Madison County Will Book B
Part One: Pages 1-200
Page 1 ~ Mary Carithers
To my daughter Mary F. Carithers, all my estate consisting of household and kitchen
furniture, stock of all kinds, and my negro woman Hannah. Executor: Amos Carithers.
Signed: Mary (x) Carithers. Witness: James Carithers, John Landers, James M. Landers.
Rec'd 16 Apr 1842.
Page 2 ~ Henry P. White
14 May 1842
To the bodily heirs or orphans of my grandson Henry P. White, late of Franklin County and
State of Virginia, deceased, $530.42, it being their proportional part of the sale and
division of my property that was sold and divided in December last, now in the hands of my
Attorneys in fact Stephen White and Henry P. Smith. Also to the said orphans of my
grandson Henry P. White, the one sixth part of my whole estate. To my granddaughter Martha
N. Bennett, formerly Martha N. White, daughter of Isaiah White, one sixth part of my whole
estate during her natural life, then divided equally between her bodily heirs. My
executors to keep this 6th part in trust, making yearly payments to the said Martha N.
Bennett. At her death, provided her youngest child is of age, this 6th part to be divided
equally among all her children. If her youngest child is not of age at the death of Martha
N. Bennett, then my executors to keep this 6th part in their possession until the youngest
child is of age, or until a legal guardian has been appointed those underage children.
Should my executors wish to get shed of the management of the share of Martha N. Bennett,
then my executors and the said Martha N. Bennett shall mutually agree on a fit and proper
person to take charge of her share of my estate, provided they not choose Willis H.
Bennett, husband of Martha N. Bennett. He shall have no control over the effects I give to
my granddaughter, and neither will it be subject to any present or future debts against
him. To my daughter Elizabeth Smith, formerly Elizabeth White, one third part of my whole
estate and also one old negro woman named Selia. To my daughter Lucy White, formerly Lucy
White, the remaining third of my estate and also an old negro woman named Isabell.
Executors: Stephen White and Henry P. Smith. Signed: Henry P. (x) Smith. Witness: Rich'd
B. Gholston, Benjamin F. O'Kelley, John Wood. Rec'd 23 Sept 1842.
Page 6 ~ Archelaus Moon
16 Jun 1842
It is my wish that my youngest child, William G. Moon, have a good horse, feather bed and
furniture and other furniture, all amounting to $100.00 to be paid to him when he marries
or comes of age, and then an equal division with all the older children. My wife Susan
Moon to have all my estate for her lifetime or widowhood. In case she should marry, all my
estate to be sold and my wife made equal with the children. Pleasant Moon to have two
dollars of my estate. At the death of my wife Susan, all my estate to be sold and divided
equally between my children, namely Robert P. Moon, Anna Irena, Archelaus P. Moon, Martha
and William G. Moon and Polly. Executrix: My wife, Susan Moon. Executors: Archelaus P.
Moon and William G. Moon. Signed: A. Moon. Witness: Oliver Threlkeld, Samuel G. McCurdy,
James McCurdy. Rec'd 23 Sept 1842.
Page 8 ~ James Towns
18 Apr 1839
The whole of my estate, except my negro man Sandy, to my children and grandchildren, to be
equally divided among those now living and the children of those dead, so that the
grandchildren shall only be entitled to the shares of their parents. Debts owed me by my
children to be deducted from their share. To my sons John W. Towns, Willis Towns and
Benjamin Towns, their shares of my estate absolutely; but the shares of the children of my
son Drury Towns, deceased, and of the children of Elizabeth Matthews, deceased, wife of
Phineas Matthews, I leave to my sons John W. Towns and Benjamin Towns in trust for the
benefit of said children. To my son John W. Towns and Benjamin Towns, the share of my
daughter Martha Williford, to be used for her sole use and benefit and not to be under the
control of her husband Samuel Williford. To John W. Towns and Benjamin Towns, the share of
James Towns for the use and benefit of his children and not subjected to the payment of
his debts. My negro man Sandy to remain with and serve my sons John W. Towns and Benjamin
Towns, requesting them to protect him and to use him kindly in consideration of his
faithful services to me. Executors: my sons John W. Towns and Benjamin Towns. Signed: John
Towns. Witness: John Kirkpatrick, Charles Kenney, Ed. Hardin. Rec'd 9 Jan 1844.
Page 10 ~ John Embry
11 Dec 1843
To my wife Nancy, my entire estate during her natural life. To my son Hezekiah S. Embry, a
child's part of my estate. To my daughter Tempy Hardy, a child's part of my estate. To my
grandchildren, offspring of my daughter Elizabeth Key, deceased, wife of Talbot Key, a
child's part of my estate to be divided among them. To my daughter Delilah Key, George
Key's wife, a child's part of my estate. To my grandchildren, children of my son Boley
Embry, deceased, a child's part of my estate to divide equally among them. To my
grandchildren, offspring of my daughter Charlotte Glen, deceased, John Glen's wife, $5.00
to be equally divided amongst them. To my daughter Sally Bowles (Martin Bowles' wife), one
half of a child's part of my estate, and the other half of the child's part to her son
Nathan Gaines Bowles. To my daughter Scyntha Saunders (William Saunder's wife), a child's
part of my estate. Debts owed by children to be considered as so much received of their
proportionate parts. Executors: my trusty friend and son-in- law, William Saunders, and my
son Hezekiah S. Embry. Signed: John (x) Embry. Witness: W. M. Gathright, Martin Anthony,
Henry B. Gober. Rec'd 1 Sept 1845. [Account book with children's debts follows, not
transcribed in this book].
Page 14 ~ Robert L. Tait
1 Mar 1846
To my daughter Mary or Polly Richards, my daughter Nancy House, my son Edmund B. Tait, my
daughter Francis W. Cooper, my daughter Elizabeth Porterfield, my daughter Elmira H.
Story, I have already given a bed & furniture and other items of furniture towards
housekeeping; these children to have nothing more of the estate. To my wife Mary, all my
land, negroes, kitchen furniture and all property, to be disposed of as she may think
proper. Should my grandson Robert L. Tait Porterfield, conduct himself in a proper and
becoming manner, my wife may give him any property she thinks proper. Executrix: my wife
Mary Tait. Executor: Samuel Long. Signed: Rbt. L. Tait Witness: John Landers, B.F. Guest,
James Long, John Hopkins, J.P. Recd: 22 Jul 1846
Page 16 ~ James Sanders
13 Mar 1846
To my beloved wife Flora, my Family Bible Testament and Hymn Book, Featherbed &
bedstead and as much furniture as necessary. To Tabltha Shepherd, wife of John Shepherd,
and to the heirs of Elizabeth Dickson, decd (wife of William Dickson, decd),
and to Malinda Leeper, wife of Hugh Leeper, three tracts of land, one in Meriwether
County, the other two in originally Muscogee County (recommend to be sold and divided
between my two daughters above named and the heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Dickson). To
my wife Flora, and my daughters Tabitha Shepherd, Malinda Leeper, the heirs of my deceased
daughter Elizabeth Dickson, and Sally Dickson, the residue of my estate. Negroes to be
divided by lot or otherwise without making sale of them. Property which I have heretofore
given to my children, Viz, Tabitha Shepherd, Emily Dickson, decd, Sally Dickson
decd, and Malinda Leeper, shall not be considered part of my estate. Executors to
have full power to sell land and estate, and also the Negroes if they cannot be divided as
above stated, namely, Charles, Moses, Joseph, Flora, Mary, Judith and Jane. Executrix: My
wife Flora Sanders, Executors: John Shepherd, Hugh B. Leeper, and James Long. Signed:
James Sanders. Witness: Jona. Sanders, sanders W. Colbert, Richard T. Sorrells, William
Codicil: 8 Sept 1846: To my wife, her Womans Saddle & Bridle, and provisions to
do her plentifully for 12 months. And as touching my Negroe property above named, I
permanently give in the following manner: To my wife Flora, Negro Flora & Jane. To my
daughter Tabitha Shepherd, wife of John Shepherd, Moses and Judith. To Malinda Leeper,
wife of Hugh B. Leeper, Joseph & Mary. My Negro man Charles to John Shepherd or Hugh
Leeper (as they can make it best suit between themselves). Negros to be valued and the
heirs of my two deceased daughters, Elizabeth Dickson and Sally Dickson, have their
proportional share. Executors be particular to pay each one separately. Signed: James
Sanders. Witness: John McDonald, Richard T. Sorrells, William Sanders. Recd 3 Nov
Page 19 ~ John McLeroy
2 Dec 1846
Madison Co, GA: To all whom is may concern, know ye that we, whose names are hereunto
subscribed, being present at the dwelling of John McLeroy of the county & Satate
aforesaid on Wednesday the 2nd of December in the year of our Lord on 1846, did
hear the said John McLeroy, he being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and in his
last sickness, utter publish and declare this to be his last will and testament, calling
on us to witness the same. First, That all his just debts be paid out of his effects.
Second, that the remainder of his property should be all be kept together for the support
of his wife and children and that his wife Tabby stand in his shoes, to do and
manage as he had done. The foregoing is the substance of what John McLeroy published in
our presence, on the day and year aforesaid, a few hours previous to his death and
reduced to writing this eight day of Dec 1846. Witness: Sherod McCarty, Daniel
Wyman, George Broach. We further heard John McLeroy, at the same time and place but before
the arrival of S. McCarty, one of the witnesses to the foregoing, say that it was his will
and desire that at the death of his wife Tabitha that an equal division of all his
property be made among all his children share and share alike. Witness: Daniel Wyman,
George Broach. Recd 14 Jan 1847.
Page 21 ~ Archibald Hart
31 Aug 1840
Oglethorpe County: This is the last will & testament of Archibald Hart of the County
& State aforesaid. All my money, notes, dues, Negroes, lands, Stock of every kind,
household & kitchen furniture and all other property, to my wife Poly Hart during her
natural life or widowhood. If she does marry, shell be entitled to one third, or a
childs part, and at her death or marriage to be equally divided among all my
rightful heirs, except my son James R. Hart who shall have $500 less than the rest, as I
have paid that much for him over and above the rest of my children. Signed: Archibald
Hart. Witness: Alexander Lester, Leonard Bolton. Recd 1 Jun 1847.
Page 22 ~ James Griffith
1 Jul 1845
To my wife Sarah Griffith, the following Negroes; Reuben, Martin, Stephen, Fanny, Lear,
and John. Also the use & occupation of the house I now live in, and all the outhouses
such as stables, cribs, machine house and kitchen house. Also household and kitchen
furniture, and the tract of land I now live on, the north side of South Broad River
included in the Johnson Survey and the Gordon Survey. Also four horses that she may
choose, my Rod Waggon, our yoke of oxen, & our four cows & calves, and what hogs
and sheep I may die possessed of. This during her natural life, and at her death to be
disposed of as follows. Also to my wife Sarah, my negro Nancy and her child Pass as her
absolute property. To my son James B. Griffith, the tract of land whereon he now lives,
known as the Whitrut H. Adam Tract; also the negro boy John named above, at the death of
my wife. To my son Robert L. Griffith, the tract of land which he now cultivates,
commencing on Lemuel Hopkins spring branch, down to the river to Youngs line,
including the thirty acres that I run myself. To my son Walton H. Griffith, the tract of
land that my house is on, at the death of my wife. Plus all the land I own on the south
side of Broad River, including the McLeroy place and the thirty acres I run myself
adjoining the McLeroy place. Also that part of the Barnett survey that lies on the south
side of South Broad River. Also two negroes; Charles Lewis and Manerva. And one Bed &
Furniture and one Cow & Calf. To my son Oliver P. Griffith, a parcel of land adj.
