Page 393 Dated: August 19, 1855
Proven Oct. Term, 1858
I Milla Overton being of sound and disposing memory do hereby make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other wills by me made, and in regard to my little personal property, having nothing but what was bestowed upon me by the Government of the United States as a pension from the services of my husband in the Revolutionary War, and a claim that S Powel my agent is prosecuting before the Pension Officer of the United States for arrearages of pension.
I will and bequeath of the pension due me and arrearages of pension due, prosecuted by said Powel so much as will be sufficient to amply pay Susan Wells for taking care of me, nursing me in my sickness, so that she may be amply and fully indemnified for all her trouble. And believing that said moneys if obtained will not more than pay said Susan Wells for her trouble and pay my burial expenses, my will is that said Susan Wells, after paying said expenses have whatever may be coming to me as above stated. Witness my hand and seal This 19th day of August, 1858.
Milla x Overton (seal)
Executed and acknowledged in our presence:
F. Brewer M E. Wells, John Lawson
Page 394 Dated: August 14, 1812
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Gabriel Phillips of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of perfect mind and membery thanks be to Almighty God for the same, doth ordain and establish this my last Will and Testament. That is to say,
First. I recommend my soul to God that gave it, my body to the dust of the Earth, to be decently buried in some Christian burying place at the discretion of my Executors.
Second I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Milly Phillips all my household and kitchen furniture during her remaining my widow, and at her death or marriage it is to go to the use and support of my family to be disposed of as the rest of my property.
Whereas, I have a bond on Abram Chapman to make a title to a certain parcel of land lying in the County of Hawkins, my will is that my son John Phillips shall have the same by he, John Phillips paying one-half of the purchase money at the time it becomes due and my Executors paying the other half. And be it well understood that John Phillips is to pay into their hands at the expiration of four years, and then and in that case my Executors to make a Deed of Conveyance to said John Phillips and his heirs or assigns. I do give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Phillips a horse and saddle to be worth $65.00 when he arrives to the age of 21 years of age, and so in like manner, all my sons to receive a horse and saddle to be worth as much as that Thomas is to have, to be paid out of my estate when each of them shall arrive at the age of 21.
I due also give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Phillips a feather bed to weigh 25 pounds of feathers, and a cow to be worth eight dollars, to be paid within three months after my decease. And so, in like manner, I give and bequeath to each of my daughters as much and in the same property as Polly is to have when they each of then shall arrive to the age of 18 years of age, to be paid out of my Estate.
Whereas I have give a bond to William Keele with certain conditions and I due enjoyne it on my executors as a particular injunction to see that the bond faithfully complied with and require my Executors to make a Deed of Conveyance to said William Keele according to the conditions laid down in said bond as soon as is convenient to have done.
And lastly, as to all the rest of my Estate, I allow
my wife for the use and support of my family as long as she remains my
widow, or until my youngest son comes of age and then if my children cannot
agree on a division all my property is to be sold and equally divided between
all my sons and daughters. I due also appoint my beloved wife Milly
Phillips, Isaac Barton, Jacob Coffman and David Byler, Esq. Executors
of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others. August 14, 1812.
Gabriel x Phillips (seal)(his mark)
Signed, sealed published and declared in the presence of us who was present signing in the presense of us who was present at the signing of the same. James McCollough, Zadoc Moore, Robert Phillips
Page 395 Dated: May 14, 1819
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Christian Pearson of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be God) do this 14th of May in the year of our Lord 1819 make and publish this my last Will and Testament in the manner following that is to say. It is my will and desire to give all my Estate to all my sons and daughters to be divided equally between them provided nevertheless and upon condition that none of them attempt to raise an account against my Estate for work that they did for me after they arrived of age and in case any of them do attempt to raise an account as above stated, then, it is my will and intention that each one of them so raising an account shall have one dollar each to be levied out of my Estate and in that case, it is my will and intention that the balance of my Estate be equally divided among the rest of my sons and daughters...
