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Will of Thomas Amis

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November 16, 1797
In the name of God, Amen, I Thomas Amis of the State of Tennessee and County of Hawkins, Knowing that it is ordained for all men once to die and being sick and weak but of sound mind and memory, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and force following.

Firsh(sic), I bequeath myself to Almighty God fully believing in his Almighty wise providence and mercy to all his Creation, after this life rest in peace, And as to my worldly goods and chattels that he has been pleased to put in my care in this life, I dispose of in manner and form following:

Item: I give and bequeath unto my wife Lucy all my cash in hand at my decease with all my stock of every kind and species. Also all my plantation tools and utensials including wagons and all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and all the frescut crop of all sorts whatsoever to her and her heirs forever. And also lend to my said wife all my land on Big Creek containing three hundred and fifty acres in three tracts including the place wherever I now live. Also the tract of land whereon Polly Brooks now lives containing Two Hundred acres adjoining the land my son Willis lives on, with my mills, stills and the utensials. thereunto belonging and my Smith Tools all of which said loan I bid her during the time she remains my widow and at her death or marriage I give the same to my son Haynes Amis and his heirs forever.

Item: I give to my son John Amis what may be received from the Cargo seized from me by the Spanish Commandaun at Fort Natchez in June 1786. I also give him the tract of land he now lives on adjoining the town of Rogersville and lying the East side of the main road. Also the lower tract of my six hundred and forty acre tract of land, to be laid off by a line to run square with the upper end of the tract he now lives on, to him and his heirs.

Item: I give unto my son Willis Amis the upper part of my six hundred and forty acre tract of land, it being the balance of what I give my son John in the said tract.

Item: I give to my son Lincoln Amis the five lots in the town of Rogersville which I purchased of Daniel Hamblen. I also give him all my lands being the West side of the main road and adjoining the town of Rogersville.

Item: I give unto my son Thomas Gale Amis all the certificates by me funded in the Continental Loan Office in North Carolina the 22nd of August 1791. Number 106(?) amounting to twenty one hundred and sixty two dollars and forty cents. to him and his heirs forever.

Item: My will is that the rest of any estate consisting of slaves, bonds, notes, judgements book accounts etc shall be equally divided between my wife Lucy Amis and my children, except Thomas Gale Amis and Haynes Amis and consider the legacies to be made equal other ways with the rest of my children. Also the following deductions to be made (viz) oech of my daughters Tabitha and Mary's shares six hundred and sixty six and two third dollars each and oech of my daughter Fanny and my son John's share three hundred thirty three and one third dollars each. I make the deductions for negros already given them. It is my will and desire that my friends John Ray Esquire, Col. James Aruston(?), William Armstrong Esquire, Joseph McMinn Esquire and William Stoward (surveyor) on a majority of them do make the division of the above mentioned slaves, bonds, notes, judgements book accounts and such division when made to be made of record in asuch which shall stand good in law. And if any of my children should die without leaving a lawful heir then I will their legacy to be equally divided amongst those children who have a share in the last mentioned legacy of slaves, bonds, notes, book accounts or their lawful representatives. It is also my will and desire that my library of all my books be kept together for the use of my school.

And lastly I do appoint my wife Lucy my Executrix to that my last will and testament. Revoking all other will or wills by me made. In witness whereof I have here unto sez my hand and seal this sixteenth day of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven.

Signed and sealed in presence of:

Milton Ford(Jurah) Isaac Lambertz, James Herbarrs Inien

Spencer Ball (Jurah)

Signed: Thomas Amis


Will of Chrisley Everhart

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Dated May 28, 1842

"In the Name of God, Amen. I, Chrisley Everhart have this day published this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows, to wit:

First. My will and desire is as soon after my decease as practicable, I desire that all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind, all my farming tools that belong to the farm of every kind, all of my stock of each and every kind except that which I will hereafter mention be sold, and out of the proceeds thereof all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

Second. I give and bequeath to my wife Lizzy Everhart my cupboard and furniture that belongs to the cupboard. I give to her one cow, and my flax wheel.

Secondly. I give to my three sons all my tract of land (Viz) John Everhart, William Everhart and Samuel Everhart, to be equally divided between them. I also give to my son William my wagon and the gearing that belong to it and no more.

Third. I give to my son Jacob one dollar of my Estate and no more.

Fourth. I give to my son James one dollar of my Estate and no more.

Fifth. I desire that after all my property is sold and all my just debts are collected and expenses paid, then the balance of the proceeds be equally divided between my three daughters, Elizabeth Spears and her heirs, Sarah Stewart and daughter Polly Everhart and my grand daughter Anny Smith.

Sixth. My will is that my wife Lizzy have free privilege to live in my house where she now lives during her life if she chooses, and then to be supported by my three sons that I gave my land to, Viz: John, William and Samuel, and after my wife's death, the property I willed her be equally divided between her said daughters that are living at the time of my wife's decease.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, on the 28th day of May, Eighteen hundred and fifty two. Chrisley X Everhart (seal) Attest: (his mark) Jim Arnott David Reynolds


Will of Thomas Rogers

Dated Sep. 9, 1811
Pages 414-415

In the name of God, amen. I THOMAS ROGERS, of the county of Hawkins and state of Tennessee, being very sick in body and in perfect mind and memory, being given up to God's calling and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament. That is to say principally, and first of all, I give and recommend Soul into the hands of God that gave it to me and my body I recommend to the earth and to be buried in decent Christian burial to the discretion of my friends. Nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as such, touching such worldly estate where it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, and dispose of the same, in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath to JANE, my Dearly beloved wife, a sartain brown mare and one red cow, one feather bed and furniture together with all my household goods and furniture, by her to be possessed. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my two sons, DOSWELL and THOMAS Rogers all my lands and buildings and possessions to be equally divided between them, the said Doswell and Thomas, forever firmly to be possessed by them, also my still and his fixtures & C. Thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my four daughters, to wit MARTHA, BETTY and SUSANNA and MOLLIE, all the remainder of my goods and livestock, and all just debts that are owing to me, after paying all just debts that I owe, unto the four above mentioned girls, by then forever to be possessed. I do hereby truly disallow, disavow and revoke all other former testaments, wills legacies, and bequeaths and Executors named by me in any wise before named wills. And rectifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof, I have here set my hand and seal this 9th day of September in the year of our Lord 1,000 eight hundred and eleven. Thomas Rogers [seal] Assigned, published & delivered in the presence of: Wm. Nichols John Monk

Submitted by Kathy Welder conch@softcon.net


WILL OF HUGH BROWN

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Dated: July 4, 1789.
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Hugh Brown of the State of North Carolina and County of Hawkins, farmer, being uvery weak and frail in body, but blessed be God of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, therefore, I do make, constitute and ordain my last will and Testament. And being thus composed in mind, first and principally, I do give and recommend my soul to God who gave it me, and my body. I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general judgement I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as to such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord to bless me in this life, I do give, bequeath and dispose of in the following manner. Imprimis. After all my just and lawful debts are paid, I do give and bequeath to my dearly and well beloved wife Rebecca Brown my negro wench named Jean. Item. I do give and bequeath to my dearly beloved daughter Sarah Brown my negro girl named Atne. Item. I do give and bequeath to my dearly beloved daughter Margaret Brown my negro boy named Sam. Item. I do give and bequeath to my two dearly and well beloved sons, John Brown and William Brown all my houses, lands, tenements and whole estate until they come to the age of 21 years or until some one of my daughters should be married and then their part Viz: The girls shall be given them and when my sons come to the age of 21, they shall equally divide the remainder between themselves. And furthermore, I do appoint, constitute and ordain my true and trusty friend, Rob't. Black and my dearly and well beloved wife, Rebecca Brown, to be the whole and sole Executors of this my last will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly break, disannul and make void all and every former will or wills or testaments at any time, or in any way by me made, and I do acknowledge this and none other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal THis fourth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-nine.
Hugh X Brown (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced by the said Hugh Brown as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of the said Brown and in the presence of each other have hereunto witnessed our names. Jas. Cunningham Ananisa McCoy James White


Will of Ebenezer Brooks

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Dated: April 23, 1799
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Ebenezer Brooks, late of the County of Washington in the State of Virginia, now of the county of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, being in a lingering state of health, but of sound mind and memory, to provide against that mortality to which we are all liable and by which I am now particularly threatened, do ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, confiding in the unbounded goodness of God and the certain foundation of Christian hope, I commend my soul to the keeping of my Heavenly Father, hoping to obtain a Resurrection among the just. Should my present disease put a period to my earthly abode, I commit my body to the care of my trusty friends David Caldwell and James Caldwell, to be by them decently buried at New Providence Meeting House. To defray the expenses of which I leave to them ten dollars in cash at John Campbell in Washington County, Va. and notes payable on demand now in my possession, but should that not be sufficient, I leave my mare and colt now at John Campbell's and my riding horse for that purpose, and also such other property as I have in Washington County, Virginia, or in Hawkins County, Tennessee. But should what cash I have and my debts be sufficient to defray my funeral expenses and charges, then I will and bequeath my riding horse to David Cunningham, eldest son of said John, my mare to his daughter Polly, and the colt to his daughter Betsy. I will and bequeath to my friend and cousin, William Montgomery of Sumner County, Tennessee, and to his heirs forever all my landed property and claims following, to wit: A tract of land containing 900 acres be between Silver and Paint Lick Creeks, one other tract containing 1,000 acres on the waters of Station Camp Creek above Boonsborough, one other tract containing 4,812 acres on Cabbin Creek, all lying in the State of Kentucky. Also one other tract of land containing 640 acres on Little Harpath, both on the waters of the Cumberland River in Tennessee: also, a military claim of 500 acres on Little Miami, part of the claim of Col. Joseph Crockets in the State of Kentucky, to the sole use and behoof of the said William Montgomery and his heirs forever, yet with this reservation and on the condition that should William Montgomery recover my lands in the State of Kentucky and my two tracts in the State of Tennessee, that then he should pay unto my half sister Jean Davis of Washington County in the State of Delaware $1,575.00, if she shall require it, but should he only obtain possession of the two tracts in the State of Tennessee, he is only to pay her $1,000.00. But if my said sister Jean is dead, or should die before this will is carried into execution after my death, or should not require of William Montgomery the above specified legacy, then, and in that case, that said William Montgomery is to have the fee simple estate in the above mentioned lands without any reservation to my sister (Jean), or condition whatever. I will and direct that the money arising from my two Manuscripts, the one--A Reply to Paines Age of Reason, the other, A Treatise on Stenography, be applied to the use of my sister if living. If not, I will them (the proceeds) to William Montgomery. Should the provision I have made for my funeral expenses be insufficient, I will that William Montgomery settle and pay the balance and the value of the legacies to the person to whom they are bequeathed. Also, that he erect over my grave at New Providence a decent tombstone. I empower and authorize John Campbell of Washington County, Virginia to settle my estate in that county and David Caldwell of Hawkins County, Tennessee to settle my affairs in the counties of Sullivan and Hawkins, and do hereby nominate and appoint my friend and cousin William Montgomery Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and ninety- nine.
Ebenezer Brooks (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us who in the presence of the Testator and at his request signed our names as witnesses thereto. John Campbell Baker Armstrong (Jurat) David Caldwell (Jurat) David Campbell, Jun'r.


