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Submitted By: Janet Fryar Rohlfs
David Cockrum died testate on or about Nov. 14, 1858.  **
James Jones (step son-in-law) and John Allen (stepson), Executors, 
their signature.
Nancy Cockrum, widow, her signature.
James Jones, Nancy Cockrum, John Allen, and Solomon Goddard Admin. 
Bond $4,000 their signatures Dec. 20, 1858.
Charles R. Allen and Solomon Goddard witness to will.  See copy.
To stepsons John, and Charles B. (R.?) Allen, 40 acres each.  
To stepdaughters Elizabeth Jones wife of James, and  Emaline Laird 
wife of Joseph 40 acres each.  To daughters Sophie Johnson wife of 
James, Mary, Sarah Ellen Adams, wife of Andrew W., and Myrah Atchisson 
wife of Ignatious, and Nancy Jane 40 acres each.  To son Rush 80 acres.  
To my wife Nancy Cockrum the rest of my estate.  Appoint wife and 
James Jones Executors.  Signed Nov. 8, 1858.  Wit: Solomon Goddard & 
C. R. Allen.
Appraisers: David M. Hopper, Alfred H. Reese, and John Farlow Dec. 22, 1858 
their signatures.
Inventory $934.90  Sale Bill - 


David Cockrum's Will

I David Cockrum of the County of Jefferson and State of Illinois do hereby make and 
declare this my last will and Testaments in manner and form Following to wit

First. It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

Second. After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts I give, device, and bequith 
unto my beloved step son John Allen the following described land to wit the North West 
quarter of the South West quarter of Section Eleven town four South Range three East 
containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequith unto my beloved step daughter Elizabeth Jones wife of 
James Jones the following described land to wit, the North East quarter of the North East 
quarter of Section Fifteen in Township four South of Range three East containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequith unto my beloved step son Charles R. Allen the following 
described land to wit the North West of the North East quarter Section Fifteen town four 
South of Range three East containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequith unto my beloved step daughter Emaline Laird wife of 
Joseph Laird the following described land to wit the South West of the South East quarter 
of Section Ten town four South of Range three East containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequith unto my beloved daughter Sophia Johnson wife of James Johnson 
the following described land to wit the South West quarter of the South West quarter of Section 
twenty one in Township four South of Range three East containing forty acres it being the land 
set off for her by Bond for Title

and I also give, device, and bequith unto my beloved son Rush Cockrum the following described 
land to wit the South West quarter of the South West quarter of Section Sixteen, also the North 
East quarter of the South East quarter of Section four town four South of Range three East in all 
containing eighty acres

and I also give, device, and bequith unto my beloved daughter Sarah Ellen Cockrum Adams wife of 
Andrew W. Adams the South East quarter of the South East quarter of Section ten in town four South 
of Range three East containing forty acres

and I also give, device, and bequith unto my beloved daughter Myrah Atchesson wife of Ignatious 
Atchesson Juner the North East of the South East of Section ten town four South of Range three 
East containing forty acres

and I also give, device, and bequith unto my beloved daughter Nancy Jane Cockrum the South West 
quarter of the North East? of Section ? town four South of Range three East containing forty acres, 
and should any of the above lands should fall on lands conveyed from me to George Johnson then the 
said lands so falling shall fall back on any timbered land belonging to me

and I do give, device, and bequeth to my beloved wife Nancy Cockrum all the ballence my estate 
bouth real and personal consisting of the East half and the North West of the South East of Section 
Sixteen town four South of Range three East and all my personal effects of every kind ???? whether 
she shall pay all my just debts and lastly I also constitute and apoint my said wife and James Jones 
my Execuritrix and Executor, in witness whereof, I, the said David Cockrum have herein to set my hand 
and seal this Eight day of November in the year of our lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty Eight.
							David Cockrum  seal
							(his signature)
signed, sealed, published, and declared by the said David Cockrum ? for his last will and testament
in presents of us, whim in his pressence and in the  …..



State of Illinois
Jefferson County		Personally came Nancy Cockram who after being duly sworn says that 
Sworn to & Subscribed		David Cockram died as it is said after making his last will and Testament, 
Dec 20th 1858			on or about the 14th day of Nov 1858.

					Nancy Cockram (her signature)


Sate of Illinois
Jefferson County		Personally came in Open Court Charles B (R?) Allen and Solomon Goddard 
				who after being duly sworn says they are the subscribing witnesses to 
				the last will and Testament of David Cockram dec'd and that we saw the 
				Testator sign said will or acknowledge the same to be his free act and 
				deed and there we believe the Testator was of sound mind and memory at 
				the time of signing the same.

