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WILL OF JOHN GIBBONS

Page 225
Dated: May 31, 1852
Proven: Dec. Term, 1858 (by J. H. Vance, Clk.)

In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Gibbons of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory, but weak of body and knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others made by me. First. I direct that all my fuenral expenses be paid and all my just debts be paid as soon after my decease as practicable out of moneys in the hands of my Executors hereafter named. Second. I give and bequeath to my son William Gibbons one negro slave named William one bed and bed clothes. Third. I give and bequeath to my son James Gibbons the sum of one thousand dollars in money on the express condition that James shall apply in proper person to my Executors within the period of two years from the time Executors shall qualify in Court. Should he not apply for said money, my Executors shall divide among my three children. Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son Robert Gibbons one negro slave named Bob. Fifth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Larkin one negro slave named Julia Ann and one other named Mary Ann which is all I intend my said daughter to have of my Estate. Sixth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Godsey one slave named Moriah and one other named Preston and one other named Sealah, which slaves and their increase are to remain in the possession of my daughter and be subject to her control during her life, and at her death said slaves and their increase are to be divided equally among her children. Seventh. After my decease, I desire that all the money that I have on hand at my death and all that is due me be divided by my Executors equally among my children, as follows, to wit: My grand children Mary Ann Gillenwaters, Elizabeth Gillenwaters, Nancy L. Miller, and Susannah A. Gillenwaters; the children of my daughter Nancy Kinkead, dec'd. to draw the portion of their mother and to be equally divided among them, and the balance to be equally divided among William Gibbons, James Gibbons & Robert Gibbons, my sons, and my daughter Mary Godsey. Eighth. It is my will that after my death my slave Reuben and Mary be set free. Ninth. The property remaining at my death shall be sold by my Executors and the proceeds thereof divided among the following children, namely my grand children: Mary Ann Gillenwaters, Nancy L. Miller, Susannah A. Gillenwaters the children of my daughter is to draw their mother's part, and William, James and Robert Gibbons and Mary Godsey. Tenth. I do hereby nominate and appoint my friend Rob't Cooper, Esq. and my son Robert Gibbons Executors of this my last Will and Testament and desire that the County Court shall not require bond & security of them. In tesimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of May, 1852.
John Gibbons (seal)
Signed, & published in our presence: William R. Pearson, James Carmack, Robert Cooper


WILL OF JAMES G. GUTHRIE

Page 227
Dated: February 12, 1853
Proven: Mar, 1853

In the name of Almighty God, Amen. I James G. Guthrie of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all other wills by me made at any time heretofore. First. I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as speedily as possible. Second. I will and direct that my personal representatives hereinafter to be named dispose of such of my property, including my stock in the East Tennessee & Virginia Railroad and my interest in a grant of land on Bay Mountain, whereupon they may deem it advisable to do so either at public or private sale. Third. It is my wish and desire that each of my children be as well educated as the means I leave in the hands of my beloved wife Mary Ann will justify and she may deem proper and advisable. Fourth. I desire that my beloved wife retain possession of all my effects in the raising and education of our children, except so much as my personal representatives with the assent of my beloved wife may determine to invest in Western Lands - and also if deemed expedient by them to do so, to purchase a farm or homestead for the use of my family, having the fullest confidence in my wife doing justice to each and all of our children, and I hereby expressly leave it with her to apportion to them such property and means as her ability to do so will allow, giving to each child an equal share. At such time during the time she may remain unmarried as she may think proper to do so, and also if deemed most for the interest of my family, my personal Representative may invest such sums or part of the means in their hands belonging to my estate in the mercantile business or any other branch of business, as to them may seem best calculated to promote the interest of my family. And I do hereby invest my said personal Representatives herinafter to be named with full power and authority to use and control & manage said Estate with the assent of my said wife, as though I were still alive. And to this end I do hereby authorize and empower them to dispose of any of my negroes when deemed advisable & to purchase others with any funds or means belonging to my estate. And if deemed best by them to loan said funds, then to take bond and good security from time to time so as to secure the principal and interest. Fifth. I desire that my son William S. Guthrie remain with his mother and assist her in raising and educating our children and assist in managing her business, and should he prove obedient, kind and attentive to his mother, and I am well assured that he will, then I desire that she and her co-executors herafter to be named assist my son in going into business, allowing him an equal share with my other children of my Estate besides what she may think he is entitled to on account of the care and attention bestowed by him as above stated toward his mother & the business of the Estate, leaving it discretionary with her to say at what time these shares shall be paid over during her widowhood. Sixth. In the event that my beloved wife hereafter should conclude to marry again, then and in that case, I desire & direct that my Executors forthwith make a settlement with her and allot to her a child's share of my Estate, and for them to retain in their hands the remainder of the assets &c belonging to my estate, or if not in their hands then to proceed immediately to recover possession in order to have them distributed among my children or those of them entitled to said assets, as they may respectively attain the age of 21 years. Or should any of my daughters marry, then in their sound discretion my said Executors may pay over to the husbands of my said daughters such shares or balances coming to them respectively; or if deemed most expedient by my Executors, retain in their hands such shares or funds of said Estate until my said daughters shall respectively attain the full age of 21 years, giving to each one an equal share after deducting whatever may have been expended on account of their raising and education & according to equity & justice. Seventh. I desire that the claims due by me to the late firm of Neill & Simpson and to the Estate of William Simpson, dec'd, be recognized and allowed in the division of the Estate of said William Simpson, dec'd. Eighth. And I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Mary Ann Executrix and my friends James K. Simpson & Robert Simpson Executors of this my last Will & Testament, giving them full and plenary powers to manage my said Estate in such way and manner as in their judgement & sound discretion will promote the best interest of my family and estate - and having the fullest confidence in their integrity and ability to manage the same, it is my request that the County Court do not require bond & security of them, but simply that they qualify as my Executors, &c. Ninth. In case of the death of any of my Executors, if it should be deemed proper by survivors to fill their places thus made vacant by death or wish to resign, then and in that case, I desire that the Chancellor of the district where my property may be, may appoint other suitable persons to fill such vacancies, possessing the confidence of my family or heirs & possessing discretion & ability to discharge the duties devolving on them. And lastly, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God who created it, desiring my body to be decently intered in the graveyard of the first Presbyterian Church where my children repose. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This twefth day of February, 1853.
James G. Guthrie (seal)
Signed sealed & published in the presence of: D. Alexander, J. H. Vance, and John Blevins


