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Slave Inventory of Robert GRIGGS, Putnam Co., GA

Hello everyone :)

Been busy looking through the GA Probate Records at for the past 2-3 mos. and here is my most recent find (yesterday) on my 4th Great Grandmother Jennette GRIGGS-BURNEY of Putnam County, GA.
First, since it has been many moons since posting anything regarding my research:

Eben BURNEY born ca. 1833 m. Jennette GRIGGS born ca. 1835

1870 Census, Putnam County, GA
1880-1930 Jasper County, GA

Sylvia (1856) m. Thomas COBB
Ella (1859) m. Silas MOORE
Jefferson (1861) m. Sidney (family moved to Salisbury, NC)
William (1867)
Carrie and Addie (twins, b. 1869)
James "Jim" (1873), m. Laura; also moved to Salisbury, NC

Also in the household in 1870 were Caroline ODOM born ca. 1818 and Nancy BROWN born ca. 1800

Eben BURNEY died bef. 1910 Jasper Co.
Jennette died bef. 1910 Jasper Co.

Caroline ODOM appears to have been the mother of Eben BURNEY, given the fact that there was also a William BURNEY and his son Charles BURNEY who lived in both Putnam/Jasper Co. and who also each named daughter's Addie/Adeline and Carrie/Caroline just as Eben did. A lot more research to be had in order to establish relationships between Caroline, Eben, William and Charles. William is only 7 years younger than Caroline in the 1870 census.

Robert GRIGGS, slave owner in Putnam County, GA, born ca. 1804, wife Mary P., son of John GRIGGS, d. 1837 Jasper Co., GA. (more on John later).

Inventory and Appraisement; Book AA, pgs. 32-34 (images start at 181 on> GA Probate Records> Putnam County. Inventory dated 4th Nov., 1854:

Note one of the appraisers was B.B. ODOM (Boykin Bennett ODOM) former slave owner of Caroline ODOM).

(names are original spelling...a few were hard to figure)

S------s, negro man valued at: $475.
Joe, $650.
Robin, $700.
Spencer, $1000.
Bill, $850.
Aron, $1000.
B-----, $1000.
Isak, $900.
Jordan, a boy, $800.
Wash, 800.
Ceasar, $800.
John, $750
Clem, $750.
Jack, $700.
Monroe, $650.
Demus, $500.
Lumpkin, $525.
George, $450.
Ireland, $425.
Thomas, $425
Columbus, $425.
Jerry, $375.
Juleus, $350.
Collard or Colberd, $300
Mary and child Caroline $800.
Henrietta a girl $325.
Almira, $275.
Mary Ann, $215.
J---nah and child Soloman $1000.
Renay and child Henry, $900.
Tully, a man, $400.
Elizabeth a woman, $800.
Emily and child Eliza, $1000.
Adda Jane, a girl, $200.
Letty, a woman diseased, $25.
Rachael, a girl, $800.00
Louisiana, $700.
Isabella, $550.
Comfort, $425.
Jane, $300.
Nancy $200.
Caroline $450.
*Jennette, $850.
Adeline, $750.
Kitty, $825.
Susan, $100.
Anna, $200.
Amanda, $500.
Mariah and child Ned, $900.
Sarah, $500
Leroy, $1100.

Robert, also wrote a Will, his executor was brother Wesley GRIGGS (also a large slave owner in the county, d. 1866) Both the location and page numbers to the Inventory and Will can be located in the Estate Index of Putnam county.

Interestingly, in order of listing, there is Nancy, Caroline, Jennette and Adeline, but a coincidence maybe? I don't know. If Caroline ODOM is the mother of Eben, then where is he? Is she the mother of Jennette? Then why such a reference to Addie/Adeline and Carrie/Caroline among three different BURNEY men? Also I find it very interesting to see that B.B. ODOM was one of the appraisers of this estate. Was Nancy the mother of Caroline or Jeanette?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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