Page 364 Dated: February 27, 1846
In the Name of God, Amen.
I George A. Mathes of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being
in feeble health but of sound disposing mind and memory, do hereby make
and declare this to be my last will & Testament. It is my will and
desire in the first place that my just debts be paid and that all the debts
owing to me be collected. It is also my will and desire that after the
collection of the debts due to me and the payment of the debts which I
owe, the balance of the money that may then _____ together with the money
on hand remain, is to be equally divided between my beloved wife Nancy
L Mathes and my two dear children Mary Jane and Margaret
Elizabeth, share and share alike. It is further my will and desire
that all my other property and effects of every kind, both real and personal
that may now or may hereafter in any way belong or descend or be bequeathed
to me, shall in like manner be equally divided between my aforesaid wife
and two children, share and share alike. It is further my will and desire
that out of the respective shares of my Estate bequeathed as aforesaid
to my two children, a sufficiency thereof shall be at the discretion of
their Guardian be set apart and devoted to their education. It is also
my wish and desire that my aforesaid beloved wife Nancy L be
the Guardian of my two (children) Mary Jane and Margaret Elizabeth.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved brother John P. Mathes
of the County of Jefferson in the state aforesaid to be the Executor of
this my last Will and Testament, and it is my will and desire that my s’d
brother John P. act jointly with my wife…in regard to the education
of my two children…and I do hereby authorize and empower said Executor
to sell and dispose of at any time, any of the property belonging to my
Estate whenever in his opinion it may be to the advantage of my wife and
children, and on such terms as he in his discretion may think best, upon
consultation and with the assent and approbation of my wife. In testimony
whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal. This 27th
day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Forty Six.
G. A. Mathes (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged the date above written in the presence
D. Mitchell, J. R. Johnston, Nathaniel Hart
Page 365 Dated: May 25, 1846
A written Will and Testament, Hawkins Co., Tennessee. I Jesse Manis, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and make void all other wills by me at any time made.
First. I direct that my funeral expense 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 to Clinton Manis, my oldest son, the tract of land he now lives upon containing 150 acres more or less, lying adjacent to Jefferson Kyle and others.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to Donnelson Manis my second son, $50.00 in personal property, to be paid out of the property now in my hands instead of his portion of land.
Fourthly. To Jesse Manis my third son, I give and bequeath the tract of land he now lives on lying adjacent to John Sulivan and Pleasant Begley, 50 acres more of less.
Fifthly. I give and bequeath to Starlin Manis and Eldridge Manis my two youngest sons the home tract of land containing 130 acres more or less, lying adjacent to the land of John Kyle and others to be divided as follows: Commencing on the top of a certain ridge below James Goodman’s house, running with the said top to the cross fence, thence with the fence to the stables, then with the said fence to a ledge of rocks. Thence up the hill with fence opposite a chestnut root and cross a chestnut log, a direct course to the top of the ridge that separates the tracts. Starlin to have the end where Goodman lives and Eldridge the home end. If either or both boys last mentioned should die before, I will that his or their part or parts should fall back and be equally divided between other heirs above mentioned and provided they should die before the become of age or have lawful heirs.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath to Webby, my youngest heir, a certain red cow. Likewise an equal part of all the household furniture.
Seventhly. I will and bequeath to my wife Alsey Manis a certain cow, red and white pided and that said wife has the liberty of disposing of the balance of the household furniture at her own pleasure. She also has the liberty of staying as long as she lives single or appears to act so as to promote the wellfare and interest of said children. Further, I appoint, give full power and control to Clinton Manis and as my executor to bargain and sell or dispose of my part of two entries of land entered by Abijah Anderson and myself containing 200 acres lying adjacent Swempfield Anderson and others, one half of said land being my part—to be sold or disposed of and the proceeds therefrom to be equally divided between my 5 sons above mentioned. Said Executor to have control and management of Starlin and Eldridge and all the home affairs most suitable to the welfare, happiness & interest of said family, all made in and above a good supply for said family shall be sold and kept on interest for the benefit of Starlin & Eldridge, likewise all personal property except above mentioned and some excepted for other purposes shall be divided equally between the 5 sons above mentioned.
In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This 25th day of may in the year of our Lord 1846.
Jesse x Manis (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This day above mentioned. Witnesses: Evan B. Spenser,
Carter x Manis, William x Sulivan, John Sulivan.
(his mark) (his mark)
Proven the 1st day of June, 1846.