WILL OF MARY GILLENWATERS

Page 229
No Date
Proven in part Nov. Term, 1855

In the Name of God, Amen. I Mary Gillenwaters widow & relic of Thomas Gillenwaters, dec'd of the County of Hawkins in the State of Tennessee, being weak of body but of sound memory, considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me made. I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and hope to enjoy eternal happiness when He shall please to call me from this mortal life, and it is my wish and desire that my body shall be buried in a plain, Christian manner, and as to what worldly property it hath pleased the Almighty to place in my hands, I dispose of the same in the following manner, that is to say. I do hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved son-in-law Thomas Gillenwaters for his use and that of my beloved daughter Polly who intermarried with him, all my personal property which I may possess at my death, consisting of all my stock on the farm, household and kitchen furniture, bedding and clothing - in short, all that I possess for their benefit. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said son-in-law Thomas Gillenwater Executor of this my last Will and Testament and request the County Court of Hawkins County not to require him to give bond and security as is usual, having confidence in the said Thomas that he will act faithfully in the matter. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal and acknowledged this to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of the following witnesses: Test: Elijah C. Gillenwaters Joel C. Gillenwaters David Molsbee
Mary x Gillenwaters
(seal)(her mark)


WILL OF WILLIAM GILLENWATERS

Page 230
Dated: October 25, 1856
Proven Jan. Term, 1857 (Proven 5-Jan 1857, Rec'd P.5)

In the Name of God, Amen - I give my body to the mother dust and my immortal soul to God who gave it. The first. I wish to be buried in a Christian manner. Second. I wish my burial expense paid out of my Estate. Third. I will to my beloved wife Sally her lifetime all my property and one half of my plantation I bought in the State of Kentucky in Monroe Co. of James B. Tommas, and the half belongs to my beloved son George in the partnership purchase, and at my death and my beloved wife Sally, I give him the whole of my plantation to my son George, and I bind him in this my will to pay my beloved daughter Lucritia Wax the sum of $400.00 in cash. Also, to pay my daughter Malvinia King $100.00 in cash, to be paid in two years after my death & my wife Sally. Also I give all the money I have on hand to my son George to lift my bond from James B. Tommas for the above tract of land, and my personal property to be sole at my death and my beloved wife, and to be equally divided between my children. I also bind my son George to pay all my just debts. In testimony given under my hand and seal This 25th day of October, 1856.
In presence of us, Test: Elijah C. Gillenwaters A. Carmichael
Wm x Gillenwaters
(seal)(his mark)


WILL OF ANDREW GALBRAITH (Sr.)

