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WILL OF JOHN VAUGHAN

Page 474 Dated: Dec. 27, 1841

Proven: Aug. Term 1842

I, John Vaughan of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me heretofore made.

First. My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid out of any money that I may die possessed of, or that may first come into the hands of my Executors.

Second. My will and desire is that my son George Washington, for and in consideration of the bequests hereinafter made to him do keep and support my wife Nancy Vaughan during her natural life.

Third. I do give and bequeath unto my sons Samuel N. Vaughan and Benjamin Vaughan during their natural lives and then to their lawful heirs forever all my lands on the north side of Clinch Mountain, it being about 110 acres and 10 acres on the south side to copper ridge whereon the said Samuel N. Vaughan now lives, to be equally divided between them according to quality.

Fourth. I do will and direct that the above named Samuel N. and Benjamin Vaughan for and in consideration of the above bequest shall within 12 months after my death jointly pay unto my son John Vaughan $100.00.

Fifth. I give and bequeath unto my son George Washington Vaughan all my land whereon I now live and joining it being about 170 acres, together with all my personal estate that I may die possessed of or entitled to, and all money and debts due me except so much as may be necessary to supply the bequests made in this will in money.

Sixth. Whereas my sons Beverly Vaughan and James L. Vaughan has gone to parts unknown, if they should return within two years after my death, I do give and bequeath to them one dollar each.

Seventh. I do give and bequeath unto the heirs of my daughter Mahala Dickerd one dollar.

Eighth. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Gilliam one dollar.

Ninth. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca Roller $1.00.

Tenth. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Hickman $1.00.

Eleventh. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Davis $1.00.

And for the performance and execution of this my last will, I do appoint Robert W. Kinkead my Executor. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 27th day of December, 1841.

John x Vaughan (seal)

(his mark)

In presence of: William Carmack, James T. Brice, William E. Carmack


 

WILL OF HARLEN VERNON

Page 476 Dated: Aug. 16, 1849

Proven: Feb’y 1850

I, Harlen Vernon 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 that all my just debts be paid by my Executors out of moneys that I may die possessed of or that may first come into their hands from any property.

Secondly. I will that my three negro slaves, namely, Mary, Marinda & James be free at my death and remain citizens of this state as other free slaves do.

Thirdly. I do not know that I have any lawful heirs or legal representatives living, but should there by any unknown to me and should apply to my Executors and make known that fact, I will that my Executors pay to each the sum of one dollar out of my estate.

Fourthly. As to my personal property, I have but little, but such as I may die possessed of I will that my three slaves above named have the same.

And lastly, I nominate and appoint my friend Robert Rogers Executor of this my land Will & Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal August 16, 1849.

Harlen Vernon (seal)

Robert Rogers, J. Mitchell, George Rogers


 

WILL OF NATHAN VERNON

Page 476 Dated: Jan. 12, 1851

Proven: Feb. 1854

Now, I, Nathan Vernon, in the Name of God, Amen, and being called to mind the uncertainty of life and the true certainty of death, and having been blessed with a small portion of property for which I am very thankful to my Creator for, and being of sound mind at this time which will enable me to dispose of such of my property as I am at this time desirous of doing which is as follows, Viz:

First. I will and desire and my will is that as soon after my decease as is practicable, I desire that my Executor or Administrator should my Executor refuse to serve, pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of any money that may first come into the hands of my Executor or Administrator.

Second. My will and desire is that should I decease before my wife, then and in that case, I desire that my wife Elizabeth Vernon be will supported out of any means that is thought best by my Executor of Adm’r during her natural life. Should there be that much of my Estate in the hands of my Executor or Administrator, and should my wife Elizabeth Vernon choose to leave my house or houses where I now live after my decease, then and in that case I desire that my wife have ten dollars out of any money that my remain or be in the hands of my Executor or Adm’r., and all further support and supplies stopped from my said wife Elizabeth.

Third. My will is: Should there be any lawful heir or heirs that have a lawful claim or claims to any portion of my Estate after my decease, for some of them are unknown to me at this time, my desire is for them to have one dollar each and no more of my Estate.

