Page 491 Dated: April 15, 1837
Proven: Sept. 2, 1839
In the Name of God, Amen. I George Wolfe, Sen’r of the State of Tennessee and County of Hawkins, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, 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 and Testament, that is to say:
Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that give it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner.
First. As I have already given to my two sons Volentine and John Wolfe as much of my real and personal Estate as I intend for them, I dispose of the remainder as follows. I give and bequeath to my two others sons George and Nicholas Wolfe 100 acres of land each, joining John Mill, Hiram Mills, Hiram Tucker, John Wolfe’s and Volentine Wolfe’s lines, and it is my request if my two sons George and Nicholas Wolfe cannot agree on the division of their land between themselves, they are to get a jury of disinterested men to divide it equal for them, and I do further will that myself and my wife Polly are to keep possession of the land for our maintenance during our natural lifetimes. I further give and bequeath unto my four daughters that are at home with me, Viz: Barbara, Polly, Margaret, and Ally Wolfe, to each of them one horse beast to be worth $50.00 each, and to each of the said daughters $10.00 in money when they leave home or marry.
I further will that my wife Polly Wolfe, if I should
die before her, is to keep possession of my negro boy named Bob
to work for her maintenance during her natural life, and at her decease
the said negro boy Bob is to be sold and the money for his purchase
is to be divided equally among all my daughters, Hannah, Katherine,
Elizabeth, Barbara, Sarah, Polly, Susannah, Margaret and Ally,
and the girls that are a t home, Viz. Barbara, Polly, Margaret and
Ally to have equal with the others and I also give to my daughters,
Viz: Hannah, Katherine, Elizabeth, Barbara, Polly, Sarah, Susannah,
Margaret and Alla all of my land from the top of the copper
ridge, running with the tip of said ridge an east and west direction north
of said ridge bounded by Volentine Wolfe, Ausbrun/Osborne Coffee, David
Wilders’ line, to be equally divided among all the above named girls,
and all the land belonging to me south of the copper ridge, I give to my
two sons George and Nicholas Wolfe to be equally divided
between them, and all my household and kitchen furniture to be at the disposal
of my wife Polly, and at her decease be at her disposal. I also
constitute, ordain and appoint my wife Polly Wolfe my sole
Executrix on this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow,
revoke and disannul all and every other Will and Testament by me heretofore,
confirming this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This fifteenth day of April in the
year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven.
George x Wolfe
Signed sealed published and declared by the s’d George Wolfe as his Will & Testament, in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
Moses McGinnis, Jacob Wolfe, Samuel Timonds
Page 493 Dated: Sept. 20, 1842
Proven: Nov. 7, 1842
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Francis Winstead, of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tenn., being weak of body but of sound mind and memory, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say: I do recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and desire that my mortal body shall be decently committed to the earth with the usual Christian rites according to the discretion of my Executors hereinafter to be named, and as to the worldly Estate or property it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with, I dispose of it in the following manner, to wit:
I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved daughter-in-law, Margaret Winstead, widow of my son Ephraim Winstead, dec’d late of said County and State, all my estate or property of every description now owned by me or which may be hereafter owned by me, to be at her absolute disposal and control forever, in consideration of my love and affection for her and also in consideration of the love and affection she has always bestowed upon me, and am only sorry that I have not more to give unto her to remunerate her for her kindness and attention shown to me by her in my old age.
And it is my desire and I do request and ordain that my said daughter-in-law Margaret Winstead, together with my grand son James Winstead shall be my Executor and Executrix to my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby request that the County Court shall qualify them as such without requiring from them bond and security, having full confidence that they will discharge their duties and discharge any debts which may be contracted on account of my funeral &c. Wherefore in witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 20th day of September, 1842
Frances Winstead (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us as the last Will and Testament by him.
