Liberty County Will — Joseph Stevens

African-Americans Mentioned: Jean
Slaveholder: Joseph Stevens
Year: 1800
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Joseph Stevens of Liberty County, planter. Last Will and Testament dated March 25, 1800. Probated April 3, 1800. Gives to his wife, Mary, one-half of his estate and the other half to his sister, Rebecca Gireadeau [sic, Girardeau] and nephew Joseph Stevens Baker when they (the last two named) are of age or married. Gives a slave to his mother. Thomas Stevens, testator’s uncle, to be trustee for said mother. Executors: Friends, Peter Winn, Joseph Quarterman, Samuel Spencer, Thomas Stevens the younger. Witnesses: Thomas Stevens, Sr., Liberty Holmes, John Sheppard. A codicil dated March 29, 1800, was probated at the same time, and added his wife as executrix. Witnesses to codicil: Thomas Baker, Liberty Holmes, John Sheppard. [Also spelled Shepard, Shepherd]

Slave names left out of the original summary:

“I having delivered a girl named Jean to my beloved mother, I give said girl to my uncle Thomas Stevens and my Ex[ecut]or in trust for her & her heirs forever not considering her as any part of my Estate as above.”

 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 65 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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