Will of James COOPER
In the Name of God Amen, This 6 Day of June in the year of our Lord 1771 I James Cooper of Prince Freendrick Parish in Craven County and Province of South Carolina Planter being
very Sick and Weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be Given to God for the Same and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for
all men once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that give it and for my Body I recommned it to the Earth to be Buried in A Christian like and Decent manner at the Discration of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurretion I
shall Receive the same again by the Might Power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me with in this life I Give Devise and dispose
of the same in the manner and form following that is to say IMPRIMIS I Will that my Just Debts shall be Settled and Paid MPRIMIS I Give and Beauth to my Dearly Beloved Wife Martha
Cooper her Bed and furniture Horse and Saddle and Not to be Deemed a any Part of her Share of my Estate I also Will that She shall have her Living in my Dwelling house and
Priviledge on my Plantation whereon I now Live During Widowhood----I also Will that Martha Cooper my Loving Wife shall have the servise of on Mulatto Girl Named Mertila During her Charge and Care of my 4 young Children and that the same Martila be Deemed to my Daughter Ann Cooper her and her Issue for Ever I Will that the said Mulatto Girl Named
Mertila and her Issue shall be to my Daughter Ann Cooper and to the Lawful heirs of her Body for ever Item. I farther Will that there be two hundred pounds Current taken of the Whole Estate for the Use of Schooling my four young Children Ann Joseph Adam and William Cooper Item. I give and Bequeath to my Eldest son James Cooper a tract of Land Consisting of 300 acres Called the Bay Tract Item I give and Bequeath to my two sons Joseph and Adam Cooper three tracts of Lands Consisting of 450 where on I now Dwell to be Equally divided betwixt them---Item. I Give and Bequeath to my son William Cooper one tract of Land Consesting of 250 acres in Williams Burgh township Commonly know by the name of McCantss Lands Item. I farther Will that the remainder of my Personal Estate be Disposed of a soon as Convenance willalow after my decease and to be Equally divided amongst my
Wife and Children that is Martha Cooper my Wife my Daughter Janet Cooper and Margaret Cooper James Cooper Ann Cooper Joseph Cooper Adam Cooper William Cooper and I will
that my Daughters gets there part at the age of 18 years and my sons at 21 years of age--Item I appoint Samuel Cooper my Brother Martha Cooper My Wife Joseph Michie and Robert
Paisley to be Sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I do here by Utterly Dissannull Revoke and disallow all and Every other Testament Wills and Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in any Ways before this Time named Willed Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day and year above Written. James Cooper (Seal)
Signed Sealed Published pronounced and Declared by the said
James Cooper as his Last Will and Testament in the Presence
of us the Subscribers.

William Cooper
James McCutchen
George McCutchen

Proved 1771 Nov 4th

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