Liberty County Will — Artemas Baker

African-Americans Mentioned: Andrew, Bess, little Bob, Cain, Charlot, Cooter, Dick, old Elsy, Harry, Lilly [alt: Lily], Sam, Sandy, ? Vilot ?
Slaveholder: Artemas Baker
Year: 1792
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

 Will Summary (published 1964)

Artemas [alt: Artemus, Artemis] Baker, Last Will and Testament, dated April 5, 1792; no date of probate shown. Bequeaths to his daughter Jean ½ of the tract of land where he lives, he having already given her the other half. Also gives her one-half interest in the slaves “which fell to us from the estates of Jean Low and Robert Baillie.” To his wife Sarah he gives 13 slaves. To son Artemus he gives remainder of his negroes. All cattle and horses to daughter Jean and wife Sarah. He directs that his share of the land on South Newport River be sold, the other part of same being owned by Michael Rudulph. Also directs to be sold testator’s part of the lots in Sunbury (being the part that was owned by estate of Robert C. Baillie), also town lots in Brunswick and his part of the lands on Crooked River owned by said Baillie estate. Also gives to his brother, William Baker. Executors: Wife, Sarah, and William Jeans Baker, and friends John Mitchell, Jr., and Charles Irvine. Witnesses: Ann Baker, John Myers.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To wife Sarah Baker: “the thirteen following Negroes, Viz., Lilly, Andrew, Harry, Sandy, Cooter, ? Vilot ?, Sam, Charlot [alt: Charlotte], Dick, Bess, little Bob, Cain & old Elsy with their issue to her and her heirs forever.”

To son Artemas: “I give & bequeath…the whole of the remainder of my negroes with their increase forever.”

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 46 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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