State of South Carolina
I JAMES COACHMAN being in my sound mind and memory doth make this my last will and Testament in manner & form following.
I give devise and bequeath to my son JOSEPH COACHMAN and to his heirs forever a certain part of five hundred acres of land that was granted to one GREGORY to begin at a lightwood stake upon the upper line of the said five hundred acres fixed by myself and to run south through the said tract and continue the same course through part of another five hundred acres of land granted to me binding east and south on the lands granted to GREGORY till it stikes the lower bounds in the Gapway. Also that other part of the five hundred acres granted to me which the line above mentioned will divide in part and does bind east and south on the divided land granted to GREGORY. Also another tract of land of five hundred acres granted to me binding east on the last mentioned land. Also another tract of land granted to one ELLERY in the Great Bay be the same more or less all which lands I give and devise to my son JOSEPH COACHMAN and his heirs forever with the following mentioned Negro slaves to wit: CUFFY, SKILLING, CLORAH, ROSE, SAM, MATHIAS, DOLL & PEGGY.
I give devise and bequeath to my son JOHN COACHMAN and to his heirs forever two tracts of land joining each other upon Pee Dee River on which I now live on containing eight hundred and twenty-one acres. Also that divided part of GREGORY tract by the line mentioned above and known by the name of CONYERS old field and is the west part of the live that divides the land given above. Also the other part of that land granted to me wherever that line may divide it on the lower bounds in the Gapway. All which lands I give and devise to my son JOHN COACHMAN and his heirs forever with the following mentioned Negro slaves to wit: ANDREW, LONDON, JUDY, his wife, PHILLIS, CAIN, ABLE and JANUARY.
I leave the use of DINAH, CHARLOTTE, JACK, PHILLIS and MELIAH as shall be mentioned hereafter for the uses and purposes thereof to my daughter HANNAH POSTELL.
I leave the use of BESS, SCIPIO, FANNY, MOLLY, CLOE, JENNY as shall be mentioned hereafter for the uses and purposes thereof to my daughter ANN WATIES COACHMAN.
The remainder of my Negroes not mentioned with all kind of stocks of cattle, sheep, hogs & horses, mares & colts, I leave to be equally divided in four parts, one fourth part I give & bequeath to my son JOSEPH COACHMAN, one fouth part I give and bequeath to my son JOHN COACHMAN, one fourth part the use of which I leave with the others named before to my daughter HANNAH POSTELL during her natural life and at her death if there be no living issue of her body that may arrive to the age of eighteen years to whom I mean it shall descend in failure of which then my will is it shall be the property forever of ANN WATIES COACHMAN or the issue of her body, one fourth part the use of which I leave with the others named before to my daughter ANN WATIES COACHMAN during her natural life and at her death if there be no living issue of her body that may arrive to the age of eighteen years to whom I mean it shall descend, in failure of which then my will is it shall be the property forever of HANNAH POSTELL or the issue of her body. I also leave my household furniture to my daughter ANN WATIES COACHMAN that may be in my dwelling at the time of my decease. What is in my Counting House in the Garden, I give to my sons JOSEPH and JOHN COACHMAN with boats and canoes. I also leave a tract of land upon Pee Dee River containing five hundred acres joining south on lands given to JOHN COACHMAN in this my will to be sold by my executors to pay any debts and if not sold for that purpose. I then give and devise the land to my daughters and the heirs of their body forever. The said land is known by PALMER’S OLD FIELD and it is my will that there shall be no division of any part of my estate before all my just debts be paid, and it is also my will that if there be any law suits, controversy & disputes amongst my children about this my last Will and Testament to alter or change the equity or appointment of it herein explained, then the one who so offending shall pay to the others the full sum of five hundred pounds, but upon a true obedience and performing of it in peace, love and unity amongst themselves, then they stand invested with all the benefits arising from Will and to all deeds under my hand to them for the uses and purposes meant or intended therein.
I leave an aged Negro man by the name of WILLY to reside with either of my sons he thinks proper to be well ____ fed and clothed and I do disannul, revoke and make void all other wills and acknowledge this to be my last Will and Testament and I do nominate and appoint my two sons JOSEPH COACHMAN, JOHN COACHMAN and JEHU POSTELL executors to this my Last Will and Testament in witness I have here set my hand and seal this twenty-second day of April one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine and the word (sett) in the twenty ninth line in the second page I have interlined it that it may appear more plain and clear.
Signed: JAMES COACHMAN
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us:
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