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Spalding Co., GA Abstacted Wills
Posted by: Melinda Pennington (ID *****4846) Date: September 03, 2005 at 08:31:57
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Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)
JOHN G. HILL, 22 Feb. 1852: 22 March 1852, page 1
Wife:, Elizabeth A. all household and kitchen furniture. Children mentioned, no names given.
Debts owed to following brothers: Jeptha, William F. (of Bell Co. Texas), James and Dred R.;
sister, Susan D. Hill. Debts owed to L. Page Alexander, H. Bellamy, M. R. Reese, William F.
Moore, John A. Crawford. Mentions father's estate no names given. Mentions debts to Mr.
Vaughn of Heard Co., Ga. Describes family cemetery where he is to be buried. Executor
Miles G. Dobbin. Executrix Wife:, Elizabeth A. Wits: James A. Beeks, Josiah E. Nunnally,
Jason Burr, J&C.

BENJAMIN STARR, 24 June 1851:1 March 1852, page 2, Fayette Co.
Advanced age. Wife: Charlotte of 45 years. All real and personal property during her lifetime.
Sons: Silas, John H., Hilliard M., William D. Daughters: Charlotte Page Simmons, Altha Jarrott
(deceased), Mary Gray (deceased), Frances C. Ogletree (deceased) Martha A. Ogletree
(.deceased). Legatees: sons , living daughter, Charlotte, and children of deceased daughters.
Executors sons, John H. & Hilliard M. Starr and Wife:, Charlotte. Wits: William S. Chambers,
Samuel E. Elder, Thomas Ogletree.

JOHN R. JONES, 23 March 1852 : 3 May 1852, pg, 4, nuncupative
Entire estate, after payment of debts, divided equally between Wife: and children no names
given. Exrs. None named. Wits: James M. Jones, Allen J. Jones, Ellen Matthews

CORBIN L. BRIDGES, 22 March 1849 : 5 July 1852, page 4, Henry Co.
Wife:, Elizabeth W. Bridges to hold all real and personal property during her lifetime. 3 sons
no names mentioned receive a saddle and bridle each. Daughters mentioned, no names or how
many, receive a bed & furniture when they marry or reach lawful age. Estate to be managed by
Wife: and Edward B. Oxford. Should Wife: remarry, all property then in her possession equally
divided between her & all children. Exrs. Wife:, Elizabeth, and Edward B. Oxford. Wits:
John R. Clark, Solomon Strickland, James Butler

MARY ANN TARVER, 22 June 1852: 2 Aug. 1852, page 6
Of advanced age. Bequests of specific furniture items to friends, Mrs. Mary E. Word, Mrs. Mary
S. Phillips, Charles W. Word. All other property including land, money & all furniture not
mentioned to be sold & divided equally between Mary E. Word & Mary S. Phillips. Exrs.
James M. Word, William R. Phillips. Wits: William Jackson, H. R. Johnson, A. W. Cozard.
Codicil: 24 June 1852. Brother, Daniel McDuffey, and sister, Catherine McKinnon, each receive
one dollar. Wits: James S. Jones, John F. Dupree, James F. Dupree.


Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

SOLOMON STRICKLAND, 6 May 1852 : 20 Jan 1853, page 7, Wife:, Frances use and control
for her use and education of all children (not named) all land, Negros, stock, utinsels, furniture,
money and property provided she remain a widow ten years. If she remarries in less than ten
years all property and children remain together on plantation supported and educated by son,
Bedford Solomon Strickland and Wife:, Frances, to have nothing. Exrs. Frances Strickland,
Bedford Solomon Strickland. Wits: N. Page Brooks, Leonard Roane, G. Grice. Codicil: No
returns of estate to be, to Ordinary's after probate. Wits: same as above.

WILLIAM W. WIGGINS, 5 Oct. 1853 : 11 Oct. 1853, page 9
About 36 hours before death. Personal estate of every sort lying in Co. of Burke, State of Ga.,
kept together under superintendence of brother, Amos Wiggins until his death or marriage or
becoming of age of his children. Then estate divided equally between Wife:, Mary Ann, and
children, Ella, S. E., Clifford V. and Henry A. Exrs. Wife:, Mary Ann, Brother, Amos Wiggins.
Wits: J. H. Campbell, A. A. Gaulding, William Crittenden

ELISHA AKINS, 27 Dec. 1853 : 1 May 1854, page 10
Estate real & personal after payment of debts kept together for maintenance and education of
children no names use and maintenance of Wife:, Martha Akins. Exrs. Brother, John H.
Akins, Worthy friend, Winright D. Duncan Wits: John E. Duke, B. F. Willis, John L. Laseter.

MARTIN NORTON, SR., 16 July 1840: 5 Jan. 1855, page 12, Fayette Co.
First Wife: no name given. Children by first Wife:: James H. Norton, Rubin Norton, Martin
Norton, Jr., Jenkins Norton, Zeba Norton, Tally Norton, Hansel Norton, Polly Mullican, Vinity
Mullican, Honor Norton, Huldy Norton, Charity Norton, Appy Norton. Second Wife: Lucy
Norton. Children: Washington R. Norton, Mahala Norton. Granddaughter: Malinda Jackson
Legal representatives James H. Norton and Martin Norton, Jr. Wits: G. P. Parker, W. P. Parker,
Asa Sessions.

MILTON WESTMORELAND, 22 June 1855: 6 Aug. 1855, page 14
Beloved Son, John Milton Westmoreland, nine Negroes: Dudley; his Wife:, Malinda: her 4
children, Hulda, Charles, Rufus and Jane; Frank; Mark; and Judy. Son, John Milton
Westmoreland to receive college education. Brothers and sisters (no names mentioned) to inherit
equally should son, John Milton Westmoreland die before 21, except Robert I. Westmoreland to
be cut off from all effects in any manner whatever. Brothers Mark W. Westmoreland, guardian
of minor son, John Milton Westmoreland, and Calvin S. Westmoreland.Exrs. Calvin S.
Westmoreland, Mark W. Westmoreland. Wits: Absalom Gray, Phillip Y. Lamar, James M. Cole.

