Liberty County Estate Inventory – William B. Bennet

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
Beneficiary: Wm. [William] B. Bennet, minor
Date Sworn: 1844-01-09
Appraisers: Jos. [Joseph] Quarterman, E.H. Bacon, S. Spencer, Rich. S. Baker
Estate Guardian: Jos. [Joseph] S. Baker
Court Officer: G.W. Dunham, J.J.C.
Date Recorded: 1844-03-30
Recording Official: J.S. Bradwell, Clerk
Total Value of Property Appraised: Only enslaved people included in appraisal
Value of enslaved persons: $3625.00
Comments: Note that William B. Bennet was described as a minor. Also, in the list below, the first six people are listed in age order and may be a family group. [NOTE: In 1842, an estate inventory and division were made for the deceased M. Bennet. William B. Bennet was listed as beneficiary of Lot #2, which comprised the people listed below.  In March 1842, Joseph S. Baker and William Spencer took out a guardianship bond for William Spencer to act as guardian for William B. Bennet, said to be the child of the deceased Matthew Bennet.]

Enslaved Person Named Value Desc.
July 400 age 48
Betsy 400 age 39
Abram 225 age 10
Joe 100 age 5
Becky 75 age 2
Infant 50 age 2 months
Stephen 450 age 46
Charlotte 400 age 32
Robert 500 age 31
Chloe 0 age 49
Hannah 400 age 24
Moses 400 age 15
Toney 225 age 11

Find the digitized original at: “Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93L-GH1X?cc=1999178&wc=9SYT-PT5%3A267679901%2C268032901 : 20 May 2014), Liberty > Wills, appraisements and bonds 1790-1850 vol B > image 622 of 689.

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