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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 the Last Will and Testament of D. (Dicks) Alexander, deceased.
Original filed and proven this 2nd Day of August 1875.
Will Book II    Pages 147 - 150
The last will and testament of Dicks Alexander of Rogersville in the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee made the sixteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Four.  In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Dicks Alexander, meditating on the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, born in the town of Berk, in the State of Pennsylvania, on the 17th day of August 1790, being at this time of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God, do make and publish this my last will and testament in my own handwriting in manner, form following to wit:  First ? I appoint and ordain my beloved wife, Sarah Ann, and Laura F. and Florace B. my trustees and executors and my son W. W. Alexander and G. A. Alexander my trustees and executors of this my said will and testament and I do not require them to give bond and security for the performance of the duties and trusts devolving on them.  Second ? I will and bequeath to and give to my said personal representatives all my real and personal estate which I now have and may hereafter acquire for the use and trusts hereafter stated and to be divided among my children and heirs hereinafter named and to them alone.  Third ? In order to prevent loss and the statute of six years being pleaded as to any of my outstanding debts due to me, I desire my said representatives shortly after my death to proceed to collect all my debts, in bonds, notes, etc or they may ___ said bonds, notes, etc by good personal security, or by deed of trust on real estate, and should my representatives deem it proper they may dispose of my real estate at private or public sale likewise they may sell and dispose of household furniture and library or divide it among themselves.  4th ? Now as to the distribution of my estate, I advanced to Audley Anderson (who married my daughter Cornelia Graham) eight hundred dollars in the month of November 1850 to purchase girl for my said daughter, Cornelia.  Besides, I gave her furniture including a piano, amounting to above four hundred dollars interest added to this, will make it nineteen hundred and twenty dollars.  To my son Charles P. I have advanced at various times in the purchase of mules the sum of sixteen hundred dollars, one check for $373.50 forwarded to Texas on the paymaster of the United States.  Also eighty dollars in told paid to Mr. Scruggs in February 1863 for a horse for Charles.  Also to Joseph Mays about the same time twenty five dollars, and in Knoxville in September 1865 furnished him with clothing and cash, to the amount of $130.  Including interest to this will amount to $1600.00.  To Joseph Graham, I have advanced at various times, cash and paid debts for him and sending my son George after him, expenses in Texas and money paid out for him, which including interest on said advances will amount to at least two thousand dollars.  To my son George A. on leaving home thirty dollars, a check payable to Francis Barttil between three and four hundred dollars on a ___, one other check drawn by Saul McKinney as Carter Peoples Bank, on New York Guidson and Company for 841.00 payable to me, endorsed and sent to George 10 August 1874 sum of my funds when he was in company with Fain Powel ___ J J Wolfe and George Lynch with use of white ___, amounting to about $300.  Having prevailed on my sister the late Nancy Dalzell to will her estate to my son Frances E. Alexander, amounting to some twenty odd thousand dollars, I will nothing to him as he is indebted for my sister making him her heir.  I give and bequeath to the six children of my daughter Cornelia, fifteen hundred dollars, in addition to such advancements mentioned above to be divided equally and paid them as they attain the age of twenty-one years.  The portion coming to Joseph G. and Charles P. will remain in the hands of my representatives as a fund for their benefits only the interest to be paid them semi annually.  To my son William W. I advanced to him on the 10 October 1851, three hundred thirty dollars on the 23rd February 1852 one hundred and fifty, on the 26th February twenty dollars making five hundred dollars to enable him to attend a second course of lectures in New York.  Besides I purchased for him a house and lot in the town of Russellville and also of Mr. Hugh Crain three acres of said land adjoining same house and lot.  Also I let him have a saddle horse worth eighty five dollar, making five hundred and thirty five dollars.  Sometimes 1851, I paid Doctor Hugh Walker fifty dollars his fee for medical instruction while William studied medicine with him.  Also I advanced to him five hundred dollars 31st October 1872 for which he gave me his note, afterwards he paid me one hundred and fifty dollars, toward the principle and I surrendered the note, leaving three hundred fifty dollars due which I made him a present of adding the interest on said advancements from the time they ware made to the present time, will amount to the sum of three thousand eight hundred and ninety dollars, as his portion of my estate.  5th ? After the settlement of my estate, collected my debts within two years allowed by law and paying off to the children of Cornelia the amount bequeathed to them, my will is that inasmuch as funds are not as well able to maintain themselves as males and in order to guard against contingencies and provide amply for their want and necessities, thus my said executors and trustees shall our of the proceeds of my said estate first pay over in case, or solvent ___ five thousand dollars to my beloved wife, five thousand dollars to my daughter, Laura F. and five thousand dollars to my daughter Florace B. and the residue of my estate to be divided equally among my said wife and children, that is to say, Mrs. Alexander, Laura F., Florace B. and George A. Joseph G. and Charles P.  Charging my said three sons with the respective amounts advanced to them as above states when Charles P. and Joseph G. learn to economize and appreciate the value of money, my representative may advance occasionally such sums as they may deem proper and judicious, not otherwise.  This will is in my own handwriting and made without consulting or being under the influence of any persons.
Given under my hand and seal the 16 day of August 1874.    Dicks Alexander
Acknowledged in our presence by the Testator to be his last will and testament this 31st of August 1874.  J. W. Carson, C. M. Wells
Codicil to my said Will.  As my won William does not wish to set as one of my executors on account of inconvenience, I have stricken his name out and have also expunged two lines and apart of the 3d line included in marked line under 26 line on 2nd page.  If George wishes to retain the land he purchased in Texas, he can do so by accounting for all the checks he got of me, with interest and promises on checks paid by me, and a little can be made to him by his co-administrators written and signed by me this 15 March 1875.  Dicks Alexander
2nd Codicil ? In the codicil to my will dated 15 March 1875 inasmuch as my son George has taken up his residence in Texas and cannot discharge duties as one of my representatives, I hereby reappoint my son W. W. Alexander executor and trustee of my said estate and revoke 1st codicil and as my son Charles under peculiar circumstances got from me a check for five hundred dollars the costs of which with 3 or four telegrams and  commissions and about two dollars, I hereby alter my said will, so the said Charles shall receive no more of my estate.  The check was given about the middle of last March.  Witness my hand and Seal        Sixteenth July 1875
Witness Dicks Alexander (Seal)
 

The Last Will and Testament of Sarah Reynolds, deceased.
Proven September Term 1875
Will Book II Pages 150-151
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Sarah Reynolds, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being in feeble health but of sound disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.  First ? It is my will and desire that my nephew, William H. Reynolds, have all my interest in the tract of land on which his father, David Reynolds, now lives, my interest being an undivided one tract of three hundred acres inherited by me from my father, Isham Reynolds, deceased.  Second ? I will and bequeath to the children of my brother David Reynolds, all my interest in the household property owned by myself and sister, Polly Reynolds, equally.  Third ? I will and bequeath to the heirs of my brothers, William and Isham, and to the heirs of my sisters, Betsy Maples, Ailsee Cantrell, Anna Chesnutt, deceased, and to Jane Chesnutt or her heirs, all my interest in the cash or notes on hand owned by myself and sister, Polly, equally to be divided amongst said heirs share and share alike.  In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of January 1871.
Sarah Reynolds (X-her mark) (Seal)
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us, J. H. Vance Andrew King
 

Last Will and Testament of Polly Reynolds, deceased.
Proven September Term 1875
Will Book II    Page 151
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Polly Reynolds, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being of sound disposing mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.  First ? I will and bequeath to my nephew, William H. Reynolds, all my undivided interest in the tract of land in said County and State on which my brother, David Reynolds, now lives, my interest being one tract of the three hundred acres inherited from my father, Isham Reynolds, deceased and one tract of the same conveyed to me by deed of gift from my brother, Henry Reynolds.  Second ? I will and bequeath the children of my brother, David Reynolds, all my interest in the household property owned by myself and sister, Sarah Reynolds.  Third ? I will and bequeath to the heirs of my brothers William and Isham Reynolds, and of my sisters, Betsy Maples, Ailsee Cantrell and Anna Chesnutt, deceased and to my sister Jane Chesnutt or her heirs all my interest in the cash and notes owned and due to myself and my sister, Sarah, equally to be divided amongst said heirs share and share alike.  In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of January 1871.
Polly Reynolds (Seal)
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of us.  J. H. Vance   Andrew King
 
 
 

The Last Will and Testament of Aley Wheeler, deceased.
Filed and Proven the 6th Day of September A.D. 1875
Will Book II    Page 152
I, Aley Wheeler, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in feeble health, but of sound disposing mind and memory do make this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made.
First ? I desire that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as practicable out of any moneys I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of executor hereinafter named.  Secondly ? I give and devise to my daughter, Louisiana Falkner, wife of Samuel Falkner, my entire landed estate, containing the land whereon I now live.  I also give and bequeath to my said daughter, Louisiana, the following named personal property, to wit: my four beds and bed clothing, safe, bureau, tables and all my household and kitchen furniture of every description, waggon, saddle, cow and calf, also an account on Samuel Courtney for $9.90 and also on the account on William A. Alvis, fourteen dollars.  Thirdly ? I will and bequeath to my grand children who live in the state of Indiana, the issue of John Wheeler and Elizabeth Wheeler, my daughter to wit:  Hugh Wheeler, Edith Wheeler, Nancy Wheeler, Aley Wheeler, Elizabeth Wheeler, Margaret Ann Wheeler, Four hundred dollars case to be paid by Samuel Falkner and wife Louisiana.  This bequest is in lieu of one half of my tract of land.  I ___ intended to devise to my said grand children who are to share and share alike in said bequest and in lieu is hereby ___ upon said land to secure the payment of the before mentioned four hundred dollars.    Lastly ? I hereby nominate and appoint my esteemed friend John I Hayter, executor of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 14th day of June A.D. 1875.
Aley Wheeler (X-her mark) (Seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence on day and date above.
Witnesses:  Jas. A. Gouldy   Jas. G. Armstrong
 

The Last Will and Testament of Joseph Klepper
Proven the 4th day of October 1875
Will Book II    Page 153
This being my Last Will and Testament made in Year one thousand eight hundred and seventy five, August 31.  I being weak in body but of sound mind, I wish to dispose of my property in the following manner.  First ? I give unto my half brother and sisters, namely John M. Klepper, S___ Klepper, Margaret Isenburg, Catharine Ann Courtney one hundred dollars apiece, the balance to be equally divided between my own brothers and sisters.  Given under my hand and seal, day and date above.  Witness my hand and seal.
Joseph Klepper (X-his mark)
Witness:  Suren Isenburg    H. M. Klepper
 
