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WILL OF CHRISTIAN SHANKS

Page 458 Dated: ov. 13, 1858*

Proven: Jan’y Term, 1859

In the Name of God, Amen. I Christian Shanks of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail, transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament. That is to say.

First. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows: to wit: To my beloved daughter Catharine and her husband William Williams the land and appurtenances situated thereon where I now live known and described as the Cole Tract containing about 136 acres, but in doing this it is expressly understood and I hereby make it incumbent upon them to provide for my beloved wife Polly a house and support her decently and comfortably for and during the term of her natural life and at the death of said Polly to bury her decently and furthermore, after the death of said Polly, the said William & Catharine likewise must pay to the other heirs the sum of $700.00 to be equally divided amongst them, and to be paid in annual installments of $200.00 a year without interest…I furthermore give to my beloved wife Polly all my household & kitchen furniture of every kind and description for and during her natural life, and at her death to be sold by my Executors, hereinafter to be appointed and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided amongst my lawful heirs. It is further my will that the blacksmith shop that was erected by the joint labor of my sons and son-in-law shall be free to be used by them as they have heretofore used it until the death of my beloved wife Polly and then, I will that the tools of every kind and description in said shop be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided among my heirs. To my son Henry I give & bequeath the Peggy Pearson tract of land containing about 14 or 15 acres.

To my son George I give and bequeath the lower end of the Mack Kennner tract of land on which is the house and orchard. The upper end of said tract of land I give and bequeath to the sole and separate use of my daughter Betsy Kenner and her heirs forever. The line between said upper and lower end of said farm shall commence on the south back of Poor Valley creek at the mouth of a ditch and run with the orchard fence to near the corner of the barn and then with the fence running from the barn to the foot of the Stone Mountain, and thence continuing the direction of the last named fence to George Rider’s line at or near the top of Stone Mountain.

It is further my will that all of my lands not herein before disposed of together with my half of a town lot in Rogersville of every kind and description shall be sold at my death and divided equally among all my children. I have heretofore given all my children about $200.00 each and I have by this my will provided for my son Henry, my son George, and my two daughters Betsy Kenner & Katy and her husband William Williams by giving them lands as herein before set forth. Now it is my wish to provide for my sons, Michael, John, William and Christian, not herein given any land and therefore give to each of my last named sons the sum of $200.00 each to be paid by the first day of January, 1859. It is my will that the four last named sons shall have, in addition to the sum of $200.00…an equal share with my other children of the proceeds of property to be sold after the death of my wife Polly.

It is my will further that all my property not herein before disposed of shall be sold at my death by my Executor & the proceeds equally divided among all my children. I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law William Williams my Executor.

In witness whereof the said Christian Shanks have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal This 13th day of November, 1853.

Christian Shanks (seal)

(his mark)

The above and foregoing instrument was subscribed by the s’d Christian Shanks in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us, and he at the same time declared the said instrument so subscribed, to be his last Will & Testament, and we at the Testator’s request and in his presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto.

A. A. Kyle, S. R. Russell


 

WILL OF WILLIAM SMITH

Page 460 Dated: September 3, 1859

Proven: October, 1859

In the Name of God, Amen. I William Smith, Senr. Of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will & Testament, that is to say:

First. After my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my Estate, real and personal, I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows (to wit):

1st. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Kennon, her heirs & assign forever about 50 acres of land off the east end of my tract of land including where Thomas Kennon now lives, also my little black boy named Caswell.

2nd. All the balance of my land whereon I now live adjoining the lands of David Reynolds, John Reynolds and others, I give and bequeath to my son Sevier Smith on the following conditions, that the said Sevier Smith is hereby bound to support me and his mother Winney Smith decently and clear of want during our natural lives, or during my wife’s widowhood.

3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughter Cassander Couch one negro girl Hannah together with some money that I have heretofore given her.

4th. In addition to what I have heretofore given Mahlon and Nancy White, $400.00--$200.00 apiece—to be paid to their Guardian, and to be paid by my Executor so soon as my property is disposed of and my Estate settled up.

5th. I also give to my son John Rufus Smith my town lot in the town of Rogersville about five eights of an acre adjoining McKnight’s lot and others, on the main road to the Court House. Also $400.00 in money.

6th. I also give to Minerva Kirkpatrick my negro girl Jane, to have and to hold the right to her and her heirs forever.