Page 231
Dated: November 17, 1857
Proven: Dec. Term. 1860

In the Name of God, Amen, November 17, 1857 I Andrew Galbraith, Sr. of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory but calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: I give my soul to God who created and gave it, my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors, and lastly, my earthly estate in the manner following. I will that all my just debts be paid. I give to my daughter Louisa McCanse the sum of $5.00, in addition to what she has heretofore received at the time of her marriage. I give to my son Alexander M. Galbraith the sum of $200.00, in addition to what he has heretofore received. To my son John M. Galbraith the sum of $5.00 in additon to what he has heretofore received. To my daughter Anna Maria Galbraith one feather bed and furniture and one half of the proceeds of a plantation sold to Nelson Getser in July or August, 1853, it being the farm on which said Getser now lives, containing 300 acres more or less which was sold for $5.00 per acre, that the proceeds and interest arising thereon be managed and controled by my Executors for her benefit and support as I deem her incompetent to manage her own property. The proceeds and interest of the other half I will and bequeath to the heirs of my daughter Elizabeth Lee, dec'd. I give to my daughter Sarah Elmore my negro boy Page and girl Laura, also one equal divide of any other children my girl Harriet may have previous to my death not othewise disposed of by this will. I also give her my young gray horse Bob, which horse is given in trust for the benefit of her son William Porter Elmore. I give to my daughter Amanda McCarty my girl Harriet and her sons Orange and Wesley and an equal divide with Sarah Elmore of any other children Harriet may have as above provided. If I do not in my lifetime make any arrangements for my daughter Amanda a home, my Executors are hereby authorized to invest $800.00 out of any monies belonging to my estate in the lands where she lives for the benefit of her and her children. To my sons Joseph and Andrew I give the farm on which I live (except the marble quarry) containing 700 acres more or less by them paying to my son Anderson $1,000.00, and to the son and daughter of Audley Galbraith, dec'd $2,000.00, an to my son William $500.00 with interest on these sums from one year after my death till paid. They may have indulgence if they desire it on the money to be paid the son & daughter of Audley Galbraith, dec'd, until they are of age, by paying the interest. It is my will in further relation to the part of the farm given to my son Andrew, that should he have no children at his death that it revert back to my other children or their heirs. I give to my son Andrew my waggons and gears, also the farming tools, one feather bed and furniture, my negro girl Sarah, my desk and book case and rifle gun. My son Andrew is to have the part of the farm where I now live, and Joseph the other part where he lives, dividing by the lane that now leads to the bottom. The lands up the river to be divided between them giving each necessary ways to ofrom his lots, this relates to the lands above the Big Spring branch. The money to be paid Frederick A. Galbraith and Mary T. Galbraith, children of Audley Galbraith, dec'd., to be equally divided, share and share alike. The marble quarry on the home place to contain fifty acres more or less, embracing all the marble land on the potato hill, I give in equal interest to all my children and their heirs including both families. The proceeds and profits arising therefrom after my decease to be equally divided amongst all my children or their heirs. Joseph and Andrew to have the benefit of the rents of any houses on the quarry lands during the present lease, and the proceeds of wood sold during said leases to be equally divided between Joseph, Anderson and Andrew.. It is further provided that none of the quarry property shall be sold off in lots or shares, but if ever sold, to be sold altogether and proceeds equally divided between beneficiaries--not to be sold for a less sum than $50,000.00. It is my will that my son Andrew have my negro boy Kader. I give to Sarah Elmore my Clarks commentary on the New Testament. To Anderson Galbraith my History of the Methodist Church. To Wm. Galbraith Watson's Institutes. To Joseph Galbraith, Fletcher's Checks. To Andrew Galbraith my Family Bible. To William and Harvey Galbraith Benson's Commentary. To Amanda McCarty my life of Bascom, Bascom's Sermons, Life of Lady Maxwell and Benson's Sermons. The balance of my books to be divided amongst my heirs by my Executors. My household furniture or other property not disposed of to be sold and anything remaining after paying the bequests herein provided for, the balance to be divided amongst all my children. I appoint my three sons, Joseph, William and Andrew Executors of this my last Will and Tesament. In testimony of all and every part herein contained, revoking all others, I have hereunto signed my proper name and affixed my seal the day and date first above written.
A. Galbraith (seal)
Signed, sealed & acknowledged Say A. Galbraith, Sr. in presence of : W. H. Moffett A. Blackburn J.T. Moffett
August 12, 1860, the foregoing will reviewed and approved in all its parts. Witness: James L. Etter, C.C. Etter, William W. Etter, Junior


WILL OF JAMES HAGAN

Page 244
Dated: August 17, 1820
Proven: May: Term 1829
I James Hagan of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, being of sound mind and memory but of weak body:, knowing the uncertainty of human events, ordain and desire this to be my last Will and Testament. After giving my: soul to Almighty God, the giver of it, I devise my worldly affairs in the manner following, to wit: 1st. I devise to my daughter Frances Hagan my negro or mulatto girl Almira the daughter of Cate. 2nd. I bequeath to my sons John, Thomas & Alexander Hagan each a horse, saddle and bridle to be worth $100.00. 3rd. I bequeath to my daughter Margaret Hagan, when she arrives at the age of 21 years, a horse, saddle and bridle to be valued at $100.00. 4th. I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth R. Hagan my negro boy: Barney, son of Nancy who is at this time in State of Kentucky in the care of my brother Alexander Hagan. The whole of which devises I wish kept under the direction with all my other real and personal estate of my beloved wife Rachael Hagan during her life or widowhood. After her death, or in case she should intermarry, my estate both personal and real to be equally divided by: five persons chosen by: the Court of Pleas and Quarters for the said County of Hawkins, among all my children, Viz: Margaret, John, Thomas, Alexander, Alice, Mary, Frances & Elizabeth. It is my desire that my wife Rachael Hagan act as my Executrix with my son John Hagan when he arrives at the age of 21 years as Executor. Hereby revoking and making void all other wills. Given under my hand & seal, this 17th day of August, Eighteen Hundred and twenty.
James Hagan (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged in our presence the date above written. Jno. A. Rogers, John H. Smith


