Liberty County Will — Richard Pritchard

African-Americans Mentioned: Gamboe
Slaveholder: Richard Pritchard
Year: 1805
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Richard Pritchard. Last Will and Testament dated March 5, 1805. Probated June 5, 1805. Devises to his wife, Margaret, and directs that his estate be kept together until the youngest child is 21, then divided; wife to have a child’s part and to have first choice. Executors: John Burnett, Sr., Moses Burnett, Joseph Austin and testator’s two minor sons John and James H. Pritchard when of age. Witnesses: Elijah Lewis, Thomas Baker, Sr.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To wife Margaret: “…my Negro man Gamboe at her own disposal…and at her death her part shall return back to my estate and be equally divided amongst my Children.”


“I will the remainder of my [unnamed] Negroes shall be kept together as my Est[ate]…until my youngest child shall come of age or marry, then the whole of my estate to be equally divided amongst my Children.”

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 88 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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