WILL OF RICHARD BYRD

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Dated: March 5, 1803
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Richard Byrd of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee South of the River Ohio, planter, being in and of imperfect health of body, but in and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Calling to mind the mortality of my (blank space), and knowing that it is once appointed for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And, as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this live, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. My three eldest sons, naming first, William Byrd, second, John Byrd, third, David Byrd. I also give to my son David Byrd 17s10s in the form of his land, and two daughters, Jean McDaniel and Ann ___day and my two younger sons, Michael byrd & Richard Byrd, I, Richard Byrd, do consider that they have equally received of my estate one hundred dollars each. And I give and bequeath to my four younger children--two sons and two daughter: first, Elizabeth Byrd, second, Mary Byrd, likewise, James byrd and Charles Byrd, one hundred dollars a-piece as they come of age. Also, I bequeath to Elizabeth, my dearly beloved wife all the remaining horses, cattle, sheep, hogs and slaves and household goods and movable effects, together with the land and plantation on which I now live containing 200 acres, to be by her freely possessed during the term of her widowhood, at the expiration of which time, or at her death, I will the said land to my two youngest sons, James and Charles Byrd--the plantation to be divided. The hollow the wagon road runs up shall be the line betwixt them. THe end of the land which I now live on I do will to my son Charles and the other and to my son James. If the title of the land stand good, or is mad good by the substances of the place when they receive the said hundred dollars before mentioned and said land they are to have no part of the balance of the property: if the land is lost they are to have an equal part in the balance of the estate. The slaves that I will to my wife during her life or widowhood, my will is that she shall give them at her decease to her children that she thinks will use them well, and they are to be valued and they that receive them is to pay up the value of them in good trade at cash price with reducing their own part out. I say my will is that my five eldest sons and four daughters: William, John, David, Michael and Richard, Jane, Ann, Elizabeth and Mary shall have an equal part in my estate at the death of my wife, Elizabeth, that is left in her hands. I also constitute, make and ordain my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth, and my son William Byrd the sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and dis-annul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequeaths and Executors by me before named, willed and bequeathed--ratifying and confirming this and no other to b my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of March in the year of our Lord, one Thousand eight hundred and three.
Richard Byrd (seal)
Signed, sealed and published, pronounced, declared by the said Richard Byrd as his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
Test John Walker


WILL OF MICHAEL BACON

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Dated: August 6, 1804
In the Name of God, Amen. I Michael Bacon of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, farmer, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make this my last Will and Testament. That is to say: as touching my worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me in this live, I give, devise and dispose of in the following manner and form:

First. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine all that is now called hers (Viz), two milk cows and two heifers, her bed and furniture and saddle.

Secondly. I will that my beloved wife Isabella keep full and interrupted possession (of) all my estate until the marriage or death of my daughter Catherine, and then the whole to be valued and equally divided between my wife and three daughters (Viz): Mary, Sarah and Catherine. And Catherine to have my negro man James at his valuation in her part of the Estate, except one hundred dollars that I bequeath for the education of Samuel Lee, son of Thomas Lee and Mary Lee his wife.-I appoint Thomas Lee and Dubart Murphy Executors of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This sixth day of August, One Thousand, Eight hundred and four.
Michael Bacon (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in presence of Isaac Barton, Michael Bury and Job x Bale (his mark)


WILL OF HENRY BRAY

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Dated : May 11, 1827
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Henry Bray, of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak of body, but perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all: I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall received the same by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: First. I give and bequeath to Margaret my dearly beloved wife all that I possess--lands and stock of every kind--to pay my just debts, and whats left, to raise my children on. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and dis- annul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in writing. Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of May, One Thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven.

SIgned, sealed, published, pronounced and ordained by the said Henry Bray to be his last Will and Testament.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of: Attest: Benjamin Bray, Jr.
Henry X Bray (seal)
Benjamin Bray, Sr. (his mark)


WILL OF JAMES BREEDEN

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Dated: Sept. 6, 1815
In the Name of God, Amen. I, James Breeden of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, being in a low state of health, but of sound mind, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, to wit: It is my will and desire that my two tracts of land that lie joining on the south side of Holston River known by the name of Brown Town be divided into three equal parts. I give and bequeath to Winney, Mack, Ruthy, Polly, Nancy, William and Betsy Rutherford, children of John Rutherford and his wife Betsy, the third part of said land to them and their heirs forever._ I give and bequeath unto James Smith, Pulcherry Smith, Polly Smith, Winney Smith and Wade Smith, children of Samuel B. Smith and Judy his wife, one other third part of said tracts of land, to them and their heirs forever. I give and bequeath one other third part of said tract unto Louisiana Smith and McKinney Smith, children of James Smith and Polly his wife, to them and their heirs forever. It is my will and desire should the said John Rutherford and his wife Betsy have any more children hereafter that they shall have an equal interest in the lands left to those named, and it is also my will that if Samuel B. Smith and his wife Judy Smith should have any more children than those named, that they shall have an equal interest in the part left the other children of the said Samuel and Judy Smith. It is my will and desire that in case James Smith and Polly Smith should have any more children than those named, that they shall have an equal interest in the land left those named. It is my will and desire that John Rutherford and wife, Samuel B. Smith and wife, and James Smith and wife may reside and live on the parts left their children during their respective lives, but if either doth refuse to do so, their land and share may be occupied by those that my choose to live upon their respective parts, but it may not be rented out. It is my will and desire that my negro woman Charlott be, and I do hereby set free and liberate my negro woman Charlott after my decease. I give and bequeath unto the before named children of John Rutherford and Betsy Rutherford his wife, and to those they may hereafter have, all the children my said negro woman Charlott now has or may have before my death, together with my negro girl Easter now in possession of Joseph Huffmaster; also my negro man named Simon, to them and their heirs forever. It is my will and desire that the said negro children, negro girl Easter and negro man Simon, remain in possession of Betsy Rutherford during her natural live, and at her death the before named children to have the sole right and title to them and their increase forever. I give and bequeath to Betsy Rutherford my negro girl named Nancy, to her and her heirs forever. It is my will and desire that all the rest of my Estate, both real and personal be sold to pay my just debts, and if there should not be a sufficiency to pay all debts, dues and demands, it is my will that my negro man Simon above named be sold to make up the deficiency. And if there should be any left after paying my just debts, I give all the residue of my estate to Judy Smith the wife of Samuel B. Smith, to be given to here in such manner as my Executors hereafter named may think proper for the purpose of raising and supporting her children so as the said Samuel shall have no control over the same. I will to my negro woman Charlott (that I have freed) one cow and calf for her support, also one sow and pigs to her own use. I appoint Samuel Powel Executor to this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me, publishing this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
James Breeden (seal)
Sealed, published and declared in presence of us: Test. Sam Smith Richard Mitchell James X Sanders (his mark)


WILL OF HENRY BUREM

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In the Name of God, Amen. I, Henry Burem of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in writing, in manner and form as followeth: First. I recommend my soul to God and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner, and such worldly goods as has come to my possession I bestow in the following manner. First, I desire that all my just debts shall be paid out of my Estate, my goods and chattels of every kind, together with the negroes to be sold at a twelve month credit and the land to be divided in five equal parts so that each lot will have an equal distance on the river. Item 1st. I give unto my son Paskill H. Baren the lot lying up the river on the upper end of the tract. Item 2nd. I give unto my son Henry Burem the second lot up the river adjoining Paskill's lot. Item 3rd. I give unto my son Charles Pitser Burem the middle lot which will adjoin Henry. Item 4th. I give unto my two sons John Burem and Absalom Burem the two lower lots and for them to cast lots for the choice at any time after my son Absalom arrives at the age of sixteen. Item 5th. My son Peter Burem I allow to get no more of my estate as I have heretofore given him a full share... Item 6th. My daughter Darcus Kenner I have also heretofore given what I consider a full share. I therefore give her no more of my estate. Item 7th My daughter Sally Charles I have also give hertofore what I considered a full share. I therefore give her no more of my estate. Item 8th. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly Haus one hundred and fifty dollars to be paid her 18 months after my decease. Item 9th. My daughter Betsy Carter I have heretofore given an equal share. I therefore give her no more of my Estate. Item 10th. THe lands which I have given to my sons Charles P., Paskill H., Henry, John and Absalom L., I give with the following conditions: That is, that neither of them shall convey their right to a stranger, but may to one another and should they presume to do that, the conveyance shall be void and of not effect. Item 11th. As for what may remain in the hands of my Executors which I will hereafter name, I wish to be equally divided between all my children. That is, Polly Haus, Betsy Carter, Darcus Kenner, Peter Burem, Sally Charles, C. Pitser Burem, Paskill H. Burem, Henry Burem, John Burem and Absalom L. Burem. And to carry this my last Will and Testament in writing into execution and effect, I constitute, nominate and appoint my beloved son Paskill H. Burem and Jacob Miller my Executors, annulling revoking and making void all to her wills by me made. In witness whereof I the said Henry Burem, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 28th April, One thousand eight hundred and twenty two.
Signed, sealed published and declared in presence of us who at the request of him the said Henry Burem became subscribing witnesses thereto.