ELIZABETH MILLER, 24 Aug. 1855: 26 Sept. 1857, page 28
Children: Samuel, Stephen, John, Jacob and Nicholas Miller, Susannah Starr (Wife: of John W.
Starr), Lemuel Miller, William Page Melair (deceased), his dau., Martha Melair, widow not
named. Exr: Nicholas Miller. Wits: Edmund Griffin, M. R. Johnson, J. W. Waugh.
Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)
JAMES DAVIS, 26 March 1855: 2 June 1857, pg, 29
Advanced age. Wife: Polly Davis, "with whom I have lived in the strictest quietude". Children:
Franklin, Jesse J., James M., Isaac W., Daughter no names Exr: Polly Davis and "worthy
friend", Edmund B. Leach. Wits: Lewe Sessions, G. W. Gordon, W. J. Huckaby.

SARA GRICE, 19 Jan. 1856: 2 Nov. 1857, page 31
Daughters: Sarah Gwaltney, Polly Cobb (deceased). Sons: Jesse Grice (deceased), Garry Grice,
Larry Grice. Grandsons: Alexander Cobb, Larry Cobb, Washington Lafayette Grice, George
Grice Gwaltney. Exr: none named. Wits: Lee Strickland, Thomas Brooks, William Kitchens.

HUGH PAGE KIRKPATRICK, 17 Dec. 1857 : 5 April 1858, page 32
Wife: no name given. Daughter: Ellen M., wife of George W. Grant; Anna M., wife of Erastus
W. Beck; Alice Parks Kirkpatrick. Grandson: Hugh L. Grant (first born) gold watch, not to go
out of the family, in case of his death to go to the next oldest grandson. George W. Grant,
trustee for Ellen M.; Erastus W. Beck, trustee for Anna M.; George W. Grant and Erastus W.
Beck, trustees for Alice. Exrs: Wife:, George W. Grant, Erastus W. Beck. Wits: James C.
Patterson, Edward F. Knott, A. Buckner, S. H. Smith

WILLIAM FREEMAN, 20 March 1858 : 24 May 1858, page 35
Wife: Adaline J. Freeman. Children: Mary R. Salmans, wife of Louis S. Salmans; Amanda J.,
Wife of John W. Shackleford; Lavonia M., Wife: of J. H. Connally; Sarah Jane, Cornelis Emery
(unmarried); Josiah W. Freeman. Exrs: Adaline J. Freeman, John W. Shackleford. Wits: A. M.
Nail, J. U. Simmons, J. N. Harris

JAMES H. STARK, 28 April 1854 : 5 May 1858, page 38 Wife:: Mary Ann Stark
Son: Charlie S. Stark. Wife: mentioned but not named. Other minor children, both boys and
girls. Exrs: Mary Ann Stark, Charlie S. Stark. Wits: E. R. Goodrich, J. C. Beeks, E. L. Manley
Codicil: 15 July 1857. Daughter: Lizzie, married to William H. Burney Wits: J. A. Beeks, John
B. Pillsbury, J. C. Beeks.

GEORGE CRAWFORD, 5 June 1857 : (?) May 1858, page 43
Feeble bodily health. Beloved Wife:: Melvina Crawford. Daughter: Cynda R. Barkley, Wife: of
Andrew Barkery. Granddaughters: Martha J. Edwards, wife of Thomas J. Edwards; Susan A.
Hightower, Wife: of Simeon Hightower; Mary Ann Flowers, wife of Henry Flowers; Susan Ann
McCown, wife of Augustus McCown; Jane Langford, daughter of C. L. Langford. Andrew
Barkley, guardian for Jane Langford. Grandson: William G. Edwards. His daughter, Susan
Ann Edwards. Andrew Barkery, guardian for Susan Ann Edwards. Exrs: James A. Goodrum,
Thomas J. Edwards Wits: A. A. Gaulding, W. G. Dewberry, W. J. Jossey.

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

ELEANOR MADDOX, 16 June 1858, :6 Sept. 1858, page 47
Very uniform state of health. Whole estate property and effects of every kind whatsoever to be
divided into seven equal parts. Children: William Maddox; Rebecca Wilson deceased); Davis
W. Maddox; Nancy Anderson, wife of John C. Anderson; John G. Maddox; Benjamin Maddox;
Mary Duffey (deceased), wife of David L. Duffey; Elizabeth Duffey, wife of John N. Duffey.
Grandchildren: William W. Duffey; Sanders J. Duffey; artha Laney, wife of David Laney; Jane
Will iams, wife of Thomas Williams. Exr: John N. Duffey. Wits: F. Flemister, E. D. Barrow, J.
T. Warren.

LARKIN MANARD, 11 June 1857:14 June 1858, page 49
Of advanced age. Beloved Wife: Milley, to receive all real and personal Property for her
lifetime. At her death to go to children, divided equally. Children: Harrison, Ernestine,
Elizabeth (youngest daughter), Beverly (son). Exr: Beverly Manard. Wits: William
Westmoreland, Wilham Scott, William B. Couch.

JAMES CHILDS, SR., 22 April 1856 : Nov. term 1858, page 50
Wife: Mary. Son in law, John M. Miller. Grandchildren: Manerva Ann Miller, Penelopee Miller,
Mary Miller, James Miller, Martha Miller, William Miller. Son: John Childs (guardian for
grandchildren), James Childs, Jr., Henry Childs, William Childs, Joseph Childs, Robert Childs,
Lonson? Childs. Exrs: Mary Childs, John Childs. Wits: William T. Ellis, R. H. C. Gillespie, H.
B. Holliday.

HENRY J. REEVES, 13 Aug. 1857: 9 July 1859, page 53
Mother: Sarah M. Reeves, entire estate for her lifetime. At her death divided equally etween
brothers and sisters (not named), or if they are dead, to their children. Sole Exr: Sarah M.
Reeves. Wits: Henry Moon, J. T. Banks, H. B. Holliday.