Page 367 Dated: May 17, 1847
Proven: May 5. 1847
I, Thomas Martin of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound, disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
First. I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor from the sale of any of my personal Estate, or any debts that is due me.
Secondly. I will and desire that my wife Elizabeth Martin live on and be in the quiet possession and enjoyment of my houses and land and to be comfortably provided for out of my personal Estate, to be specially attended to by my Executors during her lifetime, and I desire that my smith tools be and remain unsold at any time but for the use of my several sons, and if there appears to be more of my personal property than will appear reasonable for my said wife’s support, I will and desire that my Executors sell all the surplus property at a 12 months credit and the proceeds of said sale to be divided between my two daughters, namely Mahaly Sulivan and Elizabeth Lawson so as to make them equal in the property and Elizabeth’s lot of land.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Lawson and her heirs a certain lot or parcel of my land. Beginning on a black ___ed near a field called the Brag field and run a straight line to the SW corner of William Martin’s field on the west side of the road going to town, then along the top of the ridge to my line westwardly with the said line to my corner, then to the beginning.
Fourthly. I will and bequeath the balance of my land to be divided between my sons as follows: namely, John Martin and William Martin to have Lot No. 1. Beginning on a Spanish oak, the SW corner of my old tract, thence up bend to the SW corner of a field called Brag field. Thence northwardly along the fence of said field to the top of a small ridge. Thence eastwardly along the top of said ridge to opposite a cross fence now between me and John Martin. Thence northwardly along said fence to another cross fence between me and John Martin. Thence with said fence to Mitchell’s line and with that line to the mountain, to be divided as they may best agree next to the mountain. Lot No. 2. Beginning at the northwest corner of my home tract thence eastwardly to the branch, thence with my line to a lot of land I bought of Ephraim Winstead. Thence northwardly to a white oak, thence with said line to a stake on the south side of Copper Ridge. Then eastwardly to opposite a new cross fence. Then a straight line to said fence and with said fence to Ap’s lot fence and with said lot fence to a small white oak in the edge of a field, then eastwardly along the top of a ride to Paschal Martin to be divided between Paschael & Aaron as they may best agree. Lot No. 3, which includes my houses and improved land I will to my two sons Absalom Martin and Abijah Martin I (will) that my six sons above named pay the said James and Thomas Martin their portionable part of said land so as to make them all equal, but to deduct and have a credit from James Martin’s part for $100.00 which I loaned him when he left this country. I also will and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Martin my sorrel mare and colt. I also will to my son Abijah Martin one horsebeast, choice of my stock, and my rifle and shot pouch. And hereby revoke and disannul all former will by me made.
And lastly, I hereby constitute this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, May 17, 1847.
Thomas x Martin (seal)(his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us:
Page 369 Dated: Sept. 20, 1847
Proven: Oct. 4, 1848
H. Vance, D. Clk
In the Name of God, Amen. I Joseph Middlecoff being feeble in health but of disposing mind and memory do make & publish this my last Will and Testament. I give my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner at the discretion of my friends and my soul to return to God who gave it. Next, all my just debts to be paid. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Patsy all my property of every description, both real and personal for her comfortable support and the raising of my children so long as she shall remain my widow. It is my will that my son George have the tract of land which I purchased from Pleasant N. Lee and on which there is a saw mill. One-third of the saw mill is mine and the other George’s. I wish the land and my interest in the mill to be valued and the final division of my property for my son George to pay to my other heirs the valuation of said land, together with my interest in said mill. I wish the line of the said tract of land to commence on a hornbeam corner to my old tract of land and corner to the said tract I purchased from Lee, running thence in a north direction straight with the fence to the corner and for this line to be the dividing line between the two tracts of land. If my said wife should ever marry, which I do not expect she will, I wish my Estate to be divided between her and my children according to law. It is my will that my beloved wife Patsy should remain in the quiet and unmolested possession of all my property as before mentioned during her widowhood or her natural life and at her death I wish my property of every description both real and personal to be equally divided between my lawful heirs. It is my will that it be left to the choice of my son George whether he take the land and the mill as above mentioned. If he does not, I wish it to be disposed of as my other lands and for George’s interest in the mill being two-thirds to be valued and for George to be paid the valuation by the other heirs when a final division shall take place. I wish my son George to have entire control of the saw mill and to pay his mother one-third of the proceeds thereof until the final division takes place and I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons John Thomas and George Executors to this my last Will and Testament. This 20th day of September in the year of our Lord, one Thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.
