Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Handy Waller, Putnam, Georgia 1846

Handy Waller was a prosperous cotton planter in Putnam, Georgia in the early 1800's.  When he died in 1845, his son, Dr. Isaac Waller, executed his estate with the following slaves being accounted for as a part of his property:

Mimsy and her child
Dilly, a girl 8 or 9 years old*
Sarah, a girl 8 or 9 years old
Billy, a boy 3 or 4 years old
Larson (?), a boy 17 or 18 years old
Lenny (?), a boy 15 or 16 years old
Jordan, a boy 9 or 10 years old
Simon, a boy 3 or 4 years old
Sylva and her child 2 years old
Flora, a girl 17 or 18 years old
Gus, a boy 7 or 8 years old
Elbert, a man 26 or 27 years old
Hariett (?), a girl 13 or 14 years old
Auda (?) and her child
Hannah, a girl 11 or 12 years old
Susan, a girl 11 or 12 years old
George, a man 44 years old
Elisha, a man 23 years old
Jeff, a boy 12 or 13 yeras old
Tom, a boy 14 or 15 years old
Elijah, a man 23 or 24 years old
Austin (?) 40 and his wife Kizz 40 years old
Clary, a girl 9 or 10 years old
Ludy, a man 48 (?) years old
Betsy, a woman 22 years old
Susan, 35 or 40 years old
Ava, a girl 10 or 11 years old
Reuben, a boy 8 or 9 years old

*Dilly was named specifically to be deeded to Handy's daughter, Martha. 

The 1860 slave schedule showed Isaac Waller with over 30 slaves in his household.

The 1870 Putnam County census shows a number of African American families with the surname Waller and the first names of many of the slaves listed in Handy's will.  The ages do not always exactly match the ages given in the will, however, strict records were obviously not kept for the birth of slaves.   Pages 173 and 174 of the Putnam census in 1870 show several families named Waller living in the Eatonton district, including Reuben Waller.  


  1. I've added a link to this post to the Slave Name Roll Project page. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for sharing Schalene. Sadly, but rewarding at the same time, because this information took my family research to a whole new level. My great, great, great-grandmother was listed with her children as slaves. History is history.