H'ry Burem (seal)


WILL OF WILLIAM BERRY

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Date Sept. 13, 1823
In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Berry of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and perfect memory, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind, blessed be God for the same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First my debts to be paid. Then one dollar unto my daughter Elizabeth Walker; one dollar to my daughter Rachael; one dollar to Sarah (Mulhel?); one dollar to my son John; one dollar to my son Thomas; one dollar to my son William; one dollar to my daughter Mary; one dollar to my son Francis; one dollar to my daughter Hannah. My will is that my wife Suanne shall have all the household and kitchen furniture for to do with as she thinks proper at her death, and my will is that Benoni Morlan shall have my land for taking care of me and my wife as long as we live, and my will is that my wife shall have the use of the farming tools and all the stock after my death as long as she lives. I do make and ordain Benoni Morlan to be my whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. I do hereby disannual all wills former and testaments, wills, bequests ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 13th day of September, 1823.
William Berry (seal)
Benjamin Morlan Even C. Morlan


WILL OF PETER BARR

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Dated: April 4, 1829
In the Name of God, Amen. I Peter Barr, Sen'r of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, bringing to mind the mortality of this life, knowing it is appointed for all persons once to die and having a desire to dispose of such worldly estate 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 unto my beloved wife Edy during her natural life all and every part and parcel of the land and tenements whereon I now live, together with all the entries that I have heretofore made joining said land at at her death, the aforesaid lands to be equally divided between my two sons, namely Jacob and James Barr. Item Second. I give and bequeath to my wife Edy during her natural life all my personal property of every description composed of the following articles, to wit: All my stock of cattle, hogs and sheep, household and kitchen furniture, working tools, &c, together with my sorrel mare, but it is understood that each of my children hereinafter named is to have the privilege of raising a cold from said mare. My son Jacob is to have the first colt that the said mare may bring after the one that she is now in fold with which belongs to my daughter Nancy. My daughters Barbary, Deborough and Susan, each to have a colt from said mare, and if in case my said wife Edy should marry, all the above property both real and personal, shall descend to my said two sons, namely Jacob and James, with the exception of the colts heretofore named. And in case my said wife should not marry, at her death all the personal property of every description (is) to be divided between my said sons, Jacob and James. Item Third. And it is further my will and desire that my four daughters, namely Nancy, Barbary, Deborough and Susan should remain with their mother until they arrive to the age of maturity and to have their support out of the proceeds of the property and to have and receive a reasonable portion of schooling, and it is further my will and desire that my said sons Jacob and James should take charge of my said farm and have the use of all my property by supporting myself, their mother and their four sisters heretofore named, but not to have any of the property at their disposal, except for the use of my said property. ANd it is further my will and desire that after my death and the death of my wife Edy that my two sons, Jacob and James shall sell so much of my property as will make twenty-five dollars and dispose of it in the following manner: To my son Michael, five dollars; to my son Henry, five dollars; to my son Peter, five dollars, to my son George, five dollars; to my son Mathews, five dollars and it is my will and desire that they receive no other part of my said Estate. Lastly. I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend John G (or S.) Wells of County of Hawkins, Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 4th day of April, A.D., 1829.
Peter X Barr (seal) (his mark)

Signed in presence of: G. McCraw William X Golding (his mark)


WILL OF THOMAS BRAMHALL

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Dated: January 5, 1827
In the Name of God Amen. Be, it remembered that I Thomas Bramhall of the county of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being week in body but of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say:_ First. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Judith Bramhall all my Estate--lands, stock and all kind, together with all my household furniture or freehold estate, I give unto her to dispose of as she sees cause to do during her life.P Item. It is my desire that at her decease my grandson Jacob Bramhall should have a horse colt, two years old next summer, also one feather bed and furniture. Item. It is further my desire that my dear and well beloved wife should dispose of all my goods and chattels as she sees fit at her decease, whom I hereby appoint sold Executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Thomas Bramhall to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and at his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same. WItnesses:.William X Skelton Thomas X Bramhall (seal) (his mark) James X Skelton (his mark) William Feagins


WILL OF DANIEL BLOOMER


Page 49
Dated: May 23, 1838

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Bloomer of the State of Tennessee, Hawkins, County, being very low in body, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Calling into mind and mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say: Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor, and as touching such worldly wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form: First of all: I give and bequeath to Lucy my dearly beloved wife, half of this plantation or the benefit thereof, my dwelling house and kitchen and all the furniture belonging to them and all the property that I now claim during her life, and for her to pay all my just debts and further for her to pay my daughter Lucy one hundred and sixty dollars at her marrying or coming of age. Also for the land I have in Scott County, Virginia, I will and bequeath to four of my sons which is William Bloomer who is to have from the lower end of the survey up to a beech and hickory. Thence a southeast course with a conditional line between him and Nehemiah Bloomer's field. Joseph Bloomer is to have from the last conditional line up to a cucumber (tree) and back near the upper end of Joseph Bloomer's field. Thence southeast course to the creek. Thence running with the creek to a double lyme. James Bloomer is to have from this conditional line to the upper end of the survey: these lines are also to extend across Iham Young's entry that I have made. The house where Jesse Bloomer now lives, I bequeath to him: also the other half of this plantation and at the death of my wife, the whole of this plantation is to be his. I bequeath at the death of my wife all the personal property, household and kitchen furniture, money and negroes to my six girls: Mary, Elizabeth, Milly, Phebe, Marthy, Lucy, and I further request my wife to have full power to sell or convey these negroes at any time for her decent support. I further bequeath Lucy have one falling leaf table and corner cupboard extra of her one hundred and sixty.. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequeaths and Executors by me in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed-ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, and I appoint for my Executors, William Walling, Jr. And James Bloomer.
Daniel x Bloomer (seal)
Test: (his mark) Ezkiel x Sullivan (his mark) Claiborne Roberson


Will of Thomas Barrett

Page 50
Dated: June 26, 1838
Proven: Feb. and April Term, 1855
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Barrett of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being in a low state of health, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding-considering the uncertainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, do ordain and constitute this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following , Viz: First. I commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named: Item. To my beloved wife Winefred Barrett, I leave one horse, two milk cows, one feather bed and furniture, and all the lands on this side of the creek between the lines of William Reynolds where he now lives and where he formerly lived, including the dwelling house and other houses, also the lands on the other side of the creek between the lands of John Barrett and William Reynolds, to her so long as she remains my widow. At her death the lands (are) to belong to our youngest son Alfred Barrett. Item. The land on which our two sons, Pleasant and Hugh now live to be divided between our sons, Hugh and Pleasant's children. The children (are) to have the lower end of the land including the house they live in and as far as they have enclosed in a fence and then up the hollow to Anderson's line. Item. To our son John Barrett, I leave all the lands in the following bounds: Beginning on a stake, corner of the bank of the branch opposite the great hollow that leads down to the creek on the left of my Sugar Camp. Thence up the fence by the side of the branch to a cross fence, then down cross fence to the creek. Then up the creek to the road. Then with the road to my line. Then with my line to the head of aforesaid hollow, then down the hollow to the beginning. To my other two sons, Nelson and Thomas Barrett, I leave a tract of land I purchased of James Donelson, to be divided between them. The line to run with the creek where it will strike the creek after leaving the little meadow near the barn on Thomas' side. Nelson to have the upper end including the dwelling house. The land in Big Poor Valley adjoining the Donalson Tract also to be divided between Nelson and Thomas. My wife to have the care of Thomas until he is of sufficient age to go to himself. Item. My other land in Big Poor Valley to be divided between our sons John and Alfred. Item. I leave to Thomas and Alfred the colts already given them. I leave unto my daughters Polly, Nancy and Malinda each one bed and furniture and to each one a milch cow. Item. After my just debts are paid, what money may be left and...the balance of my property sells for, I wish to be divided between our daughters Holly Ford, Betsy Reynolds, Louisa Grose, Polly, Nancy and Malinda Barrett. Betsy Reynolds to pay $20.00 to the other girls except Holly Ford out of her portion. Item. To William Reynolds I leave all the lands he has under fence where he formerly lived, except a small timothy lot which will belong to Alfred at his mother's death. Item. The land whereon William Reynolds now lives he purchased of our son Clinton Barrett. I leave to said Reynolds-the lines to run as specified in the articles between us now held by Jim Barrett. Our sons John and Nelson are to pay $10.00 each to be divided between our daughters Polly, Nancy and Malinda. As I have previously given to our son Clinton his portion, I now give him the sum of $2.00 to let him know he still lives in my affection. And for the purpose of carrying into effect this my last Will and Testament, I appoint my sons John and Nelson Executors, to see that it is done. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight, in the presence of: (interlined before signing)
Thomas x Barrett (seal)
B. W. Vaughan David x Anderson (his mark) Elijah D. x Gillenwaters Anthony Samith


WILL OF DAVID BLACKWELL

Page 52
Date: No date given
I, David Blackwell, in the Name of God, Amen, ordain this my last will and testament, that is the say: In the first place I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Anny my whole estate, real and personal, to do with and make use of in what like manner she may see fit during her lifetime, then to my children to be equally divided amongst them.. Whereunto I have set my hand in the presence of: David Blackwell Benj. Hawkins John Bunch (Jurat) Henry Lewis


WILL OF ALEXANDER BALLARD, SR.

Page 52
Dated: May 6, 1839
To all whom these may concern, I, Alexander Ballard, Sen'r., in the Name of God, Amen, being sound in mind and memory, but frail in body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. First. I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter, Sarah Ann Ballard, the daughter of my son Alexander Ballard, Jr., my dwelling house and all my household furniture, to wit: One bed and furniture, one corner cupboard, one chest and one table and two chairs, one pot, one frying pay. To the said Sarah Ann Ballard, for her service to me in my old age, to be the said grandchild's forever after my death. In witness whereof I have set my hand this day and year above written.
Alexander x Ballard, Sr. (his mark)
Test: Andrew Coffman Thimas x White (his mark)
May the 6th, One thousand Eight hundred and thirty-nine. To all whom these presents may concern. I Alexander Ballard, Sr., in the name of God, Amen, being sound in mind and memory, but frail in body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. My will is that my grandson, James Mauley Ballard, son of Alexander Ballard, Jr., first, my saddle and bridle and big coat, the same to be James M. Ballard's after my death, and also he-the said James Mauley Ballard, is to have one hundred dollars in silver when he is twenty one years of age, which I will to him after my death. And last of all, my will is that my son, William Ballard or his heirs, one dollar; John Ballard, one dollar; David Ballard one dollar; Joshua Ballard, Alexander Ballard, Jr., George and Jesse Ballard one dollar each, and to my daughter Jane, one dollar. All my burial expenses (to be) paid out of my estate. In witness whereof I set my hand this date and year as above written.
Alexander Ballard, Sen'r Test: Andrew Coffman Thomas x White (his mark)


WILL OF NICHOLAS BALDWIN

Page 53
Dated: July 26, 1840
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Nicholas Baldwin of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, being in great bodily affliction and believing my corporeal existance near an end, yet being in my mind pure, do hereby make this my land Will and Testament in words and figures as follows: To my dear wife, Ailcy Baldwin, I do bequeath all my land and stock and household furniture to raise her children on that she has now and to have full power to sell and apply any personal property to the use and maintenance of the children during her natural life or widowhood, to give to each and every one as they come of age what she may think a reasonable portion, and when they all come of age for her if she yet lives, to have the land for her maintenance. But should she marry again, the property to be sold on a twelve months' credit by my Executors that I shall hereafter name-all but one bed and furniture which she shall have and all the land I want in that case to be rented by my Executors for cash or other property, and if property, to be sold for cash and the money kept at usury, and at the youngest coming of age, the money and land to be equally divided among the children, taking into consideration what the older ones have got as they grew up. And should the children want any money for schooling in the case my wife Ailcy Baldwin married, the Executors shall advance what they think reasonable for their schooling and should she marry a sober, pious man that the children would be willing to live with, in that case, if she choose to live on the land, she shall have half the cleared land to stay on till the youngest child comes of age, then a division as before stated take place and the other half of the land be rented, and but so long as she remains single, she is to have the sole control of the tendings of the land, and the right of the personal property till the youngest child comes of age, then to have a third of the land during her life or widowhood. And, I do hereby appoint my friends Richard Mitchell and Henry Byrd my true and lawful executors to this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby make this my last will, revoking all former wills by me. And in full testimony of the above...will, I have set my name and affixed my seal on the 26th day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty. In presence of Joseph Brooks and John Byrd who are subscribing witnesses hereto. Nicholas x Baldwin (seal)
Witnesses: Joseph Brooks, John Byrd


