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WILL OF SAMUEL CURRY

Page 94
Dated: February 22, 1812
Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. (Viz) After all my legal debts are paid: First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Curry the third of my estate both real and personal. I do also give and bequeath unto my youngest two sons George and Samuel the plantation whereon I now live. I also give and bequeath unto my three daughters, (Viz) Rebecca, Ann and Margaret Curry three cows and calves and four sheep, a feather bed and bed clothes to each, likewise a horse and saddle, the horse not exceeding eight years old, nor under fourteen hands high. I do also give and bequeath unto John McPheeters, Archíd Simpson, John and James Curry and Reuben Skelton the sum of one dollar each. And lastly, as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal estate, goods and chattels of what kind soever, I give and bequeath the same to my said beloved wife Mary Curry whom together with Samuel McPheeters, Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto sot my hand and seal This twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and twelve.
Samuel Curry (seal)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Samuel Curry to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us who at this request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same. Thomas Connilly John Marshall


WILL OF DANIEL CAREY

Page 95
Dated: December 27, 1820
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Carey being weak of body, but of sound mind and memory and recollecting that all men have once to die, do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the words and figures following. First. I give my soul to God from whom it came and my body to the clay, to be decently and plainly buried, and the funeral expenses paid together with all my just debts. Item 2nd. To my daughter Sally Carey in Nelson County, Virginia, I give that tract of land known by the name of Leeís Place, containing 44 acres in said County of Nelson (County) Virginia. Item 3rd. To my daughter Rebecca Carey of said County of Nelson, Virginia, that part of land in said county...known by name of Cooperís Old Place, on the headwaters of Rockfish River, adjoining land with Soloman Carey and Samain Shropshire, containing one hundred and seven acres, be the same more or less. Item 4th. To my daughter Mary Ann Carey, I give that tract of land known by the name of Foxes Place, containing eighty acres, lying in said County of Nelson, adjoining land with Richard and Samuel Fox & Robert Henderson. And should there be another child by my wife Susannah which I mout have been the father of, it shall share equally with Mary Ann in the above described 80 acres of land. The before described lands and children are all in the state of Virginia. Item 5th. To Polly Hollin I gave possession of all the property both real and personal, that is, that I hold in Hawkins County during her natural life or widowhood, and at her death or marriage, as the case may be, my son Daniel Carey is to be and fall heir to all of said estate in said County of Hawkins, both real and personal. And should the said Polly Hollin accept of said estate, it shall be on these conditions; That she gives my son Daniel Carey good schooling until he be fourteen or fifteen years old, at which time I wish him put to some trade or business that he may make a living at. As to this my last Will and Testament in forse at my decease, I constitute, nominate and appoint my worthy friends Thomas Ingram and Jacob Miller...Executors to this my last will in forse, revoking and disannuling all others heretofore made. Item 6th. At my decease, I wish a sale of all my property at a twelve monthsí credit, except two milk cows, all the household and kitchen furniture, farming tools and one mare, bed an bedding, together with the grain and meat on hand and half of my stock of hogs, which named articles I wish left on the farm unsold. In testimony whereof I the said Daniel Carey have set my hand and affixed my seal This 27th day of December, 1820, in presence of Luke Pannel James x Henry Daniel Carey (seal) (His mark) Thomas Ingram and Jaíc Miller


WILL OF LEWIS CHRISTIAN

Page 96
Dated: May 1, 1822
In the Name of the Father, Son & Holy Ghost, three persons but God. I, Lewis Christian, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, calling to mind the certainty and yet the uncertainty of the time whenó do make and ordain this my last will & Testament in the words and form following, to wit: After commending my soul to God and my body to the dust, to be buried in a decent Christian manner, hoping they will again be united at the resurrection and enjoy a glorious immortality, I dispose of my worldly goods as follows: I allow all my just debts to be paid in the first place. I bequeath to my sons, John, Thomas, Lewis, Jr., Allen and James, to each one dollar. I bequeath to my daughter Lucinda the lower end of my place, beginning at a mulberry at the mouth of a hollow, at the upper end of the old peach orchard on south side of the creek and including the field and all the land to the lower end of the survey. I give and bequeath to my daughter Peggy the upper end of my place Beginning on Maxwellís line, running forth poles down the river and then a straight line across the upper end to the mountain. I give and bequeath to my daughters Betsy, Polly and Nancy each one dollar. Also, I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy and her children 49 acres of land whereon she lately lived, joining Francis Godard. I give and bequeath to my son Lewis 50 acres of land joining his old survey, Alexír Smith and Alexír Patterson whate in lines more or less. I give to my grandson Thomas the place whereon my son Thomas now lives, containing 52 acres reserving to my son Thomas the use of the place during his life. I bequeath to my grandson William, the son of my daughter Sally, decíd, 50 acres of land lying between my son Thomas and Samuel Bailey with the improvements. I give and bequeath to my son William the place I now live on joining Cindy below and Peggy above, with the buildings and improvements. If my wife Peggy should outlive me, I allow William, Cindy and Peggy to give her 30 bushels of corn per year during her natural life. I also nominate her Executrix of this will. I also allow Peggy my wife to divide the household and kitchen furniture between her three youngest children at her discretion. I allow her also to have use of the mansion house and one third of the farm during her life. I also nominate my son William my other Executor. Whereas I have been informed that my son Lewis Christian, Jr. has a bond in possession with my mark or signature to it, purporting to be a title bond with a penalty of $1,500.00 in default of making him a title to certain lands, I have no recollection of any such transaction, and if he has any such bond, he obtained it in an unfair manner when I was not in my right mind. In testimony where of I have hereunto set my mark this 1st day of May, 1822.
Lewis x Christian, Sr. (his mark)
Acknowledged in presence of us: Geo. Maxwell, Reuben Skelton, Geor. Curry A codicil of my Will &c, Supplement or Addition I, Lewis Christian, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., do this 15th day of December make and publish this Codicil to my last Will & Testament in manner following, that is to say: I give to my grand daughter Sally, the daughter of Cindy Christian one bed and furniture, one puter dish, one tin pan, one dozen tea cups, three bowls, one pitcher, two glass tumblers and six plates, one table cloth and one set of curtains; also one cow and calf, one sow and pigs, one horse colt. And whereas, in my last Will & Testament I have given to my daughter Cindy the lower end of my place, beginning at a mulberry at the mouth of a hollow, also, I do bequeath to her a part of the two last locations I make below the same hollow. And lastly, my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last Will and Testament, to all intents and purposes. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th day of December, 1828. Lewis x Christian, Sr. (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and declared by the above named Lewis Christian, Sr. as a codicil to be annexed to his last will and testament in the presence of: William Feagins, James Lyons N.B. It is my desire that the above mentioned property be equally divided between heirs of my daughter Sindyís body at her decease.
Lewis x Christian, Sr. (seal) (his mark)
William Feagins, James Lyons
A codicil or supplement to my will &c. &c: Whereas I in my former will gave or bequeathed to my grand son Thomas Christian 52 acres of land, I now in this my last will bequeath and give the aforesaid 52 acres of land to my son Thomas Christian, being the same land whereon he then lived, to be his just right. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of March, 1830.
Lewis x Christian, Sr. (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the above named Lewis Christian, Sr. as a codicil to be annexed to his last will and testament. In the presence of: William Feagins, James Feagins

November 20, 1830: To the gentlemen of the Court of Rogersville. It is the wish of Margaret Christian that James Bailey do administer to the estate of Lewis Christian, decíd for I am not able to attend to it myself owing to sickness and old age. Also, it is the wish of William Christian son of the decíd; also we both stand as security. Margaret x Christian William Christian, Witness James Christian (his mark)


WILL OF JOSEPH W. CARDEN

Page 99
Dated: Sept. 29, 1824
I, Joseph Carden, being in his sound mind desires this to be his last will and testament & it is my desire that my property may be distributed as I may hereafter mention in this my will. First, that all my debts be paid out of any money that is due me and the remainder to be put to interest in the education of my children. I desire that all my landed estate be given to my son Christopher Columbus Carden, Charlotte & Frank. Also to C. Columbus Carden with a sufficient part of the proceeds of said estate to give him the said C. C. Carden a classical education and complete his studies. It is also my desire that C. C. Carden study law profession. My wife Judith is now pregnant and should she have a son, it is my desire that he may have the same benefits of an education and share one half of the above property given to my son C. C. Carden. I desire that my daughter L. Josephphene have Maria a negro girl and her four children and their increase, and the property arising from the firm of Carden & Rubel in Rogersville and that she have the third of the negroes from Mrs. Kenner my part as one of the legatees. It is also my desire that she be sent to school until she has a competent English education. Should my wife have a daughter, she (to) be educated as well as her sister L. Josephphene and have one half of the before described property given to my daughter L. Josephphene. My wife Judith (is) to have peaceable possession of the plantation whereon I now live, also to have the negroes before named during her life or marriage, provided she should marry a prudent man, and the proffits of said Estate to be given to my síd children before mentioned, otherwise the said property to be distributed between my síd children at the age of twenty-one years. I desire that Miss Elizabeth Partepilo to live with my wife or children while she is single and to have a decent support from said estate. It is my desire that Cealy a negro girl be set free at the age of 23. Whatever I shall get of my fatherís estate at the death of my mother I wish equally divided among my children. Should all my children die without heirs, at the death of the last one all the before (named) negroes and their increase be free and my landed property and money if any should be on hand be put in a fund & to interest (?), and the interest thereof to be laid out for the education of poor honest children. It is also my desire that my wife have all the stock, household and kitchen furniture of every kind that may be on síd plantation whereon I now live without sale at my death, to do as she pleases with. I also desire that my friend, Judge S. Powel (or G. Powel) advise with my wife and give instructions concerning the education of my children, and dividing the property and keeping same together.
J. W. Carden
Attest: C. Hackney (second name torn off)


WILL OF JOHN COLE

Page 100
Dated Sept. 11, 1826
In the Name of God, Amen. I John Cole of Hawkins County, Tennessee being very sick and weak but thanks to God of sound disposing mind, and knowing that we all must die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following. It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid and all the balance of my property of every kind and description both personal and real I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret. And whereas I heretofore sold to Joseph Cole (my grandfather) a tact of land lying in the State of Virginia, Washington County for $700.00 which he was to have paid down but I have only received $435,00, the balance to bear interest from the 23rd November, 1825. I also sold a small tract to my brother James Cole for $55.00, containing five acres which when the above sums are paid, my wife Margaret (will) make deeds for said lands sold. And I do appoint my beloved wife sole Executrix of this my last will and do not require her to give security. In witness I have hereto set my hand and seal This 11th day of September 1826.
John x Cole (seal) (his mark)
Witness: Richard Mitchell Thomas W. Bell


