INDEX OF CARROLL CO., GA, WILL BOOK A – 1852 – 1894 (Microfilm Roll RHS 3711-12) (WILL BOOK B - 1892-1922 (Not included below at this time)
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ADAMS, ABSOLUM 137-138 ADAMS, WILLIAM 24 ALFORD, JEPTHA 96 ALLEN, L. P. 268 ALLEN, LARKIN A 80 ANTHONY, NANCY 48 ASHLEY, MARY A. F. 303 AWTRY, JACOB 45 AWTRY, W. H. WILL AND CODICIL 131-132
B…… 190 BAILEY, WILLIAM 233 BARNES, JETHRO H. 304 BARR, JOSIAH K 271 BARROW, JAMES R 167 BARTLETT, H H 298-99 BASKIN, JAMES 257-8 BAXTER, ELIZA 42 BECK, ISAIAH, JR. & ISAIAH W. HOLLOWAY AND C. AGREEMENT 9 BECK, ISAIAH, SR. 7 BENSON, ELI 252-53 BLACKMANS, (NO NAME ON INDEX) 15 – 16 BLOODWORTH, DAVID M 86 BLOODWORTH, W. L. 113 BONNER, JOHN 315-16-17-18-19-20 BONNER, SANDERS W. 57 BONNER, ZADOCK 310 BOON, JESSE (OLD RECORD “B”) 414 BOON, WILLIAM R 261-2 BRIDGES, JAMES M 114 BRIYERS, JOHN 33 BROCK, WM. F.(T?) 273-4 BROOKS, ROBERT - BROOKS, W. J. 194 BROOKS, WILLIAM A 214-15 BROOKS, WILLIAM 122 BROOKS, WILLIAM 248-49 BROWN, SAMUEL 104 BRYANT, JOHN 210-11-12 BRYCE, JAMES 161 BURKE, EUGENIA M 64 BURNETT, A 119-120 BURSON, G. W. 200
C……, MARY 72-73 CAMP, WESLEY 116 CAMPBELL, F. M. 297 CARNES, J. 76 CARNES, THOMAS 54
CARR, JOHN T. 405 CARSON, J. W. 255-56 CHAMBERS, WM. P. 229 CHANCE, GEO. W. 258-9 CHANCE, WARREN 327 CHANDLER, THOMAS 282-3 CHAPMAN, DEBORAH S 35 CHEAVES, CLARK 20 COBB, W. W. 78 COCHRAN, ELI 150 COOK, SHEM 58-59 COOK, B. W. 322 COPELAND, WILLIAM 207-208 COX, JOHN MINUTE BOOK B, PAGE 147 NOV. 9, 1846 147 CROCKETT, ROBERT 200 CROWDER, JESSE J. Nuncupative Will** 11 CURRY, ELIZA 21 (** Nuncupative Will: An oral will, usually in a deathbed situation, before witnesses who later testify to its authenticity. valid only in certain jurisdictions
DAUGHERTY, JAMES 106 DEMONEY, JOHN 213-214 DOBBS, SILAS 28 DORRIS, JOHN 69 DRISKELL, GEORGE P 112 DRISKELL, WM . M. 156-7 DRIVER, JOHN 22-23 DUKE, THOMAS 84 DIMMEROCK (DRUMMOCK, DUNNCOCK), WILLIAM 164-167 DYER, JOHN 233
EDGE, M. L. (A. M. L.?) 302 EMBRY, A. O. 92 ENTREKIN, SAM 161-2 ENTREKIN, WM. 134-135
FAVER, COLUMBUS 279-280 FOSTER, WILLIAM S. 147-148 FOWLER, ELBERT 133-134
GARR, R. W. 85 GARRISON, WILLIAM 55 GILLEY, MATILDA 265 GOLDIN, A. W. 126 GOLDIN, CALEB 238 GOODSON, MARY, MRS. 292 GRICE, LARRY (?) 175 GRIFFIN, CHAS. W. 351 GRIFFIN, CHAS. W. PROBATE OF WILL ON MINUTES “B” PAGE 684 GRIFFIN, J. W. 136 GRIFFIN, THOMAS H. 140
HAMMOCK, SUSAN, MRS. 323-24-25 HAMRICK, J. D., SR. 337-338 HAMRICK, JAS. M., SR. 305-6-7 HAND, SHIRED 83 HART, SAMUEL 157 HATELY, JOHN 13 HELMES, JOHN 172 HICKS, GREEN 41 HOLLAND, JESUSAH 216-17-18 HOLOWAY, SOLOMUNS 27 HOYE, MARTHA T 38 HUTCHINSON, ARTHUR 333 TO 337
JACKSON, EPHRAIN 1 AND 2 JOHNSON, AARON 242-43-44 JOHNSON, SUSAN J. 334 JOHNSON, W. F. 313-14 JOHNSON, WM. T. 152-153 JOHNSON, WM. 202 JONES, ELIZABETH 112 JONES, HARRIET 197 JONES, ORRAN 74 JONES, THOMAS B 176 JORDAN, M. V. 331-32 JUHAN, D. B. 190 JUHAN, JAMES JOHNSON 218-19-20 JUHAN, JESSIE 260
KEESE, J. H. 209-210 KENEDY, THOMAS 231-232 KING, SEARCY 151-2 KINGSBERRY, SANFORD 98 KINNEY, ELIZABETH 84
LEUDERMAN, HENRY 349 LONG, JOHN 107 LONG, S. M. 86 LONG, THEOPHILUS 115 LYLE, KIRBY 75
