Item 10 I leave to my Daughter Mary Mathews Four Hundred Dollars also the bed she sleeps on with its furniture

Item 11 I leave to my Daughter Nancy Benton four hundred Dollars Provided the money arising from the sales of the property here after mentioned together with what money I may have in hand at my Death should not come up to the amount of the two last Items named to wit the Items Relating to my Daughter Mary & Nancy Benton in that Case Each of the two shall ? in proportion to the above sum should it ? that amount the Ballance shall be Equally Divided between Nancy Candler Polly Cain & Margarett Wade Daughters of Allen Mathews Dec’d

Item 12th All the Land I own at my Death whether in the County or out of it Except the above named tract with all the other Property that I may be in Possession of at my Death which has not been Disposed of in said Will namely Horses Cattle Hogs ox cart Farming Tools Riding Carriage (Provided I am in possession of one at my Death) grain & provision of all kinds also my household & kitchen furniture are to be sold at public or private sale as my Executor may think proper

In Witness Whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 16th Day of Sept 185?

William Mathew (Seal)

In presence of

Thomas Stapler Senr

Thomas J. Stapler

Wm J.? Sharp

John M. Stapler

[probate 6 Aug 1855]

 

 

 

JOHN MINISH, Book A, page 395

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I John Minish of Said State & County being afflicted and knowing that I must Shortly Depart this Life Deem it Right & proper both as Respects my Family & Myself that I Should make a Disposition of the property which I possess I therefore make this my Last Will & Testament

Item I Desire & Direct that my Body be buried in a Decent & Christian Like Manner Suitable to my Circumstances & Condition in Life

2nd Item I Desire & Direct that all my just Debts be paid as soon as possible by the Executors hereafter named out of the Effects or proceeds of the farm

3rd Item I Give & bequeath to my Wife Sydney all the Tract of Land whereon I now Reside With all the appertenances thereto containing fifty acres to have & to hold During her Natural Life or Widowhood & after her Death or Marriage to be Sold & Equally Divided amongst my Lawfull heirs also to keep all the Stock & house Furniture plantation Tools & provisions for the benefit of herself & the support of the Children the names of which is here annexed (Elizabeth Frances) (Mary Ann) (Sydney Manerva) (John Wiley) (Richard King) (Franklin Harrsion)

4th Item I Give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ann A Certain Iron Gray Colt Known by the name of Marcus to have as her own property

5th Item I hereby appoint James E. Haggard & my Wife Sydney Executor & Executrix of this my last Will & Testament this January 22nd 1856

John Minish (Seal)

Signed Sealed & Declared by John Minish as his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testator at his Request in the presence of Each other

James Lord

James A. Brock

H.B. Gober

[probate 7 April 1856]

 

SANFORD W. JOHNSON, Book A, page 421

wife — Eliza

mentions children, but not by name

made 2 Apr 1858

recorded 3 May 1858

[Submitted by Cheryl Chasin]

 

William M. Gathright, Book A, pp. 422-24

To all persons & authorities to whom these presents may come, know ye that I, William M. Gathright, of Jackson County Georgia being now in my perfect sence & of sound disposing mind & memory & knowing the [uncertainty?] of Life [have?] thought proper to make my Will & Dispose of the property it has pleased God to Endow me with which I give, demise & dispose of in manner & form following (viz)

Item 1st I give & bequeath to my daughter Sinda Haynie the whole she stands charged with in a Book of accounts which I keep against my children amounting to four hundred & fifty dollars in money & a bed & furniture at forty dollars to her & her Heirs & assigns forever

Item 2nd I give & bequeath to my daughter Orra Morgan the whole she stands charged with in said book of accounts amounting to four hundred & fifty dollars in money & a bed & furniture at forty dollars to her Heirs & assigns forever

Item 3rd I give & bequeath to my daughter Milly Pittman the whole she stands charged with in said Book of accounts amounting to four hundred & fifty dollars & I direct my Executors to pay to her fifty dollars more than the rest of my daughters as she staid longer with us & consequntly done more for us than any of the rest of my daughters to her & her heirs & assigns forever

Item 4th I give & bequeath to my daughter Sally Pittman the whole she stands charged with in said Book of accounts amounting to four hundred & fifty dollars in money & a bed & furniture at forty dollars & woman’s saddle & I give her also three hundred dollars. I give her in [illegible] of my negro woman Violet which is to be deducted out of her proportionate part of my Estate to her & her heirs & assigns forever

Item 5th I give & bequeath to my daughter Caroline Potts the whole she stands charged with in said Book of accounts amounting to four hundred & fifty dollars in money & a bed & furniture at forty dollars & a woman’s saddle to her & her heirs & assigns forever

Item 6th I give & bequeath my Zebulon the whole he stands charged with [in] said Book of accounts amounting to three hundred & eight dollars & give him the further sum of one hundred & ninety two dollars which is the first distribution share thereafter. I also give him my Low County Land (viz) one Lot of Land Drawn & granted to James Nash & also another Lot of Land granted & Drawn by Thomas D. Berry to him & his heirs & assigns forever

Item 7th I give & bequeath to my son John C. Gathright the following tract or parcel of Land (viz) beginning at a Dogwood corner near the Potts field on the River thence runing on the original Line of the Johnson Tract of Land to where it crosses the Jones Branch the second time thence up the Branch to the head thereof from thence a Direct Line to a honey [illegible] in old field from thence a Direct Line to gum corner on the Reedy Branch the Gum corner being one of the original corners of the [Baumbals?] Tract of Land thence Down the Reedy Branch to the Creek thence Down the Creek to a persimeon corner of Land I Bought of Collins thence on the Collins Line to Chesnut corner on the Mrs. Glass Line thence on the Mrs. Glass Line to a stake corner joining Haynie & Jackson thence along the original line forming Jackson to a white oak corner near the James [Janys?] old spring this Line Runing through the Middle of sd. spring thence along the original Line to a Sugar Tree corner on the bank of the River thence up the River to the Begining Dogwood corner & further him my Smooth Bore Rifle Shot gun to him & his heirs & assigns forever

Item 8th I give & bequeath to my son William M. Gathright all the Bottom of my Land Lying here in this Body imbracing my Dwelling house and plantation & not willed to my son John C. Gathright subject nevertheless to the full & free possession of the same by my wife Milly during her Lifetime & further give him all my plantation Tools & [utentials?] & my Rifle Gun to him & his heirs & assigns forever

Item 9th I give & bequeath to my wife Milly the whole of my Stock of Cattle Hoggs & sheep or so much thereof that I am in Right [*****] of they being now in the care & possession of my son William. I also give her all my house hold & Kitchen furniture of Every kind & description whatever & for her to Dispose of the Same in any way or manner she may think proper. I also give her the use of my Mare & Buggey but at her Death my Executors will sell the Mare & Buggey

Item 10th I Direct my Executors to collect from my two sons John C. Gathright & William M. Gathright the sum of one hundred dollars a peace & I now charge them one hundred dollars each of them to be paid to my Executors in Instalments of three years if they Require such Indulgence & as these will be considerable money after paying of the Legacis as Directed in my Will, it is my Will that it should be Equally Divided amongst all my children Except my sons John C. Gathright & William M. Gathright who is not to Receve any more of my Estate. It is my Will that all my Books be Lotted in three Lots according to value & to be Drawn for by my three sons John C. & William M. & Zebulon P. Gathright & it is my Will that Zebulon should have my Shot Gun.

I hereby nominate & appoint my two son in laws Wilkins Haynie & A. B. Pittman the whole & sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this 2nd Day of October 1852

                             W. M. Gathright (seal)

Moses H. Potts
Delmus S. Jarrett
Thomas Stapler
Wm. Appleby

                3rd Aug. 1858

Court of Ordinary

The Last Will of Wm. M. Gathright provin in Solem by the oaths of the Subscribing Witnesses to Witt Moses H. Potts, Delmus S. Jarrett, Thomas Stapler & Wm. Appleby

                             John G. Pittman, ord.

Recorded 6th Aug. 1858

                             John G. Pittman, ord.

 

Index, Will Book B, 1860-1888

Items in bold appear in the Book B abstracts on this page.

A
Adington, John, Sr…..37
Arnold, John S……….88
Appleby, James……….121
Appleby, William…….159
Arthur, Lewis………..308
Appleby, Ransom…..353

B
Bradley, F.M………60
Burson, I.E………..86
Burton, John………101
Benton, Nancy…….102
Brock, Charles…….114
Brooks, Jacob…….129
Brooks, Middelton….139
Bussan, B.H………156
Buchannan, Elizabeth…229
Barre, James H…..310
Brown, John……..335

C
Chandler, J.D……62
Cronie, V……….71
Chandler, Tresvan….85
Chandler, Solomon….124
Caruthers, J.J……..91
Chandler, I.L………115
Cochran, Thomas….134
Chandler, Nancy….171
Cowan, William…..194
Coleman, Allen…..192
Camp, Berriman S….222 & 224
Cowan, Middleton….250
Charles, Melchisidio….278
Casper, David…….290
Cooper, Willis……304
Cooper, Matilda F…..313
Chapman, John H……331
Crawford, Henry…….380

D
Davis, J.H……….49
Dunson, Reese….66
Dalton, Clabon….32
Doster, Thomas J….211
Dunson, Linten C….280
D Laperriere, A….350
Dalton, Vincent…338
Deadwyler, V.H….355
Dunson, E.M….377

E
Evins, David…..33
Ellison, Matthew….160
England, Jas. S…..296

F
Freeman, Wm. F….104
Fulcher, Wm….123
Frazer, W.S….126
Flanigan, John….149
Farabie, Jessie….245
Freeman, Johnson….272
Fulcher, Austin…301

G
Gober, William…..29
Garner, Elizabeth…..105
Garraway, J.W….135
Griffith, John…..173
Griffith, John….178
Gober, John F….188
Glenn, John……262
Garrison, Samuel…264
Goss, W.R.….361
Gillaland, Mary….389

H
Hinton, Wood…51
Hill, W.E……..57
House, J.G…….68
Horton, J.M……71
Hammond, Luanda….77
Harrison, T.P…….89
Hardy, Benjamin….93
Hays, George B…..196
Hawkins, A………247
Hunter, William….254
Hawks, Warren…….255
Hunter, Samuel G….260
Hardy, Tempy….263
Hunter, John S…..275
Hewett, Ezekial…302
Human, Henry D….316
Hayes, Jas. E…….333
Hardin, W.P……….342
Hayes, Mary L……359
Hendrix, Moses….152

J
Jarrett, N.M……..43
Johnson, Josiah…..226-233
Johnson, Alexander….327
Jackson, Hartwell……367

K
Kinney, David….65
King, Abraham…76
Kinningham, G.S…..97
Kinningham, Powell R….213
Kemp, Aaron….295
Kinney, M.W……321
Keith, William……386

L
Lay, John R……….58
Lord, William….137
Long, Calvin…..183
Lay, Elisha…….228
Lipscomb, D.P…..243
Lanier, Jno. R…..372

M
McCrary, Cynthia….45
Martin, Mary…..50
Minish, T.H…..56
Morgan, William…..83
Moore, W.C……108
McGinnes, Isaac B…..117
Moon, Archable…..134
Millican, James…..168
Maynard, John……198
McElhannon, C.S…..200
Moon, Robert…….206
Martin, Johnathan…208
Mathews, Milton….267
Martin, Malachi….279
McElhannon, Henry…336
Martin, Ransom…..360
Martin, P.T…..370

N
North, John R…..32
Nash, John J….113
Nunn, William….325

O
Oliver, R.E…..53

P
Potts, Moses…72, 80
Penticost, M.J.P….106
Pettyjohn, James…122
Pendergrass, John….144
Pickle, John……201-215
Park, John L…..237
Pearce, Lovick….252
Potts, John M…..283
Porter?, William….289
Pettyjohn, O.H.P…..293
Parks, Garret D….321

R
Randolph, J.H….35
Ragsdale, John…39
Reynolds, A.M….55
Ragsdal, W.S…74
Rose, F.M….96
Rogers, James….248
Randolph, Nancy….257
Randolph, S.L….300
Randolph, H.J….375
Reinhardt, J.H….382

S
Strickland, Carless…..41
Short, Archibald……61
Shields, James….67
Slaton, Wade…..100
Saliers, John……116
Sanders, Harris….119
Strickland, Martha A….137
Stewart, George H….142
Stapler, Thomas….162
Stewart, William….169
Slaton, Micky…..185
Seay, John…….231
Stewart, Malissa E…..266
Sharpe, Lewis J…….271
Smith, Jeptha F…..278
Smith, W.D……….287
Sanders, Diana…..297
Sharp, Anna…….306
Segars, William….312
Stockton, Jas. M…..323
Smith, B.S……340
Shankle, S.M….347
Sanders, D.J…..387
Stine, John R….384
Sheats, Abram…391
Sharpe, E.J….392

T
Troutt, W.H….94
Thurmond, James…..379

W
Williamson, A.J….46
White, A.J……48
Wills, Randolph…..63
Williams, Ferrel S…..73
Wills, E.G……75
Webb, H.P…..78
Wheeler, Daniel…..87
Witt, Charles…..112
White, William….148
Willis, John E….140 & 151
Wilson, Andrew.…164-86
White, Sarah….186
Williamson, Winney…190
Wilson, Ancil B….240
Watson, Harriet A….285
Wilson, Steven…..291
Wood, Danil W…319
Whitmire, Henry….329
Winburn, Wm…..364

Y
Yeargan, B.J…26?
Yarborough, Wiley….220

Will Book B, 1860-1888

GOBER, WILLIAM, Book B, page 29

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen. I William Gober of said State and County being of advanced age of sound mind and disposing Memory deem it right and proper both as it respects my Family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

1st Item. I desire and direct that my body be buried In a Christian like manner my soul I trust shall return to him Who gave it as I hope for Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ Whose Religion I have Professed and trust Enjoyed for forty nine years.

2nd Item. I desire and direct that all any just debts be paid by my Executors hereinafter appointed as soon as possible after my decease.

3rd Item I give and bequeath to my two afflicted Daughters Viz. Alsey L. and Susannah for their Support and my aged Slave Chaney during their natural Lifetime forty Acres of Land more or less to be run off of the upper part of the Lot whereon I now live commencing at the South East corner of the Fresh field running North with the fence to the line at the creek thence with Said line around to the beginning including said field and two Negroes Viz. George and Rob, two cows and calves and two beds and furniture which Property to be subject to the control of my Executor or some person chosen by Alsey L. for that purpose to see to it that it is property managed for their support and benefit during their Natural lives at the death of both of them the said property is to be sold at Public Out cry by my Executors and

Equally divided among My Children as hereinafter directed

4th Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Alsey L. one negro girl Harriet about thirteen years old one horse and carriage subject to her control during her natural lifetime only then to revert back to my Estate with the increase of the girl if any

5th Item To Wiley Gobers living children I give nothing more than I have Expended on their father & them years past

6th Item The balance of my property not otherwise disposed of I direct my Executors to sell at Public Out cry and be Equally divided among my Children [Viz] Sarah Armstrong John Y. Gober, Mary Gober, Nancy Philips Martha Bramlet, William C. Gober, Elizabeth B. Gober, Permelia Sewell, Alsey L. Gober, Henry B. Gober, Jessee L. Gober, Clarisee Smith Christania Butler?, Susannah Gober) 7th Item I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved sons John Y. Gober and Henry B. Gober Executors of this my last will & Testament this July 8th 1853.

