Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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that they were to be paid off out of the proceeds of his
pork sent down the river to be sold; that in 1837 he
paid sum some MississippiMississippi notes amounting to $ 3000 or
upward to said David CoonsDavid Coons at a discount of about
15 per cent which payment with the hires of said
orators and oratrices and other monies afterwards received
and deposited in the hands of said David CoonsDavid Coons must
have extinguished all the claims of said CoonsCoons for money
advanced on account of pork as aforesaid, and probably left
a considerable sum due to said Duty at the time of
his death; that they believe and charge that the said
Duty took up his notes at the time he paid said
MississippiMississippi money, and that the receipts given by said
David CoonsDavid Coons for money deposited with him by said
Duty were destroyed or suppressed, and the notes made
use of again in the hands of said David CoonsDavid Coons to
establish large claims against the estate of said
Duty after his death; that the said George W CoonsGeorge W Coons
immediately after the death of said MiltonMilton Duty took
out letters of administration on the estate of said Duty
and among the first claims brought forward and allowed
by the County were those of
your father said David CoonsDavid Coons to the amount of
$3683:681/2; that they believe and charge that the
pretended claims of said David CoonsDavid Coons against said
Duty'sDuty's estate are wholly iniquitous & unjust & were
cancelled & paid by said Duty in his life time; that
you said George W CoonsGeorge W Coons and the said David CoonsDavid Coons
knew at the time said letters of administration were
taken out that the will of said Duty was in existence
and that by virtue of the same they were entitled
to their freedom, notwithstanding which you said George W CoonsGeorge W Coons obtained an order from the County CourtCircuit Court aforesaid

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to sell said orators and oratrices as slaves for life
which order was set aside by said Count on the 24th June 1839 upon the production of a duly authenticated copy
of the will aforesaid from the Probate Court of
Warren CountyWarren County Mississippi at which time said will
was admitted to record by the County
County and letters of administration de bonis non with
the will annexed granted to you said G. W Coons who
was then ordered to hire out said orators & oratrices;
that the whole amount of the claims (as they are
informed) allowed by said County CourtCircuit Court against said Duty'sDuty's
estate, including the fraudulent claims of said
David CoonsDavid Coons amounts to the sum of $7193:66 and exclusive
of the same to the sum of $3509:97 1/2 - If the
amount of a judgment recently recovered by the Planters
Bank of MississippiBank of Mississippi against said Duty'sDuty's estate $1440:77
be added to the former sum, the total amount allowed
together with said judgment will be $8634:43 - That there
are other claims which they are informed are about to be presented
for allowance against said Duty'sDuty's estate which
amount to the sum of $1877; that the whole of the
claims last above referred to, including the said judgment
of the said Planters Bank they beleive to be unjust;
that by the settlement of you the said George WGeorge W Coons .
CoonsGeorge W Coons adm. as aforesaid before the Probate Court of St.
Louis County at the September Term 1841 and your
settlements at the June term 1839 and the September term 1840 of the County CourtCircuit Court , you gave credit to the
estate of said Duty for the following sums to wit -
Cash on hand at the death of said Duty $ 94:18
Sales of personal property $ 417:95 proceeds of the hire
of said orators and oratrices from August 1838 till
August 1841 $7223:89.