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WILL OF ROBERT DOBSON

Page 151 Dated: December 20, 1830

In the Name of God, Amen. This 20th day of December, 1830, I Robert Dobson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory, and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, to wit:

First and Principally: I give my soul unto the care of Almighty God who created and gave it.

Second. My body to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my hereinafter named.__________

Third and Lastly. My Earthly Estate wherewith I may die seized and possessed, I give and bequeath in manner following. To my beloved wife Jane I give and and bequeath a bed and furniture, a milk cow and flax wheel, and one sheep, one small oven and a skillet, six geese, a bible and my Hymn book. I give and bequeath to my son John A. the tract of land where I now live, together with the following articles: one plough and a log chain, one ax, hand saw and hatchet, one iron wedge and weeding hoes, a set of mowing machines, turning lathe irons, a slate, one steel faced hammer and one half of my magazine books. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann a bed and furniture, a pair of fire irons, two books, The Christian Ariter (Writer?) and Zion’s Pilgrim. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Jane a cupboard and iron kettle and the one half of the magazines. It is my wish that Jane my wife is to have equal benefit of the tract of land aforesaid as long as she lives a single life after my decease.

Item. The foregoing I declare to be my last Will and Testament, in all its parts, publishing and declaring it as such. Disannuling and revoking all others. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year first before written.

Robert Dobson (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared in presence of we:

John Long & Jacob Beckner


 

 

 

WILL OF JOHN DODSON

Page 151 Dated: Jan. 2, 1838

Knowing all men by these presents that I, John Dodson, senr. Of the State of Tennessee and Hawkins County, do hereby make my last Will and Testament in the words and figures following; to wit: I do will and bequeath to my beloved grandson George Dodson, a certain tract of land containing 50 acres more or less bounded as follows: Being in the county of Hawkins and state aforesaid, on the south side of Holston River, on the head waters of Dodson’s Creek. Beginning on a white oak near the ______of the path agoing from my house to Thomas Berry’s. Thence, a north east course to a cedar tree. Thence south east to Anna Coward’s line near where John Walker cut a locust tree at or near the mouth of _______ branch. Thence with Mitchell’s line round to the beginning. I also will and bequeath to the said George Dodson one dollar in money out of my estate. I also will and bequeath to my daughter Mary/Masy Manis one dollar out of my Estate. I also will and bequeath to my son John the remainder of my land including my old possessions containing 224 acres be it the same more or less. I also will to my son John all the balance of my property that I possess consisting of a variety of articles too tedious to mention.

I hereby set my hand and seal This second day of January in _____of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and thirty eight, in presence of:

Attest: Nicholas Beckner (his)

Wm. Smith__ John x Dodson (seal)

John Walker

John Berry


 

 

 

WILL OF LARKIN DAVIS

Page 152 Dated June 28, 1847

Proven Aug. 2, 1847

This I leave as my last Will and Testament being in my right mind, sober senses, first will and bequeath that my wife Louisa shall have full possession, control and management of the tract of land she now lives on and all the proceeds arising therefrom, to maintain my children as long as she remains in widowhood, and if Louisa should marry, I will that the Court should appoint some suitable persons to manage the affairs for my children and that the land and all personal property be equally divided between Leanier Jane my eldest daughter, Mary my second, and William Henry, third, James Madison fourth, Larkin my youngest son, with the exception of a two year old colt. I will and bequeath that Solomon Overton or Seals have a two year old colt provided he stays and works for my family until he is 21. I further will that if it is accertained that my wife Louisa should have the appearance of squandering said property, the Court to appoint some suitable person to manage said affairs. This I leave as my last Will and Testament. this given under my hand and seal this twenty eighth of June in the year of our Lord 1847.

(his)

Larkin x Davis

(mark)

Attest:

(his)

Wm. Wilder, Barice x Cantewell, Madison Davis, Jr.

(mark)

Proven in open Court by the oaths of Madison Davis & James Davis, Jr. on the 2nd day of August, 1847.

John H. Ellis, Clk.

By J. H. Vance, D. Clk.


