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Hawkins County Will Book 2

These wills were transcribed by Betty Mize for the page.  Many thanks to her.  I will add them as she completes them.

Copy of Will of William Lyons
Will Book II    Page 21

I William Lyons of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound and disposing mind and memory but of advanced age considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs with satisfaction to myself do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills heretofore made by me.  First ? It is my will that all my just debts be paid out of the first money that may come into the hands of my executors herein named.  Secondly --  It is my will and desire that my son George W. Lyons have the plantation on which he now lives and the ___ place and also the Mitchell place which I sold to him the said George holding said land as a part of his share of my estate after having first paid to me or my executors the bonds or notes  I hold on him for the purchase of a part of said lands.  I also gave him two negros  some time ago which I regard as part of his share of my estate.  Thirdly --  I will and bequeath to my son David Lyons the Harold plantation on which he now lives also fifty acres on the south side of the Holston River opposite said place, also my interest in the ___ land. Said land having been paid for out of the proceeds of the store.  The said son David being a partner with me in said store.  Also a negro boy David and negro girl Winney.  Fourthly ? I will and bequeath to my son Jesse M. Lyons the plantation on which he now lives known as the John A. Rogers farm where there is a mill and tanyard and the Henchel farm and also the lots belonging to me in the town of Surgoinsville lying south of the main road.  I also give and bequeath to my said son Jesse the twenty acres of land lying upon the branch above the tanyard upon which there is a black smith shop occupied by Ransom Moore.  I also gave to  my son Jesse M. Lyons some years ago a negro girl Julia with her children and a negro boy Sam.  I having advanced the money to pay for the said boy Sam.  I do hereby confirm unto my said son Jesse said negros together with their increase.  Fifthly ? I will and bequeath as follows to my son William Lyons.  I have heretofore settled him on the Henderson farm and the said William has sold said farm and invested the proceeds thereof in other land.  My will and desire is that my son William shall have the proceeds of said Henderson farm as part of his share of my estate.  I also gave him the possession of a negro man Bob and a woman Martha and child, my will and desire is that my son William shall have said negros together with their increase since they have been in his possession.  I also will and bequeath to my said son William twelve hundred fifty dollars to be paid him by my executors after first deducting an account due to William Lyons & Son amounting to the sum of five hundred forty dollars and thirty nine dollars and fifty cents due 10th of April 1842 adding the interest thereon until paid .. no interest to be charged on the account.  Sixthly - I advanced to my son Petsor M. Lyons cash, negros and other property about six thousand dollars when he went to the state of Missouri.  I do hereby will and bequeath to him said cash, negros and other property as part of his share of my estate.  Seventhly ? to my daughter Matilda Ann Carmack I will and bequeath the plantation known as the Song/Sing place lying on the south bank of the Holston River with the mountain lands adjoining containing? is supposed about three hundred acres.  I also will and bequeath to her the house in which she now lives together with all the lots on the north side of the main road in the town of Surgoinsville.  I also will and bequeath to my said daughter Matilda A. a sixty acre tract and a thirty acre tract of land lying north of the town of Surgoinsville and one hundred and ten acres of land to be taken off of the Coldwell and Preston tracts.  Beginning on the river and running northwardly direction across my plantation.  I also give and bequeath to said daughter Matilda my negro man Harry and his wife Emily together with their increase from this date and also my negro girl Cate and my negro boy Dave.  I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Sally daughter of said Matilda A. my negro girl Malinda and to my granddaughter Matilda Frances also daughter of the said Matilda A. my negro boy Henry and to my grandson William son of my daughter Matilda A. my negro boy Bill.  Eighthly ? I will and bequeath to my son Clinton G. Lyons the tract of land on which I now live after taking off the one hundred and ten acres bequeathed in this testament to my daughter Matilda containing by estimation twelve hundred acres upon his paying the following sums of money to wit:  to my son George M. $2,428.57 dollars, to my son David the like sum of $2,428.57 dollars, to my son William the like sum of $2,428.57 dollars, to my son Petsor the like sum of $2,428.57, to my daughter Matilda the like sum of $2,428.57, to my granddaughter Catherine Smith daughter of Petsor and Sarah Miller two thousand dollars and in as much as my son Jesse is indebted to me by note in the sum of three hundred dollars due by note dated the 25th March 1847 and to the firm of William Lyons and Son due by note in the sum of $1,683.24 dollars due August 1, 1838 which note has been lost or misplaced and also to said firm another note of 119 dollars due January 1, 1847 and the said firm on an account of $1,277.48 dollars and the said Jesse is also indebted to said firm in the sum of two hundred and thirty five dollars and eighty five cents on account of a credit which said Jesse gave to David Minis the whole of said credit being $471.60 dollars dated Oct 1, 1849, half of which is justly chargeable to me or bank of said firm.  Now it is my will and I do direct that the said sum of $2,425.57 dollars be paid by my son Clinton G. Lyons to my executors to be applied by them so far as it goes to the extinguishment of said debts mentioned due and owning by my said son Jesse M. Lyons in order as follows:  first to pay up the principle and interest of the three hundred dollar note due me.  Secondly, to pay the other notes and accounts in the order they are named counting no interest on either notes or accounts.  It is my will and desire and I do direct that my son C. G. Lyons shall pay the sum of money designated as Jesse M. Lyons part in satisfaction of said debts as far as it may to go my executors at the end of twelve months after my death and that he shall pay one fourth of the balance due to my seven children and grandchildren at the end of two years after my death one fourth at the end of three years and one fourth at the end of four years and one fourth at the end of five years without interest until due and the said G.C.Lyons shall execute notes with security for the family desired by my said children and grandchildren to whom the same may be due and owing.  It is my will and desire that my said son Clinton G.Lyons shall have my negro boys Bart and Jo and my girl Sew or Louisa as a part of his share of my estate and for the purpose of settling all dispute in regard to my stock, family utensils.  I do hereby make known that one half of the stock now upon my plantation one half of the  farming utensils on the property of the said C. G. Lyons and belong to him.  Also being an equal partner in farming with me that he is entitled to one half of the proceeds of my farm, that he is an equal partner with me in the farm and in entitled to one half of the notes and accounts in my hands and the goods in hand.  Ninthly ? To my well beloved wife Matilda Lyons should she survive me I give and bequeath the family mansion with all the barns, stables and fifty acres of land nearby by of her own choosing and for wood from the wood land of the home for and during her natural life and at her death the same is the belong to my son Clinton G. Lyons.  It is my will and desire that my said wife Matilda Lyons shall have all my household and kitchen furniture, by books and my negro boy Bob also my negro woman Kizzie together with two children and her increase.  My negro men Sampson and Sam and my old negro woman Judy to be disposed of also ___ as she may desire at the same time.  I would express they hope these old negros be not sold out of the family but that they be permitted to choose their own homes and live among my children the remainder of their days. It is my will and desire that my wife have two good horses of her own choosing and my carriage, three milch cows, one sow and pigs and twenty head of sheep to be chosen by her out of my flock of sheep and as much grain and other produce as she may desire for her support at least for one year.  Tenthly ? My son David and I are partners in merchandise trading under the name of William Lyons and Son.  I furnished two thousand four hundred dollars capital stock and he done the business being the active partner which was to be a set off to my capital stock in even equal partners in said business.  I am to have as my part of said business on half of all the debts, or evidence of debts, my son David the other half.  There have been no settlement of the concern.  My will and desire is that said partnership concern shall be settled up by my said son David and my share of said partnership to be paid to my executors, if not paid to me before my death, it is my will and desire that all the proceeds of said partnership belonging to me and all other property belonging to me at the time of my death, and all evidence of debt notes, bonds or account, shall be collected by my executors.  That the property not specially disposed of heretofore in this instrument shall be sold by my executors on twelve months credit and the money collected shall be divided equally among my seven children to wit:  George M., David, William, Petsor M., Matilda, Clinton G.,  Jesse and my granddaughter Catherine Smith and in as much as the amount of money due from my son Jesse M. Lyons to the firm of William Lyons and Son which not having been paid, it is my will and desire that my executors apply so much of the money as would be coming to my said son Petsor M. in the division as above stated to the payment of said debts on the balance remaining unpaid, the balance if any these shall be paid over to the said Jesse M. Lyons.  All other moneys not hereby disposed of shall be equally divided among my children share and share alike.  And in the distribution of said estate, it is my will and desire and do so direct that of the note which I hold on my son George M. Lyons for the sum of $1760.00 dollars dated the first day of January 1851, if not paid before my death, the amount of said note both principle and interest is to be deducted of his part of my estate.  Lastly -  I do hereby nominate and appoint my dearly beloved wife and my two sons, George M. and David Lyons my executrix and executors of this my land will and testament.
Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of November A. D. 1862.
William Lyons Sr. (seal) - Signed, sealed, published and delivered in our presence and we have subscribed our names in presence of the testator 19th Nov. 1862
Geo. R. Powel, Sam Powel, P. L. Henderson

Codicil to Will of William Lyons - I William Lyons having made and published my last will and testament having date 19th day of November 1862 and also having made and published a codicil to said last will and testament having date 28th day of October 1864 which said codicil hereby revoked and have destroyed and do hereby make and publish this my codicil to said will hereby verifying and confirming said will in all things not changed or altered by this codicil.  My son David Lyons having departed this life since the execution of said will I hereby appoint my son C. G. Lyons one of the executors of my said will.  Secondly - In my said will I bequeathed to my granddaughter Matilda Frances Carmack daughter of my daughter Matilda A. a negro boy Henry.  I hereby revoke said bequest and will and bequeath to my said granddaughter Matilda Frances Carmack in the place of said boy Henry my negro boy Dave bequeathed in said will to my daughter Matilda A.  hereby revoking so much of said will as bequeathed said negro boy Dave to my daughter Matilda A.  Thirdly -- In the bequest mentioned in said will as ?equally? in which I bequeathed to my son Clinton G. Lyons the tract of land upon which I now live, after taking off the one hundred and ten acres bequeathed in the instrument (meaning this will) to my daughter Matilda A. containing, by estimation twelve hundred acres, I make the following disposition of said real estate.  I hereby will and bequeath to my grandchildren James S. Lyons, ___ Lyons and Clinton Lyons children of my said son Clinton G. Lyons and his wife Livia Lyons and to any children that may be born of the said Clinton G. Lyons wife hereafter the aforesaid plantation with all the appurtenances.  And for reasons satisfactory to myself I do hereby revoke so much of my said will as bequeaths my property or money to my said son Clinton G. Lyons and I do hereby substitute  in the place of my said son Clinton G. Lyons my  aforesaid  grand children James S. Lyons,  I. and Clinton Lyons and any children that may hereafter be born of my son Clinton G. and wife Livia Lyons.  Said money and property both real and personal to be equally divided among the said children including said children that are already in existence and any that may in the future be born of the aforesaid marriage, share and share alike.  I do also charge said plantation with the payments of the following sums of money to wit:  to my son George M. $2, 428.57 dollars to my son David the like sum of $2,428.57 dollars, to my son William the like sum of $2,428.57 dollars to my son Petsor M. the like sum of $2,428.57 dollars, to my daughter Matilda the like sum of $2,428.57, to my granddaughter Catherine Smith daughter of Petsor and Sarah Miller two thousand dollars.  I hereby revoke so much of said bequest as charges and land on the said Clinton G. Lyons with the payment of any sums of money to the above mentioned parties as stated in said will in the bequest marked ?eighthly?.  By my will and desire is that my before mentioned grandchildren,  children of my said son Clinton G. Lyons and any that may hereafter be born as aforesaid shall take said land from said charges and incumbrances except the life estate of bequeath to my wife in said last will and testament share and share alike.  In order that there shall be no misunderstanding in regard to said bequest heretofore made in said will to my said son Clinton G. Lyons my will and desire is that my aforesaid grandchildren, children of the said Clinton G. Lyons and Livia his wife and any other children that may be born of said marriage shall be substituted in the place of my said son Clinton G. Lyons in said will and shall take said land bequest mentioned in said will in the place of my said son Clinton G. Lyons.  If my son Jesse M. Lyons should owe my estate more than the amount coming to him out of the fund that I directed to be equally divided amongst my children in the articles marked ?tenthly? in said will, my will and desire is that said excess shall not be collected from my said son Jesse M. Lyons.
Witness my hand and seal this 22nd day of May 1865   William Lyons  (seal)    Sealed, signed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names as witness in the presence of the Testator this 22nd May 1865.
Sam Powel, James Carmack,  P. L. Henderson
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Copy of   Last Will and Testament of John A. Couch - Deceased
Will Book II, Page 54
Filed and Proven 6th Day of July 1868
Which is in words and figures to wit:
I John A. Couch do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.  First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executors.  Secondly - I want enough of my personal property sold by my executors to be disposed of to the best advantage to the payments of any debts not setting apart or keeping back anything by being allowed under the law so that things may disposed of to the best advantage for my wife and minor children.  Thirdly - I want my wife Peggy Ann to have the management of my family concerns and what property may be necessary for her own and the use of my minor children during her widowhood or natural lifetime.  Fourthly - I want my daughter, Elizabeth, and my daughter, Mary?s heirs, and Peter, my son, and my daughter, Eliza, and my son, Issac, and my son, George, and my son, John, and my daughter, Sarah, and my daughter, Josaphine, and my son, Sherdinan, all to share equal in my land and all other property and affects whatever may be at the time of my youngest heir coming of twenty one years of age also if it should be that my wife is living as my widow at that time she is to have her maintenance off my lands while she remains my widow.  And lastly - I do appoint  Josiah F. Self and Lazarus Couch my executors in witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this 11th day of March 1868.  John A. Couch (Seal)
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this the 11th day of March 1868 - Witness:  Edward Walker, Thomas A. Long

Copy of Last Will of John H. Morell
Filed and Proven July 7th 1879
I John H. Morell being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all or any wills by me at anytime made which is as follows to wit:  First - I have deeded to my two oldest sons C. Morell and I. N. Morell one hundred and ninety acres of land as their just portion of my real estate being the south west end of my lands which land  was surveyed and divided between them and deeds made to each one. Second - I will that as soon as my son Samuel Morell shall arrive at the age of twenty one years to have his portion adjoining the land of C. and I. N. Morell off of my land according to quality and quantity so as to be equal in value to either one of them.  Thirdly - I will to my daughter Mary C. Chesnutt five hundred dollars in money.  Fourthly - I will to my daughter Laura M. Chesnutt five hundred dollars in money the amount willed to each one of them to be paid in seven years from this date by my hereafter named executors or sooner if convenient for my executors to do so the money to be made out of the surplus stock now on hand and the balance of the money to be made out of the surplus proceeds of the farm.  Fifth - I will that the remainder of my land after Samuel Morell is laid off of as before directed to be equally divided between my five younger children to wit:  Roda Morell, Sarah Morell, Robert Morell, Martha Morell and John Henry Morell according to quantity and quality so as to be equal in value and further to be divided so as to allot the homestead will be assigned to Robert and John Henry Morell the aforesaid distribution to be made in twelve months after my death and further the last named five children not to have possession before they arrive at the age of twenty one years but each one of them to have possession as soon as he or she become to be twenty one years old.  Sixth - I will that my beloved wife Sarah Morell to have full possession of all my land except that part which I have willed to my sons C. Morell and I. N. as heretofore named but she is to have full possession of all the balance till them respectfully arrive at the age of twenty one years of age and in the event that my wife Sarah Morell should be living when my younger son John Henry Morell becomes to be twenty one years old she is to have possession of the northeast room of my present dwelling house during her natural life or in the event she should prefer to live somewhere else on the farm I hereby bind all my heirs to build her a comfortable house sufficient large for her convenience for her to have and to hold during her lifetime and I hereby bind all my heirs to see that my wife be plentifully supported during her lifetime.  As to my personal property I will of the household and kitchen furniture to my wife Sarah Morell for her and the minor children use and I also will to my wife one wagon and enough of the work stock to run the farm and all the farming utensils now on hand together with plenty of cows, sheep, hogs and things necessary for the proper support and maintenance of the family and also I will that my son Samuel Morell have the horse colt that he now claims.  Lastly - I hereby appoint C. Morell and I. N. Morell my executors of this my last will and testament.   Made, Signed and delivered in the presence of us this the 1 Day of November 1878.
John H. Morell (X - his mark) (Seal)  Witness:  Henry Tarter, Dell Shiffey