LUNSFORD R. DANIEL, 17 Jan. 1860: 24 Feb. 1860, page 54
1st Wife: Anna E. Alexander Her two brothers and two sisters not named. Present Wife, Abigail
Daniel. Father, Egbert P. Daniel. They were partners in business. Most of this estate was in
Echols County. Brother, Charles P. Daniel. Other "brothers and sisters" not named. Exr: Egbert
Page Daniel, Charles P. Daniel Wits: A. Gray, James A. Beeks, W. B. Seay.

JANE TURNER, 21 Oct. 1857 : 2 April 1860, page 56
Legatees: Elizabeth Biles (no relationship indicated), her five children, Charles W., Mary A.,
William C., Anderson J., and Elizabeth E. Biles.

LUCRETIA McCUTCHEN, 30 April 1860 : 1 Aug. 1860,.page 58
Of advanced age and feeble health. Husband, Robert McCutchen. Daughters, Martha C. Smart,

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

Anna Matilda Lockhart, wife of Batt J. Lockhart. Beloved Son, William W. McCutchen.
Husband, Robert McCutchen, to have sole management and control of all property of any kind.
Exr: none named Wits: G. Grice, J. R. Martin, William Kitchens

SARAH M. COKER, 30 Aug. 1858 : 9 Oct. 1860, page 60
Husband, James Coker. Children: James A. Beeks, William A. Beeks, John C. Beeks, Letitia
A. Goodrich. Eli R. Goodrich, trustee for Letitia A. Goodrich. Exrs: James A. Beeks, John C.
Beeks. Wits: Henry Moon, Joseph D. Sherrill, H. B. Holliday.

GEORGE W. BOYNTON, 17 Nov. 1860 : 3 Dec. 1860, page 62
Legatees: John Q. Boynton, Nancy Jane Boynton, Elizabeth S. Boynton, BrOthers: (not
named). Exr: L. T. Doyal. Wits: D. D. Doyal, J. G. Doyal, G. H. Doyal, John Q. Boynton.

JOSIAH E. NUNNALLY, 8 Dec. 1853, : 6 Aug. 1861, page 63
Wife: Tabitha. Children: John G. Nunnally (oldest son); His children, Nancy, Fredonia, Eugenia
A.; Susan Jane (her son, Robert Fulton); Ann Elizabeth Gordon; Josiah E. (his son, James);
Martha C. Cunningham (her sons, William, Joseph & John); William H. (his sons, Willaford and
Grotier); his Wife:, Victoria Jane; Aaron Dickson; James Asberry ; Cicero Alfonso. Exrs:
James A. Nunnally, Aaron P. Nunnally Wits: A. Gray, J. N. Harris, James H. Rivers. When
presented for probate in solemn fom, the following information appeared. Ann E. Gordon was
married to James W. Gordon and his son was Robert. Simon H. Saunders was guardian of W. H.
Nunnally and Mrs. J. Nunnally. Sara J. Nunnally, guardian for her son, James. Jonathan P.
Milner is mentioned, but no relationship indicated.

JOHN F. DEUPREE, 27 June 1861 : Oct. term 1861, page 67
"Affectionate and beloved Wife:: Mary E. Deupree. Children, Charles Lewis, Mary, remaining
children (not named). Extrx: Mary E. Deupree. Wits: William C. Champion, C. T. Deupree,
Jesse M. Sprattin .

SARAH F. REID, 12 Oct. 1860 : 5 Oct. 1861, page 69
Husband: not named. Children: Mary E. Reid, John B. Reid. Niece, Elizabeth M. Winship,
daughter of Elizabeth Sallie Reid Winship, Mary E. Reid to receive a separate bequest of money
from $10,000.00 railroad stock as a portion of her share in her father's estate. Balance of estate
divided equally between Mary E. Reid and John B. Reid. Niece received a Negro girl, Julia
(about 5 years old), during her life and at the death of Elizabeth said Negro to go to Sallie Reid
Winship. Exr: William M. Blanton. Wits: Thomas G. Hunt, Richard W. Williams, Sarah F.

DAVID MIDDLEBROOKS, 19 Dec. 1859 : 9 April 1861, page 70
Wife: Mary S. Middlebrooks. Children: James W. Middlebrooks, Lewis Middlebrooks, Nathan

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

Middlebrooks, John Middlebrooks, Isaac Middlebrooks, William Middlebrooks. Lewis
Middlebrooks is Trustee for Nathan, Isaac and William. Each son to receive one sixth of this
estate except that specifically left his Wife: and at her death one sixth of what she left. Exrs:
James W. Middlebrooks, Lewis Middlebrooks. Wits: John McDonald, Absalom Ogletree,
Benjamin F. Ogletree

BENJAMIN W. FERRILL, 4 Dec. 1861 : Jan Term 1862, page 74
Wife:: Ann Eliz E. Ferrill. Children mentioned: no names given. Mentions debts owed to him
and by him. Mentions sale of the Medical College. Mentioned being in "Exreme bodily disease".
Exr: J. T. A. Alford. Wits: J. W. Corbin, Rich H. Sims, B. W. Doe.

WILLIAM MILLER, 21 March 1861 : Jan Term 1862, page 76
Daughter: Susan Mary Ann Smith, Wife: of William H. Smith. Grandson: William Jackson
Smith. Eldest son of William Jackson Smith, John Thomas Smith. All estate equally divided
between daughter and grandson. Exr: none appointed. Wits: G. J. Green, F. D. Bloodworth, J. M.

THOMAS ELLIS, 8 July 1851 : 13 July 1862, page 77
State of Georgia, Henry County. Wife:: Aramenta . Sons: John, Willis, Peter, Tallant , Radford,
Thomas J., William Hiram. Daughters: Francis Bishop, Elizabeth Seagraves, Barthena Ann
Jones (Wife: of William Jones). Exrs: Radford Ellis, Tilman Seagraves. Wits: R. Page Ellis,
William J. Ellis, R. N. Richards, Merrow W. Skinner (x his mark). Codicil (undated). Executors
to keep Barthena Ann Jones part of estate and let her have it as they may think proper. Wits: G.
J. Green, F. D. Bloodworth, J. M. Bloodworth.