Fourth. My will and desire is that after the death of myself and my wife Elizabeth should there be any of my Estate left or unexpended, then and, in that case I give and bequeath the balance of my Estate to Thomas Coward an ediot boy, son of Patsy Coward, both relatives and are living with me at this time and have been for many years, taking care of me and my wife… My will and desire is that Patsy Coward, mother of Thomas Coward whom I willed the remainder of my Estate to be, and I hereby appoint her the said Patsy Coward Guardian for her said ediot son Thomas Coward, and to receive from my Executor or Administrator all such Estate as may be coming to the said Thomas Coward, after all other expenses are paid and settled of. And to have full power and authority in dealing it out to her son, as thou it belonged to her, the said Patsy Coward, in every way, manner and form in taking care of her son, Thomas.

Fifth. Know ye that this is my last Will & Testament, revoking all other or former wills heretofore made by me, or all other deeds of gift or deeds of trust of any kind previous to the making of this will.

Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend blank space my Executor of my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal. This 12th day of January, 1851.

Nathan Vernon (seal)

Signed, sealed and published in the presence of the Testator This blank space 1851.

Attest: Hugh Kirkpatrick, Joseph Conrad


 

 

WILL OF ALLEN VAUGHAN

Page 478 Dated: Feb’y 7, 1858

Proven: March 1st, 1858

I, Allen Vaughan, do make and publish this as my last Will & 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 just debts be paid as soon as possible out of any money that I may die possessed or, or may first come into the hands of my Executor.

Secondly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Nelly all my land, being the tract on which I now live, for and during her natural life and no longer.

Thirdly. The land mentioned in the above bequest at the death of my wife, I give and bequeath to my three children (to wit), my son, Allen, my daughters, Rebecca and Susan, to be equally divided between them on account of their having helped me to pay for said land.

Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca one large pot.

Fifthly. I give and bequeath to my son Allen, my daughters Rebecca and Susan all my personal property that may be on hand, if any, after paying all my just debts, to be equally divided between them.

Last. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Allen my Executor. In witness whereof I do to his my will set my hand and seal. This 7th day of February, 1858.

Allen x Vaughan (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed out names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 7th day February, 1858.

Jas. B. Galbraith, P. L. Henderson, Michael Looney


 

 

WILL OF ROBERT WILLIAMS

Page 479 Dated: September 30, 1786

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Robert Williams of Sullivan County, being weak in body, yet of perfect mind and memory, thanks to God for his mercies do make and constitute this my last Will and Testament as follows, Viz:

First. I commit my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the dust to be buried in Christian decency at the discretion of my Executor, in hopes to receive it again at the general resurrection by the mighty power of God, and as for the portion of things which God has been pleased to bestow upon me, I dispose of in the manner following:

I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann the use of my plantation and the service of my slaves during her widowhood; also, I leave her all my farming utensils, two work horses named George and Jack, two mules such as she shall choose, and all my household furniture, cattle, sheep and hogs. To my daughter Ann I give one horse known by the name of the Orphan Colt. To my daughter Mary I give one horse creature or fifteen pounds, Virginia money. To my daughter Rebekah, I leave one horse creature of fifteen pounds Virginia money. To my sons Robert and Samuel, I leave my plantation to be equally divided between them, quantity, quality and improvements considered; likewise, my two negroes to be valued and equally divided between the, and if the negro wench should ever have issue, the first two children, or if but one, to be equally divided between my two daughters, Mary and Rebekah. Moreover, I will that the remainder of my horse creatures be sold and the money raised thereby be equally divided between my two sons Robert and Samuel. Likewise, all bonds, notes and book debts except so much as pays all my lawful debts. And further, I appoint and nominate my wife Ann, her son David Kinkead, and David Kinkead her sister’s son (sic) to be my sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament, making void all other Wills and Testaments heretofore made. In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal. This 13th day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-six.

Robert x Williams (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presence of us:

(1st name illegible), James Berry, David Kinkead


WILL OF REUBEN WEBSTER

Page 480 Dated: December 19, 1790

The Nuncupative will of

Reuben Webster

Who Departed This Life December 19, 1790

1st. That his land and plantation should remain in the possession of his widow during her natural life, for the purpose of raising and maintaining his children, and at her death to be equally divided among all his children.

2nd. That all his movable property remain likewise in the hands of his widow towards the support of the orphans until the come to full age and then to be equally divided among them all.

