Liberty County Will — Elias Cassels

African-Americans Mentioned: None
Slaveholder: Elias Cassels
Year: 1807
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Elias Cassels. Last Will and Testament dated March 4, 1807; probated February 3, 1817. Gives his estate to his wife and children unnamed, children to receive their portions as they become 21 or marry. He directs that his children be well educated as far as means will permit, and that his daughter Margaret be equally educated with the sons. Executors: Robert Beard; John Will, attorney; William Fleming, John Stacey, William H. Crawford. Witnesses: John Stacy, Thomas Bradwell and Elijah Baker.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

No names of enslaved persons given, but did make the following reference to slaves: “My will is that none of my negroes shall be made free when old but shall be maintained with food and raiment at the expense of my estate; and that no person that is not possessed with humanity be employed as a manager or overseer.”

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 129 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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