Liberty County Will — John Graves

African-Americans Mentioned: Hannah
Slaveholder: John Graves
Year: 1794
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

John Graves of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated August 25, 1794. Gives to his “affectionate friend” Mrs. Sarah P. Maxwell, and directs his brother William Graves to deliver to her certain chattels. To his niece, Elizabeth Swinton Hughes, the lot adjoining the lot in Sunbury where he lives. Gives to said brother William Graves and directs him to take care of and maintain said Elizabeth Swinton Hughes as long as she remains single. Executors: His said brother William Graves and friend, Alexander Forrester. Witnesses: James Powell, James James, Mary Senior. No date of probate.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To Niece Elizabeth Swinton Hughes: ….”Also a certain Negro woman slave named Hannah with her future issue and increase.

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 51 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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