7th. It is my desire also that my three negro boys Bob, Sandy, and John be kept in the family and it is my request that David Kirkpatrick, Sevier Smith, Calvin Smith and Lazarus Couch take the three boys and keep them among them at the price I have here set on them; that is, Bob at $500.00; Sandy at $400.00; and John at $200.00, and the money to be applied to the uses hereinbefore mentioned, and the balance of the money to go into the hands of my Executors and be applied to others uses.

8th. It is also my will and desire that my black girl Eliza be free at my death, and that she is not to be subject to be sold by none of my heirs, and that none of my children nor wife is to have any claim on her as being a slave, and she is to have the privilege of living on the land that I have given to my son Sevier, or to live with any of the connection, as the case may be.

9th. It is my wish that my son Calvin M. Smith have in addition to what I have heretofore given him, some claims and receipts that I hold on him and have paid for him to the amount of some one hundred and twenty odd dollars, and the claims to be given up to him.

10th. In addition to what I have given Sevier, I also give him my sorrel mare and two beds, bedsteads and furniture. I have a small piece of land joining John Saunders Fitzpatrick which I wish to be sold and the money to go towards paying my debts.

11th. It is also my wish that after my just debts is paid, the balance of property both household and kitchen furniture and stock of every kind be left with my wife for her use and support during her widowhood.

Lastly. I make, constitute and appoint David Reynolds and Lazarus Couch to be Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have herewith subscribed my name and affixed my seal. This 18th day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine.

William x Smith (seal)

(his mark)

Witnesses: John Reynolds, J. R. Saunders

 

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

William x Smith (seal)

(his mark)

Witness: John Reynolds, J. r. Saunders


 

WILL OF DAVID SHANKS

Page 462 Dated: October 27, 1859

Proven: November 1859

I, David Shanks do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor.

Second. I give my land to my wife Nancy Shanks during her life and if she should die before my youngest child comes of age, I want the land to remain together until it comes of age, and then I want the land sold and the proceeds equally divided between all my children.

Thirdly. I give to my wife Nancy Shanks one horse and two cows and all my sheep and all my stock (of) hogs, all my household and kitchen furniture. After leaving my wife one year’s provision, I want the balance of the grain and the remainder of stock of horses and cattle sold and the money after paying my debts &c to go the use of my family.

Lastly. I nominate and appoint William Sullivan my Executor.

In witness whereof I do to this will set my hand and seal. This the 27th day of October, 1859.

David x Shanks

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This the 27th day of October, 1859.

John Vaughn, William Wyatt


 

 

WILL OF WILLIAM SHANKS

Page 463 Dated: November 18, 1861

Proven: Feb’y Term, 1862

In the Name of God Amen. I William Shanks of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory & considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, that is to day:

First. After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my Estate real and personal, I give, bequeath and dispose of as follows, to wit: To my dear beloved wife Catharine Shanks, all my property and effects, both real and personal during her widowhood, and at her death, the entire property and effects (except one dollar which I give to my daughter Louisiana Hawkins). The entire balance to be equally divided between my several other children, to wit: Martin V. Shanks, Eliza Ruth P. Shanks, Cyrena G. Shanks, Amanda Shanks, Hannah H. Shanks, Mary Shanks and Roxannah Shanks. I further will that after my death my wife Catharine Shanks be at liberty to sell any of the property she does not wish to retain.

I appoint my wife Catharine Shanks my Executrix. This, the eighteenth day of November, 1861. William Shanks (seal)

Witness: Henry Stipe, W. P. Armstrong


WILL OF JAMES SANDERS

Page 463 Dated: February 26, 1863

I, James Sanders, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any moneys I may die possessed of, or may first come into the hands of my Administrators.

I give to my son James Allen Sanders 150 acres of land, and to my son Nelson Sanders 150 acres of land, under the following provisions: James is to take Nelson at my death and keep him well fed and comfortably clothed, and is to take care that he is well treated, for which he shall give bond and security to my administrators if he shall well and truly carry out these provisions as here stated he is to have the use of Nelson’s land during his life and at his death, it shall belong to James. If James should die before Nelson then Nelson’s land to be sold and the proceeds is to provide him a comfortable home during life.

I give to my daughter Tabitha $1,600.00 of which amount is to be put on interest to be appropriated to her support, and at her death, the principal is to be divided equally among the heirs.

I have given to each of my sons William and John the sum of $600.00, which amount with interest is to be charged to them from the time they received it up to the time of my decease, and after deducting that amount, they are to share equally with my four daughters, Viz: Rebecca’s heirs, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Salitz and the child of George M. Sanders.