WILL OF JOHN BOLIN

Page 54
Dated: July 29, 1839
Proven: Nov. 1839
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Bolin of Hawkins County, State of East Tennessee, being sick of body but of sound disposing memory, do resign my soul to Almighty God who gave it and after a decent burial my will is that all my just debts be paid and the balance of my worldly goods I give and bequeath as follows: Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved Father and Mother all my land together with all my crop and all other property I possess during their lives, and after their death... Item. My will and desire is that James Bolin should live with his father and mother and take care of them as long as the live and at their death for James Bolin to have all the said property that is left. I acknowledge this to be my last will and testament. July 29, 1839. I appoint James Bolin my Executor.
John x Bolin (his mark)


WILL OF JOHN BEEIL

Page 55
Dated: July 24, 1840
Proven: Aug. Term, 1840
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Beeil of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak in body, but good perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, do make and ordain this my land Will and Testament. I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it to my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian burial, and as touching such worldly estate I leave it at the discretion of my Executors in form and manner following: First. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Eve the plantation whereon I now live... and all the property belonging to said land to have and to hold until her death, and after her death my daughter Catherine shall have the land and $150.00 worth of said property to be valued to her, to have and to hold during her single life and good behavior, and also there is a certain tract of parcel of land lying between Martin Beeil's lines and Jacob Maxe's that my son David had bought of me, and there is $145.00 that is coming to me for the land, and I also give that to my beloved wife Eve and whenever my son David shall pay this money she shall make him a lawful deed for said land. And I also leave Joseph Wright and William Keeler to be Executors on my whole Estate. As witnesses my hand and seal this 24th day of July 1840. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of John Beeil. This is his last Will and Testament.
John Beeil (seal)
Test. Joseph Wright William Keller


WILL OF BURWELL BASSETT



Page 56
Dated: June 14,, 1842
I, Burwell Bassett, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, bringing to mind the mortality of this life, knowing it is appointed for man once to die and having a desire to dispose of such worldly estate which it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following to wit: First. I will that all my just debts be paid, that my Executor hereinafter named shall sell so much of my personal property as will be sufficient to pay all my just debts, and the balance of my personal estate I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha Bassett during her naturl life or widowhood. And I further give and bequeath unto my said wife all the tract of land with its appurtenances whereon I now live, and in case she should marry, then in that case my Executors hereinafter named shall have full power and authority to sell all my personal property, together with my negroes and the proceeds of such property to be equally divided between my said wife Martha and my children hereinafter named, to wit: Elvira Bassett who intermarried with Joseph Vaughan, Ketturah Bassett, Adaline Bassett, Alexander Bassett, Richard Nathaniel Bassett, James N. Bassett, Martha and Helen Bassett, share and share alike, but it is further my will and desire that in case my said wife Martha should marry, that my said Executors shall divide the tract of land whereon I now live equally between my said wife Martha and my children before named, reserving to themselves the right to lay off and set apart to my wife a lot to include the mansion house where I now reside with the privilege of water from the spring that I now make use of, which lot of land and building my wife shall have and enjoy during her natural life, and at her death the said lot of land to be equally divided amongst my said children. And in case my wife should remain single and keep my said property together, that she raise and school my said children out of the proceeds of the property and farm free from cost. And it is further my will and desire that as my said children heretofore named shall marry that my wife, with the advice and consent of my said Executors shall set apart so much of my personal estate as they may think my said wife can conveniently spare so as to make the balance of my said children equal to what my daughter Elvira has received. And it is further my will and desire that my wife Martha remain in possession of all my real and personal property during her natural life or widowhood, and that she have and enjoy all and singular my real estate subject nevertheless to the foregoing conditions stipulated above. And lastly, I do constitute and appoint my friends James L. Etter and Joseph Vaughan of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee my Executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills heretofore made by me. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of June, in the year of our Lord, A.D., 1842
Burwell W. Bassett (seal)
Signed, sealed and declared in presence of: William McCraw Spencer Bassett G. McCraw


WILL OF WILLIAM BRADLEY

(Abstracted )
Page 57
Dated: October 1, 1842 Proven: May 6, 1845
In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Bradley, of the County of Hawkins and the State of Tennessee, being advanced in years, but in good health, and of sound mind and memory and understanding do make and ordain and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: First: I desire that any just debts which I may owe shall any remain at my decease, be paid by my Executors hereinafter named, out of the money on hand or debts due to my Estate. Second: To my grand daughter Nancy B. Phipps, the only issue at present born of the marriage between my daughter Louisa and Joshua Phipps, I give and devise the lands I bought of Jacob Felkner and William Armstrong, situated in said County of Hawkins, and also the land lying behind them from the stage road, to have and to hold the same, to the said Nancy B. Phipps, during the term of her natural life, with remainder to her issue in fee simple, if any she should have. But in the event the said Nancy B. Phipps at any time hereafter shall have any brother or brothers, sister or sisters born, the issue of said marriage of my daughter Louisa and Joshua Phipps, my will and intention is that such after-born issue, if any such there should be, shall take hold and enjoy said lands equally, in all respects with Nancy B. Phipps, to them and the survivor of them and their heirs in fee simple. And should the said Nancy B. die without issue, and without brother or sister or brothers, sister or sisters...then my will and intention is that said lands shall go to and rest in my son Orville Bradley in fee simple, if living, or to his lawful heirs should he be dead. And in case my said son should be dead without leaving lawful issue, my will and intention is that said lands shall go to my own lawful and proper heirs, according to the statues of descent of Tennessee. My will, desire and intention being in relation to the said lands, and also in relation to all the other lands and property hereinafter mentions, that the same and every part thereof remain vested and descend to my own proper heirs and lineal descendants and their issue, as far as practicable, from generation to generation. I furthermore desire that the said Nancy B. Phipps shall be let into the full possession and enjoyment of the foregoing devise upon her attaining the age of 21. Third. To my only daughter Louisa Phipps, the wife of Joshua Phipps, I give and devise the lands on which I now live adjoining G. Leeper on the river above and the Felkner place below, including the houses and improvements where I reside; also all my homeplace not included in the foregoing devise of the Felkner Place to the said Nancy B. Phipps, west of the creek on which G. Lyon's grist mill stands. To have and to hold the same to my said daughter during the term of her natural life, and at the death of my said daughter, Louisa, my will and intentions is that the estate in remainder of said lands shall rest in my grand daughter, the said Nancy B. Phipps, during her natural life, and then in her issue, if any she should have, in fee simple. To have and to hold the same in like manner, and upon the same terms and conditions in all respects as are set forth and specified in the foregoing devise to Nancy B. Phipps; that is to say, in the event there shall be any other issue hereafter born of...Louisa and Joshua Phipps...such after-born issue shall take hold and enjoy said Estate in remainder equally in all respects with Nancy B. Phipps, to them and their heirs forever, and to the survivor of them, and should the said Nancy B. die without issue, and without brothers or sisters, or the lawful issue of such, my will and intention is that...estate in remainder shall go to and rest in my son Orville Bradley and his heirs in fee simple, if living and in case he should be dead...leaving no lawful issue, my will and intention is that the estate in remainder in said lands shall go to and rest in my own lawful and proper heirs according to the statues of descent in Tennessee, in like manner in all respects as provided in the second devise of this my last will and testament. Fourth. To my son Orville Bradley, I will and devise all the rest and residue of my lands and real estate wheresoever situated, to have and hold...to him and his heirs in fee simple. I also give and bequeath unto my son Orville all the money on hand; also all the notes, bonds, debts and evidences of debt belonging to me on hand at my death, also all my negroes not previously or otherwise disposed (of) or conveyed...by me. Fifth. All my stock of grain, stock of every kind, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and all my other personal property not previously disposed of...except my Pianoforte, shall be divided between my son Orville and my daughter Louisa Phipps in manner following: Two thirds of same I will and bequeath to my son Orville, and the remaining one third to my daughter Louisa Phipps to her sole and separate use with full power and authority to dispose of the same in such manner as she shall deem proper, by gift, deed, will or otherwise. Sixth. It is my will and desire that should my son Orville die leaving no lawful issue, the negroes above given and bequeathed to him and their increase...shall go to and rest in the said Nancy B. Phipps, it living, or if dead, to her lawful heirs. And should there be any brothers or sisters hereafter born, the issue of Louisa Phipps, such after-born issue shall share said negroes equally with Nancy B. Phipps... Seventh. I give and bequeath my Pianoforte to Nancy B. Phipps. Eighth. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Orville Bradley, and my friend Jesse Lyons Executors of this my last will and testament. And Lastly. I do revoke and make utterly void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, declaring this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal This 1st day of October, 1842.
William Bradley (seal)
Signed, sealed and declared by the said William Bradley as his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto affixed our names as witnesses at this request, and in his presence, the date above written. J. P. McCarty Jas. M. Hord John T. Brice


WILL OF WILLIAM BALDWIN

Page 60
Dated: May 4, 1844 Proven: May 5, 1845
I, William Baldwin, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made (at) any time. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Second. I give and bequeath unto my son William the west end of my plantation where I now live, also the tract I purchased of McCraw by him paying my present debts, and also my son Nicholas fifty dollars (on?) a horse when he become of age. Thirdly. I will and bequeath unto my son John the east end of my home plantation, by him paying to my son Nicholas fifty dollars in a horse when he becomes of age. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary the use of my plantation during her widowhood. Fifthly. I will and bequeath that my daughters, Viz: Ann, Mary Esther and Elizabeth Jane have each a good feather bed and clothing and one good cow each. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son William K. Baldwin my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This the 4th day of May, 1844.
William x Baldwin (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence...of the Testator this the 4th day of May, 1844. Witnesses: Anderson Campbell Joseph Garland John x Byrd (his mark) John Davis


WILL OF ORVILLE BRADLEY

Page 61
Dated: September 27, 1845
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Orville Bradley, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but feeble in body, do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. 1st. It is my will and desire that out of whatever money I may have on hand at my death, or debts coming to me, that all my just debts be paid. And should there not be sufficient to pay them, then and in that case, out of my personal estate, and the expenses attending my funeral. 2nd. It is my will and desire that all my estate both real and personal which I may be possessed of at my death shall be vested in Hugh Walker and George R. Powel for the benefit of my niece Nancy Bradley Phipps, the daughter of Joshua and Louisa Phipps. And should the said Nancy Bradley Phipps die without leaving heirs of her body, then it is my will and desire that all my property both real and personal, at her death be sold by my Trustees hereby appointed, and a permanent fund raised for purposes of General Education in the County of Hawkins and the interest of said fund applied to the use of common schools. 3rd. It is my will and desire that should my Trustees hereby appointed believe it to be for the interest of my said niece, Nancy, that they may at their discretion within five years from this date, sell the same either at public or private sale as they may think most desirable, for the use and benefit of my niece...and the proceeds of said sale to be loaned out as an accumulating fund by my Trustees, as aforesaid until my said niece shall have attained the age of 21 years. 4th. It is my will and desire that all my negroes and my stock should remain on the farm as they are now, and the proceeds of my said farm applied to the payment of my debts or encumbrances which may lawfully arise against my estate otherwise to be an accumulation fund as aforesaid. 5th. It is my will and desire that if in the judgement of my Trustees hereby appointed, any of my slaves should become refractory or unmanagable or useless to my estate, that they may dispose of them at private or public sale as they in their discretion my think advisable. It is my will and desire that my Trustees for their trouble in carrying out the provisions of this my last will and testament, shall be allowed a reasonable allowance to be paid them out of my estate.
Orville Bradley (seal)
Signed, sealed published and declared in the presence of us the undersigned: D. Alexander S. D. Mitchell Chas. J. McKinney Samuel Neill, Sr. Robert H. Hale