MABRY, BRANCH M 52 MABRY, CHARLES 66 MALONE, J. D., SR. 240-241 MANDEVILLE, A 300 MARLIN, H. C. 346 MARLOW, WILEY 245 MARTIN, E. B. 93 MARTIN, NATHAN 142 MATTHEWS, ABEL 133-136 MCALLISTER, JAMES B 47 MCCALLISTER, J. J. 225-26 MCCALLISTER, J. J. SOLEMN 227-28 MCCLURE, JAMES 105 MCCURDY, R. L. 343 MCGARITY, JOHN 320 MCKEE, MARY M. 110 MCKEE, R. W. 91 MCKINZIE, J. P. 128 MCMULLIN, ANDREW 18 MCPHERSON, FRANCES A., MRS. 290 MCPHERSON, H. L. 274-75-76 MCWHORTER, LEROY 143 MERK, HENRY 88 MERRELL, H. F. 100 MITCHELL, JOHN B 238 MITCHELL, N. 103 MOON, LUCY CLARK 283-84-85 MOORE, W. W. 171 MORGAN, JOHN D. 288-289 MORGAN, W. H. 91 MORGAN, Alonza-Thaddeus and Mary S. Morgan, Jesse Misc. Court Records/Wills MORRIS, J. L. 186-87 MOSTELLER, JONATHAN 62 MUSE, JESSE W. 251
NEAL, STEPHEN H. 340-41 NORMAN, W. J. 250
O'MARY, GEORGE W. 13 O’NEAL, WILLIAM 108 OWENSBY, S. J. F., MRS 328
PITTS, H. W. 307 PITTS, SARAH 60 POLSTON, JONATHAN 79 POOL, T. J. 117-18 POPE, J. F. 179 PRICE, C. C. 272
REESE, A. C. 339 REEVES, JAMES 36 REEVES, MARY, MRS. 199 REID, MATHEW 163 ROBERTS, JAMES M. 312 ROBERTS, JULIA ANN 352 ROBSON, ANDREW J 112 ROOP, MARTIN 185 ROWE, ALLEN 223-24 RUFFIN, R. V. C. 56 RUSSELL, HARRIS 124
SCOGGINS, JOHN J. 144 SCOGIN, JOHN W. 2 – 3 SCUDDER, WM. 110 SHARP, HIRAM, JR. 148-49 SHARP, HIRAM, SR. 138-39 SMITH, B. M. 204 SMITH, JOHN 232 SMITH, NATHANIEL 87 SMITH, SARAH E 295-6 SMITH, WESLEY 205-6-7 SPRUELL, JOHN F. 184-85 SPRUELL, M. B. 308-9 STAGNER, JOHN 329-330 STAPLES, JNO. F. 254 STEPHENSON, JAMES M 25 STEWART, J__ W. 192 STEWART, WILLIAM 281 STILLWELL, SAFRONA CAROLINE 308
TANNER, W. S. 89 TAYLOR, JAMES 263-64 TAYLOR, W. H. 129-130 THOMASON, FRANCIS M. 277 THOMPSON, FLANDERS Rev. War Pension File THURMAN, RICHARD 31 THURMAN, WILLIAM S. 287 TIMMON, WM. 148-49 TURNER, HIRAM 81-82 TURNER, WM. A. 180-81
UPSHAW, ADKIN 221 UPSHAW, G. W. 347 URQUHANT, HOLLAND 269
VEASEY, CALEB 63
WALKER, JOSEPH 173 WALKER, LARKEN 46 WARD, JOHN L. 155 WARREN ? 77 WARREN, J. B. 308-10 WARREN, JESSE** 177 WATSON, MOSES 127 WHITE, A. F., NUNCUPATIVE WILL 246 WILLIAMS, JOEL 111 WOODARD, JESSE 285 WOODLEY, JAMES B 49-50 WOODS, JOEL** 51-52 WOODY, JOHN 40 WORD, JORDAN R. 188-89 WORD, THOMAS A. 67 WORD, WILLIAM 183 WYATT, JOHN J. 291
(Other Wills are located in the Carroll County Archives of the U. S. GenWeb Project.
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ADKIN UPSHAW Will,
dated April 1873 & recorded 2 November 1885
(Carroll Co, GA, Will Book A, pages 221, 222)
1885, 2 Nov: Carroll Co, GA, Will Book A, page 221, 222: The last will and testament of Adkin Upshaw.
State of Georgia/ In the name of God, amen. I, Adkin Upshaw of said State and Carroll County / County, being of advanced age and knowing that it is appointed once for men to die, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
1st Item: I desire that my body be buried in a plain and decent manner, my Soul, I trust will return to God who gave it, as I hope, for eternal Salvation, through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2nd Item: I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executors, herein after appointed.
3rd Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Mary C. Upshaw, all of the tract of land whereon I now live, containing one hundred and fifty acres, more or less, with all the rights, members, and appertenances to said tract of land in anywise belonging to her own proper use, benefit and behoof forever with full power to dispose of the same at any time previous or by will or deed at her death as she may think proper. I do also give and bequeath to my beloved wife, in the same unreserved manner, all my farming utensils, horses, mules, cattle, hogs, sheep, buggies, wagons and household and kitchen furniture belonging to and used on said plantation.
