m. BEF 1715
- Thomas Cofer1715 - BEF 1791
Facts and Events
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pg. 251-254. Indenture 18 Oct. 1745 between William Pearce of Orange County, Planter, and Thomas Coffer of same, Planter.. Whereas by Pattent dated 26 March 1739 said William Pearce granted 70 acres lying in the fork of Rappadan River.. lease and release for £30.. paid by Thomas Coffer.. doth.. grant all that land bounded as follows.. East side of Elk Run.. Robert Taliaferro.. corner to George Anderson.. corner to Thos. Rucker. . . . (signed) William (X) Pearce (Seal), Elizabeth (X) Pearce (Seal).
- Witnesses: Mathew Stanton, Mathew (X) Knight.
- Recorded Orange County 28 November 1745.
- [Orange County Virginia Deed Book 10, Dorman, pg. 53].
Will of Thomas Cofer
- Culpeper County, written 24 April 1782, proven 17 December 1791
- In the name of God Amen, The 24th of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five; I Thomas COFER of Culpepper Co, being sick of body, but of good and sound memory, thanks be to Almighty God and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this transitory life, and that all flesh must submit and yield to death; when it shall please God to call, do make, constitute, ordain and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following; revoking and annulling by these presents, all and every testament and testaments, will and wills heretofore by me made and declare either by word or writing, and this to be taken for my last will and testament, and none other and now for the settling of my temporal estate, and such goods, chattels and debts as it has pleased God far above me deserts to bestow upon me, I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following: viz;
- First I will that all the debts and dues as I owe in right or conscience, to any manner of person or persons, whatsoever, shall by will and truly contended and paid within convenient time after my decease, by my executors here after named. Imprimis: I lend and bequeath to Mary, my beloved wife, all that I personally possess as horses, cattle, movable and immovable land and during her life and also one negro fellow named Harry.
- Item: My son James having had an equal part or nearly so with the rest, I hope he will content himself there with.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my son Josias, the sum of five pounds.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my son Jesse, the sum of ten pounds.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my sons, Jacob, Joel, George and Reuben, after all the legacies are paid, and anything remains, for what is left, to be equally divided amongst them four.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my son Reuben, a certain tract of land containing ninety acres more or less, which I bought of John STOCKDELL and Joel COFER.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my son George this tract of land where I now live, containing ninety acres, had of James RUCKER and ten acres I had of Mr. TWIMAN.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann GIBSON five pounds.
- Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Phoebe, one negro fellow named Harvey, but if she dies without heirs I will that the negro be sold and the money be equally divided amongst the whole of my children.
- In witness to the above I herewith set my hand and seal. I desire George ANDERSON and Joel COFER, executors.
- Thomas COFER
- Witnesses: Joseph UNDERWOOD, Nathan UNDERWOOD, Charles COCKE
- Received 17 Dec 1791
Information on Thomas Cofer
Thomas Cofer bought 70 acres on Elk Run, Orange County in 1745, just south of John Rucker (Jr?). A dau. of William Offall and Mary Rucker (John Sr.'s sister) did marry a J. Cofer by one reference. James? Jacob? Josias? Jesse? or Joel? This was likely the same 70 acres on Elk Run, adj. George Anderson, Robert Taliaferro and Thomas Rucker, patented in 1739 by William Pearse.
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