3rd. That the tract of land which he sold John Hammond should have a right and title to the same.

Territory of the United States of America, South of the River Ohio, Hawkins County.

We do hereby certify that the above was proved to be the will of Reuben Webster, deceased—delivered from his own mouth in his last sickness before Isaac Lane, Bartlett Marshall, John Hammond & Joseph Webster.

Thos Henderson

James Blary

21st Dec., 1790


 

WILL OF REUBEN WINDHAM

Page 480 Dated: Oct. 15, 1795

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Reuben Windham of Hawkins County, in the Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River, being weak in body but in perfect and sound mind & memory, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament as follows, to wit:

I leave to my son William Windham my negro man named Witshaw as soon as he is settled in a way of living for himself. I leave to my daughter Charlotte Windham Rose & Leanor until Leanor is grown and then Rose is to return to the rest of my Estate; the said negroes to be in Charlotte’s possession as soon as she is in a settled way of living for herself.

And all the rest of my property I leave for the support of my wife and family until my small children are grown to be able to maintain themselves, unless my Executors should think it necessary that a division should take place sooner, and then all my Estate is to be equally divided between my wife and all my children, share and share alike, and the shares of such of my children as shall not be of age when such division shall take place, to be put in the hands of guardians appointed according to law to prevent waste or fraud of their parts of such Estate.

I leave and appoint my wife Rachael Windham, my son, Wm. Windham and Thos. Henderson Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 15th day of October, A. D. 1795.

Reuben Windham (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of: James Blair, Jesse x Straud

(his mark)

Be it further remembered that the portion allotted to my son William Windham shall be considered as his part without any more when a division of my Estate shall take place, agreeable to the foregoing will, and Charlotte is to keep Rose as her property without her ever returning to be considered as a part of my Estate, and I do ratify and confirm this schedule to be a part of my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 16th day of October, 1795.

Reuben Windham (seal)

Signed in presence of:


WILL OF ANDREW WINEGAR

Page 481 Dated: Aug. 21, 1810

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Andrew Winegar, Sen’r of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being is a languishing state of health, wish to commit my soul to God who gave it and my body to the dust for to be buried in Christian decency at the discretion of my Executors, and for my portion of worldly things that God in his Providence has bestowed on me, I wish to dispose of in the following manner, after paying my just debts. I leave to my well beloved wife Catrin my dwelling house and all my household good, one gray mare and colt, two milch cows, the third of my land and all the orchard, my stock of hogs, during her life or widowhood. My land above to my sons Andara and Fredric equally, quantity and quality considered. I leave my land on condition that Andara pay unto Phillip and William Winegar $160.00 in trade equal to corn at two shillings a bushel, when convenient to Andara. And on the same conditions, Frederic pay unto Peter, Phillip and William Winegar $200.00 to divide $10.00 when convenient to Fredric.

N.B. There is $20.00 of the above money in Phillip Winegar’s hand, and a certain black horse I leave to my wife Catrin. I appoint my sons Andara and Frederic Winegar for to by my Executors to this my last Will and Testament. Signed with my hand and dated This 21 day of August, in the year of our Lord, 1810.

Andrew x Winegar (seal)

(his mark)

Test: David Kinkead, (name of witness here illegible)

Johannes Winninger (in German Script)


WILL OF CHARLES WOLFE

Page 482 Dated: March 17, 1813

Proven: May Term 1819

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Charles Wolfe of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say. Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body, I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First. I give and bequeath to Susan, my dearly beloved wife all my lands and tenaments, stock and household furniture of every description. Also, I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Wolfe one good horse. To my son Phillip Wolfe one shilling sterling. To my daughter Catharine Davis, I give one shilling sterling. To my son Peter Wolfe, I give one shilling sterling. To my daughter Elizabeth, I give one shilling sterling. To my daughter Hannah McGinnis, I give one shilling sterling. To my daughter Barbara I give one horse and cow and her bed. To my son Charles Wolfe, I give one grown horse a colt, one plow and one axe. I give to my son George one grown horse and a colt, one plow and one axe. I give to my well beloved wife Susana Wolfe whom I constitute my sole Executirx of this my last Will and Testament, all my singular my lands, messuages and tenements, by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will 7 testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. The 17th day of Mar. in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirteen.