WILL OF JOHN S. HILL

Page 245
Dated: May 20, 1823
[Died 1830-34]
Although at present in tolerable health, thanks be to God, yet certain circumstances render it my duty to provide for the disposal of the little property I now possess or may hereafter possess, and while the blessing of health and sound mind offer, I John S. Hill of Hawkins County, State of Tenn., make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner: 1st. I request that all the debts I owe may be paid by my Executrix and Executor hereafter named as soon as may be convenient after my decease. 2nd. I give to my sons Charles Miller Hill and James Hill the sum of five dollars each only - as I consider they have already a full and equal share with what I have hereby to give my other children. 3rd. To my ever dear and respected wife Martha I give the whole and every part of the balance of my property - lands, negroes, stock of every kind, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils &c during her life. 4th. At her decease, my will is that the whole of my property be divided among my children in the following manner: That all those of them who may: be under sixteen years of age at the time of their mother's death shall (?) to the amount of $200.00 worth of property each, over and above an equal share with those that may be at that time twenty one years of age or over, and likewise to all those at that time who may be between twenty one and sixteen years old, $100.00 worth of property each, more than those who may be then twenty one years of age or more. 5th. I give my: children Betsy Hill, Levin Hill, Sally Hill, Martha Hill, Ketty Hill, Ann Augusta Hill & Thomas Robinson Hill at the death of their mother the whole of my land, also negroes Fred, Cherry, Dick, Eliza, Martha and all the children that Cherry, Eliza and Martha may hereafter have. Also all the stock of every kind, the whole of the household and kitchen furniture, the farming utensils of every kind and the whole of the provisions that maybe on hand at that time, each to have an equal share to them and to each of their heirs. 6th. To Polly Moore, Benjamin Hill, John Stephen Hill, Peggy Hill, Jenny Boltzell and Joshua Hill I give all and every part of the balance of my property, to be equally divided amongst them (the following few articles next mentioned only excepted) to each of them and to their heirs, to wit: To Polly Moore three silver table spoons marked "JBM" and to Peggy Hill the three other silver tablespoons marked in like manner with initials of the names of their great grandfather and great grandmother Joseph and Bathsheba Miller. To Jenny Boltzell five silver teaspoons marked "J.M.D.", the initials of the names of her grandfather and granmother, James and Mary Deane, and likewise all the finger and ear rings, necklaces, locket, &c that formerly belonged to her deceased Mother. To Joshua Hill, six silver teaspoons marked "J.M.D." and to Thomas Robinson Hill, he being the youngest and there not being a suf-ficiency worth dividing, I give six silver teaspoons, a large silver soup spoon and a pair of silver sugar tongs, all marked with the initials of his mother and my name, "J.M.H.". And to my son Levin Hill my watch, it being an uncommon one, therefore I request him to keep it for my sake. 7th. To provide as much as possible for my childrens' welfare after my decease, and guard against the destructive power of a step-father, my will is that if my wife should take a second husband that she then directly be en-titled to no more of my property than the law will allow her, and in that case, hereby revoke all and every bequeath hereby made to her, and that, a division of it may take place as soon thereafter as may be convenient. 8th. And lastly, I appoint my dear wife Martha Hill and my old friend Andrew Galbraith to be the Executrix & Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness of the above, I the said John S. Hill, have to this act set my hand and seal this twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord, One Thousand, Eight Hundred & Twenty-three.
John S. Hill (seal)
Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said John S. Hill for his last Will and Testament in the presence of John Buckhart, Aquilla Jones, Alexander M. Galbraith.


WILL OF BENONY HARRIS

Page 246
Dated: February 10, 1829
Be it remembered that I Benony Harris of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being low in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory doth make this my last Will & Testament in the manner and form following: First. I do order that all my lawful and just debts be paid out of my personal property. Then I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachael all my personal property during her widowhood, and also I bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachael full possession of all my lands during her widowhood. And then I do order that when my two youngest sons, William and Isam, shall become of age, that she shall let them have one horse, saddle and bridle worth $100.00, to make them equal with my two oldest sons, Absalom and James Harris. And then I do order that as my daughters shall become of age, namely Sally, Polly , Janny, Lutey & Elizabeth, that my wife Rachael let each of them have one cow and calf with each of them a bed, and I do order that at the end of my wife's widowhood, the residue of my personal property with all my lands be sold and an equal divide made between all my ears of the money arising from such sale, and I do appoint my wife Rachael as Executrix of this my last will testament (sic), revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal. February 10th , 1829.
Benony x Harris (seal) (his mark)
Test:George White John Harris


WILL OF GOODLEFF HUFFMASTER

Page 247
Dated: April 18, 1829
Proven: May Term, 1844
In the Name of God, Amen. Be it remembered that I Goodlaf Huffmaster of the County of Hawkins , State of Tennessee, considering the. uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First. I give and bequeath unto my son John my plantation where I now live, being in the County and State as aforesaid for which he is to maintain me and my wife our lifetime. Likewise, I give my son John all my farming utensils for which he is to pay $40.00 at my death in the following manner, that is to say. Unto my son Joseph $25.00, son Jonathan $10.00, son Daniel's heirs by the Anny (sic) $5.00, and after my wife's death, all the household furniture, that is to say, two beds, clothes cloth (sic) and in a word all the loose property about the house is to be equally divided among my four daughters, that is to say, Barbary, Mary, Sally & Betsy, and for this I appoint my son Joseph Huffmaster and Isaac Lauderback Executors to see to the dividing of property equally of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and twenty nine.
Goodlaf x Huffmaster (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the above named Goodlaf Huffmaster to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same. John Walker (Other witness name illegible)


