Liberty County Will — John Lawson, Sr.

African-Americans Mentioned: Suckey [or Sukey]
Slaveholder: John Lawson, Senior
Year: 1790
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964):

John Lawson, Sr., of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated June 28, 1790; probated June 9, 1791. Devises to wife Elizabeth and to son John Lawson, Jr., and testator’s grandchildren, the children of said John Lawson, Jr., viz: Elizabeth, John, William and Francis Lawson. Devises also to grandsons, George Chalmers Somarsall and John Somarsall [amended name from Somerrsall] when 21; to daughter, Hannah Peacock, and grandchildren Ann, Jane and John Thomas Peacock; to daughter, Esther Alexander, and to Elizabeth and John Nelms. Executors: John Lawson, Jr., Adam Alexander. Witnesses: John Graves, James James, Jr., Stephen Baker.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To wife Elizabeth: “…Also one negroe girl named Suckey [or Sukey]…”

To grandson John Somarsall: “One hundred and fifty pounds, to be put out at interest or payed out in negroes, as shall seem most for his interest…”

Find the original (complete) will online at:

“Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 32 of 689; county probate courthouses, Georgia.

1964 Summaries From: “Georgia Court-House Records – Liberty County,” 1964 quarterly issues of The Georgia Genealogical Magazine, Folks Huxford, Editor. Published Under the Auspices of The Wiregrass Georgia Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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