Last Sunday, getting dressed for church, I was scratching around in the dresser drawer, looking for my argyle socks, the only high class item of clothing I own, when I came across, of all things, the last Will and Testament of John Garrett.  As for it being where it was found, I do have a unique filing system!

The first thing to pop out at me was, no mention of a surviving spouse.

Anyway, bypassing the bequeaths and beguilles, John made it clear that son ROBERT and wife FRANCES LONGMIRE were to get five shillings each and nothing more.  Wonder what Bobby did to deserve that?

He goes on to state that his granddaughter, SULKEY LONGMIRE, was to receive a negroe wench named Dicey for her and her heirs.

Sukey and gramps must have gotten along well together.

”To my daughter ELIZABETH LONG of Virginia, I give 100 pounds, in Virginia currency.”  I wonder, the exchange rate, Virginia vs British pound?

”To my daughter LUCY LOWRY, I give one negroe fellow named Bob, and one negore boy named James.

To my daughter DOLLEY WARE, one negroe named Tom, and a negroe wench named Milley.”

He says the rest of his estate to be sold and proceeds divided between his four daughters, ELIZABETH LONG, MARTHA WARE, LUCY LOWRY and DOLLEY WARE.

Mr. Garrett appoints HENRY WARE SR., of Georgia, and HENRY WARE, Jr., of South Carolina, as executors.

Signed and witnessed, October 23, 1784.

John Rivers


John King x his mark

The estate appraised Jan. 6, 1785, by Capt. George Cowan, Hezekiah Oden and Mather Stoker.


Have yet to find my argyles!.  Maybe I should look under Early Wills and Testaments!  Or perhaps Land Grants and Adjudications?








  1. Very interesting pop.
    I wonder if Dolly & Martha married brothers.
    Also, I wonder how they were related to Henry Sr. & Henry Jr.
    Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. My first thought about finding your argyle sockes was to look under “Laundry Basket” 🙂 A great piece of posting as always Ray. I got my laugh for the day and a well deserved one. Thanks a million for keeping smiles on our faces. God Bless.


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