4th Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Beady Jane Smith five dollars in money at par.
5th Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Holland K. Urquhart ten dollars in money at par.
6th Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Curacy Ann Marchal ten dollars in money at par.
7th Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan F. Darden five dollars in money at par.
8th Item: I will and desire that the remainder of my estate be equally divided between my beloved wife Mary C. Upshaw and my three sons, John R. Upshaw, Joseph T. Upshaw, and Robinson V. Upshaw.
9th Item: I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Mary C. Upshaw executrix and my worthy son, J.R. Upshaw executor of this my last will and testament.
This April __ 1873, (signed) Adkin Upshaw.
Signed, sealed, declared, and published by Adkin Upshaw as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, who subscribed our names hereto in presence of the testator at his special instance and request and of each other.
April __, 1873, (signed) R.D. Reid, J.P. Reid, N.D. Reid.
(Will produced and sworn to by witnesses 2 Nov 1885)
From the book, "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension
Files", abstracted by Virgil D. White, Volume III: N - Z, page 3473 &
FLANDERS THOMPSON, Virginia Line, Wife: Elizabeth, W6272, BLW #2418-100, Soldier applied (for pension) 13 March 1819 in Laurens
District, South Carolina at about 61 years of age, Soldier enlisted in Halifax County, Virginia; On 25 March 1823 Soldier had moved to Pendleton District, South Carolina, and then gave his age as 67 years, with a wife Elizabeth, aged 49 & three daughters at home; Tempy - 18 years of age, Elizabeth - 16 years of age & Polly - 9 years of age & they were all living with Soldier's son Henry Thompson & were mostly supported by him. Soldier had married Elizabeth Green on 11 June 1781 (Elizabeth had turned 14 years of age in February 1781) & their oldest child Henry Thompson was born 14 March 1782; Widow applied 8 July 1843 in Lumpkin County, Georgia aged 76; one Overstreet Singleton made affidavit in Lumpkin County, Georgia in 1843 & stated he was a son of Edmund Singleton & that he (Overstreet Singleton) had married a daughter of the Revolutionary Soldier Flanders Thompson on 2 July 1829
(he did not give her name); Soldier died 27 January 1831; one Sarah Thomason made affidavit 4 September 1846 in Walton County, Georgia &
stated she would be age of 81 in October 1846 & that Flanders Thompson had married Elizabeth daughter of David Green who was a minister & she
stated Soldier & wife had several children of which Henry was the oldest & Polly was the youngest & 5 in between them were; Leana Thompson, Joel Green Thompson, John Thompson, Flanders Thompson Jr., & Temperance Thompson; Soldier's and widow's daughter Elizabeth Singleton was referred to in 1847; an Elisha Casey aged 76 on 6 January 1849 made affidavit in Walton County, Georgia & stated he was raised by his uncle Zachariah Green (brother of David Green - Minister) in Laurens District, South Carolina & he (Elisha Casey) moved to Jackson County, Georgia in 1817 & that he (Elisha Casey) was married 19 January 1798 a few days after he turned 25 & he stated his son Ausborn Casey was living in Campbell County, Georgia in 1849; Soldier's widow died 2
September 1844 & on 14 March 1850 surviving were Elizabeth and Mary Ann Singleton.
Will of Richard V.C. Ruffin
- 1860, Aug 2 (probate 1861), Contributed by Virginia Crilley
State of Georgia. Carroll County
In the name of God Amen. I, Richard V. C. Ruffin, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make
and declare this my last will and testament in manner and in form following:
Item 1st. It is my wish that I be buried in a decent and respectable manner in the burying ground attached to the New Hope Church.
Item 2nd. Whatever portion of the Stock that can be agreed upon by my Executors herein after to be named shall be sold and the proceeds
thereof shall be applied to the payment of my just debts and my portion of the crops that shall be made on the lot of land that I purchased of JOSEPH HARPER shall be applied to the payment of the debt due on said land.
Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Elizabeth P. Ruffin andy my daughter, Margaret A. Ruffin and Sarah E. Ruffin and my sonss,
Samuel S. Ruffin and Charles Ruffin the whole of my real and perosnal property to be held by them as joint owners and in the event of the
death of my wife Elizabeth the residue remaining upon her demise to be equally divided among my children above named.
Item 4th. I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Guardian of the personal property of my son Charles during his minority.
Item 5th. I hereby constitute and appoint my trustworthy friend, Valentine M. Hodgson and son Samuel S. Ruffin as executors of this
my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me. Witness my hand and seal this 2nd day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty.
Signed, sealed delivered and published by Richard V.C. Ruffin as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribing
witnesses who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator at his special instance and request and in the presence of
each other this second day of August, 1860.
Micajah (his mark) Mullins
Thomas M. Hamilton
Georgia, Carroll County
Personally appeard Samuel S. Ruffin one of the Executors named in the will of R.V.C. Ruffin dec'd and being duly sworn saith that the within is the true last will and testament of the said RVC Ruffin dec'd that he now presents in open court for probate and record. Sworn to in open court this 1st April, 1861.
Samuel S. Ruffin his mark.
J.M. Bl---ck, CCC Recorded April 2nd 1861.
