Liberty County Will — Martha Carter

African-Americans Mentioned: Rachel
Slaveholder: Martha Carter
Year: 1823
Location: Liberty County, Georgia

Will Summary (published 1964)

Martha Carter of Liberty County. Last Will and Testament dated April 18, 1823, probated July 7, 1823. Gives a slave to her grand-niece, Amanda Mara. Remainder of estate received by the will of her late husband James Carter, she gives to Joseph Law, Sr., and Thomas Mallard in trust for the use and benefit of her nephew William C. Way and niece Emeline Dunham, and if they die without issue then to her beloved great-nephew James C. Mara and great-niece, Sarah Amanda Mara. Executors: Joseph Law Sr., Thos. [Thomas] Mallard. Witnesses: Samuel S. Law, James Lambright, James Shannon.

Slave names left out of the original summary:

[NOTE: The estate willed to Joseph Law Sr., and Thomas Mallard in trust for her nephew and niece included unnamed “negroes.” She added, “It is further my will and desire that the negroes be kept together on the plantation where they now are, unless one of both of the parties should marry, and wish a division, which shall take place only with the consent, and at the discretion, of the Trustees.]

To grand-niece Amanda Mara: “…one negro girl named Rachel, to her and the heirs of her body.”

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 149 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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