 

The Last Will and Testament of William A. Winingar, deceased was proven by the oaths of John I. A. Stephenson and John B. Bradshaw 4th day of October 1875.
Will Book II   Pages 153 - 154
In the Name of God, Amen.  I William A. Winingar of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of the 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 bequeath and dispose of as follows: To wit:  My father, John D. Winingar to have a comfortable support during his natural life from the proceeds of the farm.  To Clarence Powell Wilson, a son of my wife, I give and bequeath if he should remain with my family until he is twenty one years old fulfilling a contract or promises that I had made to him, to give him a horse saddle and bridle to be worth one hundred dollars ($100.00) in currency; but should he C. P. Williams fail to stay with my family and be dutiful until he is twenty one years old then I don't give and bequeath anything to the said C. P. Wilson.  The remainder of my property, both real and personal, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Ann Francis Winingar, the farm upon which I now live adjoining the lands of Joseph Wallace, Samuel Cox, Solomon Winingar and James Cox lying and being in Gravely Valley (7) civil district, Hawkins County, Tennessee.  Likewise I make constitute and appoint James M. ___ and Joseph Wallace to be my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former will by me made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 11th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Five.    William A. Winingar
Witness:  John I. A. Stephenson, John B. Bradshaw
 

The Last Will and Testament of Maria Wells, deceased, filed and proven this 1st day of November 1875 and is in the words and figures following to wit:
Will Book II   Pages 154 ? 155
Know all men by this presents:  That I Maria S. Wells, a resident of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee knowing that it is appointed unto all men to die and desiring to deepen of my worldly effects, after my death according my wishes do make establish this my last will and testament hereby revoking void all other wills by me at any time heretofore made.  First ? I give and bequeath unto my son Charles M. Wells the on half principle and interest of a note heretofore to wit:  on the 13th day of May 1873 executed by him to me for the sum of twenty nine hundred ($2900) dollars payable one year after date with interest at the rate of eight per cent, per annum to the end that my son may thus be relieved, acquitted and exonerated from any ___ to my estate, for the payment of the one half principle and interest of said note.  I further give and bequeath unto my daughter, Marietta M. Carson the balance being the other half of the principle and interest of said note to be used and enjoyed by her, free from the control and marital right of her husband.  I desire that my executors shall collect the amount thus given my daughter and pay the same to her or secondly and preferable invest it for her sole and exclusive benefit as she may direct.  Secondly ? I desire, direct and empower my executors to sell the house and lot where I now reside in Rogersville, Tennessee at public or private sale and upon such terms as they may deem the most advantageous and divide the proceeds equally between my son and daughter, Charles M. Wells and Marietta Carson to each of who I hereby give a half interest in the proceeds thus realized.  It is my wish and will that my daughter, Marietta M. Carson shall own and hold her share in the proceeds of said property as her separate estate to be enjoyed or disposed of free from the dominion, control and martial rights of her husband in as full and lawful a manner as any unmarried woman.  And I direct that my executors shall pay such share to her, or profitable invest it for her sole and exclusive benefit as she may wish.  Thirdly ? I give and devise unto my son-in-law John M. Carson a one third interest which I have in a certain (missing word) of land situated in the suburbs of the town of Rogersville, in the 10th civil district of said county adjoining the lands of C. A. Mitchell and wife, the heirs of Mrs. Alice G. Mitchell and others and containing by estimation three acres  more or less (it being the same formerly owned by Thomas McDermott, Esq. To have and to hold unto him and his heirs forever in fee simple forever.  Fourthly ? I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Charles M. Wells and John M. Carson executors of this my last will and testament.  In testimony whereof I hereunto subscribe my name this 1st day of December 1874.
Maria Wells
Attest:  Hugh G. Kyle, Thomas McDermott
 

The Last Will and Testament of Clinton Lee, deceased.  Filed and Proven the 1st day of November AD 1875
Will Book II   Pages 155 ? 156
I Clinton Lee 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 just 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 give and bequeath to David Lee, my son, and one dollar of my real estate and also I bequeath unto Martha Wright, my daughter, one dollar of my real estate. I bequeath unto Sarah Ann Mefford, my daughter, one dollar of my real estate.  I bequeath unto William Lee, my son, and the youngest daughter will and unto each of them one dollar of my real estate.  I will and bequeath unto Gr__ F. Lee, all of my real estate and two hundred and eighty acres of land more or less.  Also I will and bequeath unto Gr__ F. Lee, and his heirs and assignees forever.  I do hereby nominate and appoint Thomas C. Miller my executors.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 18th day of February 1870.  Clinton Lee (x-his mark) (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this day of 18 February 1870.  F. C. Lee, William H. Lee
 

The Last Will and Testament of Frances Boyles, deceased.
 Filed 15th day of December AD 1875
Will Book II   Pages 156 ? 158
State of Tennessee ? Hawkins County ? August 21, 1875
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Frances Boyles being perfectly sound of mind and fully competent mentally to direct my own business affairs but considering the present frail condition of my health and the certainty of death at ___ distant day ____ do make, declare and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void any and all former will or wills of whatsoever description.  I desire and direct that after my death, I be buried in a quiet, decent and Christian manner on the hills here on the east end of the farm where there are already some graves, that my funeral expenses to be promptly paid as hereinafter provided.  And my property real and personal to be divided as follows.  I give and bequeath to my beloved son John A. Boyles my two bibles, my trunk, my safe, a bed and full set of bed clothing and four chairs.  I also give and bequeath to my son John A. Boyles one half of my land whereon I now live to be held and enjoyed by him during his lifetime for the full use and benefit of himself and present family and in order to make some equitable provision for her daughter, Susan Levinia Boyles, I hereby provide and make a special provision of the will and this bequest that at John?s death, should she the said Susan Levinia Boyles be still living the land and the appurtenances thereunto to go to her the said Susan Levinia Boyles, otherwise should John live longer or survive her I direct that the property  go to John?s children within any other distinction there that of his legal heirs.  The land intended to be given unto John's possession by this bequest in known as the east side or end of the place where I now live and for more particular description is known as lot number 1 as surveyed May 2, 1870 by William  (Gamble ?) and is bounded as follows:  beginning on a large white oak north of the spring James White?s corner (but Mrs. Dunlap?s corner) then N 52 E 42 poles to a hickory and white oak his corner N 52 west 10 poles to Cyrus his corner N 63 E 48 poles to a chestnut oak Manis corner then S 40 E 79 to a small red oak and dogwood on the south side of the Ferry Road his corner, S 9 E 111 poles to a white oak Flora?s corner then S 2 W 12 poles to a white oak and dogwood Chesnutt corner then S 73 1/2 W 49 poles to a stake and pointers in his line then N 22 W 103 to a chestnut on the north side of the Ferry Road then N 45 W 64 poles to the beginning containing 76 acres be the same more or less.  I give and bequeath to my beloved son Norris Williams who lives in Pike County, Illinois the other remaining or ___ portion of this farm known as the Gamble (?) survey of May 2, 1870 and which is more particularly described in said survey as Lot Number 2 but I have since that survey sold a portion of that half of the farm to Mr. Drew White who now lives on the same, it is therefore my desire to carry out the original intention of giving Norris Williams the proceeds of said Lot Number 2 or one half of this land except the amount of one hundred dollars which I ___ out of this fund to be given as I will hereinafter direct to my granddaughter Mary Isabell Myers.  I also give and bequeath to Norris Williams one hundred and thirty nine dollars (the thirty nine dollars being the principle and interest on twenty dollars bound to me by heirs in 1869).  In consideration of the sale of a part of the land intended by this bequest to be given to Norris Williams.  I hereby direct that the executors of this will hereinafter to be nominated and he is directed to collect the notes given by Drew White for the purchase of said land and after my death and giving due notice by advertisement publicly made he proceed to sell the remaining portion of the land on credit of twelve months if he thinks but to do so or for case in hand if be best for the interest of said Norris Williams and to pay over the money to Norris except one hundred dollars which one hundred dollars I direct to be put unto the hands of some safe solvent person, who shall give good security for the same at such interest as will be of benefit to my granddaughter Mary Isabell Myers, which I direct shall be paid to her Mary Isabell Myers when she shall become twenty one years old or shall marry.  I further desire and so direct the executors of this will after giving to John the promised property mentioned heretofore that all other of my personal property of every description consisting of horse, a waggen, cow and calf household and kitchen furniture, in a word all the balance of my personal property be sold on a credit of twelve months and after paying the bequest herein before made, my funeral expenses and debt are debts by me justly owing or due and unpaid than the remainder if any thereto to be equally divided share and share alike between the legatees, John A. Boyles, Norris Williams, Mary Isabell Myers and Susan Levinia Boyles.  I further request nominate and appoint my neighbor James White in whereof I have full confidence to execute and carry out the provisions of this my last will and testament.  In testimony of which witness my hand and seal in the presence of attesting.   Frances Boyles (x-his mark) (seal)
Attest:  Hugh W. Russell, James H. White  August 21st, 1875
 