WILL OF JACOB BOWMAN

Page 62
Dated: July 19, 1847 Proven: Sept. 6th. 1847
I, Jacob Bowman of the County of Hawkins and the State of Tennessee, do hereby make and constitute this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made. 1st. My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid out of any money I may die seized of possessed of, or that my first come into the hands of my Executors. 2nd. My will and desire is that my beloved wife Mary may have and hold possession of my house and farm...during her life or widowhood. 3rd. My will and desire...my son David have the farm whereupon he now lives, and pay $100.00 to the other children at the end of five years. 4th. My will and desire...my son Jacob...have all my farm at his mother's death and live with and take care of her during her life or widowhood. Except what I shall hereinafter mention and bequeath to others, and that he pay $1,000.00 for the benefit of my four youngest children as they become of age. 5th. My will and desire is that my son William have the saw and grist mill, and 100 acres of land on both sides of Big Creek, including all on the east side and in direction with the creek and the west side...and that he pay $1,000.00 for the benefit of my four youngest children, in equal proportions to them as they become of age, and also to have all my carpenter tools. 6th. My will and desire is that my son David have 20 acres of land lying at the upper end of my farm on both side of the creek and running so as to include the house where David Thacker now lives parallel with the upper line, and 100 acres of land in the knob back of John Harlan's farm, also to have my blacksmith tools. 7th. My will and desire is that my daughters Anna and Rebecca, my sons John and Samuel have $500.00 each when they become of age out of the proceeds of the sale of my personal property, and a piece of land lying on the south side of Bunker Hill which I wish to be sold. 8th. My will and desire is that what there is of the proceeds of my Estate over the bequests to my four youngest children after my debts is paid, I want my beloved wife Mary to have. In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 19th day of July A. D., 1847. I also wish my sons Jacob and William and Christian Sensabaugh appointed Executors to this my last will and testament, the date above written.

Jacob x Bowman (seal) (his mark)
Witnesses: Jacob Isenberg Jacob Simmons Thos. J. Amis


WILL OF MORDECAI BEAN

Page 63
Dated: March 11, 1853 Proven: July Term, 1853
I, Mordecai Bean 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 desire that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my wife Katharine Bean all my household and kitchen furniture, stock of all kinds, my plantation and all its appurtenances, all the grain and forage, together with everything that I possess, during her life with full privilege to sell and use the same to pay any debts that may be owing, or for her support and all other legal purposes. I have heretofore given to all my children what I allowed them, unless there should be something remain (sic) after my wife's death, which (is to) be equally divided among my children. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Katharine Bean my executrix and that without giving any security. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal. This 11th day of March, 1853.
Mordecai Bean (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 11th March, 1853 Robert Wright, Eld(ridge) Hord: John Winn Note to foregoing: Eld. Hord witnessed this will on 19th of April 1853, in presence of Mordecai Bean and John Winn.


WILL OF WILLIAM D. BROOKS

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Dated: May 3, 1854 Proven: June Term, 1854
I, William D. Brooks 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 desire that all my funeral expenses and debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money I die possessed of, or may come first into the hands of my Executor or Administrator. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah...all the interest that I have in 160-acre land warrant which will be located in Missouri, Newton County. Also to have one gray mare and colt, one four-horse wagon, one yoke of oxen and two milch cows, household and kitchen furniture. Thirdly. I direct that my lands, all where I now live, be sold and all the balance of my personal property, after giving to my wife Susannah the above-named property, that my wife have a child's part of the money arising from the sale of my property. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to each of my children (to wit): Margaret Mooney, George Brooks, James Brooks, Cillina Paschal, Mary Webb, Susannah Bassett, Lafayette Brooks, Thomas Brooks, John Brooks, Rachael Paschal, Albert Brooks, Leah Brooks, Nancy Brooks, I now give to each of the above named children an equal portion of the money arising from the sale of my land and personal property, each of them to have their part as soon as my Executor or Administrator may have time to sell and collect as the law directs, except those who are now minor children. Their portion I direct remain in the hands of my Executor or Administrator until they become of age or (are) competent to manage for themselves. Fifthly. I also direct my two sons John and Albert have one horse each to be bought by my Executor...out (of) any money that I may die possessed (of) when they become 21 years of age. The above horses to be worth $65.00. Sixthly. I...nominate my son James Brooks my Executor. In witness whereof I do this my last will set my hand and seal. This 3rd day of May, 1854.
Wm. D. Brooks (seal)
Witnesses: John Altom, S. Brooks


WILL OF JOHN BARNETT

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Dated: October 18, 1855 Proven: Dec. Term, 1855
I, John Barnett of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore made. I direct that my body be interred on my own farm in a manner suited to my condition in life, and for the worldly estate that it has pleased God to intrust with me with, I dispose of as follows: 1st. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible. 2nd. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Tempy all my real estate and personal property during her natural life. At her death I direct that my daughter Adaline Barnett have one third of my real estate, also one cow and calf and one side saddle. The balance of my real estate and personal property to be sold and equally divided among my three daughters, Adaline Barnett, Lucy Barnett wife of John Barnett, Jr. And Emily Miller wife of John Miller. I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Tempy and William W. Johnson my sole Executrix and Executor. It is also my desire that John Barnett, Jr. live on and attend a part of my lands and pay my wife a reasonable rent for the lands he may attend. In testimony...I have...set my hand and seal, Oct. the 18th, 1855.
John x Barnett (seal)
Test. Daniel Harrell N. H. Coldwell


WILL OF THOMAS K. BALDWIN

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Dated: May 16, 1856 Proven: July Term, 1856
I, Thomas K. Baldwin being in feeble health but of disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. 1st. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my ...Executors. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Cassander during her natural life all my stock of horses, hogs, cattle, sheep, household and kitchen furniture, one new wagon, farming utensils &c, together with the entire growing crop of corn, wheat and oats for the comfort of my beloved wife and family. I wish them settled on a farm on which they may be able to make a support and in order to effect that object, I wish my wife with the advice and consent of my Executors to have the privilege of purchasing a farm on which to live ranging in cost somewhere from twelve to eighteen hundred dollars, and in order that the means may be had to make said purchase of land, I wish that my property of any kind or description that in the judgement of my wife and my executors can be spared that such property be sold upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon my wife and Executors, and that the proceeds thereof be applied to the purchase of said farm, and that the balance of the amount necessary to pay for said farm be taken out of the first payments which will hereafter fall due to me for lands I have sold to John N. Williams, and after said farm shall have been purchased and my family settled thereon as above contemplated, I wish my said wife to have the privilege of purchasing for her own use a negro girl to be paid out of the proceeds of my said land sold to John N. Williams, but in the event that my said wife shall not choose to make the purchase of said negro girl, then the said fund arising from the land sold to John N. Williams...shall be loaned out by my Executors until my youngest child shall arrive at the age of 21, then the said amount with interest thereon to be equally divided between my four children, and at the death of my beloved wife, the remaining portion of any property and effects of every kind...to be equally distributed between my legitimate heirs so as to make each one share and share alike. I do hereby constitute and appoint William Davis of the County of Hancock and Thomas J. Lee of the County of Hawkins, Executors of this my last will and testament. I wish my Executor William Davis be allowed to give security in his respective County of Hancock. In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal.
Thomas K. Baldwin (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names in the presence of the Testator. R. H. Drake Henry D. Chesnutt


WILL OF JOHN BURCHELL

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Dated: June 29, 1856 Proven: Sept. Term, 1856
I, John Burchell do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all wills by me at any other time made. First. I direct my funeral expenses to be paid as soon as possible after my death out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Hicks one dollar. Third. I bequeath to my son John Burchell one dollar. Fourth. I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Barr one dollar. Fifth. I bequeath to my daughter Nancy Davis one dollar. Sixth. I bequeath to my daughter Jane Collins one dollar. Seventh. I bequeath to my daughter Catherine Burchell one dollar. Eighth. I bequeath to my wife Rebecca Burchell all the remainder of my estate consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and all the present growing crop...consisting of corn, wheat and other vegetables. Lastly. I do nominate and appoint George Phillips my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This 29th day of June, 1856.
John x Burchell (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 29th of June, 1856. Test: B. A. Creech John Whitaker


WILL OF HUGH BARRETT

Page 69
Dated: August 26, 1857
Proven: May Tern, 1860
I, Hugh Barrett of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make, ordain and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and make void all other wills by me at any time made. First. It is my wish and desire that my funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as practicable out of the first money that may come into the hands of my Executor. Second. It is my wish and desire that all my just debts be paid and my property whatever may be left, disposed of as follows: To my son, John Nelson Barrett, I will and bequeath one half of my landed estate, being half of the farm whereon I now live including the house and other buildings, the farm to be divided agreeable to quantity and quality, and further that my wife Maria shall have a maintenance of life estate in said half of farm so willed to my son John Nelson Barrett, in case she lives a widow, but in case she marries, her maintenance of life estate in said parcel of land to be at an end and descend to my son John immediately. And further, my son John Nelson Barrett shall pay to his sister Elizabeth Laurie Barrett $150.00 in good property or money to be paid to her when she arrives at the age of 21 years. John, Elizabeth and their mother to live on said piece of land. My wife Maria, mother of John and Elizabeth, to have management and control of said piece of land in case she lives a widow until John becomes 21 years old at which time he is to have control of the place. The balance of farm, being the other half, I will and bequeath to my two sons William and Thomas, to be equally divided between them. Thirdly. It is my wish and desire that my movable property, whatever I may die possessed of, shall be sold and the proceeds divided as follows: To my two daughters, Sally and Orlena, I will $25.00 each, and the balance, whatever it may be, equally divided between my five daughters, Matilda, Mary , Louisa, Sally and Orlena. Fourthly. I appoint my brother, Thomas T. Barrett, my Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal. This 25th day of August, 1851, in presence of the subscribing witnesses.
Hugh Barrett (seal)
Attest: Wm. x Hutchisson (his mark) T. T. Barrett A. P. K. Barrett (Note from typist - The will is dated 1857 at beginning and 1851 at end - I think this is an error from the original transcribist)


