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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)
STATE OF GEORGIA - VIRTUAL VAULT collections:
(These wills are for all of Georgia and may not include anyone from Carroll Co.)
Colonial Will Books
Colonial Wills
Below is a typed index of Will Book A Only.  This was transcribed from the handwritten copy of the microfilm and
was somewhat difficult to read.   At this time, I do not have any other information.  
The highlighted wills are on line and have been donated by contributors.
If you have a will transcribed, I would appreciate your sharing it with us to include in this section.
Thank you 
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.  -click here)

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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)

 

 

 


THOMPSON, FLANDERS

From the book, "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files", 
abstracted by Virgil D. White, Volume III: N - Z, page 3473 & page 3474
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.
    
R.V.C. Ruffin

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
F.A. Turssell
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.
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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
M.C. Trimble
Samuel Avery

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.
 

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Will of Leroy McWhorter:  Submitted by Judith Fowler Kilgore
State of Georgia
Carroll County
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
Martin Roop
J.A. Chambers
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.

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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
L.J. Smith
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
L.J. Smith
Sworn to and subscribed before me in open court July term, 1875. D.B.
Juhan, Oridnary.
 

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
as follows:
     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

                                   
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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
Marriage Records
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
Abel Matthews
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.

 

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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

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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.

Thos. Chandler

R. M. Fletcher

John Long

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.

Thos. Chandler
R. M. Fletcher
John Long
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court December 3rd 1860.
J. W. Blalock, O.C.C
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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.
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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.

Charles Mabry

Witness:
Thomas Bonner, Jr.
Thomas Loveless
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

Ordinary

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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