Page 46 Dated: December 4, 1834 See Original 1832
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Nathaniel Basset of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, bringing to mind the mortality of this life, knowing it is appointed for all persons once to die, and having a desire to dispose of such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with, I do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following, to wit:
First. I will that all my just debts be paid.
Secondly. I give and bequeath unto the heirs of my son Burwell namely, Elvira, Ketturah, Adaline, Alexander and Richard and Nathaniel Bassett and any other lawful heirs that the said Burwell Bassett may hereafter have, all that part of my land whereon I now reside including the dwelling house and other buildings in the following boundary, to wit: Beginning at a stake four poles west of my stables, running due south to the top of the knob, then eastwardly with the top of said knob to Sterling Cooke's line, then with said line north to a red oak near George Matlock's house, then with said Cooke's line to the stage road, then with Thomas Poindexter's line northwardly to a stake on the south side of said road, then west to a stake on my old line, then with said line north to the back line of my said old tract, then west with the line of said tract so far that a due south line will strike the first station near said stables. To them and their heirs forever.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath unto the heirs of my son Spencer Bassett, namely, William, Louisa, John, George, Isaac and Joseph Bassett, and any other lawful heirs that Spencer may hereafter have, all that tract of land whereon I now reside, lying west of a line designated to the heirs of Burwell Bassett. That is to say:" Beginning at a stake four poles west of my stables, running thence due south to the top of the knob, then westwardly with the top of the knob to Willie B. Kyle's line. Then with the line of said tract east so far that a line run due south will strike the beginning at the stake near said stables, to have and enjoy the before described tract of land with the appurtenances, to them and their heirs forever. And it is further my will that the heirs of the said Spencer Bassett is to have free and uninterrupted privileges of the spring that I now make use of for water, and to have equal privilege of said spring with the heirs and said Burwell Bassett, and to have a passway to said spring. And it is my further will that the said Burwell and Spencer Bassett (shall) have and enjoy the before described tract of land with appurtenances during their lives subject to the following conditions: Now, if from extravagance, intemperance or imprudence, the said land or the life estate of the said Burwell and the said Spencer Bassett should be likely to be sold for their debts, then and in that case my said Executors hereinafter nominated shall have full power and authority to sell either or both lots of said land for the best price that can be had and the money arising therefrom to go to the use of said heirs heretofore named, agreeable to the value of their lots.
Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly who has inter-married with Valentine Matlock, the following described negro, namely Minne and her three children, estimating the said four negroes together with the hire of said negro Minne, say fourteen years, at one thousand dollars which is equal to one lot of my land heretofore disposed of between the heirs heretofore mentioned, to her and her heirs forever.
Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto my son Hugh Bassett my negro woman Jenny, which negro I estimate her value at four hundred and fifty dollars, to him and his heirs forever. And I further give and bequeath to my said son Hugh...my gray horse at the price of one hundred and fifty dollars and two feather beds and furniture at forty dollars each, which makes his part six hundred and eighty dollars.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath unto Hugh Armstrong, who inter-married with my daughter Ketturah Bassett, my negro boy Aaron which negro I estimate his value together with his hire for sixteen years at one thousand dollars which (is) equal to the above named three first shares, to him and his heirs forever.
Seventhly. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Peggy who has intermarried with George Matlock, my negro woman Winney and my negro woman Sidea and her child, a girl about two years old, which three negroes, together with the hire of Sidea eight years, I estimate their value at nine hundred dollars, to her and her heirs forever. And I further give to my said daughter Peggy two beds and furniture at forty dollars each which makes her share worth nine hundred and eighty dollars.
Eightly. And it is further my will and desire that my negro man Dick, at my death, shall be free and that he be allowed reasonable portion of said farm during his life to make a support. And I also give to said Dick my old sorrel horse to dispose of as he may think fit. And it is further my will and desire that my said Burwell shall see to Dick's welfare so long as both shall live and if said Dick should become so inform that he cannot support himself, then and in that case the said Burwell shall provide for him.