WILL OF ELIZABETH COOPER

Page 101
Dated: February 8, 1828
I, Elizabeth Cooper being of sound mind, but weak in bodily strength, do declare this to be my last Will in writing. This eighth day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty eight. I do bequeath and give unto my son James Cooper by lot of land whereon I now live, containing 70 or 80 acres, be the same more or less & my two head of horses, and my son James is to pay all my just and honest debts. And all of the balance of my property to be equally divided between my children. And that my son James Cooper is to be my Executor of my last Will & Testament in writing. Given under my hand and seal, Febíy 8, 1828.
Elizabeth x Cooper (seal)
Witness: Jas. Francisco Henry Larkin


WILL OF SAMUEL CURREY

Page 102
Dated: August 14, 1830
In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Currey of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in a low state of health, but of sound mind & memory, do make this my last will and testament in writing. First, recommending my soul to God who gave it and my body from whence it came. Item 1. I gave unto my wife Jane Curry, after all my just debts are paid, all my personal Estate, together with the proffits of the third of my land during her natural life. Item 2. I will that the residue of my land be rented and for the support of my children until the youngest becomes 21 years of age, and then to be sold and the proceeds to be equally divided amongst all my children. Thirdly. It is my will that my sons should learn useful and profitable trades. Wherefore, I will that the(y) be bound out to pious men to learn trades. It is my desire that James Lynn and Frederick A. Ross should have any of my children bound to them should they wish to do so. To put this my last Will & Testament in force & executed, I nominate and appoint my worthy friends Frederick A. Ross and James Lynn my Executors...In witness whereof I, the said Samuel Currey have hereunto set my hand and seal This 14th day of August, One Thousand eight hundred and thirty. Signed, sealed & published the above date in presence of us who are subscribing witnesses thereto. Jac Miller Samuel Currey (seal) Charles P. Miller Sarah Miller

In the Name of God, Amen. I hereunto make an alteration to my last Will and Testament so far as it respects my youngest child whom Anna Campbell desires to have, and daughter to whom I will that she remain during her single state subject to the said Anna Campbell. In testimony whereof I set my hand and seal this 16th day of August 1830. Samíl Curry/Currey I also will my four sons, James C., William G., George and John remain with their grandfather Robert Campbell during his life or soundness of mind, then this section to be done in void. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this day and date above written. Samuel Curry Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us: Anderson Campbell, James V. Campbell


WILL OF TABITHA COX

Page 103
Dated: September 13, 1831
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Tabitha Cox of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being in good health but knowing the uncertainty of death, of sound mind and memory and knowing that all must die do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following to wit: I will my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth from whence it came, to be buried in a decent Christianlike manner. And as to worldly goods it has pleased the Almighty to bless me with, I give and bequeath in the following manner to wit; It is my will that all my just debts be paid out of my estate. It is my will that my grandson James Roling Henderson, have my tract of land of 100 acres on the west side of Robinsonís Creek; it is my will that the balance of my lands be equally divided between my two grandsons, Thomas G. A. Cox and Thomas H. Cox. It is my will that my executors pay to the Trustees of the Methois Church twenty dollars out of my estate. It is my will that my negro fellow Joe be emancipated at my death. It is my will that my Executors pay to Edward Cox, James Cox, john Cox, Alice Hale, formerly Alice Cox and Francis Taylor, formerly Francis Cox one dollar each out of my estate. It is my will that my daughter Elizabeth Cox have all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and all my stock of every kind. It is my will that my grand daughter Elizabeth V. Cox have the balance of my Estate consisting of cash and lands. I do hereby appoint my friends James Grantham and James Bradley of Grainger and Hawkins County, Tennessee my Executors to this will, revoking all others by me made. And I, the said Tabitha Cox do hereby acknowledge this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 13th day of September, 1831.
Tabitha Cox (seal)
Test: Joseph Lackey Jas Carden


WILL OF JOHN COOPER

Page 104
Dated: December 7, 1831
In the Name of God, Amen, I, John Cooper of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, considering the uncertainty of life and being of sound and perfect mind &c. blessed be Almighty God for the same 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 eldest daughter, Jane Cooper a negro girl called Mary. I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Cooper a negro girl named Agnus. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Cooper a negro girl named Mariah. I also give and bequeath unto my son William Cooper a negro boy named Spencer. I also give and bequeath unto my son James Cooper four negroes to be divided after our deaths, equally between William, John, Robert, Wiley, Absalom and Henry Cooper, by the boys above named getting Jane, Elizabeth and Mary Cooper a horse, saddle and bridle a-piece. I also give and bequeath to my seven sons, James, William, John, Robert, Wiley, Absalom and Henry all my lands and tenements lying and being in the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee. For them to have and to hold and dispose of agreeable to their will. At my death, my seven sons above named is to go equal shares in paying a bank debt that is against me. As for my stock and household and kitchen furniture (it) is to be divided among all my children, with the exception of my eldest son James Cooper. This is my last will by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This Twenty seventh day of December in the Year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty one.
John x Cooper (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named John Cooper to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names (as) witnesses in the presence of the Testator.
George Morrison Robert Cooper
Hawkins County, State of Tennessee We, the under assigned legatees of John Cooper decíd, after seeing his last Will and Testament, believing that it has been forgotten or neglected by him to make such provisions for our mother as he intended, we the undersigned do agree that she shall have as follows: The dwelling house and kitchen, including the orchard and garden, then along the lane past the old barn, thence a straight course with the fence until it strike the great road, that she is to have her lifetime all the land east of said line until it strikes King Caidís line. Likewise, she is to have the disposal of her household and kitchen furniture and stock of every kind. Likewise, a neglect naming the negro boy that was left to James Cooper, in the will whose name is Ben. We, and each of us, do bind ourselves in the sum of $500.00 to stand to the above agreement. As witness our hands and seals, This 24th of August, 1832.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us: George Morrison, Robert Cooper. James Cooper (seal) William Cooper (seal) John Cooper (seal) Robert Cooper (seal) Wiley Cooper (seal) Jane x Cooper (seal) (her mark) Elizabeth x Cooper (seal) (her mark)
Note: The above will of John Cooper was proven August Session, 1832.


WILL OF JOHN CHESTER

Page 106
Dated June 7, 1832
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Chester of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, so make and ordain this my last will and testament. In the first place, it is my will that my beloved wife Mary have and enjoy all my estate both real and personal as long as she continues to be my widow, to dispose of as she may think best, and to sell off any part to pay my debts. Only it is my desire that my old mare be kept by her as long as she should live. If my wife Mary should marry, it is my will that she should have my negro girl Sarah, one cow, my old mare and one bed and bedding, some household and kitchen furniture, and at her death my negro girl named Sarah and all the property to return to my children to be divided as hereafter expressed. Item. It is my will that at the death or marriage of my beloved wife, that all my real or personal Estate be equally divided between my children after deducting from each oneís share the amount they have severally recíd from me, according to my account against each. Item. It is my will that my negroes that may remain at the death of marriage of my wife, after the payment of my debts, remain in the family and be not sold, and if my children cannot agree among themselves as to the division of them, let them be valued by three dis-interested men of their own or my Executorís choosing, and whoever of my children they may fall to, let him or them pay to the other their part of the valuation. Item. It is my will that my shop tools be valued with my negro man Dick, and let them go to my children with him. Item. It is my will that the part of my Estate that may fall to my daughter Elizabeth Roberts, at the marriage or decease of her mother, should be kept by my Executors for the use and benefit of my daughter and her children to be given to them as they may need it, at the discretion of my Executors. Item. It is my will that my daughter Catherine and my son Archibald be raised, clothed and schooled out of my Estate without charge as long as they stay with their mother, and at her death or marriage, go receive (an equal share) of my estate as their other brothers and sisters. I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons Samíl G. Chester and John K. Chester Executors of this my last Will and Testament not requiring them to give security for the Execution of the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 7th day of June, 1832.
John Chester (seal)
Signed, sealed & ackíd in presence of us: Samíl Grer Benjamin Boyd Test. Wm. Bradley


WILL OF JACOB CHARLTON

Page 107
Dated March 1, 1837
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Jacob Charlton of Hawkins County, State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound mind & memory & convinced of the uncertainty of life & the certainty of death, do make, ordain & publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say. It is my desire and wish after my death that Polly Gilliam, wife of John Gilliam shall have & receive whatever sum of money shall at that time be due and owing to me as pension of the United States for my services during the Revolutionary War, in consideration for her services and attention to me at various times during my sickness, and in order to carry into effect the bequest in this will, I appoint John Gilliam Executor of this will, and he is not required to give security.
Jacob x Charlton (seal) (his mark).
Witness: W.O. Winston Anthony Smith