William Gober Sr. (seal)

Signed Sealed declared and published by William Gober as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereunto In the presence of said Testator at his special instance and request and Each other this July 8th 1853.

William Y. Smith

S.M. Shankle

  1. Sewell J.? P.

 

Codicil

State of Georgia

Jackson County

Whereas I William Gober did on the eighth day of July Eighteen hundred and fifty three Sign seal declare and publish my last will and testament in presence of Wm. Y. Smith S.M. Shankle and C. Sewell J.P. Who signed the said will and Testament as witnesses and wheras I am desirous of Altering and adding to a bequest and devise in said will I therefore make and publish this codicil to Said will.

1st Item I revoke and add to the third Item of said Will so fare as relates to the forty Acres of Land named in said Item and add all the North part of my Lot of Land Whereon I now live including the building commencing at the mouth of the Spring branch at the ditch thence west Straight across said Lot to H.B. Gobers line thence North from the lines as they now run to the beginning for the purposes and uses named in said third Item of said will and to revert back to my Estate to be disposed of as directed in Said will at the death of my daughter Alsey L. and Susannah and Chaney my aged Servant this January 14th 1854

William Gober, Sr. (seal)

(witnesses to codicil S.M. Shankle, Wm. Y. Smith, C. Sewell – info. below codicil)

(probate 13 Nov 1860 – probate info. below codicil)

 

DALTON, CLABORN, Book B, page 32

Georgia

Jackson County

May the 27th 1862 In the name of god amen I Claborn Dalton being in feeble Health but of sound mind and memory beleng (believing?) that I must shortly depart this life Deem it right and just that I should make a disposition of the property with which a Kind providence has blessed me.

Item first I desire and direct that my body be Birid? in a decent and christian like maner and my soul I trust will return to god who gave it. Item 2nd after the payment of all my just debts Item the Third I Will and bequeath to my beloved wife Charity the following property to witt all my house hold & kitchen furiture and five dollars in cash I give the above name property to my wife in Lewe? of Dower or portion of my land

Item 4th I give & bequeath to my son Thomas Dalton my oldest son the following property to witt I give and beaqueath sixty five acres of land begining at a post oake on Robert Moore’s line Runing S 80 E 150 to a Black gum corner on flat creek thence up the said creek to a sweet gum corner near Thomas Dalton Spring thence North Easterly to John Venable line so as to make the said sixty five acres also one one (repeated) horse waggon also as many Tools as suits a farm

Item 5th the ballance of my land to be sold & after paying my debts the ballance to be divided amonge my son Isham Dalton & John Dalton and my daughter Nancy Lyle after my death the ballance of my property be divided equal amonge my four children Thomas Isham John & Nancy if my son Isham Dalton should sell a lot of land lying in Lumpkin County which I give him adnd? for what ever he gits for it to deduct that amount of the sales out of his part of my Estate Item the 6th If my son Thomas Dalton should be out of the land that I give him by dower he is to come in for an Equal part with all the rest of my children of my Estate Item 7 I wish thirty five Dollars to be deducted out of my son Johns Part of my estate for a note that I paid Robert Moore and the ballance for woodwork of one waggon I appoint my son Thomas Dalton & my trusty friend James B. Lyle Executors to this my last will & testament Signed Sealed in presence of

A.J. Lyle

C.J. Moon

Robert Moore

Delmar? J. Moon

(on right side)

Clabron Dalton (Seal)

 

NORTH, JOHN R., Book B, page 32

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of god Amen I John R. North of said State & County being of Sound and disposing mind and memory knowing that life is uncertain deem it right & proper that I should a disposition of my property I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking & annulling all others by me heretofore made

first I give bequeath and devise to my beloved uncle Samuel P. Thurmond my entire estate real & personal and mixed to his own proper use benefit and behoof forever

Secondly I hereby constitute and appoint my uncle Samuel P. Thurmond Executor of this my last will and testament this June the 7th 1861

John R. North (Seal)

Signed Sealed delivered and published by John R. North as his last Will & testament in the presents of us the undersigned who Subscribed our names hereto in the presents of said testator at his special Instance & request and in the presents of each other this June the 7th 1861

P.F. Hinton

M.M. Pittman

Jackson Bell

John Venable

(probate 16 Jan 1862 – info. below will)

 

CYNTHA McCRARY, Book B, page 34

Georgia

Jackson County

We Mary A. Goodman Sarah Roberts Elizabeth J. Stephens Elizabeth Roberts were present fryday the twenty ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and sixty one at the residence of Cyntha McCrary a widdow woman before and at the time of her death the day before her death in perfect possession of her natural facculties she called upon to remember and take notice of What she was abought to say that it had been her intention to make her will in writing and dispose of her property some time before but as it was not convenient for her to do so at the time she had neglected it since She now wished them to understand that her will and desire was that Frances Baily her grand daughter should have one Feather Bead and furniture and secondly that the children of James A. Straynge and Adoline Straynge his wife they being her grand children should have all the ballance of her personal estate of every sort and description divided amongst said children and!

that the desires and request James A. Straynge her soninlaw to see that her wishes and desires in this ? should be fully carried into affect in a short time after which she died

December the first 1861

Mary A. Goodman

Sarah Roberts

Elizabeth J. Stephens

Elizabeth (her mark) Roberts

In person appeared before me John Lancaster a Justice of the peace in and for said County Mary A. Goodman Sarah Roberts Elizabeth J. Stephens Elizabeth Roberts who being Duly sworn say that this paper contains the last rquest and verbal disposition of the personal porperty of Cyntha McCrary late of said County Deceased and is in substance true in all its parts this December the 3rd 1861

John Lancaster J.P.

(on right side)

Elizabeth (her mark) Roberts

Elizabeth J. Stephens

Sarah Roberts

Mary A. Goodman

 

RANDOLPH, JOSHUA H., Book B, page 35

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I Joshua H. Randolph of the county and state aforesaid being of sound mind and of disposing memory and Knowing that all men must die do in view of death make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following To wit

Item 1st It is my desire that all my just debts if any I may owe at the time of my death be punctually paid.

Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy Randolph the House and Lot in the town of Jefferson on which I now reside with all its appurtenances and seven Thousand dollars in cash a carriage and two horses worth five hundred dollars such portion of my house hold & Kitchen furniture such quantity of my stock of cattle hogs &c as she in her discretion may chose, in fee simple and forever as well as four such negroes as She may make choice of, all to be dispose of by her at her death either by will will or deed as she may desire_

Item 3rd It is my will and desire that the balance of my estate both real and personal be sold and equally divided among my several children to wit Nancy A. Garrison Mary A. Thompson James E. Randolph Sarah J. Burns Hilliard J. Randolph Susan C. McCoy and Frances E. Randolph in equal Shares subject however before such division to the sum of four hundred dollars to each of my unmarried children to place them each on equal terms with those who are married in the event I may not during my life make the same advancements to any of the unmarried children as I have already made to each of my married children.

Item 4th It is my will and desire that if any of my children as well those already married as those unmarried or yet to marry shall die leaving neither child or children the portion of my estate which may have fallen to such deceased under the third Item in this will. Shall return to my estate and be equally divided among my then surviving children.

Item 5th It is my desire that after my death and burial there shall be placed at and around my grave a decent and suitable Box of Marble covered with a Marble Slab containing appropriate inscription in dates &c and that the graves of my son John W. Randolph and Joshua W. Randolph be finished off with a similar Marble fixture and that the graves of my infant children be marked as my family may think proper.

Item 6th I further will that in regard to the sale of the balance of my estate as set forth in the third Item of this will, my children may if agreeable among themselves and consistent with thes circumstances divide such part of my property as can be divided without sale.

Item 6th I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Nancy Randolph and my son James E. Randolph executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made

In Witness witness

whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal – This fourteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine –

J.H. Randolph

Signed sealed acknowledged and delivered by the said Joshua H. Randolph in our presence to be his last will and testament

M.M. Pittman

W.S. Thompson

John I. McCullock

(probate 12 Jan 1861 – probate info. below will)

 

REYNOLDS, ABNER M., page 55, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of god amen I Abner M. Reynolds of said state and County being in the care of leaving for the seat of War and not knowing whether I ever will return or no And being of sound and disposing mind and memory deem it right and proper both as regards myself and family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me with I do therefore make this my last will & testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made

First – I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life My soul I trust shall return to rest with god who gave it as I hope for salvation through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Secondly – I wold? that after my burial Expenses have been Settled that my just debts be paid from the money and nots held at my decease

Thirdly I will and bequeath to my dear wife Elizabeth J. Reynolds the tract of land on which she now resides in the County of Jackson & State of Georgia to have and to hold the same subject to no claim during her natural life or Widdowhood to be used for her benefit and the housing and educating of my dear children John Thomas William Pentecost Margaret E.F.O. Joanna Phedelia & Dorce Florance at the Expiration of her natural life or Widdowhood to be Equally divided among my children

Fourthly – I Will that my whole estate be kept together subject to the controle of my Executrix hereinafter appointed from the proceeds of which I desire that my children receive a comon English education

Fifthly – I desire that as my children arrive at Lawful age or marry that the whole estate be appraised and a childs part given to each to be taken from the stock money or negros that may be thought most appropriate by my Executrix the land not being subject this claim

Sixthly – I will and bequeath to my afflicted daughter Dorce? Florance over and above the equal distribution herein before made one thousand dollars on account of her helpless condition to be given either in money or appraised property when she shall have attained to lawful or Married the portion awarded to her and the heirs of her body

Seventhly – I hereby appoint my dear wife Elizabeth Reynolds to Execute this my last will and testament

Eighth I now Solemnly declare all wills made by me prior to this date null and void this the 14 day of July A.D. 1861

Abner M. Reynolds (seal)

Attest

John G. Hann

Sanford Smith

Luke (his mark) Flanigan

(probate 13 Jan 1863 – info. below will)

 

JAMES SHIELDS, Book B, page 67

In the name of God Amen. I James Shields of said County & State being of sound mind and disposing memory and knowing that all men must die do now in [—?—] of Death make ordain declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following (viz)

First) It is my will and desire that all my just debts be punctually paid.

Second) I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Charity Shields during her life or widdow Hood all my estate both real and personal of which I may be [seized?] or posessed at the time of my death hereby granting her the privilege at any time of giving up any part of my said estate which she may not desire to keep to be divided among my several children hereafter named in the same manner and under the same restrictions as shall be hereafter designated for the division of my entire estate after the death or marriage of my wife.

Third) It is my will and desire that after the death or upon the marriage of my wife all my property in her possession at the time of such death or marriage shall be equally divided among my several children here named to witt: Harriett House, Mary J. Guffin, William D. Shields, Virginia C. Shields, Joseph R. Shields and Elizabeth A. Betts. Each of my sons, to witt William D. and Joseph R. accounting to my estate in the sum of Eight hundred in consideration of certain tracts of land [—?—] of them and upon which they now severally reside the distributive share thus falling to each of my daughters shall not be subject [—?—] or transferred by the present or any future husband of such daughter but shall go to the sole use and benefit such daughter during her life and at her death equally divided among the children of such daughter severally if any such children she may leave surviving her and I do hereby further desire that my daughter Virginia C. shall have a certain negro girl named Dicey to put her on equal terms with my other children here named each of whom has already had one negro by way of advancement. The increase of said Dicy if any I desire shall follow the mother.

Forth) I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons William D. Shields and Joseph R. Shields executors of this my last well & testament hereby revoking any and all other wills by me heretofore made or uttered this the 9th day of April 1858

James Shields

recorded 1 Jun 1863

 

JOHN G. HOUSE, Book B, page 68

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God, amen. I, John G. House of said state and county being of advanced age but of sound and disposing mind and memory, knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right and proper boath as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me with. I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking & annulling all others by me heretofore made.

First) I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it.

Second) I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.

Third) I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Margaret (H?) during her natural life all of my real and personal estate after my just debts having been paid, together with all my interest both real and personal of the estate of James Shields, dec’d, with the exceptions of the next five [–?–] Items.

Fourth) I will and desire that my son John H. have the tract of land on which he now resides containing 217 Acres with all the rights and appurtenances together with bay mare saddle & bull(?) cow calf.

Fifth) I will and bequeath to my son Marcus C. when he becomes of age or sees fit to leave his Mother whatever tract or quantity of land that he may select out of my lands belonging to my estate to be valued by disinterested persons & to be made equal in money out of my estate to the above described tract taking into consideration the improvements of each place, also one (sorrel?) filly known as Jackys filly saddel & bridel cow calk likewise my [—?—] silver watch.

Sixth) I give & bequeath to my daughter Eliza Margaret at such time as she becomes of age or marrys for her sole and separate use & the use of the heirs of her body my negro girl Susan abought seventeen years old with a good horse saddel & bridel or money sufficient to purchase one.

Seventh) I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances C. for her sole and separate use & for the use of the heirs of her body at such time as she becomes of age or marys my negro girl Prissy abought eight years of age with a good horse bridel & saddel or money sufficient to purchase one.

Eighth) I give and bequeath to my daughter Missouri A E for her sole and separate use & the use of her bodily heirs my negro boy George abought five years of age at such time as she becomes of age or marys or if my daughter prefers I wish my executors to furnish her a likely negro girl in lieu of said George to be deeded in the same way with horse bridel & saddel or money sufficient to purchase one. The property of this & 7 & 6 Items contains should [—?—] or all be unfortunate & loose their property before it be delivered to them at such time as they become of age or marys then & in that event I wish them to be made equal out of my estate at their Mothers death or at her own discretion at any time & in the event that my daughters or either of them or all of them dies without an heir her or their property shall [—?—] to an become the property of her brothers and sisters.

Ninth) It is my will and desire that my beloved wife Margaret H have full control of my whole estate during her natural life for her support & the maintenance & education of my minor children and also it is my will and desire that my beloved wife M H give off to her children as she may think their needs require and her means afford at her own discretion entirely having an eye to make them all as near equal as possible.

Tenth) It is my will and desire that my executors hereinafter appointed at the death of my beloved wife Margaret H. proceed forthwith to have appraised and legally sold all effects of my estate on hand then & to be equally divided amongst all the legatees that portion going to my daughters I wish distributed to their own bodily heirs.

Eleventh) I hereby institute and appoint my sons John H. and Marcus C House executors of this my last will and testament this the 20 April 1863.

