Jonathan COTTINGHAM, 1814
Contributed by Victoria Proctor, 10 March 2001
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 2nd day of November 1814; proved and recorded 29th day of July 1825.
WILL OF JONATHAN COTTINGHAM
In the name of God, Amen, Jonathan Cottingham Senr. of the State and District aforesaid, farmer, being in a weak state of body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, do make this my last will and Testament:
First, I recommend my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors, and my soul to Almighty God that gave it, hopeing to receive the same at the resurrection through the grace and merits of the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing doubting, and as touching such worldly property as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I dispose of in the following manner, to wit;
First, It is my desire that all my just debts be paid &e.
Item: It is my will that my land on which I live in Marlborough District be divided in the following manner To wit: I give and bequeath fifty acres of said land to my beloved son Jonathan Cottingham to be laid out to him including the House and plantation and his cleareing where he now lives, with his new house and cleareing.
The balance or remainder one hundred and thirty acres more or less including the remainder of said tract which I purchased of George Runnels, I give and bequeath to my beloved son Charles Cottingham.
I give and bequeath my old mare to my beloved son Thos Cottingham to be his own property from this day, a delivery of which I have now made to him.
I give and bequeath my bed and furniture to my beloved daughter Lydia Cottingham.
I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Cottingham, my hogs to be his own from this day.
And, lastly, I do nominate and appoint my well beloved son Jonathan Cottingham Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby make null and void all other wills and gifts by me heretofore made and I do hereby ratify, confirm, pronounce and declare this to be my last will and Testament.
In witness, my hand and seal this 2nd day of November 1814
JONATHAM (his x mark) COTTINGHAM.
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared in the presence of us who at the request of the testator and in his presence subscribed our names as witnesses to the same
By William Easterling Ordinary of said District.
Personally appeared before me Thomas Harllee Esq. who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God doth make oath and say that he saw Jonathan Cottingham sign the written instrument of writing as and for his last will and Testament, that he the said Jonathan Cottingham was then of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of his the deponents knowledge and belief and that Hector McNeill and Riley Kersey together with the deponent signed their names as witnesses thereto at the request and in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other. On the 30th day of July 1825. Jonathan Cottingham renounced his executorship, Given under my hand this 29th day of July 1825
WM. EASTERLING, Ordinary of M. D. (Marlborough District--vp)
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