WILL OF WILLIAM N. BARRETT

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Dated: September 11, 1858 Proven: May Term, 1860
I, William N. Barrett, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me at any time made. First. It is my wish and desire that my funeral expenses be paid out of any money that may first come into the hands of my Executors. Second. It is my wish and desire that my beloved wife Nancy shall have one third of all my lands, including my dwelling house, and all my out buildings during her life in case she lives single, together with all my notes, books and papers of every kind and all my movable property of whatever kind it may be. Third. It is my wish and desire that out of my money and notes and other movable property, my debts shall be paid by my wife Nancy and nothing sold except at her discretion. Fourth. It is my wish that the remaining two thirds of my land shall be divided between my eight children, to wit: Wm. C. Barrett, Sarah Adaline, Ezekiel Haynes, James Arthur, Mary Elizabeth, Peggy Jane, Thomas Orville and Martha Cornelia, that they shall each receive their part as they reach 21 years of age. Fifth. It is my wish and desire that at the death of my wife, the above-named property bequeathed to her shall be equally divided between the.. .eight children, and in case she marries the same to be divided between the children at her marriage as at her death. Sixth. It is my wish and desire that my wife Nancy and Thomas T. Barrett be, and they are hereby constituted and appointed my Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal This 11th day of September, 1858 in the presence of the subscribing witnesses. (his)
Attest: William N. x Barrett (seal) Wm. Hutchisson (mark) A.P. K. Barrett


NUNCUPATIVE WILL OF JOSEPH D. BECKNER

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Dated: November 1, 1858 Proven: Nov. Term. 1858
We, Malcom D. Moore & Abraham Beckner do state that the nuncupative will of Joseph D. Beckner was made by him on the 20th day of September, 1858, in our presence to which we were specially required to bear witness by the Testator himself in the presence of each other; that it was made in his last sickness in his own habitation or dwelling house, as follows: It was his will and desire that his effects should be disposed of after his decease in the following manner: 1st. That all his debts and funeral expenses be paid. 2nd. That his son Abraham B. Beckner is to have the privilege of building himself a house on a site somewhere near spring and that he is to have it for himself and family a home. 3rd. That beloved wife, Sarah Beckner to have use of all the rest of estate during her lifetime or widowhood, except the provisions hereinafter mentioned. That John F. Beckner is to live with his family until age of 21, is to have a good horse, bridle and saddle and a good suit of clothes, and that his son Abraham B. Beckner should see to him getting the same. 4th. That his two daughters, Nancy and Rhoda be permitted to live on the place with their mother, and after his wife is done with the estate, all be equally distributed between his heirs, and his grand daughter Mary Beckner is to be an heir with his children, receiving an equal share of the estate with them. Made out by us and signed this 1st day of November, 1858. A. Beckner M. D. Moore


WILL OF BENJAMIN L. BUSSELL

Page 72
Dated: July 29, 1859 (or 23) Proven: Sept. Term, 1859
I, Benjamin L. Bussell, 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 money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Polly Bassell during her lifetime or widowhood the plantation on which I now live, together with all houses, barn and other outbuildings, and all the household and kitchen furniture that I may die seized and possessed of, farming tools, &c on the plantation and all the slaves and stock of every kind that is upon or may be upon the plantation at the time of my death. Third. At the death of my wife Polly Bussell, or in case of her marriage, I give and bequeath plantation and improvements to my five sons, namely: James M. Bussell, George W., John R., Calvin P. and Absalom T. Bussell to be equally divided, share and share alike. The division to be made in any manner they choose to adopt. Fourthly. I give and bequeath the tract of land known as the Mill Place, consisting of several tracts (to wit) a fifty- acre entry purchased from John Jones, a forty acre entry and an eleven acre entry and the land I purchased from Joshua and Louisa Phipps , that portion of it on which there is no encumbrances, together with the grist and saw mills and all other machinery. emprovements erected thereon, to my sons, namely: Benjamin Sanford Bussell and Burwell W. Bussell, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike. And in the event of the death of either of them without bodily heirs, then and in that case the other to heir the whole premises to his own proper use and benefit. Fifthly. I have heretofore given to my daughter Virenda Charles a negro girl which I estimate to be worth $450.00 at the time of the gift, and I also gave to my daughter Sarah Ann Rutherford a negro girl which I estimate to be worth $550.00 at the time of the gift. And I also gave to my daughter Mary Ann Prater a negro girl which I estimate to be worth $500.00 at the time of the gift. Sixthly. It is my will and desire that at the time of the death or marriage of my wife Polly Bussell, my Executor hereinafter appointed shall proceed to sell all the property on hand at the time, consisting of slaves, stock of all kind, wagons, gearing and farming tools, and household and kitchen furniture of every kind and description. And when the proceeds of sale of said property shall have been collected, he shall make the following distribution thereof, that is to say: (I have heretofore paid to my sons James M., George W. and John R. Bussell $275.00 each). He shall pay to my sons Calvin P., Benjamin Sanford, Burwell W. & Absalom T. each the sum of $275.00, and to my daughter Virenda Charles $425.00.. .daughter Sarah Ann Rutherford $325.00 and daughter Mary Ann Prater $375.00 to make them all equal with my sons to whom I have heretofore made advances. Seventhly. After payments heretofore provided shall have been made, if there is a surplus of money remaining in the hands of my Executor, he shall make equal distribution between both sons and daughters, share and share alike, till the whole is exhausted. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons Calvin P. and Absalom T. Bussell my executors. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 23rd day of July, 1859. B. L. Bussell (seal)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence. John Hall, J. M. Charles, Burum Harrison


WILL OF REBECCA BURTON

Page 74
Dated: July 17, 1859 Proven: Aug. 1862 July the seventh day, 1859.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Rebecca Burton, do make and publish this my last will and testament. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon as possible after my death out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth all my interest in one tract of land containing 25 acres. Thirdly. I will all my personal property to my daughter Elizabeth. I hereby set my hand and seal to this my last will. July 17, 1859. Rebecca x Burton (her mark)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names in the presence of the Testator. This the 17th day of July, 1859. Witness: Nehemiah B. Burley; Jasper N. Murrell


COPY OF WILL OF WESLEY BALL

Page 74
Dated April 23, 1860
I, Wesley Ball, do make this as my last will and testament, revoking and making void all former wills at any time by me made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of, or that may first come into the hands of my Executor herein to be appointed. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Jane Ball two good beds and clothes &c that should belong to them, table, knives & forks, cooking utensils and all other furniture of my house that would be necessary for housekeeping. I will and bequeath that my Executor pay to her, my said wife, $100.00 cash. I will that my wife shall have one horse, saddle and bridle, her choice, and that she shall enjoy and keep possession of my house that I now live in as her own during her life or widowhood, but at her death or marriage, the house is to belong to my son S. H. Ball, of whom I will hereafter speak. My will and desire is that my wife shall have one choice cow, and if she chooses, five sheep, three or four hogs. I will and bequeath unto my son John Ball all the land he lives on, it being the land I bought of John Ball, Sr., also all the place at the forks of the road called The Old Voting Ground where he--John--now has his store and I purchased of D. Bailey. I will and bequeath unto my son Spencer B. Ball all of my home place extending to the top of the mountain each side, even with the lower and upper end, to have full possession of my house after the death or marriage of my wife, but to have full control of all the lands and out buildings when this will takes effect. I will and bequeath unto my daughter N. Lucas, formerly Nancy Ball all of the place she lives on and to the mountain top each way as described in the piece I gave Spencer. My will and desire is that my daughter Patsy who married Jacob Morelock and now resides in the state of Missouri shall have paid to her for the use of her and her own children by my Executors, $600.00 cash. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Polly and her husband Jonathan Bernard all the tract of land that John Smith now lives on which land I bought of John Bernard and all of the land adjoining the same on the side of Bay's Mountain to the top of the same, and in addition to this land I desire my daughter Polly Bernard to have paid to her by my Executors $500.00 which I think will make her equal with her sister Nancy Lucas. I will and desire that my son John Ball, owing to his place in my opinion being an over share, shall pay to me or my Estate $200.00, and that my son Spencer H. Ball in like manner pay $500.00. I further enjoin upon my two sons John & Spencer to support my wife with a decent support during her life or widowhood, the expense to be born in equal proportions with both. This I do because their lands are valuable and hence they should support my wife. And finally, all other property personal and real, debts, money and every species, shall be sold and collected by my Executors, and equally divided among my five children or their heirs. I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons Spencer H. Ball & John Ball my Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 23rd Day of April, 1860. (his) Wesley x Ball (mark)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 23rd Day of April, 1860. Jacob Miller, David Bailey,

State of Tennessee ) I James R. Pace, Clerk of the County Hawkins County ) Court of said county do hereby certify ) that the foregoing is a true and perfect copy of the last will and testament of Wesley Ball Dec'd. now on file in my office, this the 2nd day of February,1863. Jas. R. Pace, clerk


WILL OF SAMUEL BRYANT

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Dated: June 15, 1860 Proven: Sept. Term, 1860
I, Samuel Bryant, 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: First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Bryant the lands I now live on and possess during her natural life, provided in the event she and my executor together believe they can better her condition by selling the land and purchasing others--or the proceeds kept unless she should come to actual want. If so relieve her wants by using the means in her possession. I also further give to my wife Sarah all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate, goods and chattels of whatever kind and nature for her use and benefit during her life, and after her death, if anything remains, it shall be sold and the proceeds equally divided among my three daughters (to wit) Mary Elizabeth, Martha Ann, Lucinda Cornelia, and as Mary E., now Mary E. McAnnally and Martha A., now Martha A. Wolfe have had some property (namely) a bed, saddle and cow - for which I wish Lucinda Cornelia to be made equal by my Executors. I hereby appoint my beloved wife Sarah and Leeroy Wolfe my Executors of this my last will and testament by revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, one thousand eight hundred and sixty.
Samuel x Bryant (seal) (his mark)
Attest: B. Blackburn & B. Golden


WILL OF MARY M. BURNS

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Dated: March 4, 1851 Proven: Dec. Tern 1851
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Mary Burns, being of sound and disposing mind and memory but feeble in health, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making entirely void all other wills which I have at any time heretofore made. First. It is my will and desire, and I so direct that after my decease, I shall be buried according to the mode of Christian burial, and that my Executors hereinafter named shall pay all the expenses attending my funeral. Secondly. I will and bequeath unto my sons William and John all my interest in a land warrant which has not as yet come to hand, for 160 acres of land, on account of service rendered by my deceased husband Robert Burns in the Army of the United States in the War of 1812, and whereas I have heretofore executed a Power of Attorney to Samuel Powel, my son-in-law authorizing him to do all the business necessary to procure said land warrant and to obtain a pension. It is my will and desire that the business be taken out of the hands of Samuel Powel and that my Executors hereinafter named and appointed shall have the sole and exclusive control of the whole business and that the said Powel shall have nothing further to do with said business. Thirdly. It is my will and desire and I so direct that out of the money which nay arise from the sale of said land warrant that my Executors pay unto my daughters Jane E. Davis and Sarah Ann Powel each the sum of five dollars. Fourthly. It is my will and desire that if I should obtain a pension from the Government of the United States, that the same be equally divided between all my children, share and share alike. Fifthly. I will and bequeath to my son John Burns my bed and furniture. Sixthly. I will and bequeath unto my daughters Jane E. Davis all of my clothing of whatsoever kind or character that I may possess at my death. And Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons John & William my Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I do to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this 4th day of March, 1851.
Mary x Burns (seal) (her mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 4th day of March, 1851. George R. Powel J. R. Armstrong