JOHN GORDON, 3 Jan. 1854 : Clark Cty. 20 Jan. 1862, page 79
Georgia, Clark County. Children: Susan Hester, John D. Gordon, James N. Gordon, Elizabeth
Gordon, Edward Page Gordon, Amanda Gordon. Estate equally divided between the six
children. No executor appointed as children are of age. They are to select a discrete person to
collect and pay debts and divide the estate among them. No return to be , to Court of Ordinary.
Wits: O. F. Richardson, J. E. Murray, W. H. Jones, John Calvin Johnson

JAMES BUTLER, 14 July 1859 : 20 Aug. 1862, page 80
Advanced age. Wife:: Aley Butler. All real and personal property to Wife: during her natural life
or widowhood and if she marry again she shall have a child's share. In such case whole estate to
be•immediately divided between her and children, share and share alike. No children named.
Exr: Aley Butler. Wits: S. H. Saunders, S. H. Smith, O. H. Alford. Codicil 7 July 1862, page
81. Wife: shall have Negro girl, Sully , as her sole property. Daughter, Martha L. Gilbert, shall be
subject to dispose of her share at her death by will or any other manner provided she has no
children or child. Wits: John A. Wells, H. J. Mathews, William Arnold.


Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

COLUMBUS J. BUTLER, 7 May 1861: 5 Sept. 1862, page 83
Nephew Cand namesake) Columbus J. Mathews, son of A. J. Mathews receive one half the
estate. Nieces: Emily L. Page Alford, Aley A. Alford and Susan C. Alford, daughters of J. T. A.
Alford, and Mary Josephine Butler, daughter of J. W. Butler, and Ellen Mathews, daughter of H.
J. Mathews, to receive the other half of this estate. This will was , on the eve of his departure to
serve his country as a volunteer. Exr: James "My Father". Wits: James M. King, Clemtine A.
Alford, J. T. A. Alford.

ASA STRICKLAND, 31 March 1862 : 8 Dec. 1862, page 85
Wife: Sarah Strickland. After Payment of debts, all estate of any kind whatsoever be held and by
my Wife:. At her death estate then left be distributed in the following manner: 50 acres of land to
William E. Walker, brother in law of Wife:. Rest of property to Robert B. Andrews,
brother in law of wife. This provided Robert B. Andrews takes care of wife, Sarah Strickland,
and if "her own property is not sufficient for her comfort" he must provide for her comfort. Exr:
Robert B. Andrews. Wits: John A . William Arnold, G. J. Green. Will written shortly before
leaving for war. Practically illegible.

JOHN BRYANT, 2 Sept. 1862 : 12 Jan. 1863, page 86
Wife: Mae Bryant.Grandson, John G. Chambers.Son in law, William Chambers.
Dau:_____Chambers. Exr: William Chambers. Wits: J. T. Ellis, C. S. Westmoreland,
George Miles, William Griffin.

MANSON PAGE GLASS, 23 Nov. 1862 : 12 Jan. 1863, page 87
Wife: Martha M. Glass. Children: Mary Mamena and William Beck Glass. Exr: Martha M.
Glass, Manson Glass (father). Wits: T. J. Shepherd, A. C. M. Gay, E. W. Beck

OBEDIAH C. GIBSON, 22 Aug. 1861 : 11 April 1863, page 89
Wife: Rachel. Sons: William A., Robert J., Thomas. Exr: Henry Moore, Robert B. Gardner (of
Barnesville, Ga.), James J. Fletcher, John W. Darby. Wits: A. D. Nunally, W. A. Redding, John
G. Clark

WILLIAM M. LEWIS, 28 Sept. 1862 : 8 Feb. 1864, page 91
Wife: Rosanna E. Lewis. Children: Joseph N. Lewis, William B. Lewis. Exrx: Rosanna E. Lewis,
Harnell N. Bryant. Wits: T. N. Tiller , G. Grice, Joseph M. Gresham (Will hard to read.)

FRANCIS M. WISE (Undated) : 5 Oct. 1863, page 92
"Feeble in body." Children: William G. Wise, Mary E. McElhany (wife of Vincent H.
McElhany), Martha F. Wise. All children of a former wife and she a sister of present wife. They
are grandchildren of John Kincaid. Present Wife. No name given. Daughter of present Wife,
Christine (who is a cripple). Exr: Whit C. Wise ("Beloved brother"). Wits: Sherrard Lindsay, A.
J. Biles, D. N. Brown, John E. Duke.

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

EMILY PAGE MALLORY, 19 Nov. 1863 : 2 May 1864, page 94
Of advanced age. Husband: George W. Mallory. Grandchildren: ("Children of my beloved son,
William Baber Mallory"). George Stark Mallory, William Baber Mallory, Mary Emily Mallory.
Exr: George W. Mallory, John Q. Alford. Wits: F. D. Dismuke, H. G. Holcomb, Ira Page Pardue

PARHAM LINDSEY, 29 April 1863 : 6 June 1863, page 97
Wife:: Polly Lindsey (afflicted of body and mind) Children: Caleb A. Lindsey, Ann Nelson,
Riley W. Lindsey, Stephen B. Lindsey, Sherrod Lindsey, Johnathan D. Lindsey. Son in law,
Samuel F. Smith. Property to be managed by trustees: Sherrod Lindsey, Johnathan D. Lindsey
and Samuel F. Smith. Have full power to act in entire management of estate without bond and
security to the court or any other source for authority. Wits: Jno. Page Hunt, John H. Akins, W.
D. Duncan.

MARY PAGE GRIFFIN, 24 March 1860 : 7 March 1864, page 98
Children: Smith H. Griffin (husband of Martha Griffin); Mary Ann Bowman wife of Riley
Boman); Massella Ann Wright, Caroline V. Thomas, Robert A. Griffin, John T. K. Griffin.
Children of Smith H. Griffin mentioned, but no names given. Willed to Martha Griffin and
Smith H. Griffin's children a lot in Atlanta, Ga., Fulton County, on Garnett Street. Exr: Smith H.
Griffin, David A. Thomas (son in law). Wits: W. J. Jossey, B. M. Bloodworth, W. W.

