Jefferson County, IL
Submitted By: Janet Fryar Rohlfs
PROBATE RECORDS OF Nancy Allen Cockrum
Probate Box 60 Jefferson Co., IL Photocopies of papers obtained.
(July 2, 1888)
State of Illinois
In the name of God, amen – I, Nancy Cockrum, widow of
David Cockrum deceased, of the Town of Spring Garden in the County
of Jefferson and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory
though of the age of eighty-six years, do make and publish this and
declare it to be my last will and testament, that is to say –
After my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, then the residue
of my personal property and effects is to be paid to my Heir or Heirs
who will care for me and take care of me during my natural life and
minister to my wants and necessities in a reasonable and just manner.
And if any of my Real Estate remains after all my just debts and funeral
expenses are paid – that is to say – the South West Quarter of the North
West Quarter of Section Fifteen (15) Township four (4) South, Range three
(3) East, and containing thirty-five acres – Also the North East Quarter
of the South East Quarter of Section Sixteen (16) Township four (4) South,
Range three (3) East of the third principal meridian in Jefferson County,
Illinois, shall descend and be vested in my Heirs who shall take care of
me during my natural life, share and share alike in said land and in proceeds
thereof – hereby revoking all other wills made by me.
And I hereby appoint my son Rush Cockrum and James Jones as my Executors of
this my last will and Testament.
In witness whereof, I the said Nancy Cockrum have hereunto set my hand and
seal this 2nd day of July A. D. 1888.
Nancy Cockrum (her mark)
W. W. KcKenny
John L. Bogan Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said
Nancy Cockrum as and for her last will and testament in presence of us,
who in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her request
have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. July 2 A. D. 1888.
W. W. McKenny
John L. Bogan
(May 2, 1892)
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Jefferson County ss. Mt. Vernon, Ill., May 2nd, 1892
We, the undersigned, publishers of “The News,” a weekly newspaper
printed in Mt. Vernon, in said County, hereby certify that the annexed
notice has been published in said newspaper 3 successive weeks, the first
insertion appearing in the paper issued on the 13th day of April A. D. 1892,
and the last insertion in the paper issued on the 27th day of April A. D. 1892.
Grear & Baker, Publishers
Received of James Jones & Rush Cockrum the sum of Three Dollars and --------
Cents in full for publishing said notice.
$3.00 Grear & Baker
FINAL SETTLEMENT NOTICE
STATE OF ILLINOIS,
County of Jefferson. Ss.
Estate of Nancy Cockrum, deceased.
To Harriet Pucket [Pickett], Nan [Nace] Allen, Eldorus Allen,
Zenobia Camel, Adie Marshal, Joe Allen, Mary E. Marshal, Charles R. Allen,
Cora Knowles, J. E. Knowles, Lorenza Knowles, Martin Knowles, Asey Knowles,
John Jones, Nathaniel Jones, Josiah Jones, Grisey Kailer, James D. Jones,
Malissa Palier, James Laird, William Laird, Lewis Laird, Jess McIntosh,
Nancy Wilson, Mary Summers, Sophia Johnson, Myra Atchison, Jane Estes, heirs
and distributees of Nancy Cockrum’s said estate: You are hereby notified that
on Monday, the second day of May, 1892, the executors of said estate will
present to the County Court of Jefferson County, at Mt. Vernon, Illinois,
their final report of their acts and doings as said executors, and ask the
Court to be discharged from any and all further duties and responsibilities
connected with said estate and their administration thereof, at which time
and place you may be present and resist such application, if you choose so
And Rush Cockrum,
State of Illinois In the County Court to
Jefferson County ss. July Term A. D. 1892
Heirs of Emaline Laird
“ “ Charles R. Allen
“ “ John Allen
Mary Summers Exceptions to
Myra Atchinson Final Report of
Jane Estes Executors
To Final Report of James Jones
& Rush Cockram, Executors of the
Estate of Nancy Cockrum, Dec’d.
And now comes the above named heirs of Nancy Cockrum
deceased in their own profession? Jurians? And by Samuel Laird
their attorney and asks leave of this honorable court to file
the following exceptions to the Final Report of the said Executors,
1st They except to said Report because it is informal.
2nd Because the footings of the sum due from the Executors to the
Estate is incorrect.
3rd Because the footing w/I of the sums received and paid out by
the Executors is incorrect as is shown by a professer? Footing of said sums.
4th Said Report is incorrect.
6th Does not show all the money received by the Executors
7th Report does not show assets received from Rush Cockrum that it
ought to show.
8th The Executors have received large sums of money and property for
which they have failed to account.