WILL OF CHRISTOPHER HAYNES

Page 248
Dated: Dec. 9, 1830
In the Name of God, Amen. I do hereby constitute this my last Will & Testament, revoking all others heretofore made. I now proceed to make the following disposition of my property both real and personal which division shall take place after my death. I give unto my wife Frances a negro woman Peggy, a negro man Miles and a negro boy Manson during her widowhood; also one cow and calf, one feather bed and furniture for the same forever. I do give unto the heirs of my son Thomas Haynes $15.00 forever. Unto the heirs of my son Turner Haynes, $10.00 forever. Unto my son Drury Haynes, $25.00 forever; unto Lazarus Spears $25.00 forever; unto James Bradley $25.00 forever; unto my daughter Feruby Spears a negro girl Lydia forever. Unto my daughter Sarah Charles a negro girl Edy forever. Unto my daughter Jane Hagan a negro boy Joe forever: unto my daughter Mary Haynes a negro boy John, a negro girl Margaret forever. The residue of my property both real and personal I wish to be sold and proceeds thereof to be equally divided between my sons, John, Christopher, Jesse and Francis. The above loaned negroes to my wife at the expiration of her widowhood to be sold and equally divided between my sons above mentioned- John, Christopher, Jesse & Francis. I do hereby constitute my son-in-law James Bradley and my nephew Haynes Amis my sole Executors. In testimony whereof I do hereunto affix my hand and seal, this ninth day of December, A.D. Eighteen hundred and thirty.
Christopher x Haynes( seal) (his mark)
Witnesses: John H. Kershner, Hugh Woods, Thomas J. Amis


WILL OF JAMES HAGOOD

Page 249
Dated: August 9, 1833
Whereas I James Hagood of Hawkins County in the State of Tenn. , being frail in body but of sound mind, taking into view that all men must die and being desirous so to settle and adjust my affairs that my family may be provided for in the best manner possible consistent with the amount of property I hold, and that all difficulties or grounds for dispute or litigation about this may be removed, do ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills. Imprimis. I give and bequeath so much of my personal property as may be necessary to discharge all my debts and expenses of every kind to my Executors to be sold on twelve months' credit & then collected and paid over till all said debts and expenses are paid. Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Nancy Hagood my land whereon I live containing 90 acres more or less to have and to hold during her widowhood or life if she shall not marry again, and after the marriage or death of my wife, I will the land to my daughter Becky Ingram wife of Miller Ingram, and Anne Raley wife of Phillip Raley and their heirs respectively in fee simple, share and share alike. Item. I give & bequeath to my s'd wife Nancy the following negroes Viz: Franky, Jack, Jesse, Betsy & Julia to have during her widowhood or life if she never marry again, and after her marriage or death to my sons Benjamin F. , James M., & Stephen D. in full property to be divided among them equally & if there should be any increase of said negroes during the time they are to be helf by my wife, s'd increase to be divided between my sons in same manner. Item. I bequeath unto my son Benjamin F. my blazed face mare called Jen and her sucking colt and a feather bed and furniture and bedstead and the saddle and bridle he now uses and claims. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son James M. my bay mare called Fan, a bedstead, feather bed and furniture and the saddle and bridle he generally uses and claims. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Stephen D. that my Executors shall upon his coming of age give him out of my Estate as good a mare as Fan, that is left to James M. a saddle and bridle worth $15.00, a bedstead, feather bed, furniture and a good fur hat. Item. I give and bequeath that after my debts and expenses and all other legacies are paid, all my other stock, household and kitchen furniture and farming utensils shall go to my wife Nancy to hold during her widowhood or life if she never marry again, and after her death or marriage to go to my sons Benjamin F., James M. & Stephen D., share and share alike... Item. I give and bequeath unto my son William one dollar, he having already been sufficiently provided for. I do hereby appoint my wife Nancy and my sons Benjamin F. and James M. Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament, and they are not to be required to give security, and it is also my will that in the event of the marriage of my wife, then my said sons shall be my sole Executors and her power shall cease. And in the event of any dispute or difficulty among my legatees or Executors in reference to my estate or this will, I do hereby appoint Jacob Miller, Lazarus Spears, Thomas Coldwell Daniel Chambers & Orville Bradley as arbitrators to whom said difficulty or dispute shall be referred and any (of) these are sufficient to act and their award to be conclusive and final. Item. It is my will that my Executors be authorized in any manner they may deem proper by agreement, compromise, or otherwise, to settle and ascertain the boundary line between my lands and the lands of George Francisco, if (this) is not done during my lifetime. Item. It is my will that the crop on hand shall go to the support of the family. Given under my hand & seal This 9th of August, 1833.
J. Hagood (seal)
Witnesses present who witnessed this will in the presence of & at the request of the Testator: Orville Bradley, Geo. R. Powel, G. Francisco

I, James Hagood, do this 11th day of August, 1833, offer the following codicil or supplement to the above will & do declare it in all respects to be a part thereof. That is to say, that if my wife should either die or marry before the first day of January, 1842, Executors to hold the land until that time to maintain and school my youngest son Stephen D. Hagood. Item. If either of my three sons, Benjamin F., James M. or Stephen D. should die intestate or unmarried, then in that case the survivor or survivors is to heir what is willed to the three. The five barrels of corn that Robert Gray owes me this fall is to be collected and considered as part of the crop. Given under my hand and seal day & date above written.
J. Hagood (seal)
Witnesses present & who witnessed this will in presence of & at the request of the Testator: G. Francisco, T. Coldwell, Jr.