GEORGE W. BOYNTON, 17 Nov. 1860 : 3 Dec. 1860, page 100
Brothers: John Q. Boynton, Elijah S. Boynton. Sister: Nancy Jane Boynton. Brother's children
mentioned no names given. Exr: L. T. Doyal. Wits: D. D. Doyal, J. G. Doyal, G. A. Doyal, John
9. Boynton.

JAMES LAVENDER, 19 Dec. 1862 : Feb. Term 1863, page 101
Of advanced age. Unable to leave the house. Wife: Melinda. Married 39 years. Children: ElizaT.,
William R., Mary B., Martha J., Carrie M., Griffin F., Melinda H., Adeline E., Melvina M. Exr:
Griffin F. Lavender. Wits: William Griffin, Hiram Travis, Joseph Carter.

JOSEPH SMITH, 12 March 1864 : 13 Jan. 1866, page 106
Wife: Martha Smith. Children: W. F. Smith, Sarah Castleberry. Exr: Asa Miles, Jas. M.
Barfield. Wits: J. N. Harris, A. Gray, J. D. Stewart.

LUCY C. SMITH, 27 Dec. 1865 : 10 Feb. 1866, page 708
Daughter: Sallie Bankston (wife of Joel Bankston). Daughter in law: Bettie Smith. House in
west Griffin on the south side of Broadway St. and all property and effects to be sold. House and
lot to be advertised thirty days and sold publicly at the Court House door. Exr: James S. Jones.
Wits: John D. Stewart, A. S. Jones, Fannie Anderson.


Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

STEPHEN JONES, 2 Nov. 1865 : 5 Feb. 1866, page 109
Wife: Susan Jones. Grandson, William O. Gwin. Son, Stephen O. Jones. Grandson to receive
certain land in Pike County (known as part of the Jones Plantation). Remainder to son, Stephen
O. Jones. Exr: Stephen O. Jones. Wits: Robert Freeman, Thomas M. Darnell, John W. Allen.

JACOB W. ANDREWS, 26 Feb. 1863: 10 Feb. 1866, page 111
"Of advanced age and in very feeble health." Wife: Mary Andrews. Daughters: Emily Ann, Mary
(both married), Amelia J. Andrews, Alice E. Andrews. Son, James C. Andrews. Son in law,
Charles W. Thomas. Exr: Joseph N. Harris. Wits: Thomas Thrower, D. H. Johnson, William

JOHN SIMMONS, 6 Feb. 1861 : 7 May 1866, page 113
Sons: James W. and William W. Simmons. Daughters: Caroline M. W. Stafford (deceased) and
Adaline H. Harrison. Caroline and Adaline's children mentioned, but not named. Exr: James W.
and William W. Simmons. Wits: Henry Moor, S. O. Mitchell, S. C. Mitchell, Jr.

ELIZABETH MILNER, 22 Feb. 1866 : 2 July 1866, page 114
State of Georgia, Pike County. Son, Jonathan Page Milner. Property in Barnesville, Ga. and
Lowndes County, Alabama. Died 7 June 1866. Exr: None named. Wits: William A. Wright, G.
B. James, W. H. Dumas.

JAMES McNELLY, no date : 2 July 1866, page 115
Son, James E. A. McNeely. All property real and personal to be sold to highest bidder and all
money, after payment of debts, equally divided between Wife: and children share and share
alike. No names given. Died 10 June 1866. Wits: John E. Duke, Abner Lester, Theophilus
Williams, Sherrod Lindsey.

JOSHUA ELDER, 1 Aug. 1863 : 7 Sept. 1863, page 117
Wife: Anna Elder, Children: Mary L. Starr, Samuel E. Elder, James B. Elder, Nancy E.
Hindsman, Martha A. Mulaier, David P. Elder, John H. Elder, Elizabeth R. Starr. Elizabeth R.
Starr children mentioned, no names indicated. John H. Elder guardian for Benjamin M. Starr and
Martha E. Starr. Grandchildren: Joshua H. Starr, Martha E. Manley. Exr: Absalom Ogletree,
Robert B. Andrews. Wits: George Niles, Richard Gibson, Daniel S. Holman.

BIDSEY EARP, 19 March 1868 : 4 May 1868, page 120
To be buried beside her husband, no name given, in the Griffin Cemetery. 911 property real and
personal to Mrs. Martha A. Humphries, who took care of her in her Extreme old age. Wits: O. N.
Martin, John Page Lovett, N. J. C. Cohorn

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

MALINDA BOND, 15 April 1864 : 3 Oct. 1864, page 121
Children: Lucinda M. C. Swint, Mary A. Swint, Hepsaby M. G. A. Swint Wife of G. W. Swint),
Martha Jane Ingram, Ira P. Bond. Grandchildren: no names given; children of Hepsaby M. G. A.
Swint no names given; Malinda L. and Mary L. Bond children of Ira P. Bond. W. D. Duncan
Guardian for Malinda,L. and Mary L. Bond. Exr: W. D. Duncan ("neighbor and friend") Wits:
John D. Stewart, W. W. Grubbs, George W. Kinard.

HENRY MOORE, 27 April 1858 : 9 Oct. 1866, page 123
Wife: Virginia L. Moore (daughter of William Prichard). Children mentioned no names
given. Exr: Virginia L. Moore, William Prichard, and Henry B. Holliday Wits: J. W.
Shackleford, W. W. Woodruff, W. L. Gordon.

JOHN B. MORAN, 27 June 1867 : 1 Sept. 1867, page 124
Wife: Tabitha Moran, Children mentioned no names given. Exrx: Tabitha Moran
Wits: J. B. Bostwick, James R. Manley.

