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TAYLOR COUNTY, Georgia    Distribution of Estates - Book A 1858-1885
Distribution of Estates, Taylor County, Georgia
Book A, 1858 – 1885
NOTE: Pages 1 to 9 are blank
p. 10
Estate of Allen Johnson, decd.
Date: 10 December 1858
Administrator: Ephriam Johnson
Securities: Matilday Johnson and Joel Hancock
Mentions: Matilday Johnson being appointed guardian of minor children of Allen Johnson Viz: William 
G. Johnson, Jonathan I. Johnson and George Allen Johnson
Witness: W.S. Wallace
“Georgia Taylor County – Know all men by these present that we Andrew I. Hobbs security in the right 
of his wife Elizabeth Hobbs are held and firmly bound unto Ephriam M. Johnson, Administrator for the 
estate of Allen Johnson, decd. In the sum of $1,000…dated this 10th day of December 1858 the 
condition of the above obligation is such whereas Ephriam Johnson as administrator as aforesaid have 
proceeded to divide the entire estate of Allen Johnson, decd., amon the distributies and the said Andrew 
I. Hobb as aforesaid having received his distributive share…”
p. 12
Estate of Britian Pope, decd.
Date: 18 October 1858
Heirs at law: Peggy Pope, widow of decd.
	C.A.J. Pope  (son-Cullen)
	J.H. Grace
	Emiline A. Grace  (daughter)
	A.E. Pope
	W.W. Pope
	M.A. Pope
Witnesses: W.W. Corbitt and Charles Mulkey, C.T.C.
SHINE
p. 13
“Received of Martha E. Shine administratrix of the estate of Thomas T. Shine, late of said county decd. 
$1,157.34 as my distributive share of the estate of  Thomas T. Shine late of said county decd. July 1st,1858
Test. W.P. Edwards				David Beeland Trustee for 	F.L. Wright
	Gideon Newsom	
	
“Received of Martha E. Shine late administratrix of the estate of Thomas T. Shine late of said county, 
decd. $1,157.34 as my distrubitive share of the estate of said Thomas T. Shine decd. July 1st, 1858
Gideon Newsom J.J.C.				David Beeland”
“Received of Martha E. Shine administratrix of estate Thomas T. Shine late of said county decd. $1,157.34 as my
distrubitive share of estate of said Thomas T. Shine, decd. July 1st 1858
Test: Gideon Newsom J.J.C.				David T. Shine
“Received of Martha E. Shine administratrix of the estate of Thomas Shine late of said county decd. 
$1,157.34 as my distributive share of the estate of said Thomas T. Shine, decd. July 1st 1858.
Test. Gideon Newsom, J.J.C.				Ellen J. Shine
“Received of Martha E. Shine, administratrix of the estate of Thomas Shine late of said county decd. 
$1,157.34 as my distributive share of the estate of said Thomas T. Shine, decd. July 1st 1858.
Test. Gideon Newsom, J.J.C.				Mary F. Shine
LOWE
p. 16
“Received of William R. Lowe, Executor of the last will and testament of William H. Lowe, decd. The 
following Negroes…belonging to the estate of William H. Lowe In testamony whereof I have hereunto 
set my hand and affixed my seal this January 14th, 1857.
James T. Lowe (Seal)
Guardian for J. & A.L. Lowe”
“Received of William R. Lowe, executor of the estate and last will and testament of William H. Lowe, 
decd. The following Negroes…in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal 
this Jan. 14, 1857.
Thomas Andrews (Seal)
Guardian for Roena” 
“Received of William R. Lowe executor of the last will and testament of William H. Lowe, decd. The 
following Negroes…it being my full distributive share of said estate. February 28th, 1858
Test.: W.C. Liblecy, J.P.				Uriah Wilson”
WILSON
“Received of Thomas and William Wilson executors of Joshua Wilson, decd. $1,221.73 in full of my 
distributive share of said estate February 27th, 1858 in right of my wife, Sarah Gree.
H.H. Green
Test: W.C. Libley, J.P.”