Joseph x Middlecoff (seal)
Witnesses: Thomas J. Lee, A. W. Farris
Page 370 Dated: June 5, 1849
Proven: Nov. & Dec. Term 1852
State of Tennessee, Hawkins County. In the name of God. I James Moore, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory do hereby make my last Will & Testament.
First. My will is that I be decently buried and my funeral expenses paid out of my Estate.
Secondly. My will is that all my just debts be paid out of my Estate.
Third. That my wife Elizabeth to have all my personal Estate after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, if she should out live me, for her support, and then at her death all the property to be sold and the proceeds equally divided between Sally Beckners, Elizabeth McCollough and Polly Lane’s heirs which is my three daughters or their heirs as the case may be.
Fourthly. My will is that my son James Moore have a certain parcel or tract of land which is all my lands above the conditional line except herein mentioned.
Fifthly. My will is that my son John Moore’s heirs have all my land below the conditional line, and his widow Elizabeth Moore have a support off the said land so long as she remains a widow and no longer.
Sixthly. My will is that my grandson Harvey Moore have 30 acres off the east end of my land across from line to line including where he now lives.
Seventhly. My will is that my son James Moore be – and I do appoint him—my Executor of my last Will & Testament. I do by these presents set my hand and seal this 5th day of June, 1849.
James Moore (seal)
In presence of us, Nichilas Beckners, William Shepherd
Page 370 Dated: August 18, 1852
Proven: Sept. Term, 1852
J. H. Vance, Clk
The State of Tennessee )
Hawkins County ) I, Cleon Moore of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, make this my last Will & Testament.
First. It is my desire that all my just debts shall be paid.
Second. It is my desire that my beloved wife Emily G. Moore shall have all the negroes that I acquired by our marriage, to wit: Eliza, Esther, Ellen, Robert, Carroll & Nancy and their increase if any, and all the household and kitchen furniture that may be on hand at my decease which I acquired by our marriage. It is also my desire that my beloved wife Emily shall have the farm that I purchased of William N. Cox in Jefferson County, Tennessee, on condition that she—my wife Emily G.—pay to my heirs the sum of $1,000.00 it being money that I paid in part of the purchase money of said farm and other moneys advanced by me for debts contracted by my said wife before our marriage and that she shall have a bay mare (Fanny) now on the farm & a cow and calf on the farm in Jefferson, which cow I acquired by her by marriage. I desire further that should my wife Emily desire it she shall have laid off to her by my Executor hereinafter mentioned a sufficient quantity of grains &c from my farm in Jefferson County for one year’s support.
Third. It is my desire that the remainder of the property it has pleased Almighty God to bless me with shall be sold by my Executors on a credit of twelve months and the proceeds therefor to be equally divided among the following persons, to wit: Virginia McCarta (now dead), Sarah Moore, William Moore, John Moore, Margaret Moore, George Kendrick Moore, Moriah Bradford, Mary Moore, Eliza Ruth Moore, Josaphine G. Moore, Cleon R. Moore. I have one other child, Emiline Moore, not named above but for whom I have heretofore provided. After deducting from William Moore $900.00 and from Virginia McCarta’s heirs the sum of $1,300.00, from George Kendrick Moore the sum of $1,200.00 and from John Moore the sum of $900.00, all of said several sums having heretofore been advanced to my children in lands or money, which I have no doubt will be admitted by each of them.
Fourth. Should my Executors believe that it will be to the interest of my heirs to sell any or all of my land not disposed of by me on a credit of one, two or more years, they can do so.
Fifth. I desire that there shall be no misunderstanding about what is my will and intention in this my will. That is, that my wife shall have all the property herein before mentioned for her, on paying the sum of $1,000.00 above stated to the rest of my heirs not heretofore provided for, and that the remainder of the proceeds of the sale of all my property both real and personal shall be divided equally among my heirs not heretofore provided for, after deducting the amounts hereinbefore specified from the heir’s share who has received it.
Sixth. I hereby revoke all other wills that I may have heretofore made, adopt and radify this my last Will & Testament, and I hereby appoint Absalom P. McCarta and Thomas (Theo. I) Bradford, two of my sons in law my Executors to this my last will. Signed and sealed in the presence of:
James L. Etter Cleon Moore
John B. Logan
Page 372 Dated: Sept. 15, 1855
Proven: June Term, 1856
I John Manis of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being somewhat advanced in life and rather of feeble health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all the other wills made by me heretofore at any time whatsoever.
