Liberty County Will — John Lambright

African-Americans Mentioned: Binah, Charles, Chloe, Culy, Cyrus, Frank, Hary [or Harry], Jenny, Lily [or Sily], Lucy, Miley [or Wiley], Rose, Sary
Slaveholder: John Lambright
Year: 1791
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

John Lambright of Liberty County, planter. Last Will and Testament dated November 15, 1791; no date of probate shown in record. Gives to wife Margaret, to daughter Mary, and sons John, William, James, Samuel, daughter Nancy and his unborn child. Said James, Samuel and Nancy being underage. Executors: Wife, brother William Lambright of S.C. [South Carolina]; son-in-law, William Baker, Capt. Audley Maxwell, Joseph Law Jr., son John Lambright and son William Lambright. Witnesses: James Ladson, James Wilkinson and Gideon Dowse.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To wife Margaret Lambright: “all those slaves wich [sic] I have in a former deed secured to her, which are now living Viz. Hary [Harry?], Lucy, Sary, Cyrus, Culy, Jenny, Chloe, Charles, Frank and Miley with their issue and increase…”

To daughter Mary: “One Negro Woman named Lily [or Sily] and her children named Binah [clearly says Binah but maybe meant Dinah?] Rose and [left blank] with their issue and increase to her and her heirs forever.”

“I also desire the remainder of my Slaves to be kept together to work out my debts, now due by me, for land, and then an equal distribution to be made between my children then living, share and share alike, to…” [goes on to name children]. [Also gives detailed description of how he would like his plantation divided.]


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 41 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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