Liberty County Will — Josiah Osgood

African-Americans Mentioned: Dorcas, Flora, Isaac, July, Nancy, Peggy [or Peg], Rachel, Sucky
Slaveholder: Josiah Osgood
Year: 1802
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Josiah Osgood of Liberty County, planter. Last Will and Testament dated December 30, 1802; probated May 2, 1803. To his son Samuel Osgood be given his homeplace where he, testator, lives, adjoining lands of his brother John Osgood and William Peacock. The following tracts of land to be drawn for by lot by his daughter Mary, son Josiah’s children, and grandson, William A. Graham: Tract on the Canoochee River, tract on Altamaha River on lower end of Beard’s Bluff, two tracts in Glynn County, on Turtle River adjoining each other and adjoining Samuel Fulton. He directs that 311 acres owned by him in McIntosh County on Bruce’s Neck, and 300 acre-tract adjoining Matthew Bennett estate, be sold. To his daughter Mary he gives slaves; to his grandchildren Mary F. Osgood, MaryAnn Osgood, William A. Graham, Matthew Bennett, Sarah O. Bennett, he gives a slave each. To his nephew, John Fulton $20.00. Directs that James Graham have the property devised James’ son, William A. Graham, until the latter is of age or marries. He appoints his friend William Fleming, nephew John Osgood as testamentary guardians for his grandchildren who are or may become fatherless. Executors: Brother, John Osgood; friend, William Fleming; son-in-law, James Graham; nephew John Osgood and son Samuel Osgood. Witnesses: Elijah Lewis, Samuel Lewis, Thomas Lanchester.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To daughter Mary: “one negro girl named Flora”; to son Samuel: “one boy named Isaac”; to granddaughter Mary F. Osgood: “one girl named Rachel”; to granddaughter Mary Ann Osgood: “one girl named Nancy”; to grandson W[illia]m A. Graham: “one girl named Dorcas”; to grandson: “Mathew Bennett: “one boy named July”; to my granddaughter Sara O. Bennett: “one girl named Sucky.”

“My old negro wench Peggy [or Peg] for her good services done in my family & if she continues to behave herself well & no criminal practices laid against her, I liberate and give her freedom the first day of April eighteen hundred & six.”

 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 77 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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