Ninthly. It is my further will and desire that all my said property that is not otherwise disposed of shall be sold by my said Executors hereinafter named for the best price that can be had for it and the money arising from said sale in the first place to go towards carrying (out) this my last will into effect, and the balance to go to my son Hugh Bassett and my daughter Peggy, to make their shares equal to the rest of the shares, or to make their shares worth one thousand dollars, and if there should be any balance remaining, my said Executors shall divide it equally with my said heirs.
Tenthly. And it is further my will and desire that if any of my said heirs shall be dissatisfied with this my last will and shall go to law for the purpose of preventing my will from being carried into effect, then and in that case the one so offending or trying to break my said will shall forfeit all clams to any part of my estate, and the part allotted to him or them shall be equally divided amongst the rest of my heirs.
Lastly. I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my friends James L. Etter and Gabriel McCraw my Executors to this may last Will and Testament, revoking and making void all former wills heretofore made by me, and ratifying and confirming this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I the said Nathaniel Bassett have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal. This fourth day of December in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and thirty-two.
Nathaniel Bassett (seal)
Test: Thomas Poindexter, Sanford Johnson
Page 356 Dated Aug. 27, 1837
We, John Walker and Ruth D. Mooney do state that the Nuncupative Will of Sarah Mooney was made by her on the 12th of August, 1837, in our presence to which we were specially requested to bear witness by the Testator herself in the presence of each other, that it was in her sickness at the house of Ruth Mooney where she had resided for several weeks previous to her death and the same is as follows, (Viz): It was her will and desire that her effects should be disposed of after her decease in the following manner: First. She wished and desired that Martha Mooney her niece should have her bed. Secondly. That her clothes should be equally divided between Martha Mooney and Elizabeth Mooney, two nieces. Thirdly. She stated that she had put into the hands of Hezekiah Davis for collection about the sum of forty dollars and it was her wish that James Neill should be paid out of the money what she owed him, and that her Aunt Ruth Mooney should have the balance. Made out by us and signed This 22nd day of August, 1837. John Walker Ruth x D. Mooney (her mark)
Page 357 Dated: Jan'y 10, 1839
I Rheubin Mayo being of sound mind and perfect memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me made. First. I direct and it is my wish that I should be buried decently. Second. That all my funeral Expenses be paid. Thirdly. That all my just debts be paid after my decease by my Executors out of any money I may have on my hands or may come into their hands after my decease. Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jane Mayo her lifetime estate out of my land where I now live all the household and kitchen furniture to use it as she pleases, 100 acres lying on the branch. Fifthly. After her decease, my wish is and I bequeath it to my youngest son Andrew Mayo. Sixthly. After my decease my wish is for my daughters that is single to remain on the land for their support until thay decease of my wife Jane Mayo. Seventh. I do give and bequeath unto my grandson Rheubin Mayo for the love and affection I have for him sixty acres of land where his father now lives, thay son of Nelson Mayo. Eighth. Provided that Nelson Mayo thay of Rheubin Mayo doth give Jane Mayo a house on the sixty acres of land by building her a good cabbin if it is her request. Ninth. I do give and bequeath unto eldest son John Mayo one dollar to be paid by Executors out of the Estate after my decease. I do give and bequeath unto my second son Richard P. Mayo one dollar to be paid by my Executors after my decease. I do give and bequeath unto my third son Nelson Mayo one dollar to be paid by my Executors after my decease. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Harlis one dollar to be paid by my Executors. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly Hagood one dollar to be paid by my Executors. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Hagood one dollar to be paid by my Executors. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Shoults one dollar to be paid by my Executors out of my Estates. It is my wish and I bequeath unto my four daughters, Jane Mayo, Susan Mayo, Rachael Mayo and Matilda Mayo all the household and kitchen furniture after thay decease of my wife. It is also my request that so much of __________ be sold by my Executors of my property as will pay my just debts and Legatees and funeral expenses. I do hereby wish - and it is my desire - that if there is any more property than will pay tha expense after my decease for my wife to have if fore use, then I want it to be divided equal among my fore daughters Jane, Susannah, Rachael and Matilda Mayo to be valled by the Executors and equally dived. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint and it is my wish and desire that my youngest son Andrew Mayo and John Looney my friend to be my Executors. It witness whereof I do sine this my last Will & Testament with my seal. January 10, 1839