GEORGE W. CROWDER, 2 March 1865 : 1 May 1865, page 125
Wife: Emily Crowder. Son, Eugene. Other children`mentioned: no names given. Exr: Emily
Crowder. Wits: John G. Rivers, James Burton, William M. Blanton.

SHATEEN C. MITCHELL, 13 Sept. 1863 : none recorded, page 127
Wife: Elizabeth R. Mitchell. Children: John H. Mitchell, Elizabeth S. Mitchell, Frances H.
Mitchell, James E. Mitchell, Milton B. Mitchell, Mary Ann Johnson (deceased), Nancy A.
Mitchell (Wife of Robert Mitchell of Arkansas), Judith C. Kimbal (Wife of William Kimbal of
Louisiana), Martha S. Russell (Wife of Robert Y. Russell), Nahala J. Mitchell, Josephine A.
Mitchell, Chatteen C. Mitchell, Mary Ann, Thomas J. Mitchell, Edmund H. Mitchell. Children
of Nancy A. Mitchell mentioned no names given. Edmund H. has a "bodily affliction"
Executors to purchase tombstones for each white family member to be put up at the family
burying ground at "The Cabin". Children of Mary Ann Jchnson mentioned no names given.
Exr: James Beeks, John H. Mitchell .Wits: John T. Ransom, T. J. Threlkeld, J. D. Stewart.
Codicil: 30 Sept. 1863 Changes legacies to Wife; daughter, Fannie H. Mitchell; daughters,
Elizabeth S. Wits: T. J. Threlkeld, George W. Mallory, John D. Stewart 2nd Codicil: 4 Jan. 1865
corrects erasures, insertions, etc. in original will.Wits: John D. Stewart, Thomas M. Darnall , J.
N. Harris. 3rd Codicil: 10 Dec. 1865. Additional bequest to Wife of property in Walker County,
Georgia and other property. Wife, Elizabeth R. Mitchell, added as an executrix. Wits: John H.
Lane, Thomas A. Darnall, Thos. M. Darnall (This will almost impossible to read)


Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

HARDY C. CUNNINGHAM, 16 Nov. 1868 : 1 Feb. 1869, page 136
Of feeble health. Wife: Mary. Wife's sisters: Annie, Emma. Wife's brothers: Richard and
Raymond. Son, Deminy . Brother and sister mentioned no names given. Their children
mentioned no names. Exr: Mary, George A. Cunningham. Wits: Thos. J. Brooks, George W.
Edmonson, J. T. Banks, Aaron D. Nunnally.

WILLIAM WELDON, 12 Dec. 1860, : March Term 1867, page 140
Children: Pleasant R. Weldon, Burrell Weldon, John Weldon, Patsy Akins (widow of Elisha
Akins, deceased). Grandchildren: William A. J. Weldon, John Weldon, Amanda Weldon. Isaac
Weldon's children and Bailey Weldon's children mentioned, but no relationship to testator
indicated. Exr not named. Wits: Pleasant A. Lauson, Thomas B. Johnson, Aaron Woodward

CHARLES W. C. WRIGHT, 17 Feb. 1868 : 6 July 1868, page 141
Son, Lawson Lemon . Wife: No name given. Children: Abel A., J. F. Wright. Grandsons: Charles
Joseph Lemon, Ernest Eugene, Charles W. (son of Dr. J. F. Wright). Daughter in laws: "Mrs.
Elizabeth" (Wife of Abel). Charlie Wooten, Seaborn Wooten, Edmund Lewellin Wooten these
are legatees, but no relationship indicated. 69 years of age. Exr: none named Wits: J. M.
Bloodworth, C. S. Stark, A. H. Halton, Jas. R. Cleveland.

JAMES S. LONG, 30 May 1868 : 5 July 1869, page 143
Daughters: Mrs. Mary Rebecca Wells, Virginia Antoinette Long. After payment of debt, entire
estate to be divided equally between daughters. Exr: Harry Wells (son in law). Wits: E. H.
Foster, W. S. Griffin, Charles H. Johnson.

JOHN F. McGEE, 6 Feb. 1864 : 9 Oct. 1868, page 144
Wife: Edith McGee. Children: no names given. All property, land and slaves to beloved Wife:,
until youngest child becomes of age then to be equally divided between her and all children.
Edith McGee. Wits: Thomas Simonton, W. A. Scorndscott , O. H. Ison .

ASA MILES, 28 March 1866 : 7 June 1869, page 146
Of advanced age and feeble health. Wife:: Mary Miles. Son, William H. Miles, other children
mentioned but not named. Exr: Mary Miles, William H. Miles. Wits: Nicholas Miller, H. T.
Dickin, F. D. Dismuke

THOMAS BROOKS, 24 July 1869 : 1 Aug. 1870, page 148
Wife: Sarah Brooks (present Wife:). Children: Elizabeth T. Brooks (born to second Wife: not
named), Thomas J. Brooks, N. P. Brooks, Francis M. Brooks, Mrs. Mary Williams, William J.
Brooks, Lucy Stephens. Children by first Wife: no names given. Grandchildren: William
Williams, Joseph Williams, Charlie Williams (children of daughter, Mary Williams). Listed
property in Spalding County as "My Grice place" and "My Manley or Bell place." Also
authorizes straightening Towaliga Creek through "My Grice place". Exr: Thomas J. Brooks.
Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

Thomas Brooks, contd....
Wits: John Anderson, W. W. Huff, L. T. Doyal. Codicil: 12 May 1870. Changes legatees of
Manley or Bell place and clarifies, identity of Elizabeth T. Brooks. Wits: Same as on will.

WILLIAM T. McCAIN, 28 Nov. 1862 : 7 Feb. 1870, page 152
About to leave to join Confederate Army in Virginia. Wife: Nancy G. McCain. Children: no
names given. All property to Wife: and children. Exr: Nancy G. McCain. Wits: Joseph O.
Darsey, J. W. Hancock, James W. Darsey. Will presented for probate by William B. Beavers
stating Nancy G. McCain declined to qualify as Executrix and has married him.