WILL OF BENONI COLDWELL

Page 108
Dated March 1, 1837
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Benoni Coldwell, of Hawkins County & State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this present life, do make this my last Will & Testament in the words following (To wit) Imprimis. I give my precious immortal soul to God who gave it and as to my personal Estate my will & desire is that it be divided in the following manner, after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid. Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Coldwell all that part of the plantation whereon I now reside, lying south of the Stanley Valley Road, including the dwelling and out houses, during her life or widowhood, also a negro man named Nelson, one other negro man named Henry, also a negro girl named Milly, also head of horses, her choice out of my stock, also stock of cattle & hogs, ten ewes and lambs, also ten head of other sheep...Also my stock of geese and ducks for the purpose of my wife and daughters making themselves beds. Also my youngest sons to have benefit of beds if their sisters think proper to make for them. Also a new wagon part made contracted to be made by David Kestren for her to have finished and keep as her other property, the balance to be paid for finishing the wagon out of my estate. Also, all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils and all other property...also my wife to have the present crop of wheat that is now growing in the field on the north side of the Stanley Valley Road, adjoining George Waltersí land. Item. I give & bequeath unto my daughter Sally Greenway and her heirs a negro girl Isabel. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas K. Coldwell the tract of land whereon he now resides containing 200 acres more or less, also $100.00 to be made out of my Estate. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lettice Young what she has already received of my estate as her part at the present. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Galbraith what she has already received of my estate as her part at the present. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Bryan what she has already received of my estate as her part at the present. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Benoni F. Coldwell what he has already received of my estate as his part at the present. Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons John & Nathaniel the two tracts of land, one called Stubblefieldís Place, and the other called Bakerís Place, also the entries around them, to be equally divided between them agreeable to quantity and quality. Johnís part to be laid off at the lower or west end, including where he now lives. Item. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Percy C. & Volney Coldwell all that part of the tract of land whereon I now reside, lying north of the Stanley Valley Road until the death of their mother, then the whole tract to be equally divided between them. Also, I leave a 50 acre entry in the Caney Valley Knobs to support the tract I live on with timber. Item. I give and bequeath unto my four daughters Delphi Ann, Rachael, Eliza & Julia Ann Coldwell, each, five hundred dollars, to be paid out of my estate in addition to the beds they have or may hereafter make. My will and desire is that after the death of my wife all the property she may (have) be sold and proceeds equally divided among all my children enumerated above. My will and desire is that the following property be sold to carry my last will & testament into effect, to wit; Two tracts of land lying in Big Poor Valley, one containing 50 acres and the other 100 acres; one negro man Edward, one named Leroy, one negro boy named Jesse, one negro girl named Lucy, also my old wagon, the balance of my stock of hogs and sheep, two stills, still tubs & other vessels, one set of blacksmith tools and coopers tools. I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my brother Thomas Coldwell & my wife Elizabeth Coldwell my sole Executor and Executrix to carry this my last Will & Testament into effect & that they be not required to give security for the faithful execution of the same. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my had and seal this twenty first day of March in the year of our Lord, 1837.
B. Coldwell (seal)
Test. Philip S. Hale John Shough Robít Johnson


WILL OF GEORGE CROBARGER

Page 110
No Date (1837-39)
I, George Crobarger, of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, Blessed be God, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament as follows, that is to say: My wish and desire is that my daughter Betty Crobarger, now Betty Seaver shall have one dollar of my estate and no more. My wish and desire is that my loving wife Mary Crobarger shall afer my just debts are paid, have the whole of my personal Estate at her disposal during her life and to dispose...in any manner she may choose. If my Executors that it best to make a sale and dispose of any part of the stock and other articles which may be to spare, I leave it with them to do as they think best. I do also constitute and appoint my wife Mary and John Critz my lawful Executors of this my last Will &c.
George x Crobarger (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged before us: John Gibbons John Boyd Robert McMinn


WILL OF SIMEON COLLINS

Page 110
No Date Proven Aug 1836
Simeon Collins being of sound and perfect mind & memory did make and publish this his last Will & Testament in manner and form following. He desires and requests that his wife Frankey should have and keep all his property, both real and personal for the purpose of keeping her children together and to raise them on what he left as his wife Frankey had labored with him for all they possessed which said Will and Testament was made while on his death bed and no opportunity of committing his last will to writing as he was soon after taken dangerously ill and died somewhat unexpected and appeared not to have had his mind engaged on the subject no more, which last Will and Testament was declared in presence of the undersigned subscribing witnesses. N.B. He the said Simeon further requested that all his just debts be paid and satisfied & the balance retained for the purpose above stated.
Sardy x Collins{note: researchers beleive this to be Vardy Collins}, Morgan x Collins, Charlotty x Collins, Millenton Collins, Allen Collins (his mark)


WILL OF JOHN COCKREHAM

Page 111
Dated: January 5, 1839 Proven: 7th April, 1845 Term
In the Name of God, Amen, I John Cockreham of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee being in a bad state of health, but of sound mind & memory, blessed be God, calling to mind the mortality of this life & knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, viz: First. I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Sally the use of all my land & negro slaves during her life or widowhood...also to my wife Sally as much of my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, and hogs as she shall choose to set apart for herself and I also give to my wife...all my household furniture and kitchen and farming utensils, all my corn, bacon, wheat and other provisions on hand, also one wagon and two yolk of oxen. Secondly. I give & bequeath after the death or marriage of my wife....to my sons, Thomas G. Cockreham, John H. Cockreham, Daniel H. Cockreham, William H. & Abner W. Cockreham, and to my daughters Maria McCollough, Elizabeth Tharp, Louisa McBride, Emily H. Cockreham & Amanda Cockreham all my estate both real and personal to be equally divided among them, share and share alike, after deducting the following sums from the respective shares for property that I have heretofore advanced to some of my said sons & daughters to wit: I have heretofore advanced to my son Thomas G. Cochreham property to the value of Five hundred and twenty seven dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my son John H. Cockreham property valued at four hundred and fifty seven dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my said son Daniel H. Cockreham property valued at Four Hundred and Fifty seven dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my said son Abner W. Cockreham property valued at One Hundred Fifteen dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my daughter Maria McCollough property valued at Two Hundred, Forty eight dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my daughter Elizabeth Tharp property valued at One Hundred and Eighty two dollars. I have heretofore advanced to my said daughter Louisa McBride One Hundred Eighty Two dollars, all advances to be taken into consideration in their respective shares of my Estate, so that all (finally) receive an equal share of my Estate to them and their heirs forever. It is my desire that whenever my Executors shall have a considerable sum of money in their hands arising out of my estate either from the sale of property or from collecting debts due to me, that they shall divide the same among all my said sons and daughters equally taking into consideration the advances aforesaid. Fourthly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons Thomas G. Cockreham and John H. Cockreham Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & fixed my seal This fifth day of January in the year of our Lord, 1839.
John x Cockreham (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed published & declared by John Cockreham the Testator as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of each other. John Williams, Ephraim Parvin


WILL OF SARAH CHARLES

Page 113
Dated: March 22, 1839
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Sarah Charles of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in low state of health but of sound mind, do make this my last will and testament in manner following, to wit: I will and bequeath to Mary Charles my daughter one bay mare, one cow and calf, one bed and clothes, one cupport and one big cattle. I will and bequeath to my son James Charles one rifle gun, one manís saddle and all the crop after ittis made after all my just debts is paid out of it. Darcus Jane my daughter I will and bequeath one red heifer, one coverled and notted counterpin. I will and bequeath to Malinda one bed and clothes, one chest, one pot or oven and lid &c, and one fall leaf table. To Lucinda one bed and clothes, one old chest. I will and bequeath to Jasper my son one gray colt and one heifer. I will and bequeath Eldridge Charles one dollar. I will and bequeath unto Manecy one bed and clothes. The goose is to go to the use of the family that is now living with me. I will and bequeath to James Charles one cow I got (from) Wiley Hord. Publishing this to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this twenty second day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.
Sarah x Charles (seal) (her mark)
Witness: Wade H. Smith


WILL OF HENRY CHURCH

Page 114
Dated: November 5, 1844 Proven: December Term, 1844
I, Henry Church, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I do give and bequeath to my beloved wife Allice Church all the residue of my property consisting of all my household and kitchen furniture with all the stock to wit: Horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, geese and poltry of all kinds. Also all my farming tools & mechanicle tools, also one still cup and worm and a quantity of tubs and all the grain that is upon the farm during her life or widowhood. Thirdly. That I do will and bequeath unto my two daughters Matilda and Sarah out of the above named property one good bed and furniture, one cow and calf and equally otherwise as much as the other daughters that is married off. Fourthly. I do will and bequeath unto my four three sons, George, Enoch and Henry when they become 21, for them to have a horse, bridle and saddle. Fifthly. I desire after the death of my wife Allice Church that the remainder of the above named Estate to be sold and equally divided between all my daughters. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint William Church & Beverly C. Ford my Executors. In witness whereof I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this, the fifth day of November, 1844.
Henry x Church (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed & published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator Nov. The 5th, 1844. B. C. Ford, David x Hickman, Henry Reed


WILL OF JOHN CHRISTIAN

Page 113
Dated: March 4, 1845 Proven: Sept. 1, 1845
I, John Christian have on this the 4th day of March in the year of our Lord, 1845 in my proper mind, made & published this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. First. I desire that my body be intered decently according to the custom of the country, that my burial & funeral expenses together with all my just debts be paid out of any money that I may die sezed of or the first that may come into the hands of my Executor from any of my real or personal Estate. Secondly. I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy my entire landed Estate not hereinafter bequeathed, during her natural life provided she never marries, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, one horse, three cows and twelve sheep & twelve hogs. Thirdly. I give to my son William L. Christian five dollars, having previously provided for him. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth. I give to Margaret Arnald, Ruthy Felken/Felkner, Lewis Christianís widow and lawful heirs, Thomas Christian, Nancy Long (all) $5.00 each having previously provided for (each of them). Ninth. I give to John Christian one-half of a certain Island known by the name of Felknerís Island and $5.00. Tenth. After paying all my debts & the above cash bequests at the above named death or marriage of my wife Nancy I give and bequeath to my four youngest sons, Allen, Seth, Jas & George Christian, all my landed Estate together with any stock, farming utensils &c, leaving my wife Nancy to dispose of the personal property left her to who she pleases at her death. Eleventh. I do hereby nominate & appoint my two beloved sons William L. and Thomas J. my Executors to this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have this day set my hand & affixed my seal the day & date above written.
John x Christian (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of the Testator & each other, the day & date above written: Test: P. x Henderson (his mark) David x Lyons, Jr. (his mark) Adam Patterson

I John Christian have this day in my proper mind made and published this codicil and attached it to my last Will & Testament and declared it a portion of the same...my son Allen in the division of my real estate shall have his interest at the upper or east end of the plantation so as to include my present dwelling and out houses. This shall not be so construed as to revoke or make void any portion of my will to which it is attached. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 28th of May, 1845, in presence of:
John x Christian (seal)
P. x Henderson Emanuel x Rutledge
Pro Sept. 1, 1845 Jan. 5, 1846