Rheubin Mayo (seal)
In the presence of us witness: Lacy Armstrong, John Armstrong, James Armstrong
Page 358 Dated: March 24, 1839
Proven: April 1839
I Tabitha C. Miller being weak of body and sound of mind and knowing death is certain and life is uncertain, I do lawfully constitute the following to be my last Will & Testament. In the first place I want my body put away with as little superfluity as possible so it is decently done. In the next place I want the Doctor bill in case of my sickness and all other expenses and if there should be any small debts all to be paid. And I will and bequeath to my dear sister Darcas C. Miller all the personal property I have. And I also will that Jacob Milller my brother shall have all the land Estate I have which I heired from my father and he Jacob Milller is to pay $150.00 for the above named expenses and to get some tomb stones for my own & my father's graves and to put a stone wall round my own & my fathers' mother's graves and he Jacob Miller is to do it within twelve months after my decease, and to be paid a reasonable price for so doing. And if there should be any thing yet left, I will that my dear sister Darcas C. Miller shall have it all and all the cast notes I have is to be applied in the above manner. I request my brother Jacob Miller to be my sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament and hereby nominate and appoint him for that purpose. Give under my hand and seal This 24th day of March eighteen hundred and thirty nine.
Tabitha C. Miller (seal) (her mark)
Attest: William x Maness,(his mark) James F. Miller
Page 359 Dated: October 17, 1839
State of Tennessee, Hawkins County, In the name of God, Amen. I William Molsbee of said county and state, being of sound mind and memory but weak in body, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and ordain this to be my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, that is to say. First. I recommend my soul to almighty God, and I request that all my just debts be paid, 2ndly. After my decease I will that all my personal property shall be sold by my Executor at public auction, and out of the proceeds, my Executor shall pay John Stoely my step son $30.00. And to William Molsby $30.00. And to my daughter Polly wife of Jacob Bowman $30.00. And the balance if any to be paid over unto the hands of my beloved wife Nancy, and my request to is that at her death, if anything remains in her hands that it be paid over to David Molsbey's daughters. Having heretofore conveyed to my son David all my land in consideration of his maintaining and supporting myself & wife, I now state that that was the consideration alone that induced me to convey said land to him, and the $1,000.00 was only inserted as a mere matter of form by the person who drew the Deed of Conveyance which I now again ratify by this my last Will & Testament. And should any defect or informality be discovered in said deed, my desire is and I now devise and bequeath to him all my title, right and interest in said land to said David, the balance to have enjoy & possess forever. And I hereby appoint my son David my Executor, and also that he be excused from giving bond for the performance of his duties as Executor. My desire is that I may be buried on the farm where I now live, in a decent and plain manner and near where Samuel Simmons is buried. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal. This 7th day of October AD 1839
William x Molsbey (seal)
Test: R. G. Fain, D. Alexander
Page 359 Dated: June 12, 1842
This 12th Day of June, 1842 (In the Name of God, Amen). I, William Manis being imperfect and unsound in body, but perfect and sound in understanding and mind, do make this my last Will and Testament. 1st. I will and request that all my just debts and contract be duly paid as soon after my death as possible out of money that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my wife Lydia Manis. 2nd. I give and bequeath her-my beloved wife-155 acres of land whereon she now lives and seven head of horses and all other personal property and household furniture during her lifetime. And after my decease, I direct that she shall inherit and have the above during her life, and after her death, I request that my two youngest sons (to wit) Carter Manis and Joseph Manis have the aforesaid 155 acre tract of land and the premises thereunto belonging. 3rd. I will and bequeath that after the decease of my wife that all my heirs shall inherit their proportional part of the property porportioned to my wife and willed as aforesaid. All such property divided equally among my heirs Except my son Campbell Manis and him I will and bequeath the sum of $5.00 out of my Estate. 4th. I will that my wife shall hold all my notes now executed or heretofore executed to me for her own use and benefit, excepting one note of Peter Hart and Mark Kenner. And I also bequest that my wife have a receipt that John Starnes has in possession, said receipt for the collection of $45.00 or thereabouts on James Willis and James Sampson, the receipt given to my wife. The receipt is on John McCallia for collection. And lastly, I nominate my wife Lydia Manis and I appoint her my Executrix. In witness I do hereby to this my will set my hand and seal This 12th day of June as aforesaid 1842.