First. It is my will and desire that of the money that may be on hand at my death, or which may first come into the hands of my Executors hereafter named, all my just debts should be paid and all the expenses attending my funeral.
Second. It is my will and desire that my two sons, Nelson and George Manis shall have all my lands which lie in the valley where they now live, except that portion of said lands which lie northwest of a line to be run hereafter from a bunch of gums corner of a 50 acre grant to run with a line down to _____ Dubard’s line and to cross the valley so as to strike Andrew Frost’s line at Dubard’s corner. It being my intention to give to my said two sons or their heirs all the lands which lies east and north of said line and to contain 125 acres to be equally divided between them, share and share alike.
Third. It is my will and desire that my four grandchildren, to wit: Sarah Manis, Rhoda Manis, Amanda Manis and Gathan Manis shall have my 50 acre tract of land as is contained in Grant No. 19338 and issued on the 20th day of October, 1835, to be equally divided between them, share and share alike. But if it should be thought advisable and for the interest of said grandchildren, by my Executors to sell said 50 acre tract, they may sell the same and if sale should be made whilst said grand children are minors, the money arising from said sale shall be put at interest until the oldest may become of age or shall marry, and this his or her portion of said proceeds shall be paid over to him or her, and so on with the others.
Fourth. It is my will and desire that my son, Pleasant Manis shall have the tract of land whereon he now lives which lies west of the main road which passes my house from Sneedville to Rogersville. The east line to run with the road from the SE corner thereof to the lower corner of the tract whereon I now live, to wit: To the lower corner of my meadow. Thence leaving the road to the left and running a straight line to a stake, a corner of my 50 acre tract. Thence along the line of said 50 acre tract to a black oak and maple corner of said 50 acre tract. Thence around various courses to include all my land west of the last mentioned line.
Fifth. It is my will and desire that my wife Celia Manis shall have the entire use and control of my home plantation and the two places on which Washington Smith and John Robison now live for and during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death or marriage that said plantations shall belong entirely in fee simple to my two sons John and Gilbert Manis who are now minors, or their heirs, to be equally divided between them share and share alike. And it is my will and desire that my wife Celia shall also have my negro boy Rowe and my mare mule for and during her natural life or widowhood, and after her death, or should she marry, then and in that case, it is my will and desire that my Executors shall sell the said negro boy and mule and divide the proceeds equally between Nancy Manis, Betsy Fields, Polly Robertson, Celia Manis and Lucinda Manis, my daughters, share and share alike. It is also my will and desire that my wife Celia shall have all my household and kitchen furniture, and one third of the stock (of) hogs that may be on hand at the time of my death, one third of the sheep, one third of the cattle and all the farming utensils.
Sixth. It is my will and desire that my son John Manis shall have a boy mare colt now one year old past and a saddle and bridle. And my son Gilbert to have a bay mare colt, saddle and bridle likewise. And that my daughter Celia shall have one cow and calf, one side saddle, and my daughter Lucinda shall have a cow and calf and side saddle.
Seventh. It is my will and desire that all the balance of my personal estate shall be sold by my Executors on 12 month’s credit and the money when collected shall be equally divided between my daughters Nancy Manis, Polly Robertson, Celia Manis and Lucinda Manis, and if any money should be on hand at the time of my death more than sufficient to pay my debts and funeral expenses, it is my will and desire that said monies shall likewise be divided equally between my said four daughters last above named.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Pleasant Manis
and my son-in-law Carter Manis Executors to this my last Will and
Testament. This 15 September, 1855.
John x Manis(his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us This 15th day of Sept., 1855.
George R. Powel, Abijah Anderson, Wm. Sullivan, Clinton A. Manis
Page 374 Dated: May 13, 1855
Proven: Oct. Term 1855
I John McWilliams of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee do make this my last Will & 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 Executor.
Item 2. I do will all my landed Estate consisting of one-third part of the tract of land that I now live on. Also, a small tract purchased of John Kinkead, and a small entry to my grandson Joseph McWilliams, a son of a legitimate child who I do acknowledge as my son whose name was James McWilliams.
Item 3. I will to Margaret Smith daughter of C. Smith one Bureau, choice of two.
Item 4. I do will that all my personal property be sold by (my) Executor after giving ten days’ notice to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months.
