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1832 Will of Edmund CODY, Warren Co.

Warren County GA Archives Wills…..Edmund Cody August 15 1831

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Source:  WarrenCo,Ga  1798-1852 admr est/wills

Written: August 15 1831

Recorded: March 9 1832

The Last Will & Testament of Edmund Cody Deceas’d

Georgia, Warren County} In the name of God Amen. I Edmund Cody of the county

aforesaid Do make & Ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form

following: To God I commend my soul & my body to the Earth in decent Buried.

And as it respects my Earthly estate I wish first that all my just debts be

paid and

Second} It is my will & pleasure that all my estate both real and personal,

that I shou’d die in possession of be sold on a credit of twelve months the

purchaser giving small notes with approv’d security that is two hundred &

seventy eight acres of Land where I now live and sixteen negroes (to wit)

James Susan Dicey Julia Rachel Vincent Alfred Aily Betty Cloe Ruby Dolly

Rebecca Martha Matilda and Tempy Together with my horses & stock of every

kind. One wagon & gig working utensils together with my House & Kitchen

furniture and increase if any and

Third} I give my Daughter Sarah Hardaway seven hundred dollars to be paid out

of my Estate in eighteen months from the sale.

4th} I give my Grandson Robert Cody fifty Dollars in cash to be paid out of my

estate in eighteen monts from the sale.

5th} I give to the children of my son James Cody deceased to be equally

divided share & share alike (to wit) Edmund Cody, Benjamin, Robert, Celia,

Elias, Christopher C., Katherine, Eliza, Lucretia and James Cody Seven hundred

dollars to be […]

By |August 29th, 2009|Cody, Mysteries|0 Comments

3 Parts = 1 Mystery: Who Was Catie’s CODY Owner?!

Pierce CODY Slave NarrativeOkay, here’s the skinny…

Since Lori, a descendant of Michael CODY of Warren Co. GA has come across OGR’s path, I am even more convinced that this year I will solve my #1 family mystery — who was Catie’s original CODY owner in Warren Co?

Now, although Lori & I had both ruled brothers Michael & Edmund out, due to their 1831 deaths, I think their wills bear witness that there could still be a Catie-connection because of how their estates were parsed out.

The approach? To post the wills of both CODYS & the questions each will raises.

My gut {or maybe it’s Catie!} tells me that I am on the right path… I just have to follow the clues. From the beginning, I’ve thought the answer was here, maybe now it’s time for it to be revealed?!

Fingers crossed!:-)

Edmund CODY. The line we’re following for now is Edmund’s Son – James {d. 1825 Warren Co.}. James had Sons – Edmond, Benjamin, Robert, Elias, Christopher, Albert & James. I want to rule-out Robert CODY first, before I look at the other sons. About the will:

  • Who was his estate sold to in 1832, along with 16 negroes - James, Susan, Dicey, Julia, Rachel, Vincent, Alfred, Aily, Betty, Cloe, Ruby, Dolly, Rebecca, Martha, Matilda, & Tempy? Both his land & slaves went to this person. It doesn’t appear that any of the slaves were willed to his children — just real money & revenue yielded from the sale.
  • I need to obtain the estate inventory, it will tell me more by identifying slave ages & purchaser. I […]
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My Catie Was Not Free

Catie WINGFIELD DORSEYYou may remember a few weeks ago my being excited about a conversation I’d had with James Dickey III, the Great Grandson of Rev. James Madison Dickey, the minister who owned my 4th Grandmother Catie WINGFIELD DORSEY in 1861.

During our conversation, James mentioned he believed Rev. Dickey to have “freed” Catie before he left Wilkes Co. in 1861 & that she “continued to work in the church” after his departure.

I was thrilled & hoped this revelation was true. For me it would have answered my question as to what happened to Catie between the years of 1861-65, before emancipation and just the thought of her being free gave me a little sense of comfort.

But, when a Georgia State Archivist dismissed the notion of Catie’s freedom in a brief email, though irritated by her lack of explanation, I should have noted her response.

As it turns out, she was correct – in 1851 the State of Georgia made it virtually IMPOSSIBLE for a slaveholder to willingly manumit {free} a slave.

Please note below the Georgia law regarding manumission of slaves and free people of color -

Section 46 from A Digest of the Statute Laws of the State of Georgia, Athens, 1851:

  • Slaves can be manumitted only by the Georgia Legislature
  • Penalties for any manumitter from $200 to $1000
  • The manumitted slave shall be liable to arrest, conviction, and re-enslavement
  • Contracts or deeds of manumission are null and void and are not to be recorded by Clerks of the County Courts
  • Free people of color are forbidden to own real estate and slaves

So all this leaves to determine who did Catie go to […]