Liberty County Will — James McCollough

African-Americans Mentioned: Simon
Slaveholder: James McCollough
Year: 1802
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

James McCollough [alt: McCullough]. Last Will and Testament dated October 13, 1802; probated December 10, 1810. “Being in a low state of health,” gives to his wife, Elizabeth, one half of his estate, and the other half to his son James Sullivan McCollough. If the latter dies before he is 21, then his interest to go to said wife “during her natural life”, and at her death to the children of John McGowen. Executors: Wife Elizabeth McCollough, and Samuel Stevens, Thomas Baker, John McGowen. Witnesses: Joseph McGowen, Mary McGowen, Joseph Austin.  [NOTE: Items in quotes added from original will.]

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To John McGowen’s children: “a Negro by the name of Simon…”

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 110 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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