Lemuel Hopkins, including the Strickland tract. To my sons Robert P. Griffith and Walton
H. Griffith, in trust for the benefit of my son John H. Griffith, $500.00, to be given to
John at such times as the trustees deem best. Should he die without children lawfully
begotten or without a wife, the remainder of the $500.00 to be divided equally between my
children; should he die with a wife or children, the remainder of the $500.00 to given to
them. To my daughter Elizabeth Mirony, formerly Elizabeth Griffith, at my death the notes
I now hold on her husband William Mirony and that the said notes be her part of my estate,
the total amount due at this time is $634.40. At my death, my daughters Susan Sorrells,
formerly Susan Griffith, Jane Eberhart, formerly Jane Griffith, Martha Ware, formerly
Martha Giffith, and Adaline Eberhart, formerly Adaline Griffith if living, and if
not, their children and the children of my deceased daughters Anny Colly, formerly
Anny Griffith, and Mary H. Bullock, formerly Mary H. Griffith, $100.00 each over and above
an equal share with my sons of the remainder of my estate. The remainder to be equally
divided between all my children, except my blacksmith tools, which I wish my two sons
Walton H. Girffith and Oliver P. Griffith to have between them. Executors: My sons Robert
P. Griffith and Walton H. Griffith. Signed: James Griffith. Witness: Isaac N. Culbertson,
Allen C. David, John Hopkins, J.P. Recd 8 Jul 1847.
Page 28 ~ Gray Allen
21 Feb 1844
My executors to inter my body on the plantation where I now live. My wife Polly to have
all my estate, to dispose of at her own discretion. Executors, my wife and my son James
Allen. Signed: Gray Allen. Witness: Gabriel Nash, James (x) Murrow, Bartholemew (x)
Porter. Recd 30 Nov 1847.
Page 29 ~ George Eberhart
3 Aug 1841
To my wife Margaret, during her natural life; three negroes; Green, John and a girl or
woman of her choice; a choice bed, bedstead & furniture; my carriage & choice
horse. My executors to loan out at interest $1000.00, the interest to be paid to my wife
yearly. At her death, the property to be disposed of as follows. To my sons Robert and
Samuel and my daughters Catharine Gholston, Elizabeth Wynn, Asanith Griffith, $400.00 to
balance against lands my other sons received. The balance of my estate to be sold
immediately after my death, and the property left to my wife to be sold immediately after
her death; the money arising from the sale to be divided equally between the following
legatees: my son Francis, my son Jacob, my daughter Catharine, my daughter Elizabeth, my
son Robert, my son Samuel, my daughter Asanith, my son Geroge; the share I intended for my
daughter Polly, I give to her four sons, John Gilbert, George Gilbert, Isaac Gilbert and
James Gilbert; the share I intended for my daughter Margaret I give to her three children,
George Deadwyler, Mary Ann Deadwyler and Margaret Deadwyler. Executors: my sons Francis
Eberhart and George Eberhart. Signed: George Eberhart. Witness: James Long, Ben--- B.
Strickland, Walton H. Griffith. Recd 28 Jan 1848. [A similar version of this will
was written on 20 Jul 1846, which does not name a wife].
Page 37 ~ Elisha Ware
3 Jun 1848
To my wife Synthia, the land whereon I now live, four horses or mules, all the grain as
well as the crop now growing, and all my property except as follows. My negroes to be
valued and my wife Synthia to select negroes to equal half the valuation. One half of my
cash, bonds and notes to my wife Synthia. I own 55 shares of the Georgia Railroad and
Banking Company in other words, I have paid $5,500.00 for stock -- The
dividends to be paid to my wife during her natural life, and then the stock to revert into
my estate. I have deposited $1,650.00 in bank, with instruction to Joseph W. Wilde, Esq.,
to purchase new stock in the G.RR. & Banking Company the dividends of this to
be paid to my wife during her natural life. The balance of my estate to be divided between
my brothers and sisters: Bennett Ware, Philip Ware, Lettie Ware, Elizabeth Long, Sarah
Borom, Jenny Strickland, and the heirs of Henry Ware. Executrix: My wife Synthia Ware,
Executor, Britton S. Ware. Signed: Elisha Ware. Witness: Jon. W. Donahoo, W.B. carithers,
Wilson J. Bird. Recd 5 Jul 1848.
Page 41 ~ Berry J. Bridges
12 Feb 1847
To John H. Tucker, a boy whom I have taken to raise, one horse, bridle and saddle when he
arrives at the age of 17, provided he shall remain with my wife Mary Bridges and is a
industrious, dutiful, and obedient boy. If not, then he is to have nothing from my estate.
To Ora Akins, a young woman I have raised from infancy, one bed & furniture, one chest
and stock of cattle, one saddle, all of which she now claims and is of right her own
property but in my possession, and $50. The balance of my estate to my wife Mary Bridges
during her natural life, and at her death, to Ora Akins. Executrix: My wife Mary Bridges.
Witness: Bennett Sims, Ranford E. Hitchcock, Nathaniel C. Bridges. Recd 23 Sept
Page 43 ~ William W. Power
12 Mar 1847
To my wife Martha Power during her natural life or widowhood, my whole and entire estate.
At her death or marriage, my entire estate (except the negro slaves) to be sold, and after
my daughter Anna G. Power is paid $100.00, then to be equally divided among all my
children, viz, Elizabeth M., Anna G., Susan [or Samson?] P. and Mary W. Power. My negro
slaves to be divided into as many equal lots as I have children at the time of my
wifes death; if my wife should marry, she shall have an equal share with my children
in every respect. My Executor & Executrix may sell my tract of land on Brushy Creek
and other tract on North River at the expiration of a lease to Mr. Cook for four years.
Also the tract where I now live. My wife may give off portions of property as she can
spare to my children as they marry or become of age. Executrix: my wife Martha Power.
Executir: Willis Strickland. Signed: William W. Power. Witness: Richard B. Gholston,
Francis Power, Johnson F. Cunningham. Recd 23 Sept 1848
Page 45 ~ John Williams, Sr.
29 May 1843
To my wife Frances Williams, all my estate during her natural life. To my son Robert
Williams, at the death of my wife, 80 acres where he now lives, and my negro woman Sindy.
This I give him exclusive of my other children. At the death of my wife, my estate to be
sold and the money to be divided amongst my children and some of my grandchildren, to wit;
my son Eliga Williams to have an equal share, my son Birdy Williams to have an equal
share, my daughter Nancy Williams to have an equal share, my daughter Anna Bradley to have
an equal share, my daughter Elsey Strickland to have an equal share, my son Robert
Williams to have an equal share exclusive of the land and negro, and the children of my
deceased daughter Sally Born, to wit, Russell, William, Allen and Jasper Born, to have
their mothers share. To my son Eliga, in trust for my daughter Polly Thompson, an
equal share to be applied for her benefit. Executrix: my wife Frances Williams. Executor:
my son Eliga Williams. Signed: John (x) Williams. Witness: Willis Gunnels, Everett Gentry,
William M. Lane. Recd 17 Aug 1849
Page 47 ~ Thomas Jordan
Recorded 29 Apr 1850
At the death of myself and wife Priscilla Jordan, I give to the children of my deceased
son Henry Jordan of Oglethorpe County, the 600 acres on which I now live and $200.00 in
money. To my daughter Jane Donahoo and her children, two negroes: Liza, about 14 years of
age, and Billy Biggers, about 5 years of age; to be free, clear and exempt from the claim
of her husband James Donahoo. To my son James Jordan, $500.00. To my daughter Susan Bell,
a negro man named Charles about 18 years of age. To my son Thomas A. Jordan, two negros;
Dick, a man about 30 years of age, and George, a boy about eight years of age. To my
daughter Rebecca Hunt, two negros, Hannah, a woman about 20 years of age, and Harry, a boy
two years of age. To my daughter Mary Maly and her 2 daughters Emily Jane and Martha Ann
Priscilla Pendleton, four negros, to wit: Isabell a woman, Nancy a girl 10 years old,
little Moses a boy two years old, and Cherry, a woman sixty years old. To my son John W.
Jordan, $50.00. To my daughter Nancy Atkinson, $10.00. To my daughter Elizabeth Christian,
$5.00. To my daughter Lucy King, $5.00, she haven been provided for by gift. To my son
Josiah Jordan, $5.00, he having received his share from my son Jency(?) Jordan during his
lifetime. The balance of my estate to be sold and divided among my four daughters, Jane
Donahoo, Mary Maly and her two daughters, Rebececa Hunt and Susan Bell, so they are made
equal. Executors: my friends Edward W. Mayfield of Franklin Co. and Dudley M. Jones of
Madison Co. Signed: Thomas (x) Jordan. Witness: Francis A. Nash, Elijah Poss, Uriah Poss.
Recs 29 Apr 1850.
Page 51 ~ Francina Spratling
19 Mar 1849
I, Francina Spratling, a minor now in my 15th year, do publish and declare this
to be my last will and testament. To my mother Martha Spratling, one third of my estate
consisting of negroes and notes or other evidence of debts. To my brother James Spratling,
one third of my estate. To my sister Martha Eberhart and her lawful heirs, one third of my
estate. Executor: James OKelly. Signed: Francina Spratling. Witness: Barton Johnson,
John Sims, Nathaniel C. Bridges. Recd 1 Jul 1850.
Page 52 ~ Jane Johnson
8 Sept 1846
To my granddaughter Lucinda Spurlock, all my estate during her life, and at her death, my
real estate to be equally divided between all her children, share and share alike.
Executor: my grandson in law, Jasper Spurlock. Signed: Jane (x) Johnson. Witness: Nancy
Nash, Martha Nash, Gabriel Nash. Recd 2 Sept 1850.
Page 53 ~ Susannah Human
22 Apr 1850
To Anna Human, wife of Frederick Human, my bed and furniture. To my sisters Anna and Rutha
Human, the balance of my estate both real and personal for their support during their
natural life. At the death of my two sisters Anna and Rutha, I leave my land to Frederick
Human and his wife Anna Human. The balance of my property, if any, I leave to Ibby Human.
Executors: Frederick Human and his wife Anna Human. Signed: Susanna (x) Human. Witness:
Leroy Eberhart, Sarah A. Eberhart, George Eberhart. Recd 9 Nov 1852.
Page 54 ~ Samuel Cellum
10 Jan 1851
Entire estate to my wife during her natural life or widowhood; in case she should
intermarry, then my estate to be divided among my wife and children. My executors to sell
my lot of land in Chattanooga County, 4th Section, 13th District, 78
No. for the benefit of the family. My wife to give my minor children as near equal as she
can to those that have married; also, give to my son in law James Bone a note that I hold
against him. Executrix: My wife Mary Cellum. Executor: Willis Stephens. Signed: Samuel (x)
Cellum. Witness: Joshua Standifer, Alexander (x) Norris, Spellsby Tribble. Recd 5
Page 56 ~ James Thompson, Sr.
8 Apr 1841
To my wife Sarah, the following property for her use during her natural life: my negro boy
Joe, old Nance and Sucky, the dwelling house and outhouses, and other property needed for
her support. At her death, this property to fall back into my estate. To my daughter Mary,
the 196 acres where she now lives, and the negro girl named Leafy, and $200.00 in current
bank notes. To my daughter Elizabeth, $350.00 in current bank notes. To my daughter Ann,
$200.00 in current bills. To my daughter Jane, $200.00 in current bank bills. To my four
grandchildren, the children of my son Alexander living in Coweta County, $5.00 each,
having heretofore given my son Alexander property and paid off his debts. To my son James,
all my estate both real and personal as well as all my property left in the hands of my
wife; James to pay the said legacies before selling any of the property. Executor: my son
James Thompson. Signed: James Thompson. Witness: John Gholston, William V. Thompson, James
Long. Recd 12 Jul 1851.