Copy of Will of Polly S. Spangler
Filed 6th January 1873
I Polly Spangler do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.  First - I direct that my husband John Spangler shall have the east end or new house of my dwelling also half the lot and yard that the houses stands in with half the spring and spring house and half of all other buildings on my premises with half the privileges of the wash yard also that he my husband shall have half of my Gravley Valley farm beginning on the line of Hales heirs and running a north line so as to divide said land eachel between him and my son Jobe Spangler. My husband having choice of ends.  And also that my son Jobe C. Spangler shall have all the rest of my real estate.  But I further provide that in case that my husband shall become disabled or afflicted that all my lands shall be his for his service until his death then all the lands above named in the will shall fall back to my son Jobe C. Spangler with all the buildings and privileges in case that other should leave their land the other should have full control of said land until his return.  And I further proving that my husband shall have the furniture that now is in his room, two beds - one chest - one small table and (co) and further that there shall be no sales of any of my lands during the life of my husband John Spangler.  Whereunto I have set my hand and seal this the 19th day of August.  Polly Spangler (Seal)  Attest:  T. T. Raye,
Andrew Tarter (x-his mark)   6th January 1873
 



 

Copy of Last Will and Testament of Anna Coward, Deceased
Will Book II, Page 28
State of Tennessee Hawkins County.  In the Name of God, Amen.  I Anna Coward, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore declare and ordain this to be my last will and testament, and first I recommend my spirit to God who gave it and my body to the dust from whom it came. Secondly - I wish all my just debts and funeral expenses paid with my personal property, and my real estate I give and bequeath as follows:  To my daughters Susannah and Patience Coward, I give fifty two acres of the east end of my farm including my dwelling with all the appurtenances thereon.  To my daughter Mary I bequeath twenty five acres of the southwest corner of my farm adjoining the lands of C. J. Coward and the remainder of my land I give to my son Elijah and his nearest blood relations and their assigns forever, and should there fail to be a spring on his part of the land my wish is that he shall have access to water when it may suit his convenience.  In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused my seal to be affixed this the 15th day June One Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty Five.  Anna Coward (x-her mark) (Seal)
John W. Williams, C. J. Coward


Copy of  Last Will and Testament of Robert Patterson, Deceased
Will Book II  Page 28
I Robert Patterson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee aged eighty one being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do hereby make ordain and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others.  And first I commend my soul into the hands of my great Creator who gave it.  Second - I give and bequeath to Nancy Jones my granddaughter all my cash and notes the amount not known.  Also one bed and bed clothing sufficient for it.  Third - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Tabitha Patterson all the farm on which I now live during her natural life also all my household and kitchen stuff, except such as were heretofore named, with my farming utensils.  Fourth - I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Berry thirty five dollars to be paid to her by Tabitha Hennard.  Fifth - I give and bequeath to Tabitha Hennard and her heirs at the demise of  her Mother the farm above named with all the household and kitchen stuff and farming utensils with all other things appertaining thereto except such as was heretofore named.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 15th of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Five.  Robert Patterson (x-his mark)  Witness:  M. S. Bailey, Jos. Bradley



 

Copy of  Last Will and Testament of Jane B. Armstrong, Deceased
Proven April Term 1867
Will Book II  Pages 29 -30
I Jane B. Armstrong of Hawkins County, Tennessee being of sound disposing mind and memory do make, publish, declare the following to be my land will and testament.  First - It is my will and desire that out of the first monies that may come into the hands of my executor hereinafter named my funeral expenses and my just debts should be paid.   Secondly - It is my will and desire, and I do bequeath all my estate, or property whether it consists of money, notes, bonds or any other kind of property whatever or whether it be in my possession or in the possession of any other person to my three sisters to wit:  Betsy M., Sarah Ann and Minerva Armstrong to be equally divided between them share and share alike and   if either of them should not survive me then in that case it is my will and I do direct that my real estate shall be divided between the survivors and if but one of said sisters shall be living at the time of my death then she shall hold in severally all my estate and if none of my said sisters survive me then I will and bequeath all my estate to my brother James G. Armstrong absolutely.  Lastly - I do hereby appoint my said brother James G. Armstrong my executor of this my last will and testament.  Witness my hand and seal this 11th day of December 1866.
Jane B. Armstrong (seal)  Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in presence of us:  George R. Powell, John J. Hayter, N. F. Powell



Copy of Last Will and Testament of Mary Armstrong, Deceased
Filed and Proven 6th Day of April 1868
Will Book II  Pages 50 - 52
Which is in the words and figures following to wit:
I Mary Armstrong of sound mind and disposing memory and while in good health but considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death constitute and publish the following to be my last will and testament and by this revoking all others which I may have made.  In view of facts hereafter mentioned:  that whereas under the last will of my husband William Armstrong, signed and witnessed on the 16th day of February 1860, certain specific ___ was left to me, and at my sole and utter disposal to wit:  our negro girl (then a slave), Sidney, and her children and also the stock, horses, hogs, sheep and other cattle also the farming implements and the household and kitchen furniture of any kind and species and the said William Armstrong mentioning the sums of money given and paid or to be paid to his children Henry C. Armstrong and  Mary E. Powel and other property principle slaves and disposing of his lands in accordance with his wishes and desires giving a part thereof to his son Alfred another part during my natural life to me Mary Armstrong then to William Armstrong and expressing in his said last will that it was his wish for William S. Armstrong to live with me to manage the family to wit:  The above mentioned last bequests to me first succeeding  to him the said William S. Armstrong - also to supervise my hands on the said tract of land.  He  the said William S. receiving one half of all ___ hereon after paying necessary expenses until he liquidated and paid off the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars ___ and taxes on parcel of land going to him at my death to the executors of the estate of said William Armstrong my husband and the testator in the above mentioned will and testament by him made and signed to wit:  on the 16th day of February 1860 and whereas great and marked changes have taken place since the publication of said last will and testament and since the death of said testator William Armstrong, slaves, freed, great loss sustained in every other kind of property, horses, hogs, sheep, etc.  And knowing that nothing over and above a livelihood for the family and sundry incidental or necessary expenses was realized off the said tract of parcel of land given to me during my natural life, then to William S. Armstrong during the late Civil War.  Therefore I Mary Armstrong feel it my duty and herein incumbent  upon me pursuant to said last will of my husband Armstrong, to wit:  It is my will and desire that Henry C. Armstrong have the sum of one dollar to be paid out of the effects of my estate, he having already having been amply provided for by his father as shown under his the said William Armstrong?s last will.  2nd - It is also my wish and desire that the children and heirs at law of my son Alfred Armstrong, deceased, be paid the sum of one dollar out of my effects their father the said Alfred Armstrong having been amply provided for by the said William Armstrong?s last will.  3rd - It is further my will and desire therefore I bequeath that Mary E. Powel my daughter have the sum of one dollar paid out of the effects of my estate, she having been provided for by her father the said William Armstrong?s last will and testament.  4th   All the rest and residue of my property of whatever species whether notes, ___ in action or other evidence of debt also the stock, horses, hogs, sheep and other cattle all the household and kitchen furniture all the farming utensils and all the grain that may be on hand at my death and the same is hereby declared to be the property of William S. Armstrong, my son, with whom I am now and have been living at the homestead since the death of my husband, his father. 5th - I also give and bequeath to him the said William S. Armstrong all the interest I have or may hereafter acquire in one half of the proceeds arriving from said farm on which we now live and of which he was to receive one half  and I the other and it is my desire that he be not held responsible for any of said one half which have accrued or may hereafter accrue as my ___ of said proceeds - and I hereby relinquish to him and assigns forever ___ ___.  In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this 25th day of April One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Seven.  Mary Armstrong (seal)  Signed in our presence this 25th day of April 1867 James Hoffman, W. H. Watterson
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Copy of Last Will and Testament of Sarah White, Deceased
Proven by the oaths of James H. Vance and A. M. Doak
Will Book II   Pages 31 - 32
The last will and testament of Sarah White.  I Sarah White of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being advanced in years but of sound disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills heretofore by me made.  I give and bequeath of my son James White and to him and assigns forever my house and lot in the town of Rogersville, Tennessee on Church Street adjoining the lots of William White and Mrs. Maria Wells containing about of an acre.  As to my other property I may die possessed of I leave it to be equally divided among my lawful heirs according to the statute  laws of the State of Tennessee.  I hereby nominate appoint my son James White executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22nd day of May AD 1866.  Sarah White (x - her mark) (Seal)  Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in our presence on the 22 day of Amy AD 1866 - A. M Doak, M. O?Neill, J. H. Vance


Copy of   Last Will and Testament of Spencer Bassett, Deceased
Proven the 1st day of April 1867 before the County Court
State of Tennessee,  Hawkins County
Will Book II   Pages 30 - 31
In the name of God Amen, I Spencer Bassett of the County and State aforesaid being of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and that it is appointed once for all men to die, do order and declare and make this my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made, that is to say - First - I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to a decent burial and after the expenses of the same are defrayed, I give and bequeath the residue of my goods and chattels of which it hath pleased God to bless me as follows:  It is my will that of my property both real and personal be sold at public auction on twelve months credit and after all my just and debts are paid, I will and bequeath to my son William B. Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, to my son John N. Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, to my son George W. Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, to my son Isaac I. Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, to my son Joseph Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, to my son James Bassett eight hundred and twenty dollars, which they have already received, I also will and bequeath to my daughter Louisa Lane eight hundred and twenty dollars, two hundred of which she has already received, and the residue of my estate I will and bequeath to my son William B. Bassett, to my son John N. Bassett, to my son George W. Bassett, to my son Isaac I. Bassett, to my son Joseph Bassett, , to my son James Bassett and to all the children of my daughter Louisa has or may have all share and share alike except the children of my daughter Louisa, who are all to have one share equal to my children and this share I bequeath to the children of Louisa is to be left in the hands of my executors to be expended if necessary upon my daughter Louisa and her children for their comfortable support and maintenance and if my executors shall not deem it expedient to expend all the said estate left in their hands for the benefit of said children such portion is left in their hands to be equally divided between the children of the said Louisa, as they may marry become of full age.  It is also my desire that my black boy Christopher and other slaves, that I may be possessed of at my death to be sold at public auction and that my children shall be the only bidders at the sale of said Christopher or other slaves, and it is further my will and desire and I do hereby appoint my dutiful son Joseph Bassett and my friend William W. Etter, my true and lawful executors, to this my last will and Testament.  In witness whereof I the said Spencer Bassett have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th day of March 1860.  Spencer Bassett (seal)   Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of:    William W. Etter, Sells Etter, A. H. Etter
 
 



 

Copy of Last Will and Testament of Joseph Anderson, Deceased
Proven the 3rd Day of June 1867
Will Book II  Pages 32 - 33
I Joseph Anderson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make and ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say:  First - After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my real and personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follows to wit:  2nd - To my beloved wife Sary Tabitha the tract of land on which I now live containing seventy five acres more or less adjoining the lands of Christian Kenner and others likewise two mares and two colts and forty head of hogs and six head of cattle and fifteen head of sheep, and all the household and kitchen furniture and all my beds and furniture counting four in number.  My will is and it is my will that my beloved wife Sary Tabitha have all of my estate real and personal that I may die seized and possessed of during her lifetime to dispose of as she sees proper for her benefit and comfort of life.  3rd - My will is at the death of my wife Sary Tabitha that all of my estate real and personal or the proceeds thereof which may remain in her hands not otherwise disposed of be equally divided between my Sary Tabitha and my sister Sary Anderson share and share alike.  Likewise I make constitute and appoint Thomas E Brown Jr. to be my executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, this Twenty Seven day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Two.  Joseph Anderson (seal)
Witness: William I. Pearson, William Kelly, Thomas E. Brown Sr.


Copy of the Will of Sarah T. Anderson
Proven September Term 1867
Will Book II   Page 36
And is in the words and figures following to wit:
In the Name of God Amen.  I Sarah T. Anderson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, That is to say:  First, after all my lawful debts are paid, the residue of my estate, real and personal I give as follows, to wit:  to my beloved sister Matilda Hord one half, the other half equally divided between sister Nancy Eidson and sister Polly Wyatt, likewise I make constitute and appoint Thomas E. Brown executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made.  In witness of the above I hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd May 1867.
Sarah Tabitha Anderson  (Seal)  Witness:  I. C. Brown, O. W. Brown



 

