I was at the Georgia State Archives in Morrow, Georgia recently and came across Garland Floyd's will.I should say I accidentally came across it while looking for more information on Rev. Gary/Geary Davis who apparently married a daughter of Garland Floyd (Sally or Sarah).From "Wills and Deeds of Hall County Georgia", cr2002 and transcribed by Robert H. and Barbara E. McDonald.I'll try to copy below...at least the highlights since it's four pages long (pages 137-140).
3rd -- I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Nancy Floyd for and during her natural life or widowhood--the trace or parcel of Land whereon I know live containing One hundred Acres more or less said Tract being bounded by a conditional line marked out by Joab Martin, G.W. Ogle, and Alfred Davis--my Negro woman named Winney--all my household and kitchen furniture of every description a small bay Mare called Fidge together with her Saddle and bridle--a Cow and Calf--a Sow Pigs --all my Sheep, Poultry vc--also all my farming tools and tools of every description, and One hundred and fifty Dollars in money--
4th-- I give and bequeath to my Son in Law Garey Davis husband of my daughter Sally--Five Dollars in addition to what he owing to me --
5th -- I give and bequeath to my Son in Law James Davis husband of my daughter Nancy Five Dollars in addition to what he has already had of my Estate--
6th -- I give and bequeath to my Son James Floyd Five Dollars in addition to what he has already had
7th -- I give and bequeath to my Son John D. Floyd Five Dollars in addition to what he is owing me (being Four hundred Dollars besides interest)--
8th -- I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Blackwell wife of Lindsey Blackwell Fifty Dollars and the Bed furniture left with me --
9th -- I give and bequeath to my Son Young G. Floyd Five Dollars in addition to what he has already had --
10th -- I devise and direct that all the balance of my Estate both real and personal be sold and the money arising therefrom, together with money, debts and evidence of debts, after paying the above legacies to be equally divided between my Wife Nancy Floyd -- and the children of Carolyn Floyd wife of Young G. Floyd, that is my Wife to have One half and the said children the other half. And at the death of my Wife Nancy Floyd all the property given to her which may then be remaining to be equally divided among my Grand children, the children of the said Caroline Floyd aforesaid share and share alike -- Should my wife Nancy marry then all the above except the money, the mare, Saddle & bridle and her bed and furniture to go to the children of Caroline Floyd as aforesaid
11th -- I hereby appoint my beloved wife Nancy Floyd Executrix and my grand son James David Floyd Executor to carry this my Will into effect.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 7th day of July 1858.Garland (his x mark) Floyd SEAL
Two Codicils were added
I Garland Floyd having signed sealed and published the foregoing Will on the day it bears date and whereas I am desirous of chaning the Executor therein appointed. I do hereby appoint Andrew J. Davis Executor to this my last Will and Testament in the place of James David Floyd therein appoingt to act with my Wife Nancy Floyd In witness thereof I have herein to set my hand and seal this thirtieth day of June 1860.
SUMMARY:Some additions were made to Garland Floyd's estate and he wanted those included..."I am desirous of adding a second codicil my worldly effects having undergone some Change since the making said WIll and Codicil -- sometime since, I have purchased a little Sorrel Mare (Kit) with a blaze on her face about five years old and a Negro girl named Mary about 17 years old, which Mare and negro Girl, I give and bequeath and devise to my beloved Wife Nancy Floyd for and during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or intermarriage to be equally divided to my heirs as the other property of my Estate. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this the thirty first day of May 1865.
On the fourth page, evidence points to the death of Garland Floyd as having died in 1867."We A.J. Davis and Nancy Floyd do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last Will and Codicils of the within named Garland Floyd deceased so far as we know and believe.And that we will well and hereby execute the same in accordance with the Laws of this State -- So help us God.A.J. DavisNancy Floyd Sworn to and subscribed before me May 3rd 1867 A.M. Cochran Ordinary
Before me A.M. Cochran ordinary of said County personally came Nancy Floyd Executrix and Andrew J. Davis Executor of the last Will and Testament of Garland Floyd late of said County deceased and the two codicils of said Will annexed and the witnesses of said Wills and Codicils -- To Wit Joseph R. Book, A. Whelchel, J.E. Redwine and John Gray which witnesses being sworn depose and say that they saw Garland Floyd the testator sign seal and declare and publish the instrument now presented us his last Will and testament and Codicils freely volntarily and of his own accord and without any Compulsion or influence whatever that at the time of the execution of the said Will and Codicils said testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory; that deponents signed said Will and Codicils as witnesses in the presence of the testator and at his special instance and request.Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of May 1867. =============
I have to admit this was my first ancestor I've ever discovered participating in slavery...so that was a little uncomfortable to say the least.No statement or changes reflect any losses due to the Civil War...but the two slaves wouldn't have been included and seems like his money or property would have gone down too in the wake of the Civil War.
Garland Floyd's son-in-law, Rev. Gary/Geary Davis has been listed now as Gary, Geary, and Garey (in this document).According to documentation I've read, Rev. Gary Davis was a Methodist minister.He and Sally (or Sarah as she is listed on her tombstone)are buried at the Davis Family Cemetery #2 in Cobb County, Georgia.
Rev. Gary Davis was born 16 Jan. 1799 & died 04 Aug. 1875 Sarah Davis (wife) was born 17 Nov. 1804 and died 16 Feb. 1888.
If you Google "Davis' Cross Roads," you might get a link to a website that refers to a historical marker talking about Gary Davis...
"DAVIS' CROSS ROADS" Site of Home of Rev. Gary Davis (1799-1875) In June 1864, was an outpost of right wing of Sherman's forces [US], moving from New Hope Church in Paulding Co. toward the State R.R. and the [CS] left flank. Hardee's Corps [CS], on the left, occupied a line at Gilgal Church 1.5 mi. S.E. June 10, Strickland's 3d Brigage of Hascall's 2nd Div. 23d Corps [US], assaulted Cleburne's Sharpshooters [CS] posted here and on adjacent hill. After a sharp conflict the [CS] withdrew to the lines near Gilgal Church.
I am descended from Rev. Gary/Geary Davis who married Sarah/Sally Floyd Davis.Their daughter, Nancy Davis, married William M. Brown (killed in Civil War).