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John Whitehead last will and testament

Identifier: ahc.MSS654f

Scope and Content

This collection consists of John Whitehead's 1857 last will and testament. His will divided his private property and slaves among his children. His son, John R. Whitehead, and son-in-law, Thomas Berrien, who was a county commissioner and judge in Burke County, served as executors of the will. J. Edward Garlick signed the will as ordinary.


  • 1857


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

John Whitehead (1783-1857) was born in Burke County, Georgia, to Mary Wynne and Amos Whitehead. He was a plantation and slave owner who resided in Burke County and owned additional property in Bath, Richmond County, Georgia, and in Florida. According to the 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule, Whitehead owned forty-two slaves.

Whitehead's first marriage to Abigail Lewis Sturges (1798-1824), circa 1816, produced two daughters: Eliza Alice (1818-1896) and Mary Dowse (1822- 1844). He married Julia Maria Berrien (1801- 1857) in 1825 and they had seven children: John Randolph, Charles, Ruth (Berrien), Valeria (Burroughs), Julia Amanda, Eliza (West), and Philodea (Neely). Additional biographical information about John Whitehead has not been determined.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1998


America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia received support from a Digitizing Historical Records grant awarded to the Atlanta History Center, Georgia Historical Society, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Digital Library of Georgia by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Description Control

This collection was re-processed in 2012.
John Whitehead last will and testament
Paul Crater
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

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