Lastly, after the foregoing bequests have been arranged, the land is to be divided, giving James his choice of the upper or lower end of the Lee farm from which to take his own and Nelson’s part allowing them also a fair portion of woodland. Then the balance of the land and property to be sold and divided equally, according to the instructions in this will, between the heirs of John Sanders, the heirs of Rebecca Morrisett, William Sanders, Eleanor Cockerham, Elizabeth Smith, Salitz Drake, and the child of George M. Sanders. And in the event of the death of George’s child, its share is to be divided equally among the heirs. Also, during my wife’s lifetime, I sold her part in some lands for $530.00, which she directed me to pay to her three daughters, Eleanor, Elizabeth & Salitz. I have paid $300.00 of this amount and intend to pay the balance if I can before my death, but if I should not, I want My Administrator to pay it.

In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This the 26th day of February, 1863.

James Sanders (seal)

Signed, sealed and delivered in our presence. This the 26th day of February 1863

Witness: D. M. Sheffey, J. J. Carroll


 

WILL OF THOMAS TAYLOR

Page 465 Dated: Feb’7 26, 1813

In the Name of God, Amen. I Thomas Taylor of the State of Tennessee, now residing in Hawkins County, being much afflicted in body but yet in perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for it. Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament. That is to say, Principally and first of all. I do give and recommend my soul to God who gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in a decent manner, agreeable to the Christian rule, but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the power of God. And as touching such worldly Estates wherewith it has pleased (God) to bestow on me in this life, I do give, devise and dispose of in the following manner.

First. I recommend all my just debts be paid.

Secondly. I recommend all my perishable property to be sold and equally divided in my family of boys and girls, one black cow excepted, and allowed for Catrena Brown.

Thirdly. I recommend my land to be for the use of my son James Taylor for five years, and he is to scool Beckey and Ann to read and write their name, and to keep the plantation in repair, and at the expiration of five years to be sold and equally divided between John, Thomas, James and Wilson Taylor, and the said sons to pay Becky and Ann $150.00 each that is to come out of the price of the land, either in money or in property. I allow Joseph Long’s note 100 dollars, William Logan’s note 50 dollars and Andrew Forgey’s note to be collected by my Executors and give to suites of clothes to Beckey and two to Ann, at the age of 15 years.

And I do constitute my sons Thomas and James to be my Executors. And I do hereby disallow, revoke and utterly disannul all quiths, and every Testament that mite have been heretofore been mead, and I do hereby ratify and confirm this to be my last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal This 26th day of February, 1813.

Signed, sealed, published and delivered by the said Thomas Taylor to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names.

Thomas Taylor (seal)

Test. John Long, James Y. Long

N.B. That part of my will saying that James Taylor is to live on my plantation five years is done away and the land is to be sold. ( blank space) will allow and that part of James Taylor scooling my daughters Ann and Rebeckey is done away, and there is a note on James Surgian of 110 dollars and sixty-five dollars out of said note which is mine.

And I do certify that the above signed will to be my last Will and Testament with these under amendments.

Thomas Taylor (seal)

Test: Aaron Wells, John Long


 

WILL OF NOTTLEY THOMAS

Page 466 Dated: Apr. 4, 1836

I Nottley Thomas of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, planter, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And First, I direct that my body be decently buried at the grave yard where my first wife is buried, on my own plantation, in said County in a manner suitable to my condition in life, and as to my worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to intrust me with. I dispose of the same as follows:

First. I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible, out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors from any portion of my Estate, real or personal.

Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Temperance and to my daughter Mary Thomas the plantation that I now live upon. Also, one sorrel mare, also my flock of sheep, also my stock of hogs. I do also will and bequeath unto my beloved wife Temperance and my daughter Mary, all my household and kitchen furniture with the exception of my bed and furniture that belongs to the said bed—and that I give to my wife alone. And also, I give all my farming utensils that belongs on and to my farm to my wife and daughter Mary as the above said property and also my bee stands. I do will and bequeath all the above named property to my wife Temperance and to my daughter Mary so long as the two above mentioned can agree and whenever disagrees the administrators below chosen is to proceed to sell the said property is such manner as they think proper and divide the moneys arising therefrom equally between the said two persons to wit: My lawful wife Temperance and daughter Mary. And as to my son John Tomas and my daughter Elizabeth Toman but now Elizabeth Bassett I do think in Justice that I have done all for them that I can, but yet for the love and affection that I have for them, I do will and bequeath unto them one dollar each out of the money arising from the sale of my property after my decease.

