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Following are full text transcripts of COLE Wills in Prince William County, VA.  They have been transcribed by me from microfilm of the original Will Books available at RELIC (Bull Run Library).


Prince William County, VA Index to Wills, COLE surname only, transcribed from microfilm.  The "Other" heading includes guardian accounts, inventories and estate accounts, appointments, etc.


Year


Name

Will
(Book – Page)

Other
(Book – Page)

1872

Basil Cole

S-6

S-41; S-242; S-332

1847

Benjamin Cole

P-324

P-387; P-438

1855

Benjamin Cole

 

Q-268

1882

Benjamin Cole

 

T-358; T-357

1884

Benjamin Cole

 

T-500

1797

Daniel Cole

H-230

H-235; H-500

1912

Daniel Cole

X-255

 

1909

Harrison Cole

X-33

 

1880

Henry Cole

 

T-229; T-245

1890

Jane L. Cole

U-295

U-323; U-448; U-326

1871

Joseph N. Cole

 

R-692

1887

L. Cole

 

U-95; U-70

1858

Laurence Cole

 

R-1

1884

Lawrence Cole

T-485

T-516

1882

Marion Cole

T-314

 

1897

Mary E. Cole

V-147

 

1837

Matthias Cole

 

O-315

1946

Olive Cole

 

8-95

1852

Prudence Cole

 

Q-88; Q-117

1946

Rebecca Cole

 

8-95

1815

Richard Cole

 

K-376

1818

Richard Cole

 

L-23; L-114

1857

Wileman P. Cole

 

R-251


BENJAMIN COLE
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Prince William County, Virginia
Will Book P, page 324

In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Cole of the County of Prince William and state of Virginia being weak and afflicted in body, but sound in mind and of a disposing memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. I give to my loving wife Prudence Cole all my Estate real and personal during her single life (after my just debts are paid) except my servant I give America which slave and her increase I give and bequeath to the said Prudence Cole as her absolute property to forever to dispose of in any way she may choose to do. And as Eliza Sims has lived with me ever since the death of her husbands It is my will that no charge shall be brought by my heirs or Executors or those who may take charge of my estate against her and her three children up to my death by reason of their support by me. It is my will that Elizabeth Holliday who now lives with me and my daughter Susan Cole shall live with my wife free from any charge by my heirs, provided neither of them do marry. It is my will that Elizabeth Holliday who now lives with me shall receive from my estate a cow and calf or the value thereof at the death of my wife. It is my will that each of my Children that has not had a cow and a calf from me shall when they marry, have ___ (?) and a bed also from my Estate. As I have let my son Bernard Cole have a mare which I paid forty dollars for I will that he account for that sum out of his part of my Estate. It is my will that after the death of my wife all my estate real and personal which may remain in her possession at her death shall be soald by my son Lawrence Cole for the best price he can get and the proceeds equally divided among my Heirs. And I appoint my wife Prudence Cole and my son Lawrence Cole my Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all wills heretofore made by me in witness my hand and seal this 20th day of May eighteen hundred and fourth four.

Benjamin [+ his mark] Cole {seal}

Signed and acknowledged in the presence of us
Seymour Lynn
James D. Boughannan
Moses Copin

In Prince William County Court, September 6th, 1847
This last will and testament of Benjamin Cole decd. was presented to the Court proved by the oaths of Seymour Lynn and Moses Copin and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Lawrence Cole the Executor therein named, who made oath thereto and together with Seymour Lynn his security entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $2000 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.


DANIEL COLE
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Prince William County, Virginia
Will Book H, page 230-231

In the Name of God Amen this 20th September one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven I Daniel Cole of the County of Prince William and Commonwealth of Virginia being very low in health but of mind and memory the calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament and principally and first of all I recommend my Soul in the hands of God that gave it me and as for my Body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a dessant manner at the Discretion of my Executors whom hereafter I shall appoint and touching such worldly estate wherewith in this life after my lawful debts is paid I give devise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin one bay horse name prince and old saddle but this horse is to work in the crop as long as he lives with his mother but he shall find the horse out of his part of the crop.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Matthias one mare named Polly and new saddle to have persession when he comes of age but if this mare proves to have a colt next Spring I give the colt to my daughter Edier.

