Liberty County Will — John Baker

African-Americans Mentioned: Abraham, Ameritta, Baron [or Boron], Bob, Bruto, Cudjo, Cumba, Flora, George, Grippa, Guinea, little Hannah, Hannah [2], Harry, Isaac, old Isaac, [Kifee or Kissee], Murriah [2], Nanny, November, Patty, Peggy, Phebe, Prince, Rachel, Sam, Scipio, Subina, Sue, Tenah, Tira, Toney,
Slaveholder: John Baker
Year: 1789
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

 Will Summary (published 1964)

John Baker of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament, dated August 1, 1789; probated August 1, 1792. Devises to son Whitmarsh Baker nine slaves and 437 acres on Colonel’s Island “where my lumber yard is”; and to son, John Baker, 11 slaves and 500 acres known as Butterfields Point on Colonel’s Island, and lot 22 in Sunbury. Gives to wife Mary a tract of land and one-half of household goods, 5 negroes and 200L; to daughter, Sarah Rudolph, 300 acres near Canoochee and certain slaves; to daughter, Mary Ann Baker lot #25 in Sunbury and the Half-Moon tract on Colonel’s Island and seven slaves, but if she dies before becoming 16 or before she marries, then same goes to sons John and Whitmarsh Baker. Gives to son-in-law, Mathias Lapere 200L to be paid him when he is 21. Executors: Sons, Stephen, Whitmarsh and John Baker, and nephew Artemus Baker. Witnesses: Adam Alexander, J. Hardy, John Lawson, Jr. Probated on testimony of Lawson.


Slave names left out of the original summary:


To son Whitmarsh Baker: “nine Negroes Viz. Guinea Isaac Sam November Baron [or Boron] Cudjo Harry [name Kifee or Kissee ???] Isaac Scipio and Patty….”

To son John Baker: “Eleven Negroes Viz. George Grippa Bruto Nanny Subina Toney Murriah Tenah Sue Tira and old Isaac….”

To wife Mary Baker: “….also five Negroes Viz. Flora Hannah Cumba Prince and Bob…”

To daughter Sarah Rudulph [sic, Rudolph]: “…also a Negro wench named Ameritta and her two children.”

To daughter Mary Ann Baker: “…and seven young Negroes Viz. little Hannah Murriah Abraham Peggy Rachel Will and Phebe…”


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 39 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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