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I recently came across some notes given to my family by my late cousin Zola Scott Hardy, who extracted info from the will of William Hadden, my 4th-great-grandfather, of Jefferson County, Georgia. For today I'll transcribe the portion pertaining to those enslaved and will transcribe more later. Click to enlarge the image; partial transcription is below, with my notes in brackets.
"... Item #4. [sic, should be #5?] my negro man Abram & negro woman Esther & whole of my stock of horses, cattle & hogs, together with my household & kitchen furniture & plantation tools shall be retained in the hands of my executors herein named for the use and support of the said family for five years from date hereof [late 1819? He died 22 Nov. 1819] & after the expiration of 5 yrs. to be divided as follows:
Household & kitchen furn. equally divided bet.
my wife Mary Hadden [née GORDON, daughter of Samuel GORDON & Sarah (HOGG?)]
" child: Margaret Hadden [Margaret A., m. Beniah S. CARSWELL]
Mary [m. David COTTER]
[Note: Item #1 mentions daughter Sarah Hadden, who m. James CLEMENTS.]
and the negros & stock share and share ..."
Feel free to contact me at hallroots **at** sbcglobal **dot** net if you are working this line; I don't have a lot of info but am happy to share what I have.
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