 “Received of Thomas and William Wilson executors of Joshua Wilson decd. $224.36 in full of my part 
of said Estate March 1st, 1859
John H. Wallace, J.P.					William K. Westbrooks
MANGHAM
“Georgia Taylor county – Know all men that we Benjamin L. Ross as principal and Sanders W. Durham 
and William J.F. Mitchell as Security are hereby and firmly bound unto James A. Mangham, 
administrator of Henry H. Mangham, decd in the sum of $900 for the true payment of which we bind 
ourselves…this 30th day of December 1859.  The condition of the above obligation is this: the Said
administrator brought an action in the Superior court of Upson County in said state against the said
Benjamin L. Ross for the recovery of four certain Negroes slaves…The Said administrator claims said
slaves of his said intestate, The Said Benjamin L. Ross defendant, claims them in his own said action is still
pending in said court…which the said Benjamin L. Ross in his own right or in the right of his wife…
R.L. Ross
S.W. Durham
W.J.F. Mitchell”
“State of Georgia Taylor County – Know all men by these presents that we Patrick H. Mitchell principal 
and John J. Wyne Security are held and firmly bound unto James O. Mangham Administrator upon the 
estate of Henry H. Mangham, late of Said County decd…and dated this December 30th, 1857
The condition of the above bond is such that whereas the said James O. Mangham as aforesaid has 
divided among the Several distributors of Said decd. 19 Negroes valued at ______ dollars and whereas 
Patrick H. Mitchell has received 1/5 part of said Negroes…now shall the said Patrick H. Mitchell will 
and truly pay proptionable part of any debt which may hereafter be established against said James O. 
Mungham administrator of H.H. Mungham and his part of the cost of attending…
P.H. Mitchell
John J. Wyne”
WALKER, PERSONS
p. 20
“George Taylor County – Received of Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker Executors of the Estate of 
Persans Walker late of said County decd. $1021.46 in full, entire and complete satisfaction of all right, 
(except in interest in an action of ejectment in Randolph County in Said State) And the said Freeman 
Walker and C.S. Walker executors as aforesaid are hereby fully and entirely discharged and acquitted 
(except as aforesaid) of any and all further claim on my part upon said Estate Witness my hand and Seal 
this December 5th 1860
W. Walker
Test. By: W.A. Melson, J.P.
	J.S. May
“Georgia Taylor County – Received December 5, 1860 of Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker, Executors 
and upon the Estate real and personal aforesaid Persans Walker except an interest in an action of 
Ejectment now in progress in Randolph County in said state…Witness my hand and seal in presence of 
Test. W.A. Melson J.P.
D.J. Carriker in right of wife Amanda Carriker”
“Georgia Taylor County – Received of Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker, Executors of Persans Walker 
late of said County decd. $1021.46…Witness my hand and seal December 5, 1860
Persans Walker
Tested by W.A. Melson J.P.
	James T. May”
Georgia Taylor County – Received December 6, 1860 of Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker, Executors 
of the estate of Persans Walker late of said County decd. $1021.46 in full… set my hand and affixed my 
seal the day and year above written…
Mary Walker
Georgia Taylor County – Received Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker, Executors of the estate of 
Persans Walker decd $1021.46 in full… Witness my hand and Seal this December 5, 1860
A.T. Maxwell in right of his wife Elizabeth Maxwell
“Georgia Taylor County – Received of Freeman Walker and C.S. Walker Executors of the Estate of 
Persans Walker late of said county decd. $1021.46 in full… Witness my hand and Seal this December 5,1860
Elias Cody Trustee for Nancy Cody
Georgia Taylor County – We the undersigned legatees of the estate of Persans Walker late of said 
County decd. Agree to sell the entire cotton crop raised on the farm of said decd in year 1860 at the price 
of $.09 per pound and have hereby settled with Freeman Persans and C.S. Walker Executors aforesaid of 
Persons Walker decd at and for the price aforesaid this December 5, 1860
A.T. Maxwell
Persons Walker
Elias Cody Trustee for Nancy Cody
W. Walker
D.J. Carreker
Mary Walker
G.W. Walker
Test: W.A. Melsan J.P.
	James T. May
“The State of Alabama Coosa County – Know all men by these presents that I George W. Walker of the 
county and State aforesaid for divers good causes and considerations have this day made ordain and 
appoint Allen T. Maxwell of the county of Coosa and State aforesaid my true and lawfull Attorney for 
me… to ask, demand and receive from Lawrence Walker of Taylor County and state of Georgia and 
Freeman Walker of Stewart County and State of Georgia Executors of Persons Walker decd late of 
Taylor County and State of Georgia all such sums of money, debts and demands whatsoever which are 
now du me from said Estate… I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 30th day of November A.D. 
