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1768, WILL of Donald MacKAY, son of Barbara, St. James Parish, [Glynn Co] GA
Posted by: Carol Van Cleef (ID *****3607) Date: January 05, 2008 at 13:22:51
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I am hunting for the parentage of a Mary MacKay who married Joseph OSWALD (in 1759 in Liberty Co, GA) and John STEVENS. Mary and Joseph OSWALD are my 7th great grandparents.

In my searching I came across the will of a Donald MacKAY and thought I would post the extracted names here for any descendants.

The will can be seen online at the Georgia Virtual Vault, in one of the Colonial Will Books. This is a wonderful website for early Georgia research.

It took me a while to realize that Donald was saying that his daughters' mother still lived but that she was married to another man. He leaves the girls' step-father money to provide for them.
29 Jan 1768
Testor: Donald MacKay of St. James Parish, GA, merchant in Frederica. [Further research says that this town, now in Glynn, County, was later called Old Town but is now extinct, if I recall.]

"Natural Daughters" with Elizabeth LEMAN [unknown maiden name]:

Elizabeth MacKAY(elder daughter, still underage and single)
Sarah MacKAY (younger daughter, underage and single)

Elizabeth, the mother of his daughters is, at the time of the will's writing, married to James LEMAN, "Trader on the 'Great Sittilly River'" [Further research shows this to be the Satilla River, formerly called 'The Great Satilla" and pronounced "Satilly" by the area old timers. It empties into the Atlantic near Brunsick in Glynn Co.]

Donald's 'Friend': Capt. James MacKAY [relative?]
Miss Sally STEPHENS [no defined relationship, but names her in same sentence as James MacKAY above. Both of them were left money in order to buy 'suits of mourning']

Donald's Nephew: John MacKAY
Donald's Mother: Barbara MacKAY

Beloved Friend & Brother-in-law: William MacINTOSH
Partner: James SPALDING

Mentions Ann STUART of Savannah, GA as presently having in her possesion one of the slaves he leaves to one of his daughters, but does not name a relationship to her.

Will witnesses:
James MacKAY
Allen STUART [any relation to Ann STUART??]
Hope this helps someone!


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