Colonial Will Books, 1754-1779

351 wills probated in the Royal Colony of Georgia. After Georgia became a royal colony in 1754, the governor acted as ordinary or appointed an official to carry out such duties. The ordinary probated wills, provided instructions to administrators for the inventory and appraisal of an estate, and ensured that administrators followed all legal requirements in settling the estate. These wills are the official record copy transcribed into volumes by the Ordinary. Each will includes: the name of the testator, date and residence of the testator when the will was written, bequests, and any instructions regarding the estate of the decedent. Most wills are accompanied by attestations of the will with the date the will was proved and/or the date the will was recorded. Some wills include codicils and letters of administration.

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