WILL OF JOHN CROZIER

Page 116
Dated: July 25, 1845
I, John Crozier make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made, being of sound mind and memory. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and my debts be paid as soon as possible after my death out of money that I may have or that may first come into the hands of my Administrator. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth all my land and personal property consisting of the following, to wit: All my household and kitchen furniture and all my stock of every description consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, sheep and many other articles too tedious to mention, as long as she lives, at her heath all land and personal property remaining after paying all her expenses and the land be equally divided between my four daughters (viz) Susannah, Agnes, Casander and Nancy Isabella, and if any of them be dead...heirs to have their motherís part and also all the personal property whatever there may be of every description shall be equally divided between the above named daughters or their children as aforesaid. Thirdly. The heirs to choose some three disinterested persons that is suitable to make said division if they can agree about it, and if there be any orphans, their guardian to superintend on their part, otherwise the County Court to appoint someone to act for them, but if they cannot agree about persons to make said division, then and in that case the Administrator if any may be shall proceed and ask the County Court to appoint men as aforesaid to make said division, and in case there should be a disagreement among the heirs about that, the Administrator shall forthwith proceed to give lawful notice by advertisment and sell all the property both real and personal to the highest bidder on a twelve months credit. And if there be no Administrator then and in that case any one of the heirs shall or may complain to the County Court which shall appoint an Administrator and take bond and security according to law and sell the same as above mentioned, and shall divide out equally among the several heirs accordingly but should they make a division of the property the husbands of the daughters shall have power to sell the lands and make titles for the same, but should the wife be made the guardian of the orphans, shall have power to sell the property or rent it out as may be deemed best and shall be governed according to law as guardians in other cases. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal 25th of July, 1845.
John Crozier (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator This 25th day of July, 1845.
Test: Nicholas x Beckner, William x Grigsby, Joseph Jenkins


WILL OF CASANDER CROSIER

Page 117
Dated August 3, 1847 Proven in open Court Sept. 6, 1847
A written Will and Testament. I, Casander Crosier, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Second. It is my will that my mother Elizabeth Crozier shall have all my personal property and real Estate during her natural life, and at the death of my mother, it is my will that my sister Nancy Isabella Crosier shall have the remainder of my real and personal property. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint William Grigsby sen. My Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal This August 3rd, 1847.
Casander x Crosier (seal) (her mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and will (?) Names hereto in presence of the Testator this date above written.
Witnesses: William Moore, Thos. M. Arnott


WILL OF DANIEL CARMICHAEL

Page 118
Dated: May 28, 1848
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Carmichael, being of sound and disposing mind, though feeble in body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others that I may heretofore have made. First. To my beloved wife, I will and bequeath my landed Estate, with the exception of one small tract containing about 30 acres of cleared land and 10 acres of timbered land adjoining John A. McKinneyís, being a part of the tract on which Mrs. Kenner lived, on the right hand side of the Dodson Ford Road, which said tract of 40 acres I give to my trusty old servant Dick during his natural life on condition he keep an orderly house at all times. Secíd. To my beloved wife, I will all my slaves during her widowhood with the exception of Dick whom I wish liberated at my death, and with the exception also of a boy named Joe whom I have given to my nephew James Ayres and also a boy named Hilyon 12 or 13 years old whom I wish to be sold to assist in paying my debts. Third. At my wifeís death, or whenever she marries again, it is my will that all my slaves that I have willed to her be emancipated immediately. Fourth. At my wifeís death, it is my will that Hamilton Carmichael, son of Fanny Moore, whom I believe to be my son, although not born in lawful (?)should have all my real estate, but provided Hamilton Carmichael dies before my wife, then it is my will that my landed estate be divided into two equal parts - one half of which is to be at the disposal of my wife, the other half to be equally divided between my two nephews, James Ayers and Pleasant Carmichael, son of James Carmichael. It is expressly my will that my two nephews should not have possession of the said land until after my wifeís death. I have agreed with my wife, and I hereby bind myself to fulfill said agreement that if she should die before I do, and if I should re-marry, the three slaves that I have willed to my wife are to be liberated. All my money and drafts in the hands of John Blevins amounting to over $4,000.00 are to be appropriated to payment of my just debts, and if there should be a deficit, then enough of my personal property be sold to pay all my debts. All my personal property, after paying my debts, I will to my wife without reserve. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 28th day of May, 1848.
Daniel Carmichael
(witnesses) Sarah A. Savage Matilda L. Shields George Savage Wm. W. Shields

It is my will that Absalom Kyle senír and James K. Neal be appointed by the Court Executors without requiring them to give security.


WILL OF YELBERTON CARPENTER

Page 119
Dated June 15, 1848 Proven April term 1848
In the Name of God, Amen I Yelberton Carpenter of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament. 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 Exec. Secondly. I give to my beloved wife Hannah Carpenter the use of my tract of land in the County of Claiborne, State of Tennessee for her comfortable support and maintenance, and it is my will that my grand daughter Nancy Orlena Carpenter, daughter of Anderson Carpenter remain with my wife Hannah and have life support from said land during my wifeís life, and I further give to my wife Hannah all my household and kitchen furniture one choice cow, one brood sow, three choice stock hogs, thirteen pigs, four sheep, one choice heifer, &c. It is further my will that at any time my wife may think best she is to give to my grand daughter Nancy Orlena one bed, one cow, some kitchen utensils, a small start in hogs and sheep. Thirdly. It is my will that after the death of my wife, that the above named tract of land in Claiborne County be divided between my sons Jackson and Wilson in the following manner, to wit: Beginning at the mouth of the spring branch. Thence with the meandering of said branch to a cross fence at the upper end of the rocky field. Thence a straight line to a gum corner to said land and corner to Michael Personís land. Jackson to have north side of dividing line, with improvements, to descend after his death, to the lawful children that he now has or may hereafter have to be divided equal between them. And the said Wilson Carpenter to have the south side of said dividing line, with improvements thereon during his natural life, and after his death to descend to his lawful children that he now has or may hereafter have, to be divided equal between them. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my son Allen Carpenter the tract of land whereon I now live, together with a tract of land on Clowdís Creek in Hawkins County, purchased by me with William Altom. Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto my son Jesse Carpenter fifty dollars in trade, it being one-half of a debt due me from my son Anderson Carpenter. Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my son Anderson Carpenter fifty dollars due from him to me after paying the above bequest of fifty dollars to Jesse Carpenter. Seventhly. I give and bequeath unto my sons William, John, James and my daughter Mary Spradler all my stock consisting of horses, cattle, hogs, and sheep not disposed of in the foregoing bequests, to be equally divided between them. It is my request they divide the stock themselves, and Lastly. I do constitute and appoint my friend James Conner and my son John Carpenter of the County of Hawkins...my Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand, affixed my seal this 15th day of June in the Year of our Lord, A.D. 1845.
Yelberton x Carpenter (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed & delivered in presence of James L. Etter, Edmund Lovin


WILL OF THOMAS COCKE

Page 121
Dated: August 9, 1849 Proven: March Term 1862 (J. H. Vance, Clk)
In the name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Cocke of Hawkins County in the State of Tennessee, being in the full possession of my ordinary powers of mind, but contemplating the uncertainty of life and being desirous of making such disposition of my worldly property and effects as after mature deliberation my own judgement and sense of duty appeares and as I anxiously desire for sufficient reasons to be carried into effect after my death do make ordain and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following that is to say: First. I desire that all my just debts if any should remain unpaid at my death, shall be paid out of my estate and I direct that any money which may be on hand and debts which may be due to me at my death and my personal estate as far as necessary shall be first applied to this purpose. Second. For considerations satisfactory to my own mind, I give and bequeath unto my wife Lucinda absolutely for her own separate use and benefit 200 acres of land situate in County of Hawkins including the house wherein I now reside to be laid off as she may direct to have and to hold the same and every part and portion thereof in absolute fee simple, together with all my household and kitchen furniture, waggon, yoke of oxen and farming utensils of every description, the one fifth part of my live stock of every kind and description and also my two negro women slaves, Nancy and Catherine. Third. All the residue of my estate property and effects of every kind and description real, personal or mixed in possession or in action wheresoever situate, including the tract of land whereon I now reside situate in said County of Hawkins, Joining the lands of John B. Proffitt, William Mays and the heirs of Thomas Stubblefield, decíd and known by the name of Mulberry Grove estimated to contain 1200 acres more or less, I give, bequeath and devise unto William S. Creed, Mary A. Read, wife of Thomas R. Read, formerly Mary A. Creed, and Maryaner Moore wife of George W. Moore, formerly Maryaer Creed, to them and their heirs jointly and equally in fee simple subject to charges that my just debts which remain unpaid at my death be payed at my death. Fourth. I direct that as soon after my death as practicable my Executors hereinafter named shall sell and dispose of all my personal effects and property, the proceeds thereof after paying my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid equally to the said William S. Creed, Mary A. Read and Maryaner Moore. I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint William S. Creed, Thomas R. Read and George W. Moore Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all former or other wills by me heretofore made and declaring this to be my last Will and Testament, and I deem it proper here solemenly to declare to my relations and friends and to all other persons that the foregoing disposition of my property is made upon reflection and deliberation and is such as satisfies my own feelings and sense of justice. Let no one question or attempt to disturb it after my death. In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal This ninth day of August in the year of our Lord A.D. One thousand eight hundred and forty-nine.
Thomas Cocke (seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged by the said Thomas Cocke in our presence to be his last Will and Testament who have witnessed the same at his request in the presence of each other and in his presence the date above written.
Test: Elisha Dodson, Hugh Cain, Jr.