CELESTE A. DAVIS, 5 May 1872, : 10 June 1872, page 153
She was a widow. Sisters: Mrs. Rosa B. Shirley, Mrs. Clara Owen, Mrs. M. L. Croasley . Mother
and father mentioned no names given.

JAMES H. NORTON, 15 June 1874 : Aug. term 1874, page 165
Of advanced age and feeble health. Grandson, John J. Norton. Daughters: Martha A. Tankesl,
Elizabeth M. Norton, Rebecca Norton, Virginia G. Norton, Lucy J..De\Jberry, Sons: William M.
Norton, Johnathan M. Norton, John W. Norton. Exr: William M. Norton, Johanthan M. Norton,
John W. Norton. Wits: J. R. Evans, G. H. Terrell, W. M. Blanton.

NICHOLAS MILLER, 22 Jan. 1874 : 8 June 1874, page 167
Wife: Matilda. Granddaughter, Margaret Anna Tomlinson, minor child of T. M. Tomlinson,
deceased. Children: Martha E. Barfield, Elizabeth Jane Franklin, Amanda C. Jordan, John P.
Miller, Baylis N. Miller, Lemuel H. Miller, James O. A. Miller. Exr: Lemuel H. Miller, James
O. A. Miller Wits: A. M. Ramsey, W. B. Vilard, A. B. Kell.

LEWIS J. FLEMISTER, 7 Feb. 1874 : 2 March 1874, page 169
In feeble health. Wife: Harriett E. Flemister. Children: Benson, William A., Jane R. (or Genny ,
Eva Flemister, Edgar J. Flemister. Exr: John T. Ransom. Wits: William D. Alexander, W. T.
Cole, Litt J. Bloodworth.

JOHN C. WIMBISH, 9 Aug. 1874 : 7 Sept. 1874, page 171
Children: John S., Waiter S., Florence E., Sarah, Ella J. (Wife of William F. Barbour).
Granddaughter, Leila M. Thomas. Gave property in Bigg County, Georgia, this day to children.
Wits: Litt J. Bloodworth, R. S., David Brown, George W. Grant, J. Page.

W. J. KEITH, 21 Feb. 1873 : 7 Sept. 1874, page 172
Wife: Julia M. Sons: John H. Keith, William. William's children: Laura, Nat, Charley, Missie. J.
H. Keith their Trustee. John F. Stilwell mentioned no relationship given. Daughter, Julia. Exr:
John H. Keith. Wits: J. J. Little, James C. Pope, Samuel H. Deane.

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

JOHN RODGERS, 20 May 1869 : 1 Feb. 1875, page 175
Wife: Elizabeth Rodgers. Children: Drewry W. W. Rodgers, John C. Rodgers, Elijah H.
(deceased), Casandnew A. Alexander. Chi ldren of Elijah: John and Elijah (minors). Owned
land in Union and Cobb counties, Georgia, as well as Spalding. Exr: Drewry W. W. Rodgers, T.
W. Manley. Wits: James E. Stallings, T. W. Manley, John H. Mitchell.

GEORGE PROTHRO, 6 April 1874: 2 Aug. 1875, page 177
Sons in laws: I. C. Nichols, F. Flemister, F. A. Freeman, T. J. Brooks.. Sons: Clayton, Pinkney
(killed in War Between the States), James E. (deceased). Grandchildren: No names given.
Daughter: Katherine Nichols jj (deceased). As recorded in the family record book several
advancer in Confederate money was , to family members. Exr: T. J. Brooks. Wits: John H.
Jossey, David Brown, John Q. A. Alford. Codicil: 5 Feb. 1875. Advanced money to son,
Clayton's family to pay debts due to his and his Wife's illnesses. Wits: J. H. Jossey, William R.
Mangham, J. Q. A. Alford

JOHN H. STARR, 13 May 1875 : 1 Nov. 1875, page 180
Wife: Ellen A. Starr. Daughters: Rachael Rebeca Starr, Rosetta Louisa Starr, Charlotte Ann
Carter, Mary E. Mathews, Nancy E. Miller, Martha Elizabeth Miller. Sons: James William Starr,
Joseph Ten Starr, Elijah Elwen Starr, Asa Fleza Starr, Hilliard Blanton Starr, John Fixes Starr,
Silas Samuel Starr, Henry Clay Starr, Joshua Howard Starr, David Elder Starr. Grandchildren:
Lidy Penelopy Starr, Jesse H. Starr, Nora Starr, Bessie Starr. Exr: Joshua Howard Starr, David
Elder Starr, Silas Samuel Starr. Wits: Samuel E. Elder, John H. Elder, Robert B. Andrews.

HENRY G. HOLCOMBE, 29 July 1875 : 6 Sept. 1875, page 185
Wife: Mary R. R. Holcombe. Son in law, William Wright. Exrx Mary R. R. Holcombe. Wits: T.
J. James, James M. Bloodworth, J. H. DeVotie, G. J. James.

HIRAM TRAVIS, 9 Oct. 1873 : 7 Feb. 1876, page 187
Wife: Louisa Travis. Sons: John W. Travis (a minor), Sidney P. Travis (deceased), Thomas S.
Travis, Robert W. Travis. Grandson, Willis Travis (son of Sidney Page Travis). Daughter, Jane
E. Touchstone. Exr: Thomas S. Travis, Robert W. Travis. Wits: James M. Bloodworth, William
Crittenden, George B. Buchanan.

JOHN LOWE, 6 July 1874 : 27 May 1876, page 190
"Member of my house": Mrs. S. M. Greene. Daughters: Sarah Crunk (deceased), Margaret M,
Lowe, Georgia Ann Talbot. Son, James H. Lowe. Children of Sarah mentioned, but not named.
A son of Sarah's is reading law with Thos. M. Norwood, Esqr. of Savannah. A bequest , to Mrs.
A. B. Clark of Augurta, Ga, but no relationship indicated. He directs that he is to be buried in
Savannah beside his Wife:. Exr: James H. Lowe. Wits: M. P. Wingfield, D. S. Holman, Alex M.

Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

ANN E. DOYAL, 19 June 1875, : 3 Jan. 1876, page 194
Weak and feeble in body. Daughter, Annie T. (minor). Sons: George W. Battle, Thomas Battle.
Brother, Dr. I. Davis. Alex M. Speer, guardian for Annie T. Doyal. Exr: Thomas C. Battle,
George Battle. Wits: Carrie Shelton, N. E. Shelton, Alex M. Speer Codicil: 21 June 1875.
Changed guardian for Annie T. from Alex M. Speer to Thomas C. Battle. Wits: Sallie Duncan,
N. E. Shelton, Carrie Shelton The original will was not signed. The codicil was signed "Bettie

ELLEN D. DICKENS, 25 Jan. 1872 : 3 July 1876, page 195 Daughter: Mary Thurman.
Exr: T. W. Thurman (son in law). Wits: John O. Stewart, James C. Pope, George Page Deane.

ELDRIDGE H. DREWRY, 10 July 1878 : Dec. term 1878, page 198
Wife: M. J. Drewry. Sons: W. E. and S. S. Drewry ("two oldest sons") mentions "youngest child,
he or she", but no names given. Exr: M. J. Drewry ("with assistance of W. E. and F. S. Drewry")
Wits: George W. Pinkston, E. A. Drewry, William N. Coppedge.

THOMAS THROWER, 6 Dec. 1875 : 12 Dec. 1878, page 199
Son, Rufus A. Thrower (youngest son). Daughters: Sarah S. Kimball, Georgia A. Lindsey. Other
children mentioned, but no names given. Wife: mentioned no name. Wits: F. D. Dismuke,
George B. Buchannan, Jno. H. Lane.
EMILY FALVA SCOTT, 27 July 1878 : 7 Aug. 1878, page 201
South Carolina, County of Newberry. Harry B. Scott, Maria Brown, Wife of Howard Brown,
Sarah Scott (Mother of Maria Brown), Thomas Saber Simpkins, son of Quibus Simpkins, Amy
Nance, mother of Henry Kennedy's Wife:. Mary Kennedy, Wife of Henry Kennedy, Fanny Scott,
Henry Scott, Thomas K. Scott, his sister Mrs. Anne E. Taylor. Niece, Ruby F. Lane. James O.
Waller, Henry Lane, Eben Waller, Reuben Waller. Sister, Mary H. Waller. Nephew, Theodore
Cosnard. Baptist Church at Newberry Court House. Exr: Thaddeus S. Duncan. Wits: N. B.
Mayyck , Jno. B. Canville, John A. Kinard. LWT Probated in South Carolina, County of

SAMUEL CAUTHEN, 27 Aug. 1874 : Dec. term 1878, page 203
Advanced age and feeble health. Wi fe: Mary T. Cauthen. Daughters: Epps Arena (infant),
Fanny Boyd, Deny Walker. Grandson, James Boyd (son of Jonas Boyd). Exr: Jonas Boyd.
Wits: Thomas J. Ison, G. T. Welden, John H. Atkins, Thomas B. Williams.

SAMUEL BAILEY, 20 Jan. 1877 : 6 Sept. 1879, page 205
Wife: Martha A. Bailey. Nephew: Samuel W. Bailey. Exr: L. Milledge Bates. Wits: James R.
Cleaveland, E. W. Beck, William D. Alexander.


Spalding Co. Will Book A (1852 1880)

WILLIAM D. ALEXANDER, 11 July 1877: 17 Nov. 1879, page 207
Resident of city of Griffin, but citizen of Pike County. Nephew, William A. Anderson of
Lexington, Va. Sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson. Niece, Sallie A. last name illegible. Mary Ann
Anderson's seven children not named were legatees. Josephine Poindexter, relationship not
indicated. Mrs. A. M. Nelms, her daughter Hattie; Mrs. Kirkpatrick, her granddaughter Rosa
Beck; Mrs. Col. Sam Bailey; Mrs. Hattie Flemister; Mrs. Victoria Thompson, Mrs. Kitty
Simonton (of Meriwether County); Mrs. James A. Beeks, Mrs. Dora Gevines (of Pike County).
Mrs. Mattie Wills, Wife of Dr. Wills of Louisa County, Va.; Mrs. Janette W. Kyle (of
Wetumpka, Ala.); William L. Alexander (of Bobetourt Co., Va.) each received 91000. E. W.
Beck in trust for his son, William; Thomas E. Carson in trust for his son, William received 8500
each. Major John H. Fitten in trust for his son, Turner Fitten, $500; to him in trust for the
children of the late Mrs. Sue Banks, $500. Former slave, Matilda Hall, Wife of Randall Hall,
Mrs. Andrew Peden (of Pike Co.) furniture specified. Exr: E. W. Beck and John H. Mitchell (of
Pike County) Wits: W. M. Mitchell, James L. Driver, Charlie Woodruff

WILLIAM G. DOYAL, 9 March 1878 : 7 July 1879, page 208
Far advanced in age and in feeble health. Wife: Sarah A. Doyal. Daughter, Sarah E. Kiter. Sons:
John H. Doyal, his children mentioned but not named. Joseph G. Doyal (his son, Frank); Lenard
Doyal, (his son, Elinezer Doyal and other children not named). Exr: Lenard T. Doyal and "my
friend" E. W. Hammond. Wits: Alex G. Murray, M. L. Billingsley, R. J. Andrews. Codicil: 20
April 1878. Revokes Lenard T. Doyal as Executor and revokes bequest to Lenard T. Doyal in
trust for his children and redistributes that part of estate. Wits: Walter O. Beeks, William
Andrews, John H. Jones

PENELOPE EASON, 14 Feb. 1879 : 2 Aug. 1880, page 213
Granddaughter, Willie G. Prichard. GrandSons: John M. Brown, Alfred E. Brown, Parker E.
Brown, Pitt M. Brown. Parker E. Brown's wife and children and Pitt M. Brown's Wife: and
children mentioned but not named. Exr: Parker E. Brown, John M. Brown. Wits: John I. Hall, W.
G. Griffin, L. M. Wiggers.

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