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: probably Charles Odingsell Screven [see comment]
Date Sworn: 1844-01-09
Appraisers: William S. Baker, William Maxwell, Thomas J. Dunham
Estate Guardian: Jos. [Joseph] E. Maxwell
Court Officer: G.W. Dunham, J.J.C.L.C.
Date Recorded: 1844-02-03
Recording Official: J.S. Bradwell, Clerk
Total Value of Property Appraised: $15,700.00
Value of enslaved persons: $14730.00
Comments: Although Charles Odingsell Screven is not mentioned in this document, lot #1 was drawn by Joseph E. Maxwell, guardian of Benj. S. Screven, and lot #2 by W.E. Screven. Charles Odingsell Screven’s will (1830) mentioned sons Benjamin Smith Screven and William Edward Screven. William Edward Screven is said by online sources to have been born in 1822 or 1823, so probably had turned 21 in 1844, causing his portion of the estate to be disbursed. Benjamin is believed to have been born in 1826, so would have still been a minor. [Of course, please check all of this information.]
|Enslaved Person Named||Value||Desc.||Lot #|
|Racuh (??)||225||check name||1|
Find the digitized original at: “Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-893L-GHJC?cc=1999178&wc=9SYT-PT5%3A267679901%2C268032901 : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 620 of 689; citing Houston County Probate Court Judge, Georgia.