In the name of God Amen
This Seventeenth Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety two I Elisha Coon of East Town in the county of Washington and the state of New York, yeoman being weak and low in body, but of sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call, Do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament. Principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors herein after named . . .
And as touching Such Worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to Bless me within this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form . . .
First my Will is that all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be well and truly paid by my Executors in a Convenient time after my Decease. .
Imprimis I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved wife Hannah Coon the life and profits of all my Real Estate until my son James shall arrive to the age of Twenty one years if my said Wife shall remain my widow but in case she shall marry before my said son James shall arrive to Lawfull age then my will is that my four Youngest Daughters (namely) Anna Sally Betsy and Olive have the profits thereof till my said son James shall arrive to lawfull age as aforesaid.
Item I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Wife my riding Mare and all my sheep that shall be more than ten after my Eldest Daughter shall arrive to Eighteen years of age together with one Bed and furniture all which I give to my wife during her Natural Life. Item I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughter Hannah Coon one Bed and furniture and my largest Iron pot to be hers when she shall arrive to lawfull Age also I give to my said Daughter Hannah Coon ten sheep to be at her disposal when she shall arrive to lawfull age as aforesaid and my largest pair of silver shoe Buckels also I give to my said Daughter Hannah Coon a Dove tail Pine Chest that is called hers . . . Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Anna Coon my largest Iron Kettle to be hers when she shall arrive to lawfull age . .. Item I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Hannah Coon all the remainder of my Household Goods that is not heretofore in This Will given away as long as she shall Remain my Widow and after my Widows Marriage or Decease which first may happen then my will is that what is given in this Bequest to my wife be given and Equally Devided between my four youngest Daughters namely Anna Coon Sally Coon Betsy Coon and Olive Coon. Further my will is and it is my intent and meaning that my Wife Hannah Coon have Her thirds agreeable to law besides the Bequests herein made to her as long as she shall remain my Widow. Item I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved son James Coon all my Real Estate lying in Eastown in the County of Washington in the State of New York Reference being had to the Deed for the Boundaries thereof which land I give to my Son James Coon when he shall arrive to the Lawfull Age to him his heirs and assigns forever his paying what I shall here after in the Will enjoin him that is for him my son James Coon to pay to my other two beloved Sons (namely) Elisha Coon and George Coon forty Pounds New York Currency that is to say Twenty Pounds to each of them my two Sons (viz) Elisha and George to be paid my son Elisha when my son James shall arrive to lawfull age and to my Son George Coon when he my son George shall arrive to lawfull age and also for him my son James to pay unto my four Beloved Daughters (namely) Ann Coon Sally Coon Betsy Coon and Olive Coon Twenty Pounds New York Currency that is to say Five Pounds to be paid to each of them my Daughters (viz) Anna Sally Betsy and Olive when they shall arrive to lawfull age. Item I give to my Beloved Wife Hannah Coon one Cow and five of my largest Swine & two Shoats or smaller swine together with all my wheat Corn Fodder & Barley to be for the use and support of my family. Further my will is that the remainder of my live stock that is not heretofore in this Will by me given Be sold by my Executors (viz) a Horse a Yearling Colt a Calf and the swine also a Gun an Iron shod Stay a Broad ax together with all my farming utensils and that the sum arising from the Sale thereof be appropriated to the payment of my Just Debts and to pay my Executor for his Rightfully Administering on my Estate and after the aforesaid Debts are paid then my Will is that the Remainder of the Money that arises from the sale of the articles as aforesaid together with all my Obligations Notes of Hand and Book Receipts be equally divided between my two sons namely Elisha Coon and George Coon. Item I give and Bequeath unto my three Beloved sons (viz) Elisha Coon James Coon and George Coon all my wearing Apparel to be Equally devided between these my three Sons and also a pattern of a Cotton and worsted Jacket to be divided between my three Sons as aforesaid . . .
