Liberty County Will — Lewis McTair

African-Americans Mentioned: Lily, Daphne, Pulaski, Phillis, Dinah
Slaveholder: Lewis McTair
Year: 1819
Location: Liberty County, Georgia


Will Summary (published 1964)

Lewis McTair of Liberty County, tailor. Last Will and Testament dated November 6, 1819, probated January 3, 1820. He devises three slaves to his friend, Morgan Mara, planter, of said county, and a slave to “my young friend” James Carter Mara, and a slave to the daughter of his friend, John Stewart, and $400.00 to John Carter, the son of his friend Hepworth Carter. Executors: Morgan Mara, John Stewart of said county. Witnesses: Martha Carter, William Thomas Mell.

[Note: A Lewis McTeir is noted in the Savannah Death Register as having died on 28 November 1819. Occupation is hard to read but is listed. Said to be 35 years old and to have died of a lingering illness.]

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To friend Morgan Mara: “…three negro slaves: namely, Lily, Daphne [alt: Daphney] and Pulaski, to him and his assigns forever.”

To “my young friend, James Carter Mara, a negro woman named Phillis [alt: Phyllis], and her issue, to him forever.

To the daughter of John Stewart: “a negro girl named Dinah, forever, and her issue.”

Find the original (complete) will online at:

Ancestry.com:

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8635/005759431_00001?backurl=https%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fsearch%2fdb.aspx%3fdbid%3d8635%26path%3d&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnBrowsing#?imageId=005759431_00137

FamilySearch.org:

“Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93L-P98W?cc=1999178&wc=9SYT-PT5%3A267679901%2C268032901 : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 137 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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