|Wilkes County, Georgia Will of|
State of Georgia.}In the name of God, Amen, I Nathaniel Coates, of the County of Wilkes and State of Georgia, being very sick but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and as ____ing such worldly estate as I am in possession, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner.
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First. I give unto Lucinda Coates, my beloved wife, twenty-eight acres of land, more or less, joining the place I now reside and also all my household and kitchen furniture, except one feather bed and my books, which I shall after mention. Also, two bay mares and my plantation utensils.
Secondly. I give unto my sons Nathaniel and Henry all my books as their part of my estate. I also give unto my granddaughter Patsy L. Chatfield one feather bed above mentioned. I give unto William Coates’ heirs twenty-five cents. I give unto Sarah Adamson, twenty-five cents, and I give unto Polly Chatfield twenty-five cents, all the balance of my estate to my loving wife Lucinda Coates.
Signed this 11th January 1816 as my Last Will and Testament.
/s/ Nath’l Coats (Seal)
/s/ Wm. Jones
State of Georgia.}Personally appeared in open court William Jones and Lesley Coats, two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing Will, and after being duly sworn saith that they saw the said Nathaniel Coats sign and publish and declare the foregoing instrument of writing to be his Last Will and Testament and at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind and memory and that John Coates signed his name to the same as concurring evidence in the presence of the testator and at his request.
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/s/ Lesley Coats
Sworn to in open court this 11th May 1816.
Will of Nathaniel Coates, 11 January 1816, Will Book 1810-1816, page 133, Wilkes County, Georgia. Probate Court, Washington, Georgia.
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