Will of George W. O'Mary, contributed by Scott O'Mary
GEORGIA -- Carroll County
In the name of God, Amen. I, George W. O'Mary of the State of Georgia, Carroll County, Being weak in body but sound in mind and ??? thanks to almighty God calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is once appointed for man to die, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommit my soul into the hands of alimighty God that gave it and my body. I recommit to the earth to be buried in a descent Christian like manner at the direction of my Executors nothing doubting but a general resurrection. I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of almighty God as touching such worldly estate with it has pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. I give a bequeath to my beloved wife, Elenor O'Mary during her natural life for her and her children's support the whole of any estate both real and personal after paying my just debts
after my life is ceased all of an Estate that may then be remaining to be disposed of and equally divided amoungst my children namely: Susan Elizabeth O'Mary, Sarah Catharine O'Mary, Mariah Jane O'Mary, Thomas Richard O'Mary, George Washington O'Mary, Junior and our not born at this time ___________ .
Lastly, I make and ordain and appoint my wife Elenor O'Mary executor and my friend John P.A. Wall executor of this my last will and testament disclaiming and revoking all other wills and testaments by me made.
In ?? whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal AD, 1854 May 2 and signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.
Branch M. Mabry
George W. O'Mary
GEORGIA -- Carroll County
Before me J.M. Blalock ?? of said county in ?? Personally came Elenor O'Mary and John P.A. Wall executors of the last will and testament of George W. O'Mary late of such county deceased and produced before me the last will and testament of said George W. O'Mary deceased and the witnesses to said will to Branch M. Mabry, Samuel Avery and M.C. Trimble which ?? being duly summoned depose and say that they saw George W. O'Mary the testament sign seal declare and publish the instrument now produced as his last will and testament truly voluntarily and of his own accord and with out any compulsion or influence whatever that at the time of the execution of the said will
said testor was of sound and disposing mind and memory that ?? signed said will as wit____ in the presence of the testor at this special instance and request and in the presence of each other.
Sworn and described before me this 1st January 1855
J.M. Blalock, ordinary
Recorded 11 Janaury 1855
J.M. Blalock, ordy.
Will of Leroy McWhorter: Submitted by Judith Fowler Kilgore
State of Georgia
January 25, 1870
In the name of God Amen I Leroy McWhorter being of sound and disposing mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make and declare this my last Will and Testament -- in manner and form following.
Item 1st Provided my Wife Mary McWhorter survive me I hereby give, grant, bequeath & devise unto her all my real and personal estate during her natural life for her own personal benefit and to her sole use and after her decease all the property both real and personal to be sold and all Just debts and expenses that may have accrued to be paid out of the proceeds of said sale,
and my Daughter in law Mary Ann McWhorter to have the sum of thirty seven dollars paid to her from sale of the same property provided there is balance after complying with the aforesaid
then my four Grand children Leroy Johnston, Thomas Johnston, Alfred Johnston and Martha McWhorter to have the sum of One hundred and fifty dollars to be equally divided among them provided there be that amount, but if not whatever there is to be disposed of and applied to the same purpose Provided there is Still a remainder then it is to be divided equally among all my heirs.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed
my seal the day and Year above written.
Leroy McWhorter (seal)
Signed and sealed in presence of
George A. Chambers
I Leroy McWhorter do hereby by these presents appoint my two Sons Moses A. McWhorter and Newton A. McWhorter to be my executors of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all others witnessed as above written.
Will and Probate of Abel Matthews
(with notes) 09 Jul 1872 Carroll Co., GA, Contributed
by Margene Black
In the name of God, Amen. I Abel Matthews of the county of Carroll and state of Georgia being of sound and disposing mind and
memory do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills hertofore made by me.
Ans First I commit my Soul to God who gave it . My worldly extate I dispose of as follows:
Item 1 - I bequeath to my daughter Rhoda D. Weir my bed and bedding.
Item 2 - I bequeath to all of my lawful heirs the remainder of my estate as follows - That all my land, stock, household and kitchen
furniture be sold and an equal division of the proceeds ghereof be made with each of them.
Item 3 - I hereby appoint B.M. Long of the county and state aforesaid as my executor on this my last will.
In witness whereof I the said Able Matthews to this my will consising of the foregoing two sheets of papers have set my hand and seal this ninth day of July 1872. Abel Matthews
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Abel Matthews as his last will and testament in presence of us who at
his request in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness thereto.
John W. Stewart
John W. Merrell
Carroll Court of Ordinary, July Term 1875.
Come into court at this regular term of the court, John W. Stewart and L.J. Smith and being duly sworn depose that they saw Abel Matthews sign and publish the within as his last will and testament while of sound and disposing mind that they witnessed the same for him at his request and in his presnece and of each other and that the same was executed voluntarily by him on the day it purporteth to have been executed.
John W. Stewart
Sworn to and subscribed before me in open court July term, 1875. D.B.
Carroll County Court of Ordianry, June Term, 1876
Present D.B. Juhan, Ordianry and J.T. Bedingfield, Sheriff. The following business appearing upon the docket was taken up and disposed
To the court of Ordinary of said county. The petition of B.E. Matthews, administrator with the will annexed of Abel Matthews showeth
that he has fully discharged all the duties of such administration that he has paid all the debts of said deceased Abel Matthews has turned over the residue in his hands to the lawful heirs of Abel Matthews with the exception of twenty six dollars and 60 cts. going to Elizabeth Warnick and twenty six dollars and 60 cents to Abel Warnick and twenty six dollars and 60 censut going to Patrick Warnick and fourteen dollars and 77 cts. going to Joseph Matthews.