9th The claims of Rush Cockrum for the sum of $260.00 is totally incorrect
and never should have been allowed.
10th The credit by Error of $24.00 given Rush Cockrum should not have been given.
11th The credit made of $50.00 to Rush Cockrum on account of Error in
account of Bill Allen is incorrect.
12th Dr. Scarborough’s claim should not have been paid amounting to $13.00
13th Sophia Cockrum’s claim of $30.00 ought not to have been allowed or paid.
14th James Joneses claim of $81.22 ought not to have been allowed or paid.
15th The Taxes $49.09 reported paid by James Jones claimed to have been
paid on March 19th 1889 is incorrect and should not be allowed.
16th James Peavler’s claim of $22.00 is incorrect and should not be paid.
17th Item of Seven Dollars paid Rolan Sullivan is incorrect.
18th Taxes paid or reported as having been paid for year 1890 amounting
to the sum of $29.67 is incorrect.
19th James Jones received large sums of money from the deceased for which
he has not accounted and for which he ought to account.
20th James Jones rec’d. from Bank of B. Z. Evans or Bank of Evans Willbanks
& Co. the sum of $443.00 of money for which he should be held to account
which said money was then and there the money of Nancy Cockrum deceased.
And for this and various other good and sufficient reasons it is asked
that the said Executors be compelled to file a sufficient and correct report &c.
Atty. For heirs
Along the side of the above document is written: Myra Atchinson, Jane Estes,
Sophia Johnson, C. R. Allen, Heirs of Emaline Laird, grandchildren of deceased
Malissa Parlier, Nancy Laird, Joseph McEntock William Laird, James Laird, and
Lewis Laird, Heirs of John Allen – Nace Allen, Eldorus Allen, Joseph Allen,
Harriet Allen, Hatty Marshall, Zenova Campbell, Mary Marshall.
State of Illinois In the County Court
Jefferson County ss. July Term A. D. 1892
In the Matter of
Exceptions of Myra Atchinson et al. To
Report of James Jones & Rush Cockram Praicipe? for
Executors of Estate of Nancy Cockram Subpoenas
The Clerk of said Court will please issue a Subpoena in
the above entitled cause for Charles Atchinson, Belle Cockram, Nancy Cockram,
William Toney, William Allen, & G. W. Evans and oblige as witnesses on the part
of Exceptors and Oblige.
Atty. For Exceptors
(PS) Make Subpoenas returnable on the 11th day of July A. D. 1892 at 10 o’clock A. M.
and oblige. S. L.
RECEIPTS IN FILE:
$10.00 Jefferson County,
Received of James Jones Adminstrat______ of the Estate of Nancy Cochran deceased,
the sum of ten Dollars, of my claim against said Estate.
September the 27, 1882
On or before the first say of September in 1883, we or either of us
promise to pay to the order of Nancy Cockren the sum of eighty dollars
for vaul received of her with eight per sent interst from date.
James M. Williams
August 7, 1888
We the arbartrtors of Nancy Cocram & Charley Atchison to settle the
difference between them, after hearing the evidence find that Charley owes her
55 bushels of oats & that he must stack or thrash her one half of the mowed oats
& that Nancy Cocram owes Charley $30.00 Thirty Dollars.
& we find that Nancy Cocram owes Bill Toney Five Dollars instead
of Charley owing Toney.
This we submit as our verdic.
W. W. McKenny
Nancy Cockrum died Dec. 25, 1889 at Spring Garden. **
Will filed Dec. 31, 1889 and recorded in Record A, p. 284-85.
SEE COPY. James Jones and Rush Cockrum, Executor and Administrator
April 14, 1890. Charge of insanity - medical attendance by J. B. Scarborough, MD.
Sale May 5, 1890. Buyers: A. P. Bumpus, Wm. Allen, Adcock, M. Cockrum, S. Book.
C. R. Allen, D. Cockrum, Glazebrook, J. N. Allen, Nathan Jones, C. Atchison, C. L.
Estes, etc. 1888 Tax year taxes on 440 acres. Notes due to A. P. Allen, C. R. Allen.
Notes due from: Thomas Atchison, Page, John W. Peavler, Hopper, Bert Cockrum,
James Jones for Bill Allen, Jane Allen, Rush Cockrum, etc. Sophia C. Johnson bill
for care. Exception to final report of executor filed by heirs of Emaline Laird,
Eliza. Jones, Charles R. Allen, John, Sophia Johnson, Myra Atchison. Jane Estes,
Rush Cockrum, Mary Summer. Assigned to James Jones share in estate on final report.
May 7, 1892.
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