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Will of John Herrel 

Page 240

Dated: Sept. 9, 1815 

In the Name of God, Amen.

I, John Herrel of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory but being old and knowing the frailty of man and the uncertainty of this life, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in writing in manner and form as followeth: That after recommending my soul to God and my body to the dust from whence it came, to be buried in a plain manner after my decease. And concerning such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bestow on me, I dispose of them in the following manner:

First. I desire my funeral charges to be paid out of my estate, and my debts to be paid in like manner.

Item 1. I give unto my daughter Polly ten dollars and all my housegoods at my wife's death.

Item 2. I do allow all the rest of my property including negroes to be sold at the discretion of my Executors which will hereafter nominate, and the moneys when collected divided between my daughters Sally Norman, Tish North, Lidy Comes and Polly Herrel. (Frank and Samuel Woods my grandsons) between the two to have an equal part with my daughters which I have named and my sons Enock Herrel and John Herrel & my daughters Betsy Snark and Winney Parrott I have heretofore given their shares - the boys in the way of the land, and the girls in a negro apiece which I hope they will be content with, and I do appoint John Harrel and Jacob Miller Executors of this my last Will and Testament in writing, and do by these presents revoke, disannul and make void every other will or wills by me made.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, This ninth day of September, one thousand Eight hundred and fifteen.

John x Harrel (ELS)

Signes, sealed published & declared (his mark)

by John Harrel to b his last Will and Testament

in writing in presence of us who was subscribing witnesses thereto.

David Henshan (?)

Jesse McWilliams

John Grove and L. Wilson



Page 241

Dated: October 8, 1816

Admitted to Record Feb. 7, 1817 

I John Henson of Hawkins County, State of East Tennessee (sic), do hereby make my last Will and Tesament in manner and form following, that is to say:

First. I desire that all my just debts to be paid and satisfied.

Secondly. After the payment of all my just debts, I give to my wife Elizabeth Henson one half of my Estate, both real and personal. The other half to my child she is now pregnant with, provided said child should live to the year of maturity, but if it should please God that the child should die an infant, I will the whole of my Estate as beforementioned to my wife Elizabeth, her and her heirs forever.

And lastly. I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Executrix and my friend Gabriel McCraw Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other former wills or testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal This 8th day of October, in the year of our Lord, one Thousand Eight Hundred and sixteen.

John Henson (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared as and for the last Will and Testament of the above named John Henson in presence of us.

At a Court held for Fairfax County [Virginia] the 21st day of October 1816, this last Will and Testament of John Henson, dec'd was presented in Court and the same being proven by oath of Geo. W. Blincoe and affirmation of William P. Robertson is admitted to record.

Test. Wm. Moss, Clk.


The Commonwealth of Virginia, Fairfax County, to wit: I William Moss, Clerk of the County Court aforesaid do hereby verify that the foregoing is a true copy of the last Will & Testament of John Henson dec'd from the records of my office seal. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the said County the 23rd of Nov., 1816, in the 41st year of the Commonwealth.

Fairfax County and Commonwealth of Virginia, to wit: I, Richard Ratcliffe a presiding Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid do hereby certify that William Moss whose signature and seal of office is above affixed is duly commissioned and appointed Clerk of the Court of the said County, and that due faith and credit is to be given all his attestations as such. Witness my hand and seal This 23rd of November, 1816.

R. Ratcliffe (Clerk)



Page 242

Dated: August 10, 1820

Proven: August, 1820 

In the Name of God, Amen.

I John Howel of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make, ordain and declare this instrument which is written by my order thereto subscribing with my name to be my last Will and Testament, revoking all others. All my debts of which I owe are to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies hereafter bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit and in the manner directed.

To my dearly beloved wife Mary Howel, I give and bequeath the use, profit and benefit of all the slaves that I am now in possession of which is: Luce, Lilla and Ruth, two horse creatures, black horse and mare, one called Dick and Trim, and two cows and calves her choice, three beds and furniture and all the kitchen furniture, and to have possession of the house that we now live in, and 100 acres of land during life, and at her decease, the land to fall to my youngest son Willy B. Howel, and my wife to have four sheep, the pick of the flock, and two of the best sows and shoats and nine killling hogs, and to keep all her geese and poultry with her cupboad and furniture and one big bar share plow and shovel, and let Mattison, Elizabeth and Willy have one heifer apiece and Sara one cow the name of Spot. Clark one cow the name of Little Brin and 100 acres of land where William Celey now occupies and one wagon that David Casner filled the wheels lately, one bedstead, bed and furniture, one big bar share plow, one table. To James 100 acres of land lying in Mitchell's hollow joining John Pack's land, one bedstead, bed and furniture, one cow, two shovel plows and one collar. And Clark and James shall pay their sisters $50.00 apiece that is, Nancy, Sally and Betsy. And Mattison to have one hundred acres of land - a place called Tate's Place, and Willy to have 100 acres of land where I now live house (sic) and to pay Mattison $150.00 when Willy Arrives at the age of 25 yars of age.

And Sally to have bedstead, bed & furniture and Betsy one cow, bedstead, bed and furniture. And all the rest of my property that is not mentioned here is to be sold and the money divided between William, Nancy, Sally and Betsy. Cattle, hogs and sheep what is not give away.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my worthy neighbors David Chambers, Haymes Amis Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness of all and each of (the) herein mentioned, I have set my hand and seal the 10th day of August in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and twenty.

John Howel (seal)


Tos. T. Tate

William x McCoy

(his mark)



Page 239

Dated: August 15, 1811 

In the Name of God, Amen.

I Thomas Harlin of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being very sick and weak, or imperfect health of body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be to God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, (Viz): Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands 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 Almighty power of God. And, as touching such worldly estate with which it has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner (Viz). I give and bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth all my property (after all just debts are paid) and the use of the land until my son John shall arrive at lawful age.

2nd. It is my desire for her to have her third her life time.

3rd. Then it is my desire when John comes to age for an equal division of the two thirds to take place, and at her-my wife Elizabeth's-death, an equal division of her one third to take place.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, This 15th August, A.D., 1811.

Thomas X Harlin (seal)

(his mark)

Test: P. Reynolds, Thomas Gillenwaters, John Carmack, Cornelius Carmack 

I likewise constitute and appoint John Carmack my Executor to act in the same manner as if I myself were present. As witness my hand and seal the day & date above written.

Thomas x Harlin (seal)

(his mark)



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