First. Provided none of my sons and daughters attempt to raise accounts against my Estate... I give and bequeath all my Estate both real and personal to all my sons and daughters, namely Michael Pearson, Betsy Jones, Polly Shanks George Pearson, Christian Pearson, Caty Begley, Lawrance Pearson, John Pearson, Henry Pearson, Sally Pearson, Peggy Nash and Sassy Pearson to be equally divided among them, share and share like to them and their heirs forever.
Secondly. Provided any of them raise an account as aforesaid, then I bequeath to each of my sons and daughters so raising accounts against my Estate as aforesaid the sum of one dollar... to be levied out of my estate to them and their heirs forever.
Thirdly. If any of my sons and daughters shall raise an account against my Estate for work done after they came of age as aforesaid, then and in that case I give and bequeath all the balance of my Estate after the one dollar apiece for such as raised accounts is taken out to all my sons and daughters that do not raise accounts.. .to be equally divided among them, share and share alike.
And I do hereby appoint my sons Lawrance Pearson & Henry Pearson Exec’s of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof , the said Christian Pearson, Sr. have to this.. .set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Christian Pearson (seal)
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said Christian Pearson, Sr the Testator as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who were present at the time of signing and sealing thereof. Hezekiah Hamblen Robert Carden James Carden J. W. Carden A. Chesnut
Page 397 (Proven 1822J
In the Name of God.
Be it remembered that I John Pilant of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but sound in mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, this my last Will and Testament in manner and as follows, that is to say. My wife Crsiah Pilant is to have all my property of every description, in her power to make sale of any of s’d property so far as to pay all my debts, and the balance she is to have her lifetime or widowhood, and let it be understood that the balance of my property is to support my wife and wrais the children that is not of age, and let it be remembered that my son Robert and my son George is to have all my land at the time that my wife marries or they become of age, and if one of them should die before they are of age, my son John is to have that one part, and if the both should die, my son Thomas is to have the other part.
And I give my son Joseph six shillings, my son James six shillings, my son William six shillings, my son Laves six shillings, my son Kinching six shillings and I give my daughter Charlet foer six shillings, Nanna Gourley six shillings, and I give my daughter Polly six shillings, my daughter Milly six shillings, daughter Rachael six shillings, my daughter Betsy six shillings, my son Thomas six shillings, my son John six shillings.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.
John x Pilant (seal)(his mark)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence
of Ozburn x Hale(his mark) John Jones J. M. Charles
Page 397 Dated: October 13, 1841
I Henry Pearson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, planter, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time.. .made. And first, I direct that my body be decently interred in a manner suitable to my condition in life, and as to such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to intrust with me, I dispose of the same as follows:
First. I direct that my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of, or may first go into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my Estate real or personal.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife all my Estate real and personal. i do also wish her to make sale of all the personal property amediately after my death if need requires it, to settle my debts, but if not I wish her to have the use of all the property real and personal so long as she lives or remains a widow. I wish her to give each of my children $150.00 out of my Estate so soon as they arrive to the age of 21 years of age, or sooner if they marry younger. The amount if not paid in money may be (paid) in property at a cost valuation. I consider that Louisa Davis has already had her $150.00. But if my wife should marry at any time after my death I wish my Estate to be amediately disposed of as the law directs in such cases. And after each getting $150.00 the balance equally divided.
I do hereby make ordain and appoint my esteemed wife and my beloved son Christopher Columbus Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I, Henry Pearson, have to this my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this 13th day of October, 1841.
Henry x Pearson (seal)(his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us: Wm. Wilder W. C. Wilder
WILL OF JANE PATTERSON
Page 398 Dated: February 28, 1842
In the Name of God, Amen.