Item I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Mary and Sarah and Edier all my beds and furniture to be equally divided at my wife’s death also a cow and calf apeace.

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah all my estate induring her natural life not menshened before but if she should marry what I have bequeathed her shall be taken out of her hands if my Executors shall see cause namely Richard Cole and James Cole and at my wife’s death every thing to be equally divided among my Children. I acknowledge this to be my last Will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my Seal the day and year first above written signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of

Daniel Cole [seal]

Thomas Homes
Rich. Cole
James Cole
Benj. Cole

At a Court held for Prince William County the 2nd Day of October 1797
This last will and testament of Daniel Cole Decd. was presented to the Court by Richard Cole as James Cole one of the Executors therein named came into Court and refused the burthen of the Execution thereof and this Rich. Cole the other Exec. made oath to the same according to law and the said will being proved by the oaths of Benjamin Cole and James Cole is ordered to be recorded by the said Rich. Cole having performed what is usual in such cases Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.


DANIEL COLE (Jr.)
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Culpeper Will Book R, pg. 406
26 Dec 1847; probate 21 July 1851

In the name of God, I Daniel Cole of the county of Culpeper and Commonwealth of Virginia being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament.

Article 1st. I give to my daughter Jane E. Freeman and her heirs, one girl by the name of JULIET and her increase forever. 2. I give to my daughter Adaline Kemper and her heirs, one girl by the name of NANCY and her increase forever. 3. I give to my daughter Catherine McConchie and her heirs one girl by the name of CAROLINE and increase forever. 4. I give to my son Richard and his heirs one girl by the name of MARTHA, and my shot gun, and to his son Marian my surveying instruments. 5. I give to my son Henry and his heirs, one girl by the name of FANNY. 6. I give my land to my three sons Daniel, Henry, and Richard to them and their heirs forever. 7. To my sons William and Samuel, and my daughter Frances, and the heirs of my dec. daughters Polly and Sally to each I give one cent. 8. All the residue of my property I will to be sold, and after all my just debts shall have been paid, I give my daughter Catharine McConchie twenty dollars – and the remainder to be equally divided between the following children viz. Jane E. Freeman, Adaline Kemper, Catharine McConchie, Richard, Henry and Daniel. And lastly I appoint my son Richard executor of this my last will and testament, and do request the court not to rule him to security. In testimony whereof I do hereunto put my hand and annex my seal this 26th day of December 1847.

DANIEL COLE {seal}

Signed and sealed in presence of
JAS. FIELD
ISAAC BRIMMER
BURGESS D. FIELD

Culpeper County Court July 21st 1851.
This last will and testament of Daniel Cole decd was this day produced to the court, and proved by the oaths of Joseph Field and Isaac Brimmer, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Richard Cole the executor therein named who made oath thereto, and entered into bond with security according to law, certificate is granted him to obtain probate thereof in due form.


JANE COLE
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Prince William County, VA
Will Book U, pg. 295

State of Virginia
Prince William County

I JANE COLE of Independent Hill Prince William County being feable in health, but of sound mind, do make this my last Will. Wishing to dispose of what worldly effects, which I have in manner becoming to me just and right

1st. To my daughter EDNA A. LYNN or her heirs I bequeath the sum of fifty dollars to be chosen and taken out of any of my property after it shall have been appraised at the appraisement price and if she chooses nothing then all to be sold and she is to receive Fifty Dollars or if anything is chosen then enough be paid out of the bal: to make said sum of Fifty dollars.

2nd. The bal: of my property I wish to be sold and the proceeds after first paying my funeral expenses and any debts I may owe to be divided among my heirs in such manner as it would ____ as if there were no will, if either of said heirs chooses anything from my estate they shall have the sum at whatever it shall be appraised for,

3rd. I appoint my son JAMES L. COLE my Executor and I ask that no security be exacted of him.

In witness whereof I have signed sealed published and declared this instrument as my last Will on the 6th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Eight.