William x Manis (seal) (his mark)
Signed, sealed and published in presence of us. Witns: Pleasant Begley, A. Anderson, Clinton Manis
In addition to my last Will & Testament, I William Manis having made and willed the same do make and declare this as a Codicil thereto, to wit: I do hereby will and bequeath unto Zilphia Frazier 50 acres of land with the present crops thereon, including the premises where she now lives, and also one gray mare and colt. And I also will and bequeath unto the said Zilphia Frazier six head of cattle, twenty three head of hogs and also all the household stuff with the before mentioned property that she is now in possession of, and also one side saddle and also six bee hives and I also give and bequeath to her the said Zilphia one note of hand on Mark Kenner and Peter Hart for $25.00 and interest thereon. And I being sound in mind ordain the before mentioned will my last desire. And lastly, it is my desire that this Codicil be attached to and constitute a part of my will to all intents and purposes. This 12th day of June as aforesaid 1842.
William x Manis (seal) (his mark)
Test: Pleasant Begley, Clinton Manis
Page 361 Dated: September 27, 1842
Proven: Feb'y 6, 1843
I Jacob Miller of Hawkins County, State of tennessee being of sound mind & memory do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following: To my faithful and loving wife I will and bequeath $300.00 per annum to be paid her by my Executor hereinafter named during her life. To my son Peter Miller I will $3,500.00, the same being already paid him. To my son Willie B. Miller, I will $3,500.00 the same being already paid him. To my son John S Miller I will the plantation on which he resides with its appurtenances & the negro man Clinton also now in his possession. To my daughter Sarah Young I will the negro girl Alcy now in her possession valued at two hundred dollars and the balance of three thousand dollars to be paid her as hereafter named. To my daughter Elizabeth H. Miller I will a negro girl at valuation and the balance of three thousand dollars as hereafter named. To my daughter Rachael Forgey I will the two negro girls Jane and Lucinda both now in her possession and valued at nine hundred and fifty dollars and three hundred dollars cash, making already an aggregate payment to her of twelve hundred and fifty dollars and the balance of three thousand dollars as hereafter named. To my daughter Mary K. Weaver I will two negroes at valuation a horse at seventy-five dollars already delivered and the balance of three thousand dollars to be paid her as hereafter named, and further a Bureau with forty dollars provided she settles in this county. To my daughter Susan Armstrong I will the two negroes Agnes and James valued at one thousand dollars, a horse at seventy five dollars all now in her possession, and the balance of three thousand dollars to be paid her as hereafter named. I do hereby nominate and appoint Cornelius C. Miller my Executor to put this my last Will in Execution, and do will and ordain that he pay to my daughters the respective ballances heretofore mentioned in the manner following: Viz: Half of the said ballances in equal installments at twelve and eighteen months from the date of my demise in current funds. The other half of property at valuation - provided my Executor and each of my s'd heirs respectively can agree on and identify such property as it will suit both parties. They should have otherwise such balances or parts of the last named half to be paid them by said Executor in currency at the end of two and three years from my demise in legal installments, and further provided that they have the privilege of taking any part of the same property at the public sale of such property as Executor may not wish to keep. To my son Cornelius C. Miller I will and bequeath all that my remain of my Estate after paying the foregoing legacies including all lands and property both real and personal. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal. This 27th day of September, the Year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and forty-two.
