Dated: June 1, 1831
In the Name of God, Amen
I James Rose of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee,
now being well striken in years, considering the uncertainty
of life and the certainty of death, do at this time feel myself possessed
of sound mind and memory and being possessed with a small portion of worldly
affairs, I am desirous to dispose of the same as hereunder written, and
I do avow and own this my last Will & Testament. revoking all former
Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made or acknowledged as I wish
to dispose of my property as her described.
First, I bequeath my soul to God and secondly, after my death, if I should be indebted, all my just debts to be paid. After my funeral expenses is paid if anything is required, then the balance I will and bequeath to Benjamin Bunch my trusty friend consisting of a tract of land lying and being in the County of Grayson and State of Virginia on the waters of New River, estimated at 140 acres of land being the same I purchased from John Welch, Senr., and also a variety of notes and accounts due me in said County of Grayson and in the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, and all and singular my worldly affairs that I now possessed of with the exception of a pension allowed me for my services as a soldier in the Revolution War which I will and bequeath to my trusty friend Benjamin Bunch, and acknowledge this my last Will and decree. Witness my hand and seal. Sealed signed dated and delivered in presence of This the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
NB The pension above described I reserve for my own use free from this will. Witness my hand and seal.
James x Rose (seal) (his mark)
Test: William x Goodman, (his mark)
Neill x Goodman (his mark)
Dated: June 21, 1831
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Richard Robertson of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, one of the United States of America, being of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make, ordain and declare this instrument which is subscribed with my own name to be my last Will & Testament, revoking all others.
Imprimis. All of my debts of which there are but few and none of magnitude are to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies hereinafter bequeathed are to be paid as soon as circumatances will permit, and in the manner directed.
Item To my dearly beloved wife Mary Robbertson, I give and bequeath my whole estate both real and personal during her natural life or widowhood. My wife Mary is required to raise and school my son Caleb out of the aforesaid personal property until he is 21 years of age, then he is to have a good horse, saddle and bridle out of the personal property which I have left in the hands of my wife. Also, my son Caleb is to have a good feather bed and furniture, also a good cow and calf when he arrives at the age of 21. Also my said wife with my Executors hereinafter named is hereby empowered to collect and receive all money due me on bonds, notes or otherwise. Also, my s’d wife and Executors are empowered to sell any of the personal property they may think proper &c after my son Caleb has received what is above named to him.
I will that any wife Mary have, hold possess &c the balance of my estate both real and personal during her natural lifetime or widowhood, and if my s'd wife Mary should marry, my will is that my Executors shall take charge of s’d Estate until my son Caleb become 21 years of age, at which time my will is that my real Estate be equally divided between my sons, to wit: John, Richard T., James, William, Hezekiah, Jesse and Caleb Robertson. And further, I will that my personal estate be equally divided between my daughters. to wit: Nancy Boatman, Dorcas Perkipile, Sary Austin, Jane Crosby. Mary Talley, Elizabeth Talley, Laming Harrier and Matilda Harrier. And further, I appoint my loving wife Mary Robertson my lawful Executrix, and John Robertson and Charles Talley Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby disannuling all former wills by me made, and ratify and confirm this my last Will & Testament. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Richard Robertson to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us This twenty first day of June in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty-one.
Richard x Robertson(his mark)
John Donaldson, Benoni Talley, Richard T. x Robertson(his mark)
Page 422 Dated: August 25, 1834
Proven: Feb. 4, 1839
In the Name of God, Amen. I Michael Roark of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being somewhat weak of body but of sound mind and memory, and knowing the uncertainty of life, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner following, to wit:
Item 1st. I bequeath to my son James Rork one dollar and no more.
item 2nd. To my daughter Sally Combs who intermarried with Elijah Combs I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 3rd. To my son Michael Rork I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 4th. To my daughter Rebecca Tunnel who intermarried with William Tunnel, I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 5th. To my daughter Betsy who intermarried with Thomas Self, I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 6th. To my daughter Sally Reynolds who intermarried with George Reynolds, I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 7th. To my daughter Julia Kirkpatrick who intermarried with John Kirkpatrick, I bequeath one dollar and no more.