The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Berry, Senior, Deceased
Filed and Proven this 7th day of February 1876
Will Book II    Pages 158-159
I, Thomas Berry, Senior, do make this my last will and testament.  1st ? I want my funeral expenses paid out of the first money that may come in the hands of my executor and then my debts the next to be paid.  2nd ? I want my personal property all sold on a credit of twelve months, all but my new waggon, which I leave to my son, Alexander, for to recompense him for repairs on my house and barn.  Also I want my daughters, Bernacy (?) Barrett, Aletha Day each to have one of my beds, as they never got one when they left me and also if there is another left when made out for the other two for Rachel McPheron to have that, as she had got one when she left. 3rd ? I leave James McPheron and my daughter Rachel a piece of my land as follows: Beginning on an ash, my corner, and also corner to Joshua Berry at the mouth of the ___, not far from the house where McPheron now lives and then along the ___ to across ___ at or near where the stable stands and with the fence up to the corner on the bank of the little branch and thus some several poles to a large oak in the hollow near my corn parcel and thus some several poles across the knob to strike Joshua Berry?s line near a large dead white oak near the line between me and Joshua Berry and then back with our line to the beginning.  For which they are to pay eight dollars per acre and if they fail to pay for the same it falls back to rest of my land.  4th ? I leave the balance of my tract of land to my son Henderson with the consideration he is to take care of myself and his mother during our lifetimes.  By paying Thomas Berry Jr., Gale Berry, Francis Berry, Cleon Berry, Aletha Day, Bernacy Barrett and Rachel McPheron seventy five dollars each on or before five years from the date of my death and if not complied with, in each or either of the above named pieces of land then the land to be sold by my executor at public or private sale as he may at the time, if it should be but from the nature of the case at the time.  5th ? My daughter Sarah Hamilton or her heirs, one dollar, Anna Grigsby or her heirs, one dollar, Elose (?) or his heirs one dollar, William Berry or his heirs, one dollar.  I do further appoint my son Thomas Berry Junior my executor and having faith in his honor I do not require him to give bond in this case as far as I am concerned, I risk to his honor and fidelity.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of January 1876.
Thomas Berry (Seal) Signed and acknowledged in our presence the day and date above written ? Edward Walker, Nicholas Beckner
 

The Last Will and Testament of Margaret S. Burem, Deceased
Which was proven the August Term 1876
Will Book II    Pages 160 ? 161
I, Margaret S. Burem, wife of A. S. Burem of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee claiming this day to be of sound mind and disposing memory, do hereby make and publish this my last will and testament, revoking all former wills by me made. 1st ? After my death I desire my funeral expenses and just debts paid out of any personal property I may die possessed.  2nd ? To my only surviving daughter Sallie C. Armstrong, wife of W. S. Armstrong, I give the use and enjoyment of all my real estate to have the entire ___ and profits of the same during her natural life.  3rd ? The title to said real estate shall rest at my death in the children of my said daughter who may be surviving at my death and the death of my said daughter.  This real estate consists in the one half of the farm lying in the 8th civil district of Hawkins County, descended to my by the death of my brother, James Kinchelo and known as the Kinchelo farm, particularly described by deed of the Chancery Court at Rogersville, and as evidence of title after my death my executor will hand over to said Sallie in trust for her said children said title papers.  Also, one other tract adjoining Forgey Miller and others known as the reserve deeded to me by said Chancery Court and conveyed to me by C. W. Hale (?).  At my death my executor will hand over to said Sallie said deed, who will hold the same in trust for her children, it being my intention that said Sallie shall have the use of said land while she lives thence this will revert to her children surviving to wit:  William H., Alice R., Lula J., Mary, Eddie, Bobbie, Charlie and Maggie Armstrong, and any other living child said Sallie may bear hereafter to be held and divided amongst them equally share and share alike, the rights and title to vest in said children at my death, with this encumbrance of their said mother.  4th ? I do also give to my said daughter all my wearing apparel of every kind that I may leave at my death and all my bed clothes except what is disposed of other ways.5th ? I give a bed and clothing each to my grand daughters, Alice R. Lula J., Mary and Maggie Armstrong and if they get them before my death then this bequest will be satisfied.  I also give to Mary and Maggie each a small dining table now in the house.  I give to Alice my yellow trunk and Lula J., my black trunk.  To Maggie I give my double white tablecloth.  Four other tablecloths each to Alice R.,  Lula J.,  Mary and Maggie.  My new sidesaddle I give to my daughter Sallie also my small brass ___ and bell ___ kettle.  I nominate my daughter, Sallie C. Armstrong my executrix and she will take her office without giving security.  I give to my son Henry S. Burem, fifty dollars in gold and silver out of which he will buy my grand daughter Maggie Armstrong one set (6) large table silver spoons also one set (6) tea spoons silver with such initials as he may designate on them.  I also give my daughter Sallie C. Armstrong, for my granddaughter Maggie when she comes of age or marry one of the parlor mirrors.  This 14th day of June 1876 ? At the request of the testator we have set our names as witnesses to her signature in our presence on the day and year aforesaid.   Margaret S. Burem (Seal)
Attest:  J. R. Walker, A. L. Burem
 

The Last Will and Testament of William Hicks, Deceased
Was proven by the oaths B. B. Golden and Andrew Galbraith the August Term 1876
Will Book II    Pages 161 ? 162
I, William Hicks 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 just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my executor.  Secondly ? I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy the sum of one dollar and this is all I ever intent to give her.  Thirdly ? I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the sum of one dollar and that is all I ever intend giving her.  Fourthly ? I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly the sum of one dollar and that is all I intend to give her.  Fifthly ? I give and bequeath to my daughter Lizan (?) one sum of one dollar and that is all that I intend to give her.  Sixthly ? I give and bequeath to my daughter Kitty the sum of one dollar and that is all I intend to give her.  Seventhly -?I give and bequeath to Jesse Hicks my son the sum of one dollar and that is all that I intend to give him.  Eighthly ? I give unto my son William I. Hicks the sum of one dollar and that is all that I intent to give him.  Ninthly ? I give and bequeath to my son James Hicks the sum of one dollar and that is all I ever intend to give him.  Tenthly ? I give and bequeath to my son John Hicks the following tract of land lying in Hawkins County in the eleventh civil district, bound as follows, beginning on my white oak corner thence southwardly up the Spring branch with John Webb line to Rogers line, thence westwardly with Rogers line to William Jenkins line thence with said Jenkins line to the beginning.  And lastly, I do hereby nominate, appoint my son John Hicks my executor.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal this the 14th day of January 1873.  William Hicks (x-his mark) (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator this 14th day of January 1873.
Burwin B. Golden, Andrew Galbraith
 
 

Copy of the Last Will and Testament of Barbary A. McGhee
Proven by oaths of Alexander Smith and W. H. Price
This 1st day of January 1877
Will Book II    Page 163
Whereon I, Barbary A. McGhee of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee have made my last will and testament in writing having date the 17th day of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five.  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, I give bequeath and dispose of as follows to wit: To my brother, A. R. McGhee two notes of hand amounting to four hundred and fifty nine dollars fifty three cents which I hold on the said A. R. McGhee.  Also one dollar more.  Likewise, I make constitute and approve my brother A. R. McGhee and H. Hamilton to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this the day above written.  Barbary A. McGhee
Witness ? W. H. Price, Alexander Smith
 

The Last Will and Testament of William Trent, deceased
Filed and proven October Term 1876
Will Book II    Pages 163 ? 164
In the name of God, Blessed he him.  I, William Trent of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee having in view the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and being desirous to dispose of the worldly good such as it hath please God to entrust me with, I do on the 25th day of August, in the Year of our Lord 1876, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following to wit:  1st ? I direct my beloved wife, Jane, to pay my debts and funeral expenses out of any money I may have or forth coming into her hands, and I appoint her executrix of this my will.  2nd ? I give and bequeath to my said wife, Jane, during her widowhood all my property both real and personal and at her death or the end of her widowhood, I give and bequeath the same to be equally divided between them.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this year and date above written.  William Trent (seal)
Witness:  William Green, Riley Amyx
(Typist note: I believe the original transcriber accidentally omitted information)
 

Samuel Farris Will  - Filed and Proven January Term 1877
Will Book II    Page 164
I Samuel Farris of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say).  Item the first 1st ? I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Fanny Farris one third part of my real estate including the mansion house where I live during her natural life, the other two thirds of all the land whereon I live, I give and bequeath to my five children, to wit:  Wesley D. Farris, Amis P. Farris, William C. Farris, Sarah E. Farris and Elijah C. Farris and at the death of my wife Fanny, I also give to my five heirs above named all my land at the death of my wife and also give to my wife Fanny one third part of all my household and kitchen furniture and I also give all the balance of my personal property of any description, to be divided equally between my five children above named.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21 day of April 1876.
Samuel Farris (Seal)  Witnesses:  R. Chesnutt, Hugh K Chesnutt
 
 
 
 

The Last Will of Henry Watterson
Proven 5th March 1877
Will Book II    Pages 165 ? 166
(This will was very difficult to read and had several corrections including lines crossed out that obliterated other lines)
Divisional lines of H. Watterson farm Carters Valley whereon I now reside namely Beginning on a small peach tree in a parcel of the ___ on the southern line and west of a chesnut then north of said ___, thence northward a direct or ail line to a stake in the Carter Valley Road three poles east of the passage that the branch now has from the above road in the meadow southward; Thence westward with the said road to a stake opposite the end of an old cherry tree and rail fence north of the same route and line, thence with said old cherry tree row and apple orchard fence to a stake north side of the apple orchard fence to a stake north side of the fence ___ in range with the west end of said fence, thence with the said ___ west end of the same and passage into a wheatfield to a stake opposite to and in range with the fence, located northward up the ridge to the top of the same to a stake;  then direct line to a stake near a gap into the field toward Robert Frazier has corn in new at pole and a pole and a  half east of the inside ___ of the ___ running northward and leveling at Mrs. Felkner?s line thence northward to a stake at the northern side of said field, thence a direct line to a stake on Elizabeth Thurman?s south line at a post ninety poles westward of the eastern corner of the above line.  That portion or parcel of my farm lying and being eastward and northward of the above described divisional line and bounded by Elizabeth Thurman, Wilie Young and Lyons, I will and bequeath to my son W. H. Watterson and his heirs.  That parcel or portion of my farm lying and being westward and southward of the above divisional lines up to the E. Thurman line and bounded by the same westward to the ___ lines I will and bequest to my daughter Catharine Leeper and her heirs and bounded by Elizabeth Thurman, west to Mrs. Felkners to the Carter?s Valley road then crossing said road to ___ fence which is on the line and with same to a Elm tree corner, then southward with the fence near the line to the peach tree beginning.  The platt of ground set apart for a grave yard with its privilege of a road to it within the last bounded portion of my farm yet it is hereby excepted and excluded from the following bequest I make to my daughter Catharine Leeper, all household and kitchen furniture, brass and iron kettles I will and bequeath to above named Catharine Leeper.
Henry Watterson, September 5, 1876
 