I Jane Patterson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of this transitory life, do this day make, publish and declare this as and for to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
Imprimis. I desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfied.
item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betty my old sorrel mare, one fallen leaf table, one walnut cupboard, and her equal part of the kitchen furniture, half a dozen of cheers, also an equal part of my hogs.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William my young sorrel mare, my smith tools, one bed and clothing, also one equal part of my hogs, an equal part of the kitchen furniture, an equal part of the cupboard furniture. I desire that my son William send my grandson Isaiah James Patterson to school to learn to read and write, and that he give said Isaiah J. Patterson one horse and saddle at the age of 20 years, provided he stays with him until that period.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha my Bureau, also my young bay horse two years old, half a dozen of cheers, an equal part of the cupboard and kitchen furniture, an equal part of my hogs.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Susannah Hunter Patterson my young bay horse one year old past, one walnut chest, one black cow and her calf, half a dozen of chairs, an equal part of the cupboard and kitchen. furniture, one coffee kettle, an equal part of the hogs.
Item. I give my grand daughter Martha Patterson one bed and clothing, one flax wheel and a small trunk.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson James Patterson one muley cow.
Item. I do further bequeath unto my daughter Martha one bed and clothing.
Item. I do further give and bequeath unto my daughters Betsy, Martha &
Susannah Slaughter and my son William each one equal share of my table lining.
I do further give and bequeath unto my son William Patterson my entry of 50
acres of land on the waters of Big Creek adjoining the lands of her son
Item. I do further give and bequeath unto Betsy a pair of drawing chairs, and my wearing apparel to be equally divided between my three daughters heretofore mentioned.
Item. I further give and bequeath unto my four sons, to wit: James, George, Adam and John Patterson one dollar each.
Item. I do further give and bequeath unto my son William my large family bible.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint Charles Coffin Alexander my Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and declaring this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 28th day of February, 1847.
Jane x Patterson (seal) (her mark)
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of: Wm. Alexander, Wm. x Smith(his mark) John Patterson.
Dated: April 13, 1864 Proven: June Term, 1864
State of Tennessee, Hawkins County
I, David Molsbee, being of a sound mind and perfect memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament as follows: First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret one horse or mule and her maintenance off my land and one year's provission, two cows, my household and kitchen furniture during her widowhood, and at her death or marriage what there remains is to be sold and equally divided between my five daughters.
Secondly. I give and bequeath unto the dunker church the meeting house and one acre of land around the house. Thirdly. I give and bequeath unto my three sons, Joseph, Samuel and Abraham the remainder of my land as follows: First, I will and bequeath to Samuel one third of my land included where he now lives, mansion house, out house lot and barn where I now live. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto Abraham one third of my land including my mansion house, out house, lot and barnd where I now live, Thirdly, I gave and bequeath unto Joseph the other third if he ever get back from the army, but if he never get back, I give and bequeath that third to be equally divided between Anna and Rachael Molsbee. I gave and bequeath to my five daughters, to wit: Catherine Consinger, Margaret Consinger, Mary Isenberg, Anna & Rachael Molsbee $300.00 each to be paid two years after my death in _______ currency. This amount is to be paid by my three sons. Each one hundred dollars to each daughter. If Joseph never git back, Rachael and Anney to pay his part to the other daughters. I will and bequeath unto my five grand children, William Molsbee's children, $50.00 each to be paid two years after my death in currency to be paid out of the money and proceeds of the sayle of my property. I mean my stock and farming utensils if over that amount the remaining to be equally divided between my five daughters. The remains also to be paid two years after my death in common currency. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint D. D. Anderson and Abraham Molsbee my sole Executors in this my last Will and Testament. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal This the 13th day of April in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight hundred and Sixty-four.
David x Molsbee (seal) (his mark)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of the forenamed David Molsbee to be his last Will & Testament in witness hereunto we have subscribed our names as witnesses: Joel C. Gillenwaters, Asbury Gillenwaters, Benjamin Isenberg
Page 386 Dated: Sept. 19, 1813
In the Name of God, Amen. I Edward North of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God. Calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, that is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul to 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, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and devise & dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
First. I give and bequeath unto my (daughter?) Elizabeth one dollar, my sons Tom & William, Daughter Leah, wife Eliza, daughter Polly and daughter Nancy all my movable property to be equally divided among the above named (viz) my wife Eliza, daughters Polly & Nancy and my son Thomas $50.00, being the last payment of my land. I give and bequeath unto my wife Eliza $100.00, and I do utterly disallow, revoke and dis-annul all and every other forever will, testament, Legacies, bequests and Executors before named, willed, bequeathed and I do hereby make constitute ordain and appoint my wife, Eliza and James Hagood, Esq. Executors of this my land Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 19th day of September, 1813.
