Last Will and Testament
Columbia County, Georgia
26 December 1796
(This transcription has received a minimum of editing for grammar and punctuation.)
State of Georgia
In the name of God Amen.
I, John Cobbs Jr., of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound mind and memory, tho in a low State of Health, certain of death and the same time uncertain of the time of its approach, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and following to wit.
I most earnestly recommend my soul to that almighty God who gave me birth and in whom I put most implicit faith –
1st- I will that after all my just debts are paid that my real and personal estate be divided in manner following to wit:
I lend unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Cobbs, half the tract of land I now live on for her use including the dwelling house and during her life, also three negroes to wit Isaac, Cresey, and Thine, and at her death the land lent to her as aforesaid I give to my son Lewis Cobbs ( --- ) and (the) negroes I desire may divert to my estate and with their increase be equally divided between each of my children as hereafter named to wit; Polly Dixon, William Cobbs, Thomas, Lewis Cobbs and Catherine, Elizabeth Cobbs.
It is my will and desire that the remaining half of my land be given to my son William Cobbs to him and his heirs.
It is my will and desire that the residue of my negroes be kept together until my son William Cobbs comes of age or marries, then for the negroes to be equally divided between my four youngest children to wit; William, Thomas, Lewis, and Catherine, and after my son William draws his proportion I desire the residue to remain together until the next child comes of age or marries and so on, and in the same manner unto the last child.
Note it is my will and desire if any of the above named children tho of full age dies without issue, I direct that their part of my estate heretofore divised in this will revert to my estate again and be equally divided among the surviving children last named.
It is my desire that the monies arising from my estate until the last division take place after schooling and supporting my children be laid out in the purchase of a tract of land for my son Thomas Cobbs which I desire may be if the profits of the estate (amounts ?) of the same to be equal in value to either of my other sons, and if it is not then and in that case the difference is to be made up to him by sons William and Lewis as the children come of age or marries it is my desire that they be furnished with a feather bed and furniture the proportion of stock that each child draws as they come of age or marries is left to the discretion and direction of the executors to this will.
Item, I hereby constitute and appoint Thomas Cobbs the Elder, William Beckham, and Howell Cobbs Executors to this my last will and testament utterly revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty sixth day of December 1796.
Signed sealed published John Cobbs (seal)
And acknowledged in
John de –amperd (sic)
Georgia, Columbia County
Personally appeared John Cobbs and John Benning, two of the subscribing witnesses to the last will of John Cobbs deceased who being duly sworn made oath that they wre personally present and saw the testator John Cobbs deceased sign and seal the above instrument and acknowledge it and publish the same to be and contain his last will and testament and that he was of sound mind and disposing memory to the best of their knowledge and that they signed their names as witnesses to the said will at the request of the testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other and that they also saw Thomas Napier, Basil Jones, and John de Yampert (sic) sign their names to the said will as witnesses also.
Sworn before me the 20th Jn. Cobbs
Day of May 1797 Jno. Benning
Lewis Gardner R.P.
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