John S. Cobb
Last Will & Testament
Pickens District, South Carolina
In the name of God amen.
I, John Cobb of Pickens District, having lived to an advanced age knowing it is appointed for man once to die--and not knowing how soon or how suddenly I may be called--and being now of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding--and desiring that after my departure no confusion may take place or controversy about the worldly estates wherewith it has pleased God to bless me.
1st. It is my will and desire that all my just debts (if any) be paid as soon as possible after my decease.
2ndly. I will, give, devise, and bequeath all my estates, real and personal of every kind and description, to my beloved wife Frankey Cobb, during her natural life to have, hold, use, possess, and enjoy the same, and to sell such cattle, horses, hogs, etc. as she may think best to use the proceeds to her support during her natural life without any charge of waste. My dear bosom companion has been to me a help met indeed and my desire is that she enjoy as much of property as she may desire--and to her the whole sole control and management is committed during her natural life.
3rdly. At the death of my wife it is my will and desire, and I so direct my executors hereinafter named, to sell at public auction all my real and personal estates to the highest bidders at such time or time and on such credit as to them shall seem expedient. And when collected to divide the proceeds among all my children, sons and daughters, who may be living at the time of my death.
4thly. I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Joseph Gresham and A.A. Cobb to execute this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke all other wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of July 1840.
(Signed and sealed by John Cobb)
The foregoing, signed and published by the testator as his last will, and by him called on to witness the same in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Lewis Holtsclaw (his mark)
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