Item 8th. To my daughter Polly Morrisett who intermarried with George Morrisett, I bequeath one dollar and no more. And it is my wish and desire that she remain on the plantation on which I now reside as long as I or my wife survive should she choose so to do.
Item 9th. It is my wish and I so will it that my wife—should she survive me—is to remain on my plantations use and enjoy it as long as she lives.
Item 10th. To my well beloved grandson James Rork (son of John Rork), I will and bequeath the tract or parcel of land on which I now reside, to him and his heirs forever, but he is not to have possession until the death of myself and wife—reserving the use of it for our maintenance. Also, I bequeath to him all my personal effects of every description, subject to the payment of my just debts.
Item 11th. To my well beloved son John Rork, I bequeath four shares of the tract of land I bought of the heirs of Charles Campbell joining the tract I live on and containing about 150 acres.
Item 12th. I do hereby appoint my well-beloved son John and my beloved grandson James Rork my Executors to this my last Will & Testament, and I wish them to qualify and enter upon their duties without giving bond and security, in believing that they will faithfully perform the trust hereby posed on them. I hereby commit my soul unto the hands of a merciful God before whom I must shortly appear.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal This 25th day of August, 1834.
Signed, sealed delivered & published as the last Will & Testament of Michael Roark in our presence date above. D Alexander, Joseph Mooney
Page 424 Dated: August 17, 1837
In the name of God, Amen.
I Ellen Rogers of the County of Hawkins and town of Rogersville, being in feeble health but of sound mind & memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament.
First. I give and bequeath to Eliza Cocke, wife of Frederick Cocke the tract of land willed to me by my father James Forgey lying on the south side of Holston River above Surgoinesville to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Second. I give and bequeath to my daughter Matilda Rogers my negro girl Elsey which was willed to me by my father James Forgey, to her, her heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly. I constitute and appoint Frederick Cocke Executor to this, my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal The 17th day of August, 1837.
Ellen Rogers (seal)
Signed, sealed published and declared in
the presence of: John Cocke, G. McCraw
Page 424 Dated: June 6, 1841
Proven: Aug. Term, 1842
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Thomas Roberts of Hawkins County, the State of Tennessee, being of bad health but of sound mind, I make this my last Will & Testament in words following, to wit: I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Matilda Roberts during her lifetime or widowhood, the plantation where I now live, to have all profits arising from the same. Also, all my personal property of all kinds out doors and in the house, not to be sold nor squandered by any person with the exception of some things hereafter mentioned. I will and bequeath to my son James Roberts one sorrel filly the one that he claims, also one rifle gun. And at my death to a saddle and bridle and martins gills and my great coat. I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth one bed and furniture and one cow. And I also upon the condition that William Pety lives here till he is 21, he is to have a colt worth $20.00 or $25.00. And I will that at the death of my wife that Mary Mooney have $10.00 worth of property. The heirs of Theoffolous Roberts to have $10.00 worth of property, William Roberts $10.00 worth of property. Tomson Roberts to have $10.00 worth of property. Nathaniel Roberts to have $10.00 worth of property, and Wiley Roberts to have $10.00 worth of property, and I also will if my daughter Elizabeth and my son James lives with and takes care of me and my wife during our lifetime, then at our death James is to have all my farming tools and all the balance of my and all the personal property to be divided equally between the said Elizabeth & James Roberts. Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal. This 6th day of June, 1841.
Thomas x Roberts (seal)(his mark)
Witness: Martin Phillips, Abram Haun
Page 425 Dated: June 13, 1842
I Nancy Rouse 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 of all, 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 Executors. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, John Rouse, my tract of land, lying on the south side of Clinch Mountain in Little Poor Valley, also on the left prong of Cove Creek, beginning and running as follows:
Beginning on a poplar and hickory on or near Michael ‘s corner, then south forty one, east fifty poles to an oak and beech. Then north fifty five, east two hundred and eight poles to a stake. Then north thirty, east one hundred poles to a stake. Then north sixty five,east twenty poles to a stake on Shanks’ line. Then north thirty, west forty poles to a stake. Then south fifty, west three hundred and thirty five poles to the beginning. And, thirdly, I will and bequeath to Mary Smith & Elizabeth Purcell & Nancy Hart my beloved daughters, equally, all my household and kitchen furnitures and fourthly, I will and bequeath that all my horses and cattle and hogs and all other plantation property that I may die possessed of may be equally divided between all my children.