He therefore prays the usual citation may issue requiring all parties interested to be discharged from his administration and not be discharged from his administration and while such citation is issuing his proceedings as such administrator may undergo a thorough revision by this court or some competent person appointed by it.
B.E. Matthews, Admin.
Carroll Coury of Ordianry, June Term, 1876
It appearing to the court that the citation for a discharge of B.E. Matthews from his administration of Abel Matthews estate has been duly issued and published. And it also appearing to the court from a thorough examination of all the proceedings of said B.E. Matthews administrator of Abel Matthews estate (has been duly issued and published) that he has fully and faithfully administered said estate and that the following amounts still remain in his hands for which he cannot obtain a legal voucher to wit: $26,60 belonging to Elizabeth Warnick, $26.60 belonging to Abel Warnick, $26.60 belonging to Patrick Warnick, $14.77 belonging to Joseph C. Matthews, $14.77 belonging to John W. Matthews, $14.77 belonging to Eugenia A. Matthews, the said persons all being minors without guardians. And it further appearing that he is legally entittled to a discharge from his administration subject to the order of this court so far as to control the funds retained in his hands mentioned above, and no objection being offered to his discharge.
It is ordered by the court that he be and his is hereby discharged from his daministration of Abel Matthew estate and that he be allowed to retain in his hands one hundred and twenty four dollars and 11 cents at four percent per annum, subject to the order of this court the persons and amounts having already been particularized in this order and that as evidence of this discharge letters of dismission issue.
D. B. Juhan, Ordinary
1. Abel Matthews, born 1792 in Laurens Co, SC; died abt. Jul 1875 in Carroll Co, GA. He married abt. 1821, Nancy (---), born abt.
1803 in SC; died bef. Jul 1875 in Carroll Co, GA.
Children of Abel MATTHEWS and Nancy (---) were as follows:
1. Rhoda Matthews, born abt. 1822 in Gwinnett Co, GA. She married Hugh N. Weir.
2. Benjamin Ezekiel Matthews, born abt. 1824 in Gwinnett Co, GA. He married (1) Mahala Beasley. He married (2) Mahaley Beasley.
3. James C. Matthews, born 1825 in Gwinnett Co, GA. He married Rebecca (---).
4. Elizabeth Matthews, born abt. 1826 in Gwinnett Co, GA. Not married in the 1850 census.
5. Julia Elitha2 Matthews, born abt. 1830 in SC, GA. She married Linsey Matthew Warnick.
6. Nancy J. Matthews, born 1832 in GA. She married on 9 Aug 1866 in Carroll Co, GA, A. G. Williams. Carroll County, Georgia
7. Sarah Matthews, born 1834 in GA.
Notes for Abel MATTHEWS
1840-1850 CARROLL CO, GA CENSUS
Will of Abel Matthews, Carroll Co, GA
IGI P0810 SC
IGI P0088 GA
1840 GA CENSUS, CARROLL CO, 714th Dist, p. 24
1 male 15-20
1 male 40-50
2 females 5-10
1 female 10-15
1 female 15-20
1 female 20-301 female 40-50
CARROLL CO, GA DIRECT DEEDS
Abel Matthews bought land from Abraham Miles of Harris Co, GA. Lot 216, Dist.
5, 17 Nov 1841. Date of Ins. 26 Jan 1841. WD D 216. $100, 202 1/2 acres.
GENERAL INDEX TO DEEDS AND REALTY MORTGAGES, CARROLL CO, GA COURTHOUSE
Abel Matthews to Benjamin E. Matthews, dist. 10, filed 24 Oct 1858, Inst. 5 Oct 1858, Kind of Inst., WD, Bk. I, p. 140.
DIRECT DEEDS, CARROLL CO, GA
Abel Matthews to John Dean, Lot 216, Dist 5, 24 Jan 1844, Date of Inst, 31 Mar 1842, Kind of Inst. WD, Bk. E, p. 65.
Last Will and Testament of John Bonner Contributed by Kenny Shackleford
In the name of God Amen:
I, John Bonner, being of sound mind and disposing memory, but being old and knowing it is appointed unto man once to die, do make declare and publish this my last will and testament; hereby revoking all others heretofor made.
Item 1. My Soul I commit unto the hands of God who gave it, trusting and believing in his name alone for Salvation.
Item 2. I desire that my body be given simply a decent Christian Burial.
Item 3. I will that my executors pay all my just debts, as soon as possible after my death.
Item 4. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucy J. Bonner, Lots of land (Nos. Two Hundred and Eighty Two and Two hundred and Eight Three, Seventh District Carroll County Ga.) containing four hundred and five acres, more or less, to have and to hold during her natural life. My Said wife furnished Thirty one hundred dollars of the purchase money for the same, and the deed was made to me alone.
Item 5. I also will and bequeath to my Said wife during her natural life, a one half interest in the rents & prophets in the Grist Mill and Gin and machinery, the said being located on the creek and run by water. I also give to my Said wife Lucy J. one buggy or carriage to be selected by her out of any I may have. One two horse wagon, and a one horse wagon, one good horse, one good mule, two good cows & calves, all the hogs, farming tools, all household and kitchen furniture (except as hereinafter provided) all crops of corn, cotton or produce of any kind that may be on the place where we live at the time of my death, to have and dispose of in any way She may see proper for the support and maintenance of herself and our three minor children, to wit: Lucy H., Nora E. and Lula A.