 

WILL OF JOHN DODSON

Page 153 Dated: November 30, 1852

Proven: March Term., 1853

In the Year of Our Lord and Eight Hundred and fifty two, November the 30th day of 1852, I, John Dodson have this day made & do make this my last Will and Testament and publish this as the same, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made &c.

2nd. My will and desire is that as soon after my decease as is practicable, I wish my just debts and funeral Expenses be paid by my representative or representatives out of any money that may first come to my said representatives out of any money that may first come to my said representatives

3rd. I give to my wife Rebecca Dodson all my land and all the buildings thereunto belonging during her life or widowhood with this exception, viz:

4th. I will to my little son William Dodson a certain piece of land which I now describe as follows: Beginning at a stake in the branch below my house, E. Walker’s corner. Then eastwardly to a white oak corner on Couche’s line. Then with Couche’s line to the foot of the mountain. Then with Anna Coward’s line to the beginning. This piece of land I desire that my wife have full control of the same during her life or widowhood, or until my son is twenty one years of age, than to him or his representative. I also give to my son William my Rifle gun, shot pouch and horn, and an equal portion of the proceeds of the sale of my perishable property should there be any.

5th. My will is that my six other children have all of my tract of land not otherwise disposed of, Viz: My daughter Lany (Delany) Dodson, son Arthur Dodson, my daughters Ann Dodson, Elizabeth Dodson, Mary Dodson, Winny Dodson &c.

Lastly. I do nominate and appoint my friend Edward Walker my Executor of my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I do_____this my last will set my hand and seal.

This 30th day of November, 1852.

John x Dodson (seal)

(his mark)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence the day and date above mentioned.

Attest: William Smith, Edward Walker


 

WILL OF WILLIAM S. DICKSON

Page 154 Dated: Nov. 1, 1852

Proven: Feb. & Mar. 1853

I, William S. Dickson of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made.

1st. My Executor to be hereinafter appointed shall so soon as it can be done after my death, proceed to collect the debts and claims due me, and out of the proceeds thereof first pay and discharge all my debts and liabilities that may be outstanding…at my death, as well as all the expenses incident to my last illness, burial &c, and secondly, to pay (after retaining his compensation for his services) the balance of the fund so to be collected by him over to the Guardian of my children, to be hereinafter appointed.

2nd. It is my will and desire that my wife, Jane S. Dickson, shall be comfortably provided for, and so situated as that she may be able without burthen to raise, support and clothe my children. I therefore give to my wife Jane S. the entire personal property of which I may die possessed of every description whatever, including my horses, hogs, cattle, household and kitchen furniture, farming utensils, carriages, &c, and all other personalty (except my negroes, cash, chose in action, notes and accounts due me), to be her absolute property to dispose of as she may deem proper. I give and bequeath to my wife two negro women, Polly and Nicey, to have and to hold as her absolute property, to dispose of as she may deem proper. I also give to my wife for and during her lifetime the farm on which I now live at Mooresburg, Hawkins County, together with the store house and lot, and all other real estate of which I may die possessed, in and around Mooresburg, Hawkins County, Tennessee. And at her, death, it is my will that SAID Real Estate b e disposed of as hereinafter directed. I furthermore give and bequeath unto my wife during her life or widowhood the possession and services of my two negro boys Houston and Nelson to enable her to carry on the farming business for the support of herself and children. But should my wife Jane S. marry, then it is my will and desire that the Guardian of my children to be hereinafter appointed shall take possession and control of said negro boys Houston and Nelson and hire them out as hereinafter directed for the benefit of my children.

3rd. I have now at the date of the preparation of this my will, two children, a son named William S. and a daughter named Eliza D. and my wife is now Enscient and looking forward to birth of a third child which, if in the Providence of God it shall be born alive (whether before or after my death) shall in all respects be equal with my other two children, and in all expressions throughout this my last Will & Testament where the word "children" is used, it is intended to embrace as well such third child (should one be born & live) as my two children now living.

