Liberty County Will — Samuel Burnley

African-Americans Mentioned: Dick, Hannah, Rachel
Slaveholder: Samuel Burnley
Year: 1790
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Samuel Burnley of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated (month not shown) 22, 1790; probated January 17, 1791. Gives to his daughter Mary Ann Burnley a mulatto girl and a tract of land willed testator by his father Samuel Burnley adjoining lands of testator’s brother Thomas Burnley, to be hers when she is 18 or marries. Gives to son Samuel Burnley (Jr.) a slave and 200 acres called Mt. Ararat when he is 21 years of age. Gives to daughter, Rebecca Eliza Burnley,a slave girl and 180 acres of land when she is 18 or marries. Executors: Son, Samuel Burnley, and friends Josiah Bacon, William Way, Joseph Way, James Stewart. Witnesses: N. Baker, Samuel Stevens, Thomas Stevens.

Slave names left out of the original summary:


To daughter Mary Ann Burnley, “one mulatto girl called Rachel…”

To son Samuel Burnley, “one Negroe boy called Dick…”

To daughter Rebecca Eliza Burnley, “one Negroe girl called Hannah…”

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 29 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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