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1787 Will of Cornelius Cozine

Scan_Pic16101787 Will of Cornelius Cozine

Mercer County, Kentucky

In the name of God, Amen.  This is my last will and testament that I, Cornelius Cozine, do make to my wife and children, my real and personal estate as follows.  I do give and bequeath to my loving wife Mary Cozine the sorrel mare and saddle and all what she had when she came to me, such as cows and

Scan_Pic1611furniture.  Likewise I do give and bequeath to my eldest son, Daniel, five pounds for his birthright and the remainder of my estate to be divided as follows.  my sons Daniel and Cornelius must have at the rate of thirty pounds each and my daughters Anney and Sarah at the rate of twenty pounds each, and my loving wife a daughters part for her dowry.  Thus I desire my estate shall be divided among my wife and children by the men I have chosen to be my executors, Samuel Demaree and Abraham Banta.  The blessings of the Almighty God rest upon my wife and children.  I say no more but set my hand and seal this 9th day of February, 1787.

If my wife should bear and be delivered of a son or daughter in the space of nine months after my decease, it shall have an equal share with one of the rest of my heirs.

Cornelius Cozine

Witnesses present:  John Banta, Simon Vanarsdale, Albert Vorhies and Luke Vorhies

At a Court of quarter session held for the County of Mercer at the Courthouse on Wednesday the 23rd day of May, 1787.  This last will and testament was presented.

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