Liberty County Will — Thomas Quarterman

African-Americans Mentioned: Bellar, Bess, Nanny [2]
Slaveholder: Thomas Quarterman
Year: 1790
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Thomas Quarterman of Liberty County, planter. Last Will and Testament dated December 8, 1790; probated July 12, 1791 (or 1798? not plain). Devises to wife Rebecca and to children Susannah, Joseph, Robert Quarterman, grandchild Thomas Quarterman, daughter Rebecca; to daughter-in-law, Rinchie Elliott the mother of said grandson Thomas whose father is deceased. Executors: Wife Rebecca, brother-in-law William Baker, son Joseph Quarterman and brother William Quarterman and friend John Stacy. Witnesses: John Lambright, Peter Winn, N. Baker. Probated on the testimony of Peter Winn.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To grandson Thomas Quarterman: “…the use of a Negroe boy named Mingo during his minority…”

“It is my will that the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, including the two wenches Nanny And ? Bellar ? that I have lent my daughter Rebecca and the two Negroes Bess and Nanny, that I have left my son Joseph and the Negroe boy that I have herein given the use of to my grandson, and any issue that have or may come from the wenches, shall be made into as many equal shares as I have therein pointed out heirs of the same.” Shares left to daughter Rebecca, daughter Susannah, son Robert, and grandson Thomas Quarterman and his mother, daughter-in-law Renchie Elliott.

Also, “…when a division takes place of my estate, my daughter Rebecca if she so choose shall have included in her share my wench Bellar and her issue, that I have already given her the use of.”


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 33 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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