Edward x North (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed published and pronounced by the s'd Edward North as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. Fielding Seals, Patrick Bray
Page 386 Dated: 1832
In the Name of God, Amen. I William Nelson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee and citizen thereof, do make ordain and constitute this as my last Will & Testament and desire it may be received by all and such as my friends and neighbors.
First. I give and recommend my soul to Almighty God that gave it to me, nothing doubting in my mind but that I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God.
Next. I do recommend by body to be buried in a Decent burial at the discretion of my Executor, namely Thomas Johnson.
Thirdly. I give and most freely bequeath unto my beloved wife Rebeccah one mare and colt, two cows and calves and a number of hogs, too tedious to mention, together with all my personal property of all kinds including my household and kitchen furniture of every description, and all other properties now in my possession to be freely enjoyed by her the said Rebeccah Nelson enduring her natural lifetime, and at her decease, then and in that case, to be disposed of as my Executor thinks fit or proper. And I do most solemnly enjoin it on my Executor before mentioned to execute the hole sence and true meaning of the above instrument of righting to its full and true contents. In testimony whereof the said William Nelson hath hereunto set his hand and seal ratifying, allowing and confirming the same to be his last Will and Testament and no other.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us who in the presence of each other hath hereunto set our hands this ____day of ______ A. D., 1832.
William x Nelson (seal) (his mark)
Witness: James Willis & Larkin Willis
Dated: Feb. 5, 1857 Proven: Oct. Term 1860
I Samuel Neill, Sr., of the County of Hawkins and Town of Rogersville, Tenn., do make and publish this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all other will by me heretofore made.
First. I direct and declare it to be my will and purpose that my Exec., hereafter named shall out of the funds of my Estate existing or to be raised as hereafter directed shall pay all my just debts, funeral expenses and legal liabilities.
Second. Whereas I have heretofore advanced to and paid for my son James K. Neill sums which taken together with my liabilities as his security, make a full moiety of my estate, I therefore declare it to be my will, purpose and desire for the purpose of doing equal and impartial justice between my sons, James K. & Samuel Neill, that my son James K. Neill shall in no case receive any further advances or portions of my estate either real or personal.
Third. I am the owner of an undivided interest in a tract of land lying in Sullivan County known as the Pryor Place, near the north fork of Holston and perhaps adjoining the lands of Joshua Phipps, also an undivided interest in a tract of land in said county known as the Barger or Cain place, lying on the island road adjoining the lands of Hawk and others, supposed to contain some 475 acres. Also a tract of land in said County of Sullivan known as the Scott tract, supposed to contain two or three hundred acres in which tract I have an undivided interest. Also an undivided interest in a tract of land in Obion County, Tennessee. Also an undivided interest in some town lots in the town of Kingston, Tennessee. Also an undivided interest in some town lots in the Crab Orchard in the State of Kentucky, all of which real estate belonged to the firm of Neill & Simpson, and is now owned by myself and the heirs of my former partner, the late William Simpson, and I hereby declare it to be my will and desire that all of the above lands that shall remain undisposed of at my death shall by my Executor be sold on such terms as he may deem best and the proceeds applied as hereinafter directed, and to enable him the more readily to execute this part of my will, I hereby devise to my son Samuel Neill (hereinafter appointed Executor of this my will) the legal title to my undivided interest in all of said lands and all other land of which I may die seized and possessed not otherwise disposed of in this will.
Fourth. It is my will, and I hereby direct my Executor that out of the funds arising from the sale of my said property he shall pay all my debts &c as directed in the first clause of this will in which liabilities I desire shall be included whatever sums I may have to pay as security for my son James K. Neill.
Fifth. I will, desire & bequeath unto my wife Sidney all my property both real and personal of every kind and description whatever including the funds arising from the sale of lands as directed in the third clause of this will, for and during her natural life.