In presence of us who are subscribing witnesses to the same: R. W. Kinkead, D. Thurman
Page 362 Dated: May 19, 1843
Proven: 7 Sept. 1857 (R. p81)
I Mary Morrisette do 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 my funeral Expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible out of any moneys that I may die possessed of or may first come into the hands of my Executors. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my sons Joseph, John and George Washington Morrisette twenty five cents each, to be paid to them by my Executors as they have already received as much or more that I am able to give my other children. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my son Richard Mitchell Morrisette my two negro boys named Henry and Frank. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Everette my negro woman named Celia and my negro boy named Stephen during her natural life then said property to descend to her heirs. Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my son Richard Mitchell Morrisette and my daughter Nancy Everette all the other property or money I may die possessed of to be divided equally between them, the division to be made by themselves if they can agree or in case they cannot agree, the division to be made to two dis-interested persons chosen by them as I don not wish any sale of property to be made. Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Richard Mitchell Morrisette and William Galbraith my Executors. In witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal. This 19th day of May, 1843.
Mary x Morrisette (seal) (her mark)
Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator. This 19th day of May, 1843. Claiborne Walker, Edward Lee, Daniel H. Cockreham
Page 363 Dated: March 19, 1844
In the name of God, Amen. I Zadock Moore of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in bad state of health but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in the words following, that is to say. I want all my funeral and burial expenses paid and all my just debts that is against me. I will and bequeath to my dear wife Barbary Moore all my household and kitchen furniture and peaceable & uninterrupted possession of the house & all the buildings as for as she may need and the profits and rents of the land belonging to me, as much at least as she may need for a decent support with the exception of what may be needed hereafter. I want her to have a gentle horse to ride and two milk cows of her own choosing of the cows that belong to me and the clock now in the house and plow and pair of work gears and singletree and clevis. I want the wagon and gearing to remain on the farm for the use of the same and all the hodges belonging to me and sufficienty of the grain on the farm belonging to me for her support this year, and also one third of the wheat that is growing and the catring and flax wheels and the real and one side saddle and riding bridle and all the sheep and all my books. I want my son William Moore to take my sorrel horse named Challey and trade her in any way so as to get such a horse as named in the will for the use of his mother. I want Susannah McCullough to have uninterrupted possession of the house where she now lives and have the same privileges for support as she has heretofore had, during her lifetime. I want at the death of my before named wife, all the property sold and equally divided between the heirs of my daughter Susannah Moore, dec'd and my daughter Rosannah Phillips & my daughter Ann Cane Bogart and the heirs of my daughter Winnea Keele, dec'd., and it is my will that John Rogers, William Shepherd and Isaac Phillips lay off to Thomas Moore my son, one third in value and in land of the place where I now live in satisfaction of his Deed made by Micajah Lee to him. And the above named vallueners is not to take the improvement that said Moore has made as any part of the value of said land, and the said vallueres is to lay off said land on the upper part of the tract so as to include his improvements and clear across the plantation the land to be valluered according to quality and quantity. And at the death of my wife as above named the balance of the land is to be equally divided between my three sons, William, Thomas and Samuel R. according to quality and quantity. The personal property not named in the will, after my death is the be sold, my debts as above named paid. The balance of any of said sale is to go to the use of my wife. I want William and Thomas Moore Executors of this my last will. This 19th day of March, 1844.
Zadok Moore Test.
Martin Phillips, James Moore
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