Liberty County Estate Inventory & Division – Benjamin Williams

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: Benjamin Williams
Date Sworn: 1846-07-03
Appraisers: Enoch Daniel, J.S. Bradley, Newman Bradley
Estate Guardian: Benjamin Darsey
Court Officer: John A. Hendry, J.P.
Date Recorded: 1846-08-29
Recording Official: J.S. Bradwell, Clerk
Total Value of Property Appraised: [no other property listed]
Value of enslaved persons: $4800.00
Comments: According to the document included with the inventory and division, these were the distributees: Benjamin Darsey, husband of the widow and relict of Benjamin Williams, and Benjamin Williams’ minor children, Mary L. Williams, James A. Williams, Sarah E. Williams, Martha B. Williams. Benjamin Darsey drew lot #3, the only lot that was defined, from a hat. The other lots remained in the control of Benjamin Darsey, as guardian of the minor children. [NOTE: There was an 1842 inventory of the estate of B. Williams. It seems likely that this is either him or a relation. See that inventory here.]

Enslaved Person Named Value Desc. Alt Spellings Lot #
Easter 300 woman
Jane 600
woman + child Jane
Charlotte 500 woman
Elsey 475 girl 3
Simon 550 boy
Peter 400 boy
Louisa 300 girl
Celia 275 girl 3
Nippy 275 girl 3
Hester 250 girl
Nancy 250 girl
Richard 200 boy
Georgia 175 girl
Charles 130 boy
John 110 boy

Find the digitized original at: “Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93L-GHLY?cc=1999178&wc=9SYT-PT5%3A267679901%2C268032901 : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 639 of 689.

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