Will of William Cook, husband of my  6-g-grandmother, Hannah  Curtis Cook Courtney
Baltimore County, Maryland, 1739
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William Cook was the step-father of my 5-g-grandfather, Richard Curtis, Sr.  Upon William's death, his widow,
Hannah Curtis Cook, married Robert Courtney, in 1740.  Robert's wife, Abigail, had died in 1739.  Richard
Curtis' wife, my 4-g-grandmother, Martha "Phoebe" Courtney Curtis, was the daughter of Robert and Abigail
Courtney.   My Curtis' were of Welsh decent.  Richard Curtis' family later moved to SC, where he was a
soldier in the American Revolution.  They then migrated to the MS Territory, where his son formed the first
Baptist Church in the Territory.  See
Protestantism in the Early MS Territory.    
In the name of God amen; I, William Cook of the town of Joppa in Baltimore County, Province of
Maryland, being sick in body but of sound mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this
transitory life, do make this my lasat will and testament in manner and form viz:  Imprimis I give and
bequeath unto my dear and loving wife, Hannah Cook, all my right and title unto a certain lot of ground,
belonging to me in the town of Joppa to be by her held and enjoyed during her natural life and after her
decease, that it shall fall to be vested in my loving cousin Williaminia Cook, daughter of my loving uncle
William Cook and her heirs forever.  Then I give and bequeath unto my said wife, Hannah Cook, all my
estate real or personal, after my just debts are paid.  I do hereby constitute my said loving wife my
whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal this 23rd day of April, 1739.
William Cook           Seal
Nicholas Day, Joseph Ward, John Fulks, Bridgett O. Ward