Page 58 ~ Leonard Bolton
10 Jan 1852
I have already given my son William B. Bolton one horse, bridle & saddle, one cow
& calf, one bed & furniture, and I make no further provision for him until my wife
Martha N. Boltons death or widowhood. I have given to my son Thomas J. Bolton as
much as I have given William and I make no further provision for him until my wifes
death. To my sons Elijah F. Bolton, James L. Bolton and Washington I. Bolton, one horse,
bridle & saddle, one cow & calf, one bed & furniture to each of them as they
come of age. To my daughter Peninia H. Carter, one bed & furniture and one cow &
calf; to my daughters Mary D. Bolton, Susan A. Bolton and Martha F. Bolton, onebed &
furniture and one cow & calf when they come of age. At the death or marriage of my
wife wife Martha N. Bolton, I wish an equal division of all my effects among my children
William B. Bolton, Pennenia H. Carter, Thomas J. Bolton, Elijah F. Bolton, Mary D. Bolton,
Susan A. Bolton, James L. Bolton, Martha F. Bolton and Washington I. Bolton. Executrix: my
wife Martha N. Bolton. Executor: my son William B. Bolton. Signed: Leonard Bolton.
Witness: Wiley Carter, Thomas B. Thompson, William S. Thompson. Recd 26 Jul 1852
Page 60 ~ Berry M. David
12 Nov 1852
My wife Elizabeth to keep my estate together as long as she lives; at her death, all my
estate to be sold. My daughter Susannah to have a horse, saddle & bridle or $100.00 in
money; my daughter Martha Ann shall have a horse, saddle & bridle or $100.00 in money;
my daughter Mary Elizabeth shall have a horse, saddle & bridle or $100.00 in money;
all of the above named daughters to have on featherbed, bedstead & furniture, and a
cow & calf. My son James W. V. David to have a bed, bedstead & furniture and cow
& calf; he has had a horse, saddle & bridle; Kiziah has received $100.00 in money
in lieu of her horse & saddle. The balance of my estate to be divided equally between
my children; my daughter Kizziah Moon, my son James V. W. David, my daughter Susannah, my
daughter Martha Ann, my daughter Mary Elizabeth. Executrix: my wife Elizabeth. Executor:
my son James W. V. David. Children, settle in peace and may the God of peace ever be with
you. Signed: Berry M. David. Witness: Asa Deadwyler, William F. Eberhart, George Eberhart,
J.I.C. Recd 31 Mar 1853.
Page 62 ~ James Long
4 Dec 1850
To my son Crawford W. Long, my State Bonds to the amount of $1,000.00, and $2,000.00 in
cash, and one fourth of my Georgia Railroad and Banking Company stock, to come into his
possession after the death of my wife Elizabeth. To my son Henry R. J. Long, I give Ben,
Charity, Perry, Frank, Courtney, Gabriel, Cleveland and Josephine, and one fourth of my
Georgia Railroad and Banking Company stock at the death of my wife. To my daughter Sarah
A. P. Mitchell, I give the following negroes; old Dicey, Manerva & her child, and the
following children of Dicey: Dicey, Augustus, Milly and James Wiley; and $500.00 in cash,
and one fourth of my Georgia Railroad and Banking Company stock at the death of my wife.
To my daughter Elizabeth Amanda, the following negroes; Caroline and her 6 children (Anky,
Osborn, Judy, Huldah, Laura & Silas), Mariah & her child, and at the death of my
wife, old Mary Mahaly & her three children; also to have her piano, bed &
furniture, horse stock & other property for housekeeping to make her equal with the
older children. To further provide for my daughter Elizabeth A., I appoint Crawford W.
Long, Henry R. J. Long and Giles Mitchell trustees to manage the money and railroad stocks
($6,500.00 in cash and one fourth of my stock in the railroad). My lands to be sold (with
the exception of the land around Danielsville and the town lots in Danielsville), and the
money paid to the legacies. To my wife Elizabeth, the lands where I now live, around
Danielsville, and the lots within the village of Danielsville; also the following negroes:
John & Nelly and their 6 children and Peter; my bonds, notes & accounts, and old
Mary Mahaly and her children. Executrix: my wife Elizabeth. Executors: Crawford W. Long,
Giles Mitchell and Henry R. J. Long. Signed: James Long. Witness: J.M. Skinnet, E.W. Webb,
John N. Montgomery. Recd 6 Jun 1853.
Page 66 ~ Solomon Strickland
16 Mar 1853
To my wife Mary Strickland, with whom I have lived for many years, 31 shares in the
Georgia Railroad and Banking Company, one negro named Jack about 29 years old, a bed &
furniture and cupboard during her natural life. To my son Crawford M. Strickland, three
negroes: Molly about 28, Bill about 9, and Mary about 10. Also my tract of land known as
my Hempkill tract, 180 acres, adj. John Scott on Blue Stone Creek. To my daughter Malinda
White, wife of William A. White, three negroes: Jeffrey, a man about 76, Sarah, a woman
about 21, and her child Isabella about 18 months old. I have this day executed a deed of
gift for 298 acres being the place where she and her husband now live. Also to Malinda
$50. To my son Ephraim Strickland, one lot of land is Cass County in the 15th
district, 3rd section, number 216, and two negroes: Tom, a boy about 6, and
Huldah, a girl about 8. The remainder of my estate, including 670 acres where I now live,
and my half of a 170 acre tract on Brushy Creek which I own with James S. Gholston, be
sold and equally divided between my 3 children. My wife to take care of my old negro woman
Terry during her life. Executor: My son Crawford M. Strickland and my son in law William
A. White. Signed: Solomon Strickland. Witness: James C. Freeman, John R. Bond, Rufus M.
Mirony. Recd 18 Mar 1854.
Page 72 ~ Frederick Scarborough, Sr.
10 Nov 1853
To my beloved wife [blank space] Scarborough my entire estate during her natural life. At
the death of my wife, one equal tenth of my estate to my son Frederick Scarborough, one
tenth to my son Lewis Scarborough, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my son William
Scarborough, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my daughter Jane Williams, formerly Jane
Scarborough, one tenth to my daughter Lucy Smith, formerly Lucy Scarborough, one tenth to
the lawful heirs of my daughter Margaret Hendrick, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my
daughter Tracy Nelms, formerly Treacy Scarborough, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my
daughter Nancy Thompson, formerly Nancy Scarborough, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my
daughter Nepry Cheek, formerly Nepry Scarborough, one tenth to the lawful heirs of my
daughter Synthia Ginn, formerly Synthia Scarborough. I also give one dollar to William
Hunt who married my daughter Louranai Scarborough. Signed: Frederick Scarborough. Witness:
James Daniel, James M. Veal, William Strickland. Recd 21 Aug 1854.
Page 74 ~ William Nash
15 Jun 1854
My entire estate to my wife during her natural life or widowhood on the following
conditions; that she give each of my children, as they become of age or marry, a horse,
saddle and bridle worth $75 or that amount in money. Should my wife not marry, then at her
death, my estate be equally divided between my children. Should my wife marry, then my
estate be equally divided between my wife and all my children. Executrix: My wife. Signed:
William Nash. Witness: Gabriel Nash, W. B. J. Hardman, A. H. Attaway. Recd 21 Aug
Page 75 ~ William Thompson
26 Jan 1852
To my wife Nancy during her natural life or widowhood, the tract of land where I now live
and my saw and gist mill and cotton gin; two negroe boys: Jerry, about 21, and Isaham,
about 17; one negro woman, Racheal, about 21 and her three children: Sandy, about 6,
Viney, about one and a half, and her infant; and what household and kitchen furniture she
may choose. At the death or marriage of my wife, the above property to be sold and equally
divided between all my children except my sons Ansel D. Thompson and James M. Thompson.
The rest of my estate to be sold and equally divided between my children, the negro
property nor to be sold if it can be equally divided. My son John A. Thompson to have one
equal share, first accounting for $200 advanced to him for the land where he now lives. To
each of my other children (except Ansel D. Thompson and James M. Thompson), I give an
equal share of my entire estate: my son William T. Thompson; my son Berry M. Thompson in
trust for the children of my son Ansel D. and the support of Ansel D.; my son Berry M.
Thompson in trust for the children of my son James M. Thompson and the support of James
M.; my daughter Elizabeth E. Carithers, wife of Amos Carithers, first accounting for $50,
the price of a horse given her; my son Berry M. Thompson, first accounting for $200
advanced him; my daughter Mary F. Carithers, wife of James W. Carithers; my daughters
Nancy Thompson and Harriett C. Thompson to choose two negroes each in addition to their
equal share of my estate. Executors: My sons John A. Thompson and Berry M. Thompson.
Signed: William Thompson. Witness: Willis H. Binnell; William Patton, Willis Strickland.
Codicil: The share of Mary F. Carithers to go to my son Berry M. Thompson in trust for
said Mary F. Concerning the portions of Harriett C. Thompson and Nancy Thompson, my
daughter Harriett to have two negro girls: Lydia about 18, and Ann about 7. Nancy E.
Thompson to have three negroes: Adeline, nine years, Stephen, a boy 7 years old, and
Reuben, a boy two years old. My wife Nancy to have the negro woman Racheal but not her
three children (Sandy, Viney, and the infant) but to have one negro woman Edy about 50
year of age. My daughters Harriett and Nancy not to pay board while living with their
mother. Signed: William Thompson. Recd 8 Nov 1854.
Page 81 ~ Berry J. Meadors
Recorded 5 Feb 1855
My estate to remain together with my wife Elizabeth W. K. Meadows during her natural life
or widowhood for the purpose of raising and educating my several children: Martha P. C.
Meadors, Nancy E. David, formerly Nancy E. Meadors, Isaac Jones Meadors, Mary J. Meadors,
Louisa A. Meadors, Berry James Meadors, David W. Meadors. As children become of age or
marry, to receive the sum of $550, say a young negro worth about $400 and the balance in
stock. The rest of my property to be equally divided between my wife and children.
Executor: R. E. Hitchcock. Executrix: My wife E. W. K. Meadors. Signed: Berry J. Meadors.
Witness: James Daniel, Adkisson Tabor, John W. Porterfield, David B. Meadors. Recd 5
Page 83 ~ William Vaughan
26 Oct 1854
The tract of land where I live, and all my property, to my wife Kizziah Vaughn for the
support and education of my children, during her natural life or widowhood. Should my wife
marry, all my property to be sold by my executors on the place where I now live, and
divided equally between my wife and children. The children who have married I have given
the following property: to my son Miles B. Vaughn, horse, saddle, bridle, bed and
furniture worth ___ hundred dollars. The balance of my sons I want to have the same amount
of things as they come of age or marry. Martha Ann Hail, I have given bed, furniture, cow
& calf worth $50 and I want the rest of my daughters to have the same amount of things
as they marry or come of age. The share of my daughter Mary McKown, I want her to have the
liberty to choose someone in trust to hold her part to prevent Andrew McKown from getting
it as he has left her for several years without any just cause. The rest of my property to
be equally divided between my legatees: My wife Kizziah Vaughn, Mary McKown, Miles B.
Vaughn, Mathew A. Vaughn, Martha M. Hail, Milly Vaughn, Susan Vaughn, William H. Vaughn,
James T. Vaughn, Polina K. Vaughn. Executor: My son Mathew A. Vaughn. Executrix: My wife
Kizziah Vaughn. Signed: William Vaughn. Witness: James M. Power, Frederick Human, George
Eberhart, J.C.C. Recd 6 Feb 1855.
Page 85 ~ Thomas J. Black
3 Nov 1854
All my land and property to be equally divided between my five children: Milla A. S.
Black, Barbara W. Brown, Jonathon C. Black, Celia C. Black, and James W. Black. Executors:
My friend John B. Moon and my brother John W. Black. Signed: Tho. Ja. Black. Witness:
James S. Black, Thomas M. Anthony, Johnson F. Cunningham. Recd 7 May 1855.