Whereas I James Hagood did make my will in August last & thereby did lend five negroes to my wife during her widowhood & at her marriage or death to be divided between my three sons…since which I have sold one of them to George M. Lyons. Now I do offer this schedule to explain my intention concerning the disposal of the proceeds of the sale of said negro. What money , bank notes & bonds may remain on hand at my death , after paying my debts & all expenses, to be equally divided between my wife & three sons, Benjamin F., James M. & Stephen D. Hagood, and Stephen's share to be put out on interest to some safe hand until he becomes of age, which will be in the year 1841. The will & Codicil annexed thereto is hereby confirmed. Done this 20 July, 1834.
J. Hagood (seal)
In presence of who was desired to witnesseth: Test: George Francisco Clinton A. Charles


WILL OF NANCY HORD

Page 252
Dated: October 5, 1837
I, Nancy Hord of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee do make and publish this my last Will and Testament , hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time .heretofore made. First. I direct that all my funeral expenses and just debts be paid out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or that may first come into the hands of my Executors Second. I do give and bequeath unto my children, Eldridge, Thomas, William and Lucretia Rowan, formerly Hord, all the property real and personal that I die possessed of except what (I herein dispose of). That is, that William's share be $100.00 less than the others on account of a still that he has received. Also that the children of my son Stanwix, dec'd. jointly receive a share equal to one of my own children which shall be divided among them as follows: Nancy and Malvina Hord's share to be equal , William Stanwix Hord's share five hundred dollars more than Nancy or Malvina. I do further will and direct that my negro slave Hannah be freed at my death. I do hereby make , ordain and appoint my son Eldridge Hord and Robert W. Kinkead, Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have unto this my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal, This 5th day of October, 1837.
Nancy x Hord (seal)(her mark)
Signed and sealed in the presence of us who subscribed in the presence of each other. N. Fain Jos. Huffmaster


WILL OF ABRAHAM HAUN

Page 253
Dated: October 23, 1841
Proven: Aug. 2nd, 1847
In the Name of God, Amen, I Abraham Haun being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth, to wit: After all my just debts are paid and a decent burial, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth all my lands during her life; also the choice of my horse beasts, also two choice cows and calves, and for the said Elizabeth Haun my wife, to have as much of the other stock as she may stand in need of. I also want my wife to have one choice axe and one weeding hoe, also the loom and furniture to it. Also all my property not disposed of to be sold at public sale and my wife to have the money. I want it to be fairly and unequally understood that my son James Haun but one dollar of my Estate. After my wife's death. I want all of my Estate to be sold and an equal division made between the balance of my children. I nominate, constitute and appoint James Witt my sole Executor. October 23, 1841.
Abraham x Haun (seal) (his mark)
William Courtney James Courtney


WILL OF OGDON HALE

Page 253
Dated: Dec. 13, 1841
Proven; Sept. Term, 1849
Be it remembered that I, Ogdon Hale of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in 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 to my daughter Mary Haynes the sum of one dollar. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Kelly the sum of one dollar. I give and bequeath to my son Harvey Hale the sum of one dollar. I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas Hale the sum of one dollar. I also give and bequeath to my sons Arthur Jesse and Turner Hale the sum of one dollar. Which several legacies or sums of money I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legatees within two years after my decease. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Kiziah Hale and my son Samuel Hale all my land in said county, lying on south side of Holston River, on the waters of Beech Creek, together with all my personal estate, goods and chattels, but if either Kiziah or Samuel die, the other is then to have the land and personal property above named, only reserving to my beloved wife Lorina Hale a hone and support during her lifetime out of the above named land and personal property, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, Dec. 18, 1841.
Ogdon x Hale (his mark)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Ogdon Hale to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and at his presence have hereunto subscribed our names. as witnesses to the sane. Jacob M. Charles, Sally Charles


WILL OF SAMUEL HENDERSON

Page 254
Dated: Mar 30, 1843
Proven: May Term, 1843
In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel Henderson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following that is to say. First, I give and bequeath unto my wife the tract of land I reside on during her natural life; after her death it is to go to my sons Pleasant and Samuel Henderson: one bay mare, one black and one brown mare. I bequeath to my wife also my entire stock of hogs. It is my will that my tract of land in the Western District be sold on a twelve-month credit and all the proceeds of sale except $300.00 be divided between my three daughters Betsy, Lucinda and Amanda, and the $300.00 named above to go to my three grand children, i.e. Thomas George and William. My land on the south side of the river, about 40 acres to be sold on twelve-month credit and my other four grand children, Milly, Balldy, Samuel & John to have $100.00 each, and the remainder to go to my three daughters named, equally divided my wife to have two of the plows, two axes, four hoes, three milk cows & yoke of oxen. The rest of my farming tools and waggon and cattle is to be sold, also my bay colt and sorrel horse and proceeds divided equally between my sons Pleasant and Samuel L. Henderson. My daughter Lucinda is to have a sorrel horse named Jim. My entire stock of sheep to go to my wife during her lifetime, then to be equally divided between all my children. My four negroes, Sally, Minne, Gibb, and Pack to go to my wife that she may dispose of as she chooses, so they are left among my children, but according to her own notion. I wish my son Samuel L. to collect a debt (from each of the following): David Lyons, Jr. , Thomas Taylor, John McWilliams Orville Bradley and Jacob Burris and to account for same on final settlement with Pleasant Henderson. My just debt to be paid out of any money on hand, and if there is a surplus it is to go to my wife. I bequeath to my daughter Amanda one boy per name of Bill. All the grain of every kind to be left for use of the family. I do hereby appoint Pleasant and Samuel L. Henderson Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th of March, 1843.
Samuel x Henderson (seal) (his mark)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Samuel Henderson. to be his last will in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator. Robert Johnson, Joshua Phipps; , William F. McCullah