Copy of   Last Will and Testament of Polly Anderson, Deceased
  Proven May 1866
Will Book II   Page 53
Which is in the words and figures following to wit:
I Polly Anderson do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Secondly - I give and bequeath to my son Ampuda Anderson my town lot in Rogersville one bed and bedding one bureau and safe one clock and stove and all my cooking utensils and also one cow and calf one wagon and fifteen head of hogs, six chairs one dining table and small table and also fifty five dollars due by Ted Netherland to be paid in corn in the fall 1866 and all my shelf ware and all my farming utensils.  Secondly - I will and bequeath to my grandson Henry Johnson one special cow.  Thirdly - I give and bequeath to Lidda Nancy and Hannah one bed to be equally divided between them three.  Fourthly - I will and bequeath that my son Ampuda pay to Lidda ___ ___ William S. Blevins and Walter Blevins twenty five dollars each.  Lastly - I do hereby nominate and appoint William Alvis my executor in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 31st day of March 1866.  Polly Anderson (x-her mark) (Seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this the 31st day of March 1866.
James S. Armstrong (Seal)
James N. Gouldy (Seal)
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Copy of  Last Will and Testament of William Dodson, Deceased
In the Name of God, Amen.  I William Dodson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.  That is to say, First - after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate real and personal, I give and bequeath and dispose of as follows, to wit:  To my beloved wife, Rebecca M. Dodson, the land and appurtenances known as the ___ farm lying in said County of Hawkins on the south of Holston River on Dodson Creek adjoining lands of Minis Edward ___ and John Couch, said to contain one hundred and fifty acres more or less to hand and to hold the same to her and her heirs forever.  I also give and bequeath to my wife aforesaid all of my personal property consisting of household and kitchen furniture and stock of every kind also all debts and claims of every description.  I hereby appoint my friend Dr. Owen M. Brown executor and my wife Rebecca M. Dodson executrix of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Fifth day of March A. D. 1867.  William Dodson (x-his mark) (seal)
Signed and sealed in presence of us:  O. M. Brown, I. Perry ___
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Copy of   Last Will and Testament of William Mays, Deceased
Will Book II   Page  47
I William Mays of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and disposing memory do publish and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made and as to such worldly estate, is it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with, I dispose of in the following manner, to wit:  1st - Whereas I have heretofore conveyed the trust of land that I now live on to my son Samuel Mays, and in that I have given him his entire interest in my estate, both real and personal and also have him bound for a decent and comfortable support for my beloved wife _roshia Mays consequently both Samuel and _roshia Mays is not further mentioned in this will.  2nd - I wish and direct that my daughter Rebecca Stubblefield live and remain on the tract of land she now lives on known at the McAnally farm, during life or widowhood to manage and use for ___ use and benefit, at her death or in the event she should marry, then and in that case the land to be sold as herein after directed with my landed estate.  3rd.  I wish and direct that all my landed estate be sold by my executors on the premises I now live on,
4th - I wish that my personal property be sold on a credit of twelve months.  5th - My daughter Mary Miller, and my daughter Sary Rayl, my son Beverly Mays and my son Madison Mays each of them has had their proportional part.  6th - I will that my son Richard Mays have fifty dollars out of my monied estate as his part.  7th - I will that my grand daughter Viana Moore have fifty dollars out of my monied estate.  8th - I will that my daughter Elizabeth Moore, my daughter Rebecca Stubblefield, my daughter Cornilia McAnally and my son William Mays and my son   Leander Mays have the residue of my estate, after all my just debts are paid and the necessary expenses are paid equally and this equally to be made by my day book as it shows what each one of them has had heretofore from me.  9th - I will further that portion of my estate that my son William Mays fall heir to by this will go to his son Pleasant Mays and Ado___ Mays and this portion of my estate be kept in the hands of my son Samuel Mays for their use can to be paid over to them at the discretion of my son Samuel Mays.  10th - Lastly I appoint Samuel Mays and Hughes W. Taylor my executors to execute this my last will and testament.  In testimony  of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th Jan 1867.
William Mays (x-his mark) (Seal)  Signed and acknowledged in presence of
James Long, James W. Richards II
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Copy of Last Will and Testament of James Davis
Proven February Term 1868
Will Book II   Page 48
In the Name of God, Amen. I James Davis of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee blessed be God being in perfect and disposing mind and memory do this 21st day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Sixty Six make this my last will and testament in the manner following.  First - I give and bequeath to my four sons namely, Madison, Asa, John and George Wesley the tract of land upon which I now live to have and to hold forever and to be equally divided between them share and share alike and my said sons Madison, Asa, John and George Wesley for and in consideration of which they are to pay four hundred dollars to my other four children namely Nancy and her heirs, James, and Minerva one hundred.  James and his heirs Eliza Ruth, Tilda Ann, George Lafayette and Amanda one hundred dollars.  Larkin and his heirs, Henry, La___, Mary James and Larkin one hundred dollars and Malinda and her heirs.   Second - It is my will and wish the share to be allotted to my son Asa is to be laid off adjoining the lands of my said son Asa on the west of my land and with a line parallel to his land.  Third - It is my will and wish that the share to be allotted to my son George Wesley is to be laid off on the east end of my land in order to join the lands of my said son George Wesley and to begin at a point where the spring branch crosses my line that runs from the farm which my son George Wesley purchased from Rial Johns thence down the branch to its junction with the creek thence up or down said creek so that a straight line to the top of Copper Ridge will include his compliment.  Fourth - I give and bequeath to my grandson Cornelius Davis my sorrel colt to have and to hold as his property.  Fifth - I give and bequeath the balance of my property to my sons and daughters to be equally divided between the.  In witness whereof I do this to my last will and testament set my hand and seal the year and date above written.  James Davis (x-his mark) (Seal)  Signed, sealed and published in the presence of:
 William Green, George W. Debord, Isaac Snider
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Copy of Will of Polly Harrison
Filed and proven 6th day of April 1868
Will Book II   Page 49
I Polly Harrison of the County of Hawkins State of Tennessee knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being weak in body but sound of mind and memory do hereby make and constitute the following my last will and testament.  Item 1st. My will and desire is that at my death, my body may be decently buried In a plain manner and that the expenses be paid out of any monies I have on hand.  I also want my just debts paid in like manner should I have any at my death.  Item 2nd.  I will and bequeath to my three daughters, Elizabeth Armstrong, Sallie Miller and Polly Parrish ten dollars each to be paid as herein after, I having heretofore provided for them.  Item 3rd.  I will and bequeath to my son Buram Harrison and his heirs the tract of land I now live on it being the land I bought of P. Buram and his on the south of Holston River joining A. Charles, A. S. Buram and others said to contain 96 acres, this I do because he has provided for me in my old age.  Item 4th.  I will and bequeath to my daughter Seba  Hammer on account of her attention to me in my old age the just and full sum of four hundred dollars, which sum is to be paid to her as hereafter provided.  Item 5th -  I will and bequeath all the residue of my property to my son Buram Harrison of all and every kind whatever land and except so much as is claimed by my daughter Seba Hammer which I design her to have with the further understanding that he the said Buram Harrison is to pay the several bequests herein provided and that he pay to my said daughter Seba Hammer the said four hundred dollars when she may call for the same, it being what I design for her instead of a portion of the land and I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Buram Harrison the Executor of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12 day of September 1855.  Polly Harrison (x- her mark) (Seal)
Interlined with words: and his heirs before signed.
 Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us date above:
Jacob Miller, W. B. Charles, C. A. Charles
The handwriting of Jacob Miller subscribing witness to the within will which was proven by the oaths of Elias Beals and G. W. Wells, April 6th 1868
James Lackey, Clerk by Jo R. Armstrong Clerk



Copy of  Will of James M. Bussell
Proven the 3rd day of June 1867
Will Book II   Page 33
Proved by the oaths of James F. Miller and Rell Sensabaugh
I James M. Bussell of the County of Hawkins State of Tennessee being in a weak state of bodily health but claiming to be of sound mind and memory do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament revoking all other will by me made.  1st It is my request that my funeral expenses and all my just debts to be paid by my executor as soon after my death as possible then expenses to be paid out of my personal estate.  2nd - It is my desire that there be no public sale of my personal property but that my executor shall dispose of any of the same provided for   the use herein provided.  And I do hereby bequeath unto my wife and widow Amanda Bussell one horse and one mule, one ___ __ ___ and the other live stock I may die possessed of also all the furniture and beds and housekeeping article I may leave in the house or kitchen articles also my farming implements consisting of a wagon, ___ harness and mill half a corn mill with crusher and all the articles of husbandry I may have, also all the stock of bacon, grain and provisions for either man or beast on hand also all the growing crops now standing or that may be growing on my lands at the time of my death with any money or debts due me at my death to be hers absolutely but out of this property so bequeathed she my said wife and widow must pay off such liabilities as I here before named, and also keep together my children that shall be under twenty one years of age who I expect to give the uses, comforts and enjoyments of the same as they now have in my lifetime and if there should be any other articles of personal property that ought of right belong to my estate at the time of my death the same I intend to go to my said wife, subject to the incumbrance, and the bequest embracing all of my personal estate.  I now proceed to dispose of my real property thus:  3rd - My tract of land lying on Holston River whereon I at this date reside adjoining the lands of James Miller and others containing one hundred and fifty acres according to the title papers be the same more or less together with all improvements and freehold attachments thereunto belonging I give and bequeath to my said wife and widow Amanda Bussell should she survive me, with these conditions restrictions and incumbrances to with:  my said widow shall keep together my family of children until they shall all be twenty one years of age, board, cloth, and educate them so far and to such an extent as she can manage herself able to do, and then of age who may wish to stay at home I desire she shall let them do so, upon reasonable terms with this simple incumbrance just so long as she remains my widow.  The land and houses to above named together with all she can raise in the way of crops, or that may grow apart same shall be her own rights and property, but in the event of her death then my land here bequeathed to my said wife is to be divided in equal value to my surviving children, but in the event of my said wife and widow should again marry and be no longer my widow, then she shall pay over to my son  John S. Bussell five hundred dollars and to my son William R. Bussell five hundred dollars and to my daughter Sarah S. Bussell five hundred dollars and to my son Calvin P. Bussell five hundred dollars and to my daughter Mary Emily Bussell five hundred dollars and to my daughter Eliza C. Bussell five hundred dollars, and to my daughter Rachel R. Bussell five hundred dollars.  These sums shall be paid to each child or surviving heir of each that may die, the living ones to take equal parts what the deceased was intitled to and in the event my wife shall marry it that should occur and with lawful rites after one year from the date of such marriage and in the event the sum of money was not all satisfactorily paid to any of them surviving as before mentioned then the bequest of my real property so made to my said wife and widow shall because of the nonpayment then of ___ as to her and in lieu of said sums of money - It is my desire. It is my desire that they or them living ones shall in equal value have absolutely all my said real property instead of my said widow and that she yield possession to my said children at once of every parts and all the for held property bequeathed as aforesaid, but in the event my said wife shall remain my widow during her natural life my widow and shall not again marry in that case she is to enjoy the bequest of my real estate bequeath aforesaid till her death and then after her death I desire all my surviving children aforementioned to have all of said tract of land to be distributed thus equally.  And I wish it understood that the bequest of said land to my said wife is not absolute but rests on the contingencies I have named intending simply that she shall have the use of it together with my children upon the conditions I have named and that after her death the title in full shall invest in my said children then living.  4th - In regard to any property either real or personal or mixed that may descend to me at the death of my mother, from either her estate or my father?s estate either by will or otherwise, I desire my executor shall question my children then of age in regard to their wishes as to the sale of the same and if agreeable my executor is hereby authorized and empowered to sell the same and execute a deed to the purchaser, or my executor can hold the same in trust until  a good price is obtained for said property the proceeds all said property shall be paid to my aforementioned children then surviving equally share and share alike.  5th - If I have failed to name any species of property belonging to the farm upon which I live, I intend my property to go to my said wife as stated in the first item.  And all other property if I here failed to specify  that  of rights fall to me or belong to me, the same shall be used my executor  for the benefits of my children equally or sold and divided in they think best.  I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Amanda Bussell my said Executrix and carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament and it is my desire that she enter upon the duties of her office, without giving any security, but in case of her mismanagement at any time thereafter anyone of my children who are of age may upon proper notice rule her to security.  In testimony of which I have this in presence of the subscribing witnesses hereunto set my hand and seal on this 4th day of April 1867.  James M. Bussell (Seal)  Signed and Sealed in our presence who being so requested by said James M. Bussell as witnesses:
James F. Miller, Rell Sensabaugh, John Mitchel
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Copy of Will of Alexander McCullough
Proven June 5, 1865:  See Minutes 1865-1870  page 16
Will Book II Page 3
I Alexander McCullough do make this my last will and testament hereby  revoking  and making void all other wills by me made.  1st.  I will that all my debts be paid as soon as possible after my death  ____  of my money that I may die possessed or may first come to the hands of my Executor.  2nd.  I further will that my son James McCullough is to have what  ____ that he has which he claimed as his _____ and what money he has and ___ rifle. _____  that all the rest ______ estate is to be equally divided between my beloved wife Eliza and my daughter Emily McCullough including my lot and my house.  The division to be made when my daughter Emily arrives at the age of eighteen years old.  3rd.  And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint H. P. McCullough and wife Eliza McCullough as my Executor & Executrix to the same this 30th July 1864.  Signed & acknowledged by Alexander McCullough for this on the day and date above.  Witness:  James H. Walker, William Shepherd.
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Copy of Will of Right Mullons (Mullins)
Will Book II Page 4
I Right Mullons being of sound mind do make and publish this as my will & testament of my personal property.  First I want all my just debts paid.  I do will to my oldest son Floar Mullons five dollars and I also will to my daughter Judah Wilson five dollars.  My will is of all of the balance of the property is to belong to my wife Emily Mullons and my children by her, Jessee R. Mullons,  Sarah E. Mullons,  Mary J. Mullons, Nancy  E. Mullons,  John H. Mullons.  I wish all other children to have equal shares  I wish my wife Emily and my son Jessee to settle up my business and keep my property together as much as they well can.  Given under my hand and seal this 25th of May 1860. Signed in the presence of us.
Attest:   Pinson Tucker X,  Thomas Ball X,   Elijah Jones.
Right Mullons   (X)  his mark (seal)

Copy of Will of Martha Haygood
Will Book II Pages 4-5
In the Name of God Amen.  I  Martha Haygood of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee do make & Hereby constitute this as my last will & testament and I am at the time of sound mind & have my reasoning powers good but of feeble body and ________.  1st.  I do hereby request that after my decease my remains be neatly buried and my personal expenses to be paid out of my _____ and 2nd. I do make my husband Stephen Haygood my sole heir to all of my property personal and real, especially the tract of land I inherited of my Father, N. S. Larkins deceased, and do further give my __ husband full power and right to sell and dispose of the said tract of land as his own the title is here vested fully to him to do what he may think best.  Made this 27th day of July 1864.  Witness: Robert H. Owens (X), John  Pressley (X), Thomas J. Amis      Martha Haygood X  her mark
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Copy of Will of Jonathan Long
Will Book II Pages 5-6

I Jonathan Long do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.  First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any monies that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Secondly - I will and bequeath unto my wife Lucy Long all real estate and all personal property after the debts are paid so long as her natural life exists or she remains my widow.  Third - I will and bequeath unto my son John N. Long and my son Hugh R. Long all the said real estate existing at my death if both living and if one is not living which ever is living at the time of my decease and at the death of my widow or at her marriage all the personal property existing then shall belong to the said John N. Long and Hugh R. Long by them paying one hundred Dollars equal to each lawful heir then living viz: - Elizabeth, Nancy Margarett, David Clinton, Susannah Catharine, Isabella and Orlena all those six children shall have the said hundred Dollars each if living at the time of my death or marriage of my widow.  Fourthly - I want John K. Beckner and Edward Walker if living at my decease or marriage of my widow (or either of them by choosing an additional friend)  to lay off equally according to valuation my real estate between the said John N. Long and Hugh R. Long for so as to avoid all other contingent expenses and Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint John N. Long my Executor.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This 6th day of Oct. 1855. Jonathan Long (seal)
Signed, seal and published in our presence and subscribed our name hereto in the presence of the testator This 6th day of Oct. 1855.
John K. Beckner, J. D. Long, E. Walker


