Nathaniel, a man of color v. George W. Coons
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Be it Remembered that on Monday the 26th day of November A,D, 1838 (what being the 4th 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 VicksburgCity of Vicksburg.
Present 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 deced was this day produced in open
court and proven by the oath of WilliamWilliam C Senedes one of the subscribing witnesses thereto whereupon it
is ordered that the same be admitted to Record al probatum est and is in the words and figures following to wit.

I, Miton Duty of Warren CountyWarren County State of MississippiMississippi do make and publish this my last will & Testament
revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made â And first I direct that
all my personal estate except that herein after otherwise disposed of consisting of Horses, Oxen Cows, present
growing crop, farming utensils blacksmith tools 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 â It is wish that the following
named negroes or so many thereof 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 â Also I direct that all my negroes not otherwise disposed of consisting so far
as I recollect of the following to wit. CharityCharity - 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 whatsover 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.
Jon J Guion shall be deemed most suitable for their condition And I direct that the sum
of five hundred dollars be given to Joel 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 mentiond 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 surplus
of my personal Estate amounting to a thousand dollars or less- the said surplus be given to my negro MaryMary whom I
purchased 3 years ago of Wm Allen Es of & 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 WarrenWarren county among their relations that they be permitted to do so provided the requisite securities
can be found. And I do hereby make & orderin my esteemed neighbour judge John J GuionJohn J Guion executor
of this my last will and testament requesting him to employ as his agent in settling any 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 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 idf any [ diference ] or dispute question or controversy
shall arise or happen concerning any gift bequest or other matter or thing in this my will given & bequeathed
expressed or contained that the same shall be [ refered ] wholly to the award order & determination of my