Charles Wolfe (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Charles Wolfe as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence (of each other) have heretofore subscribed our names.

Archibald McCoy, Adam Wolfe, Jesse Epperson.


WILL OF CHRISTOPHER WILFLE

Page 483 Dated: May 17, 1817

Proven: May Term 1817

In the Name of God Amen. I, Christopher Wilfle of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tenn., being of sound mind but infirm of body, do make this instrument my last Will and Testament.

Item 1st. I give and bequeath unto my son John Wilfle that part of my tract of land on which he now resides, to begin in the great road where John Critz lives, crosses the same, thence down the road to the first fence of the lot now occupied as a calf pasture, thence a south course with s’d fence to the outside of the plantation, thence a westerly course with the fence back of the barn to the line of John Burris’ tract, to include all that lays south of the before described lines, also one negro woman slave named Easter, provided she may choose to go to him, and in the case she does not, she is to be sold and the amount of sale paid to my son as aforesaid. Also, one bay mare called Tam.

Item 2nd. I give unto my three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Pheby, all the remaining part of my land lying principally on the north side of the great road, to be equally divided between them, and in case they cannot agree among themselves, it is my will that James T. Gaines, Robert McMinn & John Critz divide the same into three lots of as near equal value as they can, and that my said daughters draw lots…I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary two negro slaves, to wit: a boy named Ceaser, and a girl named Emeline. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth two negro slaves, one a woman named Milley, the other a girl named Mariah. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Pheby two negro slaves, to wit: Carson and Winney. I give and bequeath unto said daughters aforesaid, all my stock (except the mare before mentioned), together with all my farming tools of every description. And in case there should be more of either than they may wish to keep on the farm, they are to be sold at public sale by my Executors and the proceeds divided equally amongst them. I also give my said daughters all my household and kitchen furniture, and if more than they wish to keep, to be divided as the last above-mentioned articles are to be, or in case of a separation taking place between them by marriage—in that case, the stock on hand, household and kitchen furniture to be equally divided so that the one going off may have her share with her. I wish my two stills and vessels sold and the money arising therefrom after paying my debts to be equally divided amongst my four children.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 17th day of May in the Year of our Lord, 1817. I constitute and appoint the before ________

James T. Gaines, Robert McMinn & John Critz Exec’s of this my last Will & Testament.

Christopher Willfle (seal)

Signed and acknowledged in the presence of: John M. Vaughan, John Akaid


 

WILL OF JOHN WALKER

 

Page 484 Dated: Aug. 19, 1818

In the Name of God, Amen. I John Walker of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, blessed by Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following (viz):

First. After paying all just debts, I give and bequeath unto my eldest children (Viz) Joshua Walker, John Walker, Walter Walker, Edward Walker, Elizabeth Walker, Jane Epperson and James Walker each one dollar, which several legacies I will and order to be paid to the said respective legatees after my decease. And the rest of the Estate to be equally divided between my beloved wife Elizabeth Walker and my four youngest children ( Viz) Cinthia Walker, Sarah Walker, Frances Walker and Andrew Walker. And, also, I hereby appoint Elizabeth Walker my wife sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 19th day of Aug., One Thousand eight hundred and eighteen.

John Walker (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and declared by the above named John Walker to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

James x Walker, Nicholas Long

(his mark)


WILL OF BATSON WHITEHURST

Page 485 Dated: March 26, 1823

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Batson Whitehurst, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for his mercies, and calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that all men sooner or later must die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say. Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in a decent Christina order at the discretion of my Executors here named which are Hillery Whitehurst of North Carolina and John Burkhart of Hawkins, Tennessee.

And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First. I give and bequeath my negro boy George and negro woman Siller to my brother_ Hillery Whitehurst and Henry Whitehurst, heirs to Sarah Camper and Nancy Cox, to be equally divided.