Item 6. I hereby constitute and appoint any Said wife guardian of the person and property of our Said minor children with full power to act for them and for their interest in all things, and it shall not be necessary for her to give any Bond or make any returns of her actings and doings as I have full confidence in her judgement as well as her rectitude.
Item 7. I will and direct that on the death of my Said wife Lucy J. the land bequeathed to her in item (4) four and such personal property of all kinds as may remain on the place, be sold by my executors, and the proceeds divided equally between the three children of my Said wife and myself. I have given Charles W. a one half interest in the Mill and machinery on the creek and I give to him the other half at the death of my wife.
Item 8. I desire to do and equal part as near as I can with all my children and I think I am the best judge of it. After carefully considering the whole matter I have decided to make some special bequeaths to make it right in my estimation and I do so as follows.
Item 9. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rhoda E. the S.W. Fourth of lot of land No. Two Hundred and Eighty in the Seventh District Carroll Co. Ga. Also one horse and Saddle worth one hundred dollars, or its value in money, as She may elect, - Also, the organ now at my house, - Also cash one hundred dollars, - Also two feather beds with necessary bedding, and one cook Stove and one sewing machine, or their value in money.
Item 10. I give and bequeath to my Son Robert L. Bonner, The N.W. Fourth of land No. Two Hundred and Eighty in the Seventh Dist. Carroll County Ga. - Also one hundred dollars in money, - Also the horse I have already given him valued at one hundred dollars, One feather bed and necessary bedding and fifty dollars in provisions or money in lieu of it.
Item 11. I give and bequeath to Lovett S. Bonner my Son, the N.E. Fourth of Lot of land No. Two Hundred and Eighty in the Seventh District Carroll County Ga. Also one horse and Saddle worth one hundred dollars, or that amount in lieu of it. Also one hundred dollars in cash, one feather bed with necessary bedding and fifty dollars in money or provisions.
Item 12. I give and bequeath to my daughter Georgia Pentecost one hundred and fifty dollars in addition to what she has already had.
Item 13. I give and bequeath to my daughter Josephine Hulsey one hundred dollars in addition to what I have already given her.
Item 14. I give and bequeath to my grandchildren (W.Z. Barkers) to wit; Ida Smith, John Barker, George Barker, Emma Barker, .. Winder and to John Barker, for Lou Barker Eighty dollars each.
Item 15. I give and bequeath to Mrs. Jeanie McClendon for my two great Granddaughters Georgia Barker and Sammie Barker, children of Bonner Barker, Eighty dollars to be equally divided between Said great Granddaughters.
Item 16. I give and bequeath to my daughter Francis M. Hunter, in addition to what I have already given her, twenty five dollars ($25.00) a year to be paid to her at the first of each year by my Executors during her lifetime. - Should She die before my estate is wound up, I will and direct that her children be paid her equal distribution Share of my estate, whatever it may be.
Item 17. In the distribution of my estate I direct that my grandchildren of W.Z. Barker or (any other of my Grandchildren whose parents my be dead) Shall get such share as their parent if living would get under this Will, and that the children of such deceased parents receive equal parts of said share, - Share and share alike. Should any of my children die, having no child or children or wife, the Share of such child is to revert to my estate.
Item 18. I want to be equal with all my children, I have given some of them more than others, I wish to settle that matter myself, so that there may be no dispute among them as to what my intentions are. While some of them owe me considerable amounts, I shall not require them to account to my estate for it unless they make it necessary by claiming Settlement themselves. I do not desire to charge my son James Lafayette with the excess in my farm of perhaps one thousand dollars on our accounts and dealings, but if he continues The Suit now pending and should get a judgement against my or any estate, the amount of said judgment whatever it my be, is to be charged against him in the distribution of my estate, and he is to get no distribution share, till this is satisfied by him.
Item 19. After the special bequests herein named, and my debts, and the expenses of Administration are all paid, I will and direct that my Executors make an equal division of all that my be left of my estate, between my beloved wife Lucy J. Bonner and all my children, that is to say each child shall receive an equal share and my said wife shall get a childs part, which share together with the bequeaths made to her, shall be in full of her share of my estate, and in full satisfaction of Dower, years support, or any other claims against my estate.
Item 20. Of course before any such distribution can be made, it will be necessary for my Executors to sell and dispose of my estate. I therefore direct that they have full power so to do, either at public or private sale, and it shall not be necessary for them to get any order of Court for this purpose. (They are first to sell all Gins and machinery of every kind at once after my death, except the water Mill, Gin, and machinery referred to on the creek, in which my wife has a lifetime interest). As soon after my death as my Executors think best, I want them to sell, either at Public or private sale as in their judgement may seem best, all the property of which I may die possessed, of every kind both real and personal, and convert the same into money, except such property as is herein especially disposed of, and shall make returns of said sales to the Ordinary, so that all parties interested may see just what is done. And no order of Court shall be necessary to authorize said sale or sales, and no other returns shall be necessary, except that the receipts are vouchers which are received for the amounts paid out, shall be returned in final return. I believe my Executors are honest and will do right, and I want as little machinery and expenses in winding up my estate as possible.
