Will of
Charles COTTINGHAM, 1817

Contributed by Victoria Proctor, 28 June 2000

This Will was found among a stack of old typescripts and I do not have the appropriate Will Book reference. The will of Charles Cottingham was made 17 May 1817; proved and recorded 7 Nov 1817.


State of South Carolina
Marlborough District
May 17th 1817.

In the name of God Amen, I Charles Cottingham of the District and State aforesaid, planter, tho weak in body yet of sound mind and memory thanks be to God, do make and constitute this my last will and Testament:

In the first place I order and direct all my just debts to be paid or satisfied.

Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Nancy Cottingham. one bed and bed clothes, one bay Filly two years old, three cows and one calf, three head of sheep together with all my household furniture, which property she is to hold during her life, at her death the bed and bed clothes to revert to my son Conner Cottingham, the balance of the above named property to be equally divided between my four children, namely, Connor Cottingham, Anny Cottingham, Stilly Cottingham and William Cottingham.

Thirdly, I do give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Anny Cottingham, one bed and bed clothes, six head of cattle, two of which are suckling cows, seven head of sheep, which property she do hold forever.

Fourthly, I do give unto my loving daughter Stilly Cottingham, one bed and bed clothes, two cows and one yearling, three head of sheep to be held by her and her heirs forever.

Fifthly, I do give and bequeath unto my loveing son William Cottingham, one bed and bed clothes, one bay mare, five head of cattle, four head of sheep which I give unto him and his heirs forever.

All the rest of my children which are married, namely Jonathan Cottingham, Charles Cottingham, Charlotte Bridges, Nancy C. Cook, Polly Stealy, Sally Cook, I do give to each of them the sum of one dollar.

Lastly, it is my request and I do order and appoint Jonathan Cottingham my son, and William Bridges Executors to this my last Will and Testament, laying aside all other or former wills by me made acknowledgeing this to be my last will and Testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above written.


Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of

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