Secondly. I give to my four grandchildren, namely Patsy, Batson, John and Thomas Whitehurst the following two negroes, Charles and Nancy, to be equally divided, as they come to the age of maturity. My Executors to hire out the same for their benefit, and the balance of my personal property divided equally with these four children, leaving sufficient to defray all debts and expenses, and:

Thirdly. For divers good reasons good will and full compensation which I bear for my friend John Burkhart, I do will, give and devise to him my negro girl Hannah which is now in his possession, to keep her as long as he sees cause, to dispose of as he may (think) proper, and as his property forever. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other (testament), will, legacies bequeathed by me in any way before named, willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal. This 26th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

Batson Whitehurst (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Batson Whitehurst as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names: Attest: Carter Mason, Edward Williams


WILL OF ELIZABETH WELCH

Page 486 Dated: June 30, 1825

In the Name of God, Amen. I, Elizabeth Welch of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be God), calling to mind the mortality of this life and knowing that it is appointed for all people once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, (Viz):

First. In consideration that my son Robert Welch and daughter Elizabeth Reynolds have received advances from me, I therefore give them twenty-five cents each.

Second. I give and bequeath to my two sons William Welch & John Welch my mare and colt, stock of hogs and the crop of corn now growing to be equally divided between the, share and share alike to them and their heirs forever.

Third. I give and bequeath to my two daughters Peggy Welch and Polly Welch my cow heifer and calf and all my household furniture to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever. In witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Welch have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal. This 30 day of June, 1825.

Elizabeth x Welch (seal)

(her mark)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Elizabeth Welch as her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof.

R. D. Young, James Long


WILL OF SOLOMAN WALTERS

Page 487 Dated: June 12, 1823

I, Soloman Walters, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed by the Almighty God for the same. I do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Fanney Walters all my household and kitchen furniture or as much of is as she wants. I also give her one horse beast-she is to have choice of horses and two cows and six hed of sheep and six head of hogs, and she is to have privilege of the house and garden and orchard, and she is to have a piece of ground or land laid off or set apart containing two or three acres wherever she wants to have it for a truck patch and she is to keep the negro garrel or woman named Luzesey. All these things she is to hold or keep during her natural life time, and after her death, it is to be sold and equally divided amongst my five daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Nancy & Christeney or Frankey & Mary, except Nancy and Margaret. I give Nancy $73.00 and Margaret $70.00 that is to be taken out of their share and the balance is to be equally divided. My stock and household and kitchen furniture, negroes and everything I own except the land, is to be sold and the money is to be equally divided amongst them. The land I give it unto my two sons, that is to say: I give and bequeath unto my son Elijah, the land or plantation I bought of John Forgey, and the land or plantation I live on I give or bequeath unto my son George. And the lines are to remain the same as when I bought it of John Forgey. There is a consideration of Elijah’s part. He bought a negro boy at McMinn’s sale called or named Harrey and the bill of sale was given in his name and I paid the money for him. Now, if he takes the negro he is not to get the land and if he takes the land he is not to get the negro and the negro is to be sold and the money equally divided amongst my daughters. And if he takes the negro the land is to be sold and the money equally divided amongst them and if he keeps the land he is not to have it any longer than his lifetime, then it is to fall back to his children, and it is to be equally divided amongst them and if the keeps the land he must pay unto his mother yearly 33 bushels of corn and seven bushels of wheat and sixteen bushels of oats and he must furnish her with hay and fodder accordingly, during her lifetime. And George must pay unto his mother yearly 66 bushels of corn and 14 bushels of wheat and 32 bushels of oats and to furnish her with hay and fodder accordingly. And George is made equal with the balance of my children in household furniture and such as hogs and sheep and cows, other utensils as I gave them when they left me before anything can be sold. And the balance is to be equally divided amongst my daughters and George is to have the wum mill that is in the barn and George is to keep his mother as long as she wishes to live with him, or during her lifetime and as to my daughter Margaret, what I give her she is to keep it during her lifetime, then it is to return back to her children and to be equally divided amongst them, and I hereby appoint my son George and Andrew Winegar, Jr. my sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12th day of June, 1833.

Solomon x Walters (seal)

Test: John Spangler, Robert Johnson, John Winegar


 

 

WILL OF JAMES WEST

Page 488 Dated; February 5, 1834

In the Name of God, Amen. I, James West of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given 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 and Testament. That is to say: Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following amnner and form:

First. I give and bequeath to Nancy my dearly beloved wife all my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils and movable effects and all my stock, horses, cattle, sheep and hogs and ten negroes, to wit: Joe, Cate, Sind, Sall, Anderson, Looney, Jeff, Bets, Lisa and Sook and their increase, which she is to have her lifetime and at her death all to be equally divided amongst my heirs to wit: Joe, William, Bayless, Samuel, Winney, Elizabeth, James, Polly, Calvin, Gideon, Lucy & Nancy. Also, my lands which is to be equally divided among the said heirs at my wife’s death by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, will, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and thirty four.