In witness whereof I do set my hand and seal This June 13th, 1842.
Nancy x Rouse (seal)(her mark)
Signed and sealed and published in our presence & we have subscribed our names here in the presence of the Testator: James Y. Campbell(seal) and Silas Campbell (seal)
Page 426 Dated: January 31, 1849
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, John Riggs of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in a bad state of health, but of sound mind and memory, blessed be God, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, to wit:
First. After all my funeral expenses and all my debts are paid, I do then give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary W. Riggs all the land that I am now seized and possessed of. I also do give and bequeath unto my said wife Mary W. Riggs my black girl named Emily during her natural life or widowhood. It is also my will that after my funeral expenses and debts are paid that the residue of my personal property go to my s'd wife Mary W. Riggs during her natural life or widowhood for the purpose of enabling her to raise and school my children with the exception of such negroes as I may now set apart: It is my will that my black boy named Major and my black girl named Tabitha be sold at public sale to the highest bidder on a twelve months credit; the proceeds of sale applied to the use of paying my debts. After my debts are paid the residue to be put at interest for the benefit of my heirs, namely, Willin E. D. Johns, a son that my wife had by her former husband; Samuel T. Riggs, James V. Riggs, Pleasant Marion Riggs, and my daughter Louisa J. Riggs, my heirs at law. After the death or marriage of my said wife Mary W. Riggs, it is my will that all my personal property shall be sold by my Executor and the proceeds equally divided amongst my s’d sons and daughters, share and share alike.
Lastly. I do nominate and appoint Franklin G. Taylor my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this 31st day of January, 1849. Interlined before signing.
John Riggs (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This 31st day of January, 1849. John H. Cockreham, William x Roberson(his mark)
Page 427 Dated: None Given
Know all men by these presents that I William Roberts do by these presents, now being in my proper mind, as my last Will & Testament. I do give to my three children, Claiborn, Susanna and Elizabeth Roberts an equal portion of my estate when they grow to the years of maturity with that the rest of my children has had which sum I now estimate at $120.00 each and the balance of my estate real and personal I bequeath to my wife Jane Roberts and my three children during her widowhood, at which time my wife Jane doth marry again after my three above described children shall have received their part of my Estate as above directed then my wife is to have an equal part with my children.
Witness my hand and seal.
William x Roberts (seal)(his mark)
Test: Joseph Baker, Daniel Bloomer, Ezekiel Robinson
NB I do by these presents constitute and appoint Daniel Bloomer, William Walling, Joseph Roberts Trustees of my Estate.
William x Roberts
Page 427 Dated: Mar. 23, 1853
Proven: July Term, 1853
In the Name of God, Amen.
I George Rogers, Sen. being called to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and now of being of sound mind and disposing memory, I now make this my last Will and Testament, to wit:
First. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of any moneys that I may die seized and possessed of. Should I not have on hand money enough to pay and satisfy the above mentioned expenses, then I direct my Executor to first collect my debts and if there is not enough to pay my just debts, I desire that my Executor sell enough of the personal property that will come into his hands hereafter to the remainder if there should be any.
Secondly. I will it and it is my will that my negro man Peter be free at my death.
Thirdly. I will it and it is my will that my son Robert Rogers have all my personal property at my death, to wit: Three head of horses and their increase and about eleven head of cattle and their increase and some sheep and thirty five or forty head of stock hogs and their increase, and all the other personal property that I may die seized or possessed of or may come into my hands hereafter.
Fourthly. I will and it is my will that my daughter Manila, wife of Pleasant Bigley, have one good feather bed and furniture.
Fifth and lastly. I do hereby appoint my son Robert Rogers Executor of my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal. This the twenty third of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-three. Signed and sealed in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presence of the Testator This 23rd March, 1853.
