Thomas Cook Will




Thomas Cook
Will BK-3 Pages 195-198
Wilkes County NC

May Term 1819

In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Cook of the County of Wilkes in the State of North Carolina being old and afflicted in body, but being of sound and disposing mind and memory do here think proper to make my last will and testament in manner and form followng. In the first place I recommend my Soul to God who gave to be disposed of at his pleasure and my Body after Death to be Buried in the usual form of entering the remains of Deceased persons in this Country. First I give and bequeath unto Joshua Martin Cook whom I claim and consider to be my own son begotten upon the body of Charloote Cook whom I consider to be my wife, and with whom I have lived as such for a number of years; the said Charloote Cook having been married or commonly reputed to have been married to one George Anderson previous to my intermarriage with the said Charloote. (to wit) One Negro man named Charles, & one Negro girl child named Kisiah.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto Calvin Jones Cook, whom I claim and consider to be my own son begotten upon the body of Charloote Cook whom I consider to be my wife and with whom I have lived as such for a number of years, the said Charloote having been married or commonly reputed to have been married to one George Anderson previous to my intermarriage with the said Charloote. (to wit) one Negro woman named Virgin & one Negro woman named Hulda.

Thirdly It is my will and desire that all my lands that I now own in Wilkes County deeded to me and to which I have title in fee or otherwise being about four hundred and forty acres, shall be equally divided between my two sons Joshua Martin Cook and Calvin Jones Cook heretofore named as above, when the youngest of my said sons shall arrive at the full age of twenty one years, which said division shall be made by my executors herein after named and which said division it is my will shall be so made that the said lands shall be equal or as nearly equal in value as it is possible to be made. It is my will that Charloote Cook whom I claim to be my wife heretofore married to George Anderson shall have hold said Negroes and hold occupy and enjoy my said lands before mentioned and described during the minority of my said sons Joshua Martin Cook and Calvin Jones Cook; and should my wife Charlotte Cook die before my said sons Joshua Martin Cook & Calvin Jones Cook arrive at the age of twenty one years, then the said lands before described to be rented by my executors for the benefit of my said sons; and should either oh my said sons Joshua Martin Cook or Calvin Jones Cook decease before they arrive to the age of twenty one years; it is my will that the surviving brother have all the said lands mentioned hertofore in this will.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto Charloote Cook, Sina Cook and Henna Ritte Cook whom I claim and consider to be my own daughters begotten upon the body of Charloote Cook whom I claim and consider to be my wife and with whom I have lived as such for a number of years, the said Charloote having been married or commonly reputed to have been married to one George Anderson previous to my intermarriage with the said Charloote. (to wit) One feather bed and furniture each; it is my will that my three daughters above named; Charloote Cook, Sina Cook and Henna Ritte Cook each of them receive their bed and furniture when the said daughters above mentioned arrive at the full age of eighteen years.

Fifthly, it is my will and desire that my said wife Charloote Cook before mentioned have all my household and kitchen furniture to hold and enjoy said furniture during the minority of my said daughters and sons before mentioned and it is my will and desire that when my youngest son Calvin Jones Cook arrive at the age of twenty one years that all of the above mentioned household and kitchen furniture be equally divided amongst Charloote Cook, Sina Cook, Henna Ritte Cook, Joshua Martin Cook and Calvin Jones Cook; it is my will and desire that Charloote Cook whom I claim to be my wife heretofore married to George Anderson shall have hold and enjoy all my stock consisting of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep and also to have all my plantation utensils and tools and it is my will and desire that she the said Charlotte Cook before named keep in possession all the above mentioned living stock and plantation utensils to have hold and enjoy and to make use of for her the said Charlootes support and for the support and schooling or educating of my three daughters and two sons namely Charlotote Cook, Sina Cook, Henna Ritte Cook, Joshua Martin Cook and Calvin Jones Cook and when my youngest son Calvin Jones Cook arrives at the full age of twenty one years that all my living stock be equally divided between my three daughters and two sons. (to wit) Charloote Cook, Sina Cook, Henna Ritte Cook, Joshua Martin Cook, and Calvin Jones Cook.
It is my will and desire that my Negro man named Benjamin be sold and the money be equally divided amongst my said three daughters and two sons above named as they the said daughters and said sons arrive to the age of twenty one years my wish is that the money that Negro man Benjamin sells for be disposed of as follows. (to wit) When Charloote Cook arrives at the age of twenty one years to have her equal part of said money and when Sina Cook arrives at the age of twenty one years to have her equal part of said money. When Henna Ritte Cook arrives at the age of twenty one years to have an equal part of said money. When Joshua Martin Cook arrives at the age of twenty one years to have an equal part of said money and when Calvin Jones Cook arrives at the age of twenty one years to have an equal part of said money. It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid and all the moneys that are owing to me to be collected and to be disposed of as my Executors hereafter named thinks proper.