Sixth. I will and bequeath unto my grand daughter Penelopy Neill my negro girl Mary, to have and to hold as an Estate in fee after the death of my wife Sidney.
Seventh. It is my will and desire that my son Samuel Neill after the death of his mother and the payment of my debts &c have all the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal (excepting the slave Mary, devised to my grand daughter) and I therefore bequeath and devise unto my son Samuel Neill his heirs & personal representatives all my real and personal estate of every kind and description whatsoever except the slave Mary, of which I may die seized and possessed, to have and to hold as an estate in fee after the termination of the life estate of my wife Sidney Neill.
Eighth. I hereby constitute and appoint my son Samuel Neill my Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of Feb'y, 1857.
Samuel Neill (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged and published in our presence by the Testator at whose instance and in whose presence we have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Page 389 Dated: November 25, 1858 Proven: Dec. Term, 1858
I Nancy Nugent of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make and publish my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me. First. I desire that my Executor shall pay all of my just debts and funeral expenses out of the first money that may come into his hands as Executor. And after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I will & bequeath all the residue of my money & property of every kind and description of which I may die seized and possessed to be disposed of in the following manner, to wit: My entire estate is to be equally divided between my beloved brothers John Nugent and Francis Nugent and my beloved sister Mary Nugent - sons and daughter of Edward Nugent and Mary Nugent all of whom I left in Ireland many years since. My sister Mary living with our dear mother in the County of West Meath about five or six miles from the town of Mullingar. My will is that my brothers John and Francis and my sister Mary each have one third or an equal share of my estate. It is further my will that if either of my said brothers or my sister shall have departed this life before or at the time of my death leaving issue that the share of the said decedent or decedents shall be equally divided among his, her of their respective children, male and female, share and share alike. And in case either of my brothers or sisters in this will mentioned shall have departed this live at the time of my decease leaving no issue living at that time, my will is that the portion of share to which that brother or sister would have been if living at the time of my death entitled under the provisions of this will, shall go to the survivor or survivors of to the issue of such brothers and sister as shall have died leaving issue, to be equally divided between said brothers and sister or their issue, the issue if any taking per stripes as the representative of their parent or ancestor. It is further my will that if there should be none of the relative provided for in the foregoing will in being at the time of my decease, then my Executor hereinafter named is hereby constituted a Trustee to hold in trust my Estate for the benefit of the Catholic Church of Multifarnum (Multyfarrham) in the County of West Meath, Ireland and to transmit the proceeds of my said estate to the Parish Priest of said church, to be by him used for the benefit of the Church. And I do hereby appoint Jas. W. Rogan as the sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. For reasons satisfactory to myself but which it is unnecessary for me here to state, it is my will and desire that none of the issue or descendants of James Nugent, my brother who died many years since in Hawkins County shall have any share or portion of my Estate and I do hereby disinherit them. And it is my will and desire that my Executor do proceed as soon after my death as possible to collect all money or monies that are due me, or coming to me, and I desire that he shall be charged no interest on such sums as may come into his hands from the time he shall receive the same until he shall have ascertained who are the proper legatees under this will and until said legatees shall have established their claims to receive the share which they are entitled to receive according to the plan of distribution herein specified or directed. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This the 28th of October, 1857.
Nancy Nugent (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence, we affixing our signatures hereto in the presence of this Testator and as witnesses thereto at her request the day and date above written.
Witnesses: James Johnston, Joseph A. Johnston
I Nancy Nugent do hereby make and publish this my codicil to the within last will and testament. My will and desire is that should my brothers John Nugent and Francis Nugent and my sister Mary Nugent have no children living at the time of my death but should have grand children, or any of them should have grand children then my will and desire is that said grand children shall take said property in the same way provided in my will - that the children of the said brothers and sisters should take my property, and if there should be no grand children of brothers and sisters, then my will is that my property shall go to the Catholic Church as provided in my will, and it is further my will and desire that from the fact that Jas. W. Rogan, the person appointed in said will as my Executor is indebted to me and related to most of those who owe me money, I hereby revoke said appointment of James W. Rogan as my Executor, and I do hereby constitute and appoint Sam Powel my Executor of this my last will and testament and codicil in this my codicil to said will I revoke and annul the appointment of James W. Rogan as my Executor, the balance of said will to remain as it is except as altered by the codicil.