WILL OF ETHELDRIDGE CHARLES

Page 123
Dated: March 29, 1842 Proven: May 2, 1842
In the Name of God, Amen. I Etheldridge W. Charles of Hawkins County & State of Tennessee, being in low state of health but of sound mind do make this my last Will & Testament in the manner following, to wit: I will & bequeath to my wife Susannah Charles one bay mare and side saddle and bridle, one red spotted cow, one white sow and five shoats, two beds and clothing, one cubboard and furniture, and Beauro and clock and four chairs and one common dining table, one large pot, one small pot and one bake oven, one small oven, one skillet, one loom and one pair of horse gears and plow & the balance of my property to be sold to pay my just debts, and if anything over, it is to go to my three children, William A., Susannah E. and Carsha J. Charles, & I will and bequeath to my brother Hughy J. Charles my saddle & I will that my síd wife have the sole benefit of the plantation and buildings where I now live until the youngest child, Barshaba J. Charles, comes of age and then to be sold and equally divided amongst my three named children. In witness witness _hereof, publishing this to be my last Will and Testament, I have hereunto set my hand and seal This the 29th (twenty-ninth) day of March, One Thousand eight hundred and forty-two.
E. W. x Charles (seal) (his mark)
Witness: Martin Phillips


WILL OF THOMAS COLDWELL

Page 124
Dated: November 15, 1852 Proven: March Term, 1853
Know all men by these presents that I, Thomas Coldwell, being of sound mind and body, but calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and desiring to settle my worldly affairs, do ordain and publish this my last Will and Testament, revoking and annulling all others. First. I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid. Secondly. I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Sally...during her natural life or widowhood one third of the plantation on which I live, including the dwelling house and out houses thereto attached. Also, all my household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, including wagon or wagons, blacksmith tools and one half of the stock on my farm at my death; also all my slaves. Thirdly. To my son James, I bequeath all my lands including--after her death--the part willed to my wife, also after the death of my wife, I bequeath unto my son James all the personal property, including wagon or wagons on my farm and blacksmith tools, except the slaves which has been devised to her and also one half the stock of all kinds, and grain on hands on the farm at my death. Fourthly. To my son Benoni I will and bequeath in lieu of his, Benoniís interest in my land and personal property, that James pay him--Benoni the amount proposed in the agreement made and entered into between them, James and Benoni, heretofore. In addition to which, after the death of my wife, I direct that my slave Pompey be left to Benoni. Fifthly. To the children of my son Andrew F. Coldwell, decíd., and after the death of my wife, I will that my slave Ellen be sold and the proceeds of her sale be equally divided to said children of Andrew F. Coldwell. Sixthly. To my son Abiram Coldwell, I bequeath after the death of my wife, my slaves Frank and Susan. Seventhly. To my daughter, Indiana Chenwith, during her life and after the death of my wife, I will my slave Mary, and after the death of Indiana, said Mary and her increase be equally divided among the children of Indiana. Eightly. After the death of my wife, it is my will that my son James shall have my slave Bob and that he shall maintain Old Cynth. Ninthly. It is my will that if my slaves should increase hereafter during my life or the life of my wife, that the two oldest of the increase living at the death of my wife shall belong to my son James, and the balance of such increase, if any such, shall be equally divided between (the children of) my son Andrew F. Coldwell, decíd, for one part, and my son Abiram and my daughter Indiana, but to go to my daughter Indiana and her children in the same manner as the slave Mary is willed. Tenthly. It is my will that all my property not otherwise devised shall belong to my wife during her natural life or widowhood and to pay my son James after her death, and my wife and son James are charged with the payment of all my just debts, and are hereby appointed Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 15th day of November, 1852.
Thomas Coldwell (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in presence of us: H. Watterson, Jesse M. Lyons, John Young


WILL OF DANIEL CHAMBERS

Page 125
Dated: December 4, 1852 Proven: July Term, 1852
I, Daniel Chambers, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executor. Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah all the land which I now own on north side of Holston River whereon I now live, together with part of my plantation on south side of said river. Say, from the barn up the river. I also give and bequeath to her my wife Sarah Chambers my negro man named Charles and also his wife Fan. I also give and bequeath to my wife two horse beasts and three cows, her choice; my yoke of oxen and waggon, one large plow, one shovel plow, two pair of gears and so much of my household and kitchen furniture sufficient for her use, also my hogs, sheep and stock. All of which named property I leave to her during her natural life, or so lang as she remains my widow, then the above named negro woman Fan is to have the liberty of choosing with whom of my children or grandchildren she will live. But the above named Charles to be valued and have choice to live with either of my children who will pay valuation--which valuation to be divided equally into three parts; one part going to children of each of my three daughters, namely, Amanda Franciscoís, Lois Millersís and Rachael Millerís. I do further give and bequeath to my wife Sarah two feather beds and furniture, as much as she thinks proper, also her Bible and Saddle, which last named articles I leave at her own disposal. Thirdly. I do give to my son William S. Chambers all the land I own on the south side of Holston River, containing 310 acres, also all the land which I own on the north side of said river from the spring branch down to Stephen Hagoodís live, to have possession of at my wifeís death or intermarriage. But he, William S. Chambers, is at all times to have the use of timber on said lands. I further bequeath to William S. Chambers my negro man, Isaac. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Amanda Franciscoís children...Mary Simmons, $200.00, and to Amandaís other children, namely Thomas, Daniel and Sarah Francisco, I give and bequeath the land whereon I now live, from the spring branch up the river adjoining the lands of T. Coldwell and James Hagood. The land to be at my wifeís death (sold?) And the proceeds divided equally between the three last named children of my daughter Amanda Francisco. Fifthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Lois Millerís three children, namely Daniel C. Miller, Rachael D. Miller and John P. Miller my two negro boys, Lewis and Charles. I further give and bequeath to my grandson John P. Miller, one horse and saddle worth $100.00. Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachael Miller my negro woman named Susan and her two little daughters, namely Sarah and Julia, during her natural life and then to said Rachael Millerís children. Seventhly. The residue of my personal property undisposed of in the foregoing bequests, I direct to be sold and the proceeds of said sale to be equally divided between my three daughters, namely Amanda Franciscoís, Lois Millerís and Rachael Millerís children. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my son, William S. Chambers my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal. This fourth day of December, 1852.
Daniel Chambers (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in presence of the Testator. H. Watterson C. C. Miller


WILL OF LEWIS CLICK

Page 127
Dated: Febíy 21, 1853 Proven: Sept. Term, 1853
The last Will and Testament of Lewis Click of Hawkins County, Tenn. I, Lewis Click, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon aster 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 unto my beloved wife Rosannah all the household and kitchen furniture or as much as she may need. I further give and bequeath to my wife Rosannah the farm and mansion house where I now reside, to have and to hold with all its appurtenances, for the term of ten years, and at the expiration of the said ten years, I hereby give and bequeath to my wife Rosannah the fifth part of the above named farm, together with all its buildings. I give and bequeath to my son William the fifth part of the above named farm. I further give and bequeath to my son Robert the fifth part of the above named farm. Also, I give and devise to my youngest son George one yoke of black steers and one Rifle gun. Also at the death or marriage of my wife, Rosannah, I give and bequeath to my youngest daughter Rosah the fifth part of the aforementioned farm, or the part I laid off for my wife. I will and desire that all stock, grain, farming utensils and slaves not excepted shall be sold subject to my debts after my death, or at such time as my Executor may deem proper. I further give and devise to my son Arthur one sorrel mare that he took from me last fall for his full share, debaring him from getting holt of whatever may come into the hands of my representatives from my Estate. I further give and devise to my son John $500.00 that I paid to Rogan and Edwards for him, that being his full share of my estate. Also, I want John to attend to my suits and my Executor will pay him for his services. I further give and devise to my son James $500.00, the full amount of his share of my Estate, being a part of $1,000.00 I paid for him at the Rogersville Bank. I want my Executor to collect the remaining part as soon after my death as he can and pay it to my creditors. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary $300.00, is the sale of the land I sold to her husband. I further give and devise to my daughter Eliza $200.00 which shall be paid to her at the expiration of ten years by William, Robert, Peter and George, each one to pay her $50.00. I hereby appoint my beloved wife Rosannah the 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 21st day of February, 1853.
Lewis x Click (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presence of he Testator. This 21st day of Feb., 1853 James W. Davidson James W. Clarke


WILL OF HAMILTON J. CARTER

Page 129
Dated: March 9, 1855 Proven: May Term, 1855
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Hamilton J. Carter, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory do publish this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other wills by me at any time made. First. I require my Executor to pay my funeral expenses with all my just debts out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into his hands. Second. I will and bequeath unto my wife, Highley Carter, all my household and kitchen furniture. Third. I also will and bequeath unto her my plantation so long as she sees proper to live upon it, but if she chooses to leave it, then it is to belong to my two brothers, Charles and Allen Carter. Fourth. I give unto my daughter Lucinda Carter one spotted heifer, and no more of my Estate. Fifth. I nominate and appoint George Kenney my Executor and allow him to administer without security. Given under my hand and seal this the ninth day of March, 1855.
Hameltn Cater (seal)
Witnesses: Bird Smith, John x Hord (his mark) Witnesses depose that they saw Testator sign the will and believed him to be of sound mind and memory. Hila Carter, widow, appears in open court & dissents to the will.


WILL OF JAMES M. COX

Page 130
Dated: March 6, 1857 Proven: April Term, 1857 [Recorded p. 44]
I, James Cox of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory and feeling certain that my natural life is drawing to a close, do therefore make publish and declare this to be my last Will & Testament, that is to say: First. That my body be buried in a decent and respectable manner, and that my burial expenses be paid out of my Estate. Second. I will that my lawful debts be discharged out of any money that may come into the hands of my Executor, which I will hereafter name in the Will, and the residue of my Estate, both real and personal, I will bequeath and dispose of as follows: Third. I will and bequeath to my two nephews John James Cox and George Van Cox, sons of John T. Cox, the tract of land on which I now live containing 50 acres more or less, to be divided equally between them when they arrive at a lawful age, and that John T. Cox or some other suitable person have full control of my land until they come of age, and that my mother have her home and support off the said land during her natural life. Fourth. I give, will and bequeath to my brother John T. Cox, the following notes and interest thereon: One note on John R. Charles for $122.31, dated January 5, 1857; one note on E. D. Faris for $11.66, dated 12th Jan., 1857; one note on Jesse M. Lyons for 25, dated 29th August, 1856; one note on Nelson Campbell for $181.09, dated Aug. 6, 1856; one note on Jas. Miller for $33.42, dated April 9, 1856; one note on T. T. Barrett for $241. 62, dated Jan. 25, 185_; one note on C. C. Miller dated March 18, 1850 for $15.00, due 15 October, 1856; one note on John T. White and James White for $42.63, dated March 5, 1857; one note on Jim Lyons for $25.00, dated Jan. 28, 1853; one note on Dan Green for $65.28, with a credit of $35.00, June 27, 1855. One Receipt on Elias Beal for $200.00, dated October 23, 1856, and that the said John T. Cox pay out of said notes the sum of $17.00 to George Cox. Fifth. I give and bequeath to Sarah S. Cox, wife of John T. Cox, one note on Wm. White & Bro. for $98.31. Sixth. I give, will and bequeath to John T. Cox & Sarah S. Cox his wife all my household and other articles too tedious to mention. Seventh. I will that my Executor pay to George Cox the sum of $22.50 out of the money I now have on hand. Eighth. I appoint, make and put on John T. Cox for my Executor to this my last Will and Testament. Ninth. I will and desire that my said Executor pay to Thomas T. Cox my brother and Polly Bray my sister the sum of one dollar each, out of my Estate. Interlined before signed. In testimony whereof I James Cox hereunto set my hand and affix my seal The 6th day of March A.D. 1857.
James M. Cox (seal)
Witness: Wm. A. x Owen & R. M. Sensabaugh (his mark)


