Nathaniel, a man of color v. George W. Coons
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Be it Remembered that on Monday the 26th day November AD. 1838 (that being the 4.th Monday
in said month.) a probate court was commenced and held in and for the County of WarrenCounty of Warren at the Court
House thereof in the city of VicksburgVicksburg present Hon. James BlandJames Bland Judge E W Morris Shff. Ed B Scarbrough
Clk. A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of MiltonMilton Duty decd. was this day
produced in open court and proven by the oath of WilliamWilliam C. SmedesSmedes one of the subscribing witnesses thereto
whereupon it is ordered that the same be admitted to Record at probatum est- and is in the words and figures
following, to wit; I MiltonMilton Duty of WarrenWarren county State of MississippiMississippi do make and publish this my
last will & testament revoking and making void all former wills by me at anytime heretofore made - and
first I direct that all my personal estate [ excep ]- that herein after otherwise disposed of consisting of Horses.
Oxen, Cows, present growing crop, farming utensils, blacksmith tools &c to be disposed of in such manner as
my Executor shall appoint and the proceeds to be appropriated to the payment of my just debts & all other legal
demands against my Estate, in case my personal Estate should not prove sufficient to meet these ends- It is
my wish that the following named negroes or so many thereof of as shall be absolutely required be sold for those
purposes-To wit-MariaMaria -Ann-MillyMilly & her five children- MariaMaria & Ann to be sold first- and then in case there should still be not enough, MillyMilly and her five children to be sold to either ThosThomas Irvens, Egbert Sessions or David DDavid D
Gibson whichever of the three will give most for them -Also I direct that all my negroes not otherwise disposed of
consisting so far as I recollect of the following wit: Chairty-NatNat -Olivia-BraxtonBraxton -PrestonPreston -LouisaLouisa -MalindaMalinda -HowardHoward
Seuny-ClarissaClarissa -Ann ElizaEliza -LucyLucy -MaryMary -Louis, MaryMary , Beverly, AlfredAlfred ,-Sam, CarolineCaroline -EllenEllen -JesseJesse -LydiaLydia -NellyNelly
ElizabethElizabeth -JordanJordan -MadisonMadison -Henderson-HarryHarry -Charlotte-Harrison, Amanda & likewise the MariaMaria , Ann &
MillyMilly with [ he ] five children above mentioned in case it should not be necessary to sell them to meet the payment
of my debts & all other negroes whatsoever that may belong to me at the day of my death be free and manumitted
& that they be sent out of this State into the State of MissouriMissouri, if the laws of that State permit the admission,- if not, to such
other State or [ teritory ] in the United StatesUnited States as under the direction of Judge John J GuionJohn J Guion shall be deemed most suitable
for their condition- Also I direct that the sum of five hundred dollars be given to Loel D Anderson my brother in
law for his services rendered me on my plantation during the present year â Further, I direct that my Gold watch
and chain & all my wearing [ apparell ] be given to my negro boy PrestonPreston , the fifth mentioned in the above list for
his faithfulness & honesty to me since he has been in my possession â further, I direct that if after the payment
of my debts, the removal of my negroes, and the payment of the above legacies there should be a [ surpluss ] of my
personal Estate amounting to a thousand dollars or less- the said [ surpluss ] be given to my negro MaryMary whom I
purchased 3 years ago of Wm Allen Esq & also if there should be a greater amount than one thousand dollars
all over the remainder to be equally divided between the aforementioned & his brother BraxtonBraxton Further
I direct that in case it should be wish of the three last mentioned negroes to wit, MaryMary Preston & Braxton to
remain in Warren CountyWarren County among their relatives that they be permitted to do so provided the requisite securities can
be found And I do hereby make & ordain my esteeemd neighbour Judge John J GuionJohn J Guion Executor of this my last
will and testament, requesting him to employ as his agent in settling my estate, say one or more of the following named
gentlemen to wit Mark Valentine, David D Gibson, JeffersonJefferson Nailer or JesseJesse EvansEvans , - In case of the death

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of John J GuionJohn J Guion Esq. - David DDavid D . Gibson Esq to be executor in his stead And lastly my Express
will and desire is, I do hereby order and appoint that if any [ diference ] or dispute question or controversy
shall arise or happen concerning any gift bequest or other matter or thing in this in this my will given &
bequeathed expressed or contained that the same shall be [ refered ] wholly to the award order & determination
of my esteemed friend & Executor Judge John J GuionJohn J Guion & whatsoever he shall order and determine therein shall be binding & conclusive to and on all person of persons therein concerned - In witness whereof J Milton
Duty the testator have to this my will written on one Sheet of paper set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty six

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Witness W. C. SmedesSmedes SamuelSamuel Fernandes