Liberty County Will — William Graham

African-Americans Mentioned: George, Buck, Mary, Patty, Isaac
Slaveholder: William Graham
Year: 1816
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

William Graham of Liberty County, planter. Last Will and Testament dated February 13, 1816 and probated January 4, 1819. Devises to his daughter, Nelly McIntosh, all his real estate. To his nephew, Duncan Graham he gives certain slaves. To his three sisters, Jennett Graham, Mary Graham and Christiana Graham, he gives $400.00 each; to nephew, William Graham and John Graham, and niece Moll Graham, $400.00 each also. (Some of these legatees seemed to live in Scotland at the time.) Executors: Friend, Patrick Graham, minister of Parish of Abbeford in Scotland, and friend Robert Isaac of Savannah, and friend John E. Fraser of Liberty County. Witnesses: J. Robarts, Francis Ross, Elijah Baker. Following the record of the will and probate is an affidavit made by Elijah Baker who testifies that he drew up the will at the testator’s request and direction, and that his recollection is that it was the testator’s intention to give all his estate not otherwise bequeathed, to his daughter Nelly, wife of Robert McIntosh; and that at the time he, the said Baker, was wholly ignorant of a report that Nelly was the testator’s illegitimate daughter.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

To nephew Duncan Graham: “…my negro carpenter fellow George, my negro fellow Buck and his wife Mary, and a wench by the name of Patty, and a boy by the name of Isaac.”

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 133 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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