Copy of Will of John Armstrong
Will Book II Page 6
I John Armstrong of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and in perfect health but considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made at any time heretofore.  First - It is my will and desire that my Executor hereinafter named  shall pay all my just debts and my funeral expenses out of the first monies that may come into his hands.  Secondly - To my will beloved son James G. Armstrong I give and bequeath my two plantations adjoining each other on one of which I now live and which contains ______ two hundred and twenty two acres be the same more or less together with the tenements and _______ hereunto belonging or appertaining to him and his heirs forever.  I further give and bequeath to my said son James a good substantial riding horse that may be on hand at the time of my death and also all my farming utensils.  Thirdly - To my well beloved daughter Priscilla Huntsman wife of George W. Hunstman I give and bequeath all the lands to which I have any claim or title that lies in Poor Valley in Hawkins County on both sides of Poor Valley Creek and between the Stone and Clinch Mountains and on which George W. Huntsman and my said daughter Priscilla now live with the ______and appurtenances thereunto belonging.  I also give and bequeath to my said daughter Priscilla two hundred dollars to be paid her by my Executor and of the proceeds of my property.  Fourthly - To my well beloved daughters Jane, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann and Minerva I give and bequeath my negro man John and my negro woman Malinda and her two children Jessee and Mary together with their increase and it is my will and desire that so long as my four daughters shall live together and with my son James on the Plantation where I now live that said negros above mentioned shall be subject to  _____ control in confirmation with my said daughters.  But if either of my said daughters should desire a division of said negros above mentioned, it is my will and desire that they with their increase shall be equally divided between them share and share alike so that they may hold them in severalty.  It is further my will and desire that each of my four said daughters to wit: Jane, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann and Minerva shall have a good substantial riding horse, cow and calf and of the stock on hand and of equal value and if in the opinion of my Executor there should not be on hand a good riding horse for each of them It is my will and desire that my said Executor shall purchase or may be necessary so that each of them may be furnished with a good substantial riding horse as above set forth.  It is further my will and desire that my said four daughters shall each have a good cow and calf or the value thereof as above stated.  Fifthly - It is my will and desire that all my household and kitchen furniture shall be equally divided between my son and James and my  four daughters Jane, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann and Minerva share and share alike and that all the remainder of my estate not heretofore disposed of shall be reduced to cash by my Executor and that the same together with any money not  otherwise disposed of shall be equally divided between all my children share and share alike.  Lastly - I do hereby nominate and appoint my ____ George R. Powel, son James my Executors of this my last will and testament this 8th day of February 1856.  John Armstrong (seal)  Signed, sealed and acknowledge in the presence of us on date mentioned.  James N. Goulds.  John J. Hayter, Robert A. Houndshell.       (blank spaces  indicate unreadable letters or words)



Copy of Will of James Francisco
Proven 27 August 1865   Circuit Court Minutes  2-417
Will Book II Page 9
I James Francisco of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee viewing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death wishing to dispose of my estate both real and personal in the manner that seems right and just do make this my last will and testament in willingly revoking all wills by me made before this date.  First - My wish and desire is that all my just debts be speedily paid with my burying expenses.  Secondly - I give to my daughter Phebe Adaline Vaughn, formerly P. A. Francisco  a tract of land including the house and other buildings on said land lot No. 1 which will show by the platt herein inclosed - the divising lines between Phebe and my son Jackson W. Francisco.  Beginning on the south side of Stage Road on the southwest corner of Elizabeth Vaughn?s lot of 6 acres then with the dividing line after two lots Phebe ___ and Elizabeth Vaughn?s N23 W18 poles to a stake in the middle of the great ___ corner of the two lots then resuming with the pathway to the ___ of the spring  N23 !18 poles to a stake in the middle of said passway.  Then west two poles to stake then N24 W14 poles to a stake opposite or nearly so to the spring then north 35  W170 poles passing through the fields to a black oak and hickory an a ridge about 2 poles west of the northwest corner of the hill field then W6 poles to 3 white oaks on the top of a ridge then  N36 W26 poles to a white oak on a ___ point then N37 E15 poles to a large spanish oak on the side of a small ridge then N2 ½  W50 poles to two white oaks on Burris?s line which line passes through a ;pond on the top of the ridge which lines of the divisions  Phebe A. and Jack W.  I give all my land on the north side of the stage road from the east of said division lines to P. A. Vaughn and her heirs containing one hundred eighty acres be the same more of less also I give Phebe A. my daughter all of my household and kitchen furniture with my weaving loom except my cooking stove my beds and steads clocks cubboard and bureaus with all that is in my house and kitchen furniture and charge her seventy five dollars for the same?also she is to have a horse or fifty dollars that as she never had advanced to her when married she shall be charged advanced said property to the value of fifty dollars in the settlement of my estate that she ___ when married.  Thirdly - I give my son Jackson W. Francisco his heirs all my land west of division lines which more fully show by the platt herein inclosed including the house where Jerry Cloud now lives on the south of the road.  The house where Sue Krieg lives and the cold comfort house containing two hundred and seventy acres be the same more or less and charge them with the money for property advancements to them say five hundred dollars.  All of the above land and negros shall be valued by the following:  Masseurs. Robert Cooper, Nathaniel Wells, Eldridge Hord, Joshua Phipps, Robert Netherland, Phillip Critz - and if any of the within named men should die or leave the country any two of them shall be sufficient and their valuation shall be final.  The lands to be valued and negros at cash valuation.  The land and production of each lot shall be valued and deductions made on each lot of four hundred dollars on account of their Mother is attached to said lots as they have devoted their Mother?s land to take effect at my death which I have included in their deeds in this will.  I got two negroes by Jack and Adaline?s mother worth saying four hundred dollars each.  After paying them each four hundred dollars my wish is for my executors to divide my estate among my three children agreeable to the valuation of the property and negroes, debts and what money if I have any on hand, the balance of my property and land shall be sold by my executors and the money divided equally among my three children shall and share alike.  I hereby empower my executors here after named to sell ___ shares I have in a tract of land in VA in Scott County to four hundred acres which be the same more or less which is a fourth of ___ tract of land including the calibeath spring which is undivided if I do not sell the same before I die and make a special warranted deed of conveyance to the same either at public sale or private sale the same to be equally divided as heretofore.  My will is that if I have crops commenced that my family and stock shall be permitted to remain on the premises until the crops is all gathered that my son Jackson shall see that nothing shall be destroyed no more than can be helped.  The family shall remain as I was living until said crop shall be gathered and may be divided equally among my children thru a sale of the same and any property that I have not specially willed may be divided by my children as they so wish and can agree to the same without a sale.  My daughter P. A. Vaughn and her children she being an unfortunate person.  I hereby agree that her and her children shall not be charged anything by my executors or by Jackson or Wm. B. Francisco for my raising, educating and keeping them or what money I have paid for their benefit as she ___  ___ us to ___ and no charges to be made by either of us as my son Wm. B. has received the estate that came by the Burris? family I think it right and just that P. A. and Jackson shall have in value what their mother had at the time of our marriage.  I hereby appoint Robert Cooper and my son Jackson my executors of this my last will and testament.  In writing my wish is that after my defraying all necessary expenses and pay for ___ services that they mad divide my estate equally among my three children equally to my directions herein set forth that they keep a valuation of the land and negroes - return the same to court so that there may be a record of the same a account of value of my other property and take a receipt from each child what they have received.  I will injoin it in the same of my executors at my death to take an inventory of my property that is not specially willed - the same returned to court .  In figuring this my last will and testament I have been influenced only by what I consider what is right and just.  I wish my children to act like brothers and sisters.  The friendly testimony whereof I set my hand and affix my seal  Dec 27 1855.  James Francisco (seal)  Signed and acknowledged before us:  Asa Hopkins, Joseph W. Clark, Charles _ Burdick, Jeremiah Cloud (x) his mark, Matthew Marcus Lynch, John P. Hamilton
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Copy of Will of Allen Carter
Will Book II  Page 13
I Allen Carter of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made and first I direct that my body be decently buried in a manner suitable to my condition in life and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with I dispose of as follows - first I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may dye possessed of.  Second I will and bequeath to my wife blank space and my children all my lands and stocks of all description, household furniture of all kinds.  My wife is to have the above bequeath her lifetime or as long as she remains my widow whenever my wife blank space seases to be my widow then my estate is to be equally divided among my children in witness whereof, I Allen Carter hereunto set my hand and seal on the 29 day of July 1863.  Allen Carter (x) his mark (seal)  Attest:  A. L. Johnson,  Stephen Darter, David Hickman


Copy of Will of John Armstrong
Will Book II  Page 13

I John Armstrong do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made heretofore.  First I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Second I give and bequeath to my daughter Darky Jane Murry five dollars for which I have previously heretofore provided for.  Thirdly I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Harris thirty dollars for which I have previously heretofore provided for.  Fourth I gave and bequeath to my son James Armstrong or his heirs one dollar for which I have previously heretofore provided for.  Fifth I will and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter Milley ___ eighty dollars for which I have previously heretofore provided for.  Sixth I give and bequeath to my daughter Tabitha Staples eighty five dollars for which I have previously provided for.  Seventh I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Armstrong a bedstead and furniture and eighty five dollars in cash.  Eighth I give and bequeath to daughter Susanah Armstrong one bedstead and furniture and eight five dollars in cash.  Ninth I give and bequeath to my son Wiley Armstong fifty acres of my land estate off of the upper end of my land including my dwelling house and out houses and one bedstead and furniture. Tenth  I give and bequeath to my son John Armstrong fifty acres of my land estate lying next to the part that I gave my son Wiley and one bedstead and furniture.  Eleventh I give and bequeath to my son Clinton Armstrong the remainder of my land if any there be.  Twelfth  I will and bequeath that my slave Sida shall be sold together with my other personal property.  Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint Thomas A. Long my executor in witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this 23 day of February 1861.  John Armstong (seal) Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator February 22, 1861 - David Lyons Jr., Thomas A. Long
(typist?s note:  Please note testator signed date appears as 23 February 1861 and witnessed on 22 February 1861 - probably mistake by original transcribist)
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Copy of Will of Christian Pearson
Proven 1 January 1866 - (County Court Minutes 2 page 113)
Will Book II  Page 15
I Christian Pearson of the County of Hawkins and the State of Tennessee do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me heretofore made. First - I hereby give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Bloomer the wife of Isaac Bloomer a certain tract of land lying is said county and bounded as follows, Viz:  Beginning on a beech on a branch thence north fifty west seven and a half poles to two ash trees thence north thirty two and half fifty six poles to two small locusts thence north fifty five and a half east seventeen poles to a locust thence north thirty west one hundred and sixty eight poles to two white oaks and red oak corner of a fifty acre grant thence north twenty poles to a poplar and chestnut on another corner of another fifty acre grant on the top of Copper Ridge thence north forty five east eighty one poles to a stake thence south twenty six east seventy six poles to a stake on a poplar a corner to my old grant thence north the line of said Bloomer to a stake on the line of John Starnes thence to the beginning? to have and to hold the said land unto the said Nancy Bloomer and her heirs forever.  I also give unto the said Nancy two servants to wit:  Mary and Margaret and whatever increase they may have at my death to her and her heirs forever.  I also give to the said Nancy two beds of feathers.  Second - I hereby give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Starnes wife of John Starnes a certain tract of land in said county bounded as follows:  beginning on a beech and poplar corner of my old grant thence running with my old line thirty one poles to two buckeye and black walnuts in said line thence north sixty east sixty six poles to a red sowerwood and locusts thence north fifty four and a half east twenty three poles to beckeye and pawpaw thence north forty eight and a half west twenty one and three fourth poles to two beaches thence north fifty six and a half east eighty eight poles to two ash trees on a branch thence south fifty east seven and a half poles to a beech on  my old line and the line of John Starnes thence south forty five west to the beginning to have and to hold the same tract of land unto the said Elizabeth Starnes and her heirs forever.  I also give to the said Elizabeth one negro girls named Harritt and whatever increase she may have at my death to her and heirs forever and also two feather beds.  Third - I give and bequeath unto my son William I. Pearson the following lands lying in said county Viz:  all that is left of my old grant after taking what is given in the preceding part of this will to the said Nancy Bloomer and Elizabeth Starnes also one other tract of fifty acres which I hold by a grant from the State of Tennessee dated 27th day of September 1835.  I also give unto my said son the balance that is left of another grant for fifty acres to me from the said State after taking out what is given in the preceding part of this will by my said daughter Nancy the said grant is also dated the 27th day of September 1835.  I also give to my said son the following slaves to wit:  Sindy, Miney, Scotty and her child Angeline and whatever increase they may have at my death.  I also give to my said son all the horse beasts on my farm or belonging to me except a bay filley and sorrel filley and two jacks  which I give to my son with three jennets.  The oldest colt owned by me of the old jennet  and her two colts I also give to my said son all the cattle that I now own or may own at my death all the hogs owned at my death and all the sheep on hand at the time of my death also my stills tubs and all my household and kitchen furniture except the two beds before mentioned for my daughters.  I also give my said son my loom, wagons and all my gearing and farming utensils of every kind and description.  I also give to my said son whatever grain and ___ that may be on hand at the time of my death together with my blacksmith tools.  I also give to my said son one negro boy named Ike for whom the said William I. Pearson now has a Bill of Sale.  I also give to my said son all my monies and notes or obligations and all claims of every kind that may belong to me at the time of my death.  Fourth - I hereby give and bequeath unto my grandson William Bloomer a tract of land in said county containing eighty acres which was granted to me by the State of Tennessee by Grant No. 24.450 dated 27th October 1837.  Fifth - I hereby give and bequeath unto my son William I. Pearson a certain tract of land owned by me in the said County of Hawkins which land he is to have and to hold during his natural life and my will is that my servant Howard live and stay with my said son and that he be kindly treated and that he remain under the care and control of my said son as long as my said son lives and that the said servant Howard may select someone of my relations to live with and the lands last mentioned as given to my said son shall go to the person so selected by my said servant Howard the said tract of land contains about one hundred and twenty five acres joining the lands of Ezekiel Anderson, ___ Anderson, Noah P. Anderson and John Starnes.  Sixth - I hereby give to my son in law John Starnes one sorrel filly now owned by me.  Seventh - The tract of land owned by me in Poor Valley containing about five hundred acres I will that it be sold and divided as my three children may choose if they choose to sell it then the sale is to be on a credit of twelve months and the proceeds of the sale to be equally divided between my said children and if they choose to divide it with each one is to have an equal share in ____ of the said land.  Eighth - My will is that my beloved wife Susan be comfortably and decently supported and provided for by my said son William I Pearson during the life of my said wife and I have made the share of my said son in my estate larger on that account and for the further reason that my said son has always lived with me and his mother and has assisted in making much of the property now owned by me.  Ninth - I hereby nominate and make my said son William I. Pearson executor of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have subscribed my name and set my seal this 4th day of November 1856  Christian Pearson (x) his mark  Interlined before signed. Signed and sealed and published by the testator in our presence and acknowledged by him.  John Netherland, W. C. Kyle
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Copy of Will of James McClure
Will Book II
In the Name of God Amen.  I James McClure of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills at any time heretofore made by me.  First - I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah the farm on which I now reside in the County and State aforesaid on the road between two and three miles west of Rogersville (except that portion of the same herein after given to my daughter Margaret White)  together with all my household and kitchen furniture all my farming utensils grain provisions and stock of every ___ including all my personal property and effects of every kind during her natural life and ___ ___ said property is to desend to my four daughters viz: Nancy Jane,  Mary Ann, Virginia and Martha.
Second - I have heretofore given to my daughter Elizabeth Doak what I consider a full share of my property I therefore give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Doak one dollar.  Thirdly - I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret White a part of the farm on which I now reside beginning at a point on the line between J. H. Vance and my self about on said northeast of the spring house and running thence westwardly to the corner of a small orchard lot thence southwardly with the present fence to the road so as to include the stabel thence crossing the road near a small house and with the ___ lot fence to the southeast corner of said lot thence a short line eastwardly to said Vance?s line and with said line northwardly to the beginning including the tanyard stabel small house on the south side of the read end of the mansion house in which her husband James White now resides.  Fourthly - I give and bequeath to my son Mitchell McClure the farm on which he now resides known as the George ___ farm supposed to contain one hundred and eighty two acres and lying about four miles west of Rogersville on the main road and I require the said Mitchell McClure to pay one half of my debts which is charged on this bequest.  Fifthly - I give and bequeath to my son Montgomery McClure the tract of land now in his possession lying about eight miles west of Rogersville on the main road it being the same tract of land conveyed to me by George Beets to which reference is made for corners and distances and quantity and I require the said Montgomery McClure to pay one half of my debts with which this bequest is charged.  Lastly - I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Susannah Executrix of this my will without requiring her to give bond or qualifying.  In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 7th day of June 1865.  James McClure (seal)  Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the same James McClure in our presence and we have witnessed the same at his request on the day and year above written - Witnesses:  Michael O. Neill, J. H. Vance
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Copy of Last Will and Testament of John Phillips, Deceased
State of Tennessee - Hawkins County
Civil District #1 of said County
Will Book II
Dated 22 March 1866
I, John Phillips of said County and Civil District of aforesaid being of sound mind and memory but feeble in body and by the Grace of God do hereby make and publish by these presents my last will and testament to wit:  My will is that my daughter Susannah Phillips to have one bed and bedstead and feather bed, that she made her self, and one milch cow, to have one falling leaf table and one cupboard and table ware, to wit:  One set knives and forks, one set tea cups and saucers, one set of table plates, and two dishes, one bureau so as to make her equal with the balance of my children, of what they have already had.  Second - My will is that Mary Jane Phillips my granddaughter, George Phillips daughter to have one bed and bedstead and to have one ladies saddle and also to have one heifer which she now claims.  Third - My will is that my son George Phillips is to pay to my estate two hundred dollars to come out of his share of said estate for which I hold a note against him for the same for my part of the mills and the lands appertaining thereto.  Fourth - My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of the proceeds of my estate.  Fifth - My will is that my executors or administrators as the case may be, shall sell all my personal property at public sale as usually done on such occasions which is not willed away in this will.  And that they sell all my lands that I am seized and possessed of on a twelve month?s credit and be secured as the law directs.  Sixth - My will is that my executors or administrators as the case may be is to divide all the proceeds of my estate both real and personal which is made sale of to be divided equal among my several children to wit:  George Phillips, Susannah Phillips, John W. Phillips, Mary Harris, William Phillips heirs, Martin Phillips, Isaac Phillips, Margaret Ann Beckner  wife of Perry Beckner.  Seventh - My will is George Phillips and Perry Beckner be my executors to have full power as heretofore explained is as full and complete a manner as I have myself.  Whereof I do set my hand and seal this 22nd day of March 1866.
John Phillips (X - his mark) (Seal)
In presence of us:  Nicholas Becker, Andrew Hill
State of Tennessee - Hawkins County - I John Phillips of said County being of sound mind and memory and by the Grace of God do hereby make an alteration in my last will and testament made March 22, 1866 to wit:  I make such alteration as hereafter mentioned.  My will is that my daughter Susan Phillips have one hundred acres of my land whereon I now live including all buildings all to be laid off at the directions of my executors at the end of my plantation so as to make the hundred acres so as not to have any scraps of land left at the end of the place so to have and to hold the same free of charge to make a decent support so long as she may live should she outlive me, and the balance to be sold as directed in the first part of the foregoing will made March 22, 1866.  And after her death the hundred acres of land to be sold by my executors or administrators as the case may be.  But should I be the longest liver then all to be sold as mentioned in the part of this will made March 22, 1866.  2nd. - My will is that Susan Phillips have all my kitchen furniture so long as she may live including one cooking stove and utensils and kitchen cupboards and utensils and one small table and one looking glass and one clock and after her death, to be sold as heretofore mentioned nothing herein contained to be so construed as the effect anything in the first will only as above mentioned.  Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of February 1867.  John Phillips (X-his mark) (seal)
Test: Nicholas Beckner, Andrew Hill