WILL OF ARTHUR HALE

Page 255
Dated: May 19, 1845
Be it understood that I, Arthur Hale of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say: First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jane Hale the tract of land on which I live during her lifetime or widowhood, then to be divided be-tween my two youngest daughters, Alis and Marthy. Also I give and bequeath to my two eldest daughters a old tract or part of an old tract and entry land joining Barnabas Kelly and David Tate, divided equally between them- Hiley J. Hale and Betsy Viney Hale. Also, I bequeath to Kindred Hale my son , a tract of land that I bought of Jesse and R. Jackson called the Barber Jay Place, all the above named land lying in said County and on the waters of Beech Creek. Also, I give and bequeath to each heirs and my wife a bed and furniture and stead to be made equal. Also to my wife and children all my property remain in the hands or under control of my wife as long as the children remain with her. When they leave or have a need of it, they to have their proportional part of property. My son Kindred Hale is to have a horse, saddle and bridle. Also that a brown filly be sold and the moneys divided between Hiley J. Hale and Betsy Viney Hale. Also that my wife and my son Kindred sell such surplus property as they do not need and youse the proceeds for support of the family. In witness whereunto I set my hand and fix my. seal This 19th May, 1845.
Arthur Hale(seal)
Riley Jones, James Charles, Alexander Hale


WILL OF JOHN HEADRICK

Page 256
Dated: Sept. 23, 1847
In the Name of God, Amen. I, John Headrick being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner as follows (Viz): My body I give to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my friends, and my soul to return to God who gave it. After all my just debts are paid, I wish to dispose of my property, both real and personal in the following manner: First. I give and bequeath to my wife Rachael a certain sorrel mare for her own use and benefit, to dispose of as she pleases. The balance of the personal property to be sold , except what she may want to keep for her benefit , except the blacksmith tools is to belong to my son John B. Headrick. I will to my son James W. Headrick one dollar. I will to my son Barnard C. one dollar. I will that the personal property which may be sold.. .that the proceeds, together with my outstanding debts be collected and the proceeds equally divided between my son Elijah W. , daughter Peggy Phillips and my daughter Ann Walker. I will that my wife Rachael have the use and benefit of the plantation that I now live on during her life, and at her decease, I will that the plantation be sold and the proceeds divided between Elijah W., Peggy Phillips & Ann Walker. I do hereby nominate & appoint James W. Headrick to be the Executor of this my last Will & Testament, This 23rd day of September 1847.
John x Headrick (seal)(his mark)
Witness: Samuel Chesnutt (name of other witness illegible)


WILL OF BENJAMIN HUTCHISSON

Page 257
Dated: October 13, 1849
In the Name of God, Amen. I Benjamin Hutchisson of the County of Hawkins , State of Tennessee , being of sound mind and disposing memory, but somewhat feeble in body, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament. First. It is my wish and desire that the expenses attending my death and burial shall be paid out of any money or property that I may have at the time of my death, as soon after my death as practicable. Second. It is my wish and desire that my son Rudolph shall have a young bay horse that he now uses called Rover, together with all the money that he has in his hands of mine-the money for which he sold my property. Third. It is my will and desire that my grand daughter Margaret, daughter of Rudolph, shall be furnished by my daughter Rebecca with a good bed, bedstead and furniture when she arrives at the age of eighteen. Fourthly. It is my wish and desire that my daughter Rebecca shall have all my land consisting of 150 acres, together with all my personal property, books, papers, &c, but in case Rebecca should die before my grand daughter Margaret arrives at the age of eighteen, Wm. Hutchisson and Henry Watterson should dispose of my property as they may see proper, and furnish to Margaret the property to wit: the bed and furniture. Fifth. It is my wish and desire that William Hutchisson shall be my Executor without security. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal This 13th day of October, one thousand, eight hundred and forty nine, in presence of: H. Watterson, Thomas T. Barrett
Benjn Hutchisson