1860. Signed Sealed and acknowledged before me John S. Ogletree, J.P.
George W. Walker
POOR SCHOOL FUND
p. 25
Received of S.L. Brewer Tax collector of said County $490.18 in full of Poor School fund for the year 
1860 this August 6th, 1861.
Joseph T. Huff ordinary
WILSON, A.L.W.
State of Georgia Taylor County – Received December 8, 1865 of Lucy Wilson Administratrix of  
A.L.W. Wilson Dec, late of said county, $730.50 being a portion of my distributive share of said A.L.W. Wilson 
Dec., my father. Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us this 25 day of March 1866.
F.V. Collins						Longenio Watkins
William A.H. Royal, J.P.
State of Georgia Taylor County – Received December 8, 1865 of Lucy Wilson Administratrix of 
I might have in and upon the Estate… of said A.L.W. Wilson Decd., my father…
Attest:  Mark Kemp					J.W. Lewis
	E.B. Waters					Louisa Lewis
NEWTON, Daniel
p. 25
Received of J.N. Goff Administrator of the Estate of Daniel Newton, Decd. Late of Taylor County, 
Georgia the following effects of said Estate towit:
	One note on W.M. Pittman, D. Newton Secty…
	One note on Julia E. Dickson…
			Will Pittman Secty…
	One note on Martha Ray and Julia E. Dickson…
	Amt. Received for Rent of Land for 1865 Paid in Confederate Money…
The above Receipt is to be considered a full and Final Receipt for all the effects in the hands of J.N. 
Goff former Administrator of the Estate of Daniel Newton decd. Which have this day been turned over 
to me. This 11th day of October, 1866
D.J. Newton
Admr. of Est. of D. Newton, decd
NOTE: The following are loose papers.
SHINE
Received of Vincent Montgomery former Guardian of my wife Martha E. formerly Martha E. Shine 
$650 which I acknowledge to be full and final satisfaction of any and all demands which I hold or may 
have held in right of my wife Martha E. formerly Martha E. Shine, against him the said Martha E. Shine 
now Martha E. Beeland my wife.  In Witness whereof I have here to set my hand and seal.  This 3rd day 
of October 1866.
Zachariah Beeland
Test: 	T.J. Riley
	William M. R__al, J.P."
Received of Vincent Montgomery Guardian for John A. Shine minor decd. $59.75 in right of my wife 
Mary F. formerly Mary F. Shine in part payment of my distributive share of estate of said John A. Shine 
minor decd. which I hold in right of my wife Mary F. Formerly Mary F. Shine This November 17, 1866.
J.W. Preston
Received of Vincent Montgomery Guardian of John A. Shine minor decd. $70 which I acknowledge to 
be full and final satisfaction of any all demands I may have held or hold against him the said Vincent 
Montgomery Guardian as aforesaid.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this June 
3, 1867
====end of loose papers====
NEWSOME
p. 26
“State of Louisiana Parish of Claiborne – Be it remember that on this 21 day of August 1867, before me 
Rial Allen Lancaster of Notary Public duly commissioned.. came and appeared at my office in the Town 
of Minden Francis H. Elkins a resident of the Parish and State aforesaid who declared and said in the 
presence of two attesting witnesses.. over the age of 14 years that he doth constitute and appoint Charles 
W. Newsom a resident of the State of Georgia, Bibb County his lawful agent and attorney in fact to 
transact any business for himself and Jefferson M. Newsom, Thomas M. Newsom and John R. Newsom 
in the Sate of Georgia also  Thomas J. Pinkard all heirs to make Sale of Property in the State of Georgia 
and in this State to make collections on Notts and accounts to receive money and receipt for the Same… 
done red and Signed by Said Francis H. Elkins, Jefferson G. Newsom, James M. Newsom, Thomas J. 