Page 86 ~ William C. Carithers
24 May 1855
I have heretofore given my son Robert G. Carithers $600 in lieu of a negro and one --- at
$80; I now give him one bed, bedstead & furniture, cow & calf and $10 worth of
stock or $50 cash. I have heretofore given my son John R. Carithers one horse, saddle
& bridle at $80, one bed, bedstead & furniture, one negro woman named Mahaly at
$550, $100 in cash, one cow & calf, and about $10 worth of stock & furniture. I
have heretofore given my son James G. Carithers one horse, saddle & bridle at $80, one
bed, bedstead & furniture, $20 in cash to buy a cow & calf and other stock &
furniture, one negro woman named Sophia at $550 and $100 in cash. I have heretofore given
my son Hugh A. Carithers one horse, saddle & bridle at $80, one bed, bedstead &
furniture, one cow & calf, $10 worth of stock & furniture, and one negro woman
named Harriett at $550. I have heretofore given my daughter Amanda J. Thompson one bed,
bedstead & furniture, one cow & calf, $10 worth of stock & household
furniture, $70 in cash in place of a horse, one saddle, one negro woman named Lucy at $550
and $200 in cash in part of her interest in her mothers estate. I give &
bequeath to my daughter Sarah P. Carithers one bed, bedstead & furniture, one cow
& calf, $10 worth of stock & house furniture, her saddle, one horse worth $70 or
$70 in cash, One negro woman named Mary and her child Easter at $800. I give &
bequeath to my daughter Mary F. Carithers one bed, bedstead & furniture, one cow &
calf, $10 worth of stock & house furniture, one horse, saddle & bridle worth $80
or $80 in cash, one Negro woman named Priscilla at $550, one negro girl named Roda at
$300. I give and bequeath to my son Waltin J. Carithers one bed, bedstead & furniture,
one cow & calf, $10 worth of stock & house furniture, his saddle & bridle, one
horse worth $70 or $70 in cash, one negro boy named Daniel, son of Jims, at $650 and
$150 in cash in place of a negro girl named Harriett which I intended for him but has
died, and I appoint my son Hugh A. Carithers as trustee for the property until my son
Waltin J. arrives at the age of 21 years. I give & bequeath to my daughters Sarah P.
and Mary F. all the beds & furniture of their own making and claim as their own. To my
daughters Sarah P. and Mary F. and my son Waltin J.$10 each as a small renumeration for
their kind & devoted attendance to their mother in her last illness and also for their
kindness to me since her death. My negros be cast into lots with those belonging to my
wife and equally divided into 8 shares, to make my children equal. My land and other
property to be sold and divided between my 8 children. If the estate of my son William M.
Carithers, deceased, is insufficient to pay his debts, the debts to be paid out of my
estate. I also put aside $25 for enclosing the grave of my son William M. Executors: My
sons Robert G. Carithers, John R. Carithers, James Z. Carithers, Hugh A. Carithers and my
son in law Berry M. Thompson. Signed: W. C. Carithers. Witness: Gustavus H. Bird, Walten
H. Griffith, Robert P. Griffith. Recd 9 Jul 1855.
Page 92 ~ Samuel Groves
16 Jan 1855
To my wife Rachael Groves, all my property not hereinafter disposed of, with the right
& power to sell any surplus stock or produce and the proceeds to be divided equally
between all my daughters: Eliza A. Woods, Sidney W. Mays, Zemula W. Woods, Artimissia M.
Woods, and Sarah L. Long. I have already given to my son Stephen C. Groves 120 acres on
Holly Creek adjoining Abner Glore & John Rhoads, and one negro boy named Charles about
20 years of age. I have already given my son William L. Groves $300 in cash; I give him
$100 and a negro boy named Henson about 18 years old. I have already given my son John F.
Groves 150 acres on Holly Creek adjoining Samuel G. McCurdy and the New Hope Meeting House
tract; I give him a negro boy named Lucus about 1 years old. At the death of my wife, I
give to my daughters Sidney W. Mays, wife of Harvey M. Mays, Zemula W. Woods, widow of
James Woods, Artimissia M. Woods, wife of Robert Woods, and Sarah L. Long, wife of Joseph
B. Long, an equal share of the residue of my estate. One equal share to remain in the
hands of my executors for the sole and separate use of my daughter Eliza A. Woods, wife of
Benjamin W. Woods, for her care & support as needed. Executors: My sons Stephen C. and
John F. Groves. Executrix: My wife Rachael Groves. Signed: Samuel Groves. Witness: Willis
Strickland, Francis P. Eberhart, William F. Mays. Recd 6 Sept 1855.
Page 96 ~ Archer Norris
Recorded 9 May 1856
One half of my entire estate to be equally divided between my two grandsons, Archer
Griffith and Samuel Eberhart, heirs of my daughter Mary Eberhart. My grandson Archer
Griffith, being of age, to receive his share at my death; if my grandson Samuel Eberhart
is not of age at my death, a guardian be selected to manage his share until he arrives at
age. Should either of my said grandsons die without heirs, his share to go to my daughter
Mary Eberhart, if living, and if not living, to the other grandson. Should my daughter
Mary Eberhart have any more bodily heirs, then all my grandchildren, children of Mary
Eberhart, be made equal with this one half of my estate. If at the death of Mary Eberhart
there should be no living bodily heirs, then I give the shares thus willed to the heirs of
Mary Eberhart to the bodily heirs of my daughter Kiddie Eberhart (to wit), Robert
Eberhart, William Eberhart, Francis Eberhart, and Mary Eberhart. To be more fully
understood, it is expressly my desire that my property be enjoyed by my blood relatives,
descendants of my lawfully begotten heirs, and should any depart this life, the property
to revert to and continue to revert to my bodily relatives so they may keep my whole
estate among them. The remaining half of my estate to my grnadchildren, the heirs of my
daughter Kiddy Eberhart (to wit), Robert Eberhart, William Eberhart, Francis Eberhart and
Mary Eberhart, to be managed by the same conditions as the foregoing clause. Executors: My
trusty friends Archer Griffith of Oglethorpe County, and Robert Eberhart of Madison
County, my grandsons. Signed: Archer Norris. Witness: Samuel Groves, David Evans, Willis
Strickland. Recd 9 May 1856
Page 100 ~ William G. Shields
7 Mar 1856
To my wife Lucinda, my home where I live during her natural life or widowhood; if she
marries again, to be sold and equally divided between my 3 children: Littleberry, John
-----, and Mary Shields. To my wife, my horse, cart, oxen, two cows and working utensils.
Executrix: My wife Lucinda Shields and my brother Littleberry Shields. Signed: William G.
(x) Shields. Witness: Dudley Eberhart, R. L. McGinnis, Rodah Shields. Recd 12 Jul
Page 102 ~ Stephen Morris
19 Mar 1855
All my property to my four children; Sarah K. Murray, James M. S. Murray, Stephen T.
Murray and Aly A. M. Murray. My land in Chatooga County, one third of undivided lot no
107, 6th dist, 4th section, to be sold and the money to be kept in a
fund for raising the above named children. My land, 100 leauges, in this county to remain
undisturbed until Sarah C. Murray comes of age at 21 years, then the land to be divided
equally as each child arrives at age. My featherbed, bedstead & bed clothing to my
daughter Sarah C. Murray. Executors: My brother Alexander Morris and my friend John F.
Kirk. Signed: Stephen Morris. Witness: Luke R. Standifer, George A. Morris, John R.
Patterson. Recd 12 Jul 1856.
Page 104 ~ Carson King
2 Sept 1856
We, Milton P. Deadwyler, Willborn J. OKelly and Joel Eckles were present last
evening, 1 Sept 1856, at the residence of Stephen White in said county, before and at the
time of the death of Carson King, the said King having been taken sick at the house of the
said Stephen White. About one hour and a half before his death, he called on us to
remember and take notice of what he was about to say. He had intended to make a will but
neglected to do so. He wished us to understand his will and desire: his 700 acres in
Habersham County to be equally divided between his son James J. King and his daughter
Nancy Berryman, wife of Gilson F. Berryman. If Nancy dies without heir, her share to be
divided between her brothers and sisters. The home place of 100 acres in Madison County,
and the one half of the mill, to remain undisposed of for 20 years for the support of his
younger children: Lucy M. King, John W. King and Martha A. E. King. Each of his said
younger children to have bed & bedding, also William H. King to have bed &
bedding. The rest of his estate to be sold and equally divided among all his children. The
share of Nancy House, wife of Buky House, to go to her during her natural life and at her
death to go to her children. After 20 years the homeplace and the half of the mill to be
sold and divided equally between all the children. His son William H. King to act as
guardian for the minor children, and have pay for keeping up the mill. Soon after which he
died. Signed: M. P. Deadwyler, Willborn J. OKelly, Joel Eckles. Recd 11 Oct
Page 106 ~ Elizabeth Smith
13 Sept 1836
To my great granddaughter Sarah Harriett Thompson, daughter of Julia Ann Thompson,
deceased, former wife of James Thompson, Jr., $100. To my granddaughter Mary E. Boothe,
daughter of Mary P. Boothe and Robert Boothe, one negro boy named Jordan about 7 or 8
years old. To my daughter Lucy Stephens, widow of Elisha Stephens, late of Coweta County,
$600. To my daughter Nancy Floyd, wife of Turner Floyd, $200. To the children of my
deceased daughter Elizabeth Bradbury, formerly wife of William H. Bradbury, deceased,
(viz) Jane Pool, wife of Jonathon Pool; James H. Bradbury; Mary E. Bradbury; Nancy L.
Bradbury; Stephen Bradbury; Celia Bradbury; and Susan Bradbury, $150 to be equally divided
between them. To my son Henry P. Smith, two negroes, Andrew, about 24, and Clary, a girl
about 25. Also to Henry P. Smith, notes of hand I hold upon him, one made to Stephen White
for $412.50 and one made to myself for $136.69. Also $140, the amount I hold against him
for the hire of two negroes, Lewis and Anderson. To my daughter Judah J. Russell, wife of
William R. Russell, two negroes, Lewis a boy about 36 and Amy, a girl about 28. To William
R. Russell, one note of hand I hold against him for $79, John Russell security. To my
daughter Celia M. Carrington, wife of William Carrington, four negroes: Billy, about 25;
Charlotte, about 27; Harriett, about 18 and her child Fanny. Also to my daughter Celia, my
chaise horse and my burnace(?). To my granddaughter Myran E. Mitchell, wife of Thomas
Mitchell, one negro girl Ann, about 6. My beds and bedding to be equally divided between
my three daughters, Mary P. Boothe, Judah J. Russell and Celia M. Carrington. My negroes
Ben and Clary to be sold. To my daughter Judah J. Russell, 54 acres on the waters of Holly
Creek. The remainder of my estate equally divided between my children Henry P. Smith,
Judah J. Ruseell, Mary P. Boothe and Celia M. Carrington. Executor: my friend Willis
Strickland. Signed: Elizabeth (x) Smith. Witness: Francis P. Eberhart, Willis H. Bennett,
William S. Whitworth. Recd 11 Oct 1856.
Page 110 ~ Adam Eberhart
6 Nov 1856
All my effects to my wife Francis Eberhart during her natural life. Some of my children
have received a horse, bed and furniture, etc; after the death of my wife, those who have
not shall be made fully equal with those who have. After that, my estate shall be equally
divided among all my children. Executors: my sons Jacob Eberhart and Andrew S. Eberhart.
Signed: Adam (x) Eberhart. Witness: Bennett Sims, Spelsby Trible, Peter B. Winfrey.
Recd 5 Dec 1856.
Page 111 ~ Stephen White
14 Apr 1857
To my wife Lucy White, all my household furniture that she may wish for her comfort during
her life, and provisions for her family and stock for one year. Also any part of the tract
of land where I now live. However, if my wife should marry, my executors to take control
of my Mills, to secure for all my children the one half of the tolls received at the Mills
and to keep them in good repair. Also to my wife, six negroes as she may choose, and after
her death to be placed in lots and to be equally divided between all my children. Also, 2
horse and 2 mules, one two-horse waggon, also my carriage and as many cattle, hogs and
sheep as she may choose, also my Blacksmith and Plantation tools and one equal part with
my children in cash. To my son Obediah Newton White, two negroes; Charlotte, a girl of
yellow complexion about 12 years old, and Dave, a boy of dark complexion about 8 or 9;
valued together at $850. Also, $770 in cash or property, and household furniture from my
house so as to be made equal with my children who have married. The negores belonging to
my estate to be distributed among all my children: Isaiah M. White, Rhody White, Henry P.