John G. House

Signed & sealed in presence of

  1. D. Shields

Mrs. H. H. Vanderforce

James Guffin

Sworn to before the ordinary by the witnesses on 28 August 1863

 

FENEL WILLSON, Book B, page 73

In the name of god Amen I Fenel Willson of the State of Georgia & county of Jackson and a planter of the same being in but of sound & perfect mind & memory blest be the name of the Lord for the same calling to mind the mortallity of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make this my last will & testament that is to say principally & first of all I give reccomend my soul into the hands of Almy? god who gave it to me and my body I reccomend to the earth to be buried decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing douting that at the general resurection I shall receive the same by the mighty? power of god And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased god to bless me with I give devise & dispose of the Same in the following manner & form First I leave? to my beloved wife Anna all and singular my whole estate both moveable & immovable during her natural life for the Express purpose of raising the children

2nd Item) and at her death to be Equally divided amongst my children Namely McDuff Willson Selah Willson Angelius? Willson Nancy Jane Willson Mary Frances Willson doctor More Willson Sanford Willson & George Noble Willson and alone my son William Oliver Willson or he is ded? for his lawful heirs to divide his distributive share

3rd Item) I give to my nine children above named? one decd? but in divide? his heirs at the death of my beloved wife Anna

4 Item) I do hereby constitute and appoint my Two youngest Sons Sanford & George Noable Willson and my wife to Executors of my last will & testament & do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannull all & every former testamentary will & legace? & executors by me in any wise before named willed or bequeathed confirming this to be my last will & no other In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 20th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and sixty Th? by the Within named Fenel S. Willson the within to be his last will & testament in the presence of us who in his & their presence of each other herto subscribed our names the day & date above written

Thomas Benett

Francis F. Willson

Mary Ann Short

(on right side)

Fenel S. Willson (seal)

(probate 7 Sept 1863)

MORGAN, WILLIAM, Book B, p. 83

Jackson County, GA

In the name of God amen. I WILLIAM MORGAN of said state and county being that I must shortly depart this life and being of sound and disposing mind and memory deem it right and proper holy as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me do therefor make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

Item 1st. I desire and direct that my body be buried in a Christian and decent like manner suitable to my circumstance in life.

Item 2nd. I deem and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by Executor hereafter appointed.

Item 3. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife ORRA for and during her natural life two choice negros to be selected by herself from those owned by me at my death. I also will and bequeath to her my faithful old negro man NED about sixty years old.

Item the 4th. I will and bequeath to my youngest son BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MORGAN one thousand dollars over and above his equal share of the remainder of my estate to put him on an equal footing with my oher children in regard to maintenance and education.

Item 5. The remainder of my property both real and personal except one years support of provisions for my beloved wife ORRA and that part of my real estate which she’s entitled to as dower in the event she elects to take dower I desire my Executor to reduce to cash. The money arising from the sale of my real estate after dower has been (*illegible*) I desire to be equally divided between my six sons CHRISTOPHER C., BLAKE B., JESSE C., DANIEL M., JAMES P. and BENJAMIN FRANKLIN MORGAN and my daughters SALIE BENETT and JOSEPHINE J. JARRETT and WILLIAM M. son of WESLY MORGAN and the children of my dead daughters ESTHER C. WILLHITE and ANGELINE A. BENETT in right of their mothers, making in all eleven parts. I desire my wife ORRA to have an equal share with the above named children in the money that arises from the sales of all personal property in addition to the specific legacy already bequeathed to her. In the event the whole of my estate both real and personal goes to sale in addition to the specific legacy already given to my wife I desire her to have one twelvth part of my entire estate except the one thousand dollars given specifically to BENJAMIN F. MORGAN. I desire and direct my executor to (*illegible*) each legatee to account to the estate for all advancements made and to (*illegible*) up my matters as soon as may be practicable(?).

Item 6. I hereby constitute and appoint my son DANIEL M. MORGAN Executor of this my last will and testament this the 17 October 1863.

  1. MORGAN, L. S.

Signed, sealed, declared and delivered and published by WILLIAM MORGAN as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers(?) who subs—– (*illegible*) in the presence of said testator at his spread(?) instance and request and of each other this 17 October 1863.

JAM. B. LILMAN

WILL GATHWRIGHT

ARLEND HEYNE

SARAH J. HEY

  1. W. HOOD

State of Georgia, Jackson County. Personally came in vocation of the court of ordry. of said county JAMS. B. LILMAN who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw WILLIAM MORGAN the within named testator sign, seal, publish the within writing to be his last will and testaent and that he with WILL GATHWRIGHT, ARMITA HEYNE, SARAH J. HEYNE and C. W. HOOD subscribed the same as witnesses in presence of each other and in the presence of the testator at his request and that he believes he was at the time of sound and disposing mind and memory. Sworn to and subscribed before me in vocation of the court of ordy. the 19 January 1864, JOHN SIMPKINS, ordny.

  1. B. LILMAN

Recorded the 4 Feby. 1864 J. SIMPKINS, ordy.

 

CHANDLER, TRESVAN, page 85, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen

I Tresvan M. Chandler of the county & state aforesaid being sound in body mind and memory through the Mercies of God & Knowing the certainty of death I deem it right to make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me do make and ordain my last will and testament as follows

Item 1st. I resigne my body to the dust from whence it my soule I trust will return to god who gave it

Item 2nd. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid

Item 3rd. I direct that If I die or get killed while in Service to be brought home and buried & my grave be enclosed with Tombe stone and one end of the rock my name and age engrave upon it

Item 4th. I give to my niece Nancy C. Daniel one negro girl abought six years of age by the name of adaline In fee simple not subject to any husbands debts for her separate use and if she should die without any Issue of her body then should be equally divided between my Brothers E. M. Chandler & F.M. Chandler and C.H.Chandler

Item 5th. I give to my Brother F.M. Chandler one Buggy & mule in fee simple

Item 6th. I give to Caroline Shackelford the wife of C.W. Shackelford one Two Horse Waggon & Harness not subject to her present husbands Debts nor any future husband she may have for her separate use

Item 7th. I give the remainder of my property that I have not already given off to my three Brothers to witt E.M. Chandler F.M. Chandler & C.H. Chandler to be sold by my Executor hereafter named & be equally divided Share & Share alike

Item 8th. I hereby nominate & appoint my brother E.M. Chandler my Executor to this my last will & Testament this 29 October 1861.

Tresvan M. Chandler (seal)

(witnesses J.B. Nabers?, P.F. Henton, John Simpkins – witness info. below will)

(probate 8 March 1864 – probate info. below will)

 

WHEELER, DANIEL, Book B, page 87

Georgia

Jackson County

I Daniel? Wheeler of the county of Jackson & State of Georgia being of sound and disposing mind and memory & being anxious to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength as to do, do make & publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me at anytime heretofore made And my worldly estate I dispose of as follows first I want all my just debts paid the remainder of my Estate to be held together untill the youngest child becomes of age then sold and Equally divided with my children

I do hereby appoint Wiley R. Garrison as my Executor In Witness whereof I the said Daniel Wheeler to this my will have set my hand and seal this 14 day of April 1864

Danil Wheeler (seal)

Test.

James H. Holland

John B. Dunahoo

William Lyle

(probate 6 June 1864 – info below will)

 

ARNOLD, JOHN S., Book B, page 88

In the name of God Amen I John S. Arnold of the County of Jackson and State of Georgia being of Sound & disposing memory And being desirous to Settel my worldly affairs while I have Strength So to do make & publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made And first – I commit my Soul to God who gave it And My body to be buried in its mothers dust – my worldly Estate I dispose of as follows

1st I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Louisa all of my property both real & personal during her natural life or Widdow Hood And if She marries to have one half to will as She pleases with

2nd I bequeath to my Sisters children Elizabeth C. and Cornelia F. Betts my Brothers A.J. Arnold three children John T. McElhannon & Eliz McElroys? children my brother S.G. Arnold oldest Sons David S. Arnold my Sister Susan Segars Second Son John Segars one half of my Estate to be equally Divided amongst the above named children.

3rd I appoint my beloved wife Louisa my Executrix this the 2nd March 1864

John S. Arnold

J.J. Hewitt

T.E. Betts

  1. Hewitt

(probate 4 Oct 1864 – probate info. below will)

 

FRANCIS M. ROSE, Book B, page 96

Georgia

Jackson County

Nancy Freeman Louisa A. Freeman & Georgann Freeman Mrs. Nancy Freeman Miss Louisa A. Freeman was at olive? Rose House on the 24th December 1864 the evening that Francis M. Rose died and he stated that he wanted his mother Mary A. Rose to have the following artickles to witt one mule one Bunch of cotton yarn Three yards of jams? 2p yards of jams? and 14 yards of cotton Cloth and his wages in confederate Service that was due him and Miss George Ann Freeman was at the House of olive? Rose on the 13th December 1864 and Francis M. Rose stated that he wanted his mother Mary A. Rose to have the above named property all the Witnesses heard Francis M. Rose say that he was abought to die & wanted his Intentions written out by his friend Louisa A. Freeman would See that his wishes & desires in this regard were carried fully out Immediately after which he died the 7 January 1865

Nancy Freeman

Miss Louisa A. Freeman

Miss Georgeann Freeman

 

CHANDLER, I.L., page 115, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I I.L. Chandler this day being in proper mind do make my last and only will first – I want all of my just debts paid out of my Estate after my debts are paid the Remainder of my Estate to go to my mother Mary H. Chandler for her to have and dispose of as she sees proper I leave? Washington Arnold my lawful Executor of my Estate February 23 1866 In testimony whereof I Set my hand and seal

I.L. Chandler (seal)

Test.

J.R. Matthews

J.C. Matthews

Joseph Alexander

(Washington Arnold renounced his appointment to be executor – info. below the will)

(probate 7 Aug 1866 – info. below will)

 

CHARLES WITT, Book B, page 112

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen

I Charles Witt formerly of the State of Massachusetts and for the last thirty five years a citizen of the State of Georgia do make & ordain this my last will & testament

first I give and bequeath to my only son George Augustus Witt all my Estate bothe real & personal under such ? and restrictions as I do hereafter make

Secondly It is my will that in the event of the decease of George A. Witt before he shall Marry or leave lawful Issue then & in that case all my Estate bequeath to him Shall go to my blood kin agreeable to the laws of distribution in case of intestate estates but should he leave a wife and no lawful Issue then & in that case one half of my Estate shall revert to my blood kin in manner above specified

thirdly It is my will that at no time hereafter shall the half Brothers of George A. Witt or their desendants Receive any portion of my Estate under any circumstances Whatever In Witness whereof I Charles Witt have hereto Set my hand & affixed my seal the 16th February 1855

Signed Sealed & delivered in

presents of

A.C. Adams

Jasper N. Wood

N.H. Pendergrass

(on right side)

Charles Witt (seal)

State of Georgia

Jackson County

Personally came into the court of ordinary N.H. Pendergrass & after being duly Sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Charles Witt the within named testator sign seal publish & deliver the within writing to be his last will & testament and that he with A.C. Adams & Jasper N. Wood Subscribed the Same as Witnesses in presence of each other & in the presence of the testator at his request & that he believes he was at the time of Sound & disposing mind & memory

Sworn to and Subscribed before

me in oppen court the 2nd

day of April 1866

(on right side)

  1. H. Pendergrass

 

APPLEBY, JAMES, page 121, Book B (18 Jul 1866)

In the name of God Amen

I James Appelby of the County of Jackson & State of Georgia being of Sound mind & disposing memory & knowing that life is uncertain & that is appointed unto all men once to die do Make this my last Will & testament in the words & figures? following

Item 1st It is my will & desire that after my death my body be buried in a christian like manner

Item 2nd After the payment of all my just debts I desire that all my Estate both Real and personal be sold & distributed by my Executors amonge my children & grand children as hereafter directed Except the bonds or Stock which I hold in the Georgia Rail Road & Banking company

Item 3rd It is my will & I hereby direct that my Executor retain in their hands Said Rail Road bonds during the natural life of my beloved wife Jane Appelby & that they collect & pay over to her annually the Interest or dividends accruing on said bonds or so much thereof as She may Require for her maintenance & comfort so long as She Shall continue in life and at her death to be disposed of as hereinafter directed.

Item 4th I give & bequeath to my daughter Evaline Scott one Sixth part of all my Estate which I may be in possession of at my death

Item 5th I give to each of my grand children that is to say to the children of my deceased daughter Carsandria Cheatham to the Children of my dcsd son James M. Appleby to the Children of my dcsd Sons William D. Appleby to the Children of my son John Appleby and to the Children of my son Hugh C. Appleby an equal Share of all my Estate Real personal or Mixed after deducting the Said Share of my daughter Evaline Scott or to each of my said grandchildren as be living at my death & if dead to their children if any

Item 6th It is my desire that all advancements made by me to my Several Children be taken into account in the final distribution of my said Estate

Item the 7th I hereby appoint my sons John Appelby & Hugh C. Appleby my Executors to Cary out this Will and that they do so without being required to give bond

In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand & affixed my seal this the 18th day of July A.D. 1866

James Appleby (seal)

Signed in our presents on the day & date above written

T.L. Harman

W.L. Webb

J.C. Obrien?

(probate 5 Nov 1866)

 

CHANDLER, SOLOMON, Book B, page 124

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen

I Solomon Chandler of the County & State afore said being afflicted in body but of sound & disposing mind & memory & Sensible of the uncertainty of human life do make & declar this as my last will & testament hereby Revoking all former Wills or codicils which I may have heretofore made to witt

Item 1st. I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Chandler the whole of the Real Estate of which I am now possessed being the entire farm or plantation upon which I now Reside together with the following negro slaves (viz) Patty a woman Charity a woman & her three youngest children (Flord Ann & Mary) with their future Increase Jory a man & his wife Charlott & all of her children together with their futher Increase to have and to hold the said property both Real & personal to her sole use benefit & behoof during her natural life & at her death my will & desire is that it shall be equally divided amonge my Eight Children Earley Madison Chandler Tresvant Minor Chandler Cicero H. Chandler Frances Marion Chandler Calvin Van Buren Chandler Mayan Green Stanly Elizabeth Abetha Emeline Bobo & Nancy Carline? Daniel the Shares of my three daughters above mentioned being subject to the limitations and trust hereafter declared

Item 2nd. I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Chandler all the produce of my said farm or plantation wheather granery? or material? together with all the stock & cattle horses hogs sheep &c plantation implements of all kinds Waggons carts & flencan? qurriages? or carriages Houshold & Kitchen furniture which may in any wise belong to the said farm & of which I Shall be possessed at the time of my decease for her sole and Separate use and enjoyment & if any of the property mentioned in thes Items should Remain in her possession at the time of her death then my will & desire is that after her death the said property shall be equally divided amonge my Eight before mentioned children the Share of my three daughter being subject to the same limitations & trust hereinafter declared

Item the 3rd. My will & desire is that my funeral expenses & just debts Should be paid out of the Residue of my personal estate after which I give and bequeath the Remainder of my negroes & other personal property to be equally divided among my Eight children Before mentioned deducting from the Share of those to whom I may have given any negro or other property the value of said property so as to make their share equal the shares of my three said daughters being subject to the limitations & trust hereinafter declared

Item 4th. my will and desire is that my five sons before mentioned shall have and hold any Right title & Interest devised to them under this devise to each of them and their heirs absolutely in fee simple but that every Right & title & interest devised to my three daughters before mentioned under any part or clause of this my will shall be Vested in my Two Sons Early Madison Chandler and Cicero Holt Chandler as Trustees to take care of manage & deal out the Same for the sole & separate use & maintenance of my Said daughters during their natural lives and at their Several deaths my will & desire is that the above Trust shall cease and the Share of each one of my daughters under any clause of this devise shall go to & be equally divide among her children & grand children if any whose father or mother is dead the said grand children taking only as Representatives of their decd parents

Item 5th. I do hereby nominate & appoint my Two sons Early Madison Chandler & Cicero Holt Chandler Executors of this my last Will & Testament trusting and believing that they will faithfully Execute & cary out the Same according to the true intent & meaning thereof

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal the 23 day of April 1854

Solomon Chandler

Signed in the presents of

R.D. Moore

Jno? Ealexander

Franklin Chandler

(probate 9 June 1865 – probate info. below will)

 

WILLIAM WHITE, Book B, Page 148

wife — Nancy

youngest son — Thomas (under 21)

refers to other minor children, but not by name

made 2 Jun 1868

recorded 6 July 1868

 

ARCHABLE MOON, Book B, Page 134?