WILL OF CHRISTIAN SHANKS
 Page 458       Dated:     Nov. 13, 1858*
        Proven:    Jan?y Term, 1859
In the Name of God, Amen.  I Christian Shanks of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail, 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, bequeath and dispose of as follows:  to wit:  To my beloved daughter Catharine and her husband William Williams the land and appurtenances situated thereon where I now live known and described as the Cole Tract containing about 136 acres, but in doing this it is expressly understood and I hereby make it incumbent upon them to provide for my beloved wife Polly a house and support her decently and comfortably for and during the term of her natural life and at the death of said Polly to bury her decently and furthermore, after the death of said Polly, the said William & Catharine likewise must pay to the other heirs the sum of $700.00 to be equally divided amongst them, and to be paid in annual installments of $200.00 a year without interest?I furthermore give to my beloved wife Polly all my household & kitchen furniture of every kind and description for and during her natural life, and at her death to be sold by my Executors, hereinafter to be appointed and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided amongst my lawful heirs.  It is further my will that the blacksmith shop that was erected by the joint labor of my sons and son-in-law shall be free to be used by them as they have heretofore used it until the death of my beloved wife Polly and then, I will that the tools of every kind and description in said shop be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided among my heirs.  To my son Henry I give & bequeath the Peggy Pearson tract of land containing about 14 or 15 acres.
 To my son George I give and bequeath the lower end of the Mack Kennner tract of land on which is the house and orchard.  The upper end of said tract of land I give and bequeath to the sole and separate use of my daughter Betsy Kenner and her heirs forever.  The line between said upper and lower end of said farm shall commence on the south back of Poor Valley creek at the mouth of a ditch and run with the orchard fence to near the corner of the barn and then with the fence running from the barn to the foot of the Stone Mountain, and thence continuing the direction of the last named fence to George Rider?s line at or near the top of Stone Mountain.
 It is further my will that all of my lands not herein before disposed of together with my half of a town lot in Rogersville of every kind and description shall be sold at my death and divided equally among all my children.  I have heretofore given all my children about $200.00 each and I have by this my will provided for my son Henry, my son George, and my two daughters Betsy Kenner & Katy and her husband William Williams by giving them lands as herein before set forth.  Now it is my wish to provide for my sons, Michael, John, William and Christian, not herein given any land and therefore give to each of my last named sons the sum of $200.00 each to be paid by the first day of January, 1859.  It is my will that the four last named sons shall have, in addition to the sum of $200.00?an equal share with my other children of the proceeds of property to be sold after the death of my wife Polly.
 It is my will further that all my property not herein before disposed of shall be sold at my death by my Executor & the proceeds equally divided among all my children.  I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law William Williams my Executor.
 In witness whereof the said Christian Shanks have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal This 13th day of November, 1853.
        Christian Shanks  (seal)
              (his mark)
The above and foregoing instrument was subscribed by the s?d Christian Shanks in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us, and he at the same time declared the said instrument so subscribed, to be his last Will & Testament, and we at the Testator?s request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto.
A. A. Kyle,   S. R. Russell
*(Typist Note:  Date of will typed as shown - probably Nov. 13, 1858)
 

WILL OF WILLIAM SMITH
Page 460       Dated:     September 3, 1859
        Proven:    October, 1859
In the Name of God, Amen.  I William Smith, Senr. Of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., 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 & Testament, that is to say:
 First.  After my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my Estate, real and personal, I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows (to wit):
 1st.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Kennon, her heirs & assign forever about 50 acres of land off the east end of my tract of land including where Thomas Kennon now lives, also my little black boy named Caswell.
 2nd.  All the balance of my land whereon I now live adjoining the lands of David Reynolds, John Reynolds and others, I give and bequeath to my son Sevier Smith on the following conditions, that the said Sevier Smith is hereby bound to support me and his mother Winney Smith decently and clear of want during our natural lives, or during my wife?s widowhood.
 3rd.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Cassander Couch one negro girl Hannah together with some money that I have heretofore given her.
 4th.  In addition to what I have heretofore given Mahlon and Nancy White, $400.00--$200.00 apiece?to be paid to their Guardian, and to be paid by my Executor so soon as my property is disposed of and my Estate settled up.
 5th.  I also give to my son John Rufus Smith my town lot in the town of Rogersville about five eights of an acre adjoining McKnight?s lot and others, on the main road to the Court House.  Also $400.00 in money.
 6th.  I also give to Minerva Kirkpatrick my negro girl Jane, to have and to hold the right to her and her heirs forever.
 7th.  It is my desire also that my three negro boys Bob, Sandy, and John be kept in the family and it is my request that David Kirkpatrick, Sevier Smith, Calvin Smith and Lazarus Couch take the three boys and keep them among them at the price I have here set on them;  that is, Bob at $500.00; Sandy at $400.00; and John at $200.00, and the money to be applied to the uses hereinbefore mentioned, and the balance of the money to go into the hands of my Executors and be applied to others uses.
 8th.  It is also my will and desire that my black girl Eliza be free at my death, and that she is not to be subject to be sold by none of my heirs, and that none of my children nor wife is to have any claim on her as being a slave, and she is to have the privilege of living on the land that I have given to my son Sevier, or to live with any of the connection, as the case may be.
 9th.  It is my wish that my son Calvin M. Smith have in addition to what I have heretofore given him, some claims and receipts that I hold on him and have paid for him to the amount of some one hundred and twenty odd dollars, and the claims to be given up to him.
 10th.  In addition to what I have given Sevier, I also give him my sorrel mare and two beds, bedsteads and furniture.  I have a small piece of land joining John Saunders Fitzpatrick which I wish to be sold and the money to go towards paying my debts.
 11th.  It is also my wish that after my just debts is paid, the balance of property both household and kitchen furniture and stock of every kind be left with my wife for her use and support during her widowhood.
 Lastly.  I make, constitute and appoint David Reynolds and Lazarus Couch to be Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In witness whereof I have herewith subscribed my name and affixed my seal.  This 18th day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine.
        William x Smith (seal)
               (his mark)
Witnesses:  John Reynolds, J. R. Saunders

 A Codicil to the above named will whereas I William Smith of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, have made my last Will & Testament bearing date of 18th  July, 1859, in which I have disposed of the greater part of my effects.  Now, therefore, I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my last Will and Testament and to be taken as a part thereof order and declare and it is my will and desire that Aslee and Waitman White my two grand children have as addition to what I have heretofore given them $100.00 more each of them, making $300.00 apiece.  Also, in addition to what I have given my son Sevier, I also give him my wagon and gearing.  It is also my wish and desire that all the balance of my effects after my jest debts are paid, which I left to my wife in my first will, still be left in her possession and to be used for her support during her widowhood, and not to be wasted or disposed of in any other way whatsoever.  And whatever is left during her widowhood or at her death to be equally divided amongst my lawful heirs.  It is also my will that my black girl Eliza be not free until the death of my wife.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.  This 3rd day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine.
        William x Smith (seal)
               (his mark)
Witness:  John Reynolds, J. r. Saunders
 

WILL OF DAVID SHANKS
Page 462       Dated:     October 27, 1859
        Proven:    November 1859
 I, David Shanks 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.
 Second.  I give my land to my wife Nancy Shanks during her life and if she should die before my youngest child comes of age, I want the land to remain together until it comes of age, and then I want the land sold and the proceeds equally divided between all my children.
 Thirdly.  I give to my wife Nancy Shanks one horse and two cows and all my sheep and all my stock (of) hogs, all my household and kitchen furniture.  After leaving my wife one year?s provision, I want the balance of the grain and the remainder of stock of horses and cattle sold and the money after paying my debts &c to go the use of my family.
 Lastly.  I nominate and appoint William Sullivan my Executor.
 In witness whereof I do to this will set my hand and seal.  This the 27th day of October, 1859.
        David x Shanks
             (his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator.  This the 27th day of October, 1859.
John Vaughn, William Wyatt
 

WILL OF WILLIAM SHANKS
Page 463       Dated:     November 18, 1861
        Proven:    Feb?y Term,   1862
In the Name of God Amen.  I William Shanks of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory & 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 day:
 First.  After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my Estate real and personal, I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows, to wit: To my dear beloved wife Catharine Shanks, all my property and effects, both real and personal during her widowhood, and at her death, the entire property and effects (except one dollar which I give to my daughter Louisiana Hawkins).  The entire balance to be equally divided between my several other children, to wit:  Martin V. Shanks, Eliza Ruth P. Shanks, Cyrena G. Shanks, Amanda Shanks, Hannah H. Shanks, Mary Shanks and Roxannah Shanks.  I further will that after my death my wife Catharine Shanks be at liberty to sell any of the property she does not wish to retain.
 I appoint my wife Catharine Shanks my Executrix.  This, the eighteenth day of November, 1861.      William Shanks (seal)
Witness:  Henry Stipe, W. P. Armstrong
 

WILL OF JAMES SANDERS
Page 463       Dated:     February 26, 1863
I, James Sanders, do make and publish this 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 I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my Administrators.
 I give to my son James Allen Sanders 150 acres of land, and to my son Nelson Sanders 150 acres of land, under the following provisions:  James is to take Nelson at my death and keep him well fed and comfortably clothed, and is to take care that he is well treated, for which he shall give bond and security to my administrators if he shall well and truly carry out these provisions as here stated he is to have the use of Nelson?s land during his life and at his death, it shall belong to James.  If James should die before Nelson then Nelson?s land to be sold and the proceeds is to provide him a comfortable home during life.
 I give to my daughter Tabitha $1,600.00 of which amount is to be put on interest to be appropriated to her support, and at her death, the principal is to be divided equally among the heirs.
 I have given to each of my sons William and John the sum of $600.00, which amount with interest is to be charged to them from the time they received it up to the time of my decease, and after deducting that amount, they are to share equally with my four daughters, Viz: Rebecca?s heirs, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Salitz and the child of George M. Sanders.
 Lastly, after the foregoing bequests have been arranged, the land is to be divided, giving James his choice of the upper or lower end of the Lee farm from which to take his own and Nelson?s part allowing them also a fair portion of woodland.  Then the balance of the land and property to be sold and divided equally, according to the instructions in this will, between the heirs of John Sanders, the heirs of Rebecca Morrisett, William Sanders, Eleanor Cockerham, Elizabeth Smith, Salitz Drake, and the child of George M. Sanders.  And in the event of the death of George?s child, its share is to be divided equally among the heirs.  Also, during my wife?s lifetime, I sold her part in some lands for $530.00, which she directed me to pay to her three daughters, Eleanor, Elizabeth & Salitz.  I have paid $300.00 of this amount and intend to pay the balance if I can before my death, but if I should not, I want My Administrator to pay it.
 In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal.  This the 26th day of February, 1863.
        James Sanders (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in our presence.  This the 26th day of February 1863
Witness:  D. M. Sheffey,  J. J. Carroll
 