WILL OF WILEY COBB

Page 131
Dated: June 12, 1857 Proven: July 6, 1857 [Recorded P. 71]
I, Wiley Cobb of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee be afflicted and not knowing whether I shall live long or not, I do this day make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First. I will and bequeath my land to my three sons and one daughter, Joseph, Jackson, Thomas and Elizabeth to be divided equally among them when they become free. I want my son-in-law Dyer D. Lawson to have the land till the heirs all comes free to maintain the children upon, also I want Dyer and the children that is here with him to have all the grain that is growing on the place, and all the corn, wheat, oats, bacon, &c that is here now if he stays here with me and takes care of me as long as I live. I also will and bequeath to my three sons and one daughter Joseph, Jackson, Thomas and Mary all my beds and bed clothing, to be equally divided among them and the three boys to have the cupboard. I also will and bequeath to my three sons my horses to keep here on the place for the purpose of using them here among them all that is here on the place. I want Joseph to have his oxens that he now claims, I also want my cow kept here among them to milk, and I also want them to keep the hogs to make them meat for next year, and I want Dyer and the boys to finish paying for the land in corn if Joel Cobb will wait with them till they can and if he wont why, they must sell one of the horses to pay it. I want Dyer to keep all the farming utensils here on the farm to use, and I want Dyer and Elizabeth to keep the house and kitchen furniture. I also will my side saddle to my daughter Elizabeth, and the other saddle I will to my son Joseph. I will my sheep to them all that is here to keep them here among them till they become free and then divided them among equally and I want the geese to stay here among them all that is here. I lastly will to my two daughters Catharine and Mandy five dollars to each of them to have when they become free, and also my daughter Mary $5.00 to have when she becomes free. And, lastly. I hereby constitute and appoint Dyer D. Lawson to pay all of the heirs the money as they become free. This my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal This June the 12th, 1857.
Wiley x Cobb (seal) (his mark)
Attest: A. O. Lawson H. E. Lawson


WILL OF SUSANNAH CRITZ

Page 132
Dated: December 19, 1857 Proven: Feb. Term, 1861
I, Susannah Critz do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that all expenses and all 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 my riding mare to Mary Kinkead. Thirdly. I give and bequeath a one year old horse colt to Samuel A. Kinkead and all the cash, notes and accounts and all my rent, grain of every description. Fifthly and lastly. I give and bequeath to Mary Kinkead one cow and calf and all my household and kitchen furniture and my bed and all my bed clothing. Lastly. I denominate and appoint David Kinkead my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This the 19th day of December, 1857. Susannah x Critz (seal) (her mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and (we) have subscribed (our) names hereunto in the presence of the Testator. This 19th day of December, 1857. James M. Bellomy, W. A. Pearson, Hiram x Wills (his mark)


WILL OF ELIAKENN COX

Page 133
Dated: December 13, 1860 Proven: Sept. Term, 1862
I, Eliakenn Cox, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made at any time. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just 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 herinafter named Executor. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Cox my farm for her own use. After the death or marriage of my wife Elizabeth, I give and bequeath the said farm to my youngest son Hugh Cox, provided he will come and live upon it, and if he will not come and live upon the farm, then I give said farm to my grandson, Eliacium Hardin. Third - Twelve. I give and bequeath to my following children one dollar each: Ann Hardin, Mathew Cox, Margaret Johnson, Rachael Foster, Martin Cox, Mariah Foster, Eliacuim Cox, Lucinda Johnson & William Cox. Said money to be paid by my Executor as soon as may be convenient. Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint Daniel M. Sheffey Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this 13 day of December 1860.
E. Cox (seal)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 13 day of December, 1860. Thos J. x Lee (his mark) Gale x Walker (his mark)


WILL OF A. CARMICHAEL

Page 134
Dated: December 19, 1860 Proven: February Term 1861
In view of the uncertainty of life & the certainty of death, I, Archibald Carmichael, of the County of Hawkins, Tennessee, being sick in body but of sound and disposing mind & memory, do make publish and declare the following to be my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking & making void any other wills heretofore made by me. First. It is my will & desire that all my funeral expenses should be paid. Secondly. It is my will & desire that all my just debts shall be paid and discharged. Thirdly. In as much as it is my opinion that my personal effects will not be sufficient to pay off and discharge my debts, it is my will and desire that Executor & Executrix hereafter named shall sell my real estate at public or private sale as in their discretion they may think advisable & for the interest of my dearly beloved wife and children & shall sell the same on a credit of six or twelve months, the purchaser/s giving bond with security & with interest from day of sale for the purchase money, a lien retained until the purchase money is fully paid. Fourthly. It is my will & desire that after all my just debts shall have been paid, the residue of my Estate shall be handed over to my dearly beloved wife to be laid out in the purchase of a comfortable house for herself & family and the residue if any, to go to the use of the family in their education & training &c. Fifthly. It is my will and desire that my dearly beloved wife shall use occupy & enjoy said property or house so purchased for & during her natural life & at her death the same to be equally divided amongst my four children, to wit: Mattie Ellen, William Andrew, Whitfield and Ann, share and share alike, and in the event my beloved wife shall in her good judgement think it best to marry a second time, then & in that case whatever property she may have purchased or may have saved of my Estate shall be divided equally between her and my four children, share & share alike. Lastly. I do hereby nominate, constitute & appoint my dearly beloved wife my Executrix & my esteemed friend George R. Powel my Executor of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal This 19th day of December A.D. 1860.
A. Carmichael (seal)
Witness: Hu Walker, Audley Anderson


WILL OF WILLIAM BAILEY

Page 42
Dated: May 30, 1828
I, William Bailey, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn., knowing that uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and being of sound mind and memory but weak in body, I ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament. First. I bequeath my body to the grave and my soul to Almighty God, the giver of it. My worldly goods, after defraying my burial, I give and bequeath in the following manner, to wit: I bequeath to my son James Bailey the land on which I lately lived, on the south side of Beech Creek, after deducting or taking from it what has been conveyed to my son WIlliam Bailey, Jr. ALso, the benefit of an entry of 100 acres mad by him, James, in my name on the 26th of this month on condition he pay to Sally Harmon, Wife of David Harmon, fifteen dollars in good trade. I give to my daughter Frankey Luster, wife of S. D. Luster, that part of (a) tract of land which lies on both sides of Beech Creek. Beginning on a hickory, a corner of the old survey which was originally a sour wood, to run to a stake from thence a corner of said tract at the end of the line of a hundred poles crossing the creek. Then with old line to Luster line. THen to the beginning on condition said Luster relinquish all claims against me. In case he does not relinquish any clams he may have, the land is to go to James Bailey who is to pay the claim of said Luster. I give to my granddaughter Jude Harmon my bed and furniture. I bequeath to Aggy Stacy, Besty Christian, Polly Fields, three heirs of John Bailey and the heirs of Thomas Bailey one dollar each. To my sons Carr Bailey, Samuel Bailey and daughter Susan Williams, I have given their portion heretofore. It is my wish that James Bailey my son act as my Executor for which and to pay the legacies herewith bequeathed, I give all my remaining personal estate. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th of May, 1828.
Signed, Sealed and acknowledge William X Bailey (seal) before us the date above.
John A. Rogers Aln Long Robb Miller


WILL OF HENRY BRUTHINTON

Page 43
Date: June 10, 1829
In the Name of God, Amen. Be it remembered that I, Henry Bruthinton of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being sick of body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be ALmighty God for the same, 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 eldest son Jacob all my land where I now live, lying and being in the County and State aforesaid, containing 55 acres more or less, to hold forever with all the appurtenances thereunto; likewise, I give unto my said son Jacob all my farming utensils with all my stock such as one horse, one cow and calf, nine sheep, eleven hogs, four bee stands and all the household furniture. The latter is to fall to my beloved wife Betsy Bruthinton when he comes of age. The above mentioned property my beloved wife Betsy (is) to make use of as she wants it for the children' maintenance. She is to live on the place as long as she chooses and as to the rest of my children (that is to say), my three girls Jinny, Catharine and Polly--when Jacob my son comes of age...is to give unto the girls one cow and a calf a- piece. And I hereby appoint my beloved wife Betsy sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the tenth day of June, One thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine.
Henry X Bruthinton (his mark)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Henry Bruthinton to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us: William C. Reynolds Isaac Laudeback


WILL OF JOEL COBB

Page 135
Dated: Feb. 18, 1861 Proven: April, 1861
I, Joel Cobb 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 other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expense 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 give and bequeath to my son Winsted D. Cobb and his heirs all my Estate, real and personal, to wit: The tract of land whereon I now live of 50 acres more or less, joining the lands of Wiley Cobb's heirs and P. G. Murrel and others, one yellow mare, one muley red, bridle cow, one cupboard, one bureau, all my beds and bed clothing, one kettle and one clock, all my bacon and lard, together with everything I may die seized and possessed of. Thirdly. My son Winsted D. Cobb, one year after my death is to pay Pleasant G. Murrel $40.00, and to my daughter Sally Trent $5.00, and to my grand daughter Polly Frazier $1.00, and to the heirs of Wiley Cobb, $1.00, and to my daughter Polly Murrel, $1.00, and to my daughter Fanny Murrel, $1.00, and to the heirs of Jacob How $1.00, and to my son Edward Cobb, $1.00. Lastly. I appoint my son Winsted D. Cobb my Executor. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 18th day of February, 1861.
Joel x Cobb (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of: Wm. J. Pearson, Banks x Lawson, (his mark) Thomas x Lawson (his mark)