JANE COLE {seal}
Independent Hill, VA

The said Jane Cole at said place on said day of April /88 signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for her last Will and we at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses.

JOHN L. KEYS
T. I. SULLIVAN
J. J. MURPHY

In Prince William County Court June 2nd 1890

This the last will and testament of JANE COLE decd. was produced to the Court for probate and the signatures thereto finally proven by the Oath of THOS. J. SULLIVAN and JNO. L. KEYS subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And in motion of J. L. COLE the Executor therein named who made oath (re security being request) entered into and acknowledged a bind in the penalty of $____ conditioned according to law which bond was ordered to be given ___ Certificate is granted the same Cole for obtaining a probate of said will in due form.


LAWRENCE COLE
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Prince William County, VA
Will Book T,  pg. 485

In the Name of God Amen, I LAWRENCE COLE of the county of Prince William and State of Virginia being of Sound and disposing mind and body, do make this to be my last will and testament, as follows, that is to say I desire that my body may be burried at the direction of my executrix, hereinafter named, on the piece of land hereinafter described.

First: I give and bequeath unto my dear wife JANE COLE, in testimony of my sincere regard and affection for her own absolute use and benefit, and at her disposal, One Third (1/3) of all my personal property including my bonds and money, and in addition to the said one third, also here choice of beds and necessary bedding for said bed, one table, half dozen chairs, the cooking stove, and half dozen silver table spoons. And I also give and bequeath unto my wife JANE COLE the Home place on which I at present reside, to hold for and during her life, and at her death to descend to my heirs. Out of the said Home place I except the land hereinafter given to MOLLIE C. HOWELL, also one half of an acre known as the TANSILL burial ground, and also one half an acre between said burial ground and the road, on which said latter half of an acre I desire and direct that I shall be burried and that said one half of an acre shall be forever retained a family burying ground.

Second: After deducting the one-third (1/3) of my personal property and the various articles enumerated, which I have given and bequeathed unto my wife JANE COLE, I desire and direct that the remainder of my personal property be divided into four (4) equal parts. One of which said four parts I give and bequeath unto my daughter EDNA A. LYNN, wife of JOHN LYNN. I also give and bequeath unto the said EDNA A. LYNN the tract of land, on which she at present resides, and known as the LEWIS COLE tract. Also the tract of land known as the CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS tract, and containing about 53 or 54 acres, and so much of my _____ as is sufficient to make the said EDNA A. LYNN’s land bound on the North side of the Brentsville & Dumfries road, commencing at the intersection of the Hayfield road with the Brentsville & Dumfries road & running with said Brentsville & Dumfries Road to a large persimmon tree in a pond, and running North east about two hundred yards to intersect with line of the CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS tract once containing about twelve acres.

The property both real & personal I give & bequeath to my daughter the said EDNA A. LYNN, I give & bequeath unto her entirely free of and clear from all debts and encumbrances of her said husband JOHN LYNN.

Third: I give and bequeath unto my daughter SARAH JOSEPHINE FOSTER, wife of THOMAS FOSTER, living at present in the State of Missouri, another one fourth of my personal property including bonds and money. After deducting the personal property given unto my wife JANE COLE, as hereinafter described.

I also give and bequeath unto the said SARAH JOSEPHINE FOSTER a tract of land containing between one hundred & forty two, and one hundred & forth three acres, and known as the SULLIVAN tract, being the land on which WM. H. SMOOT at present resides.

The property both real & personal that I give & bequeath unto my daughter SARAH JOSEPHINE FOSTER, I give and bequeath unto her entirely free of all encumbrances and debts of her said husband THOMAS FOSTER.

Fourth: I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES L. COLE another one fourth of my personal property, including bonds and money after deducting the personal property given unto my wife JANE COLE as hereinbefore described. I also give & bequeath unto JAMES L. COLE the tract of land known as the JOHN L. DAVIS tract & containing one hundred & ninety acres less seven acres sold by JOHN L. DAVIS to GEORGE GRAYSON. I also give & bequeath unto the said JAMES L. COLE the tract of land known as the CARNEY tract & containing forty four acres, less one acre which I give & bequeath unto A. S. DAVIS being the family burying ground on said CARNEY tract.