I do hereby make, ordain and apoint my assteemed neighbors and friends Lewis Click & Beverly C. Ford Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I set my had and seal. This, the fourth day of April, one thousand, eight hundred and thirty-six.

Nottley x Thomas (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us who have subscribed in the presence of the Testator and of each other.

Beverly C. Ford, Lewis Click

 

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

J. H. Vance, Clk.


WILL OF JESSE TRENT

Page 467 Dated: July 25, 1837

I, Jesse Trent, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound, disposing mind, ordain and desire this to be my last Will & Testament. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Trent all of my Estate both real and personal to be at her disposal and control forever - out of which she if to pay all my just debts. It is my desire that my said wife be Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and that no security be required of her for the execution of the same. It testimony whereof I have hereunto set my had and seal. This 25th day of July, 1837.

Jesse x Trent, Sr. (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence the date above written.

Jas. A. Rogers, Larkin Willis, James Willis, Wm. D. Kenner


 

WILL OF WILLIAM TUCKER (SR.)

Page 468 Dated: February 6, 1843

Proven: Nove. 6, 1843

In the Name of God, Amen. I, William Tucker, Senr. Of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory, bringing to mind the mortality of this life, knowing it is appointed to all men once to die, and having a desire to dispose of such worldly Estate as wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following to wit:

Item First. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy, during her natural life, all and every part and parcel of the land and tenements whereon I now live, and at her death aforesaid lands to be equally divided between my two sons, William J. & Hyram Tucker.

Item Second. After disposition or sale having been made of a sufficiency of my stock of horses and hogs and cattle as will satisfy all debts, dues or lawful demands against me, I give and bequeath to my wife Nancy all the remainder of my said stock and all farming utensils and all other such property as shall or may not otherwise be disposed of. Said property be converted to her use in raising her children.

Item 3rd. I give and bequeath to my daughters (eight in number) as follows: Jane, Matilda, Oltha, Rebecca, Ruth, Myra, Elizabeth, Minerva, unto each of the above named girls, my lawful daughters, I give and bequeath a good bed and all appurtenances pertaining thereto: bed clothes &c.

Item 4th. To my oldest son George I give and bequeath a two-year-old heifer, two sheep and a sow.

Item 5th. I give and bequeath to my second son John my oldest tract of land lying on or near the creek above this. I give and bequeath to my son John all said land held in or by title of two deeds when he becomes to be 21 years of age. Over said lands he is to have no power until he becomes 21 years of age, but the profits, products or produce of said lands shall be converted to the use and support of my wife Nancy and family.

Item 6th. To my sons William and Hyram Tucker, I give and bequeath a certain tract whereon I now live, held by title of one deed, termed the Middle Tract. The profits or products or produce of said land to be converted to the use and support of their mother Nancy Tucker and family until said William and Hyram become 21, at which time said land is to be equally divided between William and Hyram Tucker.

It is further my will and desire that my son John Tucker should remain with his mother, assisting her in having charge and raising her children.

Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my trust friends Barnet Cantwell and John Cantwell of the said County of Hawkins, my sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 6th day of February A. D. 1843.

William x Tucker (seal)(his mark)

Signed in presence of George Tucker, John S. Wells


 

 

WILL OF D. THURMAN

Page 469 Dated: March 15, 1845

Proven: Apr. 7, 1845

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Dickinson Thurman, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First. That after the payment of all my just debts, (I) bequeath to my wife Ann all my real and personal property to remain in her hands and under her control until my son William D. obtains the age of 21 years, then the plantation I formerly lived on joining C. C. Miller, to be sold and the proceeds of said sale of land to be equally divided between my two sons, James F. And William D. and daughter Mary Gillenwaters.

The black woman Emeline and children I give and bequeath to my wife Ann, together with the residue of my money, notes & dues of every kind, after paying all my just debts. My father and mother are to have their support on the products of the lands gotten from my father & where he now lives. And at the death of my wife Ann, or when she may choose to relinquish her claims to the plantation I now live on & also the plantation where Silas Williams now lives, I give and bequeath to my son William D. All my stock of every kind and farming utensils to remain on the farm and for the use of the same except a certain sorrel mare which I give to my wife Ann for her exclusive benefit. I will that my black man Harry remain in the family during my father and mother’s lifetime & then so long as my wife Ann chooses to remain living with William, but then to be sold and the proceeds of the sale to be divided between James F. and daughter Mary. I will and bequeath to my wife Ann also, such of the household and kitchen furniture as she may want and the residue to be divided between James F. & William D. as my wife may think best.