White, William A. White, Elizabeth M. OKelly, and Obediah N. White. My land to be
sold and equally divided between my 6 children. The part I intend for my daughter Rhoda
White, wife of James R. White, I give to James R. White in trust for the sole use &
benefit of Rhoda White and her children, free & exempt from the disposal of said James
R. White but to be kept and managed by him. The portion I intend for my daughter Elizabeth
M. OKelly, wife of Benjamin F. OKelly, I give to Benjamin F. OKelly in
trust for the sole use & benefit of my daughter Elizabeth M. OKelly, exempt from
the disposal of Benjamin F. OKelly but to be managed by him. Executors: my sons
Isaiah M. White, Henry P. White and William A. White. Signed: Stephen White. Witness: J.
S. Gholston, John M. Mathews, William D. Chandler, Joel Eckles. Recd 8 May 1857.
Page 115 ~ John Collins
20 Jun 1857
To my son William R. Collins, the following tracts of land; 1st tract, 101
acres, 2nd tract, 16 acres, 3rd tract, 220 acres, 4th
tract, 19 acres. This is to but against what I have given to the rest of my sons. The rest
of my property to be divided among the following: Mary Collins my wife, Peggy Dudley, John
W. Collins, Thomas Collins and William R. Collins. John an Thomas may keep the land where
they are living; John, 150 acres for $150 and Thomas, 100 acres for $100. If not, the land
to be sold & divided with the rest of my property. The portion falling to Peggy Dudley
to go to her and her children only. Executor: my son William R. Collins. Signed: John
Collins. Witness: William F. Whitehead, Augustus W. Carithers, Francis E. Powers.
Recd 7 Jul 1857.
Page 116 ~ William Sanders
12 May 1855
To my wife Cynthia Sanders, all my estate, lands, negroes, horses, cattle, hogs, sheep,
plantation tools, ox and cart, waggons, pleasure carriages, household of all & every
description, beds, bedsteads & furniture, tables, sideboards, bureaus, chests, clocks,
kitchen furniture and cooking utensils, money, debts of all kinds with the
exceptions made in the 2nd clause. And now I deem it proper to remark that
notwithstanding my affections are the same towards all my children that they ever have
been and I would be glad to do more for them than I have done had I the means, but being
compeled to pay out a considerable amount by gaining security, which is the cause that I
can not give them nothing more than I have heretofore given them. The exception to the
first clause... I think it probable that there is a Gold Mine on the tract of land I now
live upon, and in the event there should be gold or copper discovered, the land to be
divided between my wife and children; Parthemia Whitworth, Argulas Sanders, Betsey
Williams, Sally Stamps, my grandson William Briten Embry and George S. Key whom I have
raised and now live with me. Executrix: my wife Cynthia Sanders. Signed: William Sanders.
Witness: Nathaniel Strickland, James F. Strickland, John Strickland. Recd: 1 Jul
Page 118 ~ Jane Nutt
23 Oct 1847
I have heretofore given my grandson John Nutt a negro man named Green and $600 in money,
making $1100 for which I hold his note & obligation; I hereby direct that note and
obligation given to him. To each of my other grandchildren; Mary Jane Ware, sarah Jane
Kimbrough, Margaret Ann Kimbrough, Martha M. Kimbrough, Jesse William Kimbrough, John W.
Colbert, James F. Colbert, Nathaniel N. Colbert and Sarah Ann Colbert, and my daughter
Margaret M. Colbert, I have likewise heretofore given in property and money $1100. My land
in this county containing 550 acres, my two negroes Nancy and Green, and my other property
to be sold and divided between the following persons that may be alive at the time of
division: My grandchildren John Nutt, Mary Jane Ware, Sarah J. Kimbrough, Margaret Ann
Kimbrough, Martha M. Kimbrough, Jessee William Kimbrough, John W. Colbert, James F.
Colbert, Nathaniel N. Colbert, Sarah Ann Colbert and daughter Margaret M. Colbert.
Executor: my son-in-law Sanders W. Colbert. Witnes: Jane (x) Nutt. Witness: Jno. Sanders,
Kintchen Strickland, L--- Colbert. Recd 8 Oct 1857.
Page 120 ~ Nancy Strickland
22 Sept 1857
To my four daughters, (viz) Mary R-----, formerly Mary Strickland; Sophia Porterfield,
formerly Sophia Stgrickland; Nancy Johnson, formerly Nancy Strickland; and Sarah H.
Christian, formerly Sarah H. Stirckland, all my bedding and bed furniture. All my estate,
both real and personal, to be sold to the highest bidder and equally divided among my six
children; (to wit), ) Mary R-----, formerly Mary Strickland; Sophia Porterfield, formerly
Sophia Stgrickland; Nancy Johnson, formerly Nancy Strickland; and Sarah H. Christian,
formerly Sarah H. Stirckland; James E. Strickland in trust for the children of Gaines
Strickland; and James E. Strickland and William Strickland in trust for Zachariah
Strickland my grandson and son of William Strickland. The parts going to Mary B--- and
Sophia Porterfield to be free from the liabilities of their husbands. To my son James E.
Strickland, in trust for Nancy Strickland, Mary Strickland and Ephraim Strickland,
children of my son Gaines Strickland, one equal share or one seventh of my estate. To my
son William Strickland in trust for my grandson Zachariah Strickland, son of William
Strickland, one equal share or one seventh of my estate. To my daughter Nancy Johnson, my
present crop of corn and cotton. One cow and calf to grandchildren Nancy R. Strickland,
Mary E. Strickland and Ephraim Strickland. To my daughters Sophia Porterfiled, Nancy
Johnson and Sarah K. Christian, my entire stock of hogs. Executor: My son James E.
Strickland. Signed: Nancy (x) Strickland. Witness: James Daniel, Jr., Samuel M. Ware,
Jeremiah P. Perryman, James S. Gholston. Recd: 8 Oct 1857.
Page 123 ~ Harris J. Hart
12 Oct 1858
My estate to be kept together for the maintenance of my wife and three youngest children,
(to wit), Sally Hart, my wife, James A. Hart, Archy F. Hart, Laloola M. Hart until the
youngest shall become of age. Then my entire estate to be divided equally among my wife
and four children, Mary M. Thompson and the above named three children. If my wife should
marry, at that time my estate to be divided equally between my wife and four children.
Executor: My beloved and trusty friend Sherman J. Sims. Signed: Harris J. (x) Hart.
Witness: C.B. Sims, M.W. Edwards, James F. Faulkner. Recd 5 Nov 1858.
Page 124 ~ James Lawless
27 Jul 1857
All my estate to my wife Permelia P. Lawless during her natural life or widowhood, but not
to sell my land in this county ever during her lifetime or leave the same to any person
whatever. If my wife should marry, then my estate to be sold when my youngest child is
twenty one and equally divided among all my children. My sorrell filly to be sold to pay
my debts. Executor: Richard H. Bullock. Signed: James (x) Lawless. Witness: Josiah
Cheatham, William H. (x) Bryant, Spilsby Trible. Recd 5 Mar 1859.
Page 126 ~ Joseph Bragg
2 Jan 1854
To my brother George Bragg and my nephews Charles T. Berryman, Robert Berryman, and Wilson
P. Berryman, the sons of my sister Nancy Bragg formerly, now Nancy Ballinger, my entire
estate consisting of seven negroes (to wit) Fillis, a girl about 22; Becky, a girl about
15; John, a boy about 15; Malinda, a girl about 14; Tourcali, a girl about 8; Frances,
about 6; and William, a boy about 12; and 350 acres of land in this county. Executors: My
nephews Charles T. Berryman and Robert Berryman. Signed: Joseph (x) Bragg. Witness: James
S. Gholston, Richard B. Gholston, James Daniel, Jr., Felan S. Pullen. Recd 5 Mar
Page 128 ~ George Bragg
17 Jul 1857
Indenture between George Bragg of the one part, and Jeremiah T. Hall, son-in-law, of
Madison Co., Jefferson Jones, son-in-law, of Madison Co., and Thomas B. Bragg, son, of the
State of Mississippi, Newton County. For love and affection, all the property that George
Bragg owns or is possessed of at the time of his death, except $30 which he gives to Seary
Parlia, the youngest child of Permelia Tucker. Signed: George Bragg. Witness: Wilson P.
Berryman, Wm. (x) Hall, R.M. Brown. Recd 8 Aug 1860. Whereupon it is considered and
adjudged that the said paper prpounded be admitted to record as the last will and
testament of George Bragg. 9 Sept 1859, T.M. Daniel, Atty for Pros.
Page 130 ~ John Dobbs
11 Jul 1855
My wife Sarah to have all my estate during her natural life. At the death of my wife, my
estate to be equally divided between my children (to wit), my two sons James Dobbs and
Oliver Dobbs and my daughter Mary Ann Anthony. My son Oliver to take my negro Charlotte
and her increase into trust for Mary Ann Anthony and her children should she have any.
Executors: My sons James and Oliver Dobbs. Signed: John Dobbs. Witness: Gabriel Nash,
Henry C. Nash, Martin Nash. Recd 1 Dec 1860.
Page 132 ~ Elizabeth Montgomery
16 May 1861
Having no children, I will and bequeath to my nephew John N. Montgomery $200; to my niece
Caroline Bird, wife of Wilson J. Bird, $100; my nephew Joel Cunningham, $100; my niece
Martha N. Poole, $100 for the benefit of her children Rosanna & Mary Poole; to James
L. Bird, my nephew, $200. The remaining part to be divided equally among them. Executors:
John N. Montgomery and Joel Cunningham. Signed: Elizabeth Montgomery. Witness: Green B.
Suaill, William P. Alexander, Joel L. Willis, R.W. Pruett. Recd 10 Jan 1862.
Page 133 ~ Willis Strickland
To my wife Harlow S. Strickland, all my property both real and personal during her
lifetime or widowhood, except as hereinafter provided. To my daughter Mary E. Groves, wife
of Stephen C. Groves, a negro boy Doctor. To my daughter Saleney E. Strickland, a negro
girl Polly. To my daughter Harriett Thompson, wife of Ephraim Thompson, a negro girl Mary.
To my daughter Huldah McCurdy, wife of William H. McCurdy, a negro girl Caroline. To my
daughter Sarah A. Strickland, a negro girl named Minta. To my son Milton J. Strickland,
for a home, land adjoining Willis Jarrell, Harriett W. Graham and myself, and also a negro
boy Sam. To my daughter Elizabeth Strickland, a negro girl Matilda. To my son Wilson B
Strickland, for a home, the land known as the James Jarrell Tract, a negro boy Haden. To
my son Kinchen Strickland, land upon the same tract of my other two sons, and one negro
boy Wiley. To my daughter Eliza F. Strickland, a negro girl Ann. To my granddaughter Nancy
E. McCurdy, daughter of William H. and Huldah McCurdy, $150 to aid in raising and
educating her. If my wife marries, to have two choice negroes and and equal share of my
estate. Executors: my son Milton J. Strickland and my friend Richard B. Gholston. Signed:
Willis Strickland. Witness: Francis Power, Charles C. Graham, James J. Green. Recd
14 Jul 1862.
Page 137 ~ James Burroughs
14 Jul 1856
To my present wife Elizabeth Burroughs, all the good and chattels that belonged to her
before our marriage and brought to my house after our marriage consisting of bed, bedstead
& clothing chest, trunk, drapery, table, wearing clothes, etc, cow & calf. And
$500 from my estate. All the remainder of my property to be sold an divided equally into
six shares, one to my son William F. Burroughs, one to my son John A. Burroughs, one to
the children of my daughter Mary F. Bone (deceased), one to my executors in trust for my
daughter Alsey Lane and then to her children, one to my executors in trust for my daughter
Elender Thompson and then to her children, one to my executors in trust for my daughter
Eliza Johnson and then to her children, excluding the heirs of her deceased son William
Johnson. My reason for excluding William Johnsons heirs is his undutiful and bad
conduct towards me his aged grandfather. Half of the value of the land on which I now live
shall be equally divided among the children of my former deceased wife Nancy Burroughs,
born of her by Edward Christian, decd, her former husband. The other half to be
divided among my children and grandchildren as named. Executors: My sons William F. and
John A. Burroughs. Signed: James (x) Burroughs. Witness: A. Phillips, A.J. Ware, Richd B.
