Liberty County Will — John Hext

African-Americans Mentioned: George, Nanny, Phillis, Sarah, Venice
Slaveholder: John Hext
Year: 1787
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

John Hext of South Carolina, Last Will and Testament dated November 26, 1785, probated January 15, 1787, in Charleston District, S.C. [South Carolina]. Certified copy dated January 29, 1796, by the Secretary of State of S.C. [South Carolina]. Devises to wife (unnamed) his slaves and household goods. Remainder of estate to wife and his two daughters Eliza and Maria Hext and any child his wife may now be pregnant with. Executor: Wife to be sole executrix as long as she is a widow; if she should marry, then his brothers Roger Parker Saunders and John Gough and kinsmen Thomas Parker and John Parker Jr., to be the executors, and also guardians of testator’s children. Witnesses: Charles Lowndes, Hugh Ferguson, Samuel Jacob Axson. Probated on oath of Charles Lowndes.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

Additions: To “my wife”: “my Negroe Slaves, named Nanny, Sarah, George and Venice…”

“It is my most earnest desire and request that my Negro Slave Phillis [alt: Phyllis] should be endulged by my Executors and Executrix hereafter mentioned to work out at a moderate price, or be sold to any person she pleases.”

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 59 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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