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Marcellus Littlejohn died testate in Prince George County in 1741, His will dated November 3,1740, was proved on March 18, 1741 by Sarah Moore, Mary Cossier (Coffer) and Walter Pye. He devised his wife Elizabeth, one third of his estate and granted her power to sell his interest in Virginia. "Property bought by his father, Oliver Littlejohn, from Morgan Jones." The residue of his estate was willed to his sons, Charles, Samuel, Henry, and daughter.
Mary Cossier (Coffer) may have been Mary Coffer, daughter of Oliver Littlejohn and sister of Marcellus. Names are not always spelled the same. In some of the old writing F's were used instead of S's as you will notice in the patents. Page I
Source: page 8 of Iris Littlejohn McKnown, Littlejohn Genealogy.
Iris Littlejohn McKown; From the Family Tree" given to me by Charles Henry Carpenter, it seems that the family, including the mother, came to SC in 1774. Henry and his family and other families of South Carolina went to Ohio, Illinois and further west. (This is Mrs. A.V. Hardy's line.) Sam settled near Pacolet Riveer and Thicketty Creek in Union County. Charles settled on a large branch of Thicketty Creek. Page 1 of Iris Littlejohn McKown, Book.
Reference: Prince Georges County, Maryland Wills, 1698-1770, FHL microfilm # 14279, pages312 and 313.
Merciliaus Littlejohn of Prince Georges County, Maryland appointed his wife, Elizabeth Littlejohn his sole executrix. She also is given one third of the estate. The rest of the estate is to be divided among his four children, all under eighteen. If the wife marries, the children are to receive their portions by the age of eighteen; otherwise, at the age of twenty-one. Sons, Charles, Samuel, and Henry, are to have three years schooling, the expense of which is to be deducted from their respective portions. "Item all my Right Title claime & property that I have in a Tract of Land of two hundred Acres in the Collany of Virginia Bought by Father Oliver Littlejohn Dec'd of Morgan Jones of the said Collany, the said Land I leave my said Executrix a full and absolute Power to Sell for Money Tobacco or any other Commodity the produce of which after my Said Wife hath her thirds of to be equally Distributed amongst my Said children in the Same manner as the rest of my Estate abovementioned". Signed and sealed, 3 December, 1740.
her Mercilous M Littlejohn
Sarah + Moore Mark
Mary Cofer "On the back of the Will was endorsed to Witt, Mar. 18th 1740."