Item 5. I do will that my two negro slaves, to wit: Dol & Masadamia shall be divided equally between my brother Andrew, sister Nancy, and the proceeds of the sale of my personally (sic) after my debts is paid to be equally divided between my (brother) Andrew McWilliams and Nancy my sister.
Lastly. I appoint Robert Cooper as my lawful Executor.
In testimony whereof I do set my hand and seal, in presence of the subscribing witnesses. The Executor is not be (required) to give security. This 13th day of May, 1855.
John McWilliams (seal)
Attest: H. Hamilton, P. Critz
Page 375 Dated: November 8, 1855
Proven: Oct. Term, 1857
I Thompson McGee being weak in bodily health but of sound mind and disposing memory, knowing that all mortal beings have to leave this sublunary world for the realms of immortality, and in consideration of the same, do hereby make and ordain this my last Will & Testament.
In the first place, I bequeath to Almighty God my soul who gave it.
Secondly. That all my just debts be settled out of my effects that I may leave.
Thirdly. I bequeath and give unto Alfred Rhoton McGee my son my plantation of which I reside, conveyed to said Alfred R. McGee by John Coldwell for 350 acres more or less, also my slave Elizabeth with one half of all my household and kitchen furniture, together with all my interest in the farming tools including wagon & gears.
Fourth. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Barbara Ann McGee my slave Mary, together with one half of my household & kitchen furniture. Also, one cow and a sorrel mare & colt. My old slave Edith is to remain as the property jointly between my son Alfred and my daughter Barbara, and they are jointly bound to support her whenever she becomes unable to support herself. I further hereby provide that my daughter Barbara is to be supported out of the proceeds of my farm as long as she remains unmarried and single.
Fifth. I give and bequeath to Nancy Jane Lloyd, my daughter $400.00 to be paid out of the amount her husband Wm. Lloyd is indebted to me. The residue of said debt I bequeath unto my son Alfred and daughter Barbara, equally to each for such support and attention which I may require while I live. My claims of debt on John Copenhaver for $800.00 with the interest thereon is to be divided equally between Louisa W. Fudge, my daughter Susan Williams. I give and bequeath out of the debt of $1,500.00 coming to me from John Copenhaver, $250.00 unto the children of my daughter Sarah Rice, the sum of $250.00 to be paid out of said $1,500.00 debt. The balance of said debt will be $1,000.00 which I bequeath equally amongst my other six children or their heirs, to wit: my son John A. McGee & Joseph C. McGee and my daughters Elizabeth Harris, dec’d heirs, Livinia W. Wolfe & Anderson McGee my son & Lucy Henneger and her child or children, the conditions of Lucy’s share except five dollars which is to be paid over to her, is to remain in the hands of my Executor to (be) paid over to a Trustee appointed by the Honorable County Court of Hawkins, to be paid out to said Lucy her child or children as the case may be as they may need the same by said Trustee for which service he is to be reimbursed out of said share.
I hereby request, constitute and appoint my son-in-law Conrad Fudge and my son Alfred R. McGee my Executors to this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal This 8th day of November in the year of our Lord, 1855.
Thompson McGee (seal)
Witness: John H. Ellis, Robert Cooper, James Amis
Dated: Sept. 18, 1811
In the name of God, Amen. I John Rice, Senior, being for some time past in declining state of health but of sound mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of all men--that it is appointed unto all men once to die--do by these presents declare, ratify and announce my last Will and Testament in the manner following, to wit: After commending my soul to God and my body to the dust from whence it came, to be buried in a decent and Christian manner, hoping they will be again united at the General Resurrection and received into the favor of God. I do bequeath and dispose of all my worldly goods and chattels in the following manner:
First. I allow all my just debts to be paid. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my son Edward, three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my son William three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my daughter Elizabeth three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my daughter Anney, one hundred dollars. To my son John three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my son Shelton, three dollars and thirty-three cents. To my daughter Polly, one hundred dollars. To my son Dangerfield, three dollars thirty-three cents. To my son Reuben, three dollars, thirty-three cents. To my son Drury, three dollars, thirty-three cents. The balance of my Estate I give to my daughter Agness.
I do nominate and appoint my trusty friends Michael Looney and David Coldwell to execute this my last Will and testament, revoking all former wills by me made heretofore to be null and void and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament. Given under my hand and seal this 18th day of September in the year of our lord, 1811.
John x Rice (his mark)(seal)
Witness: Michael Looney, David Coldwell, B. Coldwell
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