WILL OF BENJAMIN COX

Page 79
Dated: June 13, 1791
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin Cox of Hawkins County in the Western Territory, South of the Ohio, being weak in body but perfect in sense, praised be God, I do make this my last will and testament. Item . Promise. I do hereby give unto my brother William Cox all my lands unto him and his heirs forever. Item. I do hereby give unto my father William Cox all my movable effects and living stock, unto him and his heirs forever, after all my just debts are paid. I do appoint m loving and trusting father my sole Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments. In witness whereof I do to all and every part of the above said will and testament I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of June in the year of our Lord, 1791. Sealed, published and delivered by the written name of Benjamin Cox for his last will and testament in the presence of us: Jesse Cox Benj. Cox (seal) Solomon Cox (Jurat) Marjery Cox


WILL OF RUBEN CRAYCRAFT

Page 79
Dated: April 6, 1791
In the Name of God, Amen. I Ruben Craycraft, being through the abundant mercy & goodness of God though weak in body yet of sound and perfect understanding & memory do constitute this my last will and testament, and desire it may be received by all as such. Imprimis I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my Maker, beseeching His most gracious acceptance of it through the all-sufficient merits and mediation of my most Compassionate Redeemer, Jesus Christ who gave Himself to be an Atonement for my sins and is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them and who I trust will not reject me, a returning penitent sinner when I come to him for mercy in this hope and confidence. I render up my soul with comfort hereby beseeching the most blessed and glorious to prepare me for the time of my dissolution and there to take me to Himself, into that peace and rest and incomparable felicity which He has prepared for all that love and fear His holy name, Amen. Next, I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day. As for my burial, I desire it may be decent, without pomp or state at the discretion of my dear friend and my Executors hereafter named who I doubt not will manage it with all requisite prudence. As to my worldly estate, I will and positively order that all my just debts be paid, together with all my sickness and funeral expense out of the same, that is to say, one brown mare about seven years old, one blue broadcloth coat and jacket, one corduroy breeches, one brown cloth coat and a white cloth jacket, one fine shirt, one pair thread stockings, one pair new shoes, one pair of silver knee- buckles, one cotton coat and three yards of homemade fustain; two pairs garters and one old saddle and saddle bags and bridle. All of which the above mentioned articles I will and positively order the balance after the above mentioned debts or expenses is paid, to give the remainder to my father, William Craycraft when he makes application for the same. And I do constitute Thomas McLaughlin and Thomas Murrell Executors of this my last will and testament and Trustees of the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of April in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety-one.
Ruben x Craycraft (seal) (his mark)
Witnesses: Matthew Sims, Jacob x Graft Elisha Walling (his mark) Note: The word "my" before burial interlined before signing &c.


WILL OF COLLIN CRILLY

Page 80
Dated: July 4, 1793
In the name of God, Amen. I, Collin Crilly, of Hawkins County and ceded territory, South of Ohio River, being weak in body but in natural sense doth make this my last will and testament, and do make void all former wills. At my death I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Musgrove, wife to Saul Musgrove all my estate both in bonds and property accepting two dollars in tred (trade), one to William Crilly and one to Jane Thompson Crilly. And I do appoint John Young my Executor. As witness my hand and seal this 4th day of July, 1793, in presence of: Test. Collin Crilly( seal ) John Young Henry Larkin


WILL OF EDWARD CROSS

Page 81
Dated: July 21, 1794
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Edward Cross, being sick in body though perfect in memory, knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner. . .as follows: In the first place, I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors, hereafter mentioned, and as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bestow on me, I give and bequeath in manner and form as follows: In the first place, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebecker, all my estate both personal and real, to her during her natural life or widowhood, and at her death or marriage, I desire my whole estate to be equally divided amongst all my children, i.e. rebecker Parmely, Robert Cross, Elizabeth Cross, to have ten pounds less than the rest of my children on account of former presents made to then. That is to say, to be divided betwixt Rebecker Parmely, Robert Cross, Elizabeth Cross, Deaner Cross, Mary Cross, Nancy Cross, William Cross and Gibbins Cross, Patty Cross and James Cross. I appoint my beloved wife my executrix and W. Thomas Gibbins, Sr. and my son Robberd Cross my Executors. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 21st day of July, 1794.
Signed and sealed in the presence of: William Molsby Edward Cross (seal) John Bean W. Elzey


WILL OF JOHN COX

Page 82
Dated August 25, 1798
In the name of God, Amen. I John Cox of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak, but of sound, disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, in the manner and form as followeth, viz: Item. I give unto my lawful wife Tibitha Cox all my land and mill & all my negroes excepting one named Mille, likewise all my stock excepting one horse colt. Likewise, all my household furniture and working tools during her widowhood. I will and bequeath unto my son Thomas one young horse colt, and I likewise bequeath unto my daughter Ellice Cox one negro girl named Mille, to her and her body heirs forever, and all her increase. Likewise, the said Thomas Cox and Ellice Cox is to have an equal share with the rest hereafter. It is my will and request that my brother Edward Cox should take the remainder of the goods and to settle my accounts below as far as the(y) will pay, and if there should not be as much as would satisfy the debts, the said Edward Cox should have power to settle the books as far as to pay the amount. And finally, I do acknowledge this to be my last will and revoking all others. Witnesseth my hand and seal This 25th day of August, 1798.
Witness present: John Cox (seal) Samuel Vernon, James Dougherty, Abraham Vernon


WILL OF WILLIAM CRAWFORD

Page 82
Dated July 8, 1804
In the name of God, Amen. I, William Crawford, being of sound and perfect memory, blessed be God, do this eighth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say: I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife all and singular my goods and chattels, together with all my debts and movable effects, by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during her life. And I do hereby make and ordain my worthy friend Christopher Wilflee Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I, the said William Crawford, have set my hand and seal, the day and year above written. William Crawford
Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of: Robert McMinn, Samuel Morrison


COPY OF SALLY COLEY'S WILL

Page 83
Dated March 9, 1807
In the name of God, Amen. I Sally Coley, of Goochland County and State of Virginia, being in a weak state of body, but of perfect mind and memory and knowing it is appointed for us all one time to die, have ordained this my last will and testament in the words and form as followeth: Item. It is my will and desire that all my negroes to be emancipated after my death, to wit: Lucy, Burton, James, Lewis, Frankey, Harrison, Martha and Mary, all being the children of the first-named Lucy - and it is further my will and desire that after my dec'd that these my above mentioned negroes shall be all sot free that they may have the use of my plantation one year after my death - together I give my stock of all kinds to my above mentioned negroes to be equally divided among them all. I further give unto my above mentioned negroes my plantation tools, to them my negroes, whome my will is they shall be sot free. Item. I give unto my sister Nancy Coley one large puter dish and one large bason. Item. I give unto James Coley, son of Peggy Coley, my bead and furniture together (with) the bead stead, card &c, provided he, said James Coley, cones in thise county in the corse of two years after my dec'd, and should he not apply in that time for sd bead and furniture, it is my desire for Wm Coley to have it, who is son of Molly Colley. It is further my will and desire that my above mentioned negroes shall after my death have the balance of my household and kitchen furniture, to be equally divided among then, and likewise for them, my said negroes to have the growing crop and the crop that may be already made, if any on hand. Item. It is my further will and desire that my land whereon I know live to be sold to the highest bidder, one-third of the money to be paid in hand, the other two-thirds to be paid in two annual payments. It is further my will and desire that my Executor hereafter mentioned shall fix my within mentioned negroes of with a lite horse carte and one horse worth aboute fifteen pounds and should the horse I have now on hand be dead or not able to help my within mentioned negroes move oute of the State as the laws of the land calls for them so to do, it is my will and desire their should be another horse provided for then by my Executors and two mens saddles and bridles; the second horse, if wanting, should be at fifteen pounds price - or there abouts. It is further my will and desire that my negro woman Lucy's receipt give to my Executors for what I have left she s ' d and her children so as to clear my Executors from herself & her children as they are at this time under age. So that Lucy's receipt shall be good and a clear discharge for my Executor, and further it is my will that if my negro woman Lucy will not goe oute of the state with her biggest children, that Burton, James & Lewis shall have the two horses and saddles above mentioned and goe oute of the state. It is further my will and desire that my just debts be all paid oute of the last two-thirds of my land money and that my Executors shall be sufficiently satisfied oute of the same two-thirds of s'd land money, and further, the above-mentioned saddles and bridles are to be new ones got for my negroes above mentioned, and it is further my will and desire that the balance of my land money, if any left after payment of my debts and fixing of my negroes for their journey and saHisfiy (satisfying) my Executors for their trouble with my worldly affairs to be equally divided between Molly Coley, Nancy Coley, Frank Coley, Betsy Coley, Peggy Coley, Wm. Coley & James Coley, and I do further appoint Charles Massie and William Turner Executors of thise my last will and testament, revoking all other wills made heretofore.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of March, 1807. (Interlined before signed in sevorall places.)

Sally x Coley (seal) (her mark)
Witnesses: Pleasant Turner Rob't x Singleton (his mark) Hazard x Singleton (his mark)
(Page 85)
At a monthly Session Court held for Goochland County at the Court House on Monday the 19th day of Sept. 1808, the within was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of Pleasant Turner, Robert Singleton and Hazard Singleton to be the last will and testament of Sally Coley, dec'd, and ordered to be recorded. Then Charles Massie and William Turner, the Executors herein named appeared in Court and formally and solemnly renounced all rights as Executors under this will and refused to be qualified as such.