 
 
 
 

WILL OF THOMAS TAYLOR
Page 465       Dated:     Feb?7  26, 1813
In the Name of God, Amen.  I Thomas Taylor of the State of Tennessee, now residing in Hawkins County, being much afflicted in body but yet in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it.  Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.  That is to say, Principally and first of all.  I do give and recommend my soul to God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent manner, agreeable to the Christian rule, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the power of God.  And as touching such worldly Estates wherewith it has pleased (God) to bestow on me in this  life, I do give, devise and dispose of in the following manner.
 First.  I recommend all my just debts be paid.
 Secondly.  I recommend all my perishable property to be sold and equally divided in my family of boys and girls, one black cow excepted, and allowed for Catrena Brown.
 Thirdly.  I recommend my land to be for the use of my son James Taylor for five years, and he is to scool  Beckey and Ann to read and write their name, and to keep the plantation in repair, and at the expiration of five years to be sold and equally divided between John, Thomas, James and Wilson Taylor, and the said sons to pay Becky and Ann $150.00 each that is to come out of the price of the land, either in money or in property.  I allow Joseph Long?s note 100 dollars , William Logan?s note 50 dollars and Andrew Forgey?s note to be collected by my Executors and give to suites of clothes to Beckey and two to Ann, at the age of 15 years.
 And I do constitute my sons Thomas and James to be my Executors.  And I do hereby disallow, revoke and utterly disannul all quiths, and every Testament that mite have been heretofore been mead , and I do hereby ratify and confirm this to be my last Will & Testament.
 In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal This 26th day of February, 1813.
 Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said Thomas Taylor to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names.
        Thomas Taylor (seal)
Test.  John Long, James Y. Long
 N.B.  That part of my will saying that James Taylor is to live on my plantation five years is done away and the land is to be sold. ( blank space) will allow and that part of James Taylor scooling  my daughters Ann and Rebeckey is done away, and there is a note on James Surgian  (Surgion) of 110 dollars and sixty-five dollars out of said note which is mine.
 And I do certify that the above signed will to be my last Will and Testament with these under amendments.
        Thomas Taylor (seal)
Test:    Aaron Wells, John Long
 
 
 

WILL OF NOTTLEY THOMAS
Page 466       Dated:     Apr. 4, 1836
I Nottley Thomas of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, planter, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.  And First, I direct that my body be decently buried at the grave yard where my first wife is buried, on my own plantation, in said County in a manner suitable to my condition in life, and as to my worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with.  I dispose of the same as follows:
 First.  I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible, out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my Estate, real or personal.
 Secondly.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Temperance and to my daughter Mary Thomas the plantation that I now live upon.  Also, one sorrel mare, also my flock of sheep, also my stock of hogs.  I do also will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Temperance and my daughter Mary, all my household and kitchen furniture with the exception of my bed and furniture that belongs to the said bed?and that I give to my wife alone.  And also, I give all my farming utensils that belongs on and to my farm to my wife and daughter Mary as the above said property and also my bee stands.  I do will and bequeath all the above named property to my wife Temperance and to my daughter Mary so long as the two above mentioned can agree and whenever disagrees the administrators below  chosen  is to proceed to sell the said property is such manner as they think proper and divide the moneys arising therefrom equally between the said two persons to wit:  My lawful wife Temperance and daughter Mary.  And as to my son John Tomas and my daughter Elizabeth Toman  but now Elizabeth Bassett I do think in Justice that I have done all for them that I can, but yet for the love and affection that I have for them, I do will and bequeath unto them one dollar each out of the money arising from the sale of my property after my decease.
 I do hereby make, ordain and apoint my assteemed  neighbors and friends Lewis Click & Beverly C. Ford Executors of this my last Will & Testament.  In witness whereof I set my had and seal.  This, the fourth day of April, one thousand, eight hundred and thirty-six.
        Nottley x Thomas  (seal)
                 (his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us who have subscribed in the presence of the Testator and of each other.
Beverly C. Ford, Lewis Click

Proven by oath of Beverly C. Ford at August Term, 1852.  The handwriting of Lewis Click proven at August Term, 1853
        J. H. Vance, Clk.
 
 
 
 

WILL OF JESSE TRENT
 Page 467       Dated:  July 25, 1837
I, Jesse Trent, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound, disposing mind, ordain and desire this to be my last Will & Testament.  I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Trent all of my Estate both real and personal to be at her disposal and control forever - out of which she if to pay all my just debts.  It is my desire that my said wife be Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and that no security be required of her for the execution of the same.  It testimony whereof I have hereunto set my had and seal.  This 25th day of July, 1837.
       Jesse x Trent, Sr.  (seal)
             (his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence the date above written.
Jas. A. Rogers, Larkin Willis, James Willis, Wm. D. Kenner
 

WILL OF WILLIAM TUCKER (SR.)
Page 468       Dated:     February 6, 1843
        Proven:    Nove. 6, 1843
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, William Tucker, Senr. Of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, bringing to mind the mortality of this life, knowing it is appointed to all men once to die, and having a desire to dispose of such worldly Estate as wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following to wit:
 Item First.  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy, during her natural life, all and every part and parcel of the land and tenements whereon I now live, and at her death aforesaid lands to be equally divided between my two sons, William J. (junior?) & Hyram Tucker.
 Item Second.  After disposition or sale having been made of a sufficiency of my stock of horses and hogs and cattle as will satisfy all debts, dues or lawful demands against me, I give and bequeath to my wife Nancy all the remainder of my said stock and all farming utensils and all other such property as shall or may not otherwise be disposed of.  Said property be converted to her use in raising her children.
 Item 3rd.  I give and bequeath to my daughters (eight in number) as follows:  Jane, Matilda, Oltha, Rebecca, Ruth, Myra, Elizabeth, Minerva, unto each of the above named girls, my lawful daughters, I give and bequeath a good bed and all appurtenances pertaining thereto:  bed clothes &c.
 Item 4th. To my oldest son George I give and bequeath a two-year-old heifer, two sheep and a sow.
 Item 5th.  I give and bequeath to my second son John my oldest tract of land lying on or near the creek above this.  I give and bequeath to my son John all said land held in or by title of two deeds when he becomes to be 21 years of age.  Over said lands he is to have no power until he becomes 21 years of age, but the profits, products or produce of said lands shall be converted to the use and support of my wife Nancy and family.
 Item 6th.  To my sons William and Hyram Tucker, I give and bequeath a certain tract whereon I now live, held by title of one deed, termed the Middle Tract.  The profits or products or produce of said land to be converted to the use and support of their mother Nancy Tucker and family until said William and Hyram become 21, at which time said land is to be equally divided between William and Hyram Tucker.
 It is further my will and desire that my son John Tucker should remain with his mother, assisting her in having charge and raising her children.
 Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my trust friends Barnet Cantwell and John Cantwell of the said County of Hawkins, my sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament.
 In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.  This 6th day of February A. D. 1843.              (his mark)
        William x Tucker (seal)
Signed in presence of George Tucker, John S. Wells
 

WILL OF DICKENSON THURMAN
Page 469       Dated:     March 15, 1845
        Proven:    Apr. 7, 1845
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Dickinson Thurman, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
 First.  That after the payment of all my just debts, (I) bequeath to my wife Ann all my real and personal property to remain in her hands and under her control until my son William D. obtains the age of 21 years, then the plantation I formerly lived on joining C. C. Miller, to be sold and the proceeds of said sale of land to be equally divided between my two sons, James F. And William D. and daughter Mary Gillenwaters.
 The black woman Emeline and children I give and bequeath to my wife Ann, together with the residue of my money, notes & dues of every kind, after paying all my just debts.  My father and  mother are to have their support on the products of the lands gotten from my father & where he now lives.  And at the death of my wife Ann, or when she may choose to relinquish her claims to the plantation I now live on & also the plantation where Silas Williams now lives, I give and bequeath to my son William D.  All my stock of every kind and farming utensils to remain on the farm and for the use of the same except a certain sorrel mare which I give to my wife Ann for her exclusive benefit.  I will that my black man Harry remain in the family during my father and mother?s lifetime & then so long as my wife Ann chooses to remain living with William, but then to be sold and the proceeds of the sale to be divided between James F. and daughter Mary.  I will and bequeath to my wife Ann also, such of the household and kitchen furniture as she may want and the residue to be divided between James F. & William D. as my wife may think best.
 I do hereby appoint James R. Forgey and my wife Ann Executor and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.  This 15th March, 1845.
D. Thurman  (seal)
Signed, sealed and published and declared by the above named Dickinson Thurman to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of:
H. Watterson,  Robert Johnson
 

WILL OF SARAH TARTER
Page 470       Dated:     Dec. 27, 1854
        Proven:    July Term, 1860
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Sarah Tarter, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of advanced age, but in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and 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 making void all wills that may have been made by me at any time heretofore.
 First.  It is my will and desire that out of any monies that may be on hand at the time of my death, or out of the first monies that may come into the hands of my Executor hereinafter named, all the expenses attending my funeral shall be paid.
 Secondly.  It is my will and desire should I owe any debts at the time of my death, said debts shall be paid by my said Executor.
 Thirdly.  To my much esteemed and well beloved son in law, Robert A. Hounshell and his wife Elizabeth my well beloved daughter, I will and bequeath all the Estate that I may be possessed of at the time of my death, whether the same consists of monies, goods, lands, real, personal or mixed Estate, to them and their heirs or assigns forever.
 Lastly.  I do hereby nominate and appoint said Robert A. Hounshell my Executor of this my last Will & Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal.  This 27th day of December, 1854.
        Sarah x Tarter (seal)
             (her mark)
Signed, sealed, published and delivered in presence of us the undersigned:
Geo. R. Powel, James G. Armstrong
 
 
 
 

WILL OF JOHN VAUGHAN
Page 471       Dated:     Apr. 10, 1820
In the Name of God, Amen.  I John Vaughan, being very weak in body but of sound mind and memory, calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die doth make this my last Will & Testament.  In the first place, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judy Vaughan all my house furniture and with my horses, cattle and hogs as long as she lives, and then for her to divide all that property equally between Polly Wilson, Benjamin and Isham, a son of my daughter Clary?s to have his part equal to the other three, and there is William and Agathe and Jonathan?shall have five shillings each.  Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and caused my seal to be affixed.  This 10th day of April, 1820.
        John x Vaughan  (seal)
              (his mark)
Witness Present:
Thomas Hammon (Jurat)
Howel Brewer
 

