Liberty County Will — Elijah Lewis

African-Americans Mentioned: Toby, Phebe, Sofey
Slaveholder: Elijah Lewis
Year: 1804
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Elijah Lewis of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated January 24, 1804, probated March 6, 1809. He gives to his nephew Samuel Lewis certain slaves. Residue of his estate to testator’s wife, Sallie [sic, Salley]. She and Samuel Lewis to be the executors. Witnesses: James James, John Winn, Thos. [Thomas] Lanchester, J.P.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To nephew Samuel Lewis: “one negro man Toby, and Negro woman Sofey [alt: Sophie] and her child Phebe [alt: Phoebe] to him and his 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 102 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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