Liberty County Will — Elizabeth Bennet

African-Americans Mentioned: Affey, Mary, Nanney, Willoby
Slaveholder: Elizabeth Bennet
Year: 1802
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Elizabeth Bennet [alt: Bennett], widow. Last Will and Testament dated January 24, 1802. Probated December 6, 1803. Gives to Ann Baker, wife of Nathaniel Baker; to Mary Winn, widow; to Amarintha Elliott McGowen; to Rebecca Eliza Burnley, daughter of Samuel Burnley the remainder of her estate. Executors: Samuel Burnley and Samuel Lewis. Witnesses: Elijah — (surname note recorded) [sic, Lewis], Sallie Lewis, Stephen Matlock.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

“It is my will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid, and then I will that my negro woman Willoby [alt: Willowby, Willoughby] be absolutely set free and thirty dollars to be gave her out of my estate.”

“I give to Ann Baker the wife of Nathanael [alt: Nathaniel] Baker a negro girl named Affey [alt: Affee] to her and her heirs and assigns forever.”

“I give to Mary Winn widow two negro girls named Nanney [or Nanncy, alt: Nanny] and Mary to her and her heirs and assigns 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 75 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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