WILL OF ABRAHAM VERNON
Page 472       Dated:     January 8, 1825
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, Abraham Vernon, of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God, do this eighty day of January in the year of our Lord, One Thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, make and publish this my Will & Testament in manner following, that is to say:
 First.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Rebecca Vernon, after paying my debts, all my free hold and personal Estate, except my elder brother Nathan Vernon, I give and bequeath $20.00.  Also my younger brother Harland Vernon, I give and bequeath $20.00, each out of my Estate, and the residue to be at the disposal of my wife as she wishes, and my negroes named Jacob, Junie and her two children Jack and Malinda, I wish her to keep them if they are obedient to her, and at my wife?s death I wish them to be set free, and if they should be disobedient to my wife, she may dispose of them as she pleases.
 And also, I appoint my said wife Rebecca Vernon sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament in the presence of us who are present at the time of my signing and sealing thereof, the year and date first above written.
        Abraham Vernon (seal)
Witness:  Nicholas Long, Jesse Dowell
 

WILL OF JOHN M. VAUGHAN
Page 472       Dated:     November 22, 1834
        Proven:    Feb?y 23, 1835
 Know all men by these presents, I John M. Vaughan of Hawkins County, Tennessee, taking into consideration the uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling and regulating my own affairs in the event of my death, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, revoking and annulling all others.
 Imprimis.  It is my will and desire that my body be decently committed to the Earth from whence it came.
 Item.  It is my will and desire that the tract of land on which I now live consisting of the tract that was allotted to my wife out of her father?s Estate composed of five or six acres south of the stage road and also consisting of a lot bought of Jacob Wills for which I hold his title bond, of about 40 acres lying north of the road and adjoining J. Francisco on the east and also consisting of another tract bought of Critz on both sides of the state road joining the lands of O. Bradley & J. Wills & others containing about 81 acres, and said tract on which I live is supposed to contain in all about 195 acres.  Now, it is my will said tract of land, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and stock shall go to my wife Elizabeth Vaughan during her life, to raise, educate and support her children, and support and maintain herself during her natural life, and at her death the same to be equally divided among my children by her, Viz:  John H. Vaughan, Jr., Elizabeth Vaughan, Jr. and William P. Vaughan.  It is my will that my slaves go to my said wife during her natural life, for the same purposes as above, and at her death to also (be) equally divided between among my said three children, John H. Vaughan, Elizabeth & William P. Vaughan.
 Item.  It is my will that all my debts be collected by my Executors and the proceeds applied to the settlement of all just claims against my Estate.
 Item.  It is my will that my plantation called the McMinn Place, consisting of the land I bot of Robert Morrison & F. A. Ross containing by supposition about 500 acres, more or less, be sold by my Executors on a credit of one and two years, at public sale to the highest bidder on bond and security good and sufficient, and that the proceeds thereof after paying any debts that may not be discharged by the claims I hold on others shall be equally divided, share and share alike among my four children by my first wife, Viz:  Henry H. H. Vaughan, James M. Vaughan, Thomas J. Vaughan, George W. Vaughan & Florintha Vaughan.
 Item.  It is my will and desire that any portion of the Estate of their grandfather, Jeremiah Cloud coming to me in right of their mother shall be confirmed to my said children and be vested in them.
 Item.  It is my will that James Francisco and my wife Elizabeth Vaughan be Executor and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and that no security be required unless my wife Elizabeth should marry again.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.  This 22nd day of November, 1834.
        John M. Vaughan (seal)
Witnesses present who witnessed the same at the request and in the presence of the Testator:  Orville Bradley, Randolph Burris, George Cloud, George Morrison

WILL OF JAMES VAUGHAN
Page 474       Dated:     Sept. 8, 1840
In the Name of God, Amen.  I, James Vaughan of Hawkins County, being in moderate health, knowing that it is appointed that all men has to die, therefore, I commit my soul to God who gave it, and I do constitute this my Will & Testament in manner and form as follows, Viz:  My will and desire is that my son John Vaughan shud hold all the perishable property, the one half to be kept for the well support of my beloved wife, Sally Vaughan.  Then my will and desire is that my son John shud have the land and plantation whereon I now live containing 100 acres, also 30 acres known by the (name of) Wooten Place, also an entry of 30 acres lying on the north side of the copper ridge which has not been surveyed, then my will and desire is that the part of my land lying on Clinch River shud be rented till the death of my beloved wife Sally Vaughan for her support, and at her death my son John may sell the same or keep it, tho my will and desire is if my just debts are paid at the death of my wife Sally, and my son John sees cause to keep said river tract of land, my will and desire is that he shud pay William Vaughan, Allen Vaughan, Nancy Donnelson, Patsy Rogers, Elizabeth Harrel $50.00 each in money or good trade, if they see cause to take such.
 And lastly, I appoint my son_ James Vaughan, Joseph Vaughan, and Benjamin Vaughan Executors of this my last Will & Testament.  Signed, sealed.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of September 1840
        James Vaughan  (seal)
Witnesses:   James Payne, George Payne
 

The Last Will and Testament of Nancy Lucas, Deceased.  Filed and Proven this 5th day of March 1874.
Will Book II Pages 166 ? 167

This made on the 11th day of November in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and seventy four.  I, Nancy Lucus in my later days and in my widowhood, feeble as to my health that in my right mind, I proceed to make my last will for the benefit of all my children, consisting of boy and two girls living and girl dead, she died leaving one heir a boy.  Their names is as follows, George Lucus, Jane Lucus, Rebecca formerly Rebecca Lucus now Rebecca Tunnell, wife of John Tunnell and my grandson is named Francis Marion Bailey and being in my right mind, I will and bequeath unto George Lucus my son all of my farm, upon which I now live and my son George is to pay to my eldest daughter, Jane two hundred dollars in cash and also he is to pay to my daughter Rebecca Tunnel one hundred and seventy five dollars in cash and I will and bequeath unto my grandson Francis M. Bailey the sum on one hundred and twenty five dollars, to be paid him when he becomes to be twenty one years of age.  My son George is also to pay to Francis M. Bailey the amount above mentioned when becomes of age.  I will and bequeath to my son George said farm as his property during his natural life at his death I will said farm to his heirs.  Being in my right mind thought feeble in health I, proceed to make distribution of my personal effects among my children and grandchild.  I will and bequeath to my daughter Jane one horse that I now have on hand and my daughter Jane is to give to my daughter Rebecca a colt at weaning time and I also will and bequeath that my daughter Jane is to give to my grandson Francis M. Bailey one colt at weaning time and when Francis is of age, Jane is to be exempt from this payment of said colt if any unavoidable accidents happens to the horse that I give to Jane before she has paid said colt to Rebecca and Francis M. Bailey and further I will my daughter Jane to milk cows now on hand and also I want to give to Francis M. Bailey one heifer at the time Francis become of age.  I further will to my daughter Jane four heads of sheep that is now on hand the balance of my four in number is to be equally divided between the other three children, George, Rebecca and Francis M. Bailey.  I have made a division of my real personal property to each as enumerated above but reserve to my self the use of said property real and personal during my lifetime for my use and decent support in my afflictions or in health.  At my death the property both real and personal is to be distributed according to my last will and testament.  Further, I will and bequeath to my son George at my death the one half interest in our wagon and one big plow and harrow and my son George is to pay fifteen dollars in cash to be equally divided among the balance of my heirs, Jane, Rebecca and Francis M. Bailey.  I am now going to make distribution of my house and kitchen furniture that I have in hand as follows.  I give to my daughter, Jane a new coverlet now on hand also I will to Jane one pair of bedsteads now on hand and also I give to my daughter Rebecca one pair of bedsteads I have now on hand the balance of my house and kitchen furniture is to be sold at my death and equally divided among my heirs, George, Jane, Rebecca and Francis M. Bailey.  I have made a distribution of my real and personal effects among all my children and grandson and in my proper mind though feeble in bodily strengths.  And I therefore appoint my son George Lucus as executor to my last will.  I have this the 11th day of November 1874, caused my name to be subscribed and have made my mark to this instrument with the full knowledge of its contents this the eleventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and seventy four.
Nancy Lucus (X-her mark)
Witnesses:  Spencer Tunnel, James Jones
 
 
 
 

Copy of the last will of Elizabeth Grigsby?s will
Original proven 2nd day of April 1877
Will Book II ? Page 168

In the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy one. November 28th day 1871.  I Elizabeth Grigsby have this day made and do make this my last will and testament and publish this as the same hereby revoking and making void all other will by me at any time made.  2nd ? My will and desire is that as soon after my death as practicable, I wish my must debts including my funeral expenses be paid out of any money that may come to my representatives hands out of my personal estate.  3rd ? I give to my daughter Elizabeth Jane Beck one bed and my daughter Serena White one bed,  no cover with neither, my son James my clock and wagon.  I give to my granddaughter, Winney Ernestine Grigsby my c______.  The remainder of all my personal property including my mare to be sold at ___ to the highest bidder and all the money after my debts are paid be divided among my children as follows: My son John S. Grigsby and my daughter Winney Self one dollar each, and the balance to be equally divided between the rest of my children to wit: Henry Grigsby, Polly A. Couch, John Grigsby, Samuel Grigsby, James Grigsby, Elizabeth Jane Beck, Serena White, Martha Long and Polly Ann Arnott to have Polly A. Couch?s part and if my clothing can be divided equally and agreeable with my heirs made equal in this will.  I would rather, otherwise to be sold and the proceeds divided as aforesaid.  I now give to my youngest son, James D. Grigsby, a certain piece of land being fifty acres more of less said tract of land was give to me by my father Henry Loudeback, including my homestead and buildings.  I do nominate and appoint my son James D. Grigsby my Executor to my last will and testament, in witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this the 28th day of November 1871.
Signed sealed and published in our presents ?
Signed this day and date above mentioned
Elizabeth Grigsby (X-her mark)
Witnesses:  David Everhart, Andrew King
 

Copy of the last will and testament of William D. Gonce, deceased
Filed and proven this 2nd day of April 1877
Will Book II ? Pages 169 ? 170