WILL OF WILLIAM CARMACK

Page 136
Dated: March 23, 1861 Proven: May term 1861
I, William Carmack of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn. Being advanced in years but of sound mind and memory, do hereby make and declare this to be my last Will & Testament, to wit: First. I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son Cornelius, dec'd the proceeds of a note on my son William E. Carmack for $1,000.00 dated February 21, 1861 and due five years after date to be divided amongst the children of said Cornelius Carmack, share and share alike. Second. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Ann who married Lewis Long one dollar. Third. I give and bequeath to my three sons James, Wiley & Epps Carmack the proceeds of a note on my son William E. Carmack for $63.97 due one day after date and dated 23 March, 1861, to be divided equally. Fourth. I give and bequeath to my said three sons above named to wit: James, Wiley & Epps Carmack a Land Warrant issued by the United States to me for 80 acres as the proceeds of said Land Warrant, if sold by me during my lifetime or by my Executor or Administrator after my death to be divided amongst them, share and share alike. Fifth. I give and bequeath to my son William E. Carmack all the remainder of my estate whatever there may be. Lastly. I hereby appoint Cornelius C. Miller Executor of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me at any time made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This 23rd day of March 1861.
William Carmack (seal)
Signed, sealed & acknowledged in our presence the 23rd day of March 1861. J. B. Vance, C. E. x Carmack,(his mark) A. J. x Camp (his mark)


WILL OF GEORGE S. CHILDRESS

Page 137
Dated: June 20, 1861 Proven: Aug. Term, 1861
I, George S. Childress of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, being in feeble health, but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament. As regards my estate, real and personal, I desire to dispose of the same as follows: First. I will and desire that all my indebtedness and my funeral expenses be paid as soon as practicable after my decease. Secondly. I will and devise to my dearly beloved wife Sarah T. Childress my entire interest in the negroes, land and other personal property which belong to the heirs of James M. Childress dec'd, late of Sullivan County, State of Tennessee, said lands are situated in Sullivan County upon the waters of Reedy Creek. Said negroes and lands are undivided between the heirs of James M. Childress, dec'd. And Lastly. I do hereby appoint (and nominate) Andrew Leslie, Esq. of Sullivan County, Tennessee my Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal on this 20th day of June, 1861.
G. S. Childress (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence and in the presence of the Testator on 20th day of June, 1861. Signed after interlining. Witness: R. G. Netherland, S. Richardson


WILL OF WILLIAM L. CHRISTIAN

Page 138
Dated: August 11, 1861 Proven: October, 1861
I, William L. Christian, do this day make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills that may have been made by me at any time heretofore. First. I will and bequeath that my funeral expenses, together with my debts shall be paid out of any money that I may die seized and possessed of at my death, or the first money (that) may come into the hands of my Executor. Second. I will and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Christian the home place. Third. I will and bequeath to my son William L. Christian the east end of my place. Beginning at the bridge on the branch running from Mary Skelton's. Thence with the branch at a mouth of a ditch, thence due north to John Skelton's line. Fourth. I will and bequeath to my daughter Mahaly St. John and the heirs of her body the north part of my land. Beginning at the line fence on Wullran line, formerly the line fence of John Skelton, dec'd. Thence with said fence as it has formetly run to a mulberry. Thence a straight line to the corner aup (and up?) Next Alex Mountain of a twelve and ahalf acre entry bought from John Skelton, Sr. Thence with the several courses and distance to the beginning. Fifthly. I will and bequeath to my son James Christian the part of my land joining Mahaly St. John. Beginning at the mulberry, St. John Corner, thence a straight line to the creek to a beech tre on the bank of the creek with the meanders of said creek aup to a blackhaw bush. Thence a west course straight to the beginning. Also, one half of the 25 acre entry on the side of Alex Mountain adjoining my land. Sixthly. I will and bequeath to my son David Christian the part adjoining James, including my buildings of every description on said part. Beginning at the gum, James' Corner, thence with the old line crossing the creek to a walnut tree at the foot of the hill. Thence with the fence to the lane. Thence a straight line to an elm, then with the drain to the line between me and Mary Skelton. Then with the line to the road, to a black oak and sweet gum. Thence with the road to the head of the ditch, thence with the ditch to the creek. Seventhly. I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary E. Christian and to the heirs of her body all the land lying adjoining Mary Skelton & William L. Christian, Mahaly St. John & James Christian, also one half of the entry on Alex Mountain--that half to James and the other to her--her half to be laid off at the east end of said tract. Eightly. I will and bequeath to my daughter Rachael M. Christian and the heirs of her body all the part of my land lying south of David and joining his part, also to have one half of the forty acre entry under the Big Mountain, and David to have the other half of said entry. Ninthly. I will and bequeath to my four children to be equally divided among them to wit: Stephen Christian to have where he lives to include his house; Eldridge to have his place where he now lives; Jesse to have where he now lives; Joseph F. his part adjoining Jesse Christian and Stephen Christian and Polly Bailey next the Big Mountain, on the north side of said mountain. Tenthly. I will and bequeath that my children, namely: Eldridge, Stephen, William L., Jesse, Isaac shall each pay $5.00 for seven years and Mahaly St. John to pay $5.00 for five years. Eleventh. I hereby nominate and appoint my wife Elizabeth Christian my Executor. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This the 16th of August, 1861.
William L. x Christian (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and delivered in our presence. This the 16th day of August, 1861. Attest: T. A. x Long (his mark)
Acknowledged in our presence This 13 Day of September, 1861. John Ball, James Feagins, George D. Wagner


WILL OF SAMUEL CHESNUTT

Page 139
Dated: May 7, 1862 Proven: July Term 1862
I Samuel Chesnutt do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and debts to be paid in the manner I shall hereinafter direct. Secondly. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Susan all the household and kitchen furniture that she brought with her, also one waggon, mare and colt and sheep and cattle and hogs, also one negro woman named Amanda during her life. Also, if she chooses to remain with the family she is to have one room of the house and to have her support from the proceeds of the land which I shall bequeath to my daughter Caroline and son Samuel. Thirdly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Kirkpatrick and her children the land on which she lives as laid off to her, also a negro woman named Ester and her youngest child. Fourthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Cobb and her children the land on which she now lives as laid off to P. A. Cobb. Also one negro man, Lilbourne when my son Samuel attains the age of 22 years. Fifthly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sally Morell and her children one negro woman Sydney and her twin children. Sixthly. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas one black boy named Charles and one-third of the tract of land where I now live also a small lot lying down west of the mill adjoining Simpson's lands. Seventhly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Phillips and her children one negro girl Ann and a negro woman Amanda at the death of my wife. Eightly. I give and bequeath to my daughter Caroline and her children one negro girl Mary and one third of the tract of the land on which I live. Ninthly. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel one negro boy Bob and one third of the tract of land on which I live. I wish the land divided without respect to quality but equal in number of acres. Thomas to have his third off the upper end of the farm Caroline next & Samuel the lower end including the dwelling house. I wish Lilbourn to remain with and work on the farm for the support of the family until my son Samuel attains the age of 22 years. Tenthly. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Muscadore Smith one negro boy named Elbert. If she should die without issue then said boy Elbert revert to my estate and be equally divided. I wish my negro man Jo to be sold and the proceeds applied to payment of my debts, together with the moneys that are due me. After my debts are paid, if there remains any surplus, I wish it equally divided amongst my children. If the debt due me known as the mule debt be collected, I give $300.00 of that to daughter Margaret, in addition to what I have heretofore given her. My farming tools, waggon, horses and all my stock I wish to remain on the farm for the use of the family. Also the balance of my household and kitchen furniture I give to my daughter Caroline and son Samuel. Lastly. I nominate and appoint my brother Rodham Chesnutt Executor of this my last Will and Testament. I wish my old negro woman Lydia to live with any of the family that she may choose. I desire that my Executor shall not be required to enter into bond with security. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal This 7 day of May, 1862.
Sam'l Chesnutt (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence: Thos J. Lee, C. F. Hobbs
I hereby acknowledge myself satisfied and consent to the above disposition of property as made by the Will and Testament of my husband. Susan Chesnutt (seal)
Thos. J. Lee C. F. Hobbs


WILL OF ALLEN CARTER

Page 141
Dated: July 29, 1863
I, Allen Carter of the County of Hawkins and State of Tenn. Hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made and first: I direct that my body be decently buried in a manner suitable to my condition in life, and as to such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to intrust me with, I dispose of as follows: First. I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any money that I may die possessed of. Second. I will and bequeath to my wife Tempyrance (Tempey) and my children all my lands and stock, household and kitchen furniture of all kinds. My wife is to have the above bequeath her lifetime or as long as she remains my widow. Whenever my wife ceases to be my widow, the entire Estate is to be equally divided amongst my children. In witness whereof I Allen Carter have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of July, 1863.
Allen x Carter (seal) (his mark)
Attest: A. D. Johnson Stephen Darter David Hickman