Jesse Cope, Paschal Martin
Page 493 Dated: October 14,1846
Proven: Feb. 7, 1859
(Recorded P. 238)
I, Larkin Willis 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 to wit:
First. After my just debts are paid, I want my wife Elizabeth Willis to have control of the tract of land where we now live on for her support during her lifetime, said land containing 200 acres more or less. I also want her to have my gray horse and a mare and two of the choice cows out of my stock of cattle. Also my yoke of oxen, also all my stock (of) hogs and my stock of sheep and all my farming tools, together with all my household and kitchen furniture to have during her lifetime. I want my black boy Lige to remain with my wife to serve her during her lifetime; also my black girl Juda to live with and serve my said wife as long as she may live. And I want William Berry to have the whole use and benefit of the tract of land whereon he now lives rent free that is to the line of my old tract of land.
2nd. After my said wife’s death, I want my Executors to attend to selling what of my estate remains at my wife’s death and equally divide the proceeds of the same between my heirs and legatees; namely, James Willis, Samuel Willis, Patsy Kyle and Soloman Willis. And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends, John Mitchell and Swempfield Anderson Exec’s of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other former wills and bequests by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 14th day of October in the year of our Lord, 1846.
Larkin Willis (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of us: James Payne, George Payne,
James M. Moneyhew
Page494 Dated: January 30, 1847
Know all men by these presents that I Francis H. Walker of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and understanding to make and ordain and establish this as my last Will and Testament in words following, that is to say:
First. After my decease, I desire my body to be buried decently and the expenses thereof paid out of my Estate, and all just debts be paid.
Second. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lucinda Walker the hole of my Estate both real and personal during her life, provided she remains my widow, and if she should marry, it is my wish that she have one fifth part of my estate, that is to say—one child’s part.
3rd. It is my wish and desire that my daughter Polly Ann Walker shall have a horse, saddle and bridle, a cow, a bed and furniture.
4th. It is my wish that my son William Walker shall have a horse, saddle and bridle, a cow, a bed and furniture, when he come to be 21 years of age.
5th. It is my wish that my daughter Martha Caroline Walker shall have a horse, saddle and bridle, a cow and bed and furniture when she comes to be 21 years of age, and it is also my wish that all my property both real and personal be sold in such ways and in such manner as my Executors hereafter named may think most advantageous, and the moneys arising therefrom to be equally divided between my children, namely: Elizabeth Jane Horner, Polly Ann Walker, William Walker and Martha Caroline Walker. My wife Lucinda Walker included. I also nominate and appoint my wife Lucinda and my son-in-law Thomas N. Horner my Executors.
I acknowledge this to be my last Will & Testament. This 30th day of January, 1847.
Francis H. x Walker (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us:
William Cobble, John C. White, George White
Page 495 Dated: Sept. 14, 1848
Proven: January Term: 1852
Mediating on the uncertainty of human events being of advanced age, but of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
In the first place, I give unto Almighty god the care of my soul. I bequeath and give unto my daughter Nancy and her husband Daniel Harrell all my property and effects of every kind and description, consisting of debts, money and ever other description of property I may die seized and possessed of. I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law Daniel Harrell my Executor to this my last Will & Testament, authorizing my said Executor to act without the requirement of security. In testimony of which I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 14th day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.
Fanny x Walters (seal)
Attest: James Amis, Thomas Purcell, Clemens x Winegar(his mark)
Page 496 Dated: December 28, 1850
Proven: May Term, 1857
State of Tennessee, Hawkins County. I Theorderic Webb do make and publish this 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 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.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my three children that is under age (to wit): Theodore, Henry and Catharine, as much property as will make them equal with those that is of age.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my wife Catharine all the rest of my property, real and personal, during her lifetime or widowhood (to wit) my plantation and plantation utensils and all my stock of every kind, household and kitchen furniture, &c.
Fourthly. I give and bequeath at the death or marriage of my wife Catharine all the property that remains both real and personal to my children (to wit) John Webb, Elijah Webb, Patsy Price, Susannah Price, Lucinda Shanks, Samuel Webb, Gabriel Webb, David Webb, and the above named minors (to wit), Theodore, Henry and Catharine, their heirs or assigns forever to be divided equally among them.
Fifthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly one dollar and no more.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint John Webb and Elijah Webb my Executors. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal. This 28th day of December, 1850.
Theodore Webb (seal)
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of R. D. Young, Willie B.
Page 496 Dated: January 12, 1853
Proven: May Term, 1853
I, James Webster do make and publish this 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 debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor or Administrator.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth all my lands, it being in two tracts—one on which I now live and the other adjoining thereunto, together with all my personal property consisting of horses, Cattle, hogs, sheep & poultry, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and to have and to hold during her natural life, an dispose of as she may think proper.
Thirdly through Ninthly. I give and bequeath one dollar (only) to each of my children as follows: Daughter Delila Jane; son Eldridge C; son James C; son Alexander H; son Cairnaro G; son Absalom L. B.
In witness hereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 11th day of January, 1853.
James Webster (seal)
Signed sealed published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This 11th day of January, 1853.
J. M. Charles, John Parish, W. B. Charles
Codicil to the last Will & Testament of James Webster. First, my will and desire is that my beloved wife Elizabeth be—and I do hereby constitute her my sole Executrix, and that she be not required to give security for her performance of said Trust. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 12th day of January, 1853
John Parish, W. B. Charles
Page 497 Dated: Sept. 27, 1855
I, George Williams, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in perfect health and of sound mind and disposing mind and memory (sic), but considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make, publish and declare the following to (be) my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all wills heretofore made by me at any time.
First. It is my will and desire that my Executors hereafter to be appointed, as soon after my death as practicable, shall discharge all my just debts and the expenses attending my funeral.
Secondly. It is my will and desire should my dearly beloved wife Sophia T. Williams survive me, that she shall have the use of $1,500.00 in case, over and above what is contained in our marriage contract heretofore executed by us. The said $1,500.00 to be and remain in the hands of my Exec’s to be loaned out by them at interest, and the interest collected annually and paid over to her for her own separate use and support for and during her natural life, and after her death, the same $1,500.00 shall be equally divided between my children, nine in number, to wit: Margaret E. Yoe, Cleon H. Williams, Stokley D. Williams, Christopher C. Williams, Ethelbert C. Williams, Franklin E. Williams, Sally E. Williams, James M. Williams, and Cornelia F. Montcastle or to their heirs, share and share alike, after paying to my said Executors the necessary expenses attending the same.
Thirdly. It is my will and desire that my two grandchildren Hugh G. Williams and George Williams, sons and heirs of my son John Williams, dec’d, shall be paid by my Executors the sum of $1,000.00 each, the same to be and remain in the hands of my Executors and placed by them at interest and the interest of the same to be collected annually and principal and interest thereof to be kept at interest until the eldest of said children shall become of age, then the said $1,000.00 with all the proceeds thereof shall be paid over to him after paying all necessary expenses attending the same, and the other $1,000.00 hereby devised to the youngest of said children together with the proceeds thereof shall be kept at interest until the youngest of said children shall have arrived at lawful age, at which time the remaining $1,000.00 with proceeds thereof after paying all necessary expenses attending the same shall be paid over to him. But if either of said children of John Williams, dec’d hereinbefore mentioned shall die without children, then it is my will and desire that the other being the survivor shall have the money hereby devised to both under the same limitations and restrictions as hereinbefore set forth. But should both of said grand children…die before they shall have attained the lawful age and without children…heirs of their bodies—then and in that case it is my will and desire that the said sums of money hereby devised to them, together with the proceeds thereof shall be equally divided between my said children or their heirs hereinbefore named.
Fourthly. It is my desire that my Executors hereinafter named—after giving the usual notice and as soon after my death as practicable shall sell all my real estate at public auction on one, two and three years’ credit, purchasers giving bond with approved security, bearing interest from the day of said sale and a lien retained upon the land until the purchase money is fully paid, and the same to be sold in the following manner, to wit: My home tract containing about 800 acres in one lot. My Kyle tract of land containing about 200 acres in the second lot, and my Libo tract of land containing about 130 acres in the third lot. And my mill tract containing about three acres more or less with the appurtenances all to be sold separately and separate bonds to be taken for the same. In the sale of said real estate, the graveyard on the home tract is to be reserved and to be kept in repair by the purchasers.
