Liberty County Estate Inventory – Trust Estate of McPherson B. Griffin and S.A. Bacon

These antebellum estate inventories and appraisals generally included all the deceased person’s “property,” including enslaved persons. Only those names are documented here for historical and genealogical purposes. Anyone interested in the actual property owned by the deceased may find it at the link at the bottom of the page. Names are listed in the original order, as this often gives very valuable information about family groupings or the age of children (who may be listed in age order).

Location: Liberty County, Georgia
Deceased: Trust Estate of McPherson B. Griffin & S.A. Bacon
Date Sworn: 1847-12-06
Appraisers: Thomas Quarterman, Geo. [George] W. Walthour, E.H. Bacon
Trust Estate Trustees: William G. Martin and William N. Way
Court Officer: D. Zoucks, J.P.
Date Recorded: 1848-05-06
Recording Official: J.S. Bradwell, Clerk
Total Value of Property Appraised: See note
Value of enslaved persons: $4300.00
Comments: The physical possessions of McPherson B. Griffin were appraised separately, at $272.95 by Joseph Law, Wm. N. Way, and Daniel A. Miller on 3 May 1848 (same page as the reference below). Then the appraisal of the enslaved people was given separately, first as an appraisal of all 15, then dividing them into two lots. The first lot went to the children of Mrs. Sarah Way, wife of William N. Way, and the second lot went to the children of Eliza Martin, wife of William G. Martin.

Enslaved Person Named Value Lot #
Joe 500 1
Daniel 550 2
Frank 450 1
Dick 450 2
Murriah 375 1
Cate 225 1
Ben 200 1
Venus 150 1
Nanny 375 2
Sarah 300 2
John 250 1
Chloe 200 2
Louisa 150 2
Prince 100 2
Sally (Old) 50 2

Find the digitized original at: “Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” images, FamilySearch ( : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 661 of 689; county probate courthouses, Georgia. (See also the previous page for bonds related to this estate.)

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