4th. As one of the negro women hereinbefore willed to my wife is at this time afflicted with rheumatism and it is uncertain whether she will recover or not, so as to be servicable to my wife, and as it is my purpose so to provide for my wife as to render it right and proper for me to charge her said bequest & devises with the support and maintenance of my children free of charge. It is my will and desire, and I hereby direct the Guardian of my children to be hereinafter appointed to set apart of the funds to be paid into his hands for the use of my children, the sum of Eight hundred dollars which he shall loan at interest and the interest yearly arising therefrom he shall pay over to my wife as an additional provision for her to…better support herself and children, which yearly payment Guardian shall continue to make until said negro Nicey

shall die or become incapacitated by disease from labor, in which event to wit: the death or inability of s’d Nicey it is my will and desire and I hereby direct, empower and require the Guardian …to purchase a negro woman with the Eight hundred dollars so set apart of the funds of my children which negro girl so purchased…be permitted to serve my wife free of hire during her natural life, and at her death, s’d negro woman with all her increase shall belong to my children and shall be disposed of by said Guardian as hereinafter directed. And it is expressly directed that if the contingency arises on which said girl is to be purchased…then the yearly payment of the sum accruing as interest on Eight hundred dollars shall cease, but should said contingency not happen, then said Guardian shall keep said sum funded until my children all come of age, at which period Guardian may call in said sum and distribute the same among my children provided they secure to their mother the annual payment of interest on Eight hundred dollars, and should my children refuse to secure the payment of said sum, then the Guardian shall continue said fund at interest as before directed and pay the interest to my wife as it is my purpose will and desire that my wife shall during her natural life have paid to her yearly the interest arising on Eight hundred dollars, unless it becomes necessary to purchase another slave, in which event she shall have the service of said slave free from hire during her natural life.

5th. In consideration of the ample provision made for the comfort and support of my wife (having a due regard to my circumstances & condition), it is my will and desire that she shall keep my children together, support, clothe and maintain them free of charge, and I hereby declare the support and maintenance of my children to be and constitute a charge and lien on the devises and bequest herein made to my wife. By the word "clothe" as used in the above clause, is intended to be comfortable, everyday clothing and not extra clothing.

6th. I give and devise unto my children the fee simple Estate and remainder interest in the farm, store house and other real estate in and adjoining Mooresburg that I have in the second clause of this will devised to my wife for life, hereby declaring it to be my will and desire that my children shall have said real estate as Tenants in Common, subject to be partitioned or sold at the death of my wife, and after my eldest child shall become of age as in the opinion of the Guardian…aided by the direction of the Chancery Court upon an application. …made for that purpose..shall be deemed best, should my wife die and my oldest child require severance of possession of said real estate before my youngest child shall become of age.

7th. I give and bequeath unto my children (subject to rights of my wife in the second clause of this will) my two negro boys Houston and Nelson, and as it is now impossible for me to foresee the exegencies that may arise, whether all my children shall be alive at the death or marriage of my wife, or when my youngest child shall become of age, I must therefore give to the Guardian of my children (to be herein after appointed) full power and discretion to act as his judgement may direct, keeping in view the interest of my children. It is my desire…that one of my children shall each own each of said boys provided they shall remain as honest and faithful as slaves as they now are. But should either of them become dishonest, get to drinking ardent spirits to excess, or otherwise become unruly and valueless as slaves, the Guardian is empowered to sell them wither at public or private sale,…to the best interest of my children. If said slaves prove faithful and no necessity arises compelling (their) sale, …on the death or marriage of my wife and coming of age of my youngest child, the Guardian, …if there be more of my children alive that there are slaves, (to) put said slaves up to be bid for by my children alone, and the highest bidder…shall have the slaves conveyed to…them, her or him, and the aggregate amount thus bid for the slaves or slave shall be divided into as many equal parts as there are children alive, and the purchaser or purchasers shall pay to the child or children that does not get a slave his, her or their equal portion of the value of slave/slaves.