James West (seal)

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James West as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who, in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names.

Beverly Smith

Below is a corrected version of this will as transcribed by Kevin West.

WILL OF JAMES WEST
Page 488 Dated; February 5, 1834
In the Name of God, Amen. I, James West of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto 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 and Testament. That is to say: Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
First. I give and bequeath to Nancy my dearly beloved wife all my household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils and movable effects and all my stock, horses, cattle, sheep and hogs and ten negroes, to wit: Joe, Cate, Sind, Sall, Anderson, Looney, Jeff, Bets, Lisa and Sook and their increase, which she is to have her lifetime and at her death all to be equally divided amongst my heirs to wit: John, William, Bayless, Samuel, Winney, Elizabeth, James, Polly, Calvin, Gideon, Lucy & Nancy. Also, my lands which is to be equally divided among the said heirs at my wife's death by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, will, legacies, bequests and Executors by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and thirty four.
James West (seal)
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James West as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who, in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names.
Beverly Smith

WILL OF ANDREW WINEGAR

Page 489 Dated: April 5, 1835

Know the destinies of Providence on the bed of my affliction; knowing that death is the common lot of mankind, therefore, I Andrew Winegar, being of rational mind but of feeble body do ordain and make this my last Will and Testament, to wit: In the first place, I desire that my just debts be paid. Therefore, it may be necessary that my Executor or Executrix sell a sufficiency of my personal property to discharge the same. The residue of my property I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Frances, my son Soloman share and equal alike, consisting of land and stock, together with my servant boy Burton. It is my desire that my wife Frances by my Executrix and Guardian to our son Soloman, waiving the necessity of her giving security in either case, as Executrix or Guardian.

In testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This fifth of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five.

Andrew Winegar (seal)

Attest: James Amis, John Keys, J. L. Johnson


WILL OF JOSEPH WHITE

Page 490 Dated: May 11, 1835

State of Tennessee, Hawkins County, May the 11th day, 1835 -

To all whom these presents may come greetings. I, Joseph White, in the name of God, Amen, Being frail in body but sound in memory do make and A doine this my last Will & Testament.

First of all. After my death, I desire my body to be buried decently and the expenses paid out of my Estate. Then secondly, I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter, Elizabeth, a certain tract and parcel of land that I bought of my son George White, and he from William Moore, being in said county war (where) I now live for her only proper use and to her heirs. And I give and bequeath to my son William Gilmore White 100 acres of land, Burd's Old Survey adjoining my daughter Elizabeth, be the same more or less, and I give and bequeath to my son in law Abram Shuttles 100 acres of land in said county, it being the tract whereon he now lives, it being savied by warrant. I give and bequeath unto my son George White $400.00, and I give and bequeath to my daughter Jemina White the sum of $20.00, to be paid to her or her ares out of a certain tract of land lying joinin old Alexander Ballard when sold. And the money maid out of said land, and I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally $20.00 to be paid out of said land when sold and the money made out of said land. And the balance of money arising from the said land to go to pay the expenses arisen on said Estate and the land to be sold by my Executors. And also, it is my will that my youngest daughter Elizabeth shall have her bed and furniture. And this I make and Ordain my last will and testament whereunto I set my hand this day and date above written. And it is my will that my son George White shall be my Executor.

Joseph White (seal)

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced by the Testator in the presence of:

James Lee, James Pangle


WILL OF BARTHOLIMEW REASON

Page 416 Dated: December 3, 1814

BARTHOLIMEW REASON desires that December the 3rd, 1814: know all men by

these presents that I make EZEKIEL SULLIVAN lawful power of aturnne in all

that he posess, lands and bons, notes on due bills and all that he now

possesses and after all his contracts settled, all cousts and charges settled

the remainder of my astate

I leave in the hands of said SULLIVAN to dispose of as his own property until

BENJAMIN REASON, son of BARTHOLIMEW SULLIVAN - 20 one years of age the 24th

day of October last, comes to take it of my hands whes of set day.