I do hereby appoint James R. Forgey and my wife Ann Executor and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 15th March, 1845.

D. Thurman (seal)

Signed, sealed and published and declared by the above named Dickinson Thurman to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of:

H. Watterson, Robert Johnson


WILL OF SARAH TARTER

Page 470 Dated: Dec. 27, 1854

Proven: July Term, 1860

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Sarah Tarter, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of advanced age, but in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and considering, the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last Will and Testament hereby making void all wills that may have been made by me at any time heretofore.

First. It is my will and desire that out of any monies that may be on hand at the time of my death, or out of the first monies that may come into the hands of my Executor hereinafter named, all the expenses attending my funeral shall be paid.

Secondly. It is my will and desire should I owe any debts at the time of my death, said debts shall be paid by my said Executor.

Thirdly. To my much esteemed and well beloved son in law, Robert A. Hounshell and his wife Elizabeth my well beloved daughter, I will and bequeath all the Estate that I may be possessed of at the time of my death, whether the same consists of monies, goods, lands, real, personal or mixed Estate, to them and their heirs or assigns forever.

Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint said Robert A. Hounshell my Executor of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 27th day of December, 1854.

Sarah x Tarter (seal)

(her mark)

Signed, sealed, published and delivered in presence of us the undersigned:

Geo. R. Powel, James G. Armstrong


WILL OF JOHN VAUGHAN

Page 471 Dated: Apr. 10, 1820

In the Name of God, Amen. I John Vaughan, being very weak in body but of sound mind and memory, calling to mind that it is appointed for all men to die doth make this my last Will & Testament. In the first place, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judy Vaughan all my housel furniture and with my horses, cattle and hogs as long as she lives, and then for her to divide all that property equally between Polly Wilson, Benjamin and Isham, a son of my daughter Clary’s to have his part equal to the other three, and there is William and Agathe and Jonathan—shall have five shillings each. Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and caused my seal to be affixed. This 10th day of April, 1820.

John x Vaughan (seal)

(his mark)

Witness Present:

Thomas Hammon (Jurat)

Howel Brewer


WILL OF ABRAHAM VERNON

Page 472 Dated: January 8, 1825

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Abraham Vernon, of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, blessed be God, do this eighty day of January in the year of our Lord, One Thousand eight hundred and twenty-five, make and publish this my Will & Testament in manner following, that is to say:

First. I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Rebecca Vernon, after paying my debts, all my free hold and personal Estate, except my elder brother Nathan Vernon, I give and bequeath $20.00. Also my younger brother Harland Vernon, I give and bequeath $20.00, each out of my Estate, and the residue to be at the disposal of my wife as she wishes, and my negroes named Jacob, Junie and her two children Jack and Malinda, I wish her to keep them if they are obedient to her, and at my wife’s death I wish them to be set free, and if they should be disobedient to my wife, she may dispose of them as she pleases.

And also, I appoint my said wife Rebecca Vernon sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament in the presence of us who are present at the time of my signing and sealing thereof, the year and date first above written.

Abraham Vernon (seal)

Witness: Nicholas Long, Jesse Dowell


WILL OF JOHN M. VAUGHAN

Page 472 Dated: November 22, 1834

Proven: Feb’y 23, 1835

Know all men by these presents, I John M. Vaughan of Hawkins County, Tennessee, taking into consideration the uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling and regulating my own affairs in the event of my death, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, revoking and annulling all others.

Imprimis. It is my will and desire that my body be decently committed to the Earth from whence it came.

Item. It is my will and desire that the tract of land on which I now live consisting of the tract that was allotted to my wife out of her father’s Estate composed of five or six acres south of the stage road and also consisting of a lot bought of Jacob Wills for which I hold his title bond, of about 40 acres lying north of the road and adjoining J. Francisco on the east and also consisting of another tract bought of Critz on both sides of the state road joining the lands of O. Bradley & J. Wills & others containing about 81 acres, and said tract on which I live is supposed to contain in all about 195 acres. Now, it is my will said tract of land, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and stock shall go to my wife Elizabeth Vaughan during her life, to raise, educate and support her children, and support and maintain herself during her natural life, and at her death the same to be equally divided among my children by her, Viz: John H. Vaughan, Jr., Elizabeth Vaughan, Jr. and William P. Vaughan. It is my will that my slaves go to my said wife during her natural life, for the same purposes as above, and at her death to also (be) equally divided between among my said three children, John H. Vaughan, Elizabeth & William P. Vaughan.

Item. It is my will that all my debts be collected by my Executors and the proceeds applied to the settlement of all just claims against my Estate.