In the name of God Amen Archable Moon of Jackson County State of Georgia being of Sound & Disposing Memory and being desirous to Settle my worldly affairs while I have Strength so to do, do make & publish this my last will & Testament hereby Revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made first I commit my Soul to God who Gave it & my body I desire to be buried in a decent & christian like manner Suitable to my circumstances in life & my worldly Estate I dispose of as follows to wit 1st I desire all my just debts be paid as soon as possible

2nd I Give & bequeath to my Son Almon Robertus Moon The tract of land that I reside on containing about Seven Hundred acres be the same more or less my stock of all kinds my farming tools Blacksmith and shoe makers tools One Share in Georgia Rail Road & Banking company my Bank accounts & notes of hand & some Sadlers or harness makers Tools Household & Kitchen furniture waggon & Buggy the above artikles willed to Almon R. Moon to Remain in possession and under the controle of my Beloved wife Nicy Moon During her natural Life & then to the said A.R. Moon 3rd I nominate & appoint my beloved wife Nicy Moon Sole Executrix to this my Last will & Testament 4th Having Given my older children when they Left me & Since Each more or nearly so than I now possess I give them nothing more. In witness whereof I the said Archable Moon to this my last will and testament have Set my hand & Seal this 18th day of January 1860

Archable Moon (seal)

Signed Sealed and published & Declared by the above named Archable Moon as his last Will & Testament in presence of us who at his Request in presence of Each other have subscribed our names as witnesses there to

John C. Pittman

W.A. Morris

N.B. Stark

J.?G. Maddox

 

WILLIAM APPLEBY, 1861, Book B, page 159

Georgia, Jackson County

In the name of God amen I William Appleby of the County and State aforesaid being some? advanced in age but of good mind and memory through the mercy of God and knowing that I must die deem it right to make a disposition of the property with which a Kind? Providence has blessed me do make and ordain my last Will and Testament as follows:

Item 1st – I Resign my body to the dust from whence it came my Soul I trust Will return to God who gave it

Item 2nd I desire that all my just debts and funeral Expenses be paid by my Executors hereafter named.

Item 3rd I desire and direct that all my property both Personal & Real be kept and the place I now Reside or any other place I have move to during my life by my beloved wife Elizabeth S.? Appleby during her natural life and to dispose of it as she choose and live on the same during her natural life and after her death to be Sold by my Executors all Except Mary also I wish her and her children all to be Sold together at same time balance of my property and the proceeds that arise from the sale of all my property Equally divided among all of John D. Barnett Children that he has or may have by his present wife Martha Ann Barnett formerly Martha Ann Appleby per Stripe?

Item 4th I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth S.? Appleby my Executrix and John D. Barnett my Executor to this my last will and testament this 25th January 1861

Will Appleby (seal)

Signed sealed delivered and published by William Appleby as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers who subscribe our names here to in the presence of the testator at his special Instance and Request and in presence of each other this 25th January 1861

P.F. Hinton

M.M. Pittman

A.S.? Bennett

Georgia Jackson County

Personally appeared before me in the court of ordinary first Monday in April 1870 P.F. Hinton, M.M. Pittman and A.S. Bennett who being duly sworn deposeth and Says that they saw William Appleby the within named Testator Sign seal and Publish the within writing to be his last Will and Testament and that they subscribed the same as witnesses in presence of each other and at his request and that they believe he was at the time of sound and disposing mind and memory Sworn to and subscribed and before me in open court date above written

M.M. Pittman

A.S.? Bennett

T.L. Ross, Ordy.

Recorded the 6th April 1870

T.L. Ross Ordinary

 

WILLSON, ANDREW, page 164, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I Andrew Willson of Said State and County being of advanced age and knowing that I must Shortly depart from this world, deem it Right and proper both as respects myself and those with whom I have to do that I Shoul make a disposition of the property with which A Kind providence has blessed me I therfore make this my last Will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other made by me

Item first – I desire and direct that my body be buried in A decent and Christian like manner that is to Say in the Same Stile of that of my Son James L. Willson, now buried near my residence Also the Grave of my wife Elizabeth F. Willson to be finished in the Same Stile if not done in my life time

Item 2nd I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executors hereinafter named as I am unwilling my creditors Should be delayed of their Right Especially as there is no necessity for delay.

Item 3rd I give and devise to my Nephew John G.? Bird? provided the said John should Remain with those hereinafter named and be as one of the family Also the Children that is now in being and those that may hereafter be of my Nephew Joseph P. Bird and my niece wife of said Joseph P. namely Sarah Ann Bird All of my personal property of whatsoever description that I may die possessed of

Item 4th I constitute and appoint my Nephew Joseph P. and my friend Henry B. Gober Executors to this my last Will this August 18th 1869

Andrew Willson (seal)

(witnesses J.B. King?, H.B. Gober, R.L. McGinnis – witness info below will)

(probate 21 Jan 1871 – probate info below will)

 

JAMES MILLICAN, Book B, page 168

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I James Millican of the County and State aforesaid being of Sound mind and disposing memory and desirous to make Some disposition of the property of which I am possessed do hereby make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to Wit

First – It is my will and desire that all my just debts if any I may owe, be paid in due time by my Executrix as herein after named

Second I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary R. Millican all my property of Every Kind Whatsoever both Real and personal to have and to hold in her own right full use and benefit desiring and requesting that Anderson a colored man now living with me and his family Shall have a home on the place where I now reside so long as he and his family continues to so conduct themselves, and so labor as to forward and promote the interest of my daughter

Third I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Daughter Mary Millican Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking any and all wills I may have heretofore made

James Millican (seal)

Signed Sealed and declared

to be and Express my last will and Testament this the 5th day of April 1871 (or 1870) In presence of

W.C. Stephens

George S. Orr

T.S. Williamson

(probate 6 Nov 1871 – probate info below will)

 

GOBER, JOHN F., Book B, page 188

Georgia, Jackson

County

In the name of God Amen I John F. Gober of the County and State before named being of Sound mind & memory & Considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish & declare this to be my last Will & Testament –

1st That is to say First – after all my lawful debts Are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give bequeath & dispose of as follows To wit –

To my beloved wife the Lands & appurtenances situate thereon known as the Bullock place lying in Jackson County – State of Georgia together with all my personal property to have & to hold during her natural life & to dispose of as she desires.

Item 2? Likewise I make constitute & appoint my wife Cyntha? Gober to be executor of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto Subscribed my name & affixed my Seal the fourth day of September in the year of Our lord One thousand Eight hundred & Seventy two.

John F. Gober (seal)

(witnesses W.B.J. Hardman, G.M. Shankle, Solomon Segar – witness info. below will)

(probate 6 Jan 1873 – info. below will)

 

MAYNARD, JOHN, Book B, page 198

Georgia

Jackson County

I John Maynard of said state & county knowing from my advanced age I can not reasonably expect to live a great while longer – deem it proper while my mind & memory is still good to make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me do therefore make publish and declare this my last Will & Testament.

Item 1st My body I desire buried in a christian manner suited to my circumstances

Item 2nd The lot of land draun by me lying in Early County Georgia (No. two hundred and eighty seven (287) I give and bequeath to my two sons Fielding B. Maynard & William A. Maynard in fee simple forever

Item 3rd All the remainder of my property both Real & personal I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Rebeca Maynard for & during her natural life if it please God for her to survive me.

Item 4th After the decease of my beloved wife if she should survive me I desire & direct that All my personal property except my still be sold by my Exectors hereinafter named and the proceed of the sale thereof equally divided between my daughters

Item 5th My Still I give & bequeath to my son John Maynard the tract of land on which I now reside after the decease of my beloved Wife in case she should survive me I also give & bequeath to my son John J. Maynard in fee simple & forever subject to the encumbrance if a home of my two daughters now single to wit Sarah A. Maynard & Rebeca M.E. Maynard as long only as either of them may remain single and unmarried.

Item 6th I hereby nominate & appoint my son John Maynard Executor of this my last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I the said John Maynard have hereunto set my hand and seal this June 21st 1868

John (his mark) Maynard (seal)

Signed Sealed published and delivered by the aforesaid John Maynard as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us, who at his request in the presence of him and of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto on this June 22nd 1868

N,T. Maynard

Vincent Dalton

John Wall

  1. A. Dalton

(probate 6 Jan 1874 – probate info. below will

 

MOON, ROBERT, Book B, page 206

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God amen I Robert Moon of Said State & county being of advanced age & knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right & proper both as respects my family & myself that I Should make a disposition of the property with which a Kind providence has blessed me do therefore make this my last will & testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me. 1st Item I desire & direct that my body be buried in a decent & christian like manner Suitable to my circumstances & condition in life my soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it. 2nd Item I desire that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executors hereinafter appointed as I am unwilling my creditors Should be delayed in their rights especially as there is no necessity for delay. 3rd Item I desire & direct after my death all my property both real & personal Shall be exposed at public outcry at this my residence and after each of my children except Susan C. Collins whom I c!

onsider has already got her distributive share of all my property Should be made equal I desire that the remainder Should be equally divided among my other six children.

4th Item I have kept a first & true record of all the property that I have given to my children & I desire that they shall Settle by said record

5th Item I desire & direct that Should any of my children be dissatisfied & go to law against this my will Shall be disinherited forever.

6th Item I appoint my Son George M.D. Moon & my soninlaw H.J. Randolph & M.A. Patman Executors of this my last will & testament this August 5th 1872.

Robt. Moon

(witnesses John M. Venable, Thomas Dalton, John J. Wallis – witness info. below will)

(probate 20 May 1874 – probate info. below will)

 

YARBOROUGH, WILEY, Book B, page 220

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I Wiley Yarborough being of sound mind & memory do make this my last Will and Testament.

Item 1st I will that my just debts if any be paid.

Item 2nd My will and desire is that my wife Patsy? (or Betsy) Yarborough shall have all my property both Real and Personal, consisting of lands stock of all Kinds, household & Kitchen furniture & Plantation tools, during her lifetime to mange as she sees proper.

Item 3rd I hereby appoint my Daughter Sarah A. Yarborough Executrix of this my last will and Testament Dec. 1st 1874

Wiley Yarborough (seal)

F.J. Stapler

M.M. Pittman

T.? K.? Niblack

(probate 5 April 1875 – probate info. below will)

 

JOHNSON, JOSIAH, page 226, Book B

The last will and testament of Josiah Johnson

I Josiah Johnson considering the uncertainty of this mortal life & being of sound mind & memory blessed be almighty God for the same) do make this my last will & testament in manner & form following That is to say) First I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Susan Everything that I possess to be hers during her life. I will & bequeath at the death of my wife Susan a tract of Land joining Stark & Dowdy to be equally divided between Joseph H. & Betty E. Farmer.

I will & bequeath to my son John P. at the death of my wife a tract of land adjoining Smith & Hawks commenceing at a pine corner & running down the middle of the big road to a rock corner thence running to the right of the big road to a Hickory corner thence running up the bottom to a poplar corner thence running to the Potts line thence running to Charles Smiths Corner thence running along the line between Smith & Hawk’s to the beginning corner at the road I will & bequeath to my second Son T.L.B. after the death of my wife Susan that tract of land joining lands of Hawks White & Rogers Beginning at a rock corner & running to an ash thence to a pine Stake a corner between myself & Rogers thence to a rock in the middle of the big road near Hawks House thence running down the middle of the big road to the beginning rock corner.

Should there be other children born I will & bequeath to them all the other property on hand at my wifes death, to be equally divided between them.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 22nd day of January in the year of our lord one thousand Eight hundred & Seventy

  1. Johnson
  2. Pace witness

M.B. Smith witness

W.M. Gathright witness

(probate 6 Sep 1875 – probate info. below will)

 

PARK, JOHN L., page 237, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen I John L. Park of Said State and County being of advanced age and knowing that I must Shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I Shoul make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

Item 1st. I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner Suitable to my circumstances & condition in life. My Soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for Eternal Salvation through the merits and atonements of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whose religion I have professed and as I humbly trust Enjoyed.

2 Item I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid by my executors herein after appointed.

3rd Item I set apart one tract of land in the 253 dist. G.M. joining Harris & Pittman containing one hundred & ten acres ? Sold by my Executors and applied to the payment of my just debts.

4th Item If Said land Set apart to be Sold and notes and accounts fail to pay all of my debts my Executors Sell a Sufficiency of my or personal property to finish paying my debts.

5 Item I give bequeath and devise to my wife Ermine E. Park the remainder of my property after all my debts have been paid all the lands household & Kitchen furniture Buggy waggon mules & colt and Stock of every kind & papers To have and to hold to her own proper use until my youngest child becomes twenty one years of age or my wife Ermine E. Park marrys then my property to be Equally divided between my wife and children

6 Item It is my desire that my children be sent to School until they acquire a good education as my wife will be able to give them

7th Item I desire and direct that my wife Ermine E. Park give unto my children as they respectfully become of age or marry Equally any amount that She may see proper to advance.

8 Item I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Ermine E. Park Executrix and my worthy friend W.L. Thurmond Executor of this my last will and testament this June 28th 1876

J.L. Park (seal)

(witnesses R.C. Wilhite, S.W. Jackson, James Nash, Olivia J. Pittman – witness info. below will)

(probate 3 Oct 1876 – probate info. below will)

 

WILSON, ANCIL B., page 240, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In name of God Amen

I Ancil B. Wilson of said State & County being of advanced age and knowing that I must Shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself That I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

Item 1st I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances & condition in life my soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it.

Item 2nd It is my will that all my just debts be paid as soon as possible after my death.

Item 3rd It is my desire that after my death my beloved wife Caroline Wislon shall have the place on which I now reside containing One hundred & twenty two acres be the same more or less which is to be valued by three disinterested persons and for her to give the valuation if she feels so disposed after deducting two hundred dollars which she has already paid if not disposed to give said valuation the land to be sold and two hundred dollars of the proceeds of the same to be paid to my wife Caroline Wilson.

Item 4th It is my desire that the ballance of my property both real & Personal Except what household & Kitchen furniture that has not been divided be sold and Equally divided between my two daughters and the children of my daughter Polly Ann Catlett until they are made Equal with my wife after which my wife daughters and grand children to share Equally in the ballance of my Estate

Item 5th I hereby nominate & appoint my beloved wife Caroline Wilson and my two daughters Sally Thornton & Martha Catlett as my Executors to carry out this my last Will and testament

This the 10th day of November 1876

Ansel B. Wilson (seal)

(witnesses James M. McDonald, A.H. Wilks, John Simpkins – witness info. below will)

(probate 11 Jan 1877 – probate info. below will)

 

FARABEE, JESSEE, page 245, Book B

Georgia, Jackson County

In the name of God Amen.

