Petition to the will of Zephaniah Kingsley

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To the Honorable Farquhar Bethune Judge of the County Court of Duval County in the Territory of Florida in Probate sitting: Humbly propounding sheweth unto your Honor your petitioners Martha McNeill, William Gibbs McNeill, and Catherine Palmer, late Catherine McNeill of Stonington in the State of Connecticut Anna Whistler, late Anna McNeill, [&] George W. Whistler her husband of St. Petersburg in the Empire of Russia, Isabella King, late Isabella Gibbs, and Ralph King her husband of New Orleans in the state of Louisiana and Sophia H. Cooper, late Sophia Gibbs of Fort George Island in Duval County aforesaid heirs of Zephaniah Kingsley late, and legal representatives of Fort George Island aforesaid in the County aforesaid deceased, That the said Zephaniah Kingsley departed this life in the City of New York in the State of New York in or about the month of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and forty three leaving your petitioners and Kingsley B. Gibbs of Fort George Island aforesaid in the County aforesaid, George Cooper Gibbs of New Orleans aforesaid, in the State of Louisiana aforesaid and Charles J. McNeill San Jose of Duval County aforesaid (as your petitioners believe) his only heirs and legal represent- tatives and also leaving a large estate consisting of Lands money slaves and other property a considerable portion of each of [which] [illegible due to tear] the time of the death of the said Zephaniah Kingsley [illegible] jurisdiction of this Honorable Court To wit in Duval County aforesaid And your petitioners further shew unto your Honor that the said Zephaniah Kingsley in his life time to whit: on or about the twentieth day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty three at Jacksonville in the County aforesaid made and executed (a certain instrument of writing which he called) his Last Will and