Liberty County Will — John E. Fraser

African-Americans Mentioned: Cato, Ben, Louisa, Melia
Slaveholder: John E. Fraser
Year: 1819
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

John E. Fraser of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated June 7, 1819, probated July 20, 1819. Devises his estate to his son, John Sullivan Fraser and daughter of testator, Sarah Elizabeth Fraser, except $300.00 to be paid annually to his mother, Sarah Smylie, and $100.00 and a horse to James Smylie Jr., and $500.00 plus an education (until he is 21) out of the estate, to said James Smylie Jr. and $200.00 to Margaret Frances Sullivan, $50.00 to Daniel Francis Sullivan together with horse and shotgun; and to friend Samuel Harville, $75.00 and two books; and $500.00 to the “Female Asylum” at Sunbury, and $500.00 to the free schools of Liberty County, and his horse and riding chair to Mrs. Elizabeth Stone (who resides in testator’s home.) Executors: Brother, Simon A. Fraser, and friends Robert McIntosh and James Smylie Jr. Witnesses: John E. McCall, Simon A. Fraser and Henry Driggers. [NOTE: Left his “large family Bible” to friend Samuel Harville.]

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To son John Sullivan Fraser: “…two negro boys, viz. Cato and Ben, for his use and benefit forever.”

To daughter Sarah Elizabeth Fraser: “two negro girls, viz. Louisa and Melia, for her use and benefit 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 135 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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