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Submitted by Ed Coleman

Will of Jno G Coleman

Mecklenburg County, VA

Will Book 18, pages 524 and 525

In the name of God Amen I Jno G Coleman of the County of Mecklenburg and state of Virginia being of sound mind & memory do make & ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others by me made or intended to be made in manner and form following Art 1 st I give to my son Cicero A Coleman my negro man Frank one horse household and kitchen furniture all of which has already been advanced to him which I give to him his heirs &c [etc.] forever and at my death I give to my said son Cicero all my stock of hogs & cattle & plantation tools and wagon which are on the plantation whereon the said Cicero now resides also the land I purchased of Asa Garner containing 444 acres by survey I loan to my said son Cicero A Coleman during his life and at his death my will is that the said 444 acres of land shall be equally divided between the heirs of his body but if the said Cicero would survive his wife Jane M Coleman he is to have full popepion [possession] of said land to do as he pleases with = Art 2 nd at my death I give & bequeath to my son David P Coleman my two negroes Phil and Mariah and her increase one sorrel horse George one bed & furniture & bedstead which I give to him and his heirs &c forever = Art 3 rd at my death I give & bequeath to my daughter Harriet C Coleman my two negroes Repet and Nancy and her increase and one bed and furniture all of which I give to her and her heirs &c forever = 4 th at my death I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary F Coleman my two negroes George and Claira and her increase and one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give to her and her heirs &c forever = 5 th at my death I give and bequeath to my daughter Julia A Coleman my two negroes Green and Isam and one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give her and her heirs &c forever 6 th at my death I give and bequeath to my daughter Amanda E Coleman my two negroes Eitty and Rose & their increase and one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give her & her heirs forever 7 th at my death I give and bequeath to my son Darius S Coleman my two negroes Saerres and Nancy (daughter of Daphne) and her increase one black colt & one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give him his heirs &c forever = 8 th = at my death I give and bequeath to my son Henry C Coleman my three negroes Paul Jane and Daphne and their increase one sorrel colt & one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give him & his heirs &c forever 9 th at my death I give and bequeath to my daughter Sapphira D Coleman my two negroes Sam and Sarah and her increase and one bed bedstead & furniture all of which I give her & her heirs &c forever 10 th at my death I loan to my beloved wife Mary G Coleman all the land whereon I now reside containing 340 acres adjoining the lands of J A Gregory Wm' S Smith Fn Gregory and C H Pettus and the following slaves viz Adam Daniel Tom Wyatt Milley Rachel & Pleasant also all my stock of horses (not before disposed of) cattle hogs sheep ox cart wagon and wheat thrasher plantation utensils of every description also all my household & kitchen furniture not before disposed of all my lard bacon or pork and all my crop of every description I require and bind my wife Mary G Coleman to pay all my just debts out of the property loaned her = at the death of my beloved wife Mary G Coleman my will is that all the above named property of every description loaned her during her life shall be equally divided between my eight children now living with me (viz) David P Coleman Harriet C Coleman Mary F Coleman Julia A Coleman Amanda E Coleman Darius S Coleman Henry C Coleman Sapphira D Coleman I request that my popepions [possessions] whereon I now live be a peaceable home for my daughters as long as they live single I request that no appraisement be made of my estate Lastly I hereby appoint my three sons David P Coleman Darius S Coleman and Henry C Coleman executors to this my last will & testament and request that no security be required of them In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this ___ day of ____ 1856

John G Coleman (seal)

Witnep [Witness]

J A Gregory

Alexander Smith

R H Brame

Mecklenburg County June Court 1856

The foregoing last will and testament of Jno G Coleman decd [deceased] was this day produced in open count and proved by the oath of Alexander Smith and R H Brame two subscribing witnepes [witnesses] thereto & ordered to be recorded = and on motion of Darius S Coleman one of the Exors [executors] therein named who made oath thereto

(there being no security required by said will) entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $24000 conditioned according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat [probate] thereof in due form Liberty being reserved the other Exors to join in the probat when they shall think fit

Teste R. B. Baptist Clk

Know all men by these presents that I Darius S Coleman am held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of Twenty four thousand dollars to pay which I bind Myself My Heirs &c jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with My seals & dated this 16 th day of June 1856 = The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Darius S Coleman who is appointed and this day qualified as Exor of Jno G Coleman deceased shall faithfully discharge the duties of said Executor according to law then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Darius S Coleman (seal)

Mecklenburg County Court June Term 1856

The bond was acknowledged by the obligator thereto & ordered to be recorded.

Teste R. B. Baptist Clk

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Will of Mary G Coleman

Mecklenburg County, VA

Will Book 23, page 507

In the name of God Amen. I Mary G Coleman of the County of Mecklenburg & State of Va being of sound mind & memory do constitute & ordain this my last will and testament in the words following to wit. Item first, It is my wish that all my just debts be paid 2 nd At my death I give and bequeath to my two daughters Harriet C and Julia A Coleman my two mules my wagon & harnep [harness] all my crops of every description plantation tools and my table & kitchen furniture to them & their heirs forever. 3 rd At my death I direct that one bed & my stock of cattle be sold and one half of the proceeds of said sale to go to my son Henry C Coleman & the other half to be divided between my son D P Coleman & my two daughters Sophia D Townsend & Mary F McCargo. 4 th I give to the heirs of my two deceased sons D S & C A Coleman two dollars pay one dollar to the children of D S Coleman and one dollar to the children of C A Coleman. 5 th I hereby appoint my friend Wm H Pettus executor to this my last will & testament. In testimony whereof I hereunto assign my name and affix my seal this 20 th day of Oct 1876.

Mary G. (Her Mark) Coleman

Witnep

J.A. Gregory

E.S. Gregory

Transcriber's notes:

Transcribed, as written, from the original documents archived in the Mecklenburg Co VA Clerk's Office in Boydton. Words enclosed in [ ] are modern day spellings of the word that directly preceded it.

Transcribed on July 16 th , 2008 by William Edward Coleman, Jr, great-great-great grandson of Jno G and Mary G Coleman.

Jno G Coleman was the son of Obediah and Elizabeth Coleman of Mecklenburg Co VA

Jno G Coleman and Mary G Clay were married March 14 th , 1818 in Amelia Co VA

Cicero A Coleman was a private in Company A (Mecklenburg Guards), 56 th Virginia Infantry CSA and died at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond on August 4, 1864 of debility. Cicero's wife was Jane Haskins.

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Disposition of land in the will of Jno G. Coleman:

"...the land I purchased of Asa Garner containing 444 acres by survey I loan to my said son Cicero A Coleman during his life and at his death my will is that the said 444 acres of land shall be equally divided between the heirs of his body but if the said Cicero would survive his wife Jane M Coleman he is to have full popepion [possession] of said land to do as he pleases with...

...I loan to my beloved wife Mary G Coleman all the land whereon I now reside containing 340 acres adjoining the lands of J A Gregory Wm' S Smith Fn Gregory and C H Pettus...

...I request that my popepions [possessions] whereon I now live be a peaceable home for my daughters as long as they live single