8th. I am the owner of ten shares of the Capitol stock of the E. Tennessee and Virginia Rail Road Company, several calls upon which I have paid. I give and bequeath to my children as Tenants in Common, or joint owners said ten shares in the Capitol stock in said Company. And I will and direct that the Guardian of my children out of the funds willed and given to them pay all the calls regularly as they may be made upon said Capitol stock.

9th. I am the owner of two half-acre lots in the town of Greenville, one on each side and both adjoining the lot conveyed by me to my sister Margaret Irvin, wife of David Irvin now lives. I devise said lots to the Guardian of my children in trust for the following uses…I have agreed with Margaret Irvin…and her husband that if David Irvin will pay the Guardian ten dollars annually for eight years, then the lots will be conveyed to Margaret Irvin and her children in fee. I therefore direct and empower said Guardian (to be appointed) to convey said lots in pursuance of said agreement, provided said payments of ten dollars per year are regularly made. Said payments to be made on the first day of Jan. each and every year, and if not punctually paid to bear interest from and after the day of payment.

10th. I am also the owner of a house and lot in the town of Greenville on the southeast side of town and adjoining the lands of John Dickson, being the house in which my sister Isabella Enart now lives, and in which my father formerly lived, which house and lot it is my will and desire that my sister Isabella Enart, shall be permitted to occupy for three years should she desire to do so, free of tent, and at the end of said term of three years or whenever my sister shall surrender the possession thereof, should she desire to do so before the expiration of three years, it is my will and desire that said house and lot shall by the Guardian of my children be sold at public sale to the highest bidder on a credit of one and two years, taking bond and security for the purchase money.

11th. I am at this time engaged in merchandising, in partnership with William McFarland at Spring Vale, Jefferson County, Tenn., which partnership does not expire until about the _________day of June 1855. As said, business is believed to be prosperous and as I have the utmost confidence in my partner, it is my will that business shall continue if partner is willing, until expiration of the partnership for benefit of my children to whom I beqeth my entire interest in said partnership business.

12th. I hereby nominate and appoint Robert M. Barton, Esq. the Guardian of my children, and vest in him all the rights and powers necessary for him to carry out fully every bequest herein before or hereinafter made, or to be made. He is hereby authorized to make such disposition of their slaves hereinbefore willed to them as in his judgment he may decree necessary, and should said Robert M. Barton, Esq. from any cause find it necessary to renounce his guardianship, he is hereby authorized to resign said trust to the Chancery Court, who shall be empowered under the direction of said Court to discharge all the trusts and perform all the duties by this my last will required to be performed and discharged by my friend Robert M. Barton, Esq. whom I have chosen as the Guardian of my children, and to the end that the provisions of the Eleventh clause of this will may be fully carried out, said Guardian is fully empowered to make settlements with my partner and to require of him Exhibits of the business. He may at his discretion, by the consent of the partner, draw out before the expiration of the business whatever profits may be made.

13th. As I do not whish to involve my friend who I have chosen as Guardian of my children, it is my will that if any misfortune should befall the partnership business after my death, Robert M. Barton, Esq. shall not be liable on account thereof, nor be required to give security for or on account of partnership business, or any of the other trusts imposed upon him, nor shall he be accountable for any loss sustained by reason of any of said trust, other than such as may arise from gross negligence or fraud on part of the Guardian.

14th. I furthermore declare it to be my will…that said Robert M. Barton, Esq. as Guardian of my children shall(share in) the management and control of their education in connection with their mother. That he shall out of their funds provide for said additional clothing (other than the clothing required by this will to be furnished by my wife), as in his judgement is suitable to their state and condition in society.

15th. By the first clause of this will I direct my Executor to collect all debts &c due me. I hereby declare and direct that all claims of whatever character due the firm of McFarland & Dickson, in the Eleventh clause of this will mentioned shall be excepted out of the operation of said first clause, as it is my will and desire that said partnership business shall be exclusively under the management and control of the children’s Guardian.

16th. If in the opinion of the Guardian it will be to the interest of my children to continue said mercantile business, said Guardian is hereby fully authorized to continue said business for such length of time as he may think best, under the same terms as are specified in the present Article of Partnership.