George xRogers (seal)(his mark)
Witnesses: Samuel Amyx, F. W. Burton, Elizabeth x Everhart(her mark), J. A. Wilder
PAGE 428 Dated: Nov. 5, 1856
Proven in Part Aug. & Sept, 1857
(Rec’d p. 67 and p. 81)
I, Emiline Rogers of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time made.
First. I direct that my body be decently interred at Robert Rogers’ in said county in a manner suitable to my condition in life and that my 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 Executor from any portion of my Estate, real or personal.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my only son Anderson C. Rogers the remainder of all my Estate real or personal consisting of notes and receipts and one rone mare, a quantity of sheep with household and kitchen furniture. My wish and desire is that all my Estate shall be sold, every part thereof on a credit of twelve months, and the money loaned at interest and that my Executors renew the notes every twelve months for the benefit of my only son Anderson C. Rogers who was born the 25th day of May, 1851.
Thirdly. It is my will and desire that my son Anderson C. Rogers remain and live with my mother until he is 21 years old provided she lives until that time, and if she should die before my son arrives at the age of 21, I want my son to live with Prurlee Pearson provided he Prurlee has a home and is settled, and if he has not a home, I want my son to live with my sister Catherine Burton, if she has a home. If not with Matison Cope and his wife Jane.
Fourthly. It is my wish and desire for John H. Pearson to be Guardian of my son until Prurlee Pearson arrives at the age of 21 years, then my wish is that Prurlee Pearson be appointed Guardian in place of John H. Pearson.
Fifthly. It is my wish and desire in case my son Anderson C. Rogers should die before he arrives at the age of 21 years, that my beloved mother Elizabeth Pearson, if living, shall have my entire Estate, and if she is not living, then to be equally divided between my brothers and sisters that may be living.
And, lastly, I appoint my friend John H. Pearson my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
In testimony whereof I, Emaline Rogers have set my hand and seal This 8th day of November, 1856.
Attest: John Starnes, Wm. Hutchisson
Page 430 Dated: March 14, 1858
Proven: Apr. Term. 1858
Hawkins County, Tennessee
I, Robertt Rogers, Sen’r. do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and nuking void all other wills by me made at any time.
First. I direct that all 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.
Second. I give and bequeath to A.L. Rogers, my son, a tract of land No. 1 in District No. 2, containing 80 acres more or less. There is a note to be credited out of the value of the said land for $150.00, or over perhaps, I think that is now in the hands of George Powel. This I give and bequeath to Pleasant L. Rogers, my son. The same number of acres in district No. 2 in being a portion of the same lot. Credits out of the same for the sum of between fifty and sixty dollars I think. The amount of the said credits to be paid to Mariah Rogers and her two children, to wit: ?? Rogers and Arthur Rogers.
Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son Robert Rogers 120 acres more or less out of the old home. Same tract of land in District No. 2. The land to be divided by a surveyor and marked.
Fifth. I give and bequeath to Mariah Rogers my daughter being part of the same tract of land, fifty acres be the same more or less. It is my wish that the County Court of this county will appoint a County Surveyor and three impartial free holders to lay off and divide the same lands in proportion to the amount herein given to each one. It is my will that my son John Rogers be allowed $1,200.00 out of the property sold at my sale, or that may come into the hands of my Executors hereafter. It is my will and desire that Anderson C. Rogers my grandson be allowed $500.00 whenever he becomes the age of 21 years or more. Now if the said Anderson C. Rogers should die before he arrives at the age of 21 years, then the amount that is given him to be divided between my heirs equally. It is my will and desire that my black girls Mandy and Margaret be sold at my death on a credit of twelve months to the highest and best bidder. It is my will and desire that my upper tract of land from the marked line on the top of the ridge running with the spur to the top of Clinch Mountain be sold on a twelve months’ credit to the highest bidder—supposed to be 200 acres more or less. It is my will and desire that my wife Catherine Rogers shall have the following named slaves, to wit: Silvey, Albert, William and Tom and their increase, during her natural lifetime or widowhood, and if she should marry, then the property is to be taken and sold on a credit of twelve months to the highest bidder to pay the debts then on hand, and the residue to be equally divided between my lawful heirs. Now, if there is not property enough sold to pay my debts in the amount that I have willed to be sold, and to pay the amount that is given in money, it is my will and desire that there should be a sufficient number of slaves sold to pay the amount that is due. I will to my wife Catherine Rogers one gray mare and colt. I furthermore will to my son Robert Rogers one sorrel colt. The balance of my stock to be sold and all other property except that my wife is entitled to by law to be sold on a twelve months’ credit to the highest bidder. My daughter Maria has a filly that she is entitled to by law. Peter Rogers, a man of color owes me $100.00, his part for prosecuting a suit where he was a party concerned, and it is my will that my Executors should collect the same and apply it to paying my debts and...
