Cooke-MD-1807

Film #14426.
St. Mary's Co, MD Will Book JJ3:144.
25 February 1807

Alexander Cooke's last will and Testament}

In the Name of God Amen.  I Alexander Cooke of Saint Mary's
County and State of Maryland, being aged & infirm of Body
but of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding do
make and constitute this my last will & Testament in manner
& form following that is to say First I will that all my
Just Depts & funeral Charges Shall be paid.
... Item -- I give and bequeath to my Daughter Jane Green
Cooke the following Negroes to wit -- LET. HARRY CHARLES and
AARON also one Horse saddle & Bridle her choice of all I am
possed of at the time of my death, two cows her Choice four
sheep her choice, two Beds two Bolsters and four pillows two
pr of sheets and five Quilts all her choice one Bedstead
cord and mat, one painted chest, one Dozen plaits & two
Dishes now in the House, one set of cups & saucers a case of
knives and forks now in the House one pewter Dish and six
plates her choice -- one pot one dutch oven, one wheel and
cards her choice one Looking Glass her choice and one third
part of the crop I leave on the Ground in the House or not
disposed of at the time of my decease Except the cotton of
which I leave her one half to her and her Heirs.
... Item -- I give and bequeath to the children of my
Daughter Mary Reeves Mattingly one Negro Boy JIM one Boy
TOWNLEY and one Boy BOB to be divided among them in equal
portion share and share alike.
... Item -- I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah F.
Johnson one negro Girl EDY one Negro Boy WATT and one negro
Boy MIKE to her and her heirs.
... Item -- I give and bequeath to my Daughter Susanna Cooke
one Negro woman CHARITY & one Girl LIZ -- to her and her
Heirs.
... Item -- I give and bequeath to my son John U Cooke one
negro woman named CATE one Girl HENNY, and one Boy ORPH --
to him and his heirs forever.
... Item I give and bequeath to the children of my Daughter
Margaret Chappelear one negro woman named LENDER and one
Girl named MARY to them and their Heirs, to be equally
Divided among all the children of my said Daughter, but my
will and desire is that my said Daughter Margaret Chappelear
shall have the use of the two Negroes LENDER & MARY during
her natural life, but by no means for them to be at the
Disposal of her husband James Chappelear.
... Item all the Rest and Resedue of my Estate of what
nature or kind soever I Will to be Equally divided between
my Daughter Jane Green Cooke my Daughter Sarah F Johnson my
Daughter Susanna Cooke my son John U Cook and the Children
of my Daughter Mary Reeves Mattingly, and the Children of my
Daughter Margaret Chappelear the children of my last
mentioned two Daughters to have the part their mothers would
have been entitled to; Divided among them in equal protion
share and share alike.
... And lastly I nominate and appoint my Son John U Cook and
my Daughter Jane G Cooke whole & sole Executor and Executrix
of this my last will and Testament, Revoking and annulling
all other and former wills by me made Ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my last will & Testament,
In Testimony wherof I have hereunto set my hand and seale
this Twenty fifth day of February 1807.
                                                       
Alexander (his X mark) Cooke

Signed sealed published & declared by the above named
Testator as and for his last will & Testament in the
presence of us the subscribers who in his presence and at
this Request have put our names as witnesses thereto}
Andrew Mills, Jeremiah Pantry.

On the back of the aforegoing was the following to wit.

Saint Mary's County, to wit, the 14th day of April 1807. 
Then came Joh U Cooke and made oath on the Holy Evangels of
Almighty God that the aforegoing instrument of writing is
the true and whole will and Testament of Alexander Cooke
late of Saint Mary's County deceased, that hath come to his
hands or possession, and that he doth not know of any other.
Certified by James Forest.
Regr. Wills of Saint Mary's County, Saint Mary's County SS
the 14th day of April 1807.

Then came Andrew Mills one of the two subscribing witnesses
to the aforegoing last will and Testament of Alexander Cooke
late of Saint Mary's County deceased, and made oath on the
Holy Evangels of Almighty God that he did see the Testator
herein named sign and seal this will and that he heard him
publish pronounce and declare this same to be his last will
and Testament, that at the time of his so doing, he was to
the best of his apprehension of sound and disposing mind
memory and understanding and that he subscribed his name as
a witness to this will in the presence and at the request of
the Testator and also that he did see Jeremiah Pantry the
other witness to this will subscribe his name as a witness
thereto, in the presence & at the request of the said
Testator.
Certified by James Forrest,
Regr. Wills for Saint Mary's County.
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Film #30933.
Culpeper Co, VA Will Book F:313, 315.
A. Cook's Will in Extract

To the children of my daughter, Margaret Chappelear one
negro woman named LANDER and one Girl named MARY -- to be
equally divided among the children of my said Daughter --
use during their natural lives but not at the disposal of
her husband James Chappelear.  The aforegoing is a true
abstract taken from the last will and testament of Alexander
Cooke late of St. Mary's County deceased, which will was on
the 14th day of April 1807 -- 
24 Oct. 1811  James Forrest Reg. Wills for St. Mary's
County.

I hereby certify that negro LANDER mentioned in the within
extract is Dead and has left two children, one a Boy about 3
yrs old of yellowish complexion and named GEORGE, the other
a Girl about eight months old also of a yellowish complexion
named LANDER -- 26 Oct. 1811.  James Cooke (LS) State of
Maryland, Saint Mary's County to wit, I hereby certify that
James Cooke Gentleman -- was duly commissioned and qualified
-- 
27 Oct. 1811.  Jo: Harris Clk of St. Mary's County Court.

At a Court held for Culpeper Co.  16 Dec. 1811
This Extract from the last will & Testament of Alexander
Cooke decd was exhibited to the Court being certified in due
form of Law from St. Mary's County and the State of
Maryland. 
Teste William Broadus Jur.
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Culpeper County, Virginia
Deed Book EE:275 Certificate 
May 6, 1811 - June 17, 1811

Alexander Cooke to Susanna Cooke. 
Maryland Saint Mary's County to wit I James Forrest Register
of Wills for Saint Mary's County do hereby Certify that
Negro CHARITY Aged about thirty six years was given and
Bequeathed unto Susanna Cooke by the last will and testament
of her deceased Father Alexander Cooke of Saint Mary's
County which said last will and Testament has been duly
proved and Recorded among the records of Saint Mary's County
Orphans Court.  In Testamony whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed the seale of my office this sixth day of
May Anno Dom Eighteen hundred & Eleven. 
James Forrest Regr Wills for St. Mary's County.

At a Court held for Culpeper County the 17 day of June 1811
This Certificate was exhibited to the Court and Ordered to
be Recorded. Teste William Broadus.

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