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Effingham County, on the state's eastern central coastline, was established in 1777 from the parishes of St. Phillip and St. Matthews. In 1793, part of Effingham became Bryan County and another part Screven County. In 1796, Bulloch was established from part of Effingham. The county seat is Springfield.


28 Jul 1848 (Abstracts of Georgia Wills - by Jeannette Holland Austin [disks] Search Words: Michael Ferdinando Effingham Co. WB A [18261856], p. 144)

Will of Mrs. Marcia MALLORY, July 28, 1848, Nephew: Albert G. PORTER, a negro man named Dick. Give unto William R. PORTER that trace of land known as the Henritta Tract containing 400 acres. Give unto Ferdianan M. COMBS, negro boy named OSCAR. Give unto Michol A. COMBS a negro boy named Absalom. Also give unto nephew Albert G. COMBS one fourth part of my household and kitchen furniture, plantation tools, provisions, horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, carriages, waggons and everything else that may be in possession at my death. Wits: Amanda KITTLES, Joseph COMBS, J. R. MORGAN


13 Jan 1849 (Abstracts of Georgia Wills - by Jeannette Holland Austin [disks] Effingham Co. GA WB A [18261856], p. 128)

Will of Lewis MYERS, Jan. 13, 1849. Give to friend, John CHARLTON, esquire, my secretary. Give silver headed cane to F. M. STONE, Esquire of Savannah, given to me by sister Mary BECU. the first Methodist powerfully converted to God in Savannnh. My watch I give to Bishop James C. ANDREW. Give two shares of stock in the Central Railroad and Baking Company of Georgia to my niece, Harriet F. WHEELER.. Give eight shares of stock in the Central Rail Road and Baking Co. of Georgia to the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in trust that they apply the dividend on yearly income to missionary purposes, the principal to remain untouched. My books I desire shall be divided among my five children equally. My manuscripts and papers not of a private character give to Georgia Conference. To Sarah C. Combs and to Emma C. Combs give $10.00 to each of them. To my daughter. Mary L. Combs give my lot of land in Savannah on the West side of Farm Street, number 29, my negro man, SAM, and a negro girl named JUNES. To my daughter, Henrietta B. RAHN, wife of William RAHN, give one half of my lot of land in Savannah, No. 4, including a double tenement house. Also my negro men named Jess and Bob. My negro woman named SUSANNAH and her son POMPEY. To son, Lewis MYERS, 200 acres of land in Effingham County adjoining the lands of MULLETTE known as the Russell tract. Also a lot in the Town of Springfield having a small cabin joining the lot of Mr. SORREL and others, four share of stock in the Central Raid Road and Banking Company of the State of Georgia. He is nor permitted to sell any property herein named. To dau., Rebecca L. give the other half of the aforesaid lot of land, my negro boy named CHARLES and a negro woman named BELLER and her son MORRIS. To my daughter, Tallulah NOWLAN, my lot of land in Savannah,No. 15, negro men named SMART and ISAAC and girl named SARAH. Desire that negro boy, RICHARD, be hired out by Executors and income be appropriated toward the education of grandson, Gassaway L. COOMBS. Also the tract of land whereon I now live containing 300 acres and the land I purchased from Christian ZIPPERER containing 110 acres. All property not herein before disposed of I desire be sold at public auction and be divided in as many shares as there will be daughters living at the time of my death. Desire a copy of will be given to the Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Appoint F. M. STONE, John CHARLTON, and WM. RAHN, Executors. Wits: G. R. WRIGHT, W. H. WILSON, T. WILSON.


1850 Effingham Co, GA Census

(transcribed by S. C. Hefner)

p. 349

130-130 Lewis MYERS 75 M Farmer NC
Mary COMBS 31 F GA
Lewis 27 M Farmer GA
Rebecca 25 F GA
Hannah 23 F GA

Note: Lewis names five children in his 1849 will: Sarah, Emma, Mary, Lewis, and Rebecca. Who is Hannah?


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