Knowing that it is appointed unto man once to die. I therfore make this my last will and Testament.

It. 1st It is my will that my wife Mary A. Farabee shall have and control to do as she pleases with all the lands that I own & it proceeds to my wife during her natural life also that my wife shall have the ? first choice of my cattle five hogs, five sheep left to her own choice.

It. 2nd It is my will that after my wife Mary A. Farabee death that my lands and the remainder of all my property that is left after my wife deceased be sold and equally divided between all my bodily heirs.

It 3 It is my will that my son W.C. Farabee shall have twenty Dollars Extra over and above the rest of my heirs at the final distribution after my wife death

It 4th It is my will that I do hereby make appoint & constitute W.C. Farabee my executor to this my last will Sept. 1st 1875

Jessee Farabee (seal)

Signed in the presents of

William Thurmond

B.J. Williams

James Levi Tolbert

(probate 28 Feb 1877 – info. below will)

 

ROGERS, JAMES, page 248, Book B

Georgia

Jackson Co

In the name of God Amen I James Rogers of county & State aforesaid do make & declare this to be my last Will & testament hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me being of sound & disposing mind and memory though weak in body

Item 1st My will is that at my death I am buried in a manner suitable to my means in life

Item 2nd That all of my just debts be paid if any as soon as may be convenient by my Executor

Item 3rd I Give and bequeath all my property both real and personal to my beloved wife Eliza Ann Rogers during her life – And she shall have full control of the same & under no circumstances whatsoever shall she sell any part of the real Estate but if necessary may sell a part of the personalty from time to time by consulting any good men of comon sense as to the propriety of the same

Item 4th It is my further will at the death of my wife the said Eliza Ann then all of my children shall come in share and share alike except the heirs of my son William who if alive I Give one Dollar each. I ordain and appoint my son in law Lee J. Johnson Executor of this my last will and testament in testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand & seal & publish & declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the Witnesses named below

This 28th day March in the year of our Lord 1877

James Rogers (seal)

(witnesses W.H. Bridges, S.P. Higgins, H.N. Mitchell – witness info. below will)

(probate 4 May 1877 – info. below will)

 

HUNTER, WILLIAM, Book B, page 254

In the name of God Amen

I William Hunter of the State of Georgia and County of Jackson do make constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner as follows

First – It is my will that all my just debts be paid out of my estate

Secondly – It is my will that my wife Julia C. Hunter have and enjoy during the time she may remain a widow an equal part of my estate that is a share equal to the share of each of my children by her and whenever she shall cease to be my widow then and in that event her part of my estate shall revert to and vest equally in each of my children by her

Thirdly It is my will that Starkey Hunter my son by my first wife have his mothers feather bed and Bed stead and bed clothing and to get them at any time he calls for them and to have nothing more of my Estate

Fourthly It is my will that all my estate be equally divided among my last wife’s Children after payment of my debts and one bed bedstead and Bed Clothing and the equal share aforesaid to my wife It is my will that the part of my Estate that incurs to my Daughters under this will be for their sole use and benefit free from any control by any man they may hereafter marry.

Fifthly It is my will to sell a sufficiency of my perishable property to pay my just debts and the bed aforesaid and for the remainder of my Estate to remain as it is until my youngest child is Twenty one years of age.

Sixthly I hereby appoint Francis M. Holiday and Julia C. Hunter Executors of this my last Will and Testament

In Testimony whereof I the said William Hunter have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty ninth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and Seventy one.

William Hunter (seal)

Signed sealed & declared inpresence of

G.R. Holiday

Francis M. Holiday

James W. Carruth

(probate 5 Nov 1877 – probate info. below will)

 

HUNTER, SAMUEL G., page 260, Book B

Georgia

Jackson Co.

I Samuel G. Hunter of said State & County being of sound and disposing mind & memory but being somewhat advanced in life and desirous of making a disposition of whatever worldly estate that I may die possessed of while in a condition of body and mind to do so do now make and publish this my last will and testament

Item 1st It is my will & desire that my beloved wife Mary E. Hunter shall have my horse and best buggy and such bedding & furniture as she brought to my home immediately after her marriage with me and also sewing machine

Item 2nd To my grandchildren Samuel G. Hunter Samuel H. Wood Samuel R. Copeland & Elizabeth Hunter daughter of my deceased Son James H. Hunter I give & bequeath each the sum of ten Dollars to be taken from my estate before division

Item 3rd I direct that the balance of my property or estate be equally divided between my wife Mary E. Hunter and my children and grandchildren that is to my daughter Martha Ann Wood one part to my daughter Margaret M. Copeland one part to the children of my deceased son Jas H. Hunter one part & the son of John P. Hunter one part to my wife Mary E. Hunter one part less the sum of one hundred and twenty two dollars this being the amount paid for a tract of land in Milton? County already deeded to her

Item 4th It is my desire that my Executor shall divide without sale my personal clothing or wearing apparel equally amongst my grand sons

Item 5th I hereby nominate and appoint my friend and neighbor L.Y. Bradberry the Executor of this my last Will & testament

Samuel G. Hunter (seal)

Signed declared & published by said testator as his last will & testament signed as his witnesses in his presence and in presence of each other this 20 April 1876

D.R. Lyle

W.A. Worsham

L.C. Fowler

(probate 4 Mar 1878 – probate info. below will)

 

MATHEWS, MILTON, Book B, page 267

Georgia

Jackson County

Know all men by these presents that I Milton Mathews of said County & State do make & ordain this my last will & testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me

Item 1st I desire all my just debts to be paid

Item second – I desire ally property sold at my death both my real estate and my personal property

Item third I will & bequeath to my Daughter Martha Mathews three hundred dollars and she is to share equally with my other children in the balance of my estate

Item Fourth I have given to my daughter Mary Niblack allready three hundred dollars in property she is to account for that and then to be made equal with my other children in the division of my estate

Item fifth I Give to my grand son Daniel P. Mathews one equal part of my estate with my children he to account for three hundred dollars that I gave to his Father William M. Mathews and I further direct that two hundred dollars be taken out of the share of the said Daniel Mathews and given to and paid to his mother Josaphine Mathews the widow of said William M. Mathews

Item Sixth I have allready given my daughter Elizabeth J. Bostick three hundred dollars which she is to account for she is then to have one equal share of my estate and my other children set apart for her use & benefit during her lifetime I direct that said share be invested in good Rail Road stock and the dividends be paid to my daughter Elizabeth J. Bostick during her life and at her death said Rail Road stock be sold and the proceeds to be equally divided amongst all of my children

Item Seventh I have allready given to my Son John M. Mathews three hundred dollars which he is to account for after accounting for the same, he is to have one equal share of my estate with my other children

Item Eighth I have allready given to my son Cephas W. Mathews three hundred dollars in property which he is to account for after which he is to have one equal share of my estate with my other children

Item Ninth I have allready given to my daughter Caroline Grant three hundred dollars which she is to account for after which I direct that she have an equal share of my estate with my other children.

Item Tenth I have allready given to my Son Daniel J. Mathews three hundred dollars which he is to account for after which he is to have one equal share of my estate with my other children

Item Eleventh I have allready given to my daughter Nancy Edmusen three hundred dollars which she is to account for after accounting for the same she is to have one equal share of my estate with my other children

Item Twelth I desire that my wife Elizabeth have a childs part out of my personal property with my children and she is to have her choice as to my real estate that is she may take her dower in lands or she may take it in money

Item Thirteenth I hereby appoint my sons John M. Mathews Cephas W. Mathews and Daniel J. Mathews Executors to this my last Will & testament – In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd April 1874

Milton Mathews (seal)

Signed sealed & executed in the presence of each of us and signed by us in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other

T.J. Stapler

M.C. Smith

J.A. Esto

  1. Yong?
[Codicil]

Georgia

Jackson County

Whereas I Milton Mathews did on the twenty third day of April 1874 sign seal declare & publish my last will & testament in presence of T.J. Stapler M.C. Smith & A. Yong? who signed the said will & testament as witnesses, and whereas I am desirous of altering & changeing a bequest and devise in said will I therefore make & publish this codicil to said will

First I revoke and annul the second Item of said will so far as entales? to real estate and give bequeath & devise said real estate in Jackson County to my wife Elizabeth during her life time and the lot of land in the County of White?? and State of Georgia shall not be sold till the value of it is ascertained by developing the same and then sold at private sale

Second I revoke & annul so much of the Twelth item of said will as gives to my wife Elizabeth the power to take a childs part in the real estate

In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand & affixed my seal this the 23rd day of June 1877 as the codicil to his will & testament

Mailton (his mark) Mathews (seal)

(witnesses Milton C.Creighton, C. Durham, J.O. Durham, John W Barten – info. below will)

(probate to will 2 Dec 1878 – probate info. below will)

(oath of John M. Mathews to administer estate below also, 2 Dec 1878

 

SHARPE, LEWIS J. Book B, p. 271

signed June 2, 1870 (probated 1879)

Wife: Ann

Witnesses: W. T. Murrey, W. W. Jackson, W. T. Murrey, Jr.

 

FREEMAN, JOHNSON, Book B, page 272

Georgia

Jackson Co.

In the name of God amen

I Johnson Freeman of said County & State being of sound & disposing mind and memory and desiring to settle my worldly affairs while I am able to do so – do make publish and declare – this to be my last will & testament – Hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me

Item 1st It is my desire that all my just debts which I may owe at the time of my death be paid

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my two daughters Lucretia E. Foreman and Minerva J. Freeman my entire estate both real and personal to be possessed by them during their natural lives or singleness – and at their death or marriage then I desire that my estate be equally divided share and share alike amongst all of my children that may be in life and the children of those of my children who may be dead I desire to inherit the respective share of their parents

Item 3rd I hereby nominate and appoint my Son in law J.H. Lyle the Executor to this my last Will & testament

In testimony whereof I the said Johnson Freeman have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal – this 22nd day Jany 1879

Johnson (his mark) Freeman (seal)

(witnesses J.N. Ross, Micajah Williamson, R.B.? Cox – witness info. below will)

(probate 5 May 1879 – info. below will)

 

CHARLES, MELCHISIDIO, Book B, page 278

In the name of God! amen

I Melchisidio Charles being of advanced age & in feeble health but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make & ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me

Item 1st I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Polly all of my property both real & personal to dispose of as she may think best for her own advantage and benefit

this 15th day of Oct 1872

  1. (his mark) Charles

Signed in the presence of

N.C. Reynolds

S.M. Bryant

J.G. Justice

(probate 5 May 1880 – probate info. below will)

 

JOHN M. POTTS, Book B, page 283

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I John M. Potts of the County & state aforesaid being in feeble health but of sound & disposing mind & memory and desiring to make a disposition of the property with which kind providence has blessed me do make this my last will & testament hereby revoking any other will heretofore made by me

First – I desire my body buried decently my soul I confidently commit to Him who died to ramsom it

Second I desire that all just debts due & owing by me at my death if there be any be promptly paid

Third I give & devise to my affectionate wife E.E. Potts all of the estate both real & personal of which I may die possessed for & during her natural life or widowhood – In the event my said wife E.E. Potts should mary again then I give her absolutely one half of all the household and kitchen furniture such as is now undisposed of and the sum of Seven hundred Dollars to be raised from the sale by my Executors herein after to be named of all my property Except the house hold & Kitchen furniture heretofore mentioned the balance of my said estate to be equally divided between my two Sons William C. Potts and Samuel C. Potts if both should be in life at the time of such marriage of my said wife E.E. Potts – If either of my said two sons should not then be in life and should not be represented by a child or children or representatives of a child or children then the share of such deceased son to go to a child or the children of the surviving brother if there should be either chi!

ld or children or representative of child or children of such survivors then absolutely to such survivors In the event that neither of my said sons William C. & Samuel C. should be in life at the time of my said wife E.E. Potts may contract a second marriage then my Grand children are to have & take said balance of my estate said Estate to be divided per stirpes

Fourth – Should my said wife not contract a second marriage then at her death – I direct a division of the remainder interest in the the property given to my said wife for life or during widowhood – to be sold and the proceeds disposed of as directed in the third item of this will so as to secure said property to any? heirs

Fifth I hereby appoint my two Sons William C. Potts and Samuel C. Potts the Executors of this my last will and testament and relieve them from making an inventory and appraisement and from making Returns

Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of J.B. Silman G.N. Chandler and F.A. King who saw said John M. Potts sign the same & who signed or witnessed it at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other

this May 31st 1879

J.M. Potts (seal)

not in twelth line from top of second page & of such survivors in nineteeth line top same page interlined before signing? “a child or” in the tenth line

J.B. Silman

G.N. Chandler

F.A. King

(probate 5 Aug 1879 – probate info below will)

 

WILSON, STEVEN, Book B, page 291

Georgia

Jackson County

I Steven Wilson knowing that a kind providence hath blessed mw with long life and with a sufficiency of this worlds goods also knowing that it is once appointed unto man to die being of sound mind & disposing memory do make this my last will & testament as follows

Item 1st It is my wish that at my death that my body be decently buried and that my lawful debts be paid

Item 2nd I will that Vina Sailers my sister, wife of Absolum Sailers have two hundred Dollars also that Elizabeth Tolbert have one hundred Dollars also Virginia Anthony shall have one hundred Dollars also to Delany Farabee Rosey D. & Lorra Farabee the wife & two Daughters of W.C. Farabee that they shall receive one hundred dollars each from my Estate

Item 3rd It is my will after the above named parties receive each the amounts given them then that Z.W. Hood and his wife Martha Hood shall have the remainder of my entire estate both real & personal

Item 4th I do hereby appoint make ordain & constitute W.B.J. Hardman my lawful executor to this my last will & testament

In witness whereof I the said Steven Wilson have set my hand & seal to this my last will & testament this July 2nd 1880

Steven (his mark) Wilson (seal)

(witnesses T.P. Hudson, J.D. Rice, J.B. Smith – witness info. below will)

(probate 2 May 1881 – probate info. below will)

 

KINNEY, M.W., page 321, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen”

I Give bequeath and devise to my beloved husband George Kinney with whom I have lived ten years tract of land where I now reside with the exception of fifty acres which I have bequeathed to my niece M.F. Jackson 2nd Item – I also give and bequeath to my beloved husband all the personal property which I now own at my death and his death all the property described in this will to go to L.C. Kinney wife of George Kinney Jr. and M.W. Kinney wife John W. Kinney all the property described in the will to be mine to dispose of as I please as long as I live

Sept 2nd? 1882

M.W. (her mark) Kinney

R.B. Archer

D.J. Elroy

M.J. Tucker N.P. & J.P.