17th. I hereby constitute and appoint my friend James Etter, Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

18th. If under this Will it becomes necessary for the Guardian of my children to purchase a negro woman, then at the death of my wife, it is my will and desire that said negro and her increase shall be disposed of for the benefit of my children, or divided among them, as I have in the Seventh Clause of this Will directed the slaves Houston and Nelson to be disposed of or divided. Note the words "bequeath" on the first page, "on" on the fourth page were interlined, and the words "she paying the losses thereon" were erased before the signing of the Will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This 1st day of November, 1852.

William S. Dickson (seal)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us, the subscribing witnesses who were called upon and requested by said William S. Dickson, the Testator, to witness the attestation of this his last Will and Testament which is written on the nine foregoing pages. Witness This the 1st day of November, 1852.

John B. Logan, Felix G. Moore


 

WILL OF DANIEL DELP

Page 161 Dated: April 1, 1853

Proven: Sept. Term. 1860

State of Tennessee, Hawkins County. A written Will and Testament.

I, Daniel Delp, do make and publish this as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking & making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First. I direct that my funeral expenses & 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 Margaret Delp my wife all my personal property & debts, dues and demands that is owing to me in any wise. Also, the tract or parcel of land where I now live containing by estimation 100 acres, be the same more or less, adjoining the lands of John Manis and Christian Pearson and others during her life, or as long as she remains (my) widow.

Thirdly. I give and bequeath that after her death or marriage, I give unto all the heirs $1.00 each, except Andrew J. Delp, my youngest son.

Fourthly. I give and bequeath to Andrew J. Delp, my youngest son, the above named parcel of land after Margaret Delp’s death, his mother, or at any time that she marries and conditions that he manage and takes care and helps provide for his mother during her lifetime or during her widowhood. If he does not take care of her she shall have the liberty to sell the above named tract of land or dispose of it to suit her own convenience at any time that he fails or refuses to heop provide for his mother, except hindered by Providence.

Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint Stephen Delp my Executor. In witness whereof I do to my will set my hand and seal This the first day of April in the Year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and fifty three. Interlined before signing.

(his)

Daniel x Delp

(mark)

Signed and sealed in out presence and have subscribed our names hereunto in the presence of the Testator. This the 1st day of April, 1853.

Witness: C. A. Manis, William Anderson, John x Roberson, Pleasant Begley & C. Edison (his mark)


 

WILL OF MARTHA DODSON

Page 163 Dated: August 4, 1853

Proven: Nov. Term. 1855

In the Name of God, Amen. I Martha Dodson commonly called Patsey Dodson of Hawkins County and State of Tennessee being weak of body but sound mind and memory, calling to mind the mortality of this life, and knowing it is appointed unto all persons once to die, having a desire to dispose of such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me, do hereby make and publish this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following, to wit:

I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved children, Penelope Mays, wife of Beverly Mays, Eliza Dodson, Thomas L. Dodson, William E. Dodson, James H. Dodson, Sanford Dodson & George Dodson jointly the following named negro slaves, to wit: One woman slave named Nice, one negro boy slave named Jack. One negro girl slave named Sis, likewise one other boy slave named Dick, which several names slaves were willed to me by the last Will and Testament of my deceased father Thomas Johnson, and are all children of the said negro slave Nice.

Item 2nd. It is my wish and desire that all my above named children have jointly an equal interest and share in the above named slaves, arrangement to be made by my Executor hereafter named as shall insure each and every one of my said children their just part and share therein so that they each have share and share alike.

Lastly. I hereby nominate and appoint __(blank)__ sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament aforesaid.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of August A.D. 1853.

(her mark)

Martha x Dodson (seal)

__ng and acknowledged in the presence of us:

Test. Wm. F. Lee

Test. Thos. Johnson


 

WILL OF JOHN DYKES

Page 164 Dated: February 19, 1855

Proven: June Term, 1855

I, John Dykes 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 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 Executor.

Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Joseph’s heirs one dollar.

Thirdly. I give to my son William one dollar.

Fourthly. I give to my son Henry’s heirs the sum of one dollar.