Fifthly. It is my will and desire that my said Executors shall as shortly after my death as practicable sell and dispose of all my personal property, my negro slaves excepted, at public auction on 12 months’ credit, taking bond with approved security for the purchase money.
Sixthly. It is my will and desire that all my slaves shall be equally divided between my said nine children, hereinbefore named, share and share alike. The said slaves to be divided by three disinterested persons to be chosen by my Executors unconnected with any of the parties either by affinity or consanguinity and the slaves thereof to be determined by lot, and if in the division of said slaves the shares should be considered unequal by said commissioners then and in that case, it is my will and desire that my said Executors shall make said slaves equal by paying case to the owners of such share or shares as are deficient.
Seventhly. After retaining out of my Estate the said sum of $1,500.00 for the separate use of my said wife and the said sums of money hereinbefore devised to my two grand children Hugh G. and George Williams, it is my will and desire that all the proceeds or money arising from the sale of my lands and other property hereinbefore mentioned, and all the notes, monies, goods and chattels, all the chose in action or possession, all monies on hand after paying all my just debts in fiere. All my estate not herein before disposed of shall be equally divided between my s’d nine children hereinbefore named, or their heirs, share and share alike after taking into account the advances heretofore made by me to my children which will be found exhibited and set forth in my day book, fully and entirely—my intention being to make my said nine children as near equal as may be in the division of my estate. Inasmuch as I have heretofore given to my said son John Williams, dec’d a considerable amount of money and property and have devised in this my last Will and Testament $1,000.00 each with the proceeds thereof to my said two grand children, Hugh G. and George Williams and heirs of the said John Williams, dec’d, making in my estimation about an equal share with my other children hereinbefore named. Therefore, in the division of my property, it is expressly understood and I do so ordain and direct, that they are to have no part or parcel of my Estate except the $1,000.00 and the proceeds thereof to each of them as hereinbefore devised.
Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my two friends, Absalom P. McCarty and James M. Moore Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 26th day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-four.
George Williams (seal)
Signed sealed and published acknowledged and declared in presence of us the undersigned. This 26th day of September, 1854. The word "Montcastle" on first page interlined before signed. George R. Powel, Sam Powel & R. G. Fain
Codicil - Inasmuch as Absalom P. McCarty one of the Executors named and appointed in this my last Will & Testament has since the execution thereof departed this life, and as I am desirous to have another Executor appointed to act with Col. James M. Moore, my other Executor, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint William Etter of Hawkins County said Executor of this my last Will & Testament to act in connection with my other Executor, Col. James M. Moore, and I do hereby declare this to be a codicil to my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 27th day of September, 1855.
Witness: R. G. Fain, George R. Powel
I desire that my wife, S. T. Williams shall have and use my negro girl Charlotte during her natural life, and at her (my wife’s) death, I desire that she revert to my nine children as specified in my will. I moreover, in my will have given her the interest on $1,500.00, but I now desire that she have the use of the same or as much as she may desire for the building of her house upon condition that she give bond and security for the forthcoming of the same at her death as specified in my will. I moreover will that my son Jas. M. Williams shall have a young bay horse that I now have and be charged for the same, $100.00. I will also that my son-in-law A. J. Montcastle shall take my negro man Tom to his house and sell the same to go out of the country and account to my Executors for the proceeds of the same Sept. 4, 1856: These requests are part of our father’s will; were made to us two days previous to our father’s (George Williams) death when his mind was clear and sane. Witness our hands, date above given.
S. D. Williams Jas. M. Williams
Dated: February 21, 1800
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Robert Hamilton, Sen'r of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., being in a low state of
health & weak in body, but of sound mind & memory, calling to mind the mortality of our nature
that it is appointed unto all men once to die, I do ordain this my last Will and Testament in form
following to wit: After commending my soul to God and my body to the dust, to be buried in a
decent Christian manner by Christian friends, hoping the will be again united at the general
resurrection of the just, I dispose of my worldly goods as follows, Viz:
I allow the first place, all my lawful debts to be paid out of moveable property. I give and
bequeath my plantation I live on, on the south bank of Holston containing 225 acres, to my son
Robert, he paying his brother John who is my son one hundred poounds Virginia money.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son James one dollar.