(probate 3 Sep 1883 – probate info. below will)

 

PARK, GARRET D., page 321, Book B

State of Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God Amen”

I Garret D. Parks of said County, being afflicted in body but of sound mind memory and whilst in this condition I make & declare the following to be my last will & testament which is as follows – that is to Say

First My will is after my death that all my debts & funeral expenses be first paid

Second It is my will at my death that my beloved wife Margaret shall have & take my entire Estate both Real and personal for and during her life or widowhood to be disposed of as hereafter mentioned in this Will

Third It is my Will that my Sons to wit – Thomas and Andrew Bascom, shall have as they become of age or marry a horse with one hundred and twenty five Dollars or that amount in money, A Cow and Bed and Furniture

Fourth It is my Will that my Daughters shall remain on the Plantation with their Mother as long as they remain unmarried and at their marriage or leaving their mother it is my will that they each have a bed & furniture a cow and calf and their wearing apparel &c

Fifth It is my Will at the death of my wife or her marriage that all my Estate that then be shall be sold and be Equally divided among and between all my Children share and share alike

Sixth I nominate my Son in law Seaborn? M. Shankle to Execute this Will this 20th day November 1874

Acknowledged signed in the presence of these witnesses and sealed with my Seal

Garret (his mark) Park

Witnesses

Gabriel Nash

W.W. Oslin

Samuel S. Smith

(probate 1 Oct 1883 – probate info. below will)

 

NUNN, WILLIAM, Book B, p. 325

Jackson County, GA

In the name of God amen. I WILLIAM NUNN of said state and county being of advanced age but of sound and disposing mind and memory knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of this property with which a kind providence has blessed me with. I do therefore make this my last will and testament herby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.

First, I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for salvation through the minds and atonement of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Second, I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed.

Third, I give and bequeath and devise to my beloved wife PATSEY all the property both real and personal and all my household and kitchen furniture during her lifetime with all the rights, members and (*illegible*) to said property in any use free of charge to her own proper use during her life which I direct to be distributed equally among my legal heirs except CYNTHIA CAROLINE. I give her four hundred dollars in cash and one cow and calf and one saddle one clock and all the bedding that she claims. I give all this extra of an equal share for her services rendered. My entire estate to be divided equal between my heirs BETSEY ANN NASH, MARY ANN PRICKET, NANCY EVALINE MORGAN, NICEY CLEMENTINE PRICKET, WILLIAM THOMAS NUNN, RUBIN R. NUNN, CYNTHIA CAROLINE, the property (*illegible*) above named is her entire share. I also devise and direct that all of my property to be held and equally divided among my heirs as is herein directed after the death of my wife PATSEY. I hereby (*unreadable*) and appoint my friend RUBEN E. NUNN Executor of this my last will and testament, this the 12th day of August 1878.

Signed sealed and published by WILLIAM NUNN as his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our name here to in the presence of said Testater at his special request and instance and in the presence of each other, this the 12th day August 1878.

WILLIAM (x) NUNN

  1. C. NUNN
  2. T. WILHITE
  3. D. ELROD

 

Georgia, Jackson County

In person appeared before me in open court on the first Monday in Dec. 1883 S. T. WILHITE and W. D. ELROD who being duly sworn? Says that they with E. C. NUNN saw WILLIAM NUNN sign publish and declare the foregoing writing as his last will and testament while of sound and disposing mind, that they witness of the same for him at his special instance and request. He signing the same in the presence of all the witnesses and they signing in the presence of each other and Testater. And that the same was voluntarily executed by said WILLIAM NUNN on the day and year it purports to have been made.

  1. T. WILHITE
  2. D. ELROD

Sworn to and subscribed before me. Dec. 3rd 1883 H. W. BELL, ody.

Georgia, Jackson Co.

Personally came RUBEN E. NUNN who on oath says the foregoing writing is the true last will and testament of WILLIAM NUNN, late of said county dec’d so far as he knows and believes and that the will faithfully adminsters the estate of said dec’d according to law under said will.

  1. C. NUNN

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Dec. 3rd 1883

  1. W. BELL, ody.

Recorded Dec. 11th 1883 H. W. BELL, ody.

 

BROWN, JOHN, Book B, page 335

Georgia

Jackson County

I John Brown of said County and state being of sound mind and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke all other wills and testaments heretofore made by me

Item 1st My soul I commit to God who gave it my body after my death I commit to my friends and Children whom I hereby request and direct to bury in a Christian like manner in the burial ground at Zion Church

Item 2d I desire and direct my Executors herein after nominated to pay all my just debts if any as soon as practible after my death out of my estate

Item 3rd I will give and bequeath all my estate of every description after my death to my four children to wit My son Hartwell J. Brown Mary E. Brown Eliza M. Brown and Lija J. Brown Should either of my said named Children depart this life without issue before my death then it is my will that the surviving named Children shall have my entire estate share and share alike

Item 4 It is my will that my said named children take care of me and attend to all my wants and nurse me during my sickness and treat me with kindness as affectionate Children should treat a father.

Item 5 I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son Hartwell J. Brown Executor of this my last will and Testament This the 18 October 1884

John Brown

(witnesses Calvin J. Blalock, Juan L. Johnson, James A. Daniel – witness info. below will)

(probate 6 July 1885 – probate info. below will)

 

WILLIAM R. GOSS, Book B, page 361

Georgia

Jackson County

In the name of God amen

I William R. Goss of said County & State being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament

Item 1st I desire to be buried decently by the side of my decd wife in Harmony Grove Cemetery and a nice marble Slab erected at the head and foot of our graves bearing our birth and death

Item 2nd I will that after my death all my just debts be paid Item 3 I give bequeath and devise to my wife Lucy F. Goss the following property to wit One note we hold on her father B. F. Okelly calling for Seven hundred Dollars dated 3rd Sept 1885 Also Seven hundred Dollars out of my Estate and her bed and bed sted and bed clothing the red chest the trunk The above bequest is made to my said wife in lieu of her whole dower in my entire Estate and all her claim is relinquished by this bequest. Item 4 I give and bequeath to my son Isham H. Goss my library of Books also my watch and chain and all of the Bottles great and small with contents with Shot Gun

Item 5 I give bequeath and devise that three feather beds not with clothing Sted to I.H. Goss not with equipage to Ella Hudson and no 3 with equipage to my Daughter A.D.Webb bed Clothing thus to be divided with the three above named Children

Item 6 I give bequeath and devise to my Daughter Ella the large cubboard and large Dining table and one ? Chest Portralo? gallery & mechanics tools

Item 7 I give bequeath and devise unto my daughter A.D. Webb the Beaureau

Item 8 I give bequeath and devise unto my grand daughter Minnie Burns my sewing machine with all attachments

Item 9 I will and devise that all the remainder of my entire Estate Lands and personal property be sold at the discretion of my executor either by private or public Sale as he may deem best And the proceeds of Land with ready money notes and accounts be divided with my living children And also the Children of my daughter M.A. Vaughn decd They to receive the share of their Mother having already given to their Mother Five hundred Dollars as my memorandum Book will show what each Child has received, And this amount they are to receive to be invested in land for the use of said minor Children My Executor controling it for them Also having deeded in trust to D.M. Burns to the minor heirs of Emma C. Burns decd a certain tract of land at ten Dollars per acre D.M. Burns their trustee will receive their proportionate part And invest for them in land or improvements for their benefit making them equal with their Mothers share with the living Children above alluded to to be finally divided with them

Item 10 I Appoint W.J. Goss as trustee of his daughters Ludie (or Lodie) and Grace Goss to receive the remainder of the proportionate share above what he has received his note and memorandum book will show what he has already had. This amount to be invested by him in land or Stock for his and their benefit only And at his death the amount to be equally divided between the two minor heirs

Item 11 I will that my daughter Mary W. Bostwick invest the portion she receives in land or improvements for her and her childrens benefit and at her death to be equally divided amongst her Children Item 12 I hereby constitute and appoint my Son Isham H. Goss Executor of this my last will and testament this the 13th Day of November 1885

As witness my hand and seal

William R. Goss (seal)

Signed Declared and published as his last will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in presence of said testator and of each other he signing in our presence and we signing in presence of each other

R.B. Burgess

John D. Barnett

W.J. Gabon

Georgia

Jackson Co.

I J.H. Goss do swear that the foregoing paper is the true and last will & Testament of W.R. Goss late of said county decd and that I will faithfully administer said decd estate according to Law under said will to the best of my ability so help me God

J.H. Goss

Sworn to and Subscribed

before me this Sept. 6th 1886

H.W. Bell? Ordy.

Georgia

Jackson Co.

Know all men by these presents that I Lucy F. Goss wife of W.R. Goss for and in consideration that my husband W.R. Goss has set apart an ample amount of money for my support in future life and in view of the same I do hereby relinquish my claim to what dower in all of his lands and all interest in personal property and ready money & notes. And I also relinquish all my claim to a year’s support after his death I further agree that this instrument be recorded with said will above alluded to I Lucy F. Goss of my own free will and accord have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th Day of Nov 1885

Lucy F. Goss

Signed in presence of

R.B. Burgess

Jno D. Barnett

W.J. Gabon

Recorded Sept. 8th 1886

 

RANDOLPH, H.J., page 375, Book B

Georgia

Jackson Co

In the name of God Amen

I H.J. Randolph of the County and State Aforesaid being of Sound mind and memory though weak in body – do make and declare this to be my last will & testament

First I wish my mortal remains to be entered in the burial grounds of my ancestors according to my circumstances in life.

2nd That all my just debts be paid

3rd I have already given my Children their full Share of my Estate to wit. Secd.? wife of W.L. Bryant To my Sons Children John G.W. Randolph And the balance of my Estate I vest in my loved wife Eliza the balance of my Estate her life time. And at her death to be equally divided among my Children to wit T.K. Randolph J.H.C. Randolph Ella D. Moon & W.L. Riley And M.L. Bridges Children by my daughter Angie.

And I here by Appoint as my Executors my two Sons J.H.C. Randolph and T.K. Randolph as my Executors of my last and Testament And that Said Executors Should not be required to make returns to the Court And further that they shall make a final return of the property to the Court of Ordinary

In testimony of the within will we and each of us signed the within will as witnesses and in presence of each other and at his request

H.J. Randolph (seal)

Signed and Acknowledged

before us This April 11, 1887

H.A. Mitchell

S.J. Johnson

J.A. Brewer

(probate 11 April 1887 – probate info. below will)

 

 

Index, Will Book C, 1889-1919

Items in bold appear in the Book C abstracts on this page.

A

Arnold, L.L……..80

Atkins, Hugh……242

Arnold, S.G………285-289

Anderson, J.C……307

Alexander, M.P……462

Anderson, N.F.A….476

Aikens, John J…..502

 

B

Butler, A.P……….1

Bell, Rebecca……….22

Bush, Elizabeth…….37

Booth, J.M……….54

Blackstock, Wm….58

Barr, Sarah………..93

Bond, Samuel L……95

Braselton, W.H……..104

Bailey, Wyatt……….107

Brown, Sarah………131

Blalock, John B…..161

Bennett, A.T………204

Bennett, David col?….231

Brown, Mrs. Emma R…263

Brock, H.H…….294

Bradbury, L.Y…..311

Braselton, T.U……351

Bennett, Milledge….416

Brooks, Lanie…….417

Borders, Toney O. Mrs….474

Brooks, Cynthia Adline…478

Brooks, Nancy Elizabeth…488

Bell, H.W……510

Brock, D.J…….552 – 554

Braselton, A.R. Est…559-561-562-564

Bowling, Mrs. Sarah A….565-567

 

C

Cowan, Eliza………30

Connally, Mrs. M.T. (est)….111

Chestnut, John T…….124

Creighton, Miss Jane….170

Coffer, Wm. P…….179

Cooper, John Z…..287

Crisler, Lucinda J…….330

Collier, William…….402

Creighton, John W……..404

Collins, W.J. …….422

Coleman, Sallie…….428

Cook, H.S. …….440-441-442

Cox, Margaret Pauline…459-465-468

 

D

Denay, William…….4

Daniel, Armstead……82

Duke, Amanda M….120

David, Haden J…….136

Durham, Martha…..144

Deal, Nellie…………154

Dunnahoo, B.A…….218-222

Daniel, Geo. E……273-280

Dunahoo, W.S……276

David, Sarah…..310

Dailey, Georgia….325

Duke, Kate……….355

Davidson, C.C.?…375

Davis, Sarah J…….408

Damron, Eliza A…….442

De Laperriere, W.P….525 – 531

Delaperriere, Emma F…..530

 

E

Elrod, Mrs. S.P……241

 

F

Fulcher, Wm……84

Farrabee, L.J……265-269

Foster, Thomas M….326

Farabee, Eliza……372

Freeman, W.J……497

 

G

Glenn, J.M…….35

Garrison, S.R…..63

Garrant, Elizabeth……151-253

Grimwood, Martha A……345

 

H

Hardigan, Elisha……2

Hagan, John……..8

Harrison, T.C.?……11

Hancock, J.R……28

Hill, C.S………69

House, S.S…….100

Hinton, W.W……127

Haggard, James E…..129

Holland, Jas. H…….138

Hardigree, Geo. F….145

Hill, D.L……….146

Holliday, George R….147-173

Harber, W.T……..166

Hughey, D.A…….169

Howard, H.R……..174

Hill, Wm. E……..188

Hardman, W.B.J……200

House, John H…….261

Hardigree, Frances L…..271

Hawkins, Sarah J…….297

Hamilton, Mary L……332

Hudson, J.N………353

Hancock, H.H…….361

Hawkins, Maudy….373

Hamilton, T.A. Mrs….394

Holliday, Sophia……398

Holland, Elizabeth S…..409

Hardigree, H.A……..418

Hardegree, Mrs. E.H….437

Hardman, H.E…..451

Haggard, J.B……454

Hudson, T.P…….468

Holder, M.A. Mrs….471

Hood, Zilman N….488

Harrison, Joshua O…..500

Haynie, Wilkins Jackson….538

Hawkins, Harrison…….544 -545

Hardman, Wm. B……..568

 

J

Jackson, W.B…….196

Jackson, John C….208

Justice, John G….346

Jackson, L.B……..386

Jackson, S.C…….432

 

K

King, James J…..97

Kell, M.P………..163

Kilgore, James H….315

Kinney, Silas……357

Key, T.E………….540

Keith, Byron S….583-584

 

L

Lindsey, Mary C……15

Lemaster, W.A……20

Lyle, Mary L.B……71

Long, Mary E……..85

Long, Cynthia…….191

Lipscomb, D.H……..282

Langston, Wm. F….299

Lester, Patmon……304

Lay, F.E………..308

Lipscomb, John P……322

Lord, Addie Lee……..403

Lyle, J.R.B. & Nancy C….505

Lord, Jesse M., Estate..516

 

M

Mathews, C.W……40

Moon, Nicey D……45

Minish, Elizabeth…..67

Mason, Charles……109

Murray, G.A……116

Moore, Alsa…..160-165

Moore, Lemuel…..181

Mincey, N. Howard…213-216

Matthews, Hulda Ann….244

Morrison, Zemily A…..99

Mathews, W.E…….248

Merk, Mary E……254

Maynard, Rebechah Margaret….313

Mathews, Mrs. M.S…..317

Mathews, R.F……341

Minish, John W…..413 – 414 – 415

Marlow, F.W…….425

Moss, N.A…..430

Matthews, Daniel T…..541

 

Mc

 