Fifthly. I give to my son James one dollar.

Sixthly. I give to my son John one dollar.

Seventhly. I give to my son Thomas one dollar.

Eighthly. I give to my daughter Mary who intermarried with James Mullenix one dollar.

Ninthly. I five to my daughter Susannah she intermarried with James Simpson one dollar.

Tenth. I give to my son Isham Dykes the sum of one dollar.

11th (sic) I give to my grand daughter Mary and daughter of Susannah Simpson one cow and calf, one bed and furniture, which sums as above mentioned I will and desire that my Executor pay over out of any money that may come to his hands and further my will and desire is that my well beloved wife Susannah have all the remainder of my personal property, money &c that I may die possessed of, also the tract of land whereon my son John now lives, it being a part of a 100 acre entry I bought of G. McCrain and joining the piece I sold to James Simpson, William Dykes & others, supposed to contain about 50 acres, be the same more or less containing the houses, buildings and all improvements pertaining thereto.

And Lastly. I nominate and appoint my son Isham Dykes my Executor to transact all business pertaining to this will.

This 19th day of February, 1855.

(his)

John x Dykes (seal)

(mark)

Signed and acknowledged in our presence:

Branch Tucker & George M. Long


 

WILL OF ASA DAVIS

Page 165 Dated: Dec. 13, 1857

Proven: Jan. Ter, 1858

In the Named of God, Amen.

I, Asa Davis of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, being in sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God. Calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, do this 13th day of December in the year of our Lord, 1857, make this my last Will and Testament in manner following, Viz: I hereby lend to my wife Polly all my property both real and personal during the time that she lives single or during her natural life, and at her death or marriage, I do hereby give and bequeath all my property both real and personal to my sons and daughter, share and share alike to them and their heirs forever.

I do hereby appoint Lilborn Davis Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Asa Davis have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand & seal the day and year above written.

Asa x Davis(seal)

Signed and acknowledged in the (his mark)

Presence of: John Hamblen, C. A. Charles, Hezekiah Davis


 

 

WILL OF REBECCA DODSON

Page 165 Dated: March 2, 1861

Proven: Apr. Term, 1861

I Rebecca Dodson do this day make this my last Will and Testament, being of sound mind and usual knowledge, do this day will and bequeath my property as follows, Viz, I give unto my youngest son William Dodson my bay horse, second choice of beds and one year’s provisions of what I have. I secondly give unto my youngest daughter Winnie Dodson first choice of beds and Bureau and a one year’s provisions, and all of my table ware and cooking vessels. SI thirdly give unto my grandson John Hamilton the bed that I once gave his mother Anna Hamilton, dec’d, which bed was left with me and son in my care, and one year’s provisions.

And the rest of all my personal property to be sold at out cry to the highest bidder, and the residue with my present claims be used in paying my just debts and that the remainder of the residue be equally divided between my children, Viz: Delana Stanberry, Arthur Dodson, Elizabeth Yates, Winny Dodson, William Dodson, John Hamilton, and that Arthur Dodson take John Hamilton to raise if it seems to my Executor that William Dodson cannot manage him to an advantage. I give to Wm. M. Arnott possession of the land willed to me for my lifetime and then to my children by my husband John Dodson which has been sold to said Wm. M. Arnott by them. I further appoint Wm. M. Arnott as my Administrator of this my last Will & Testament. This the 2nd day of March, 1861. (her)

Rebecca x Dodson (seal)

Witness: Wm. M. Arnott (mark)

Anderson x Stanberry

(his mark)


 

WILL OF EDWARD ERWIN

Page 166 Dated Jan. 31, 1794

In the Name of God, Amen.

I Edward Erwin of the County of Hawkins in the Territory of South of the River Ohio, being of perfect mind and memory do make ordain, publish and declare my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, Viz:

I allow my body to be buried in a decent manner, also my worldly goods that divine Providence has in this life blessed me with, I dispose of in manner following:

I allow all my just debts to be paid.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife after my decease all right and title to the plantation I now live on during her natural life. Also one negro woman name Mariah, one negro boy named Dan, also all the stock of horses, cow, &c, together with all the implements belonging to the farming business.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Erwin one dollar.

