NOTE: WILLIAM ALLEN of Putnam county, Georgia was the second husband of Nancy (Burford) Coleman and the step-father of Henry Allen Coleman. According to the family oral history, he was a cousin but it is not known by what relationship to the family. After his death about 1825, the family, [based on my research], moved to DeKalb county, Georgia. Nancy's brother, Phillip H. Burford, and James P. Barnes, Henry Allen Coleman's future father-in-law were heads of household in that county. The following Last Will and Testament of William Allen was transcribed from a photo-copy of the original on file in the Georgia Archives:
Georgia ,Putnam County
In the name of God Amen. I William Allen of the county and state aforesaid being weak in body but sound in mind and memory and calling to mind what is appointed for man once to die do make this my last will & testament & hereby disavow nulling all former wills.First it is my desire after my death that my body be committed to its mother dust and consign my soul into the hands of God who gave it.Item first. I give and bequeath unto Sally Allen Coleman our good tea and furniture.Item 2nd. I give unto my beloved wife all the balance of my estate both personal & real during her natural life or widowhood in case she should marry it then my desire that my estate should then be divided between my wife and her son, Henry Allen Coleman and in case she should not marry it is my desire after her decease that Henry Allen Coleman have the whole of it both real & personal. I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Nancy Allen Executrix and William E. Adams Executor of this my last will and testament, in testimony whereof I have herewith set my hand and fixed my Seal this 30th day of June 1825.
Georgia, Putnam County, Personally officiated in open court, John Crouch one of the(—————————?) (——————–?) to the within will and is therefore ordered to be recorded.
WILEY WILSON D.CC.