Test. Wm. Miller C.G.C. A Copy


WILL OF JACOB COX

Page 85
Dated: July 1, 1808 Prov. Nov. 28, 1807
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Jacob Cox, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak of body but of perfect mind, do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner, to wit (Viz): Item. It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid. It is my will and desire that my loving wife Mary Cox shall have my black mare called Cate without any legence It is my wish, my will and desire that the tract of land whereon I now live shall be divided in the following manner (Viz): That my loving wife Mary Cox shall have the one third part her lifetime and the remaing two thirds to be equally divided between my loving children hereafter named. It is my will and desire that all my other lands shall be equally divided between my three sons, to wit: John, Witner and Pharoah, by three dis-interested men. It is my will and desire that all my personal estate and household furniture shall be equally divided between my loving wife and loving children hereafter named as they becomes of age if they stand in need of it, to be valued by three dis-interested men and delivered to my loving wife Mary and loving children: Lucy, Betsy, John, Polly, Witner, Pharoah, Nancy and Emmaline. It is my will and desire that if there is more stock than will be considered for use of the place it shall be sold as they think proper. It is my will and desire that my loving children shall be educated out of the estate as my Executor may think proper. I do make, constitute and ordain Thomas Hopkins my wife, Mary Cox, & Martin Rowler my three lawful Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Given from under my hand and seal this the twenty-first day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eight.
Jacob Cox (seal)
Test. Continued. Martin Roller Also, I do will being my desire and having the sane mind and since fore- going was wrote, I have a son that we have named Samuel share equally with my other sons as within mentioned. My wish is that at the tine of a regular division of my personal estate that our daughter Lucy may admit of a credit from a sorrel mare supposed to be worth $100.00. It is my will and desire that my son John Cox should have a certain horse named Poliear, together with a new saddle, bridle and a rifle gun charged one hundred dollars which will be deducted out of his legacy. It is also my will and desire that the negroes shall be hired out or kept on the premises as shall be thought best by my Executors and family for the term of ten years, and at the end of said term of ten years for them and their increase to be equally divided amongst my children; nevertheless, it is my will and desire that my dearly beloved wife Mary Cox have her choice of the negroes during her lifetime and then to fall to my children again.
Given from under my hand and seal This 27th June 1809.
Jacob Cox (seal)
Test. Henry A. Hall, Matthew Cleck, Dennis Condray, John Miller, Martin Roller, (J), Jacob Wills (J), Presley Buckner


WILL OF JAMES CALDWELL

Page 87
Dated: March 30, 1812 Proven: August 1812

In the Name of God, Amen. I, James Caldwell of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body and in a low state of health, but sound in mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of our nature that it is appointed unto all men once to die and after that the Judgement, I commend my soul to God and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner, hoping they again will be united at the general resurrection of the Just, and I do make and ordain my last will and Testament in the form following, to wit: In the first place, I allow my just debts to be paid. Item. I leave and bequeath to my beloved wife Jane my dwelling house and kitchen with all the furniture in them as long as she needs them, and then to be distributed amongst my children at her discretion. Also the third part of the plantation I live on, both clear ground and woodland during her natural life. I also leave her the negro fellow Bob to her during her life, to work her land under the direction of my son St. Clair. I also leave her the negro girl Ciz during her life. Also I leave her a horse, she to have her choice when she pleases to make it. I allow to my wife one third part of my stock of cattle, sheep and hogs. Item. I also give and bequeath to my son St. Clair the other two thirds of my plantation I live on both clear ground and woodland and at his mother's death the whole plantation forever, also all the farming tools of every kind, also I leave my negro Bob and the negro girl Ciz at the death of his mother to my son St. Clair. Item.. I give and bequeath to my son John the price of a place lately sold in Tennessee Valley, Rhea County, amounting to seven hundred and thirty-five dollars, also a negro boy named App, also a horse named Rock. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann, a bay filly now in the possession of her husband, in addition to what she has already got. Item. The leaving (sic) I have given to my son Silas must in a measure stand for his fortune, but as his education is not finished, I give and bequeath to him a negro boy Park, also $300.00 to complete his education. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane a negro girl named Vicey, also a good horse and saddle, also two cows and calves. The residue of stock, horses, cattle, hogs and sheep to remain as a fund to pay debts, finish Silas' education, and the balance I leave to St. Clair. Item. My negro woman Hannah and her child Prise I allow to be either continued on the place, hired out or sold at the (discretion) of my Executors, hereafter to be named. Should the above fund of stock not answer the end contemplated, I allow the proffits of Hannah the negro woman and her child Price to make it up whatever disposition may be made of her and so as to leave St. Clair a sufficient stock to carry on his farm. The balance, if any, to be equally divided among the legatees. I appoint my beloved wife Jane and my sons John and St. Clair to execute this my last will and testament. Given under my hand this 30th of March A.D., 1812, in the presence of (witnesses) George Maxwell James Caldwell John Young


WILL OF JOHN C. CHURCH

Page 88
Dated: May 30, 1813
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Christian Church of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak or imperfect health of body, but perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make this my last will and Testament (Viz): Principally and first of all, I do give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, Viz: First of all, I give and bequeath to my three sons, Henry, Thomas and George an equal share of all I possess (i.e.) my land, messuages, tenements, including all my household furniture, still and utensils of every kind. Secondly, I leave my wife Eleanor Church a child's part during her widowhood, and after her decease, her part to be equally divided among the three above-mentioned boys. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Anne Staples one dollar. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Anne's daughter Nancy twenty dollars. Fifthly and lastly. I give and bequeath to my three sons, Henry, Thomas and George all that is coming from William Warren's note after William Armstrong is satisfied. I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests by me in anywise made, confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal This 30th day of May, A.D., 1813.
John C. x Church (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed. published pronounced and declared by the said John C. Church as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and of each other have hereunto set our hands. Test. Names of witnesses illegible.


WILL OF JOHN CROSON

Page 89
Dated Feb'y 6, 1814
In the name of God, Amen. This, the last will and testament of John Croson of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee is as followeth, viz: He the said John Croson finding himself sick and weak of body, but in perfect mind and memory, blessed be God therefore, and calling to mind the frailty of this life and the certainty of death, I do ordain and make this my last will and testament in form and manner as followeth: Imprimis: I do recommend my soul unto the hand of God who gave it and my body to the earth to be interred therein with decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my executor hereafter named. And as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with, all I do will and bequeath in manner and form foloweth. viz: Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Drusiller Croson all my horse creatures, cattle and hogs, with all my household and kitchen furniture and working tools, to be her during her natural life, and at her decease if anything remains, then to be equally divided amongst all my children. This I do make to be my last will and testament. And I do hereby have my beloved wife Drewsiller Croson and John Croson my son to act for me as my Executors. This the 6th day of February, 1814.
Test. Francis Winstead John x Croson
Test. Samuel x Burton (his mark) (his mark)


WILL OF MICHAEL CLICK

Page 90
Dated July 28, 1814
In the name of God, Amen I Michael Click of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given to God. & calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament: That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of in the following manner, and: First. I give and bequeath to my three daughters, viz: Margaret, Elizabeth and Katharine all my cattle, sheep hogs, beds, clothing and all household furniture. Also, one bay mare known by the name of Cate, to be equally divided among them (My sons John, George, Michael and Matthias have all received their shares). Also, I give to my son Jacob all my land including the plantation whereon I now live and two small tracts adjoining it, and one sorrel filly; also all my farming utensils out of which he will pay all my lawful debts and provide for and furnish his mother with everything necessary to her comfort and support during her live, leaving her to possess my new dwelling house, garden, &c. Lastly. I constitute and ordain my wife Margaret Click, my son Jacob Click, and Jesse Huggard my sole Executors of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testament or will obligation, &c by me in any way before named, willed or bequeathed, verifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This twenty eighth of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen. Signed, sealed published, pronounced and declared by the said Michael Click as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
Thomas Larkin (jurat) Michael x Click (seal) John Larkin (his mark)


WILL OF JOHN COX

Page 91
Dated: May 16, 1816 Proven: Nov., 1820
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Cox of the State of Tennessee and County of Hawkins, being of sound sense and memory, though in a declining state of health, do this sixteenth day of May, eighteen hundred and sixteen, make and publish this my last Will and Testament in writing. First. I desire after decease to be buried in a plain and decent manner. Item. I do give the following children one dollar each, (Viz): Patty Matlock, Nancy Sims, Elizabeth Sims, Sally Cocke, Katy Looney, Josiah and Absalom Cox. Item. I do give the balance of my property both real and personal to my son George Cox on condition that he takes good care of his mother and my wife Frances Cox during her life, except my sorrel horse colt. Item. I do give my grandson Russel Cox my sorrel horse colt. Item. I appoint and request my son George Cox to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke and void every other will or wills by me made. In witness whereof I, the said John Cox Testator, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, the day and date above written.
John x Cox(seal) Test. (his mark) John Howell John Laughmiller


WILL OF REBECCA CRAFT

Page 92
Dated: February 5, 1818 Proven: Feb. Session 1818
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Rebecca Craft of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, calling to mind the shortness of this mortal life and knowing that it is appointed for all persons once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say: Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of the sane in the following manner and form: First. I give and bequeath to my brothers and sisters the sum of ten dollars to be equally divided between my brothers and sisters or their heirs, excepting my sister Sarah Light. It is also my will that my negro girl named Anna should be freed, agreeable to the law of the state, at twenty-one years of age. And it is also my will she should have one puter dish and coffe pot, one pewter bason and six pewter plates, a set of knives and forks, six spoons and one tin cup: one feather bed and furniture and one velvet riding dress and one bed stead and one chest. And I give to my sister Sarah Light two pewter dishes, six pewter plates, seven spoons, three small pewter basons, three tin plans, and five tea cups, one peper box and a worm of cotton cards and one coffee pot, one stone jug, one pickling pot(?), and one bed and furniture and bedstead, and two pots, one oven, and one dresser, one iron shovel and one cow, and it is also my will that Vachel Light and his three sons should have fourteen head of hogs to be equally divided between then. I likewise constitute, make and ordain Vachel Light my sole Executor of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former will. I do ratify and confirm this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This fifth day of February in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said Rebecca Craft in presence of: (Attest) Rebecca x Craft (seal) Reuben Barnard (Jurat) (her mark) James Morrison (Jurat) George______(name illegible)


WILL OF CORNELIUS CARMACK

Page 93
Dated: December 29, 1818
In the Name of God, Amen. 1, Cornelius Carmack of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being sick in body but of a sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make this my last will and testament in manner and form following, Viz: First and principally. I commit my soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried. I then demise and bequeath to son Isaac the tract of land on which he now lives according as it was laid off to him and his heirs, and fifty acres to be taken off across the lower end, which fifty acres I demise and bequeath unto my son John, together with the tract which was laid off for him and (he) now lives on, to him and his heirs and assigns. I also give, demise and bequeath unto my son William the tract of land on which he now lives, together with twelve rods wide across to be taken off the lower end of the plantation on which I now live. I also give and bequeath unto my son Cornelius the plantation on which I now live according to the pattine to him the said Cornelius, his heirs and assigns. I also cause my above named sons for the named land above demised and bequeathed to them - pay unto my Executors hereinafter mentioned the sum of two dollars per acre which is to be paid within three years after my death to the Executors with all debts. I also give and bequeath unto my grand children, children of my daughter Rachael, the sum of two hundred dollars to be equally divided among them by my Executors. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the sum of five dollars, to her and her heirs. I also give and bequeath unto my other daughters, Viz: Susannah, Sally, Polly, Nelly, Nancy, and Catharine the money then remaining in the Executors' hands to be equally divided among them-share and share alike. And, Lastly, I give and bequeath unto my son Cornelius and my two daughters Nancy and Catharine all the rest and remainder of my estate then remaining on the plantation, to be equally divided, share and share alike. And lastly, I do constitute and appoint my sons William and Cornelius to be sole Executors of this my testament, revoking and annuling all former wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal This twenty ninth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and eighteen. Cornelius Carmack (seal ) Signed, sealed, published and declared by Cornelius Carmack the above Testator, as and for his last will and testament in presence of us at his request and in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names in writing hereto. Jacob Grove (seal) William Carmack (seal) Cornelius Carmack, Jr. (seal)



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