BARTHOLIMEW X REASON (seal)

(his mark)

Test: JAMES ANDERSON, PETER ANDERSON


 

WILL OF CORNELIUS REGAN

Page 416 Dated: May 19, 1816

In the name of the Blessed Almighty Father, son and Holy Ghost, Amen. I,

CORNELIUS REGAN of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, considering the

uncertaintly of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and

memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last

Will & Testament in the manner and form following, viz: I will and bequeath

unto my dearly beloved wife ANNIE REGAN all my Estate both real and personal

of what nature and kind soever, that is to say, household and kitchen

furniture, the service of my negro girl LUCY, my debts due, my stock of cattle

and hogs &c, and the benefit of all, to be enjoyed by her during her natural

life, all to be taken care of by my Executor for her use. Also the money due

upon bonds when received to be put out to use and interest thereof to be

applied to her support and maintenance by my Executor. And after her---my

said wife's decease---all that exists or remains of my said estate or any

increase therof to pass to my son in law, HENRY SAMPSON LARKIN whom I

constitute my sole heir and my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

It is also my will that my just debts be paid and it is likewise my request

and most earnest desire that my said heir, HENRY S. LARKIN at his decease

will nor leave---now mine---then his poor servant LUCY in bondage nor send her

away empty, but according as God may bless him in this world to contribute to

her support in the evening of her life, and if she should have any increase or

issue to let all them go free at the age of 30 years or sooner. And I hereby

revoke all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my

hand and seal This 10th day of May, 1816. Interlined by the Testator.

CORNELIUS REGAN (seal)

Signed, sealed published & declared by the above said CORNELIUS REGAN to be

his last Will & Testament in our presence who at his request and in his

presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same.

JOHN GALBRAITH, WILLIAM KING, PHILIP KING


 

WILL OF JOSEPH RUSSELL

Page 417 Dated: November 20, 1811

In the name of God Amen.

I JOSEPH RUSSELLL of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of

sound mind and perfect memory, but of infirm health have thought it expedient

to make this my last Will & Testament, and have bequeathed unto my widow

during her natural life her choice of the building she now occupies or to have

such made for her on any part of the land I have left to my son JOSEPH RUSSELL

as shall be comfortale, and at his expense. Also two negro slaves by the names

of Jinny and Tennessee, to be disposed of as she may think proper at her

death. Also one riding creature and two cows, to be delivered her out of my

Estate, and my son Joseph is to find her a good sufficient maintenance. I

also appoint her Executrix to this my sast Will and Testament.

I give and bequeath to my son WILLIAM RUSSELL $100.00; also unto my son

ALEXANDER RUSSELL, I give and bequeath $200.00. Also I give unto my son

BENJAMIN RUSSELL; I give and bequeath $300.00. Also to my son JAMES RUSSELL,

I give and bequeath $300.00. Also unto my daughter BETSY MYERS, wife of JACOB

MYERS, I give and bequeath $300.00, to be paid in two years. But should the

said JACOB MYERS remove himself and family sooner, the foregoing sum to be

paid on leaving the country. I also give to her husband an anville, vice and

bellows which are now in his possession. Also I give unto my son MOSES

RUSSELL, I give and bequeath $300.00. All of the foregoing sums are exclusive

of (what) has already been paid. Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter

POLLY RUSSELL a negro girl named or called LUCY, a mare called hers, two

cows, a bed with sufficient furniture or a horse to (be) valued at $100.00 and

$100.00 to be paid in four years. Also I give and bequeath to my son JOSEPH

RUSSELL all my real and personal Estate except that which has heretofore ben

named, and desire him to be my Executor to act with his mother who has been

appointed Executrix in a foregoing clause, and desire them to pay all debts

justly due from my Estate and collect all debts due and faithfully pay off and

perform all things required by this my last Will & Testament. To all which I

have hereby set my hand and seal this 20th day of November, 1816.

