Will of Jefferson Rowland

written July 03, 1867

transcribed by David Johnson 03/10/2009

Know all men by these presents that I Jefferson Rowland of the County of Dekalb & state and State [sic] of Tennessee, Former, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby Revoking and making void all wills at any time by me heretofore made and first I desire that my body be decently buried in my own family Grave yard in a manner suited to my condition in life and secondly I desire that my just debts and funeral Expenses be paid out of my money that I may have at my Decease or may first come to the hands of my Executors and as my worldly Estate with which it hath pleased God to intrust me I dispose of the same as follows Viz; Whereas I have Kept a Book account charging all my children with any thing that I Give to them and I desire my Executors to take said Book of accounts and make a fair settlement and if any one of them has not had its share as here after provided then in that case to make them equal according to the terms of this Will and whereas my oldest daughter Marina intermarried with one Sidney McDonald and that the said Marina has departed this life leaving one bodily heir a little Girl of some five years old now I desire and direct that if the said heir of my said Daughter Marina the above named little Girl whose Christian name is Tennessee Forest shall live to come to full age that after the settlement is made as above provided that my Executors make up to her so as to Give her one half of the distributive share that would decend to her mother the said Marina if alive but if the said heir of the said Marina McDonald die while a minor then I direct that she nor none of her heirs at law have any thing more of my Estate than what I have already given to her mother Secondly I desire that after said settlement is made and each one of my heirs made Equal as to what I have already Given them then I desire that all the rest of my Estate both real and personal be sold in such a credit as a majority of my heirs may desire and the proceeds of the sale of all my Estate Both real and personal be Equally divided between all my legal heirs Except as to the above named heir of the said Marina McDonald as above provided for and I hereby appoint my two sons Benjamin Rowland and David Rowland my lawful Executors of this my last will and Testament written uppon one sheat of paper and signed sealed and published this the third day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty seven

Jefferson Rowland (seal)

Signed sealed and published in the presents of us who have signed the same in the presents of the Testator and in the presents of each other

T J Lee
Jas M Lee

Recorded in the Registers office in Dekalb County, Tennessee September 27, 1869