The will of Matthew Jouett Williams – Elbert County, Georgia


[My Fourth Great-Grandfather]


In the name of God, Amen.

I, Matthew Jouett Williams, Sr. of the State of Georgia and County of Elbert, do make, ordain and declare this instrument which is written with my own hand, to be my last Will and Testament, revoking all others.

In premise all my just debts are to be punctually paid as soon as possible, and the legacies herein after bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Walker Williams, one half the tract of land I purchased of Col. Z. Lamar, whereon I now live, beginning at the River and run to the back line and for him to have the lower part.  I also give unto him my ox carts and work steers.  Also one bed and furniture, and the best low bedstead, also my Desk, Side Board, and the folding Table that stands in the Hall, to him and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Barbara Williams, the four following Negroes, viz., Caleb, Charlotte and her two children, Salina and Burnell and their increase.  Also two Hundred and Fifty Dollars, my gigg and harness I had of Wm. Rembert, her choice of my horses.  I leave at my Death two feather beds and furniture, and the high Bedstead that Stands in her Room.  Two good cows & calves and the dining Table and all the geese.  To her and her heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ann Black, Rebecca Anthony and my Granddaughter Henrietta Jouett Williams three Hundred Dollars apiece, to them & their heirs forever.

Item, I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Richardson my big Bible.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Martha Bailey Williams one large family Bible to be worth at least ten dollars.  I also give and bequeath to my granddaughters Barbara Floyd, Barbara Cook Harrison, Barbara Williams, and Barbara Anthony, my Gun, Saddle & Bridle and Ten dollars to them &

their heirs forever.

Item, as the following Negroes are old now and but of little account, viz., Tom, Wappin, Tillor, Nanny, and Jinny, I give and bequeath them to my son Thomas Williams and if any of them are desirous to go to any of the rest of my children,I would advise him to let them go, provided that they should be treated well, but if any of them at my death should not be able to maintain themselves, my will and desire is that my estate shall do it.

Item, the Negroes and household furniture I bought at Sheriff’s sales of the Estate of Clement K. Harrison Dec’d, I lend and give in the following manner, the Negroe girl Sally & the household furniture and land to my Executors for the use of my daughter Elizabeth Richardson as long as she lives and at her death to be equally divided between Clemt. K. Harrison’s children and his granddaughter S. A. Sammons.  The rest of the negroes I also lend to any Executors interest, for the use of my granddaughters, Henrietta Harrison, Polly B. Sammon, Mat. R. T. Harrison, Barbara Harrison and my great granddaughters Elizabeth A. Sammon, viz., Jinney and her child Malinda, Charles, Robin, Nathen, Dilsey and Charlotte, to be equally divided among my grandchildren and great grandchildren above named.  When my Executors thinks propper, to them and their heirs forever.

Item, after the above debts and legacies are paid off, the residue of my Negroes and property of any kind, to be divided, in the following manner, it shall be put in six equal lots by good men chosen for that purpose, and that my son Thos. W. Williams have his first choice.  My son Mat. J. Williams 2d choice Rebecca Anthony the 3d choice, my daughters Barbara Williams the 4th choice, the other lots to be sold private sale by my Executors to good masters and for them not to be parted from their wives nor husbands, one half the money, when got, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Black, the other half to be put out upon interest, and my daughter Elizabeth Richardson to have the interest yearly if she stands in need of it for I expect she will, and when my granddaughter Rebecca Richardson comes of age or marries, for her to draw one third of the money, and when my grandson John Walker Richardson comes of age he is to draw another third, and when my grandson Robert Williams Richardson comes of age he is to have the third, to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons Matthew J. Williams and Thomas W. Williams and my son-in-law Macajah Anthony, Executors of this my last Will & Testament.  In witness of all and each of the things herein contained, I have set my hand and seal this Twenty Sixth day of May in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighteen (1818).

Mat. Jouett Williams (Seal)

Acknowledged in the presence of

Simeon Oliver

Milly Oliver

Frances Wyche


Elbert County

Court of Ordinary.

January Term 1819

Personally appeared in open Court Simeon Oliver, Milley Oliver and Miss Frances Wyche and after being duly sworn said that they were present and heard Matthew J. Williams acknowledge the written instrument as his last will and testament and that they and each of them in the presence of said Testator and at his request and that the said Testator was of sound mind and memory at the time he executed same.

Sworn in Court this 5th day of January 1819

Simeon Oliver

Milley Oliver

Frances Wyche

Whereupon it was ordered to be Recorded.

Job Weston, C.C.O.




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