I’m not quite sure what ‘prompted’ the following December 19, 1827 Inventory and January 10, 1828 division of Thomas (d. 1797) and Elizabeth (d.1802) WINGFIELD slaves in the Ordinary Court of WILKES County, GA. Possibly the passing of a WINGFIELD heir who held their possessions?
I’ll work on having the December 27, 1797 will of Thomas WINGFIELD transcribed. I’m finding the actions of his descendants in respect to the handling of slaves all generate from the directives stated in the will.
I’ve always been told the WINGFIELDS didn’t sell their slaves; they were moved around the family. This *appears* to be true. Across a lot of records I’ve only seen two (2) slaves names mentioned as being sold. But there were many WINGFIELD deaths and more probate records to follow. Who knows what I’ll find?
At some point, I’ll need to return to the dreaded Plantation Ledger of Samuel WINGFIELD (d. 1820) to map all of the new information to his records. As Overseer and inheritor, I can’t avoid going through the 300+ pages of account book. Ugh!:(
The Ancestors have something they want me to find. After 15+ years, I know the signs. I located this WINGFIELD inventory while searching for the estate of John WINGFIELD (d. 1798 eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth; father of James Nelson WINGFIELD — the owner of my 4th Grandfather James). This morning, via Georgia Genealogy Trails, I found the following narrative regarding John WINGFIELD’s estate:
There was, however, immediately after the Revolution a large influx of Virginians who were in better circumstances, and who brought with them in their large wagons from Virginia a supply of better furniture, and furnished their tables more bountifully.
As illustrative of this we have the inventory of John Wingfield, or as he is written, John Winkfield, who died in 1798, and whose inventory is elaborate and extensive. He had, besides a sufficient supply of plain household and kitchen furniture, some articles mentioned in no other inventory up to that time. They were bacon, sugar, turkeys, a riding-chair, some books, some lard, and some table-cloths. He had twenty-seven negroes, the largest number reported up to that time. The land was generally secured by headright, or if pur chased cost about two shillings per acre for the best quality. These Virginians, who knew the value of good land, bought large bodies and laid the foundations for the great estates their children had in after time.
I definitely need the FULL John WINGFIELD estate inventory — those 27 Slaves are my Ancestors.
Here are the names of WINGFIELD Heirs and Slaves identified in the above record:
- Daphine *
- Jenney or Jerrey *
- Nat [up than nothing $150 = 1025.00] **
- SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: I Pay Homage… Martha & Children [WINGFIELD]
- SENTIMENTAL SUNDAY: An Early WINGFIELD Thanksgiving Full of Grace & Ancestors
- SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: WINGFIELD Slave Owners Genealogy & Crop Data
- SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: Plantation Ledger of Samuel WINGFIELD 1772-1820
- SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH Will of Thomas WINGFIELD ~ 27 December 1797
- SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: 1803 Division of Thomas WINGFIELD Slaves a Historical GAMECHANGER!
- WINGFIELD Collection: WINGFIELD Family – Papers, 1772-1907 (bulk 1772-1866) manuscript
- Family Search: Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990 Wilkes Inventories and appraisements 1825-1831 (pages 355-358)
- Wilkes County History ~ Georgia Genealogy Trails
* indicates possible transcription and/or misspelling
** unclear of notation that deducted $150