This is the transcribed Will of Samuel ARNETT, Wilkes Co. 1834. It was originally posted to GenForum by Walter L. CULLARS on Jan. 23, 2001.

I have taken the liberty to “bold” all mentions of respective ARNETT slaves.

It’s been established that our Wilkes Co. ARNETT Ancestors “adopted” the surname COHEN in the late 1890’s. Another new discovery – in 1817, John QUERNS willed slaves to his nephews Samuel & William Arnett as a part of his estate.

That said, I think for posterity sake, it’s important to document all findings of ARNETT slaves.



Georgia, Wilkes Co.: In the name of God Amen. I Samuel Arnett of the county and state of aforesaid being of sound mind and disposing memory calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all others. First, I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried. As to my earthly property I wish to make the following disposition of it.

Item 1st: I give and bequeath to my son Henry W. Arnett’s children the following property, Sunthia Eady and her three children James, Green, Caroline, and three hundred dollars in cash he has heretofore received and receipted for; and I give and bequeath unto said children one negro boy, John, at my death and I also give unto my son Henry W. Arnett fifty dollars for his__________use.

Item 2nd: I give and bequeath unto my son Seaborn Arnett the following property, Sally a woman, Peter a boy, and five hundred and fourteen dollars and seventy cents in cash, three negroes, Stephan a man, Lucinda a girl, Liza a girl, which property and money he has heretofore receipted and receipted for. Also I give three negroes at my death, March and Ned, boys and Clarisa, a girl.

Item 3rd: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy the following property, Patience a girl, Clark a boy, Betty a woman, Evaline her child, Nancy a woman and her child Dianne, cash one hundred dollars which she has

heretofore received and receipted for by William Glaze her husband. Also I give her one negro boy named Wilkes at my death.

Item 4: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly Newman the following property, Sarah a woman, Bob a boy, Jane a woman, Isham a boy, Marion a woman and child, Jefferson, cash one hundred dollars thirty seven and one half cents which she has heretofore received and receipted for by William Newman; also at my death Joe and Jimmy.

Item 5th: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife the following property during her natural life and widowhood, one negro woman Nancy, my interest that I bought of Thomas M.M. (W.W.?) Hud (?), also one man Len and Feruby his wife, Mary and her child Caty-also supposed to be one hundred and fifty acres of land, taking the dwelling house and

kitchen beginning at a persimmon in the lane and running due east to my east line adjoining Mr. Florence, thence with said line to Little River, thence up the river to the mouth of Upton’s creek, thence up said creek to the mouth of the Spring branch, thence up said branch to a bridge, thence up the east side of the lane to the beginning coming into the lane sixty yards north of the dwelling house, also two beds and furniture. The above land I wish to give to my son Oliver C. Arnett at my wife’s death or intermarriage, also the rest of the property left her to my children.

Item 6th: I give and bequeath the balance of my estate both real and personal to my son Oliver C. Arnett.

Item 7th: It is my will at my death that the crops on hand is for the support of the plantation and that the property is all to be kept together and an overseer employed by my executors to attend to both farms and at the end of each year the net produce of all the crops to be equally divided according to their_______.

Item 8th: It is my will that my son Oliver C. Arnett’s money be kept out at interest by my executors and that my wife and son be equal in all expenses in proportionate to their property. It is my will that my wife attend to the clothing of the family as usual______.

Item I will and bequeath to Mildred Hud (?) And Patience Paschal one hundred dollars at my death to each. I hereby nominate and constitute my beloved wife Ann Arnett my whole executor of this my last will and testament___________

given by my hand and seal this 27th day of March 1834.

Samuel Arnett

Signed, sealed, and delivered in the

presence of

R. Booker

J.J. West

Job (?) Coleman

R.J. Holiway, J.P.