Friday, May 8, 2015

Contribution to the Slave Name Roll Project

Christine Johnson-Williams recently sent me several electronic mail messages, which included images of wills related to her ancestors. Christine doesn't blog but wanted to contribute to the Slave Name Roll project. She very graciously included a transcription of the images, which helped tremendously. This is just one way people may contribute. Thank you, Christine!

If you would like to volunteer, please message me on Facebook. I have been getting more contributions from people who do not blog. Sometimes, like Christine, they send a transcription, which makes creating a blog post quite easy. Other times, they just send the images, which then need to be transcribed into a blog post.

On 10 April 1834 Lawrence Bankston of Wilkes County, Georgia, made his mark on his last will and testament which was witnessed by three men. In his will he disposed of his property, land and slaves. After testimony in court by one of the witnesses, Mr. Bankston's will was recorded on 31 January 1845.

2nd item. I will to my beloved wife Nancy Bankston...and also three Negroes, JORDAN, a man HANNAH, a woman, and AGGY, a girl...

Transcription of Lawrence Bankston's last will and testament; images provided by
Christine Johnson-Williams

Thank you Christine for your continued contributions to the Slave Name Roll Project.


  1. Do you have any more for me, Schalene? I'd love to help.

    1. I sent you more to do on April 30 and resent that email this morning.

  2. Schalene,

    Can I make a suggestion? What if you created a Pinterest board for the Slave name roll project and made it a group board so others could pin as they find something. It's also another avenue to get the info out there. What do you think?

    1. Leslie Ann, that's a great suggestion! I will set up a Pinterest board over the next couple of weeks.