McLeroy, Henry A……….214

McElhannon, W.S……33

McEver, John A………52

McFaran, Elizabeth…….210 – 247

McElhannon, C.C……251 – 255

McElroy, Mary…..320

McElhannon, F.N., M.E. & Georgia..377

McCoy, Susan C…..390

McElhannon, T.?A…….481

McMillian, Isaac N…..113

 

N

Niblack, E.A………153

Nicholson, Linton J……156

Nix, D.M. Sr………220

Nunn, Wm. T……..291

Nash, Lou, Mrs…….536

Nunn, M.A……550 – 551

 

P

Pentecost, J.C…….78

Pinson, A.N………119

Perkins, David R.R……158

Parks, J.M……184

Pike, Margaret S…….211

Peppers, Starry……366

 

R

Rakestraw, A……..26

Rutherford, W.B……41

Randolph, T.J…….60

Ray, Anderson…..73

Rogers, W.S…….134

Randolph, J.E., Sr….223 – 236

Roberts, Maria M…..348

Rogers, J.T……380

Rich, Caroline Eliza…545

 

S

Sailors, Alexander…….5

Sailors, Andy…………9

Strickland, Madison….13

Scott, Evaline……….56

Shankle, L.H………..62

Shields, Virginia C…..70

Straynge, James A…..75

Skelton, J………96

Stark, W.F…….114

Stanton, Zedio? F…..183

Smith, Samuel H……193

Segars, Wm. and Susan C….190

Shields, W.D……..229

Swangim, K.F……..262

Stevens, Mrs. M.E…..283

Shields, Joseph R…..328

Short, George L…..338

Smith, J.M……343

Sikes, Fannie…..378

Short, A.F………..382

Stahler, T.J……426

Shore, T.H……..444

Simmons, Grace, Mrs…..449

Shaw, S.A., Mrs…….513

Short, Loucinda E., Mrs….519

Shields, Sallie J., Miss…521

Stevenson, Mrs. Merle Strickland Est….555-558

Sell, Celia…..586-587

 

T

Thomas, James……92

Thurmond, William…….141

Turner, Calhoun……186

Thompson, J.W…..250

Tucker, Memory J……336

Thomas, Charlie……400

Turner, Mrs. Sarah A…..433

Thurmond, A.A., Mrs….507

 

V

Venable, Martin…..89

Venable, Mrs. Lou…..584

 

W

Wood, George B…….25

Webb, Willis……..32

Wood, Lovenia…….39

Webb, W.L……..55

Watson, M.J……..50

Wilson, Caroline…….88

Worsham, W.A……..132

Williamson, Fannie Turner….149

Wallace, J.G. Sr……….195

Waddell, P………202

Webb, Harriet A…….232

Wages, William……256

Worsham, E.E……257

Wood, J.W…….268

White, Sarah A…..278 – 293

Williamson, Amanda….295

Waddell, Eliza A……..359

Wood, Jesse P……..364

Wright, W.H……….368

Wood, Nancy……..384

Wood, J.O…………388

White, N.C., Est……..420

Webb, Mrs. M.S., Est….439

Wilhite, John M……547 – 549

 

Y

Yarbrough, W.H. & M.E……198

 

Will Book C, 1889-1919

WEBB, WILLIS, page 32, Book C

State of Georgia

Jackson County

!In the name of God Amen!

I Willis Webb of said state and county being now old but of sound and Disposing mind and memory and knowing that life is very uncertain and that I must soon die deem it right and proper that I make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made by me I desire that my body be buried in a decent Christian like manner My soul through Christ I commit to God

Item 1st It is my will and I hereby direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executors hereinafter named

Item 2nd I desire that all my property remain together under the management of my beloved wife Martha Webb during her life or widowhood And at her death I desire my Daughters herein named to share my household furniture all as it is at that time Elizabeth C. Henderson Eliza Park and Easter Parks the balance of my property to be equally divided among my children share and share alike. My grand children whose parents may then be dead and may now be dead receiving their Father or Mothers regular portion of my estate

Item 3rd I desire that should my said wife marry a second time she shall receive a childs part of my estate at her marriage my children then living and those dead having children living being all represented and at the death of my second wife her part received on the second marriage revert to my estate and be divided among my children and grand children as set forth in item 2nd

Item 4th I give and bequeath to Gravelly Creek Baptist Church to be held for the same by the Deacon thereof: and their ? in office four acres of land including the house and spring the same whereon said house is located to be held by them as a place of worship for the primitive baptists and should the said denomination of Christians cease or fail entirely to worship there then said land to revert to my Estate and be divided agreeable to this will

Item 5th I hereby appoint my beloved wife Martha Webb and J.M. Parks as the Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament this 23rd March 1873

 

Willis Webb (seal)

 

Signed declared and published by Willis Webb as his last will and testament in presence of us the suscribing witnesses who subscribed our names in his presence and in the presence of each other

Alsa Moore

J.W. Lile

W.L. Webb

 

(probate 4 Jan 1892 – info. below will)

 

 

 

 

HILL, C. S. page 69, Book C [abstract]wife – Margaret Hill

sons – William E. Hill, Robert L. Hill

made 16 Sep 1891

recorded 29 Jan 1895

 

 

SHIELDS, VIRGINIA C., page 70, Book C [abstract]brothers — W. D. Shields, J. R. Shields

made 14 Jan 1892

recorded 29 Jan 1895

 

 

BARR, SARAH, Book C, page 93

 

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I Sarah Barr of said state and County being of sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me

Item 1 I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my condition in life

Item 2 I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid should I owe any at my death

Item 3 I give and bequeath to my two sons Daniel Barr and Michael Barr and my two daughters Sophia Barr and Sallie Barr all of my personal property consisting of household and kitchen furniture money debts & to be absolutely theirs

Item 4 I give and bequeath to my two sons Danile Barr and Michael Barr my stock of all kinds plantation Tools wagons Buggies & to be absolutely theirs for the period of Five years from the time of my death

Item 5 I also give and bequeath to my two daughters Sophia and Sallie Barr equal rights and privileges with my two sons Daniel Barr and Michael Barr of all my personal property above mentioned so long as they remain unmarried

Item 6 I give and bequeath to my two sons Daniel Barr and Michael Barr the following descented real Estate to wit:

One tract of Land lying on Mulberry river containing Five hundred Acres more or less to have live upon use during the period of five years after my death

Item 7 I also give and bequeath to my two daughters Sophia Barr and Sallie Barr equal rights and privleges with my two sons Daniel Barr and Michael Barr of the above named real Estate so long as they remain unmarried for the period above named

Item 8 At the expiration of Five years after my death all of my personal property consisting of stock Plantation Tools & and real Estate to be divided equally among my Children none of whom are to be charged with advancements

Item 9 I hereby appoint my son Daniel Barr Executor of this my last will and Testament this March 27th 1895

Sarah Barr (seal)

 

Georgia

Jackson County

Signed sealed declared and published by Sarah Barr as her last will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testator at her special instance and request in the presence of each other, this March 27 1895

L.P. Williams

P.P. Jennings

R.H. Quattlbaum

(probate 2 Sept 1895 – info. below will)

 

 

 

 

HARDMAN, W.B.J., Book C, page 200

 

State of Georgia

Jackson County

I W.B.J. Hardman being of sound mind do make this my last will & Testament

Item 1st It is my will that my estate be equally divided between my children share & share about. it is my desire that one half of the portion of my estate going to my son R.L. Hardman to my two daughters F.E. Williamson & L.M. Jones be invested in land, & that said land be deeded to them & their children by my Executor & said Executor is hereby authorized to aid them in making said purchases. Also their portion of the Harmony Grove Cotton Mill stock be transferred to them and their children at par value by my Executor.

Item 2nd It is my will that all of my estate not above disposed of be equally divided between all of my children after making them all equal. If any of my children should die without having any children, in that case the property received by said child or children shall go back to my former estate for equal division between my living children or their children. I hereby give to my too daughters F.E. Williamson & L.M. Jones all of my household & kitchen goods valued by Executor for them.

Item 3rd It is my will that all the land that I have not deeded off heretofore any other property not disposed of above be sold at my residence after giving twenty day public notice be given by my executor.

Item 4th I do hereby constitute & appoint my son W.B. Hardman to be my lawful Executor to this my last will and testament without bond, with all the rights herein named, In witness hereof I set my hand & affixed my seal to this my last will & testament,

This April 31st 1904

W.B.J. Hardman (seal)

 

Signed sealed established by the above named W.B.J. Hardman as his last will and Testament in the presence of him & each other have at his request in the presence of him & each other have hereunto suscribed our names as witnesses hereto,

W.B. Barnett (seal)

Claud Montgomery (seal)

H.T. Benton (seal)

 

(probate 5 Sept 1904 – info. below will)

 

 

 

SHIELDS, WILLIAM D., Book C, page 229 [abstract]sons — James T. Shields, Alex S. Shields

daughter — Sallie J. Shields

made 27 Dec 1904

recorded 4 July 1905

 

 

HOUSE, JOHN H., Book C, page 261[abstract]

Wife — Eliza C. House

Sons — J. T. House, L. A. House, Joseph H. House

made 3 July 1905

recorded 4 Mar 1907

 

 

FARRABEE, L.J., Book C, page 265

 

State of Georgia in County of Jackson.

Last Will and testament of L.J. Farrabee.

I, L.J. Farrabee of said State and County being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.

Item 1st I wish my executor, as soon as possible after my death to pay my debts. If a sale of property shall be necessary, I wish him to select for sale that personal property which can be most advantageously used for that purpose, and I authorize him to sell the same at public or private sale, as he may see fit.

Item 2. I give to my beloved sister Loonie Adams one third of my whole estate after my debts are paid to go to her and the heirs of her body with the exception of Roscoe Adams who is a son of my sister, who is not to receive anything at my sister’s death, but it shall be divided bwtween my sister’s children equally with the exception of the said Roscoe Adams.

Item 3. I give to my beloved wife Eliza Farrabee and to my unnamed child, one third of my estate after my debts are paid. Said donations as to my wife to be good only if she remains unmarried. In case my wife should marry, she is to have no part of my estate. In case my said unnamed child should die, its part of my estate to remain in my wife as long as she remains single, but in case of the death of said child and the marriage of my wife, then said one third of my estate now given to them shall go to my niece Maud Coleman my nephew Ron Finch, and to the children of Cecil Farrabee, Maud Coleman getting one third, Roy Finch one third and the children of Cecil Farrabee the remaining one third.

Item 4. I give to my beloved brother Luther Farrabee one third of my whole estate after my debts are paid. He is to have control of my whole estate until my said child arrives at the age of twenty one years and in case my said child should die before it arrives at the age of twenty-one years, this shall in no way affect the time in which my brother shall control my said estate; said period of control by him to extend over the period of twenty one years. No division of my estate shall be made untill the expiration of twenty one years, said twenty-one years to extend from the birth of my said unnamed child. During the above mentioned twenty-one years in which my brother Luther Farabee is to have control of the above described property, my wife and child are to get one third of income of said property, my sister Loonie Adams to get one third of said income, and my brother Luther Farabee to get the remaining third of said income.

Item 5. I do hereby appoint my brother Luther Farrabee Executor of this my will. In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand, this 20th day of April, 1907.

L.J. Farrabee

(witnesses T.A. Little, J.N. Hudson, Jos. H. Webb – witness info. below will)

(probate 4 May 1907 – probate info. below will)

 

 

MAYNARD, MARGARET, Book C, page 313

 

State of Georgia, Jackson County

Last Will and Testament of Rebecca Margaret Maynard.

I, Rebecca Margaret Maynard being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and constitute this my last Will and Testament.

Item First: I wish my executor, as soon as possible after my death to pay my debts if there are any.

Item Second: I will and devise all my estate at my death to be equally divided between my three beloved nephews viz: Jno T. Martin, E.B. Doster and J.W. Maynard who shall share and share alike.

Item Third: I will and desire that my executor do sell at private sale or public outcry as he may see fit the personal property of which I may die possessed and distribute the proceeds of the same to my said nephews named in Item second.

Item Fourth: It is my will and intent to keep intact my property and that the proceeds thereof in rents and interest be used for my personal needs and support till my death; that at that time enough be used for my decent burial expenses including a suitable monument and that the residue be divided among my nephews named. I am moved to do this, and the consideration for my so doing is that my said nephews and their families are giving me their personal help and service and promise to continue same till my death, and I leave them my property to compensate them for such service as well as for the love I bear them. The personal service to be rendered and above referred to is the providing for my wants, keeping fires, nursing and caring for me in sickness and in health and my Executor is charged to see that same is rendered by my said nephews as they have promised.

Item Fifth: I do hereby appoint and constitute my friend R.J. Pentecost as Executor of this my last Will and Testment.

In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand this 24th day of October, 1908.

Rebeckah Margaret (her mark) Maynard (LS)

Signed and published by Rebeckah Margaret Maynard as her last Will and Testament in the presence of the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator and in her presence and in the presence of each other.

This 24th day of October, 1908.

W.H. Quaterman (LS)

D.S. Rainey (LS)

Julia Hall (LS)

 

(probate 31 August 1909 – info. below will)

 

 

 

BRADBURY, L. Y. Book C, page 311[abstract]daughters — Alice Bradbury, Cora L. Quattlebaum (evidently deceased as the will refers to her bodily heirs)

executor — P. W. Quattlebaum

made 31 Mar 1909

recorded 3 May 1909

 

 

SHIELDS, JOSEPH R., Book C, page 328[abstract]daughters — Emma J. Ethridge, Susan Ella Ethridge

sons — John W. Shields, James C. Shields, Emory H. Shields

made 19 Apr 1900

recorded 4 Apr 1910

 

 

 

COLLIER, WILLIAM, Book C, page 402

 

State of Georgia, County of Jackson,

I William Collier of said State and County

being of Sound and disposing mind do make this my last Will and Testament.

Item 1st I desire all my just debts paid at as early a date as possible.

Item 2nd I will and bequeath to my Sister Phoebe McLochlin my entire estate both real and personal, during her natural life and at her death to my grand nephews and nieces namely; Mamie Griffith, Belle Griffith, Blanche Griffith, Rubie Griffith, Julia Griffith, Grady Griffith, Georgie Griffith, Galden Griffith, and Owen Griffith, and to my Nephew, M.B. Griffith, Share and Share alike.

Item 3rd I hereby appoint M.B. Griffith and R.L. Carithers Executors of this my last Will and Testament, without bond, with power to Sell and dispose of any of my property without advertisement and without being required to make any returns to any court of any kind, of their acts or doings.

This Twenty Third day of April, nineteen Hundred & Seven,

 

William (his mark) Collier

 

Signed, declared and published by William Collier as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the Subsribing Witnesses, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator at his instance and request, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence.

L.W. Nowell

E.E. Stevens

L.A. House, N.P.