Item. I bequeath to my daughter Catharine one dollar.
Item. I bequeath to my daughter Elenor one dollar.
Item. I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth fifty pounds value in trade to be paid as soon
as my two hundred acre survey on the heads of Grassy Creek is sold, to be paid in such trade as
rec'd for the land.
Item. I allow my 400 acre entry on the north bank of Holston, between Thomas Morrison &
David Kinkead, Esq. to be sold and the moneys arising therefrom to be divided as follows, Viz: To
my grand children Robert and Nathan Page, each the sum of $50.00, to be paid in the same kind of
pay that is got for the land. To Robert McWilliams and Robert Brushire each the sum of ten
pounds in like pay as above. To my son John Hamilton's two sons, Robert & William, each ten
pounds. I leave the house I now live in & the part of the crop I now receive from my son Robert,
to wit: One third & all the household & movable property to my wife Margaret during her life,
cattle and horses inclusive. I leave a judgement I obtained in Sullivan Court against John Snodgrass
to James McWilliams. I leave my horses, cattle & household furniture after paying all my debts at
the death of my wife to be sold & the sums not otherwise appropriated to be divided bwtween my
son Robert, son John, John's son William & John Bershire.
I nominate and appoint Samuel McPheeters, my son Robert Hamilton, George Maxwell, my
Executors. They or a majority of them to execute this my last Will & Testament, announcing &
Declaring all former wills by me made null & void, and declaring and ratifying this my last Will &
Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal This 21st day of
Feb., A.D. 1800.
Robert Hamilton (seal)
Wm. Young, John Young, Jurat; Robert Young, Jr.
I, Robert Hamilton, Sr., the Testator of the foregoing Will and Testament, having through the
mercy of God survived to the present date and being in sound mind and memory, tho weak in body,
I think proper to annex the following alterations to the foregoing will, to wit:
I leave the plantation I live on to my son Robert on his paying $100.00 to my son John and
$10.00 to his eldest son.
I allow my negro wench Silla after my death to live with either my son Robert or Jesse
McWilliams, my son-in-law, and the one she lives with shall pay annually to the other $20.00. I
give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth in lieu of the fifty pounds, one dollar. My 400-acre entry
on the north bank of Holston between Tho's Morrison and David Kinkead, I allow my son Robert to sell and (proceeds) as follows: To my son Robert $110.00. The residue to be equally divided between my grandsons. The Executors named in the foregoing will I approve of. Signed & sealed this 24th day of June, A.D., 1801.
Robert Hamilton (seal)
Signed sealed & acknowledged in presence of us:
Test: William Brandon & George Curry
Page 501 Dated: Jan’y 18, 1857
Proven: Feb. 1857 & R’d p 25
I, Jonadab Wade do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other will by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I want a respectable set of tombstones erected at my grave, also I wish to have my grave enclosed by a post and plank fence. Thirdly. I wish and desire to have all my personal property disposed of my public sale as soon as possible. Fourthly. I wish and desire that my Executor pay to my brother John the sum of $40.00 due him by account. Fifthly. My wish and desire is that my brothers and sisters have the remainder of my Estate after my Executor has paid all my debts. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint William E. Carmack my Exec. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 18th day of January, 1857. Jonadab Wade (seal) Signed, sealed and published in our presence, and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 18th day of January, 1857. Attest: J. B. C. Edmondson, C. C. Brice, J. C. Miller
A codicil to the last will -
I, Jonadab Wade, having heretofore made and published my last Will and Testament do make and declare this a codicil thereto, to wit: First. My will and desire is that my Executor be required to act only on the property that I have in this county. Lastly, it is my desire that this codicil be attached to and constitute a part of my will to all intents and purposes. This 18th day of January, 1857. Jonadab Wade (seal)
Signed and sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed
our names hereto in presence of the Testator This 18th day of
January, 1857. Attest: J. B. C. Edmondson, C. C. Brice, J. C.