JOHN X RUSSELL

(his mark)

Test: JNO. A. ROGERS, JAMES REGAN,

WILLIAM BRADLEY


WILL OF ROBERT ROBINSON

Page 418 Dated: June 16, 1828

Be it remembered that I, ROBERT ROBINSON of Hawkins County, State of Tenn.,

considering the uncertainly of this mortal life and the certainty of death,

and being much afflicted and diseased in body yet sound in mind and memory, do

make the following my last Will & Testament and being duly impressed with the

belief of a state of Immortality beyond the grave, I would first command my

Immortal Spirit to God who gave it, and after death that my mortal remains be

decently interred.

All of my property I wish disposed of in the following manner, to wit:

1st. I give and bequeath unto my wife POLLY LEWIS ROBINSON all my household

furniture consisting of three beds and furniture, 1 Bureau, the kitchen

furniture with all other articles not here mintioned. I give and bequeath

unto her the Loom and all the necessary impliments for weaving - of my farming

untensils I give unto her, 1 shovel plough, 1 set of gears & necessary

impliments for ploughing. I give untoher 2 hoes, 1 mallock, 1 log chainl, 1

handsaw, 1 chopping axe, 1 drawing knife & 2 chisels, and of my stock I give

unto her one horse creature---her choice--- 2 cows & calves, 5 head of sheep,

15 of hogs, the flock of geese & all the poultry. I also give unto her the

present crop now growing consisting of wheat, rye, oats, corn & flax & all

other things not herein mentioned now growing on the farm. The rest of my

personal property I will that it be sold according to law & after all my just

debts are paid the residue to be divided equally between my wife POLLY LEWIS &

my three children , namely: EMALINE, JOHN ELLIS & NANCY. I also bequeath unto

my wife POLLY LEWIS (ROBINSON) two tracts of land containing 50 acres each,

adjoining the place where I live, her dispose of them at her own discretion

&c. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 16th day

of June, 1828.

ROBERT ROBINSON (seal )

In presence of :WILLIAM ARMSTRONG, JACOB FELKNER,

JAMIS AMIS


 

WILL OF HORACE RICE

Page 419 Dated: October 30, 1830

I HORACE RICE of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound

mind and memory but somewhat afflicted in body and being desirous of settling

my Estate by devise while in perfect memory, do make, ordain and publish this

my last Will & Testament in manner amd form following, to wit:

First. It is my will and desire and I hereby will and bequeath unto my

mother KEZIAH RICE a decent maintenance during her natural life---in sickness

and in health---to be paid by my Executor hereinafter named out of my effects

that may come to his hands or mine.

Second. I will and bequeath to my brother ORVILLE RICE in consideration of

the natural love and affection I have for him, my tract of land commonly known

as the McALISTER tract, situated---lying and being in the County of Monroe and

State of Tennessee, between the Little Tennessee and Hiwasse Rivers, adjoining

Lickrot on the east, containing about 320 acres, more or less, to him and his

heirs forever.

Third. I will and brequeath and it is my desire that my Executor hereinafter

named pay to ROBERT CARDEN the sum of $500.00 in consideration of services

rendered by the said CARDEN to me, while debilitated in body. Yet, I wish it

distinctly understood that if a settlement takes place between said CARDEN and

myself and I should make what I consider satisfaction to him for said

services, then and in that case, nothing is to pass by this devise.

Fourth. I will and bequeath unto my brother ORVILLE RICE all the rest and

residue of my estate both real and personal and mixed of whatever kind, after

all my just and lawful debts are paid. To him and his heirs forever, I hereby

nominate and appoint my brother ORVILLE RICE Executor to this my last Will and

Testament, but wish it understood that no security is to be required of him

for the true performance of the trust.

Witness my hand & seal thes Seventh November, 1829

HORACE RICE (seal)

JAMES M. HAWERY, P. PARSONS

 

I, HORACE RICE, having (according to the conditions of the foregoing will

mintioned in the third bequest giving unto ROBERT CARDEN the sum of $500.00 in

consideration of services rendered me while in a state delibity) made a

settlement with the said ROBERT CARDEN and having paid---(him) in full for all

services rendered to me up to this date, do hereby revoke the said third

bequest in the foregoing will and do declare the same null and void to all

intents and purposes.

In testomony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 8th day of

October in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty.

HORACE RICE (seal)

Signed, sealed and published and declared in presence of:

Test: P. PARSON, JAMES M. HAWERY



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