In the name of God, Amen.  This the 24th day of February in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.  I William D. Gonce, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, a g___ being through the blessings of God in a sound state of mind and memory, but calling to mind the frail tenure of life, and that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principle and first of all, I recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, who gave me and the disposal of my body I leave to the disposal of my friends.  With respect to my worldly estate, I give bequeath and dispose of it in the manner here following.  First ? I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Viana all of my stock and all of my personal property in the house and out of doors.  Also to collect and to have all the accounts and ___ that is due me and she is to pay off all my just debts.  Nest I will and bequeath to her the tract of land that I now live on to have and to hold so long as she remains to be my widow and at her death or in case that she marries, I want her six children to have the same tract of land on which I now live, to be equally divided between them.  And I want the property that remains at her death or in case she marries to be divided equally between my eight boys.  Next I will and bequeath to my daughter, Emily to have all of the estate that is coming to me or my heirs from the Pleasant Begley estate.  Finally, I will and bequeath to my two oldest sons, Pleasant and Harry my three share in the tract of land that I bought from my father and mother?s estate and also I want them to have my tract of land containing two acres to be equally divided between them.  And I do hereby utterly disclaim revoke and disavow all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests, and executors by me in any way before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.  I also will that J. W. DeBord be and is hereby appointed my executor.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed:  Wm. D. Gonce
Signed, sealed and declared by the said William D. Gonce as his last will and testament in the presence of us as the subscribers:
James Davis, Isaac Sampson (X-his mark), George W. DeBord
 

Copy of Bond and Writing Purporting to be the
Last Will of William Setser, Deceased
Proven 2nd Day of April A.D. 1877
Will Book II ? Pages 170 ? 172

We the undersigned, severally and respectively have bond ourselves to each other in the sum of two hundred dollars.  Now, the conditions of the above obligation is such that whereas William Setser who previous to his death resided in the county of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, Civil District No. One, and who before his death had his will written by which he disposed of his property real and personal as follows to wit: I William Setser make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby making void all other wills by me at anytime made.  First ? I will that my debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my personal property or out of the proceeds of the same so soon after my death as convenient.  Secondly ? I will to my wife, Mary Isabell Setser all she has made and bought since I married her and one young cow and one dark bay colt and the note executed to me by George Carroll for and in consideration of a lot of land adjoining the land of said Carroll and being the same that fell to her of his father?s farm, and I also will my above named wife twenty five dollars per year to be paid out of the proceeds of my present farm during her life or widowhood.  Thirdly ? I will to my daughter Eliza Orella Lane and her heirs my farm on which I now live being about sixty-eight acres more or less. Fourthly ? I will to my grandson William Reden Taylor, two hundred dollars in money to be made by sale of my aforesaid property and hereby will and direct that in the event I should decease before the coming winter that Joseph Lane my son in law sell the two mules I now own for the purpose of raising the two hundred dollars herein willed to my grandson William Redon Taylor, and in the event the two mules cannot be sold for this sum of two hundred dollars I direct that some of my other personal property be sold sufficient to make up the two hundred dollars, and further the above named sum be loaned out, taking note with approved security, the note to be renewed annually till the said William Redon Taylor shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years of age.  This, the 13th day of May 1876.
William Setser (X-his mark) Seal
Now we the undersigned desirous to carryout the forgoing will of said William Setser, Deceased and being the heirs and beneficiaries, in the above will have and do hereby bond ourselves according to the foregoing obligation to stand to and abide the will of said William Setzer and every part thereof, for the purposes of which we have bonded ourselves in the above bond, but the above bond to be null and void if we abide by the said will as above set forth by William Setser, otherwise to remain in force and effect.
This the 2nd day of September 1877
M. I. Setser ? Seal, J. H. Lane ? Seal, R. Y. Taylor ? Seal for William R. Taylor
Attest:  G. W. Brooks, John W. Harris
State of Tennessee ? Hawkins County: Personally appeared before me,
 J. R. Armstrong, Clerk of the County Court of said County, George W. Brooks and John W. Harris, subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument, who being by me duly sworn deposed and that they are acqua8nted with the parties to said instrument and they respectively acknowledge the same in their presence to me be theirs and did upon the day it has been dated.  Witness by hand at Office in Rogersville this 2nd day of April A.D. 1877          J. R. Armstrong, Clerk
 

Copy of the Last Will of George E. Williams, Deceased
Proven 2nd Day of July A. D. 1877
Will Book II ? Page 172

I George E. Williams do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all others by me at anytime made.  First ? I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed or may first come into the hands of my executors.  Secondly ? I give and bequeath to my wife Mary A. Williams all the rights and title held by me in a certain house and lot situated in the twelfth civil district of Knox County, near Knoxville in what is known as Ramsey?s addition to Knoxville.  Lastly ? I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Mary A. Williams my Executor.  In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand this the third day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.
George E. Williams
Signed and published in our presence and we have subscribe our names in the presence of the testator.  This third day of February one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.
Witnesses:  John W. Caldwell, A. P. Caldwell
 

Stephen Hicks
Will Proven October 1, 1877
Will Book II ? Pages 173 ? 177

I, Stephen Hicks of the County Hawkins and State of Tennessee do make and publish this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made at any other time.  1st ? 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 come in the hands of my children.  2nd ? I will and bequeath to Matilda Baily and her heirs provided she has any heirs living and if the said Matilda Bailey should die without heirs then all of the lands and property that she may get of my estate is to go back to my other three children, to wit:  Mary, James and Ellen.  Further my will is that Alfred Bailey the husband of my daughter Matilda is not to have any right to sell or rent any of the lands that his wife may get.  She may rent the lands herself but neither of them shall have any right to sell her part of said lands as I have willed the same to her and her children provided she had any children and further the said Alfred Bailey is never to have any of the lands that I will to his wife as I do only will the lands to his wife and children provided she may have any children that may (live) to the age of maturity.  3rd ? I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary Hicks the fourth part of my lands.  I will the land to her and her heirs provided she may have any heirs and if no heirs at her death, the lands is to go back to the other children that I have willed my land to.  4th ? I will and bequeath to my son James Hicks and his heirs provided he may have any ? and if no children the lands goes to the others of my children that I have willed it to.  The said James Hicks is to have the one fourth part of my lands.  5th ? I will and bequeath to my daughter Ellen and her heirs, provided she may live to have heirs one fourth part of my lands and if no heirs, the land is to go back to the other heirs at her death that I have willed my land to.  6th ? I will and bequeath to my son Elliah (Ellick) five dollars as I have heretofore provided for him ? that is all I ever intend him to have as I have given him what I think is his part in full.  7th ? I will and bequeath to Thomas Hicks and  heirs an equal part of my personal property and money I may have at my death.  My personal property is to be divided between 4 (?) if any money that I may have at my death is to be divided equal between four of my children to wit:  Mary, James, Thomas and Ellen or their heirs.   I will and bequeath to my grandchild July Hicks, Isaac Hicks daughter fifty dollars in money.  The fifty dollars to be paid to her by Thomas, James and Mary and Ellen. 9th - My lands is to be equally divided between Matilda Bailey formerly Matilda Hicks, James, Mary and Ellen, and my personal property is to be divided and money between James, Thomas, Mary and Ellen. 10th ? My will and request is there be no administration, no sale of property.  The heirs that I have willed my lands and property can select two or more men to divide the property and land without any sale or administration.
 Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this the 15th day of May 1869.  Steven (X-his mark) Hicks
Attest: H. Hamilton, Thomas A. Long
Know all men by their presence that I Steven Hicks have had my land divided and laid off in lots, to my four children mentioned in my will that was to have my land at my death and this is to be attached to my will, as I have had each ones land surveyed and plainly marked.
First Lot No. 1. Laid off on the lower end of my land adjoining the lands of James Kincheloe the first lot I give to my daughter Matilda Bailey formerly Matilda Hicks. Second lot to Ellen Hicks, Third lot to Mary Hicks and the fourth lot to James Hicks, where he now lives, the old Armstrong place and Matilda, Mary and James is each to Ellen to build her a house as there is no house on her lot.  I have divided and laid off my land as I intend my four children to have, as I have heretofore willed to them.
Steven (X-his mark) Hicks Attest:  H. Watterson, James Hicks
The courses used distances of Stephen Hicks grants and deeds.   Beginning on the River bank at Kincheloes corner and Hicks corner willow bushes then S. 55 degrees _____ between Kincheloe and Hicks, 172 poles to a stake at the road, then S. 3 degrees west 58 poles to a stake on the branch then S. 86 east 19 poles to a beech and white oak near the spring branch then due east 50 poles to a white oak then north 115 poles to a maple on the top of the ridge in the corner of the house.  Then N. 50 degrees E, 36 poles to a white oak on the old line, then due north 78 poles to a stake then N. 5 E. 48 poles to a stake on Kincheloes corner, then along a conditional line N. 85 degrees east, 22 poles to a stake on the side of the road, then S. 41 E, 13 poles to a stake on the road then N. 53 E. 40 poles to 2 __, then 54 E 100 poles to two white oaks, then due north 5 poles to a hickory Carter?s corner, then due west 138 poles to a spotted oak corner, now down___ persimmon, then N. 32 E 80 poles to a stake on the ___, then due north 311 poles to a black oak in the corner of the ___, then S. 130 poles to a white oak, then N. 35 degrees west, 50 poles to a __ near the ___, then N. 68 degrees west, 38 poles to a stake on the river bank, then down the river as it meanders six with 60 poles to a stake on the bank of the river at the low water mark, then S. 50 east, 90 poles to a black walnut on the bank of the river at a deep ___, then down the same with ___ S. 45 degrees 40 poles to a bunch of persimmons and willows on the bank of the river, then down the same as it meanders S. 45 degrees to a bunch of willows on the bank of the river, then down with its meanders S. 115 W, 25 poles to a bunch of willows at the stake corner between Hicks and Kincheloe and the beginning.  The first lot and lower lot beginning on the Kincheloes corner then N. 45, 28 poles to a bunch of willows on the bank of the river, S. 55 degrees E 124 poles to a stake S. 56 degree E, 40 poles to a maple on the top of the ridge in the corner of the field on the outside them around with the line of the old survey to the beginning.  The second lot beginnings on a bunch of willows on the bank of the river, then N. 45 degrees E. 34 poles to a bunch of willows on the back of at the low water mark then South 55 Degrees E 110 poles to a stake where the old ____, then understood to be, then N. 75 E. 54 poles to a stake at the corner of the fence, near the orchard then S. 42 E. 27 poles to two sweet gums, then N. 42 S 106 poles to black gum, then due east 20 poles to a poplar, then S. 82 e, 34 poles to 2 pines in old line then around with ___ get to the lines of Lot No, one and with __ to beginning.  The third lot beginning on a bunch of willows corner of Lot No 2. There up the river as it meanders N. 40 E. 40 poles to a large ___ on the bank of the river and at a deep ___ then S 55 degrees E, 100 poles to a stake at a white oak, then 55 degrees east 5 poles to a stake in the road then N. 4 degree East 32 poles to persimmon tree N. 74 degrees E. 42 poles to white oak then N 33 E 42 poles to two cedars then S. 71 E 39 poles to white oak, near the corner of the ___then N. 29 East 211 poles to a black oak then S 80 east 11 poles to 2 persimmons at the old spotted oak corner at the old ___ then around the old line the course and distance till it strikes the line of Lot No. 2 and with same to the beginning.  Lot No. 4 is bounded between the line of Lot 3 and by the old survey