Witness my hand and seal This 25th day of November, 1858.
Nancy x Nugent (seal) (her mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged and we have subscribed our names in the presence of the Testator. Peter Joyce, Eliza McKnight
Dated: May 11, 1859 Proven: June Term, 1860
I Mary Nothern of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, make and publish this as my last Will & Testament revoking all others heretofore by me made.
First. My Executors are to pay my burial expenses and all my just debts out of my Estate.
Second. I give and bequeath to my son John Nelson Ballard the sorrel mare called Nelly, one white cow and calf, one sow and three pigs, one bed and furniture, bedstead &c, one wash kettle and three sheep.
Third. I give to my daughter Edna Elizabeth Hambrick the black cow, one sow and six pigs, five shoats, one bed and furniture, stead &c, all the household furniture consisting of one loom, one wheel, on pair cards, one wash pot , cooking utensils, cupboard, ward, clothing &c, and one sheep. I request what money I have on hand and also the proceeds of the sale of one sorrel mare to be applied to the payment of the balance due on the land I purchased of Adam T. Hileman as soon as the good and sufficient title is made by said Hileman. I request that the land remain unsold until my daughter becomes 21 years of age, then to be divided equally between my son Jno. Nelson Ballard and my daughter Edna Elizabeth Hambrick. I further appoint Daniel J. Read my Executor to this my last will and testament. Signed the 11th day of May, 1859.
Mary x Nothern (seal) (her mark)
Witnesses: J. L. Etter, A. H. Etter
Dated: July 11, 1815
In the name of god, Amen. I William Owen of Hawkins County in the State of Tennessee, being sick and weak of body but of perfect and sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament as follows: I give and bequeath unto my son Farr Owen all that tract of land whereon he now lives in the same manner it has been run and laid off, only the line running towards the nobbs to be so extended as to include the spring on his part, supposed to contain 190 acres. I give to my son in law George Conway all that tract of land whereon he lives, as it has been run and laid off, supposed to contain 160 or 170 acres. I give to my son David Owen the tract of land whereon he now lives to begin on Joseph Bryan's line at a point where a straight line crossing the branch where the water works begins will strike the middle of the hollow that runs towards Mrs. Moore's and with that hollow to Moore's line. I give to my son William Owen all that part of my land between David Owen's line and William Patterson's old line, as run by David Stuart. I give to my daughter Sally Owen all that part of my land from Patterson's old line to the main road, and to my daughter Betsy Owen all my land on the south side of the road not intering with the parts allotted to Farr Owen and George Conway. I leave to my son James Owens $10.00 to be paid out of my personal Estate, reserving the possession and property of the plantation whereon I now live, and what part I now rent to the use of myself and my wife during our natural lives, and after our decease to be held and enjoyed by the legatees according to the foregoing distribution. And it is further my will that all my legatees shall at all times thereafter enjoy and equal privilege in making use of any timber on any of the land allotted to any or either of them.
W. Owen (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered this 11th day of July A. D. 1815 In presence of Thomas Henderson, Stephen x Stubblefield,(his mark) Farr Owen, George Conway, Thomas Jones
Page 393 No Date furnished
In the Name of God, Amen. This the last Will and Testament of Eli Overton of County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee is as followeth: Viz: He the said Eli Overton 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 that gave it, and my body to the Earth to be enterred therein with decent and Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter to be named. And as for what worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with, I do will and bequeath in manner and form as followeth, Viz:
Item. I give and bequeath all my land and plantation where I now live with all the rest of my whole Estate of every description of stock and household and kitchen furniture to my beloved wife Milley Overton during her lifetime and after her decease then my desire is that everything of my whole Estate that remains shall be equally divided between Sallay Grantum and Seally Grantum. I do give and bequeath it to them and their heirs forever. This I do make and ordain it my last Will & Testament. I do also leave my beloved wife Milley Overton and James Murrel my Executors to act for me.