Fifth: I give & bequeath unto the children of my daughter MARTHA W. ASHBY, wife of JOHN A. ASHBY dec’d, the remaining one fourth of my personal property including bonds and money after deducting the personal property given unto my wife JANE COLE as hereinbefore described, the said one fourth of my personal property to be divided into three equal parts, one of which part I give and bequeath unto GEORGIE A. LYNN, wife of JAMES B. LYNN and one of which parts I give & bequeath unto MOLLIE C. HOWELL, wife of S. B. HOWELL, and one of which parts I give & bequeath unto WILLIAM J. ASHBY.

Sixth: I give and bequeath unto GEORGIE A. LYNN, wife of JAMES B. LYNN in addition to the personal property hereinbefore described Sixty five acres of land adjoining the land of JNO. G. TAYLER on the South and the lands of S. B. HOWELL on the North. I give & bequeath unto the said GEORGIE A. LYNN one half of a tract containing eleven (11) acres & laying at HOWISON’S ford near ASHBY’s Old hill, the property both real & personal bequeathed & given unto GEORGIE A. LYNN is given & bequeathed to be free of all debts and encumbrances of her husband, the said JAMES B. LYNN.

Seventh: I give and bequeath unto MOLLIE C. HOWELL, wife of S. B. HOWELL, in addition to the personal property hereinbefore described, the tract containing ten acres, including the two enclosed lots & containing the line from the said enclosed lots with the Brentsville road so as to include the building known as the Office, and then running from the west end or corner of said Office to a large White Oak at the Blacksmith Shop & including said Blacksmith Shop; and then running from said Shop with the line between my land, and the land of HORACE COLE, running by the Township Hall to the Store House and including the said Store House and then running to my corner on the Brentsville road. I give and bequeath the said real estate and personal property unto the said MOLLIE C. HOWELL free of and clear from all debts and encumbrances of her said husband S. B. HOWELL.

Eighth: I give and bequeath in addition to the personal property hereinbefore mentioned unto WILLIAM J. ASHBY my interest in the tract of land known as the W. P. COLE land, and located near the Store House.

Ninth: It is my desire that should any of those mentioned in this will contest the same in any manner, that the said person so contesting this Will shall receive none of my property whatsoever.

Tenth: I nominate & appoint my wife JANE COLE Executrix of this my last will and testament, and request the Court to require her to give no security. And I do hereby revoke & make void all former and any other will by me at any time heretofore made, and do declare these presents to be and contain my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I the said testator LAWRENCE COLE have set my hand and seal, on this the twenty fifth day of September in the year 1882.

LAWRENCE COLE {seal}

Signed, Sealed, published & declared
by the Testator LAWRENCE COLE, as for his last
Will & testament in the presence of us, who in his presence
at his request, & in the presence of each other, have hereunto
subscribed our names as Witnesses

(1) GEO. W. TANSILL
(2) JOHN L. KEYS
(3) C. E. ACEAL

Whereas I LAWRENCE COLE of Prince William County have made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date Sept. 25 1882, now I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said will, and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as a part thereof.

I give and bequeath in addition to the property hereinbefore described to my wife JANE COLE one roan buffalo cow four years old last Spring, and one (Jersey?) calf, about one year old.

Witness my hand & seal this the 25th day of September 1882.

LAWRENCE COLE {seal}

Witness to the Codicil:
(1) GEO. W. TANSILL
(2) JOHN L. KEYS
(3) C. E. ACEAL

At a County Court held for Prince William County Oct. 6th 1884.
The true last will & testament of LAWRENCE COLE de’d was this day produced to the Court for probate and the signatures thereto being fully proven by the Oaths of GEO. W. TANSILL and JOHN L. KEYS subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

And on motion of JANE COLE the Executrix therein named who made Oath & entered into bond in the penalty of $5,000.00 conditioned according to law (no security being required) which bond is ordered to be recorded. Certificate is granted the said JANE COLE for obtaining letters of Administration (from?) the estate of LAWRENCE COLE in due form.


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