Will of Thomas Cook
Iredell County, North Carolina, 1791
In the name of God Amen. November 9th 1791
I Thomas Cook in the County of Iredell & State of North Carolina yea make being wake in body but of perfect mind & memory thanks be to God for & calling to mind the mortality of my Body that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is to say principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it & for my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me within this life I give and Dispose of in the following manner & form. Imprimis. It is my will and I do order it that all my just debts & funeral charges be paid & satisfied. Item I do leave & bequeath to my oldest son James Cook five shillings & to my four daughters viz. Margaret McKnight, Jean McConel, Mary Hughey & Elizabeth Nelson, Each of them five shillings it is my will & I do order it that my son Alexander Cook have my Crosscut saw. It is my will and I do order it that my son William Cook keep & hold the Negro boy that he has received from me called Peet & all other things he has received from one besides. I do further order that my S’d Son William Cook have a fifth part of the household furniture or the value thereof & also the fifth part of the hogs & sheep & likewise two cows & calves. Item it is my will & I do order it that my son Thomas Cook get ten Pounds or the value thereof. Item it is my will & I do order it that my well beloved wife Margaret Cook get a Negro Wench called Kate & a Negro boy Cotted bob & the half of all movables exclusive of what is left to my son William whereof and also to have a fifth part of what grain is raised on the plantation & her choice of any room in the house for use during her life or widowhood & to be at her disposal at her death. Item it is my will & I order it that my youngest son Joseph Cook do have & enjoy the plantation I now live upon & to have a Negro man called Jack and another Negro boy called Caesor & the other half of the remaining movables & house & plantation.
I do nominate constitute & appoint my two sons viz. William & Joseph Cook sole executors of this my last will & testament on witness hereof I have set my hand and seal the day & year above written. Signed sealed published & declared by the said Thomas Cook as his last will & testimony in the presence of us the subscribers.
Thom. Beaty, Jurat
Hugh Torrence Jr.
Source: Familysearch.org, www.familysearch.org, > All Record Collections> North Carolina> Iredell County > North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970, Wills, 1790-1819, Vol. 01, Image 62-63/238