Eli Overton Francis Winstead, Mathew Winstead
Page 455 Dated: Nov. 15, 1850 Proven: July 6, 1851
State of Tennessee Hawkins County In the Name of god, Amen. I William Skelton being of sound mind and memory, knowing at the same time the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, I wish now to dispose of my property such as has been pleased (sic) God to bless me with. I, William Skelton do make this and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made at any other time.
1st. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors.
2nd. I will one hundred dollars to my sister Polly Chesnutt.
3rd. I will to my sister Nancy Williams $50.00.
4th. I will to my sister Winney White one dollar to her or to her heirs.
5th. I will my interest in the land to William Chesnutt, the land where William now lives and also $250.00, and also three head of cattle.
6th. I will one third of my interests in land to Thomas Chesnutt, the land where Thomas now lives.
7th. I will that the Executors to my will sell to the highest bidder the balance of my interest in the tract of land where Thomas lives and the proceeds to be equally divided among the heirs of Polly Chesnutt, my sister.
8th. And last, I will that Thomas Chesnutt & David Reynolds be my Executors to manage my affairs and in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 15th day of November, 1850.
William x Skelton (his mark)
Witness: Thos. Smith, David Reynolds
Dated: April 27, 1856 Proven: May Term, 1862
I, David Sensabaugh of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me heretofore made.
First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid out of any monies I may die possessed of or that may first come into the hands of my Executors.
Secondly. I will and bequeath to my sons Christian Sensabaugh and Richard Sensabaugh equally all of my property of every kind and description, both real and personal that I may die possessed of - my land, my negro man Edward, household and kitchen furniture, stock, grain, farming utensils and all effects belonging to me of every kind. But I require that the said Christian and Richard to do the following things. They must maintain, support, provide for and take care of my wife Nancy during her life. I also require them to pay out to my son David Sensabaugh $300.00; to my son Michael $300.00; to my daughter Susan Amis $300.00; to my daughter Nancy Sensabaugh $150.00; to the children of Joseph Sensabaugh $200.00 which shall be the share of each in my Estate. And to my daughter Elizabeth Bowman, as her share, $200.00 to be held as a trust fund in the hands of my Executors hereinafter named, during her life to be loaned out by them and the interest to be paid to her annually, and at her death it is my will and desire that it shall go to her daughter Susan Jane Bowman. I have already paid to each of my sons, John Sensabaugh, Henry and Jacob all that I wish them to receive out of my Estate. Lastly. I hereby constitute and appoint my son Christian and my son-in-law James Amis Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal. This 27th day of April, 1856.
David x Sensabaugh (seal) (his mark)
Signed by David Sensabaugh the Testator in the presence of us who in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses. Hiram Fain, Thomas P. Harlen
Dated: May 16, 1853 Proven: April Term 1855
I John Shanks do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expense and all my debts be paid as soon as after my death as possible, out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my son Andrew Shanks, my son Jacob and my son Daniel Shanks all the home plantation together with the several parcels of land adjoining it which belong to me, equally between them. Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my daughters Elizabeth Starnes and Polly Shanks $150.00 each, which sum of money is charge on the lands in the second bequest. Nancy Davis, my daughter, also having been heretofore provided for fully and $50.00 over which is to be deducted from her share of my personal property. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my son Michael Shanks $200.00 charged also on the lands named in the Second Bequest. My son John Shanks and my son David Shanks having been heretofore fully provided for in their interest in my home lands named in the second bequest. Fifthly. I desire that all my personal property be sold and the proceeds of it, together with any money that may remain at my decease and I direct that the same be divided equally among all my children named above, due respect being observed to the deduction to be made in Nancy Davis' share. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint Andrew Shanks and Joseph B. Galbraith my Executors. In witness whereby I do to this my will set my hand and seal This 16th day of May A. D. 1853.
John Shanks (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This 16th day of May, 1853. H. Watterson, O. C. Miller, Edward Watterson, Wm. Hutchisson
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