Liberty County Will — Sarah Ann Austin

African-Americans Mentioned: Ben, Billy, Fillis [alt: Phillis or Phyllis], Jacob, Jane, Jenny, Jim, big Lanchester, Lewiser, Ned, Sylvey, Titus, Willy [alt: Willie, Wiley]
Slaveholder: Sarah Ann Austin
Year: 1806
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Sarah Ann Austin of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated December 17, 1806; probated March 7, 1808. Devises to her son Claborn Lewis Austin, 13 head of slaves, to be held by his father Joseph Austin (who is her husband) until the said son is 21; and if he dies before he is 21, then the father to have the slaves until his death, then same to return to “the heirs of my father, James Pritchard, Esq., deceased.” Witnesses: Samuel Lewis, Sally Lewis.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

Names of the 13 enslaved persons: Jenny, Sylvey, Jane, Fillis [alt: Phillis or Phyllis], Lewiser, Jacob, Billy, Ned, Titus, big Lanchester, Jim, Willy [alt: Willie, Wiley], Ben.

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 96 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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