Pinkard and John B. Newsom all being personally present…
Attest: John L. Lewis
	C.S. Smith”
State of Georgia Bibb County – This is to certify that I Charles M. Newsom of the County of Crawford 
said State have this day received of Medlesson G. Newsom one note on Pleasant J. Mullins for $60 
besides interest; also the right to control and despose of Forty (40) acres of land allowed my father John 
Newsom, decd. in the Estate of his uncle Gideon the Negro and other property having been lost by 
emancipation and results of the war and this in full of all allowance and interest due to said John 
Newsom in the Estate of G. Newsom, decd; received Co M.G. Newsom in full of all demand
Attest: B.B. Barefield
	M.M. Barfield
	C.M. Newsom”
p. 27
“Georgia Taylor County  - Received of William J.F. Mitchell $200 in right of my wife Ruth M.E. Brown 
for which sum I do hereby release the said William J.F. Mithcell from all liabilities as Security on the 
Guardian of Ruth M.E. Singleton now Ruth M.E. Brown for which the said William D. Brown in right 
of his wife Ruth M.E. Brown does hereunto release as aforesaid.  In witness whereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand and Seal this the 25 day of December 1868.  Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Test: B.L. Singleton					William D. Brown
	William H. Rhodes
WEBSTER
p. 27
“State of Georgia Taylor County – Received of Samuel F. Webster former Trustee (under the Will of 
John Webster late of Upson County, decd.) of Lavinia Smith Daughter of said John Webster the sum of 
$253.58 in full… satisfaction of all the rights… now have or might have against the said Samuel F. 
Webster either as Executor of the Estate of said John Webster , decd. or as Trustee as aforesaid of the 
said Lavinia Smith… set my hand and Seal as Trustee of said Lavinia Smith (Daughter as aforesaid of 
said John Webster decd.) on this 8th day of November…1869.”
Simon Smith, Trustee of Lavinia Smith, Daughter of John Webster, decd.
James D. Ross, ordinary
James M. Bateman, J.P.”
BONE
p. 28
“Georgia Taylor County – Received of Sarah L. Bone, Administratrix of the Estate of Willis J. Bone for 
distributive share of said Estate.
This Nov. 22nd 1871
M.E. Bone
Signed in the presence of S.M. Whalley and J.B. Fowler”
SPEER
“Received of L.M. Speers Administrator Nathaniel Speer, Decd. the sum of $38.03 for payment in full 
wife is an heir at Law.
 
On witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal This 8th December 1871.
J.W. Cox
Wit.: James D. Ross, Ordinary
p. 29
“Received of L.M. Speers Administrator of Nathaniel Speers, Decd. the Sum of $37.86 for payment in 
full of all my right… to the Estate of said Nathaniel Speers, Decd. of which Estate my wife is heir at 
Law.
In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and Seal This 8th December 1871.
Wit.: James D. Ross, Ordinary		T. Jainer”
Received of L.M. Speers the sum of $12.93 for payment in full of all my right… to the Estate of my 
late husband, Nathaniel Speers, Decd. of whom the Said L.M. Speers is Administrator.  In witness 
whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal This 8 December 1871.
Wit.:  James D. Ross, Ordinary			M.M. Spears
p. 30
DODGE
Georgia Taylor County – In the matter of the Estate of Thomas A. Dodge, decd. Whereas Thomas A. 
Dodge late of the County of Taylor and State of Georgia left a last will and testament (nuncupative) in 
and by which he gave and bequeathed to his two sisters all of the property of any kind and name of 
which he died possessed which will was duly proved before the Ordinary of said County on the 5th day 
of September 1853 And Whereas Catharine Dodge joint legatee under the will of said Thomas A. Dodge 
with the undersigned Amelia D. Goddard on or about the 24th day of September, 1865 at Qeicester in the 
County of Livingston of State of New York died intestate leaving her sole heir at law, her father Thomas 
Dodge who thereupon came into possession of all of her property and effects And whereas Thomas 
Dodge on or about the 14th day of April 1876 died leaving a last will and testament in and by which he 
bequeathed to his only surviving Son James D. Dodge all property of any kind and nature of which he 
died possessed which will was duly admitted to probate by the Legerrogate of Livingston County in the 
State of New York all of which facts appear by the affidavit of Fred B. Dodge hereto attached.  Now 
Therefore, I Amelia D. Goddard as surviving legatee under the will of Thomas A. Dodge and I James D. 
Dodge as legatee as aforesaid under the will of Thomas Dodge, decd. do each of us acknowledge and 
confess the receipt of all our respective claims… against the Estate and under the Will of Thomas A. 
Dodge, deceased having this day received from the hands of Virgil Powers Executor of such will $184 
and we hereby consent that the said Executor be discharged from all and further obligation to us 
growing out of the said Estate.
Amelia L. Goddard
James. L. Dodge”
p. 31
“State of N.Y. Livingston County – In the matter of the Estate of Thomas A. Dodge decd.
