This is a transcription of the will of Moses Cockrell of Fairfield County, SC. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the document are original.
Old Will Book 2; page 191; file 2
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Moses Cockrell, of the County of Fairfield, and the State of South Carolina, being weak in body, but perfect sense and memory, and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make my last will and Testament in the manner and form following. That is to say,
In the first place I recommend my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who gave it and my body, to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors, and as to my worldly concerns I endow them in manner and form following:
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my wife Jane Cockrell the chief part of the plantation I now live on, beginning at Davender's corner and my corner, from thence a straight line to a pine corner upon Hugh Youngue's line, thence with the North line round the said line to the beginning. Also, the third of my moveable property. Negroes excepted as they are not my property no longer than I live.
Item - I give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah Cockrell that tract of land which he now lives on and the negroes. Also which we have already contracted about, the contract being such that I've the use of the negroes for the use of the land on which I live. Also his part of the moveable property.
I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Cockrell two hundred and fifty acres of land joining land he now lives on, and his part of moveable property.
I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Noland all that parcel or tract of land joining John Richmond and Samuel Armstrong, which at the time Gunning was vacant land. Also a share of moveable property.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Martin all the portion already that I intended to give her.
Item - I give and bequeath to my daughter Liah Neel her equal share of my moveable property.
My desire is that my two sons, Jeremiah and Nathaniel Cockrell, be the executors of this last will and Testament, ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and all others heretofore made to be void and of none effect.
Also it is my will and desire that my friend Burr Harrison should act to settle all my accounts and determine all disputes that may arise from this my last will.
In Witness whereof I've set my hand and Seal this the 30th day of January in the year of our Lord 1788