Sworn to & subscribed
Dec 20th 1858				Solomon Goddard
W Dodds Clk				C B(R?) Allen
					(their signatures)


(Dec. 20, 1858)   Executor's Bond
Know all men by these presents,  that we James Jones and Nancy Cockram  John Allen Solomon Goddard, 
of the county of Jefferson and state of Illinois, are held and firmly bound unto the People of the 
state of Illinois in the penal sum of four thousand Dollars, current money of the United States, 
which payment, well and truly to be made, we and each of us, bind ourselves, our heirs, executors 
and administrators, jointly, severally and firmly, by these presents.  
Witness our hands and seals, this 20th day of December,  A. D., 1858.  
The condition of the above obligation is such, that if the above bounden James Jones and Nancy Cockram  
executors of the Last Will and Testament of David Cockram, deceased, do make, or cause to be made, a 
true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits, lands, 
tenements and hereditaments, and the rents and profits issuing out of the same, of the said deceased,  
which have or shall come to the hands, possession or knowledge of the said James Jones and Nancy Cockram,
or to the hands of any other person for them, and the same, so made, do exhibit in the County Court of 
for the said county of Jefferson, as required by law, and also make and render a fair and just account 
of their actings and doings, as such executors to said Court, when thereunto lawfully required; and to 
well and truly fulfill the duties enjoined on them in and by the said Will; and shall moreover pay and 
deliver to the persons entitled thereto all the legacies and bequests 

And as the law shall charge them, and shall, do all other acts which may from time to time be required 
of us, by law, then this Obligation to be void -- otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.         	
Approved in Open Court		James Jones
20th Dec 1858			Nancy Cockram
M Dodds Clk			C R Allen
				Solomon Goddard	
				(their signatures)





Dec the 23rd 1858
Sale bill of the personal property of the estate of David Cockram Dec'd late of 
Jefferson County Ills 
as follows
Viz.;

NAME			ITEM(S)			  PRICE
John Allen		1 musket		  1.00
J. D. Loyd		1 rifle gun		  5.75
John Allen		1 rifle gun		  9.00
John Allen		1 cuting knife		   .70
Carter Wilkey		1 set plow gears	   .50
George Parish		Lot of augurs		   .40
Wyatt Parish		Bills & Irons		   .10
George Parish		Saw & sadle stirups	   .35
John Win		Haines and collars	   .15
J. D. Loyd		1 plow			   .25
C. R. Allen		1 plow			   .20
C. R. Allen		1 plow			   .80
Joseph Carrol		1 set smith tools	 18.00
Joseph Laird		Prairie plow		   .40
D. C. Warren		1 yoke oxen		 40.00
D. C. Warren		2 steers		 31.00
J. D. Loyd		1 bull			 10.00
Wm. Shehorn		1 red heifer		  8.20
John Burchel		1 cow			 11.25
D. C. Warren		1 white face steer	 15.00
James Jones		1 white back steer	 10.00
James Jones		1 white back heifer	  9.50
James Jones		1 brindle steer		  9.00
John Burchel		Pickled heifer		 14.25
James Jones		1 white back heifer	  6.00
John Allen		1 red heifer		 11.00
D. C. Warren		2 steers		 18.00
James Jones		1 speckled heifer	  7.50
						238.30

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Submitted By: Mary Zinzilieta



WILL OF (JAMES) DAVID COCKRUM
Probate Box 15, of Jefferson County, IL Circuit Clerk’s Office


I, David COCKRUM, of the County of Jefferson and the State of Illinois do 
hereby make and declare this my last will and Testament in manner and form 
following to wit:

FIRST:  It is my will that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.

SECOND:  After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts I give, device, and 
bequeath unto my beloved step-son JOHN ALLEN the following described land to wit:  
the North West Quarter of the South West Quarter of Section Eleven Township Four 
South Range of Three East containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequeath unto my beloved step-daughter ELIZABETH JONES wife 
of JAMES JONES the following described land to wit; the North East Quarter of Section 
Fifteen in Township Four South of Range Three East containing forty acres

and I give, device and bequeath unto my beloved step-son CHARLES ALLEN the following 
described land to wit: the North West of the North East Quarter of Section Fifteen 
Township Four South of Range Three East containing forty acres

and I give, device, and bequeath unto my beloved step-daughter EMULINE LAIRD wife of 
JOSEPH LAIRD the following described land to wit: the South West of the South East 
Quarter of Section Ten Township Four South of Range Three east containing forty acres.