 

(pobate 4 Nov 1912 – info. below will)

 

 

 

COLLINS, W. J., Book C, p. 422 [abstract]niece – Maggie House, daughter of sister Eliza C. House

sisters – Martha McConnell, Nancy P. O’Shields, Eliza C. House, Elizabeth Thurmond, Ella S. Dickens

brothers – James P. Collins, A. D. Collins, J. M. B. Collins

nephew – L. A. House

made 20 November 1913

recorded 2 Dec 1913

 

 

 

H.E.HARDMAN, Book C, page 451

 

Georgia – Jackson County

I H.E. Hardman, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills I may have made

Item 1 – It is my will that at my death my body be buried in a Christian-like manner suitable to condition in life

Item 2 – It is my will and desire and I so direct, that at my death all of my property, both real and personal with the exception of my household and kitchen furniture, be equally divided between my wife and children – that is to say, my wife is to have a child’s part, the same as one of my children. The reason I only give my wife a child’s part now is because I have already given her some property that she now holds in her own name.

Item 3 – It is further my will and desire that the share or portion given to my wife in the 2nd item of this will be given to her during her life only, and at her death to go to my children the same as the other property given to them.

Item 4 – It is futher my will and desire that the share or portion given to my girl children mentioned in item 2nd of this will be given to them for and during their natural lives, and at their deaths to go to their children – my grand children, and their portion of the property of their mother after her death to go the same way, that is to say, that my girl children only have a life estate in all property given to them or inherited by them under this Will, and at their deaths the fee simple estate to go to their children – my grand children

Item 5 – It is my will and desire that if all my children are of age at my death, it is my will and desire that they divide up the same privately among themselves without a public sale, if all will agree to this, as I desire my children to keep my landed estate, and if this is done my executors are directed to make the deeds in accordance with their mutual agreements as to tracts or parcels of land, but the deeds to my girls interest to be made in accordance with item 4th of this will. In order to carry out this item of my will all would have to be of age at my death, and agree upon a division, otherwise the property would have to sold at public sale, and the proceeds divided as provided by in this will and by law.

Item 6 – I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons C.J. Hadrman, and W.H. Hardman, executors of this my last will and testament and I do futher appoint them guardians of the property of any of my children that may be minors at my death upon their giving a bonds as such as provided by law –

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal

This 1st day of Nov. 1906 –

H.E. Hardman

Signed, sealed and published by H.E. Hardman, as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other.

T.?. Hardman

Jno B. Hardman

N.N. Stark

 

 

 

SHIELDS, MISS SALLIE J., Book C, page 521[abstract]brothers — J. T. Shields, Alex S. Shields

father — W. D. Shields

sister — S. Elizabeth Christian

nieces and nephews — Sunny(?) Shields, Darline Shields, Davy Shields (children of J. T. Shields); Willie Christian, Thomas Christian, Mrs. May Morgan, Joseph C. Christian, Ames(?) C. Christian, Lee Christian, S. Lona Christian, Susie Jane Christian (children of S. Elizabeth Christian)

made 31 Dec 1904

recorded 3 Jan 1917

 

 

 

Estate of John Callahan, 1874

Letters of Administration, 1873-1917, Jackson County, GA, p. 15

State of Georgia,
Jackson County.
By the Court of Ordinary for said County.

Whereas, John Callahan, late of Jackson County deceased, died intestate, having while he lived, and at the time of his death, divers estates, real and personal, within the said State, by means whereof the full disposition and power of granting the Administration of the estate of the said deceased, and also a final dismission from the same to the Court aforesaid, does of right belong. And they desiring that the same may be well and truly administerd and legally disposed of, do hereby grant unto [Abrilla] Callahan, Administratrix, full power, by the tenor of these presents, to Administer the entire Estate, both real and personal, of said deceased, which to him, in his lifetime and at the time of his death, did belong, and to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive the same, and to pay the debts in which the deceased stood bound, so far forth as his assets will extend, according to law, and then the balance, if any, to pay over to the legal heirs and distributees of said deceased.

Witness, my hand as Ordinary, and the seal of the said County, this 6th day of July Eighteen Hundred and Seventy-Four.

                          W. C. Howard
                          Ordinary

Recorded July 6th 1874
                          W. C. Howard
                          Ordinary

 

Minutes of Jackson County Court of Ordinary, 1873-1878, Jackson County, GA, pp. 186-7

January Term, 1875

E. R. Mahaffy      }
    vs.            }
Kin & Creditors    }
John Calahan decd. }

Application for 12 mos. Support for Abbrilla Calahan widow of John Calahan decd. Return of Commissioners filed in Office January 16th 1874 in the matter above stated, ordered by the Court the return having remained of [sic] file for six months & no objection being rendered to same, that the return of the appraisers be & it is hereby made the judgement of this Court.

January 18th 1875

                         W. C. Howard
                         Ordinary

 

Annual Returns, 1867-1875, Vol. E, Jackson County, GA, p. 750

Inventory and appraisement of the Goods and chattels of John Calahan, decd. June the 11th 1874. Filed in Office June 16th 1874. Examined, allowed and ordered to record Jan. 18th 1875. W. C. Howard Ordinary. See minutes, Jan. 1875 for Order.

Articles                      Value    Articles                           Value
1 Watch                        5.00    Brot Over                        $133.00
1 Bureau                      10.00    1 Syrump Mill & Boilers            15.00
1 Small Table                  2.00    1 Man's Saddle                       .50
1 Bedstead                     5.00    2 Plow Stocks, Gear & Plows         5.00
1 Old Army Gun                 1.00    1 Lot Boards                        2.00
1 One Horse Wagon & Harness   25.00    1 " Lumber, Mechanics Tools       100.00
1 Old Buggy & Harness         10.00    1/2 Int. in Wood Work of 2 Wagons  30.00
1 Cow and Calf                20.00    1/2 " " shop Accounts              50.00
1 Bay Horse (17 y'rs old)     40.00    1 a/c for boarding 2 Students      75.00
3 Shoats                      15.00      Cash on hand                      7.00
                             ------                                      ------
     Carried over           $133.00           Whole Amt.                $417.50

State of Georgia
Jackson County
We do hereby certify that the above and foregoing contains a true Inventory & appraisement of the Goods & chattels of the Estate of John Calahan decd. as was produced to us by Evie R. Mahaffy, and that we the undersigned have set the same apart for the support of Abrilla Calahan, widow of said decd. for the term of twelve months, & that we were sworn by each other to the performance of our duties as appraisers. Given under our hands and official signatures this the 11th June 1874.

                             R. J. Hancock     }
                             James E. Randolph }  Appraisers
                             John Simpkins     }

Recorded Jan. 18th 1875
                             W. C. Howard
                             Ordinary

 

Unnamed Book of Probate Records

This book had no name; it appears to be an index of records related to the settlement of estates. It can be found in the office of the Probate Court in the Jackson County, GA courthouse. What follows are a few select items from this book covering primarily the surnames of Barr, Callahan, Gathright, Lay and Morgan, including their various spellings. Submitted by Dawn Watson

Page 9
5th Sept 1853 R. J. Millican & Wm. Morgan admr. of William W. Morgan
$2000 Securities Jackson Bell & W. S. Thompson

12th Sept 1853 Inventory
10 Feb 1854 Sale bill
12 July 1855 Return
9th Aug 1856 Return

Page 11
5th Decr 1853 Richardson Lay & Hugh McElhanon Exrts of Elijah Lay

4th March 1854 Inventory
3rd Octr 1854 Sale Bill
5th Jan 1856 Return
6th Aug 1857 Return
1st Decr 1858 Return
Nov 5th 1860 Return filed
Apr 30th/61 Return

Page 25
2nd July 1855 James M. Barr admr of Rhoda Barr
$2000 Security James H. Barr

Page 31
3rd March 1856 George T. Johnson admr. of Elijah W. Lay [Say?] $3000 Security P. F. Henton

7th April 1856 Inventory & Sale Bill
16th March 1857 Return
18th June 1860 Return
June 4th 1860 appraiser to appraise and set off land for support of widow
Nov 5th 1860 leave to sell land &c

Page 41
20th March 1857 Joseph Camp admr of John Calahan
$2000 Security John Camp

1st June 1857 Leave to Sell land

Page 43
1st June 1857 Thomas L. Ross Guard. of John R. Lay
$3000 Security James Lindsey

20th Jan 1859 Return
Jany 27th 1860 Return
April 1st 1861 Inventory[?]Page 61
3rd Aug 1858 W. Haynie & A. B. Pittman Exrts of Wm. M. Gathright

6th Octr 1852 Inventory
6″ August 1872 Return
Return Aug 29th 1860

Page 71
2nd Sept 1859 William Morgan Guard. of William M. Morgan
$500 Security R. J. Millican

Jany the 6th 1862 Return

Page 84
Aug 7th 1860 W. S. Thompson Guardian of W. H. G. D. & Mary J. Lay – orphans of E. W. Lay deceased
$4000.00 Security Joseph W. Hardy William Hunter

Page 104
1863 Feby 2 W. L. Marler Executor of John R. Lay decd.

April 14, 1863 Inventory
November 4, 1867 leave to sell the Real Estate of J. R. Lay

Page 108
4 May 1863 John Calehan Admr. of J. H. Calihan decd
bonded $1000 Security W. S. Thompson

December the 28th 1863 Inventory & Sail bill
Mach [sic] 10 1864 Reten[?]Page 118
1 Feby [1864] D. M. Morgan Executor of William Morgan decd.

Feby the 17, 1864 Inventory
10 March 1864 Sail bill

Page 129
2 July 1866 A. T. Bennett Adm. will annexed[?] of William Morgan decd.
bond $2000 Security H. A. Bennett

15 October 1866 leave to sell land
June 21st 1869 Sale bill & Return
Jany 7″ 1870 Return

 

Miscellaneous Estate Records

Note: Many of these records were not recorded until many years after they were made. That’s not unusual in the case of deeds, but seems a bit odd in the case of such things as administrators’ bonds, which were issued by the Ordinary in the first place.

Estate of Patrick Shields
Letters of Administration and Guardianship, 1818-1843

Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Shields, James Shields, Jane Shields, and Joseph Shields are held & firmly bound unto the honorable the court of Ordinary for the county of Jackson, state of Georgia in the [–?–] & full sum of two thousand dollars which pay must well & truly to be made we & each of us do bind ourselves, our heirs, executor, administrator & assigns firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated this 16th day of May 1807.
The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Thomas Shields, James Shields, Jane Shields & Joseph Shields administrators & administratrix of the goods chattels & lands of Patrick Shields deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession or knowledge of the said Thomas Shields, James Shields, Jane Shields & Joseph Shields . . . . (p. 118, recorded 30 Jan 1832)

On motion of counsel for the administratrix and administrator of Patrick Shields deceased stating that the [–?–] of the estate is barely sufficient to support the seven orphans of the deceased being not more than one hundred thirty five dollars. It is ordered that the administratrix Jane Shields be allowed the [–?–] of the estate from the death of Patrick Shields until the first Monday in January [–?–] for her having supported the orphans of the deceased for their support until then. (p. 138, 1 May 1809)

James Shields one of the sons of Patrick Shields Decsd. . . . (p.154)

On motion of William Harris attorney for George Sheilds[sic], Polly Sheilds, and Nancy Sheilds stating that they are of age sufficient to choose their guardian they being orphans of Patrick Shields and having some property, they wish that Joseph Shields their grandfather & James Shields their uncle should be appointed their guardians. (p. 156)

Miscellaneous Records
Letters of Administration and Guardianship, 1818-1843

William Spence named in administrator’s bond, estate of Micajah Williamson; administrator William Williamson; bond made in 1804 (complete date not given), recorded 24 Jan 1832 (p. 19)

James Collins named in administrator’s bond, estate of Nathan Anderson, administrator Richard Anderson; bond made 29 Oct 1805; recorded 27 Jan 1832 (p. 113)

Patrick Shields named in administrator’s bond on estate of Samuel Pharr; administrator Edward Pharr; made 7 July 1806; recorded 30 Jan 1832 (p. 116)

Robert Johnston named in administrator’s bond on estate of Bailey Chandler; administrator Abraham Chandler; made 3 July 1809; recorded 2 Feb 1832 (p.130)

Thomas Camp named in administrator’s bond on estate of Arthur Fowler; administrator Harmon Holt; made 3 July 1809; recorded 2 Feb 1832 (p. 131)

Harrison Thurmond, Willis(?) Thurmond, Rufus Jones, Rowland(?) Thurmond, George Humphries, & Shadrack Humphries named in administrator’s bond on estate of Thomas Thurmond; administrators Harrison and Willis Thurmond; dated 7 Jan 1811; recorded 2 Feb 1832 (p. 135)

James Shields & Joseph Shields named in administrator’s bond on estate of John Hanson; administrator Walton Harris; made 11 Jan 1812; recorded 2 Feb 1832 (p. 37[sic])

John Pendergrass & James B. McCluskey named in administrator’s bond on estate of James Howze; administrator John Pendergrass; made 6 Mar 1830; recorded 22 Feb 1832 (p. 89)

Robert Beavers named in administrator’s bond on estate of Thomas Jones; administratrix Mary Jones; made 23 Apr 1803; recorded 25 Feb 1832 (p. 105)

Miscellaneous Records
Letters of Administration and Guardianship, 1856-1898

Guardianship of Mary A. Spence, Lovey J. Spence, and Jeremiah H. Spence, orphans of Jeremiah Spence dec’d granted to Nancy Spence; dated 4 Mar 1859; recorded 14 Mar 1859

Miscellaneous Records
Temporary Letters of Administration and Guardianship, Book I, 1860-1898

J. D. Johnson named guardian of John F. Johnson, Jr., son of John F. Johnson (p. 71)

Robert White named guardian of minor children of William White – Aren White, Bazel White, George(?) White; dated & recorded 3 Nov 1873 (p. 124)

John B. O’Shields named guardian of John M. B. Collins & August D. Collins, minor orphans of James P. Collins; 18 Nov 1874 (p.143)

William D. Shields & Joseph R. Shields named administrators of estate of James Shields; dated 1 Jun 1863; recorded 2 Jun 1863 (p. 369)

Estate of James P. Collins
Inventory, Appraisements, Returns, & Vouchers, Vol. D, 1860-1868, p. 35

Georgia
Jackson County
To the honorable A. E. Thompson, Ordinary of said County. The petition of Susan B. Collins and W. J. Collins respectfully [–?–] that they are desirous of obtaining letters of administration on the estate of James P. Collins, late of said county, deceased. Your petitioners are of opinion that the estate is worth about nine thousand dollars and mainly consists of personal property and real estate. Your petitioners are citizens of the county and State aforesaid, are both of lawful age and make this application as next of kin. May 7th 1860

Susan B. Collins
William J. Collins

It appearing to the court in the matter of the application of Susan B. Collins and William J. Collins for letters of administration on the estate of James P. Collins deceased that the notice has been legally published that at this term of the Court the said applications would apply for letters of administration on the said estate, and the petition of the said Susan B. and William J. Collins having been received and considered by the Court, and there being no objection, it is ordered by the Court that letters issue to Susan B. Collins and William J. Collins as Administratrix and Administrator of James P. Collins deceased upon giving bond and security in the sum of twenty thousand dollars, whereupon the said court appoints John G. House, J. O. Johnson, U. H. Hinton, A. D. Camp & George B. Wood appraisers in terms of the law.

It is further ordered by the Court that Susan B. Collins & William J. Collins, Admm., have leave to sell the perishable property belonging to the estate of James T. Collins decsd in terms of the law.

All items on this page submitted by Cheryl Chasin