Item 21. I hereby appoint my son W.S. Bonner, my Son-in-law John Pentecost and my beloved wife Lucy J. Bonner as Executors of this my last will and testament.
Item 22. Having full confidence in the integrity Shill and ability of my friend G.W. Merrell Esq.- I hereby direct that he be retained by Executors as Attorney, to see that this my will is carried out, and to give advice generally, and to assist in any litigation that may arise in which my Estate may be concerned or interested.
This 1st of April 1893. John Bonner
Signed declared and published by John Bonner as his Last will and testament, in the presence of us the Subscribers, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of Said Testator, John Bonner and at his special instances and request, and in the presence of each other, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence. The words, "Together with my interest in the Water Mill and Gin on the Creek and other machinery", on page 3
April 1st 1893
J.F. Sale; J.T. Freeman; R.H. Fits; G.W. Merrell; Georgia Carroll County,
We W.F. Sale, J.T. Freeman, R.H. Fitts and G.W. Murrell do Swear that we saw the within named John Bonner sign and publish the within proper as his Last Will and Testament. That we Subscribed the same as witnesses thereto at the special instance and request of the said John Bonner, and in his presence: That the said John Bonner signed the same freely and voluntarily, and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.
J.T. Sale; G.W. Merrell; J.T. Freeman; R.H. Fitts
Sworn to and subscribed before me Nov 30th 1893
S.J. Brown Ordinary
Georgia, Carroll County: We Lucy J. Bonner, W.S. Bonner and J.W. Pentecost do Solemonly swear that this writing contains the true and Last Will of the within named. John Bonner deceased, so far as we know or believe, and shall we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State, - So help us God.
Lucy J. Bonner W.S. Bonner J.W. Pentecost
Sworn to and subscribed before me Nov 30th 1893
S.J. Brown Ordinary
Filed in office Aug 30th 1893
Will of Branch M. Mabry
(file contributed by Louise Birchfield, 8/22/2004)
Georgia Carroll ) In the name of God Amen
County) I Branch M. Mabry of the County & State aforesaid being now in good health and of sound mind and disposing memory do make, ordain, constitute, and publish this my last will and Testament in manner & form following to viz-Item 1st I will and direct that that (sic) all my just debts be paid.
Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Sara Ann Upchurch one negro boy named Alford about 17 years old and a negro girl named Sindy about 8 years old for her own proper use and use of her family during her natural life and at her death to go to her children that she may now have or that she may hereafter have by her present or any future husband and not to be subject during her life or at her death to the debts of any of her said husbands.
Item 3rd I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Jaluco Jane Holloway one negro boy named Miles about 19 years old and one negro girl named Amelin about 7 years old for her own proper use and the use of her family during her natural life and at her death to go to & be vested in her children that that (sic) she now has or that she may hereafter have by her present or any future husband and not to be subject during her life or at her death to the debts of any of her said husbands.
Item 4th I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Susan Catharine one negro boy named Jack about 15 years old and one negro girl named Mary about 10 years old for her own proper use and the use of her family during her natural life and at her death to go to & be vested in the children that she now has or may hereafter have by her present or any future husband and not to be subject during her life or at her death to the debts of any of her said husbands.
Item 5th I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elender Mabry one negro boy named Henry about 13 years old and one negro girl named Winney about 11 years old, lot of land number 227, two hundred & twenty seven, in the 11th Dist. Of Carroll County aforesaid containing 202 1/2 acres more or less, the said lot of land to be to her & her heirs forever in fee simple, but the said two negros to be for her own proper use and the use of her family during her natural life and at her death to go to & be vested in any children she may have by any future husband and in default of children by her at her death, then the said negros and their increase to go to & be vested in her brothers & sisters or their bodily heirs that is if she dies without child or children or living representatives of her children, the property goes to brothers & sisters & their bodily heirs.
Item 6th I give and bequeath to my son Charles Mabry one negro boy named James about 5 years old and one negro Girl named Frances about 3 years old which shall be to him and his heirs forever.
Item 7th I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Catharine Mabry the plantation whereon I now live No. 255-256 in the 11th & Nos. 173-174 in the continuing part of the numbers above & two negros viz Madison & Ann to have during her natural life but my son Charles to have the liberty to live on the plantation and have part of the same under his authority and [at] the death of my said wife [keep] the said plantation & negros Madison & Ann & take care of them. I also desire my said wife to Keep the negro boy Jerry about 1 year old during her natural life and at her death to be sold by my Exec. And the proceeds equally divided between my five children which said plantation land & two negros Madison & Ann after the death of my said wife Catharine to go to & be vested in my son Charles Mabry forever.
Item 8th I desire that my wife Catharine shall out of the household and kitchen furniture, notes, stock and all other property not herein disposed of make the two children Charles & Ellenor equal with with (sic) the other children in the way of the advancements that have been made in my life to those now married, And the balance to be disposed of by her as she may think proper after paying my Just debts & all expences (sic) of the Administration.
Item 9th I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Catharine Mabry and my beloved son Charles Mabry my executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 7th day of November 1853.
Branch M. Mabry
Signed sealed declared & published in the presence of the following who in presence of the Testator & of Each other signed the same as witnesses.