Fred B. Dodge being duly sworn Says that he is a resident of the County of Livingston in the State of 
New York and resided there for 24 years last past: Deponent further says upon information and belief 
that on or about the 28th day of May 1853 one Thomas A. Dodge departed this life at Fort Valley in the 
County of Taylor and State of Georgia leaving a last Will and Testament (nuncupative) which was after 
duly proved before the Ordinary of said County and admitted to probate and that in and by said will he 
gave and bequeathed to his two sisters all property of any kind or name of which he died possessed.  
Deponent says that he has been well and intimately acquainted with the family of the said Thomas A. 
Dodge decd. and is conversant with all changes that have taken place therein since the death of Thomas 
A. Dodge That said Thomas A. Dodge left his surviving two sisters there then residing in Livingston 
County, New York by name Amelia L. and Catharine Dodge.  That the said Amelia L. Dodge afterwards 
married one Goddard and is still living and now resides at York Center in Livingston County, aforesaid 
That the said Catharine Dodge at her house in Livingston in said County and on or about the 24th day of 
September 1865 departed this life intestate leaving as her sole heir at law her father Thomas Dodge who 
thereupon came into Possession of all her property and effects.  That the said Thomas Dodge at 
Leicester in said County aforesaid and on or about the 14th day of April 1876 died leaving a last will 
and testament in and which he demised and bequeathed to his only surviving son James. D. Dodge all 
property of any kind and nature of which he died possessed which was duly admitted to probate by the 
Surrogate of Livingston County in the State of New York aforesaid Deponent further says that the said 
Amelia D. Goddard and the said James D. Dodge are the only persons now living who have interest in 
or claim to the Estate of Thomas A. Dodge decd.  Sworn to before me this 20th day of June 1877.
Fred B. Dodge
H.H. Summers, Notary Public”
p. 32
ALSABROOK
Georgia Hancock County – Received of W.D. Grace my late Guardian the sum of $19.00 in full… 
satisfaction of all the right… I now have or might have upon or against my said Guardian on account of 
any money or property that may have gone into his hands from the Estate of my decd. father W.D. 
Alsabrook… In Witness I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 11th day of January 1879.
Mattie J. Alsabrook”
p. 33 
HICKS
“Received  of J.T. Lucas Executor of the Estate of Lewis F. Hicks decd. the sum of $546.00 in full 
payment of all demands I hold against his as Executor or against him as Executor or against said estate.  
This January 9th 1880.
Mary E. Hicks
Test
G.H. Hicks
D.B. Lucas”
“Received of J.T. Lucas Executor of the Estate of Lewis F. Hicks decd. the sum of $105 in full of all 
demands against him as Executor or against Said Estate.  This December 1st 1880.
L.H. Hicks
Test: C.M. Lucas”
“Received of J.T. Lucas Executor of the Estate of Lewis F. Hicks, decd the sum of $210 in full payment 
of all demands I hold against him as Executor or against said Estate.  This December 1st 1880.
Saluda Lucas
Test: C.M. Lucas
p. 34
MATHEWS
Georgia Taylor County – Received of Amos O. Allen my Guardian $450 which I acknowledge in full 
for each and every demand which I may have held against him or may now hold against him on account 
of any money or effects which may have gone into the hands of Said Amos O. Allen Guardian as 
aforesaid from me either from the Estate of my deceased father Lemuel Mathews or from R.L. Trussel 
my former Guardian…Witness my hand and Seal
M.L. Allen
Test
	J.H.Bullock
	J.B. Fowler, Clk. S.C.
	Recorded Feby. 23rd 1883
p. 34
JONES
Butler, Georgia 26th March 1887 Received of J.B. Fowler Administrator of Estate of Mary Jones, late 
of Taylor County, Georgia Decd. $68.31 for payment in full of the distributive Share of Levi Jones, 
Orphan minor of said Mary Jones, decd.  This 13th day Oct. 1884.
W.H. Coalter, Guardian of Levi Jones
Z.A. Fowler N.P. and J.P.
Butler, Georgia 25 March 1887 Received of J.B. Fowler Administrator of Estate of Mary Jones late of 
Taylor County, Georgia Decd. $25.94 for payment in full of Principal and interest of the distributive 
share of Wesly Jones Heir at Law of said Mary Jones, decd.
John Legaley and appointed Custodian of Wesley Jones, Minor
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