The Last Will and Testament of John Gilliam
Will Book II       Page 118
 The Last Will and Testament of John Gilliam,  deceased, filed and proven the 2nd day of June 1873.  I  John Gilliam of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and of good memory, being somewhat advanced in years and considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death to all, do make and constitute this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore at anytime made.  First - It is my will and desire that my funeral expenses and all my just debts, which I may owe at my death shall be paid out of the money or monies on hand or which shall come into the hands of my executor or executors.  Secondly - To my son John A. Gilliam, I give and bequeath the following described tract of land upon the following conditions hereinafter mentioned - Beginning at the Fisher?s Creek Church and running up the branch known as the William H. Johnson branch to the John A. Gilliam stable thus leaving the said branch running nearly a due east course to a conditional line between my land and Cornelius Gross land then along said conditional to a corner designated as the Stephen Johnson corner, thence 20 poles with the Johnson line to a stake on said line then one hundred and odd poles down Chesnut Ridge on the south side of Fisher?s Creek thence down said creek to the beginning at the aforesaid Church, being the parcel of land whereon the said John A. Gilliam now lives - Thirdly - To my son Benjamin C. Gilliam I give and bequeath the following described parcel of land, subject to the conditions being after mentioned, beginning on the bank of the creek near the house wherein Jack Clifton now lives , thence up Fishers Creek to the aforesaid church or meeting house, thence up the W. H. Johnson branch to the aforesaid John A. Gilliam stable, thence along the John A. Gilliam line hereinbefore mentioned to the said conditional line between me and Gross - thence running across the valley a southerly course to top of the knob or ridge back of my place between me and Gross thence along the top of the ridge or knob calling for T B Johnson line to the beginning being the parcel of land whereon I now live and containing the principle improvements on my land in the way of livery stables, barns etc.  Fourthly - Beginning on the back of Fisher?s Creek near Jack Clifton?s house, I give and bequeath the following parcel of land to my daughter Susan Gilliam, thence with said creek up to the Wooten branch thence up the said Wooten branch to the old Wooten house thence leaving Wooten branch a straight course nearly due south to the upper corner of Wooten tract at the top of a ridge, thus with the line of the Wooten tract and the ___ tract to a bush corner marked J. G. thence with lines of a 20 acre entry containing the said twenty acres to a stake on William Lane?s line, thence to buckeye corner a line then running round with my line to the beginning of said lot on Fisher Creek bank subject to the conditions hereinafter mentioned.  Item Fifthly - To James Gilliam I give and bequeath subject to the stipulations hereinafter mentioned the following described lot or parcel of land to wit. Beginning at the mouth of the Wooten Branch thence up Fisher Creek to my back line (on this side) not far from S___ Creech house, thence along said back line up the point of Chesnut ridge, an easterly course to a corner called ___ as the Rutledge corner, thence with the line of the Rutledge entry 20 or 25 poles to a stake on B___ Ross line thence with said Ross line around to the Wooten Branch, thence with said branch to its mouth the beginning of said lot or parcel.  Sixthly - To my son William Gilliam, in addition to what he has already received by gift from me. I give two notes which I have on him, one for one hundred dollars dated on ___ 1858 and the other given in ___ 1858 and the only notes I have against him.  Seventhly - To my grand daughter Mary Katharine Fletcher, daughter of my daughter, Nancy Ann (who is dead), I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar to be paid by my executors out of my estate after my death, this being the amount I desire for the said Mary Katharine, in addition to what I gave her Mother.  Eighthly - To my grand son Isaac S. G. Johnson, son of my daughter, Sally (who is dead) I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar to be paid by my executors out of my estate after my death this being the amount this being the amount I desire for the said Isaac S. G. Johnson, in addition to what I gave his Mother.  Ninthly - To my son James Gilliam in addition to what he has already received, I give the sum of two hundred dollars to paid out of my estate after my death.  Tenthly - To my son Hincheu Gilliam in addition to what he has already received, I give the sum of one hundred twenty five dollars to be paid out of my estate after my death.  Item 11 - To my son Samuel Gilliam in addition to what he has already received, I give and bequeath the sum of one hundred twenty five dollars to be paid after my death.  Item 12 - I hold two promissory notes on my son John A. Gilliam for the sum of two (250) two hundred and fifty dollars each are due at six and the other at twelve months which if not paid off by the said John A. Gilliam before my death I desire to be collected off him and to be appropriated in the discharge of my debts first and then in the payments of the different legacies bequeathed by me in this last will and testament. Item - I hold two promissory notes on my son Benjamin C. Gilliam for the sum of two  (200) hundred dollars each are due at six and the other at twelve months which if not paid off by him the said Benjamin C. Gilliam before my deaths, I desire to be collected off him to be discharged in the payment first of my debts and then in the discharge of the different legacies bequeathed in this testament.  Item - It is my will and desire that the lot or parcel of land bequeathed to my daughter Susan shall have the use of the timber off twenty five acres from the lower or west end of the lot bequeathed to my said son Benjamin C.  Item - It is my will and desire that the lot of land given to my said son Benjamin C. shall support my beloved wife Mary should she survive me, also that she shall have the control of the dwelling house, the stable, barns, and all the other out houses or so much room in the outer buildings including the stables as my be sufficient for the use and convenience of stabling all the stock she may keep for her allotted use and necessities for housing, cribbing all the roughage and grain she may raise or have raised on the farm, should she and the said Benjamin C. at any time disagree it is my will and desire that my said wife Mary shall have all the household and kitchen furniture and where so ever permitting the Statute laws of the State of Tennessee shall allow her at the time of my death for her decent and comfortable support maintenance.  This bequest to be outside of the notes and other evidences of debt that I may die seized and possessed of.  It is my desire furthermore that should my said wife Mary choose to live with any of my other children away from the homestead thence she shall have a support during her natural life and of the profits coming from the parcel of land bequeathed to Benjamin Gilliam has in this will, she shall not have the management or control of any part of the said lot of land or of the house or any of the out buildings thereon.  Item - The lot I have bequeathed to my daughter Susan Gilliam, I hereby tax with the sum of two hundred dollars which if not paid by her the said Susan to me before my death and receipted for by me shall be collected by my executors off her and the said land is bound for the payment of the said two hundred dollars.  Item - James Gilliam in view of the bequest in Item Fifthly is taxed four hundred dollars to be paid to my executors if not paid before my death and receipted for by me and the said land is here bound for the said sum.  Item - I hold the lots of my two sons John A. and Benjamin C. bound for the same taxes therein and for which they have this day executed to me this promissory note, each of them executing a note payable at six months and each of them executing a note payable at twelve months both of John?s being for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, the two making five hundred and drawing interest from the time of them falling due respectively both of Benjamin Cs notes are for the sum of two hundred dollars making a four hundred dollars, each drawing interest from the time of them falling due.  Item - I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons, James and Hincheu Gilliam the executors of this my last will and testament.  Item - It is my will and desire and I so bequeath that after paying off my funeral expenses and discharging all my just debts and liquidating the bequests hereinbefore mentioned  I want all my effects to be divided equally between my children now to be designated, to wit:  James Gilliam, Hincheu Gilliam, Samuel Gilliam, John A. Gilliam, Benjamin C. Gilliam and Susan Gilliam (erasures before signing).
In testimony whereof I set my hand and seal this third day of August, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Nine (1869 AD) in the presence of the subscribing witnesses.    John Gilliam (Seal)
Attest:  Stephen Creech, Thomas W. Bradshaw, W. H. Watterson