WILL OF PHAROAH COBB

Page 142
Dated: March 18, 1823
In the Name of God, Amen. I Pharoah Cobb of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tenn., being in perfect health and of sound, disposing mind and memory and knowing that all must die, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, to wit: It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barsha four negroes, Stephen, Lucy his wife and her two children Cairy and Eliza with all my household and kitchen furniture, to her and her heirs forever. It is my will and desire that my wife Barsha should enjoy and have the use of the house and kitchen that we now occupy with as much of the cleared and woodland as may be deemed sufficient for her support her life, with two of my horse beasts, her choice, and four cows and calves of her choice with as many sheep and hogs as she may need for her use and support, and at her death the same to be sold by my Executor hereafter named. I also leave to my said wife a negro boy named Peter during her lifetime, and at her death he is to be sold as above. Whereas I have heretofore given to my son-in-law Julias Conner property to the amount of $3,000.00 which is all that I ever intend to give him. I have also given to my grandson Conner one young negro woman worth $500.00 for the express purpose of supporting and taking care of his mother. I have heretofore given to my son in law Absalom Kyle $2,000.00 worth of property. And to my son Jesse Cobb $2,000.00 worth of property. A part of the property that I have heretofore given to my son Jesse is a negro woman named Charity then having two children, but has now five. And since that gift was made a certain Julias Conner has filed his Bill in Equity for the recovery of said negroes and to guard against the event of the suit, I do hereby set apart six negroes, to wit: A negro Esther and her two children, and Hamilton, Wyly and Frankey which is for my son Jesse Cobb provided he should lose Charity and her five children, but should my son Jesse gain the suit and keep negro Charity it is then my will that negro woman Esther and her two children and Hamilton, Wyly and Franky should be divided as hereafter mentioned. My Executors shall pay to my daughter Barshaba Kyle and to my grand daughter Barshaba Cobb, daughter of my son Arthur Cobb dec'd one thousand dollars each in negroes and money out of my estate. And it is further my will and desire that my Executors...shall lay off all my negroes not otherwise disposed of into three parcels of equal value or as nearly so as convenient, putting as many of one family into the same parcel as can be done with convenience, and draw by lot...one lot or third part to my daughter Barshaba Kyle, one third part to my three grand daughters, Eliza, Barshaba and Sally, children of my son Richard Caswell Cobb dec'd and one third part to my grand daughter Barshaba Cobb, daughter of my son Arthur Cobb, dec'd. And it is my will and desire that all the rest of my personal Estate not by this will devised, my blacksmith tools excepted, be sold by my Executors and the money arising therefrom be equally divided in the following manner, to wit: One third part to my daughter Barshaba Kyle, one third part to my three grand daughters, Eliza, Barshaba and Sally children of my son Richard C. Cobb, dec'd. And one third part to Barshaba Cobb, daughter of my son Arthur, dec'd. To them and their heirs forever. It is my will that if in allotting of my negroes as above mentioned that one lot or lots should be of more value than the others, that those drawing the highest price lot shall pay to those drawing the lower price lot so as to make them all equal as my Executors may think proper. It is further my will that the property left my wife her lifetime and directed to be sold, that the money be divided into three parcels and given in the above manner. I give and bequeath to my sons William and Jesse the tracts of land I live on to be divided in the following manner: The Island to be equally divided by running a line across the same, giving to my son William the lower part and Jesse the upper part. Then to begin at the upper elm tree standing on the bank of the river a little distance above a Spanish oak and several elms, small distance above the point of the island and above a cliff of rock. Then to run an east or nearly an east course to a stake or stone that I may hereafter set up. Then north or nearly north to a Spanish oak and cherry tree standing close together on the point of a hill near the creek, then up the middle of the creek to the lower end of a new meadow made since I purchased from William Lee, then along the line of the meadow fence and to continue that course as near as may be up to Galbraith's line, leaving all the flat meadow ground to the north of the line so to be run, unless I may hereafter make a line from the meadow up to Galbraith's line, which if I do shall be the dividing line, and I give to my son William the lower part of said land, and to Jesse the upper part, reserving to my wife as before mentioned. I give and bequeath to my sons William and Jesse the mill tract, to them and their heirs forever. I give to my son Jesse all my blacksmith tools. And, I appoint my friends George Hale, Andrew Galbraith and Richard Mitchell my Executors to this my last Will, revoking all others by me made. In witness whereof I Pharoah Cobb hath hereto set my hand and seal. This 18th day of March 1823.
Pharoah Cobb (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged on the 5th day of May, 1823 in the presence of G. D. Mitchell R. H. Mitchell


WILL OF RALEIGH DODSON (SR.)

Page 145
Dated: July 20, 1793
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Rawleigh Dodson Sr. being in an infirm state of health but of sound mind and considering that I may shortly leave this life, I have thought it necessary to make this my last Will & Testament, revoking all former wills by me made, and in the first place I resign myself to the disposal of my Creator hoping for mercy & forgiveness. In respect of my Earthly affairs, To my wife I leave and bequeath my whole Estate real & personal to her use during her natural life, after which I leave to my son Rawleigh Dodson the plantation on which I now live with all the appurtenances, also one other piece of land joining, butted and bounded as appears by the patent in my name, also all my working tools, horses, except a motherless colt, three cows with their calves, one feather bed with the furniture, half the pewter, and one half pot mettal, also what hay I may have remaining. To my grandchildren Mary and Nancy Shelton, the remainder of my cattle equally divided, also the remainder of the pewter and pot mettal to be equally divided between them, and to Mary Shelton one bed and furniture, also the motherless colt, one cotton and one linen wheel and half the cards, the other wheel & cards to Nancy. There is a bond due me of fifteen pounds from Henry Rowan to be collected and my debts paid out of it. Peggey Manafee my eldest daughter having by her husband obtained credit for sixty pounds for which I have his note, I hereby direct my Executor to give up said note. My sons Lazarus and Tolliver I have done a Fatherly part by and hereby acquit them of all demands that I may have against them. My daughter Nelly the wife of John Saunders I consider I have done enough for, having given her husband the land he now lives on. My son James to whom I have (already) given several things, I now bequeath my claim on Thos. Jackson for share of some land to be obtained by a warrant by me given to said Jackson to be laid on the halves provided said warrant obtains a title for land. Warrant was for 300 acres. I also appoint my son Lazarus and my neighbor Rodham Kenner my Executors and do authorize and direct them to put this my said Will & Testament into effect. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 20th day of July A.D. 1793.
Rawleigh x Dodson (seal) (his mark)
Test. Thos. Jackson Rodham Kenner Mary x Shelton (her mark)


WILL OF EDWARD DOWDALL

Page 146
Dated: December 28, 1818
This is to certify that I Edward Dowdall late of the County of Frederick and State of Virginia being in perfect health and of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being about to proceed upon an eventful journey and not knowing that I shall live to return to Hawkins County in Tennessee from whence I now depart and hope to return but in case of my decease before I should return to said place of departure, it is my sincere wish that Michael McCann of Hawkins County, Tenn. Should have all the estate both real and personal of which I am entitled to as being the lawful heir of Joseph Raverhill, dec'd late of Knox County, State of Tennessee, it is my wish that the Estate of said Joseph Raverhill, decd should go to said M. McCann or his lawful heirs. Given under my hand and seal this 28th day of December, 1818, and in the presence of: J. Wilson Larkin Willis


WILL OF FRANCIS DALZELL

Page 147
Dated: December 4, 1823
In the Name of God, Amen. I Francis Dalzell of the County of Hawkins in the state of Tennessee being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. I recommend my soul to Almight God. And as to my worldly Estate, I dispose of it as follows, that is to say. I will that my just debts be paid by my Executor and for that purpose that the debts owing to me be collected. The money which I have now on hand I bequeath to my beloved wife Nancy. I also give and bequeath to her the use of my negroes during her live, and at her death they all shall be set free. I also devise to my wife Nancy the house and lots on which I now live with the appurtenances, and the use of my plantation adjoining George Hale and John A. McKinney to her during her life and after her death the plantation to go to the children of my brother William and I make the same disposition of my river plantation if it be gained in law as a suit is now depending respecting it. All my stock and household furniture and farming utensils I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife. And I appoint my friends Dicks Alexander and John A. McKinney the Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This the first day of December A.D. 1823.
Fran's Dalzell (seal)
Test. A. McKinney, Samuel Neill


WILL OF WILLIAM DYKES

Page 148
Dated: October 14, 1825
In the Name of God, Amen. I William Dykes senr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being very weak but in perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given unto 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 Executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the ______same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such world Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, First of all, I give and bequeath to Susannah Dykes my beloved wife my dwelling house and all the land on the south side of the road on Beech Creek, Hawkins County, and bounded on the west by the land of Jacob Light and on the east by Flower Mullins, during her life, and at her death my son William Dykes is to have that part of my land that I have devised to my wife. And also I give to Susannah Dykes all my personal estate, or as much as she sees cause to retain, and after her decease all my personal estate to be sold by my Exec. Hereinafter appointed, and money arising therefrom to be equally divided between my four daughters, Mary Hase, (Hale?), Prissilla Cooper, Sarah Mullins and Ann Raseberry. I give and bequeath that part of my land on the north side of Beech Creek Road between Thos. Mullins and Flower Mullins to my son Isum Dykes to dispose of as he thinks proper. I give and bequeath to my son John Dykes 250 acres of land, be the same more or less joining the land of Flower Mullins on the head of Beech Creek on the waters of Walkers fork to dispose of as he thinks proper. I give to David McCatley a colt that my bay mare is now with foal, provided s'd David pays the season. I add nothing now to my son James Dykes I have made ample provision heretofore. I constitute make and ordain my son John Dykes the sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all & every other former Testament, Wills, Legacies, bequests and Executors by me in anywise before mentioned, willed & 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 14th day of October in the year of our Lord, one thousand Eight hundred and twenty five. Signed, sealed published, pronounced and declared in presence of: Reuben Bernard Wright x Mullins (his mark) Joseph x Dykes (his mark)
William x Dykes (seal) (his mark)


WILL OF THOMAS DODSON

Page 149
Date: None
In the Name of God, Amen. I Thomas Dodson of the County of Hawkins & State of Tennessee, being weak & sick in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, calling to mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in form and manner following. That is to say. First. I give my soul into the hands of God, and my body I resign to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named, and as to touching my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, I give and dispose of in the following manner. First. I will that my loving wife Jamima Dodson possess & enjoy my whole Estate both real and personal, in this wise. She, my s'd loving wife Jamima is to raise and bring up my children hereinafter named in the best manner that her ability will admit, she my s'd wife Jamima being hereby empowered to lay out so much of my Estate in schooling and educating all my children as shall be sufficient to answer s'd purpose, and also my..wife with my Executors is hereby empowered to collect and receive all money due me on bonds, notes of hand or otherwise; also to sell any such personal property as she and my Executors shall think proper &c. And further, I will that my s'd wife have hold, possess & enjoy my whole Estate both real & personal until my youngest child arrives at the age of twenty one years, except my s'd wife Jamima should marry before that time, and if that be the case, and should my Estate appear to be wasting and destroying, my Executors to take charge until my youngest child Rolly arrives at the age of twenty one years at which time legal division be made of my whole Estate, both real and personal between my wife and four children, viz: James, Sarah, Elisha and Rolly Dodson and further, if Thomas Robinson and John Robinson live and abide with my wife and behave orderly and well until they are twenty one years of age, then each of them is to have a horse and saddle with $100.00 out of my Estate. And further, I appoint my loving wife Jamima my lawful Executrix and James Johnson & Samuel Riggs my Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said Thomas Dodson as his last Will & Testament, in presence of, James Dodson Richard Hellson Richard Roberson, Jurat
Thomas x Dodson (seal)(his mark)



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