Lastly I Constitute ordain and appoint my trusty and well beloved Brother in law Sylvester Satterly of East town in the County of Washington and the State aforesaid yeoman to be my whole and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and Disannulling all and every other Will and Wills by me heretofore made Ratifying and Confirming this and only this to be my last Will and Testament In Testimony where of I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day month and year first within written . . . Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us Witnesses
George Thurston, Jr Elisha Coon (his mark)
Whereas of even Date with these Presents I Elisha Coon of East Town in the County of Washington in the state of New York yeoman did make and ordain my last Will and Testament wherein I Constitute Sylvester Satterly my whole and Sole Executor and I hereby Ratify and Confirm said Will and every Bequest therein by me made . . . Considering this to be a part of my Last Will & Testament
Further my Will is that my Executor put as an apprentice my son Elisha Coon to some suitable place to learn a Good Trade as soon as may be — and also that my Executor bind out as an apprentice my son James Coon as soon as he can get a Good and suitable place for him after his time is our for which he is now hired, Further my Will is that my youngest son George Coon be and Remain with my Wife Hannah Coon if she shall live or Remain my Widow until he my said son George shall arrive to the age of Fourteen years if he my said son George shall behave him self in a becoming manner and be profitable to his Mother in her widowhood & his sisters in their Infant state — Otherwise if my Wife should not live until my son George shall arrive to the age of fourteen years or he prove unprofitable to his mother obstinate or unruly then my Will is that my said Executor bind him as an apprentice to some suitable Person to learn a good Trade or if my son George shall remain with his mother in her widowhood as aforesaid in a profitable & becoming manner until he arrive to the age of fourteen Then my Will is that my Executor bind him as an apprentice as aforesaid. In Confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 17th Day of September AD 1792 —
In presence of — Elisha Coon (his mark)
George Thurston Jr
At a meeting of the Town Council of Hopkinton in the County of Washington & State of Rhode Island on Monday the 19th Day of November AD 1792 The foregoing Instrument was exhibited to the said Town Council at which time personal appeared before the Council Gent George Thurston David Nichols Esqr & Caleb Potter witnesses to the same who made oath that they saw the Testator Elisha Coon Sign Seal Publish Pronounce & Declare the Instrument to be his last Will and Testament & that in his presence & in the presence of each other – they subscribed their names as witnesses thereto & the said Elisha Coon appeared to be at that Time to be of sound disposed mind & memory. Sworn to before the said Town Council, Witness Caleb Potter
Be it Remembered that on the Nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety three Sylvester Satterly the Executor of the within written Will of Elisha Coon Appeared before me Edward Savage and was duly sworn to the Execution and performance of the said Will by taking the Oath of an Executor as by Law appointed before me Edward Savage Surrogate
The People of the State of New York
By the Grace of God Free and Independent to all to whom these Presents shall come or may concerning on the nineteenth day of January Instant before Edward Savage Esquire thereunto by as delegated and appointed the Last Will and Testament of Elisha Coon a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed was proved and is now approved and allowed of by us And the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death goods chattels or credits this State by means whereof the proving and registering said Will and granting Administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased And also the Auditing allowing and final discharging the accounts thereof doth belong unto us The Administration of all and singular the goods chattels credits of the said deceased and any way concerning his Will is granted unto Sylvester Satterly the Executor in the said Will named he being First duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits and also to under a Just and true account thereof when thereunto required in Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our Court of the surrogate of our said County, Washington to be hereunto affixed Witness Edward Savage Esquire Surrogate of our said County at Salem the nineteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety three and of our Independence the seventeenth
Savage (his signature)
Washington County} Be it also Remembered that on the Twenty sixth day of January Instant Personally came and Appeared before me William Tefft and John Satterly of Easton in said County of farmers who being duly declared that according to the best of their knowledge and belief the name of Elisha Coon signed to the will of the said Elisha Coon is the respective proper handwriting of the said Elisha Coon and the proof of the said Will is the proper way or manner in which Wills are proved according to the Laws in that case made and provided in the State of Rhode Island sworn before me
Edw. Savage, Surrogate