Page 502 Dated: August 18, 1860
Proven: Jan. Term, 1864
The last Will & Testament of John Williams of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee. I, John Williams, considering the uncertainty of human life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following, that is to say: First. I give unto my beloved wife Ruth one third part of the farm on which I now live, or on which may be living at the time of my decease, including the dwelling and out-buildings, one horse, one cow and such other stocks & household and kitchen furniture as may be necessary for her comfort. Also one black girl named Nep to keep and enjoy during the period of her natural life. At her death whatever property she may have is to be disposed of according to the directions given hereinafter. Second. I give to my daughter Anna $150.00. Note: I have heretofore paid to my daughter Nancy $900.00; to my son James $500.00; to my daughter Ruthy $200.00; to my son Elisha $150.00; to my son John N. $150.00; to my daughters Harriet N. Helen W. & Eliza each $150.00. Other former bequests to my daughter Anna is to make her up equal to those who have received $150.00. I then give to Anna McCauley, John N., Elisha, Mollie K. Carroll my grand daughter & Helen W. each $50.00 to equal the amount paid to Ruthy. I then give to my daughters Anna McCauley, Eliza Ballard, the heirs of Ruthy Ballard, the heirs of Harriet N. & to Helen W. Seaver & to my sons Elisha, John N. each $300.00 to equal the amount paid to James Williams. I then give to Anna McCauley, Eliza Ballard, the heirs of Ruthy Ballard, and the heirs of Harriet N,. & to Helen W. Seaver, also to my sons James, Elisha & John N. each $400.00 to equal the amount paid to Nancy Robinson. If there shall be enough of my Estate. If not, then same proportion must be observed and if more after these bequests, then the remainder to be divided equally among the heirs. I give to my son Joseph a full heir’s part of my Estate which is to be governed and controlled by Elisha & John N. Williams whom I do hereby appoint his Guardians and he is to have the sole benefit of said share during his natural life. At his death, it is to be paid over to the heirs as directed with my other Estate. And my directions are for my Executors to value whatever slaves there may be, as near as they can to those already sold, and the heirs who have not already slaves from the estate shall have the refusal of them. And (I) do hereby appoint and constitute Elisha & John N. Williams Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 18th day of August, 1860.
John Williams (seal)
This instrument consisting of one sheet was now here subscribed by the Testator John Williams in presence of each of us, and was at the same time declared by him to be his last Will & Testament, and we at his request signed our names hereto as attesting witnesses
Page 504 Dated: April 9, 1860
Proven: May Term, 1860
I Randolph Dulaney Wells of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but weak and feeble of body, considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and for the purpose of settling my worldly affairs as far as may be, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking and making void all wills which I may have made any time heretofore. First. It is my will and desire that my Executor hereinafter named shall out of the first money that may come into his hands shall defray my funeral expenses and pay all my just debts. Secondly. It is my will and desire and I do direct that my dearly beloved wife Matilda Wells shall have all the property that belonged to her at the time of our marriage—consisting of the following negroes, to wit: Eveline and her two children Sally & Margaret: Caroline and her child Mary, Nancy or Nan and that she have all other property whether is consisted of goods, chattels, money or any other valuable thing whatsoever that belonged to her at the time of the marriage aforesaid. Thirdly. It is my will and desire that all the balance of my property, with the exception hereafter named, shall be divided between my wife Matilda and my little son John R. Wells as follows: One third thereof to my said wife..and two thirds thereof to my said son John R. Wells, reserving, however, to the said John R. Wells the household furniture that belonged to his mother and reserving to my wife Matilda $25.00 in cash. Lastly. I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my friend Richard S. Horner my Executor of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal. This 9th day of April, 1860.
R. D. Wells (seal)
Witness: George R. Powel, A. Carmichael
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