WILL OF JORDAN HUNDLEY

Page 258
Dated: May 14, 1853
Proven: Nov. Term, 1853
I, Jordan Hundley of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, make and constitute the following to be my last Will and Testament. Item First. My will and desire is that after my death, my body may be buried in a decent manner. Item Second. My will and desire is that out of my money or property all my just debts be paid by my Executor hereafter appointed. Item Third. My will and desire is that my beloved wife Elizabeth shall have all my lands whereon I now live containing about 60 acres, and at her death , my said land to descend to my beloved son Jordan Hundley who now lives with me, and that he have full title to land at the death of his mother. Item Fourth. My desire is that my wife hold all the household and kitchen furniture belonging to me and one cow and yearling if she may choose to keep sane. Item Fifth. My will and desire is that my Executor pay my son William Hundley one dollar, he having heretofore been provided for. Item Sixth. It is my will and desire that my Executor pay my son Joseph Hundley one dollar, he having heretofore been provided for. Item Seventh. I desire that the heirs of my daughter Nancy Tucker, wife of A. Tucker, receive from my Executor one dollar, she having been provided for. Item Eighth. My desire is that my daughter Lucy Cavin, wife of John Cavin receive one dollar, she having been provided for. Item Ninth. My will and desire is that my daughter Phebe Richards, wife of Aaron Richards receive one dollar, she having provided for. Item Eleven (No Item Ten). My will is that Elizabeth Cavin receive from my Executor one dollar, she having been provided for. I further make, constitute and appoint my son Jordan Hundley my Exec. , and that he have all of my personal estate not otherwise herein disposed of out of which to pay my debts and the several bequests herein made, and any remainder to him after the death of my wife, she retaining and using the same during her life, she having the right to dispose to whom she may please of the household and kitchen furniture devised to her. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 14th day of May, 1853.
Jordan x Hundley (seal)(his mark)
Witness: Jacob Miller, Abraham Britton


WILL OF HEZEKIAH HAMBLEN

Page 259
Dated: January 22, 1854
Proven: Feb. Term, 1855
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Hezekiah Hamblen of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being in good health and in sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, be-ing in the seventy-ninth year of my age and calling to mind the mortality of this life do this 22nd day of January in the year of our Lord, 1854 make this my last Will & Testament in manner following, Viz: Whereas I have heretofore given to most of my children portions of my property as circumstances suggested, I gave to my son William a whole portion, I gave to my son Henry Hamblen part of his portion, and now I give to Henry all that tract of land I purchased of Thomas Hamblen lying on the waters of Stock Creek which Henry now lives on, which makes up his whole portion. I gave to my daughter Elizabeth Smith her whole portion. I gave to my daughter Mary Smith negro Sam & other things, and I give to her daughter and son Caroline and Moses a negro girl Beckey which makes up the full portion. I gave to my daughter Jane Lauderback her full portion. I gave to my son Abner part of his portion and now I give him Molly and Frank and their increase, to him and his heirs forever. I gave to my son John part of his portion and now I give John negro Jesse. I have given daughter Nancy part of her portion Caty and Dick, and now I give to Nancy negro Harriet and her increase, to the said Nancy and her heirs as the balance of her portion. I have given no portion to my daughter Priscilla Green, and now I give her negro Eliza and her two children Stokley and Ned. I also give and bequeath to my my grandson William Greene a negro boy named Bob. Also to my grand daughter Susannah Greene a negro boy named Peter, which goes for Priscilla's portion. I have given to my daughter Susannah Ely her full portion. I hereby lend to my wife Nancy half of my tract of land upon Caney Creek and the following named negroes: Willis, Marie, Marcia, Ellen, Mary, Florida and Sandy, two of my horses - her choice, five cattle - her choice, during the time she lives single or during her natural life. It is my will that my mulatto man Harry be free and emancipated at my death. Now, my son William and my daughter Mary are dead. I do hereby bequeath the balance of my estate, real and personal-together with the part lent to my wife, after her marriage or death to my sons and daughters , Henry, Elizabeth Smith, Jane Lauderback, Nancy Hamblen Priscilla Greene, John, Abner Hamblen and Susannah Ely to be divided equally, share and share alike to them and their heirs forever. I do hereby appoint my three sons, Henry, John & Abner Executors of this my last Will and Testament, or so many of them as shall give security and qualify, In witness whereof I the said Hezekiah Hamblen have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal , the day & year above written. I leave this among my valuable papers.
Hezekiah Hamblen (seal)
Endorsed: Handwriting to this will was proven by the oath of D. Alexander, Jno D. McFarland, Orville Rice, Alexr Long & John Stipe.


WILL OF FRANCES HAYNES

Page 261
Dated: January 19, 1855
Proven: Feb. Term, 1855
In the Name of Almighty God, Amen. I Frances Haynes, widow of Christopher Haynes, dec'd do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, revoking all others by me heretofore made. First. I want out of what personal property, money or other effects that I may have at my decease, to be buried in a Christian like manner and the expenses of my funeral paid, and after this is done, out of the residue of what I may be possessed of or that may come into the hands of my Exec. in my right in any way whatever, and in particular my pension from the United States due me. If the same shall not be obtained by my Attorney in my lifetime, it is my desire that he be paid according to our understanding for his trouble and the residue after paying off my just debts and liabilities in every way whatever, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Fereba Spears wife of Jesse Spears, for the love and affection I bear to her and her said husband, and for the further consideration of the trouble and expense they have had in their kindness and attention to me in my last days. I do further appoint and constitute my beloved son-in-law Jesse Spears my sole Executor to carry out the provisions of this my last Will,
Signed, sealed & published in our presence, and we have signed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator, This 19th day of January, 1855. Samuel Spears Henry Smith
Frances x Haynes (seal) (her mark)



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