Macon Co., Ga. Will Book A Pg. 139 May 3, 1864

I, SAMPSON ENGLISH of Macon, Co.,Ga. being of sound
mind & memory and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength of body and mind so to do. I make my last will & testament, revoking all others. I commit my soul to God who gave it and my Body I desire to be buried in the Family Burying Ground situated on the place where I now reside and my worldly estate, as follows:
ITEM 1st - Just debts be paid.
ITEM 2nd - After my death, I desire that all my property not
bequeathed, to remain in the possession of my beloved
wife, Fanny, during her life, provided she outlives me.
ITEM 3rd. After the death of my wife, all the negros given
her should be put in nine lots of equal value and drawn by my several children that I have by my last wife, namely:
ENGLISH and my daughter SALLY H. EVERETT & FANNY FRANCES CUNNINGHAM, the residue of my property after the death of my wife, to be sold and proceeds divided among the above named children,making them equal which I have given them in this will. I have given my son, Robert English a negro boy about 13 yrs old named Alleck, valued at $1100.00. Gave
my son, Mathew a boy Allen about 13 yrs, valued at $1100.00. Given jointly to sons, Wm. W. & Samuel H.English, a woman, Parthenia about 35 yrs. and a girl,Hasty, both valued at $1600.00 Given son, Joseph, a
man Abraham about 35 yrs, valued $900. Given son, Jasper & Thomas [jointly] three negros named King, a man about 50, $400.00, also a woman Mary, 35=$400. a girl, Teldy, 7,= $500.00
ITEM 4th - To daughter, Sally H. Everett & her children, a negro woman & her children, woman 16,which I previously loaned to dau. Sally + $1100.00.[Husband James Everett]
ITEM 5th - To dau. Fanny Frances Cunningham & her children, a negro woman +increase-17. $1100.00
ITEM 6th - Appoint son, Samuel H.English as Trustee for
daughter, Sally H. Everett's property. Appoint son, William
W. English, Trustee for daughter Fanny Frances Cunningham's property[Husband:Wm.T.Cunningham]
ITEM 7th- By a former wife I had a son, John J. English to
whom I gave off his portion of the property many years ago
with the Just & full understanding that he should have no
further claims upon me or the present family of children.
ITEM 8th - Appoint son, ROBERT H. ENGLISH, Executor
of my last will & Testament this May 3, 1864
Wit: Benj Harris Signed: Sampson English

James E. Mathews

James Mathews

Whereas, I Sampson English did on the third day of May
in the year one thousand, eight Hundres & sixty four, sign
& publish my last will & testament. I did bequeath to my beloved children certain negroes, and whereas by an Act of the Government, said negroes have been declared free, therefore I desire that the settlement of my worldly affairs, no consideration shall be had to the negroes as property and that no one of my children shall refund to my estate any money on account. Sept. 26,1865
Wit: Jas. Mathis/Mathews Signed: Sampson English


A. A. Lowe
Probated: January Term of Court of Ordinary 1866
Jno. L. Parker, Ordinary.

How can we reconcile the January, 1866 probate date of Sampson ENGLISH's will with the 1875 tombstone date in the Englishville, Macon Co.,GA cemetery? Is the 1866 date only for registering the codicil? Or is the cemetery date just wrong??

Today I have looked at the Will of Sampson English again
on microfilm and the date that it is written is unclear BUT
the Probate date is definitely January Term 1866.
There is a possibility that the Death Date on the tombstone could be 1865 rather than 1875 as stated in the
book. As soon as I can, I will go to the cemetery and look.
Probably will be next week before I can do this as it is
approximately 20 to 25 miles from my house but I will check
it for you as soon as I can.

Sampson English was my Great Great Grandfather and I've visited the grave recently. The date of death on the gravestone is definitely 1875. My Grandmother, Mary E. Dykes told me prior to her death in 1946 that her Grandfather died around the time of her wedding in 1875. I can't Understand the probate date unless ,at that time the practice might have been to register for probate when a new will or changes were made.


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