R. M. Fletcher
Georgia Carroll ) Carroll Court of Ordinary December Term 1860
County) The Will of Branch M. Mabry being produced in open Court for probate by Charles Mabry one of the Executors who has filed his petition to prove the same and the witnesses to said Will. Thomas Chandler, R. M. Fletcher & John Long having subscribed the following affidavit to be attached to the said Will December Term of Carroll Court of Ordinary came into open Court at this regular Term of the Court Thomas Chandler, R. M. Fletcher & John Long & being duly sworn deposeth that they saw Branch M. Mabry sign and publish the will here exhibited and attached as his last Will & Testament while of sound & disposing mind, that they witnessed the same for him at his request and in his presence & of each other & that the same was Executed voluntarily by him on the day it purports to have been Executed.
R. M. Fletcher
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court December 3rd 1860.
J. W. Blalock, O.C.C
WILL OF THOMAS ANDERSON WORD (File
contributed by Louise Birchfield, 8/22/2004)
Georgia Carroll ) In the name of God amen
County) I Thomas A. Word of said State and County being about starting to the army in defince (sic) of my beloved Country and not knowing if I shall ever return, deem it right and proper both as respect [to] myself and family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed. I therefore make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annuling all others heretofore made by me.
Item 1st I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for eternal Salvation through the blessed Lord and savior Jesus Christ Whose religion I have professed and as I humbly trust enjoyed for many years.
Item 2nd I desire and direct that all my Just debts be paid without delay by my Executor hereafter made as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed of their rights. Especially as there is no necessity for delay.
Item 3rd I give and devise to my beloved wife, Susan, with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet and love for many years, Two lots of land number one hundred and ninety five and two hundred and twenty two in the Eleventh District of Carroll containing four hundred and five acres about seventy of which is cleared and in cultivation with all the rights, members(?), appurtenances to said lots of land in any wise belonging free from charge or limitation whatever to her own proper use during her widowhood, but after my decease if she should marry again, then and in that case to be an equal heir with my present children of her body heirs up to the present date. I also give and bequeath to my Wife in the same manner the farming utencils and stock of all kinds, corn and fodder, Household and kitchen furniture to her own proper use for the purpose of raising and Educating our children.
Item 4th I constitute and appoint my Father, John B. Word, Executor to this my last Will Will (sic) and Testament this 12 day of May 1862.
Thos. A. Word
Carroll Court of Ordinary March Term 1863
Ordered that the Will of Thomas A. Word proven by the oath of Lindsey Chandler one of the witnesses to said Will be adjudged as satisfactorily proven and that the same be admitted to Record and that letters Testamentary issue[d] to John B. word the Executor.
J. M. Blalock
O. C. C.
Note: Thomas Anderson Word was a sergeant in County C, 56th Georgia Infantry. He enlisted in Bowden, Georgia April 12, 1862 and died in Academy Hospital, Chattanooga, TN on November 27, 1862. No reason for his death was given in his military records. A descendant stated that Susan Catherine Mabry Word went to Chattanooga to claim his body, but no local burial site has been found.
WILL OF CHARLES MABRY (File contributed by Louise Birchfield)
Georgia, Carroll County July 29, 1861
In the name of God amen
I Charles Mabry of the County of Carroll and State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength so to do, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all Wills by me at anytime heretofore made.
1st I give and bequeath desire that all my Just debts be paid out of my property.
2nd I give and bequeath after my debts are paid The remainder of my property to my beloved Mother consisting of negroes, lands, stock, etc. to have hold and dispose of as she may think proper.
I appoint Catherine Mabry my Executrix.
Thomas Bonner, Jr.
N. Shelnutt J. I. C.
Carroll Court of Ordinary March Term 1863
The Will of Charles Mabry being produced in Open Court for probate by the Executrix to prove the same and one of the Witnesses to said Will, to wit Thomas Bonner, having subscribed the following affidavit indorsed (sic) on the Will. March adjourned Term 1863 of Carroll Court of Ordinary, came into open Court at this adjourned Term of the Court Thomas Bonner and being duly sworn deposeth that he saw Charles Mabry sign and publish the within as his last Will and Testament while of sound and disposing mind. That he witnessed the same for him at his request and in his presents (sic) and that he saw Thomas Loveless and N. Shelnutt sign the same as Witnesses in the presents of the Testator and of Each Other and at the request of the Testator and the same was Executed voluntarily by him on the day it purported to have been Executed. Sworn and subscribed before me in open Court March Adjourned Term 1863.
Thomas Bonner, Jr.
Attest J. M. Blalock O. C. C.
Carroll Court of Ordinary March Term 1863
The Will of Charles Mabry deceased having been proven by the oath of Thomas Bonner deceased one of the witnesses to said Will Ordered that the proof is satisfactory and sufficient and that the said Will be admitted to Record.
J. M. Blalock, O.C.C.
This above will of Charles Mabry deceased having been proven by the oath of Thomas Bonner one of the witnesses to said Will Ordered that the proof is satisfactory and sufficient and that said Will be admitted to record and that letters Testamentary [be]Issue[d] to Catherine Mabry, the Executrix named in said [will].
J. M. Blalock
Recorded this March 24th 1863
Note: Charles Mabry, a member of Cobb's Legion, CSA, was killed in action at Crampton's Gap, Maryland on September 14, 1862, on the first day of what became the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg).
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