I give and bequeath to my son John Erwin one dollar.

I give and bequeath to my son William Erwin one dollar.

I give and bequeath to my son Edward Erwin one dollar.

I give and bequeath to my son Andrew Erwin one dollar.

I give and bequeath to each of the following one dollar: Elizabeth Ervin, my daughter, my sons Robert and Samuel, daughter Mary, son Benjamin.

I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Erwin after the death of myself and my wife one half of all my movable Estate except such parts as shall hereafter be specified.

I give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter Margaret my plantation on which I now live, containing 200 acres or more, to her and heirs forever, subject however to the reservation aforesaid in favor of my wife, also one negro girl Sarah with all her issue, at my decease. Also one half of my movable Estate at the decease of myself and wife.

I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friends Samuel McPheeters and Joseph McMinn Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby revoke, make null and void all and every other past Will and Testament heretofore by me made, ordaining, publishing, making and declaring this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal. This thirty first day of January A.D. 1794. Edward Erwin

Signed, sealed, published, declared and acknowledged by the said Edward Erwin to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who were present at the same time.

Joshua Phipps

Ar. G. McCra

Joseph McMinn


 

WILL OF JOSEPH EPPERSON

Page 167 Dated: Sept. 26, 1814

In the Name of God, Amen.

I Joseph Epperson of the County of Hawkins and State of Tennessee, planter, being in and of imperfect health of body but in and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed once for all men 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 to the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I give to the Earth, to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall raise the same again by the mighty power of God. As touching such as my worldly Estate whereas it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of in the following manner and form.

First. I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Jane Epperson and my children all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs & cows, house furniture, and movable effects, together with my plantation on which I now live containing 100 acres, to be by her freely possessed during her widowhood. At the expiration of her time, or at her death I will that the same property except the land should be sold and equally divided between the eight children: Betsy, Allen, Nancy Epperson, John Epperson, Polly Epperson, Peggy Epperson, Thomas Epperson, Hester Epperson, Patsey Epperson, Then I will said land to John & Thos. Epperson my two sons as their right and property. I also constitute and ordain my dearly beloved wife Jane Epperson and Jesse Epperson the sole Executors of this last Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly revoke and disannul all and every other former will, testament, ________, Executors by me before named, willed, bequeathed, ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, This 26th Sept. 1814.

Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and declared by the said Joseph Epperson as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto set our names in the presence of each other.

Attest: Henry Crawley, Francis Aubraken, Joseph Epperson (seal) Joseph Davis


 

WILL OF WILLIAM EPPERSON

Page 169 Dated: ____Dec., 1823

(see Original 1828)

I, William Epperson of the County of Hawkins, State of Tennessee, being weak of body but thanks be to God, of sound mind & memory, do make constitute and ordain this my last Will & Testament in the manner and form hereafter described, that is to say: My will and wish is that after my decease my Executors pay all my just debts, and further, my wish is that he pay to my daughter Huldy now Huldy Boyd the sum of fifty cents, also pay my daughter Phanny, now Phanny Beard fifty cents, also my son Hopson Epperson fifty cents & also pay my daughter Sina, now Sina Bradshaw fifty cents and also to my daughter Kassia, now Kassia McCleane fifty cents & also pay to my son Stephen Epperson fifty cents, also pay to my daughter Susannah, now Susannah Dickard fifty cents, & for the many good services my daughter Nancey have rendered us, my will and wish is that she have her cow, her wheel, bed and furniture. The remainder of my property of every description I do give and bequeath unto my loving wife Nancy Epperson during her life, and after her decease, all such property on hand after her just debts is paid be given to my dutiful son Harrison Epperson, together with the like sum of fifty cents. And I do further constitute, make and appoint my son Harrison Epperson my lawful Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

In witness thereof I have made my mark This ____day of December, 1823.

William x Epperson

In presence of: (his mark)

John Gibbons, Rob’t McMinn, Stephen Epperson



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