04 Jan Elizabeth Echols
September 22, 1828
The first will recorded in Fayette County, Georgia was that of Elizabeth Echols. Her will was executed September 22, 1828 and probated November 3, 1828. In the will she mentions her mother, Elizabeth Smith to whom she leaves her entire estate. Her estate includes land in Fayette and Troup Counties, and eleven slaves (Sally and her eight children, a boy Julas and a girl, Rachel).
Elizabeth Echols was a sister of Anna Allen Smith Dickson and a sister-in-law of General David Dickson of Fayette County. Her mother, heir to her estate was Elizabeth Hendricks Smith, widow of Charles Smith of Jackson County, Georgia, who lived with the Dicksons. According to the Dickson family Bible, Elizabeth Echols departed this life on September 21, 1828 aged 58 years, 7 months, and 6 days. Elizabeth Hendricks Smith would die a year late on November 4, 1829.
By John Lynch
Sources: Fayette County Will Book “A”, page 1
Dickson family Bible
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