Gholston. Recd 6 Aug 1862.
Page 139 ~ Charles McGee
20 Feb 1862
To my wife Rebecca, one fourth of all my property, and one fourth part of the share I have
a right to draw from my fathers estate. The remainder to be equally divided between
my children. Executor: My brother Joseph McGee. Signed: Charles McGee. Witness: W.R.
Collins, Isaac B. Simmons, John C. Collins, J.M. Mathews. Recd 7 Aug 1862.
Page 140 ~ George Hampton
13 Nov 1849
All my land and property to my wife Sarah Hampton. At my wifes death, my negro woman
Rose to have the privilege of choosing her house with any of my children who are willing
to take her. The rest of the property to be sold and $200 to be paid to eaqch of the
following named of my daughters: Sarah Anderson, Minty Ann Williams, Rhoda Gilbert and
Elizabeth Whitworth, to make them equal with what my other children have already received.
The balance to be equally divided between all my children. If at the time of said sale,
the negroes Rose and Sharp so old and infirm so as to be of no value, then some reasonable
amount no exceeding $50 to be retained by my executors to keep them from suffering during
their lifetimes. I retract and except my daughter Rutha Whitworth, she should not have any
part of my estate more than she has already received in my lifetime. Executrix: My wife
Sarah Hampton. Executor: Spelsby Tribble and Jonathon Sanders. Signed: George (x) Hampton.
Witness: Jona. Sanders, Chapman Windham, R. H. Bullock. Recd 12 Nov 1862.
Page 142 ~ James Porterfield
20 Jun 1857
I have already given my son Willis Porterfield one horse, saddle & bridle and 100
acres of land; it is my will that he have no more of more of my estate during the life or
widowhood of my wife Tabitha Porterfield. I have already given my son Allen Porterfield a
horse, saddle & bridle and 100 acres of land; it is my will that he have nothing more
of my estate during the life or widowhood of my wife nor in a final division. I have given
to my deceased son John Porterfield one horse, saddle & bridle and 100 acres. Never
having made John Porterfield title to this land, I have executed the same to heirs. They
will have nothing more from my estate. I have given to my son James W. Porterfield one
horse, saddle & bridle and 100 acres of land; nothing more of my estate during the
life or widowhood of my wife. I have given my daughter Malinda Collins one bed &
furniture, 2 cows and calves, & cooking utensils. At my death, my son-in-law Jeremiah
Hall to have in trust for Malinda Collins $300 for her use and not subject to the control
of Thomas Collins, her husband. I have given my daughter Martha Strickland one bed &
furniture, one cow & calf, saddle, cooking utensils, etc. At my death, my son-in-law
Jeremiah Hall to have in trust for Martha Strickland $50 for her use and not subject to
the control of William Strickland, her husband. I have given to my daughter Eliza Broach
one bed & furniture, cow & calf, saddle, etc; at my death she is to have $330 and
nothing more during the life or widowhood of my wife. I have given to my daughter Harriett
Carithers one bed & furniture, cow & calf and other property; at my death I will
that she have $300 and nothing more during my wifes life or widowhood. I have given
my son Heratio Porterfield one horse, saddle & bridle and 100 acres of land; he is to
having nothing more during my wifes life or widowhood. I give to my son Nathan
Porterfield one horse, saddle and bridle and 100 acres of land. I have given to my
daughter Francis Hall one bed & furniture, cow & calf, etc, at my death I give her
$300 and nothing more during my wifes life or widowhood. To my wife Tabitha
Porterfield, all my estate not otherwise disposed of. Should she marry, to have an equal
share with my children. My son Allen to have nothing more from my estate. At the death or
marriage of my wife, my property to be sold and divided equally among my children
hereinafter named: Willis Porterfield, James W. Porterfield, Eliza Broach, Harriett
Carithers, Horatio Porterfield, Nathan Porterfield, Frances Hall. Executrix: My wife
Tabitha Porterfield. Executor: My son Willis Porterfield. Signed: James Porterfield.
Witness: William M. Seath, Crawford M. Strickland, John Seath, Jr. Recd 20 Jan 1863.
Page 146 ~ Samuel Dudley
6 May 1862
To my wife Nancy S. Dudley, during her natural life, 89 acres where I now live and another
lot of land adjoining Benjamin L. Carithers and others containing 100 acres, and all my
stock, household and kitchen furniture. At her death, to be sold and equally divided
between my lawful children, namely, James T. Dudley, Mary Ann P. Dudley, Jasper J. L.
Dudley and Lemuel D. Dudley. Executrix: my wife Nancy Dudley. Signed: Samuel (x) Dudley.
Witenss: Oliver Threldkeld, R.M. Brown, Robert Woods, James P. McCalister. Recd 10
Page 147 ~ David Barnett
20 Jun 1861
Oglethorpe County: At my death, my property both real and personal (except as herein
after provided) to be sold and the funds equally divided amongst all my children except
Benjamin J. Barnett and William Barnett, to each I give one dollar. My reason for
excluding my two sons Benjamin and William is that I have always had to pay for them more
than an equal share of my estate would amount to. My youngest son George W. Barnett has
volunteered and is now in the service of his country and may never live to return; in that
event his share to be equally divided between his brothers and sisters of the full blood.
To the children of my deceased daughter Crotia M. Hays, one equal share, except Tabitha
Power, formerly Tabitha Hays, wife of Bennett Power; her share to go to her children. To
my son James Barnett, an equal share. To the children of my deceased daughter Nancy Power,
former wife of William G. Power, except Susan Power who is now dead and Bennett Power who
has not acted in a becoming manner. To my daughter Mary Coil, wife of James Coil, during
her natural life and then to her children. To my daughter Martha Wood, wife of Fountain
Wood, one equal share of my estate for her sole and separate use. To my daughters Vicey E.
Duffel, wife of James Duffel; Nicy E. Simmons, wife of Turner Simmons; Francis S. McLeroy,
wife of Charles McLeroy; Eliza J. Daniel, wife of Allen H. Daniel, one equal share for
their sole and separate use during their lives and then to their children. To all the rest
of my children (to wit) Elizabeth Ann Barnett, Abel M. Barnett, David A. J. Barnett, John
F. Barnett, Leonard C. Barnett, Archibald H. Barnett and George W. Barnett, I give one
equal share of my estate. My sons Archibald H. Barnett and daughter Elizabeth Ann Barnett
to have the privilege of taking possession of my lands for a home if they choose to do so.
Executor: My friend Willis Strickland.
Signed: David (x) Barnett.
Witness: John V. Collier, Benjamin G. Webb, James O. Chandler.
Recd 23 Jan 1863.
Page 151 ~ John H. Lester
22 Dec 1862
Being now about to depart from my home to go into the Army in the service of my country as
a substitute and therefor may not live to return to my native home in this life, deem it
right & proper both as regards to my relatives and my self, being a single man, that I
make a disposition of my property. To my sister Caroline Bullock, my gold watch and chain
and my double barrel shot gun and my cross cut saw, and the tender obligation for $2000
which I hold against Sanders W. Colbert, for her to collect and pay the rest of my
brothers and sisters five dollars to each one, the balance to go to her own proper use and
benefit. Executrix: My beloved and most worthy sister Caroline Bullock. Signed: John H.
Lester. Witness: John H. Bullock, Sarah A. Pall---, John F. Kent(?). Recd 10 Jun
Page 152 ~ Sibby A. Eberhart
12 Sept 1859
To my son Charles M. Smith, my negro boy John about 3 or 4 years old. To my granddaughter
Georgia Ann, daughter of Elizabeth Ann Williford, my negro girl Julia about 7 years old.
To my granddaughter Martha E. Williford, my negro boy Ralfen, about 2 or 3 months old. My
negro boy Charles, together with all my other perishable effects, to be sold and the
proceeds equally divided between my grandchildren; Georgia Ann, Martha E. Williford,
Wilson Williford, Sarah H. Thompson, and my grandchild, daughter of my son William G. B.
C. Smith and Mary F. Smith his wife, and James Pitt who is to have $100 more than an equal
share. My husband Eli Eberhart to have the use of my negro woman Minerva while he remains
single or until his death, under the control of my son Charles M. Smith, then to belong to
my son Charles M. Smith. Executor: my son Charles M. Smith. Signed: Sibby A. Eberhart.
Witness: Wm. H. McCurdy, John A. McCurdy, Willis Strickland. Recd 15 Aug 1863.
Page 154 ~ Kinchen Strickland
15 Aug 1854
First, all my debts to be paid. Second, to my wife Sarah H. Strickland during her natural
life or widowhood, 100 acres of my land including the houses, with the exception of the
Gin House; a horse, my carriage and harness, and at her death or marriage, the carriage
and harness to belong to my daughter Elizabeth Guthright, formerly Elizabeth Strickland.
Also to my wife, a negro girl named Nancy about 12 or 13 years, during her life or
widowhood and then to revert back to my estate. But if my wife moves out of Madison or
Clarke County, Nancy and her increase to revert back to my estate and my wife to have
$300. Also to my wife, a bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, four head
of sheep, and household and kitchen furniture. My boy Edmond to be placed in her
possession to assist in making a support during her life or widowhood. My wife to have the
trunks and bed clothing she brought to my house after our marriage. Third, to my
grandchildren, the children of my daughter Polly Sims, a negro boy named Stephen 11 or 12
years old. Should my daughter Polly die before her present husband Burkly Sims, then my
son-in-law to enjoy the use of Stephen until the youngest child of my daughter Polly
becomes of lawful age. Also to the children of Polly Sims, $400 to be retained at interest
until the youngest child comes of age, then to be equally divided among them, in lieu of
200 acres of land I intended for them. Fourth, I have already loaned my son Wilson
Strickland a negro boy Richard, which I now give and bequeath him during his life and then
to his children. Fifth, I have already loaned my son Willis Strickland a negro boy Silas
which I now give and bequeath him for his natural life and then to his children. Sixth, I
give my daughter Louany a negro girl named Sella during her natural life and then to her
children. Seventh, To the children of my daughter Lucinda who has departed this life, a
negro girl Louisa and her present and future increase, to be held and kept by Noah W.
Pittman, formerly the husband of my daughter Louany, until the youngest child comes of
age, then to be sold and divided among the children and Noah Pittman to have an equal
share. Eighth, To my daughter Sarah Adeline I have already loaned a negro girl named
Mahaly, which I now give and bequeath her for her natural life and then to her children.
Ninth, To the children of my son Benoni B. Strickland, 200 acres of land and a negro boy
Oris, to be held by my son during his natural life and then divided among his children.
Tenth, To my daughter Elizabeth I have already loaned a negro girl named Caroline, which I
give to my daughter for her natural life and then divided among her children. Eleventh, To
my son Kinchen M. Strickland during his natural life, a tract of land supposed to be about
250 acres and a negro boy Lewis, then to be divided among his children. Twelfth, To my
grandson Willis F. Strickland, son of Henry R. Strickland, during his natural life, a
negro boy Burton and 150 acres where Henry Strickland formerly lived, and then to be
divided among his children. Thirteenth, My daughter Elizabeth to have a cow and calf.
Fourteenth, My son Kinchen M. Strickland a bed & furniture, 2 cows & calves, 4
head of sheep, one sow and pigs, household and kitchen furniture. Fifteenth, The girl
Nancy and her increase if any that I left to my beloved wife during her natural life or
widowhood or as long as she remains in this county or Clarke County, to return to my
estate and that one of my children take said Nancy at valuation. Sixteenth, my property
that may revert to be disposed of in the same manner as my real and personal estate.