A copy of the Last Will and Testament of George Merriman, deceased.
Filed and proven this 6th day of May 1878
Will Book II ? Pages 178 ? 179

Knowing the uncertainty of life and certainty of death and being in feeble health of body but of sound mind and memory, I do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament: as follows to wit:
First ? I give my soul to God who gave it.  2nd. ? I want my funeral expenses paid as soon as convenient after my burial. 3rd ? I want all my just debts settled and paid as soon as convenient. 4th. ? I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved wife Orlena Merriman my whole plantation and all my personal property for her support during her natural life or widowhood and also for a ___ and support for Laura F. Merriman, my daughter, while she may be single or unmarried with her Mother.  Now after the death of my wife Orlena then I want my estate divided as follows, between my children. 1st. ? I give to my some G. W. Merriman the east end of my farm, beginning on J. Netherlands line on the north side of the farm and moving across at the east end of the field know as the Bob field at the road then east along the road to a hickory tree on the south side of the road, then with a post and nail fence across the valley to T. J. A___
Line then around the east boundary of my land to the beginning.  2nd. ? I give to my daughter Martha Ann who married John Powers three hundred dollars or the value of the amount in land lying and being with of the land of G. Merriman and bounded on the east by his line and on the west beginning on Netherlands line on the north near to a gap or low place in the ridge, then running so as to enclose the spring, known as the Bob Spring and to the top of the ridge on the south side of the valley, then along the top of said to G. Merrimans line.  3rd. ? I give to my son Jesse Merriman my homeplace including my house and land what is not included in the lots gave to __ and Martha on the condition the said Jesse shall pay to my daughter Laura F. Merriman three hundred fifty ($350.) dollars or give her land on the west end of my farm to that account.  4th. ? I give to my grandson William Bewley, son of William H. Merriman, deceased, Five dollars. 5th. ? I give to my grand son heirs of Polly Hamblen, deceased to wit: Charles W. Hamblen, Five dollars, James M. Hamblen, Five dollars and Edward R. Hamblen, Five dollars and I hereby appoint Orlena, my wife executrix to this my last will and she shall choose any one of my sons or sons in law to assist her in the administration of my estate without giving any bond or security for the performance of the same.  I also reserve one half acre of land including the family burying ground with timber to support it and also a road to the burying ground.
Done this 1st day of January 1878 ? G. R. Merriman -  Witness:  John F. Powers, Thomas J. Amis
 

A copy of the Last Will and Testament of James d. Bloomer, Deceased
Filed and Proven July Term 1878
Will Book II ? Pages 180-182

I, James D. Bloomer a citizen of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee being in feeble health but of sound disposing mind calling to mind the uncertainty of life on the wise but inscrutable dealings of Divine Providence with the children of men are admonished to make such a disposition of my property as will be wise and proper and to this end I will my soul at death to a merciful God who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it came.  I hereby bequeath to my two daughters after my death to wit:  Lucy Jane and Nancy Bloomer  the following tract or parcel of land including the house and buildings where I now reside and the barn and all other buildings contained within said boundaries.  Beginning on a black walnut on the north east corner of my place it being the beginning corner on a conditional line made and established between John Doyle (?) and myself and beginning with the same down the valley in nearly west course to a black walnut situated on the west side of the main road leading from Rogersville to Jonesville, VA on the top of a large rock near the sites of the old saw mill from thence along said road to a oak on the east side of said road near the barn where I now reside , from thence in a straight line in a  easterly course to the highest point on the tip of Pine Ridge in front of my house and from thence along the highest part of said Pine Ridge to the eastern line of said place and from thence along the line of my land to the beginning.  I will and bequeath the aforesaid mentioned tract of land to my two daughters aforesaid and their heirs in fee simple subject alone to the conditions hereinafter named in equal shares.  Each to have and enjoy equal privileges in and to the same and to all the buildings on the same and should either of them hereafter determine to sell her undivided share to said land she is to first give the refusal of the same to her sister and in case said sister refuses to become the purchases hen and in that case the refusal is to be given to my son Thomas Bloomer and in case both should desire to sell they are if they see proper to give the refusal to my son, Thomas Bloomer.  I hereby will and bequeath to my daughter, Sarah, wife of Elkana Snapp the sum of fifteen dollars to be paid in the following manner after my death to wit:  each of my daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy Blo9mer are to pay five dollars and my son Thomas Bloomer is to pay five dollars to my said daughter Sarah.  I hereby will and bequeath to Maggie and Nellie Snapp my grandchildren the offspring of my daughter Mary and C. A. Snapp the sum of five dollars each to be paid them on equal parts by my daughters Lacy Jane and Nancy and my son Thomas Bloomer when they come of age.  I hereby will and bequeath to my son, Thomas Bloomer at my death the balance of the land of which I am seized an possessed and to him and his heirs not otherwise disposed of in this my last will and testament except twelve and three quarters acres which I have this date sold and conveyed to Christian Bloomer and for which I have executed deed in fee simple.  The household property claimed by each of my daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy Bloomer as well as that claimed by my beloved wife Margaret Bloomer is hereby confirmed and is to be theirs to use and dispose of as they see proper.  The bay gelding is to be the property of my daughter Nancy at my death and the bay mare is to be fore the use of my wife and my said daughter Lucy Jane and Nancy.  The bay stallion of which I am possessed is to be sold on one and two years credit the purchaser giving good and sufficient bond and security for the payment of the purchase money.  All Debts in anywise due me or which may become due my estate hereafter by the sale of the stallion aforesaid are to be collected as soon as possible or as soon at they become due.  And the same is to be a fund in the hands of my personal representative to pay and liquidate all just debts owing by me, and should there be a surplus left after paying said debts the same is to go to my said wife Margaret and daughter Lucy Jane and Nancy.  But in case the debts due me does not pay out the debts and expenses held against me then and in the case the balance found due and  paid is to be liquidated as follows to wit:  My son Thomas is to pay two thirds of said residue and my daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy equally between them.  All cows and cattle, Hogs, Sheep and bees of which I am possessed are to go and belong to my wife Margaret and two daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy and to be used by them for their own benefit.  It is my will that my beloved wife Margaret should have her house and habitation in the house in which I now reside and that  the land hereby bequeathed shall serve to her and her benefit during her lifetime and them the bequests herein provided for as affecting my daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy and my son, Thomas Bloomer shall become absolute according to the terms of this testament.  May daughters Lucy Jane and Nancy Are to reside in the house heretofore bequeathed to them during the lifetime of my wife and to be equal beneficiaries in the production of the land hereby bequeathed during said term of life aforesaid and my son Thomas Bloomer is to reside on the land bequeathed to him during the natural life of my wife to manage and farm the same during the term of said life when the bequest to him will become absolute.  I hereby nominate and appoint my son Thomas Bloomer to be the Administrator to this my last Will and testament and to see that the provisions therein contained are carried out and to that end having implicit confidence in his honesty and integrity he is not to be required to give bond and security as such Administrator and I hereby ordain and establish the foregoing to be my last will and testament.  And in witness whereof, I hereby __ my hand and affix my seal this 5th day of June 1878.
James D. Bloomer (Seal) Witnesses: Christian Bloomer, William H. Barner
 

Copy of Will of William Enser
Originally Filed and Proven 7th day of October 1878
Will Book II ? Page 182
I William T. Enser of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former will.  First ? I will myself a decent burial. 2nd. ? After my burial and funeral expenses are paid I give to each of my children to wit: Martha Goforth's heirs, John K Enser, Barbary E. Sells, William T. Enser and Sarah E. Allison the sum of one dollar each to be made out of any property I may leave at the time of my death.  3rd. ? The balance of my property together with my land I give to my wife Cary to have and to hold the same during her natural life or widowhood and after that to go to my daughter Darthula Enser to do with as she sees fit or proper.  Given under hand and seal this the 14th day of May 1878.  William T. Enser (Seal)
 

Copy of Will of F. M. Dobbs
Originally filed 7th day of October 1878
Will Book II ? Page 183

I F. M. Dobbs being of sound mind and of good understanding do make and publish this as my last will and testament.  First ? I will and bequeath all my just debts be paid if there be any.  Third (?) I will and bequeath unto John C. Dobbs the youngest child of Catharine Dobbs all my personal property and all my notes and claims that I may have on hand at my death.  Fourth ? I wish Isham B. Dykes to hold and take care of my will for this June the 21, 1877  Assigned in our present ? Attest I. B. Dykes J. R. (X-his mark) Dykes.
(Note from typist: Will listed as F. M. Dobbs but starts as I, R. M. Dobbs-probably a transcriptionist error)
 

Copy of Minerva Phillips Will
Filed and Proven October Term 1878
Will Book II ? Page 183

I Minerva Phillips do make and publish this as my last will and testament.  It is my will that after my legal liabilities including my funeral expenses is paid all my estate real and personal go to and belong to my mother Clementine Phillips.  In witness whereof I hereunto set my name in presence of John W. Phillips and John W. Harris who I signed to become witnesses to this my last will on this the 7th day of September 1878.   Minerva Phillips   Witnesses: John W. Phillips, John W. Harris
 
 
 

 
 
 



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