Item. It is my will that my plantation called the McMinn Place, consisting of the land I bot of Robert Morrison & F. A. Ross containing by supposition about 500 acres, more or less, be sold by my Executors on a credit of one and two years, at public sale to the highest bidder on bond and security good and sufficient, and that the proceeds thereof after paying any debts that may not be discharged by the claims I hold on others shall be equally divided, share and share alike among my four children by my first wife, Viz: Henry H. H. Vaughan, James M. Vaughan, Thomas J. Vaughan, George W. Vaughan & Florintha Vaughan.

Item. It is my will and desire that any portion of the Estate of their grandfather, Jeremiah Cloud coming to me in right of their mother shall be confirmed to my said children and be vested in them.

Item. It is my will that James Francisco and my wife Elizabeth Vaughan be Executor and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and that no security be required unless my wife Elizabeth should marry again. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 22nd day of November, 1834.

John M. Vaughan (seal)

Witnesses present who witnessed the same at the request and in the presence of the Testator: Orville Bradley, Randolph Burris, George Cloud, George Morrison


 

WILL OF JAMES VAUGHAN

Page 474 Dated: Sept. 8, 1840

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

And lastly, I appoint my son_ James Vaughan, Joseph Vaughan, and Benjamin Vaughan Executors of this my last Will & Testament. Signed, sealed. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of September 1840

James Vaughan (seal)

Witnesses: James Payne, George Payne


  WILL OF LEVIN GLADSON

Page 234
Dated: March 19, 1858 Proven: Apr. 1858
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Levin Gladson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, I do this 19th day of March, 1858 make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, Viz: I have here before given Joshua and Wilton Gladson their portions, I make no further provision for them. I do hereby give and bequeath all my property to my sons and daughters, Viz: Nathan, Elizabeth, Mark S. Gladson, Parmaler Hamben, Polly Brooks, to them and their heirs forever, share and share alike. I wish all my property to remain on the place until October next, in the care of Nathan Gladson. I do hereby appoint Nathan Gladson Executor of this my last Will and Testament provided he qualifies and gives security.

In witness whereof I the said Levin Gladson have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above written.

Levin x Gladson (seal) (his mark)

Signed, and achnowledged in the presence of John Hamblen, George Davis, J.M Baines, John Shanks


WILL OF NATHANIEL GRIGSBY

Page 234
Dated: Feb. 23, 1859 Proven: March Term. 1859

I, Nathaniel Grigsby, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at anytime made. First. I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses 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, and should there not be sufficient means in his hands to pay all my debts, then I desire that my Executor sell any personal property that my wife Elizabeth may designate sufficient to pay any balance. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth all my household and kitchen furniture, together with all the stock (except a small filly) I may die seized and possessed of at the time of my death, and all the farming tools of every description that I may have on hand at the time of my death. Also, my negro man named Jim to have and to hold during her natural life, and at her death said property is to be sold and equally divided between the following named sons and daughters, to wit: Winny (now Winny Long), Henry, Jesse, Samuel, Sarena, Betsy Jane and James. Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my son John $10.00 out of any funds that may remain in the hands of my Executor after my just debts are paid. And should there be any money left in the hands of my Executor after paying the $10.00 mentioned in this bequest & all my just debts and funeral expenses, I direct that it shall be paid over to my wife for the benefit of my three youngest children, to wit: Sarena, Betsy Jane, and James. Fifthly. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth the use and control of the land I may die seized and possessed of at the time of my death, for the benefit of herself and the three youngest children, Sarena, Betsy Jane and James, during her lifetime, and as my son Jesse is now living on my farm with me, my will and desire is that should he remain on the farm and pay my wife for the use of so much of the same as she may not want for cultivation, 10 bussels of corn and 10 bussels of wheat per annum, during her life, that he should have one third part of the land, but should he from any cause fail or refuse to pay said rent to my wife, then and in that case that part of the land devised to him shall go to my son James. Sixthly. I give and bequeath unto my son James the remaining two thirds of all the land I may die seized and possessed of; also the one third part devised to Jesse should he fail or refuse to comply with the conditions mentioned in the Fifth bequest. I also give my son James the sorrel filly I now own. Seventhly. I I give and bequeath to my grand daughters Mary Ann Couch & Martha Couch, one dollar and no more. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint Jas. M. Hord my Executor.

In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 23rd day of February, 1859. Nathaniel x Grigsby (seal) (his mark)

Joseph F. Hord, William x Jones (his mark)



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