I appoint my son A. L. Rogers and John A. Wilder my Exec’ s. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This 24th day of March, 1858.
Robert Rogers (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This 14th day of March, 1858.
Test: John Vaughan, William Faris
Page 432 Dated: Sept. 6, 1798
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, Samuel Smith of State of Tennessee, County of Hawkins, being in a low state of health, but of sound, disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will in manner and form as follows, to wit:
First, I will my body to the dust from whence it came and my soul to God who gave it. Next, I will all debts and funeral charges be paid by my Executors hereinafter named. Next, I will to my son Samuel Smith one negro man named Jack and all my household furniture. Next, I will a child’s part to my wife Ann Smith, as the law directs, if she has not forfeited it by her conduct. Next, I will an equal division between Henry Law, Joseph Hite, and the children of Thos. Smith of all the balance of my estate. Next, I will and appoint my son Samuel Smith and James Lea of Jefferson County my Executors, and also renders reasons why I do not make an equal divide among the whole heirs, my son Samuel has tended more on me in my infirmities than any of the rest, and Henry Law, Joseph Hite and Thomas Smith has had less of my property than the rest and is poorer.
Given under my hand and seal this 6th day of September, 1798.
Samue1 Smith L.S. (seal)
Test. Jas. Lea, Benjamin Cloud, Wm. Henderson
Page 432 Dated: June 30, 1807
In the Name of God, Amen.
I, John Saunders of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in a low state of health, but perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I 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 who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of god, and as touching my worldly Estate wherewith I am posessed, I give and devise and dispose of in the manner following, to wit:
Item 1st. I give to my son George Saunders all that tract of land of 400 acres on Honeycut's Creek that William Jeffers & Steven Parten is now living on to him and his heirs forever.
Item 2nd. I give to my son James Saunders the tract of land whereon I now live, with the appurtenances to the same belonging to him and his heirs forever, only the benefits arising from the same, I wish to be disposed of in the following manner. I wish the said farm to be for the use and maintenance of my said son James and my two daughters Betsy and Polly, equally amongst them until they are grown up, after which time the whole of the premises belongs to James. I also wish my two daughters Betsy and Polly to be with their sister Tabitha Chesnutt and being under her jurisdiction until theey are capable of acting for themselves and I wish Henry & Bitha to live on my farm and keep all the things together and as to my other Estate, I give and dispose of in the following manner (to wit): All my negroes and stock of every kind I divide equally, share and share alike between George Saunders, Tabitha Chesnutt, James Saunders, Betsy Saunders & Polly Saunders with all the rest of my household furniture & utensils of every kind only. I givee to my two daughters Betsy & Polly a bed and furniture apiece which is to be considered in the division as a part of their share and what past property of any kind that any of my children has already received is to be counted to them a part of their share. To Willie Saunders I give five shillings, knowing that he is no child of mine, and as to my wife Tisha Saunders, I give nothing as she has left by bed and eloped with another man. I appoint Richard Mitchell & Joseph McMinn Referees and request of them to divide my said Estate among my legatees agreeable to the tenor of my last will and testament. I do also appoint my son George Saunders & Henry Chesnutt Executors. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of June in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and seven, 1807.
John x Saunders (seal)(his mark)
Signed, sealed & acknowledged in presence of: Wm. Paine, Sam'l Smith, Michael Rork
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