Sixthly, it is my will and desire that all my elder children have no part of my Estate mentioned in this my last will and testament. The elder children alluded to, I now proceed to mention their names (to wit) Elizabeth Jolly, Mary Marlow, John Cook, Henry Cook, Anne Martin, Martha Ellis, Lucy Milsaps, Thomas Cook, William Cook, Allen Cook, Richard Cook and Amelia Burton. Be it remembered that I have heretofore given unto those twelve Elder children last mentioned what I conceive to be a just and full portion of my estate. It is my will and desire that if my wife Charloote Cook should marry before my said sons Joshua Martin Cook, and Calvin Jones Cook arrive at the age of twenty one years that the said Charloote is not to hold or have any part of my estate mentioned in this my last will and testament. And I do hereby authorize, constitute and appoint Randolph Mabery and Robert Martin my sole executors of this my last Will and Testament, and that I do hereby revoke, disannull and make void all former wills and bequeaths whether written or nuncupative in the most positive and absolute terms, and do declare and publish this and this only to be my last will and testament by me made here upon earth. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the twenty fifth day of March AD 1819.
Signed, Sealed in                                                          
the presents of                                                            Thomas x Cook (seal)
WW Martin
Hicks x Combs                        North Carolina
James Marlow                        Wilkes County       May term 1819
                                                         The execution of the foregoing will
                                             was duly proven in open court by the oaths
                                             of William W Martin, Hicks Combs and
                                             James Marlow, and Randolph Mabery &
                                             Robert Martin were duly qualified as executors
                                             to the said will.
                                                             Test.
                                                             R Martin Clk





An Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Cook Deceased

Four Hundred and forty acres of land. One Negro woman named Virgin about 60 yrears old. One Negro Man named Benjamin about 30 years old to be sold. One Negro man named Charles about 30 years old. One Negro woman named Hulda about 22 years old. One Negro girl child named Kiziah about one year old. Three head of horse creatures. One year old colt. Four cows. Three Yearlings. Two Young calves. Twenty one grown hogs. Twenty three small hogs. Ten Sheep. Six lambs. Four beds & furniture with their bedsteads and chords. One table. One chest. One small trunk. Seven chairs. One cupboard and some crockery ware. Three pewter dishes. Eight pewter plates. One small bason. A part of a case of knives and forks. Six metal spoons. One mans saddle. One old womans saddle. One bridle. One smooth gun, shotbag and horn. Two cotton wheels. One linen wheel. One reel. Foru glass bottles. One tin trumpet. One pair of candle moulds. One small looking glass. One iron shovel. One pot brammil. One flat iron. One family bible. Seven books. Two water pails. Two piggins. Three tin pans. Three pots. Two ovens. One spider. One skillet. Four pair pot hooks. Two plows. Two pair of chain traces. Two collars and ___. Four hoes. One mattack. One sproutting hoe. Three axes. One cross and saw. One hand saw. One iron wedge. One frow. Two augurs. Two small cages. Fourteen hogs heads. Three geese. One loom and gears. One cutting knife and bore. One coopers edge. One hammer. One pair of Steelyards.
N.B. the above property is for the use of the dec'd. Widow and family to live on.

                                                                   R.Martin
                                                                   Randolph Mabery Execs.
North Carolina
Wilkes County
May Term 1819
The above inventory was
returned on oath by the Executors.

                           Test
                           R Martin Clk





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