Seventeenth, The balance of my negroes and their increase be placed in nine shares or lots
and drawn for in the usual manner, each legatee being entitled to the lot he or she may
draw. Eighteenth, All my real and personal estate not already disposed of to be sold at
public outcry and the money arising therefrom equally divided between my nine children
with the exception of my daughter Louany, who after her husband Willis H. Strickland
accounts to me for $100 which I have to pay for him to William Matthews then my daughter
Louany is to have an equal share with the rest of my children. Nineteenth, I have an old
negro man named Isaac who has been a faithful servant, when he shall become unable to
labor for his support my will is that he make choice of one of the children at whose house
to make his home and that my estate pay to such child reasonable compensation for taking
care of him. It is my desire that my executors reserve sixty feet square around my
wifes grave. Executors: My sons Willis Strickland, Benoni B. Strickland, and Kinchen
Signed: Kintchen Strickland. Witness: James S. Gholston, Sanders W. Colbert, Richard B.
Codicil: 9 May 1861: First, I revoke and annul the second article and in leiu
thereof do give my son Kinchen M. Strickland in trust for my beloved wife Sarah H.
Strickland during her natural life or widowhood a sufficiency of land off the upper part
of my plantation known as the John Hickens Johnson tract including the two lower rooms on
the north side of the house I now live in and the use of the kitchen and smoke house; also
such a horse as she may select not exceeding $80 and my carriage and harness; also one
negro woman by the name of Viney for the use of my wife Sarah H. Strickland during her
natural life or widowhood and then to revert back to my estate. Also to Kinchen M.
Strickland in trust for my wife, a negro man Edmond for the purpose of assisting her in
making a support on the land. Also for the use of my said wife one choice bed and
furniture, one cow & calf, one sow & pigs, and household furniture, clothing, etc.
Second, I revoke the ninth article as it relates to the negro boy Orris, the said Orris
having died. I now give in lieu of Orris a negro boy named Burton. Third, I revoke and
change the twelfth article as relates to the negro boy Burton which I have in the codicil
given to the children of my son Benoni B. Strickland and in lieu of said Burton I now give
to my grandson Willis F. Strickland my boy Jesse. Fourth, I now give to my son Kinchen M.
Strickland in addition to what I have already given him in the eleventh article, for his
attention and services rendered me and my family during our afflictions sickness, the sum
of three hundred dollars. Also to my grandson Willis F. Strickland in addition to what I
have already given him in the twelfth article, for his kind attentions and services
rendered to me & family during our afflictions and sickness, the sum of $150. It is
also my wish and desire that my son Kinchen M. Strickland and my grandson Willis F.
Strickland have use of and occupy the house that I now live in except the two lower rooms
on then north side. Fifth, should my son Kinchen M. Strickland refuse to act as trustee
for my wife Sarah H. Strickland, then my son Willis Strickland should act as trustee, but
in the event that neither of my sons Kinchen Strickland or Willis Strickland should be
willing to act as trustee, I hereby authorize the court of Madison County to appoint some
fit and proper person. Signed: Kinchen Strickland.
Witness: Rufus M. Mironey, Oliver R. Griffeth, Walten H. Griffeth. Recd 8 Oct 1863.
Page 167 ~ Francis Power
13 Mar 1862
My beloved wife Sarah M. Power keep all my property together after my just debts are paid
for the raising and the education of my children and her support during her life or
widowhood. In the event that my wife Sarah M. Power should marry again, all my estate be
sold and equally divided between her and my children, she having a childs part of my
estate. As my children become of age or marry, my wife to give them such property as she
may think she can spare without injuring herself or the remaining children. If my wife
should not marry again, my estate to be sold or divided after her death and so divided
among my children. Executrix: My wife Sarah M. Power. Executors: My friend Charles C.
Graham and my son James Power. Signed: Francis Power. Witness: William D. Gholston, John
J. Carrithers, Richard B Gholston. Recd 28 Nov 1863.
Page 168 ~ Andrew McEaver
21 Feb 1858
I will to my four living daughters, to wit; Elizabeth Beard, Cynthia Faulkner, Margaret
Webb and Martha Milham, five dollars each. Also the children of my deceased son B. McEaver
and my deceased daughter Catharine Albright, one dollar each. After the two first &
second items of this will are executed, my well known friend John R. Bond to take into his
possession all the remainder of my estate to be kept in trust for the exclusive use &
benefit of my son Joseph McEaver, not to be subject to the debts or contracts of said son
Joseph McEaver. This I do because my son Joseph waited on his mother in her last sickness
in a manner that gratified me & because my son Joseph since the death of his mother
& my wife has not ceased waiting on me.
Executor: My friend Gabriel Nash. Signed: Andrew McEaver. Witness: John Scott, Sr.,
Alexander Veal, K. Tyner. Recd 28 Nov 1863.
Page 169 ~ Andrew S. Eberhart
27 Jul 1863
Expecting in a short time to go to the Army as a soldier in defense of my country &
through the will of divine providence may not return in this life, deem it right &
proper both as regards to my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the
property with which a kind providence has blessed me
To my daughter Sarah A. my
negro girl Mandy about 10 years old, one feather bed & clothing and & bedstead,
also one half of the balance of my estate. The other half of my estate to be divided
equally between my beloved wife Edna J. and my daughter Letitia L. My wife to have &
hold the said equal share during her natural life or widowhood; in case of her death or
marriage, it all to go to Letitia L. All my property to be kept together as it is now
until my daughter Sarah A. becomes of age or marries. Executor: my friend Bennet Sims.
Signed: Andrew S. Eberhart.
Witness: James S. Treble, Sarah A. Patterson, John F. Kirk. Recd 28 Nov 1863.
Page 171 ~ Nancy Lathers
14 Sept 1863
To my grandson Robt. J. Workman one hundred dollars. To my grandson James Workman one
hundred dollars. To my sister in law Martha Anderson one thousand dollars. To my friend
Rebecca Anderson, daughter of my sister in law Martha Anderson, my walnut bureau, also my
family bible and the rest of my books. Executor: My friend Rubin McGinnis. Signed: Nancy
(x) Lathers. Witnesses: Boley Wilson, W. Strickland, Mary V. (x) McGinnis. Recd 8
Page 172 ~ John Scott
To my wife Rebecca Scott during her natural life, 100 acres that shall include the
dwelling and outhouses on the plantation on which I live, adj. my son William,
Sorrells line, Christians line; the following negroes: Commadore & his
wife Jane & their children, little Jane, Swillen and Josephine; at the death of my
wife (or should she take her dower out of all or any lands in that event), my executors
shall sell said 100 acres and said negroes and divide the proceeds as I shall hereinafter
direct the division of the sale of the residue of my property. Also to my wife the
following property to dispose of as she pleases; a sorrel mare with a blaze on her
forehead, my buggy and a horse of her choice, a yoke of oxen and cart or wagon of her
choice, a saddle & bridle, two cows & calves, two bedsteads & furniture, all
of her choice, two chests & trunk, one clock, all of her choice cooking utensils,
table furniture, one years provision of corn, wheat, oats, meat, sugar & coffee. This
property I will to my wife in lieu of her dower out of my real estate. Should she
disregard my will and like her dower, she is not to have the foregoing legacy. To my son
John Scott, the land settled and lived on for long time known as the Shoemaker place
containing 250 acres; also the tract of land on which he now lives; also a negro woman
named Huldah and her three children, Emily, Elizabeth and her infant child. To my son
William W. Scott, the tract of land on which he now lives including the Hemphill tract
that lies north of the land I willed to my wife. Also six negroes: Black Sam and his four
children (to wit) Samuel, William, Harriet and Sarah, and a fellow named Green. To my
daughter Elizabeth McKy the following negroes: Jerry, a fellow, and his wife Josephine and
their four children (viz) Lewis, Thomas Henry Washington, George & an infant, Old
Cynthia a woman, & fellow named Jeff. To the children of my deceased daughter Harriett
McKy the following negroes (viz) Kit, my old trusty fellow, and his wife Luda [Linda?],
Kits sons Christopher, Elbert, his daughter Catharine & her husband Bill, Old
Celia & Ephraim to be divided among them as they may think proper in the nature of the
case. To my daughter Lettie Branham the following negroes (to wit), John a fellow and his
wife Mary & their daughter Francis & Hagar, Old Sam and his wife Kate, also a
tract of land adjoining her & Crawford W. Strickland containing 160 acres. To my
daughter Huldah Holland the following negroes (to wit), Nance, a woman, Hamp, a fellow
& his wife Martha & their four children Elbert, Washington, Martha & Robert;
in the event that my said daughter Huldah Holland dies leaving no child or children, in
that event the said negro Nancy & her increase shall go to my granddaughter Mary
Holland. To the children of my deceased son Charles Scott, three several lots of land in
Cherokee County of said State lying near the farm of my deceased son, also two town lots
in the town of Camden in County of Cherokee, also the following negroes; Jack, a fellow,
Charlotte and her son John and Harry a man. To my granddaughter Mary Holland the following
negroes (to wit), Cynthia, Bill, Celia (John & Marys child), and Lya a girl. To
my grandson James W. Branham, a negro boy named Ned and $200. To my grandson Austin B.
Branham the sum of $1400 if he is in life and calls for same seven years after my death.
To my two sons John and William W. Scott, in addition to what I have already willed them,
all the remainder of my Hemphill tract, each to have an equal number of acres. To my
grandson Allen Wood, two negroes (to wit) Zed a fellow & Tancy. The remainder of my
estate to be divided into as many shares as I have children and grandchildren. My
executors to sell my one undivided third of the Madison Springs. All the negroes that I
will to my granddaughter Mary Holland shall go with the hands of my son William W. Scott
as trustee for her until she becomes of age or marries. All the property I have willed to
my son John Scott except the tract of land first described be placed in the hands of my
son in law John McKy in trust for my son. Executors: my son William W. Scott and my son in
law John McKey. Signed: John Scott. Witness: Keeland Tyner, Crawford W. Strickland,
Gabriel Nash. Recd 10 Feb 1864.
Page 177 ~ Morasset David
12 Oct 1860
To my wife Elizabeth David during her natural life, my entire estate both real and
personal except as hereinafter describes. I have heretofore given my son Joseph J. David,
now deceased, a negro boy named Bill, a bed and furniture, one horse, saddle and bridle
and about $20 worth of other stock. Also to my daughter Lucinda O'Kelly, formerly Lucinda
David, a negro girl called Matilda, a bed and furniture, one horse, saddle and bridle and
about $20 worth of other stock. Also to my son Morasset David, Jr. I have given $800 in
money, one horse, saddle and bridle, and wish him to the like bed and furniture and about
$20 worth of stock to make him equal with the older children. Also to my son Jonathon
David I have given $800 in money, one horse, saddle and bridle, and wish him to have the
like bed and furniture and the like value of $20 in other stock. To my son William
Griffeth David, one negro boy called Jim, one horse, saddle and bridle, one bed and
furniture and about $20 worth of other stock. To my daughter Sarah Elizabeth David, one
negro girl called Emily, whenever the said Sarah Elizabeth shall become of age, and should
the said negro Emily die before my said daughter becomes of age, then the said Sarah E. to
have $800; also to have a horse, saddle and bridle, bed and furniture to make her equal
with the other older children. To my daughter Lucy E. David, the following negroes (to
wit) one negro girl named Sarah Jane, and one negro boy named Solomon; also the like value
in horse, saddle and bridle, bed and furniture to make her equal with the rest of my
children; to be delivered to her by my executors when she may become of age or marry. At
the death of my beloved wife Elizabeth David, all my property be sold and equally divided
amongst all of my children (to wit), Lucinda OKelly, formerly Lucinda David;
Morasset David, Jr.: Jonathon David; William G. David; Sarah E. David; and Lucy E. David.
Executors: My wife Elizabeth David and my son William Griffeth David. Signed: Morasset
David. Witness: H. J. Long, H. S. Bradley, D. R. Moseley. Recd 11 Feb 1864.