And I also give, device, and bequeath unto my beloved daughter SOPHIA JOHNSON wife of 
JAMES JOHNSON the following described land to wit: the South West Quarter of the South 
West Quarter of Section Twenty-One in Township Four South of Range Three East containing 
forty acres it being the land set off for her by Bond for Title.

and I also give, device and bequeath unto my beloved son RUSH COCKRUM the following 
described lands to wit: the South West Quarter of the South East Quarter of Section 
Sixteen also the North East Quarter of the South East Quarter of Section Four Township 
Four South Range Three East in all containing Eighty acres

and I also give, and device and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mary COCKRUM the 
following described land to wit: the North West Quarter of the South East Quarter of 
Section Fifteen Township Four South Range Three East containing forty acres

and I also give, device, and bequeath unto my beloved daughter SARAH ELLEN COCKRUM ADAMS 
wife of ANDREW W. ADAMS the South East Quarter of Section Ten Township Four South of 
Range Three East containing forty acres

and I also give, device, and bequeath unto my beloved daughter MYRAH ATCHISON wife of 
IGNATIUS ATCHESSON Junior the North East of the South East of Section Ten Township Four 
South of Range Three East containing forty acres

and I also give, device and bequeath unto my beloved daughter NANCY JANE COCKRUM the 
North East Quarter of Section ______ Township Four South of Range Three East containing 
forty acres and should any of the above lands should fall on lands conveyed from me to 
GEORGE JOHNSON the said lands so falling shall fall back on any timbered land belonging 
to me

and I do give, device and bequeath unto my beloved wife NANCY COCKRUM all the ballence 
of my estate bouth real and personal consisting of the East half and the North West of 
the South East of Section Sixteen Township Four South

debts, and also constitute and appoint my wife and JAMES JONES my Executrix and Executor, 
in witness whereof, I the said DAVID COCKRUM have here unto set my hand and seal this 
Eighth day of November in the of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Eight.

Signed: DAVID COCKRUM

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said DAVID COCKRUM _______ and for his last 
Will and Testament.

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December 23, 1858 – Sale bill of the personal property of the Estate of DAVID COCKRAM _____ 
late of Jefferson County, Ills as follows:

ALLEN, John 	1 rifle gun 		9.00
ALLEN, John 	1 cuting knife 		.70
WILKEY, Carter  1 set plow gears 	.50
PARISH, George 	set of augurs 		.40
PARISH, Wyatt 	bells & irons 		.10
PARISH, George 	saw & saddle stirrups 	.35
WIN, John 	haines & collars 	.15
LOYD, J. D. 	1 plow 			.25
ALLEN, C. B. 	1 plow 			.20
ALLEN, C. R. 	1 plow 			.80
CARROL, Joseph 	1 set Smith tools 	18.00
LAIRD, Joseph 	prairie plow 		.40
WARREN, D. C. 	1 yoke oxen 		40.00
WARREN, D. C. 	2 steers 		31.00
LOYD, J. D. 	1 bull 			10.00
SHEHORN, Wm. 	1 red heifer 		8.20
BURCHEL, John 	1 cow 			11.25
WARREN, D. C. 	white face steer 	15.00
JONES, James 	white back steer 	10.00
JONES, James 	white back steer 	9.50
JONES, James 	brindle steer 		9.00
BURCHEL, John 	pided heifer 		14.25
JONES, James 	1 white back heifer 	6.00
ALLEN, John 	1 red heifer 		11.00
WARREN, D. C. 	2 steers 		18.00
JONES, James 	1 speckled heifer 	7.00
BURCHEL, John 	1 red heifer 		10.00
JONES, James 	1 red heifer 		6.00
ALLEN, John 	1 short tail cow 	8.75
ALLEN, John 	1 pided steer 		6.50
WATSON, Levi 	1 white face cow 	10.00
LAIRD, Joseph 	1 red cow 		10.00
ALLEN, John 	1 white cow 		8.75
TONY, Ephraim 	1 brindle cow 		9.50
KITRALL, John 	1 spoted cow 		9.10
WILLIS, A. J. 	4 sheep 		6.50
ALLEN, Charles 	1 gray mule 		155.50
ALLEN, Charles 	1 bay mule 		150.00
DALY, William D.1 bay horse 		82.00
MUSIC, Roland 	1 bay mare 		76.50
LYLE, Claborn 	1 gray horse 		46.25
_______, Robert E. 1 mule colt 		51.50

I certify that the above bill of sale is correct given under my hand this 
23rd day of December 1858.

Signed Joseph LAIRD, clerk of the sale.

D. COCKRAM, Sale Bill, Examin, Feby 7, 1859, W. DODDS, clk.


 
 
 
 
 

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