Copy of the Last Will and Testament of William Crew
Will Book II        Page 37
Copy of the Last Will and Testament of William Crew, Deceased, which was proven Sept. Term 1867 - In the name of God, Amen, I William Crew a citizen of the County of Hawkins State of Tennessee being of sound and disposing mind and memory, for which I am thankful to Almighty God, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all others wills which may have heretofore at any time been made by me.  First - I will and bequeath that my Executors hereinafter to be named as soon after my death as convenient and as convenient with a due respect to the time which may elapse shall expend at public sale in manner and form as provided by the statutes laws of  Tennessee is case of administration for cash in hand or on a credit with good and approved viewing as in the judgment of my said executors will be most conducive to the interest of my said estate, all and every the personal property belonging to my said estate at the time of my decease excepting so much and such of my personal property as may by law be exempt in the hands of my wife as my widow in the event she shall survive me for her benefit and that out of the first moneys or effects belonging to my said estate coming into the hands of my said executors, I desire my funeral expenses and all my just debts to be paid said funeral expenses to be paid first.
Second - I will and bequeath to each of my three daughters in Texas, viz: Mary A. Ward, Nancy Ripley and Sarah Horton  and each to their separate use and benefit, the sum of twelve hundred dollars that is the say twelve hundred dollars to my said daughter Mary A. Ward and twelve hundred dollars to my said daughter Nancy Ripley, and twelve hundred dollars to my said daughter Sarah Horton, each to their separate use and benefit as aforesaid free from any claim whatsoever that may be set upon rights of their respective husbands, said twelve hundred dollars to the same Mary, Nancy and Sarah as aforesaid is designed to make them equal with the balance of my children to whom instead of money, I have given interests in my lands in Hawkins County, Tennessee.  Third - I will and bequeath to my son William H. Crew, my ?Home Place? laying in Hawkins County, Tennessee being that portion of the tract of land lying west of a line running from Carter Valley Road at a point on said road about one half mile east of my present residence to the back boundary line of said tract, and included in the boundaries of a grant issued by one Henry Lee Governor of Virginia to Jacob Wills dated August 17, 1792 and being the dame tract of land upon which the dwelling house in which I now reside is situated and containing one hundred and sixty acres be the same more of less.  I furthermore will and bequeath to my son William H. Crew an additional tract of land adjoining the tract abovementioned lying in said County of Hawkins State of Tennessee and bounded as follows to wit; beginning at two chestnut oaks and a hickory, at the conditional corner between John Wills and myself; thence with Wills line north 81 degrees east, 125 poles to a white (missing word ?) on the bank of the North Fork river, Wills corner, thence up the river bank north 26 degrees west, 34 poles to a clack oak and ending on the river bank on the Virginia line, then south 86 degrees west 110 poles to a stake on David Wills line near the top of a high ridge thence south forty poles to the beginning being the same tract of land contained in a grant from the State of Tennessee to William Crew Sr. dated to 7th day of February 1848, containing 27 acres be the same more or less.  I furthermore will and bequeath to my said son, William H. Crew an additional tract of said land lying in Hawkins County, Tennessee and bounded as follows to wit: beginning at a black oak, white oak and black walnut Crews old corner on the north side of Carter Valley road and on M Minus line; thence with the same north 73 degrees 200 poles to a stake on said line thence 17 degrees west 20 poles to a stake on the top of a knob, thence with the ___ south 74 degrees west 25.3 poles to a stake on the top of a knob thence down south 23 degrees west 36 poles to the beginning being the same tract of land included in the boundary described in a grant from the State of Tennessee to William Crew dated 6th day of November 1837 and containing forty acres be the same more or less.  I do furthermore will and bequeath to my said son William H. Crew an additional tract of land lying in Hawkins county, Tennessee on the south side first mentioned tract adjoining the same, and the lands of John Bellamy, David Sensabaugh and Widow Click containing about 37 acres by the same ore or less and being the same included in the boundaries of a deed from Thomas Bradshaw to me which said four tracts of land abovementioned, I will and bequeath as aforesaid to my said son William H. Crew in fee simple and as part and parcel of this provision in order that my precious wife, Sarah may be comfortable provided for, during her natural life providing she shall survive me.  I further will and bequeath that my said son William H. Crew in the event of said wife Sarah shall survive me shall permit my said wife Sarah to occupy the house in which I now reside along with himself and that he to provide for her in food, clothing, medical attention as will be necessary for her comfort or if my said wife Sarah shall prefer it, that she have dowry assigned her from said ?Home Place? abovementioned to consist of one third thereof including the dwelling house, outhouse to hold during her natural life and at the death, her dais dower interest abovementioned to revert to my said son William H. Crew in fee simple and if my said wife Sarah shall prefer the assignment of dower as aforesaid to the support which my said son William H. Crew is required herein to give her in that event she shall further have such portion of my personal estate as she as my widow shall by law be entitled.  Fourth - I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Francisco and her husband Jackson Francisco for the separate use of my said daughter Elizabeth Francisco the following tract or boundary of land lying in Hawkins County, Tennessee and being a part of the tract known as the ?Upper Place? and adjoining the north side of the tract of land on which the said Jackson Francisco now resides and bounded as follows to wit: beginning at a white oak on Kinkead?s line at the edge of the Carters Valley Road; thence south 17 degrees east 174 poles to a stake in the middle of a gap near two poplar saplings marked as pointers thence through the gap due east 68 poles to two black oaks on the south side of a ridge; thence due south 34 poles to a stake on the back line; thence north 73 degrees east 63 poles to a chuqupin oak; thence due north 102 poles to a white corner of Bellamy?s peach orchard on line running between John Bellamy and myself; thence with said Bellamy?s line around the mouth of a ___ to a stake; thence with said Bellamy?s line to a red oak and ___ to a rock, thence north  39 degrees west 32 poles to a stake in the Carters Valley Road thence 58 degrees west 44 poles to a stake in the road on the top of a hill thence north 87 degrees west 46 poles to a ___ Kinkeads corner, then south 60 degrees west 38 poles to the beginning and containing by estimation 147 acres.  Fifth - I will and bequeath to my daughter Lucinda Crew in fee simple for her own separate use and benefit the following tract of land lying in said County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being the residue of the tract of land known as the ?Upper Place? after taking off the parcel hereinbefore given to Elizabeth Francisco and her husband Jackson Francisco, and bounded as follow to wit:  beginning at a white oak  on Kinkeads line at the edge of the Carters Valley Road thence south 17 degrees east 174 poles to a stake in the middle of a gap near two poplar saplings marked as pointers; thence through the gap due east 68 poles to two black oaks on the south side of a ridge; thence due south 34 poles to a stake on the back line; thence south 75 degrees west 197 poles to a stake on the line of an old tract; thence Kinkeads line north 21 degrees west 193 poles to a white oak on a dwelling corner between David Kinkead and myself; thence north 60 degrees east 14 poles to the beginning containing two hundred and ten acres.  Sixth - I furthermore will and bequeath that as much as the parcels of land herein given to my son William H Crew are more valuable than the parcel of land herein given to my daughter Lucinda Crew and in as much as the parcel of land herein given to my daughter Elizabeth Francisco and her said husband Jackson Francisco is more valuable that the parcel herein given to my daughter Lucinda Crew and in order that the said William H. Crew and the said Elizabeth Francisco and her said husband Jackson Francisco and the said Lucinda Crew may all be as near equal as possible, the said Elizabeth Francisco and her husband Jackson Francisco taking one interest as aforesaid and that my said children may share and share alike in the divisions of my said lands, I ___ as a part  and parcel of the grants and bequests herein made that my said daughter Elizabeth Francisco and her said husband Jackson Francisco pay to my said daughter Lucinda the sum of one hundred dollars and that my said son William H. Crew pay to my said daughter Lucinda the sum of three hundred dollars.  Seventh - I will and bequeath that my said executors as soon as possible after my decease shall collect all debts, monies due my estate and after having collect the same and gathered together all the residue of my estate that may remain after satisfying the foregoing legacies and bequests that is to say out of said the sum of five hundred dollars to my said daughter Lucinda which amount I desire her to have as a separate legacy and as a recompense to her for her care attention and labor she has undergone for many years in and about the comfort and welfare of my wife and myself and after the paying to her the said five hundred dollars, I direst that my said executors divide all the residue of my said estate not heretofore disposed of equally among all my children, my said daughter Lucinda included.  Eighth - I hereby nominate and appoint William H. Crew, Jackson Francisco and William Click as my Executors. William Crew (Seal)
Signed, Sealed and Published in our presence this the 10th of June AD 1867 and we have hereto signed our names as witnesses in presence of the testator and by his direction.  James W. Davidson, Robert Click, Hiram K. Wills (his mark)



The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Charles
Will Book II    Page 41
The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Charles, Deceased  No Date- Proved 7 October 1867.  I Elizabeth Charles the widow of James Webster, deceased and last the widow of Wiley B. Charles, deceased, a resident of Hawkins County State of Tennessee being in a state of weak bodily health but claiming to be of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made.   First - Out of my estate so soon after my death as practicable my Executors will pay off my funeral expenses and just debts if any - and in regard to the residue of my estate I dispense of it as follows to wit:  To Elizabeth Mays, my grand daughter and the child of John W. and Jane Mays, I give and bequeath one hundred dollars to be paid her by my executors two years after the date of her qualification, and to my daughter Jane the wife of the said John W. Mays I have heretofore given her a share of my estate, and I therefore give her nothing more of my estate.   To Ida Bell Bray, a reputed grand child of my own and a reputed child of my deceased son Eldridge  Webster, I give and bequeath fifty dollars to be paid her by my executors out of my estate two years after the date of her qualification.  To the widow and children of my deceased son James Webster, I give no more of my estate, because he has had in his lifetime a full share of my estate.  To my son Alexander H. Webster, I give in addition to what I have heretofore given him fifty dollars to be paid him by my executors two years after the date of his qualification.   To John W. Webster, my son now absent from home I give in addition to what I have already given him fifty dollars to be paid  him two years after the date of his qualification by my executors.  To Conrad L. Webster, my son now also  from home I give in addition to what I have already given him fifty dollars be paid him by my executors two years after the date of his qualification.  To A. L. B. Webster, my youngest son and now at home, I give and bequeath a black mare colt now over a year old and five hundred dollars to be paid him by my executors out of my estate two years after the date of his qualification.  To my daughter Sally Bailey wife of James Bailey, who I?m now keeping house with, I give and bequeath all my household and kitchen property, consisting of two feather beds, two bureaus, one press, one cupboard, three tables, one clock, chest and all the contents and belongings except my cash and cash notes, accounts and debts which must go to my executor.  I ___ ___ that my said daughter shall have all my housekeeping furniture and my executor shall not sell the same with the condition that she continue to live with me and take care of me during my remaining days especially in my last sickness and if she shall not do this then the property so bequeathed to her as aforesaid shall go to my executors and be sold by him on a credit of twelve months to the highest bidder and the proceeds equally divided betwixt my grand daughters, Martha E. Bailey and Mary Jane Bailey who are the children of said daughter Sally and in addition to the foregoing bequest I also give to my said daughter Sally Bailey wife of said James Bailey one hundred dollars to be paid her by my executor two years after the date of her qualification.  I intend the bequest to aid Sally to be the separate property of herself and children aside from any sort of claim of said James Bailey.  Now if any one of the before mentioned legatees to whom I have bequeathed any thing should die before receiving their said legacy, my executor shall pay the bequest of such deceased party over to my son John Webster, Conrad S. Webster, Sally Bailey, A. L. B. Webster or Elizabeth Mays and Alexander Webster or their survivors or legal representatives equally.  My personal property, that I may die seized and possessed of such as houses, cattle, hogs, sheep, bee hives, waggons, plows, harness, farming tools, grain, hay or any other articles not specially bequeathed will be sold by my executors to help raise a fund to meet the aforementioned bequests.  If should my estate in the hands of my executors prove to be more that will meet all the demands, I have fixed upon him heretofore that the surplus shall be divided amongst my legatees in the proportion I have bequeathed and on the other hand if there should be a deficit and not enough of my estate to meet all the aforesaid bequests I have made, I intend that each legatee should be valued accordingly.  I do hereby nominate and appoint James R. Bailey, my son in law and Orville Bailey ___ ___ one of them my executors to carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament   Elizabeth Charles (X - Her Mark) (Seal)
Witnesses - George D. Wagnor, Joseph H. Webster - I do hereby make George Wagnor the custodian of this my will - Elizabeth Charles (X - Her Mark)  Attest:  A. S. Burem



Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Nancy Dalzell
Will Book II    Page 122
 Dated 13 October 1866                                                    Proven 1 September 1873
Which is proven by the oaths of William M. Piper and William White subscribing witnesses to said will this 1st day of September 1873.  In the name of God, Amen.  I Nancy Dalzell of the town of Rogersville, Hawkins County  State of Tennessee being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God this thirteenth day of October in the Year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and sixty six do make and publish this last will and testament in manner following, that is to say.  Having adopted my nephew Frances Dalzell Alexander, son of my brother Dicks Alexander, when a child and he having resided with my since he was about twenty one months old and attended to my business carefully and taken care of me, and always intending to make him my solo heir.  I do therefore give and bequeath unto the said Frances Dalzell Alexander, all of my personal property, consisting of bonds and notes on various individuals for borrowed money, sum of which suits have been instituted thereon and all debts and accounts coming to me or which may hereafter be due to me and all my household and kitchen furniture.  Also the house and lots whereon I reside adjoining the brick dwelling house in which the widow of William Simpson deceased resides in said town of Rogersville, including also my real and personal estate whatsoever to hold to him the said Frances Dalzell, my adopted son and to his heirs and assignees forever.  And in order that the said Frances Dalzell Alexander may be ___ ___ use my debts etc for his use and benefit, I do hereby appoint him my Executor of this my last will and testament, and require that the court shall not require him to give bond for the execution of his official duties as all my estate is willed to him.  Signed, Sealed, Published and ___ by the said Nancy Dalzell the testatrix as her last will and testament in the presence of us, who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof.         Nancy Dalzell (Seal)
Witnesses:  William M. Piper, William White
 



 
 
 

Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Eliza Morrow
Will Book II    Page 123
 Which is proven by the oaths of R. H. Drake and Joel M. Crisp on this 1st day of September 1873.This my Last Will and Testament, I will and bequeath unto my two daughters, Amanda A. Coleman and Laura E. Ruble all my real estate, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Amanda A. Coleman the east or lower end of the said farm, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Laura E. Ruble, the west end of  said farm furthermore I direct my Executor William Colyer after all my debts and funeral expenses is paid to equally divide the remainder of my property between my two daughters Amanda A. Coleman and Laura E. Ruble, with the exception that my daughter Laura E. Ruble shall have 20 bushels of wheat and one hundred bushels of corn and all the hogs I have on hand out of the present year?s crop, furthermore give unto my daughter, Mary T. Fortner a note on her husband John Fortner calling for two hundred dollars as her part of said  estate this July 9th 1873.     Eliza Morrow
Attest:  R. H. Drake, Joel M. Crisp


Copy of the last Will and Testament of William Green, Deceased
Will Book II    Page 124
 Proven this 3rd day of November AD 1873
I, William Green of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee calling to mind that it is appointed  unto man are to die and being of sound mind and memory and wishing to dispose of such worldly estates, as it has pleased God to bless me with, do hereby make and ordain and publish this my last will and testament in the word and figures following to wit:    Item 1st - I direct that all my just debts and my funeral expenses be paid out of any moneys that may first come into the hands of my Executors.  Item 2nd - To my wife Rutha I give and bequeath my plantation on which I now live and all my personal property of whatever description of which I may die seized of ___ for and during her natural life or widowhood.  Item 3rd - At the death or marriage of my wife Rutha I direct that all the property herein placed in the hands of my said wife, shall be equally divided between my children viz:  Polly Cantwell, Nancy Wolfe, the heirs of Elizabeth Brewer, Minerva Pearson, Jeremiah Green, Patsy Murrel, the heirs of John A. Green, deceased, Orpha Clonce and Rutha Wolfe, should said heirs above named, agree, may divide the property without sale, otherwise said property shall be divided between my said heirs above mentioned.  The name of Emeline Greene was struck out by my direction Sterling Green being indebted to me by note to at least the worth of his natural share in my estate, which said note is for five hundred and fifty dollars, due at our ___ dated January 15th 1861, credited August 17th 1865 with $120.00 and all interest up to said date.  Item 4th - To Emeline Green and her heirs, I give and bequeath said note above described in lieu of all their interest, as heirs in my estate, both personal and real.  Item 5th - I hereby appoint my trusty friends Elbert  Day and Nicholas Wolfe Executors of this my last will and testament.  Signed Sealed and dated this 2nd day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy three.   William Green (Seal) (X-His Mark)
Witness:  S. F. Wells, B. F. Lamb
Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Nancy Wells, deceased.
Will Book II    Page 125
Proven this 3rd day of November 1873, by the oaths of Robert Cooper and John W. Dodson subscribing witnesses. I Nancy Wells being of sound mind and memory, knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life, do make this my last will and testament.  First - I will to the Almighty God my soul who gave it.  Second - my funeral expenses are to be paid out of my estate.  Third - I will all my lands to Resa Wells, during her life time, and after her death to be divided equally ___ my two nephews, Reanua Wells and Joseph Bradshaw.  I will to my niece Samantha Click fifty dollars, to be paid out of part of the notes I hold against Robert Cooper and to Bachman Wells, fifty dollars to be paid out of any notes, which I may have at my death and to William Harvey Ratliff, fifty dollars to be paid from any notes which I hay hold as the above.  Also fifty dollars equally divided between Mary Lee and Francis Dodson.  I will the note I have against Ephriam Brown to be placed in the hands of Reanua Wells and the interest of said note to be paid annually to the preacher in charge for the time being as quarter ago, and at the death of Reanua Wells, the principle of said note to be safely invested and the interest to be perpetually paid as before directed to the Preacher of the Methodist Episcopal Church South at Lebanon, Hawkins County, Tennessee.  I will all the remainder of my property to Resa Wells during her life and at her death I desire from the proceeds of said property fifty dollars to be paid ___ Wells, daughter of Ben Wells and fifty dollars to Rosannah Wells.  I hereby appoint Reanua Wells my executor to see that this my last will is carried out as I have directed, dated this 11 day of October eighteen hundred and seventy three.  Nancy Wells
Witnesses:  Robert Cooper, John W. Dodson, R. W. Jones



 

Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Anderson, Deceased
Will Book II    Pages 126-127
Proven 1st day of December 1873.  State of Tennessee, Hawkins County:  I Thomas Anderson, being of sound mind and perfect memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  First - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Anderson, all my household and kitchen furniture together with our sorrel mare during her natural life.  Secondly - I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Williams the house where I live including the lot of land as has already been deeded to her.  Thirdly - I give and bequeath to my daughter in law Elizabeth Anderson and her heirs the house where she now lives and eight acres of land around said house.  Fourthly - I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Harrel and her heirs the house where she now lives and eight acres of land around said house.  Fifthly - I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Payne and James W. Payne the house where they now live and eight acres of land around said house during their natural life.  And the remainder of my land to be equally divided between Nancy Williams, Elizabeth Anderson and her heirs Elizabeth Harrel and her heirs, Mary Payne and James W. Payne and at the death of Mary Payne and James W. Payne, their portion of the land to fall back to my lawful heirs.  Sixthly - I will and bequeath that all my money notes and property be equally divided between Nancy Williams, Elizabeth Anderson and her heirs, Elizabeth Harrell and her heirs, Mary Payne and James W. Payne.  I hereby nominate and appoint David D. Anderson my sole executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness of which I have hereunto set my and affixed my seal this the 2nd day of February in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.  Thomas Anderson (Seal)
Signed, Published, Sealed and delivered by the above named Thomas Anderson to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the testator, as witnesses:
David D. Anderson, Andrew Derick



Copy of the Last Will and Testament of James S. Phipps
Will Book II    Pages 127 - 131
Proven 2nd day of March of 1874
 I, James S. Phipps, of the County of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind, but growing feeble in strength, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make this my last will and testament revoking and annulling all:  To wit: Item 1st - To my son William F. Phipps, I bequeath or will a certain tract of land lying on the south side of Holston River in the upper end of Long?s bottom it being the same tract of land that was deeded by my  father, William Phipps beginning on a sycamore on the river bank, near the upper end of the bottom, thence south 25 east 24 poles to white oak and then ___ as pointers on the tip of the bluff in a sink of the same, thence south 71 east 6 ½ poles to a hickory in the head of a dry hollow, thence south 36 east 104 poles to a post oak on the ___ top on the mountain with post oak, dogwood and hickory as pointers, thence down the south side of the mountain, with a dry hollow south 36 east 10 poles to a stake in said hollow where it intersects the line deeded to me by Samuel Henderson and Abraham Britton, thence Phipps line south 50 west 22 poles to a white oak with ___ pointers; thence south with said line 54 12/ west 68 poles to a ___ and pointers thence south 89 west 14 poles to a ___ and post oak Arterbuss (?) corner, thence along his line and the top of the mountain south 42 west 57 poles to a black oak and hickory: thence south 54 ½ west 66 to two small hickorys and sourwood pointers on the top of said mountain, thence down the east end south 45 ½ west 26 poles to a small black oak and sourwood corner to Phipps six acre entry in the gap of said mountain, thence south 30 west 8 poles to a dogwood, maple and spanish oak on the bank of a creek in the gap of said mountain, thence north 55 west 52 poles to a bush at the foot of Bays Mountain; thence north 8 east 32 poles to a white oak and bush, thence with Phipps and Longs line due west 50 poles to a hickory and ___wood, thence Phipps and Longs 20 poles to two oaks corner to the Phipps entry, thence with his line north 17 east 67 poles to a white oak, then north 3 east 13 poles to a bush Longs and Phipps corner and corner to old grant, thence with old grant line north 15 east 94 poles to a walnut on the river bank, then up the several meanders of the river to the beginning containing by estimation 231 acres more or less.  The foregoing described tract of land being more than William F. Phipps share of my real estate, I require him to pay me for the benefit of James Wiley Phipps, fifteen hundred bearing interest from the first day of January Eighteen and seventy two, which William F. Phipps freely and willingly consents to do, and that I James S. Phipps hold the land referred to for the payment of the said fifteen hundred dollars.  Item 2nd - To my daughter Charlotte wife of D. C. Miller, I will and bequeath a tract or parcel of land including the house in which I am now living, beginning on a hickory on the north bank of Holston River on the back of a large  ___;  thence north 53 west 90 poles to the north post of a large gate on the road leading from the house to my ___ barn, thence north 71 west 68 poles to a stake on the line between D. T. Lyons, thence with said line south 84 west 84 ½ poles to a gum, dogwood and two white oaks; thence south 13 poles to a dogwood and two gums; thence south 23 west 67 poles to a white oak and spanish oak, on the river bank near a small branch; thence up the several meanders of the river to the beginning containing by estimation eighty acres also a small island lying at the head of Longs Shoal, containing about three acres, more or less also a lot or parcel of timber land lying on the southside of Holston river it being part of the purchase I made of Samuel Henderson and Abraham Britton; beginning in the mouth of a small ___ the third branch or hollow above the cleared bottom with sycamore, hawbush ___ as pointers; thence up said branch and up the point of the ridge, south 42 east 38 poles to an ash and hickory on the top of ridge thence south 67 east 28 poles to an oak on the top of the same ridge then south 44 ½ east 56 poles to a spanish oak and hickory on the extreme top of the mountain then with the extreme top of the mountain north 50 east 150 poles to a cucumber, poplar, hickory gum and black oak Phipps corner on the top of the mountain where a path crosses the same going to and from Christian land; thence south 40 east 48 poles to two small black oaks on the spire of the mountain; thence down the same south 26 ½ east 36 poles to three black gums and chestnut; thence south 63 ½ west 138 poles to two dogwood and chestnut as pointers on the spire of the mountain; thence up the same north 26 ½ west 58 poles to several buckeyes, two dogwoods and pointers on a steep hillside thence south 63 ½ west 32 poles to a hickory; thence along the course of said mountain south 45 west 80 poles to a black oak and sourwood; thence north 50 west 80 poles to a stake where the land willed to William F. Phipps intersects the same thence up a dog hollow north 36 west 10 poles to a post oak on the top of the mountain with post oak dogwood and hickory pointers; thence north 36 west 104 poles to a hickory in the bend of a dog hollow near the top of a bluff thence north 71 west 6 ½ poles to a white oak with ___ pointers in a low sink on the bluff; thence north 25 west 24 poles to a sycamore on the river bank near the upper end of the bottom thence up the several meanders of the river to the beginning containing by estimation one hundred and seventy five acres more or less.  Item 3rd - To my son Park Phipps, I will and bequeath a tract of land lying on the north bank of Holston River the upper end of the plantation on which I am now living beginning at a sycamore on the river bank, corner between D. T. Lyons and myself/ thence south 68 west 60 poles to a sycamore and ash; thence south 58 west 35 poles to a white oak and cedar; thence north 80 west 50 poles to a rock then south 84 west 28 ½ poles to a stake on the line between D. T. Lyons and myself; then south 7 12/ east 68 poles to a post  on the road leading from my house to the upper ___ thence south 53 east 90 poles to a hickory and box elder on the river bank thence up the several meanders of the river to the beginning containing by estimation ninety acres by the same more or less.  Also another lot or parcel of land lying on the north side beginning on a post oak and the line between W. A. Phipps and myself and running with the same about 192 poles to a stake at the Northwest corner of ___ between Betty Fain and myself:  thence south 24 ¾ east to a walnut corner between Betty Fain and myself on the old grant line; north 69 east 180 poles to a large black oak corner to the grant line, thence north 21 poles to the beginning post oak corner containing thirty six acres more or less:  Also a lot or parcel of timberland lying on the south side of Holston River, it being a part of the land deeded to me by Samuel Henderson and Abraham  Britton; beginning on two bushes and a sugar tree, Lyons corner and the beginning corner of my mountain land; thence with Lyons line up a branch south 86 east 66 poles to a gum and hickory; then south 34 east 30 poles to a bush and Lyons and a branch thence the same south 69 ½ east 26 poles to and ash and bush on said branch then south 59 east with  the leading waters of the same 88 poles to a black oak and black gum, small hickory, poplar and cucumber on the top of a mountain called commonly the river mountain in a gap near where a path crossed the same leading from Christians land; thence south 49 ½ east along the ___ heights of said mountain 104 poles to three chestnut, oak and hickory on the top of the same; thence south 36 ½ east along a spire of said mountain 50 poles to a chestnut oak, chestnut and black gum; thence south 49 12/ east 104 poles to two small black oaks and pointers on a spire of the mountain; thence north40 west, 48 poles to a black oak, black gum, small hickory, poplar and cucumber Phipps corner, thence south 50 west 150 poles to a spanish oak, and hickory on the top of the mountain; thence north44 ½ west 56 poles to an ash on the top of a ridge ; thence with same ridge north 67 west 28 poles to the mouth of the same branch at the river; thence up the several meanders of the river, to the beginning containing by estimation one hundred and seventy five acres, be the same more or less.  Item 4th - To my son James Wiley Phipps, I will and bequeath one note of fifteen hundred dollars, due from William F. Phipps bearing interest from January first eighteen and seventy two; also another note of fifteen hundred dollars due from William F. Phipps without interest for five years from the first of January eighteen and seventy two;  Lastly - I do hereby nominate and appoint my son William F. Phipps and my brother W. A. Phipps my executors.  In so whereof I do to this will set my hand and seal this the 15th day of April eighteen and seventy two.
 James S. Phipps
Signed, Sealed and Published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator, this the 15th day of April eighteen and seventy two.
Witnesses:  William S. Armstrong, W. A. Phipps, James ___

The Last Will and Testament of Isaac Price deceased
Will Book II    Page 132
Proven 2nd Day of March 1874
In the Name of God, Amen.  I Isaac Price of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. That is to say,  First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate, real and personal, I give and bequeath dispose of as follows to wit:  To my beloved wife Patsy Price all my real estate formerly belonging to Catharine Price  one half (two hundred acres) and also my personal property, during her natural life and widowhood, and after her death, divided equally among my heirs, Katharine Brooks, John Price, William Price Theopolus Price, George Price, Isaac Price, Elizabeth Price, Mary Price, Gabriel Price, James D. Price, H. G. Taylor Price, Manerva Price, Narcissa Price, Hiram Price also my grandson Isaac Brooks to him an equal portion.  If the said Isaac Brooks remain with my wife until he is twenty one years old, as one of my own heirs, to my daughter Elizabeth Price also to my other two daughters, Manerva and Narcissa also to my two sons H. G. Taylor Price and Hiram Price and my grandson Isaac Brooks to the six last named, I give unto my sons and grandson each one horse and ___, and a ___ to the six last named equal with the others heirs.  I also give unto the last named girls one cow and ___ to make them equal with the balance.  I make constitute and appoint my said sons George and Theopolous Price to be my executors of my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will made by me.  In witness whereof I have thereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 18th of March 1876.
Isaac Price (x) his mark (Seal)
Witnesses:  J. H. Young, Henry Shanks


Copy of the Last Will of John Rouse, deceased
Will Book II    Page 133
Filed and Proven the 6th day of April 1874
I John Rouse of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and of disposing but somewhat frail in body  do make and publish this my last will and testament.  First - I command my soul to God who gave it.  Second - That my funeral expenses should be paid out of my money and property, that I may have on hand at my decease.  3rd - I will and bequeath that my wife Catharine shall have my black horse and his saddle and also my household and kitchen furniture and my mansion house and out buildings and garden and her maintenance during her natural life off my farm. 4th - I will and bequeath unto my son Jacob Rouse all my land lying west of the creek, being the line on the east or northeast surrounded by the lands of _. _. Gillenwaters and others including my mansion where I now live.   5th - I will that my land east of the creek be sold (by my executor herein after appointed) to the highest bidder, on a credit of twelve months to be sold at the time that my other property shall be sold herein after described land the money for said land be equally divided between my five children, namely, James, Alfred, Isaac, Mary Ann and Nancy Malinda.  6th - I will that all my personal property, that I have not given my beloved wife Catharine, be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money equally divided between my five children above named James, Alfred, Isaac, Mary Ann and Nancy Malinda.  7th -  I will also that at the death of my wife Catharine that all the remainder of my personal (?) be sold on a credit of twelve months and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my five children above named James, Alfred, Isaac, Mary Ann and Nancy Malinda.  It is my wish and desire and I hereby nominate my friend Abraham Molsbee, my executor of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my and seal this the 5th day of January 1874.
 John Rouse (X-his mark)
 Signed in presence of:  Abraham Molsbee, Hincheu Gilliam


Copy of the Last Will and Testament of David Hickman, deceased
Filed and Proved this 6th day of April 1874
Will Book II    Page 134
In the Name of God Amen.  I David Hickman of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say:  First - I will and bequeath to Stephen Darter, all the interest I have in the farm I now live on to make him safe for all debts and liabilities.  Second - I want my bay mare and milch cow to be exposed to public sale on a credit of six months and the proceeds to be divided between my wife Fanny and my daughter Matilda as follows, to wit:  To my wife one fourth of the proceeds and to my daughter Matilda three fourths of the proceeds of the above named property to be paid to them in several installments as their necessities require, by my executor.  Third - I give to my daughter Matilda my fall leaf table and my safe and my clock also all the rest of my house property,  I give to my wife Fanny Hickman.  Fourth - I want my bees, sheep, hogs and farming implements to sell on the above named terms and the proceeds to the appropriated to my funeral expenses.  Fifthly - I appoint E. H. Harrell my lawful executor of this my last will and testament to wind up all my business. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, this the 7th day of March in the year of our Lord 1874.
David Hickman (Seal)                          Witnesses: Thomas A. Harrell, John Price



Copy of the Last Will and Testament of CALVIN WATERBERRY, deceased
Filed and Proved April Term 1874 of the County Court
Will Book II    Pages 135 - 136

In the Name of God Amen. I, Calvin Waterberry being of sound disposing mind and memory and knowing that life is uncertain and that I cannot owing to my age and condition in life, live a great while longer, and also being anxious that I should make some disposition of what little worldly affects I may possess to the end that my beloved wife may have as little trouble in winding up the same as possible and with a little expense, I therefore do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills that may at any time heretofore have been by me made.  First - Acknowledging God as the one only living and true God, the God of my Fathers, and the author of my being.  He who has been the guide of my life and who will support in death, to him I commit my soul, believing and trusting in the merits of the Blessed Redeemer in whose service my life has been spent.  Secondly - After my decease, I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid.  Thirdly - I will and bequeath to my son James H. Waterberry, my gold watch and chain and desire my representative to deliver over to him the same as soon as convenient after my death.  I also desire that my son James have all my silver spoons, forks and knives and my clothing also the silver head of my cane.  Fourthly - I desire that the Rev. John Bachman, to whereon I am indebted in a small sum, if he prefer to do so, select by ___ from library such books as he desires.  I also desire that Dr. James H. Vance, who has waited upon me in my sickness, as my physician make such selections as he may desire out of said library and the residue of said library after these selections are made, I desire divided equally between my beloved wife and her son, John McKinney Phipps and my son James H. Waterberry.  Fifthly - I give to my beloved wife all the residue of my property consisting of a few pieces of bed clothing, a candelabra.  This constitutes all the property and effects that I have or possess all the property belonging to my beloved wife Ann at the time of our marriage was by all agreement between us reserved to her separate use and benefit, this property does not belong to me, it is her property and I lay no claim whatever to it.  Sevently - I desire that my wife Ann act as my executrix and I hereby nominate and appoint her as such, and it is my desire that she be permitted to act as such without giving bond and security.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 31st day of December AD 1873.
C Waterberry (X-his mark) (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence and we certify that we were called upon by the testator to witness the same and this we did so in his presence and at his request.  J. L. Bachman, Billie A. Bachman



Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Simpson, deceased
Filed and proved the 1st day of January AD 1874
Will Book II    Pages 137 - 138
I, Elizabeth Simpson, of the county of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make this my will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at anytime made.  First - It is my will that my bedding and bed clothes and carpeting be equally divided between my two daughters Elizabeth and Fanny.  Second - It is my will that my daughter Fanny have all my silver ware.  Third - It is my will that all the property real and personal of which I may die seized and possessed with the exception of that herein before disposed of be converted into money in the most advantageous manner by my executor as soon after my death as is practical.  Fourth - It is my will that our of the proceeds of the sale of my property and of such evidence of debts and money I may have, the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, be paid by my executor to my daughter Fanny: that out of the same fund my grandson Andrew D. Simpson have one thousand dollars and that out of the same fund my daughter Elizabeth Shields have one thousand dollars, to her own separate use and free from her husband.  Fifth - It is my will that after satisfying the forgoing specific and pecuniary bequests that the remainder of my estate be equally divided between my fours sons, my said two daughters, the children of my deceased daughter Jane Sevier, and the daughters of my deceased daughter Mary Ann Guthrie, the children of Jane Sevier to have the one eight part, the daughters of Mary Ann Guthrie to have the one eighth part, and my said sons and two daughters to take one eighth part each.  Sixth - I do nominate and appoint my friend F. M. Fulkerson to be the executor of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I have hereto set my Hand and affixed my seal this the 6th day of June AD 1867.
Elizabeth Simpson (Seal)
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in our presence on this 6th day of June, 1867
Joseph Simpson, Samuel Neill

Copy of the last Will and Testament of William Moore, deceased
Filed and Proven the 1st Day of January 1874
Will Book II    Pages 138 - 139
I William Moore do hereby make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void any and all other wills by me heretofore made. 1st - I will to brother Samuel R. Moore and his wife all my real estate for and during their natural life, and at their deaths it is my will that Zadok N. Moore my nephew and son of said Samuel R. Moore, is the have my land known as the ___ or white ___ farm. And that my nephew and son of the said Samuel R. Moore, John W. L Moore is to have all my other lands known as the Mud Creek farm.  2nd.  I also will to my said brother Samuel R. Moore all my other personal property not heretofore disposed of.  3rd.  I will that my mule shall be given to Nancy J. Moore for the use and benefit of herself and family.  4th - I will that at the time Harriet P. Moore daughter of the said Samuel R. Moore arrives at the age of twenty one years; she is to have two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, and that out of my money on hand and which is due and owing.  The taxes which may hereafter fall due on the said lands so mentioned in this my will is to be paid until Tennessee America Moore, daughter of the said Samuel R. Moore arrives at the age of twenty one years, and then the remainder of said money is to be equally divided between Elizabeth B. and the said Tennessee A. Moore daughters of said Samuel R. Moore.  5th - I further will and bequeath to the said Elizabeth B. Moore the capital stock of one hundred and twenty five dollars, I have in the E. T. & VA RR.  6th - and lastly, I hereby appoint the said Samuel R. Moore as my executor and special guardian for the said children and legatees in this will whose duty it shall be to keep them money on hand and due and owing at interest, to pay the taxes out of the same, as provided in this will, which may hereafter become due on said land to pay to the said legatees, as hereby provided at the time herein specifies.  In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal on this 20th day of December 1872.
William Moore (Seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence on the day it?s been dated
William S. Noe, Jacob Shepherd, James H. Walker


The last Will and Testament of Elisha Dodson
Proven this 3rd day of August 1874
Will Book II    Pages 140 - 141
I, Elisha Dodson, do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking void all other wills by me at any time made.  First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of executors.  Secondly - I give and bequeath to my loving wife Francis Dodson the one half of the proceeds of my ___ after paying expenses  of repairs and making crop, the other half to whoever may live with her, ___ at one half of the expenses of keeping up the farm and making crop, if there should be a surplus after a decent support for her, then the balance to be divided equally between my heirs and I further give to her the full control of my house together with also the property she may choose to keep, both households and kitchen furniture, this to be determined on by my executors.  I also give one horse ___ oxen and waggon, two cows and calves the one half of the hogs and the sheep, it is should take this to support her, this to be determined on by her and my executors.  If should be any stock left then to be sold and the money divided between my heirs equally and further also the farming utensils, my executors may think necessary to carry on the farm and at her death all and every thing she may die possessed of, to be sold and the money deriving therefrom to be equally divided between my heirs, having referred to a book of accounts I have notes against my heirs.  I further will that Marshall Hartman and Susan Hartman his wife live with their mother and have half the profits of the farm after the expenses are paid for raising the crop and keeping up the farm.  I further will that if Fanny Dodson live with her grandmother, and behave herself until she marries, at her grandmothers death she shall have one bed, bedstead and furniture, one cow and calf and two dollars in money to buy cupboard and cooking utensils.  Thirdly - I bequeath to my grandson, John K. Dodson two hundred and fifty dollars or one tenth part of what   my real estate may bring to be kept by my executors and paid to him at the age of twenty one years, retaining the interest for their trouble.  I appoint my executors hereinafter named his lawful guardian or trustee.  Fourthly - I will that one or more of my heirs take my landed estate at the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars and paid to the other heirs their proportional part of that same, after retaining her or their part and if none of the heirs will take the place at the price, then to be sold to the highest bidder and the money arriving from the sale to be equally divided between my heirs having reference to the book of accounts, kept against my heirs.  Fifthly and lastly, I appoint my son Samuel E. Dodson and Marshall Hartman my executors, In witness whereof I hereunto wet my hand and seal this twenty first day of January 1874.
Witness: S. C. Davis, James K. Dodson


The last Will and Testament of Alexander Skelton Senior
Filed and Proven this 7th day December AD 1874
Will Book II    Pages 141 - 142
I Alexander Skelton Senior do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.  First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Secondly - I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth the house (known as the Keywood House) and all the land in a certain boundary.  Beginning on a large locust James ___ corner, thence across to the ___ thence with the road to John Sprowl?s line all of my land north and west of the word. This land which I have given to my wife Elizabeth should at her (my wife?s death) belong to my son Alexander Skelton, Junior. I also give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth one horse, the best then at my death owned by me, the best cow and calf and some stock hogs, and all my household and kitchen.  Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son
my executor.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this 28th day of December 1871.
Alexander Skeleton (Seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this 28th day of December 1871
Witnesses:  I. A. Stephenson, Joseph T. Lloyd


The last Will and Testament of Martha Arnold, deceased
Proven 4th day of January 1875 and in the words and figures following
Will Book II    Page 142
I Martha Arnold do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.  First - I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Secondly - I give and bequeath to William Arnold all my personal property and household and kitchen furniture.  I do hereby nominate and appoint William S. Click my executor.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 7th day of October 1874.
Martha Arnold (x-her mark) (seal)
Witnesses:  W. R. Pearson, Joseph T. Earley
 



 
 

The Last Will and Testament with accompanying codicil of William Tharp
Proven the 1st Day of March 1875
Will Book II    Pages
Pages 143 - 145
State of Tennessee - Hawkins County.  In the name of God, Amen.  I William Tharp being of sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and publish this my last will and testament.  First - My will and desire is that to my two sons to wit:  John Lewis Tharp and William Thomas Tharp, I give and bequest unto them the farm they now live on known by the name of the Cox farm bounded by the lands of A. Chesnutt, David Kirkpatrick, David Reynolds, Lewis Arnott, Andrew King etc also bounded by my home place containing one hundred and fourteen acres.. that the same be equally divided between the two and each holding his own improvements and an equal division of timbered as well as cleared lands also my silver watch if on hand at my death either one to have by the other paying the one five dollars:  Second - My will and desire is that my wife Elizabeth  hold the old homestead I now occupy during her natural life or so long as she remains my widow.  Third - Also my daughter Emily Louisa Tharp live at the old homestead so long as she will live under the government of my wife Elizabeth or as long as she remains single or longer if they can agree.  She is also to have a young mare if any on hand at my death worth one hundred dollars or to have one hundred dollars in money out of my personal property if the same is not paid her during my lifetime.  She is also to have all the bedding clothing furniture etc which now in her room, to (viz:) Two beds and bedsteads and their clothing, also one bureau that is now in her room she stays in.  She is to have the use of the room to keep her things in and myself and wife Elizabeth is to have free access to the room if it should be necessary.  Fourthly - After all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth all the personal property I am possessed of at my death, also if there should be any property or stock of any kind on hand at my death, she has the liberty of either of selling it by an order from court or privately as she may think fit.  Fifthly - My wife Elizabeth is also to have the old homestead to keep and to hold during her natural life or so long as she remains a widow and she is to have free access to all or any ___ for keeping up or repairs of the place and not to sell or dispose of any ___ in any other way and if there should be any of the lands of the old homestead to ___ for rent my son John Lewis Tharp, or my son William Thomas Tharp is to have the refusal of the same by paying my wife Elizabeth one third of what is made on said land rented by them and my son William Thomas Tharp is the have one fourth part of all the hay made on the meadow in the old home place by his helping to ___ and take of the same and by ___ and keeping up the same and the other three fourths is to be saved for the use of my wife Elizabeth whenever William Thomas fails to comply with the above he forfeits his rights to the meadow.  I also will that in case  any of my wife?s children fail to comply with the guidance or government of my wife, they are to be dispossessed from the place and in case any of them should marry, they shall leave the old homestead, my wife Elizabeth is not to suffer them to build on the said homestead or any other part or parcel, also my wife Elizabeth?s children as they become 21 years of age they are to leave my old homestead and go open their own lands, or somewhere else wherever it may suit them.  Sixthly - I give and bequeath unto my daughter Emily Louisa Tharp and my grandson John William Camafix the old homestead farm to be equally divided between them at my wife?s death or her intermarriage with some other person, the old homestead is landed as follows by the lands of R. Chestnut, Henry Chesnutt, David Kirkpatrick and also bounded by the tract of land in the will to John Lewis and William Thomas.  Seventhly and lastly - I nominate and appoint John Lewis Tharp and William Thomas Tharp my executors to will as witness my hand and seal this the 17th day of November 1869.
William Tharp (Seal)                                     Witnesses:  Thomas Smith, Joshua Smith

Codicil - I William Tharp, in accordance with what I have above written do make the following alteration and addition (viz) whereas my wife Elizabeth an my step-children have a homestead and my daughter Emily L. Tharp has none, and whereas there is more than one third of all my land in the homestead tract, I do set apart the above over___ in the homestead place for the use and benefit of my daughter Emily L. Tharp and also a sufficient portion of wood land and she shall have as means for her own support and not depend on her stepmother  and she shall pay one fourth the part of all, my debts, for the use of the homestead and she is to have one fourth part of the meadow by using means to ___ the same, my son Thomas is to keep and hold his one fourth part of the meadow as before given until my present wife?s death or until she intermarries.  And I have already given Emily L. a room in the new house.  I now give her the liberty of the old house to do her cooking in and also the privileges of the big stables to keep her nag in, my wife Elizabeth is also to have the use of the old house for cooking purposes.  As I have given Emily equal privileges in house, room, I wish her to treat her step mother kindly and with respect.  As witness my hand and seal this the 25th day of September 1873.
 William Tharp (Seal)                               Witnesses:  Thomas Smith, Joshua Smith
 



Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Farmer, deceased
Filed and Proven this 5th day of April AD 1875
Will Book II    Pages 145 - 147
I Elizabeth Farmer in view of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and having a firm desire that after my departure that my little estate shall be divided and ___ in harmony and now being in sound mind and memory and mind I now make and do hereby publish this as my last will and testament, at the same time praying and committing my soul to him that gave it and my body to the grave and my property both real and personal as follows:  First - My will and desire is that my funeral expenses and all just debts be paid out of the first effects that come into the hands of my executors.  Second - My will and desire is that the tract of land of about one hundred and fifty acres be divided as hereinafter mentioned it being the same land I obtained by deed from James S. Caldwell in the 8th civil District of Hawkins County joining the lands now owned by William Vaun, William Burchfield and others and Holston River also on the North west, including where I now live also where Alexander Farmer, Barsheba Thacker, Thomas Manis and John Henry and George Richards now resides containing one hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less.  The first lot or parcel to be conveyed or assigned is the north east portion beginning of the dividing line at the river at the first low gap in the ridge below the mouth of the creek, then a straight line to the spring that George Richards is now using, then up the branch to a sourwood near John Henry?s house in the original at the fork of the hollow, also east of his line is hereby assigned to my well beloved son James Lawrence Farmer and his heirs forever.  Second Lot, beginning at the sourwood above mentioned and to follow said line to a marked white oak on the top of the  ___ Paps Knob, thus west top of said knob on ridge to opposite the lower corner of Alexander Farmer?s farm thence a direct line from the top of said ridge crossing the hollow and with the fence and same direction of said fence to the river, this includes where John Henry and George Richards  now lives and is hereby assigned to my well beloved daughter Mary Matilda (who intermarried with George Richards) and her heirs forever.  3rd Lot All of said tract lying west of the land described above and north of the top of the ___ Paps Knob or ridge named in second lot including where he now lives is hereby assigned and allotted to my well beloved son Alexander Farmer and his heirs with the condition that he keep it and occupy it for a home for himself and his lawful heirs but should he reuse to occupy the same he is hereby prohibited from selling or transferring said land to other ___ or ___ but to fall back for equal division of James Lawrence and Mary Matilda, and their heirs forever. 4th - I will and desire that the small piece of land lying on the south side of the extreme height and top of the said ___ Paps Knob or Ridge supposed to be some twelve or fifteen acres including the improvement where  Thomas Manis now lives be and is hereby assigned and allotted to my well beloved husband George Farmer his heirs and assignees forever but in order that the title to the above described lands and every part thereof be perfect the awards as assigned and before the same can be done through being filed by the assignees must to wit:  Alexander, James and Mary Matilda shall will and truly pay my beloved daughter Priscilla who intermarried with Robert Kersey their equal part of seventy dollars to be equally divided with the  heir that gets the land and also the expense of administration .  5th - My will and desire is that all the personal estate that I may die possessed of, of every character shall belong to my well beloved husband George Farmer but in case he should die before I do, then and in that case I will dispose of it as I think best and further in consideration of the same piece of land assigned to my husband George Farmer he shall well and truly pay to my grand children to wit:  George Farmer and Elizabeth Farmer, children and heirs at law of the late William Farmer, deceased each the sum of one dollar, and lastly I hereby nominate and appoint Branch Tucker to perform the duties as executor of this will.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19 day of February 1875.
Elizabeth Farmer (X-her mark) (seal)
Signed and acknowledged in presence of:
William Vaughan, W. T. Birchfield, Branch Tucker


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