Page 180 ~ Levi Wilder
26 Jan 1864
To my beloved wife Lucy S. Wilder, with whom I have lived for thirty years, my boy Dennis
about thirty years old, one bed, bedstead and bed clothing, two cows & calves, a sow
& five pigs, my best bureau, one set knives & forks, one set of cups &
saucers, a set of plates and tumblers, one trunk, six chairs, one horse and buggy, one
wash pot and the cooking utensils, one washing tub, one water pail, one clock, also one
years provisions, one table, one bucket and washpan, two pitchers, one bowl and
looking glass. I give to my son in law William A. Christian in right of his wife the sum
of $250 in money. I desire that Julia A. H. Wilder have my boy Reuben until the day of
sale for his victuals and clothes. I desire that Van A. Rice have my boy Tim until the day
of sale for his victuals and clothes. My land and negores, except Dennis, be sold to the
highest bidder and that the proceeds be equally divided between my wife and children. I
desire that Van A. Rice sell in Athens all my ___ and divide the proceeds equally between
my wife and children. Executors: Van A. Rice and James Shoemaker. Signed: Levi Wilder.
Witness: Charles H. Andrews, David P. Freeman, Jerusha Cambell, Elizabeth L. J. Andrews.
Recd 10 Feb 1864.
Page 182 ~ Luke R. Standerfer
17 Aug 1863
To my beloved wife Mary A. Standerfer, all my estate during her natural life, and in case
she should not support as it is my will, she should sell off some part of my property as
she can best spare; and after her death, all my estate if any to be equally divided among
my brother Benjamin M. Standerfer, Alexander Morris and Mary Morris. Executrix: Mary R.
Signed: Luke R. Standerfer. Witness: Alexander (x) Morris, William (x) Bullock, Spilsby
Trible. Recd 10 Feb 1864.
Page 183 ~ Little B. Shields
15 Aug 1863
Being about to leave home and go in the Confederate service as a volunteer
beloved wife Rhoda Shields, the balance of my estate after my debts have been paid, for
her natural life or widowhood. Should my beloved wife marry again, all my property to be
sold and my wife Rhoda to have one half of my estate. My wife Rhoda to have one half of my
entire estate either should she remain single or marry again. The other half of my estate,
I desire that my brother Stephen Shields have one fourth. Wm. C. Shields three
children, Wm. B. Shields, John N. Shields and Mary E. Shields, to have one fourth of the
above named half of my estate, to be equally divided between them. Malissa A. Swindle to
have one fourth of the above named half during her lifetime or widowhood; at her marriage
or death, to be equally divided between her three children, George M. Swindle, A-----
Swindle and Martha E. Swindle. Sanford J. Shields children to have one fourth of the
one half, after $100 is deducted and given to James H. Shields. The names of Sanford J.
Shields children: William Shields, Mary E. Shields, Ar--- Shields, Amand(a) Shields,
& Nancy Shields. Executor: My friend Wm. M. Smith. Signed: Little B. (x) Shields.
Witness: J. P. Fitzpatrick, T. A. Fitzpatrick, Nancy J. (x) Fitzpatrick. Recd 10 Feb
Page 185 ~ Morasset David, Jr.
8 Mar 1862
To my beloved father and mother, Morasset David, Sr. and Elizabeth David, my negro boy
John together with all my other property both real and personal during their natural lives
and at their death my desire is that all my property be equally divided between my
brothers and sisters then in life (to wit) Lucinda OKelly, William G. David,
Jonathon S. David, and Lucy David, share and share alike. Executor: my father Morasset
David, Sr. Signed: Morasset David, Jr. Witness: H. L. Sanders, W. H. Griffeth, K. M.
Strickland. Recd 10 Feb 1864.
Page 186 ~ Robert K. Carruth
20 Aug 1863
To my mother Elizabeth C. Carruth and my sisters Elizabeth A. Carruth, Margarett H.
Carruth and Sarah P. Carruth, my entire estate both real and personal to take effect
immediately after my death. At the death of my mother or any of my three sisters, my
estate to descend to those in life. Executrix: my sister Sarah P. Carruth. Executor: Rufus
M. Merony(?). Signed: Robt. K. Carruth. Witness: Baxter S. Rogers, Adkins Tabor, A. L.
Carruth. Recd 6 May 1864.
Page 187 ~ Abram Simmons
13 Jun 1864
My executor to sell all my estate both real and personal in terms of the law for cash or
credit. Should my beloved wife Sarah Simmons be in life at that time, my executor to keep
in his hands enough of the proceeds to support her comfortably during her life and then
divide the remainder of the proceeds into seven equal shares and take himself one of said
shares for his share, and give to my daughter Louisa one share; and my daughter Rebecca C.
Fuller one share; and my daughter Alenana C. Canada one share; to Frinaliza A. Carruth my
daughter one share; to my deceased son Joseph Simmons four children one of said
shares; to my deceased son Harvy M. Simmons three children, one of said shares. And
in the event that my said wife should be dead at the time of such sale, my executor shall
divide the whole of the proceeds as before willed. The one seventh part willed to my
daughter Rebecca C. Fuller to be kept in the hands of my executor in trust for my said
daughter during her life and then divided among her children, free from the control of her
husband George Fuller. Executor: my son Irby D. Simmons.
Signed: Abram (x) Simmons. Witness: Gabriel Nash, John R. Stovall, Alex L. Carruth.
Recd 5 Jul 1864.
Page 189 ~ Andrew H. Downs
8 Mar 1862
Going into the Confederate service
to my two sisters which is living with me, Sarah
Ann Downs and Jane Downs, all my property to be equally divided between the two. And I put
all I leave in their hands for their own use & benefit as above directed, and in case
I do return from the war and wish to alter or revoke the above will can do so at pleasure.
Signed: Andrew H. (x) Downs. Witness: R. M. Brown, Dread Thornton, James P. McAlister.
Recd 6 Aug 1864.
Page 190 ~ James P. Fitzpatrick
3 Nov 1862
Being about to leave home and go in the Confederate service
To my beloved wife Nancy
J. Fitzpatrick, after my debts are paid, the balance of my property to have and hold
during her natural life, and after her death to be divided equally between all of my
children, to wit, Georgeann Fitzpatrick, a girl; Addison B. Fitzpatrick, a boy; Henry L.
A. Fitzpatrick, a boy; Nancy J. Fitzpatrick, a girl; James A. Fitzpatrick, a boy; Mary F.
Fitzpatrick, a girl; Elizabeth L. Fitzpatrick, a girl; Wm. B. M. Fitzpatrick, a boy; Rhoda
C. V. B. Fitzpatrick, a girl. Executor: my friend Reuben F. McGinnis. Executrix: my wife
Nancy J. Fitzpatrick. Signed: James P. Fitzpatrick. Witness: Henry L. David, L. B.
Sheilds, H. O. H. Perry. Recd 20 Aug 1864.
Page 192 ~ Webb Carter
22 Apr 1864
For the love and affection I have for my beloved and affectionate wife Eliza Carter and
Viny Calinder Stephens formerly Carter, Correy Catharine Carter, Parthena Emiline Carter,
Obadiah Pendleton Carter; my wife Eliza Carter to keep my property together during her
natural lifetime or widowhood; in the event of my wifes second marriage, I desire
that all the property be equally divided between my beloved children. Signed: Webb (x)
Carter. Witness: B. G. Payne, A. Tabor, Priscilla Tabor. Recd 20 Aug 1864.
Page 193 ~ James Shoemaker
30 Apr 1864
To my beloved wife Francis, all the property and money which she owned and possessed when
I married her, consisting of two beds & furniture, one clothes press, one large pot
and $500 in money which has been funded in Athens, Ga. Also to my wife during her lifetime
or widowhood, the tract of land where I now live, my young cows & calf, two hogs, one
lamb, one years provisions, all my castings, one cupboard and my cracking ware, two
tables, one spinning wheel, and leather enough to make one pair of shoes and 100 pounds of
cotton and $100 funded in Athens. In case my wife should marry again, all the property
mentioned above, except the cotton & leather, to be sold and the proceeds equally
divided between my two children. All my property not heretofore disposed of be sold and
the proceeds equally divided between my two children. Executor: my trusty and esteemed
friend Charles H. Andrews. Signed: James Shoemaker. Witness: D. P. Freeman, Mary Freeman,
E. L. J. Andrews, L. C. Andrews. Recd 6 Oct 1864.
Page 195 ~ William H. C. Porterfield
21 May 1864
My beloved wife Sarah, and the children whom a divine providence has blessed us with,
should keep the land for a home until the youngest child should become of age, and then to
be equally divided among them. Executrix: my beloved wife Sarah.
Signed: W. H. C. Porterfield. Witness: Henry Smith, John W. Porterfield, George W. (x)
Lester. Recd 6 Oct 1864
Page 196 ~ Lewis M. David
22 Sept 1864
To my dear brother John M. David, two-thirds of my land. To my dear niece Elizabeth
Meadows, two-thirds of the remainder of my estate. And to my dear Georgia Ann David, all
not disposed of. Executor: my brother John M. David. Signed: Lewis M. (x) David.
Witness: R. W. Milner, John F. Groves, Isaac D. Vaughan. Recd 6 Oct 1864.
Page 197 ~ James Griffeth
15 Jun 1864
Being a volunteer in the service of the Confederate States
to my wife Harlow
Griffeth, all my property to be hers during her life or widowhood, provided my son James
N. Griffeth does not marry. In case my wife or son should marry, then the property is to
be divided equally between the two. If at the death of my wife Harlow Griffeth my son
James N. Griffeth should be in life, then the property is to go to my son James N.
Griffeth. Signed: James Griffeth. Witness: Jacob B. Eberhart, Young A. Daniel, Jas. A.
Glower, Edwd. R. Eberhart. Recd 3 Nov 1864.
Page 198 ~ James M. Stephens
22 Apr 1864
For the love and affection I have for my beloved wife Marilla R. Stephens, and Willis H.
Stephens, Robert T. Stephens, Mary E. Stephens, and Howel P. Stephens; my wife Marilla
Stephens to keep all the property together during her natural lifetime or widowhood except
what she may not need for the use of the family; as the children become of age, my wife to
give off to them such things as she may feel herself able to give them so as to make them
equal one with the other. Signed: James M. (x) Stephens. Witness: B. G. Payne, Adkinson
Tabor. Recd 9 Nov 1864.
Page 199 ~ Daniel Z. Wynn
8 May 1862
My entire estate to my wife Lusidney Wynn for her life provided she does not marry again,
but in the event of her marriage or death one half of my estate to go to my brother &
four sisters share and share alike and the other half to rest in my wife Lusidney &
her heirs or go as she may by will direct. And should my wife have a child, then the half
left as above to my brother and sisters is to go to my said lawfully begotten child. Being
about to enter the service of the Confederate States of America as a volunteer and being
uncertain as to ever returning has induced me to make this will. I hereby commend my soul
to a merciful Creator through Christ who is my only hope of Salvation, and my life to the
protection of my country for whose rights & independence I am willing to risk life
& estate. Executor: my father Hezekiah Wynn. Signed: Daniel Z. Wynn. Witness: J. R.
Matthews, J. Strickland, L. C. Matthews. Recd 9 Nov 1864.
Page 200 ~ Alexander G. Bullock
10 Aug 1860
My wife Milly Bullock and my daughter Frances Bullock shall have jointly during their
natural lives the tract of land whereon I now live and one negro woman named Coraline, and
all my household and kitchen furniture, but in the event that either of them should die,
then I wish what I have given them to be divided with the remaining one and my son
Alexander G. Bullock and my daughter Elizabeth Lester and at the death of both, my two
last named children to have what they shall have. My money and notes to be equally divided
amongst my wife Milly Bullock, my daughter Frances Bullock, Elizabeth Lester, and my son
Alexander G. Bullock. Having gave all my estate to my wife and the three above named
children, my reason for so doing is that I have given off to my other children a great
deal more than I can give those mentioned in this will and I desire to make them all as
near equal as I can. Executor: my son Alexander G. Bullock. Signed: Alexander G. (x)
Bullock. Witness: Spilsby Trible, Sherman J. Sims, Jeptha R. Meaders. Recd 9 Nov
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